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SMS: Singapore Sling

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An October 2006 trip to Singapore by SeenThat

Bugis Photo, Singapore City, Singapore More Photos
Quote: A big city or a small country? Singapore is many things, but for me it is mainly fusion cuisine and smart electronic gadgets.

Raffles City Tower Food Junction

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Chicken Biryani Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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In Singapore there are as many shopping malls as subway's stations, and each mall hosts at least one food plaza.Asian Food PlazasUnlike their parallels in western malls, Asian food plazas are close replicas of Asian markets, where each shop specializes in very few, related dishes; buying a whole meal at one place is not possible. In Singapore, each plaza hosts Chinese, Malay and Indian shops, allowing thus the customer to create combinations hard to achieve elsewhere, at affordable prices. Each shop in particular and plazas in general are classified according to their cleanliness and quality with letters: A is the best category and C is the worst;...Read More

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Long Bar

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Restaurant | "Long Bar: A Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel"

Long Bar Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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The Raffles Hotel bears the name of the founder of modern Singapore and is one of the main landmarks in the country. Its Long Bar is famous for the Singapore Sling which can be enjoyed in its delightful tropical surroundings while reading some fine book about the southern seas. Wouldn’t Conrad’s Victory be a good fit? Especially so, since he was one of the patrons here… Other famous guests include Rudyard Kipling, W. Somerset Maugham, Anthony Burgess and Queen Elizabeth II.The Raffles HotelDating back to 1887, the Raffles Hotel is one of the better known attractions in the ...Read More

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Long Bar
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road
Singapore, Singapore 189673
+65 6337 1886

BreadTalk

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Bugis Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Bugis, The PeopleBugis is the name of the most numerous of the three major linguistic and ethnic groups of South Sulawesi, on Indonesia's third largest island. They have a legend-like reputation for being honorable, pirates, sailors, sea-traders, fierce warriors, industrious and rice growers; they converted from animism to Islam in the early 1600s.In the nineteenth century, some of them were mercenary soldiers of the English Empire, and helped to the establishment of the British colony in Singapore. However, they are also considered to be the pirates pestering the adjacent coasts during the same period. They were awarded a neighborhood next to downtown Singapore, known n...Read More

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The Turtle Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Chinatown, SingaporeIt would be strange to talk about a Chinese quarter in a city where near 80% of the population is Chinese – attempting to justify it would be weirder - but this is a fact: along South Bridge Road in Singapore there is a Chinese Quarter. It is more a shopping quarter aimed at tourists than a residential one. Chinatown was designed as such in the Raffles Plan of Singapore, in 1819; however, it is home to a small part of the Chinese population, which is the majority in the ...Read More

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Chinese Coffee Shop: Surreal Singapore

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Chinese Styled Coffee Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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A feeble ocean breeze from the southern seas attempted to brush away the tropic heat of the long gone day; desert streets and closed shopping malls hid their shame under a gentle fog, the streetlamps-light was attractively diffused. Not far away, downtown’s skyscrapers resembled a studiously deconstructed pyramid. In a subtle way, scenes from Blade Runner came to mind.Despite its loneliness, never did Singapore look more human to me. Its denizens and constructors were sleeping elsewhere, but left their spirit and work as a silent testimony of their masterpiece. It was the perfect place for s...Read More

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