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This is the latest travel guide to Singapore. It shows the ongoing and upcoming events. Watch out for the soon-to-open Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa.

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									                          Your QuarterlY lifestYle Guide
                          January - March 2010 | Free Copy

Past, Present                        indie acts and the star-studded       City Chic
From the time it was founded,        Mosaic Music Festival.                Finally, 2010 will also see the
Singapore has always been a                                                opening of the Marina Bay
cosmopolitan hotbed of cultures,     Tradition, Trend                      Sands® and Resorts World™
a place where traditions, trends     You can also get a taste of           Sentosa, two dazzling complexes
and various ethnic influences        culture chic by visiting dining       that look set to raise the fun ante
come together to create a unique     and lifestyle hotspots such           here with their wide selection of
cultural landscape. There’s no       as Dempsey Hill, Empress              shops, restaurants, hotels and
better time to experience this       Place and Clarke Quay, where          amusement parks.
than in the first three months       you’ll find critically acclaimed
of the year, which will see an       restaurants and clubs housed          In this brochure, we tell you
exciting calendar of events filled   in heritage buildings dishing up      everything you need to know to
with traditional festivals such as   modern fusion cuisine and tunes.      get the most out of your stay
Chinese New Year, Thaipusam          You’ll also find no shortage of       here and also where to go to get
and Pongal, and modern ones          chic boutiques offering the lastest   culturally chic souvenirs for your
like the Huayi-Chinese Festival      fashion trends and tech products      loved ones back home. Enjoy!
of Arts, M1 Fringe Festival,         here and in Orchard Road.
a showcase for cutting-edge

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  CONTENTS                                                                                                      22 dINING:
                                                                            8 CELEbRATE                               FUSION
                                                                              CHUNjIE:                                Restaurants

                                                                              YEAR OF                                 traditional

                                                                              THE TIGER                               and global
                                                                              we look at how
                                                                              Singaporeans put their
                                                                              own unique spin on

                                                                              Chinese new Year.

                                                                                                                      CHILL: A SLICE OF
                                                                                                                       Celebrate the night away at these bars
                                                                                                                       and clubs where the old and new collide.
                                                                                                                                                                                          26 SHOPPING        bring home a slice of asia this
                                                                                                                       (history test not required).                                                          festive season.

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                                                 shops side by side.                                                                 a sneak          SENIOR STAFF WRITER Belinda Wan,                                    dESIGN dIRECTOR Jane Frey
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                                                    during this festive                                                                               For general enquiries, contact the

                                                    season.                    SANdS®                                useful information while
                                                                                                                                                      Singapore Tourism Board
                                                                                                                                                      Tourism Court, 1 Orchard Spring Lane
                                                                                                                                                      Singapore 247729
                                                                               The very picture of                   you’re in Singapore.
                                                                                                                                                      Tel: (65) 6736-6622 Fax: (65) 6736-9423
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                                                                               asia’s most spectacular                                                (65) 6736-2000 (outside Singapore)

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  EvENTS NOT TO bE MISSEd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jan / FEb / MaR

               ChInaTOwn ChInESE nEw YEaR CELEbRaTIOnS
               23 Jan-7 Mar 2010, Chinatown                                                                                                                                                                               POnGaL FESTIvaL             p. 13         ThaIPuSaM            p. 13

                                                                                                                                PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NECESSARY STAGE SINGAPORE
                                                                                    p. 8                                                                                                                                  9-17 Jan 2010                             30 Jan 2010
                                                                                           be mesmerised by the festive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Little India                               Little India
                                                                                            bazaars in Chinatown and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This festival                              This Indian
                                                                                             dazzling display of lights as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            celebrated                                 festival honours
                                                                                              you soak up the excitement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            primarily by                               the hindu God
                                                                                               of the season where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Indian                                 Subramaniam
                                                                                               everyone celebrates the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            community                                  (Lord Murugan)
                                                                                                 dawning of Spring. don’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            includes cultural                          and is observed
                                                                                                  forget to pick up a couple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            performances,           as a day of prayers, thanksgiving for
                                                                                                  of festive souvenirs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a photo-taking session and a mass         wishes granted and a time for the
                                                                                                 either. we tell you where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cooking demonstration.                    fulfillment of vows and good health.
                                                                                                  to go to get the yummiest
                                                                                                   Chinese new Year treats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Little India                              Little India
                                                                                                   and where to see some
                                                                                                   unique heritage sights.
                                                                                                                                                  M1 SInGaPORE FRInGE                     ETERnITY bY FuChSIa                       MOSaIC MuSIC FESTIvaL
                                                                                                       Chinatown                                                                  FESTIvaL                                LanE - CELEbRaTInG                        12-21 Mar 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                  13-24 Jan 2010                          aRT In FaShIOn and                        Esplanade
                                                                                                                                                                                  Various locations islandwide                                                                          Launched in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wEddInGS PRESEnTEd bY
                                                                                      huaYI-ChInESE                                                                               an annual festival of theatre,                                                                        2003, this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On ChEOnG JEwELLERY
                                                                                      FESTIvaL OF aRTS                                                                            performance arts, dance, visual arts,   27 Jan-13 Feb 2010                                            popular music
                                                                                                        19-28 Feb 2010                                                            mixed media, music and forum, the                                                                     festival has since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ION Orchard Art Gallery
                                                                                                        Esplanade                                                                 The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival                                                                      grown into one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Marrying art
                                                                                                        Celebrate the talents                                                                                                                                                           of Singapore’s
                                                                                                                                                                                  returns this January with its usual                           with high
                                                                                                        of Chinese artists
                                                                                                                                                                                  illuminating mix of Singaporean                               fashion, Eternity   biggest music events and features
                                                                                                        from Singapore
                                                                                                                                                                                  and international artists. Like                               touts itself as     a diverse spectrum of international
                                                                                                        and the region in
                                                                                                                                                                                  previous editions, you can expect an                          the world’s first   and regional musicians. audiences
                                                                                                        this exciting 10-day
                                                                                                                                                                                  intellectually stimulating line-up of                         bridal and art      can look forward to a 10-day
                                                                            p. 12     festival. highlights include Peach                                                                                                                        collaboration
                                                                                                                                                                                  cutting-edge and socially-engaged                                                 music experience showcasing live
                                             ChInGaY PaRadE                           blossom Fan • 1699, Jiansu Province                                                                                                                       showcase. no
                                                                                      Kunqu Opera’s modern take on the                                                            works. This year’s theme is art and                                               performances spanning genres from
   RIvER hOnGbaO 2010               p. 11    SInGaPORE 2010                                                                                                                                                                                     poufy white
                                             19-20 Feb 2010                           classic love story between a scholar                                                        the Law, touching on the fact that in                                             jazz and blues to hip-hop and world
   12-20 Feb 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                         meringues here; what you’ll find are
   The Float @ Marina Bay                    Pit Building                             and a courtesan. The festival will                                                          a society (especially in Singapore),    envy-inducing couture creations           music. artists to look forward to
   Experience delectable food treats         Enjoy asia’s grandest street and         also see Taiwanese star ariel Lin and                                                       the creation and presentation of        with an asian flavour. visitors           this year include popular “vintage
   and specialty handicrafts while           float parade, with its fire cracker      actor david wang starring in Man                                                            art are connected to aspects of law     will be able to take part in artist       music” band Pink Martini, jazz band
   enjoying majestic lantern displays,       dragon, samba parties and rich           and woman, war and Peace, hong                                                              that pertain to copyright, licensing,   dialogue sessions and find out more       branford Marsalis Quartet, English
   cultural performances and fireworks.      multi-cultural performances. Look        Kong director Edward Lam’s play                                                             censorship and state funding.           about the creative process behind         singer-songwriter vashti bunyan,
   To ensure a prosperous year ahead,        out also for the rocking pre- and        about gender differences. Look out                                                          Featuring works from 11 countries,      the gowns. If you have a soft spot        and bassist Christian Mcbride, who
   keep an eye out for the God of            post-parade parties, as well as the      also for Taiwanese singer/songwriter/                                                       this year’s festival will see a world   for beautiful things, be sure to          in 1992 was named Rolling Stone
   Fortune. don’t forget to bring your       Orchard Road mini-parade. and            producer Peggy hsu and Mando-                                                                                                       swing by IOn art Gallery when the
                                                                                                                                                                                  and asian premiere and will be                                                    magazine’s “hot Jazz artist” of
   camera with you for one of the best       find out how you can get the first       funk foursome Cosmos People,                                                                                                        exhibition launches.
                                                                                                                                                                                  showcasing for the first time works                                               the year.
   photo-ops of the season!                  Chingay Medallion in history.            among others.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                  from burma, Malaysia and Slovakia.                                                                                                                                                                                  Orchard
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  AddITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jan / FEb / MaR
                17Th SPRInG                                             JaPanESE POP-uP                         CLIPPER 09-10 ROund ThE                                                                   ICTLT 2010,                     InTERnaTIOnaL
                In ThE CITY                                             STORE@TanGS                             wORLd YaChT RaCE                                                                          InTERnaTIOnaL                   FuRnITuRE FaIR / 27Th
                CuLTuRaL, aRTS                                                                15-31 Jan 2010    23 Jan-2 Feb                                                                              COnFEREnCE                      aSEan FuRnITuRE ShOw
                                                                                                                                                                                                          On TEaChInG

                                             PHOTO COURTESY OF RYU KOYAMA
                and TRavEL FaIR                                                               Tangs Orchard                           Marina at                                                                                                            9-12 Mar 2010
   2 Jan-4 Feb 2010, Raffles City and                                                         PlayLab                                 Keppel Bay                                                          and LEaRnInG                                     Singapore Expo
   8 Jan-10 Feb 2010, VivoCity                                                                @ TanGS                                 10 teams from                                               wITh TEChnOLOGY                                          with major exporters
   Organised by the Singapore                                                                 Orchard (L3)      around the world will be stopping                                                 2-6 Mar 2010                                             from China,
   China Friendship association, The                                                          will be hosting   over in Singapore en-route to China                                               Suntec Singapore                        Indonesia, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan
   Confucius Institute and nanyang                                                            a Japanese        in the fourth leg of this pulsating                                               hosted jointly by the Singapore         and vietnam this is asia’s one-stop
   Technological university, this annual                                pop-up store replicating the            competition. To support the             SInGaPORE aIRShOw                         Ministry of Education and the           sourcing haven – boasting 100,000
   cultural, arts and travel fair aims to                               colourful street scenes of “harajuku    uniquely Singapore team, be sure to     2-7 Feb 2010                              International Society for Technology    pieces of high-quality furniture from
   promote cultural exchange and travel                                 and Ginza”. This will be a first-time   head down to Marina at Keppel bay!      Changi Exhibition Centre                  in Education (ISTE), this premier       more than 30 countries.
   between China and Singapore.                                         exclusive in Singapore fashion scene                Catch the latest in aviation technology   global event attracts policy-makers,                                              featuring Japanese brands like          uniquelysingapore/index.asp             at this every-other-year showcase,        academics, innovative practitioners        Expo
      Raffles City and HarbourFront                                     beauty & Youth, COEn, KbF, united           HarbourFront                        featuring the industry’s biggest          and school leaders from the asia-
                                                                        arrows, urban Research and more.                                                players like boeing and airbus.           Pacific Region and around the world.
                                                                                                                aMIT LIvE FIRST wORLd
                                                                                                                                                        www.                 www.
                                                                                                                                                            Changi Airport                            City Hall
                                                                                                                               29 & 30 Jan 2010
                                                                  LES baLLETS GRandIva’S
                                                                                                                               Singapore Indoor
                                                                  “MEn In TuTuS”                                               Stadium
                                                                  21-24 Jan 2010                                               a*mei returns to
                                                                  Esplanade Theatre                             her aborinal roots in this new
                                                                  Check out some of the world’s best            tour. besides songs from her new
                                                                  classical male dancers sporting tutus         album, fans can also look forward
                                                                  and prancing to hilarious numbers on          to crowd favourites such as
                                                                  stage.                 “Released” and “nothing You want
   MERChanTS OF bOLLYwOOd                                            City Hall                                  after all.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ollie and The Slurge
   12-17 Jan 2010
   Esplanade Theatre                                                                                               Kallang
   Learn more about the history of                                                                                                                             2010 ChInESE                                                               IT ShOw 2010
   bollywood in this dazzling musical.                                                                                                                         nEw YEaR                                                                   11-14 Mar 2010. Suntec Singapore
   Featuring music and dance routines                                                                                                                                                             OLLIE and ThE SLuRGE                    International Convention &
                                                                                                                                                        CELEbRaTIOnS aT ThIan                     2-19 Mar 2010
   from hits such as Lagaan, devdas,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Exhibition Centre
                                                                                                                                                        hOCK KEnG TEMPLE                          Alliance Française Theatre
   Musafir, bunty aur babli, Jhoom                                                                                                                      13-28 Feb 2010                                                                                   Spanning five floors,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  an original, fun, family musical for
   barabar Jhoom, Rang de basanti,                                                                                                                      Revered buddhist monks and Taoist                                                                this digital, mobile
                                                                                                                                                                                                  all ages, with wonderful puppets
   dhoom and dhoom 2, as well as                                                                                                                        priests, as well as lion and dragon       and live music! Ollie & The Slurge                     and consumer
   music from Oscar-winning composer                                                                                                                    dances, will herald in the Year of        manages to tackle two important         electronics show will have exclusive
   a.R. Rahman, this is one musical that                                                                                                                the Tiger with religious, traditional     issues - bullying and how to care for   offers and great bargains on LCd
   will have you clapping and dancing on                                                                                                                and cultural ceremonies.                  our precious environment - through      Tvs, notebooks, digital cameras,
   your feet.                                                                                                                                                   laughter, and maybe even a tear         home entertainment systems and
                                                                                                                                                           Tanjong Pagar                          or two.                                 other IT gadgets.
      City Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                 www.
                                                                                                                               Les Ballets Grandiva’s                                                 Newton                                 City Hall
                                                                                                                               “Men in Tutus”

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                                                                                                                                       Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2010                             Don’t Miss These!
                                                                                                                                       23 Jan-7 Mar 2010, 11am-midnight (Sun-Thu) & 11am-2am                    Make your trip to Chinatown extra
                                                                                                                                       (Fri, Sat & Public Holiday). Chinatown.           special with these activities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Chinatown Walking Tours by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Journeys: Find out more about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stories and traditions that make up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chinatown’s rich heritage on these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  entertaining guided walks. Even if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you’ve visited Chinatown before,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  these walks will have you looking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  at things in a completely new light!
                                                                                                                           no Chinese new Year visit would            enclave cloaked in a dazzling     

            Celebrate Chunjie:
                                                                                                                           be complete without a stop in              display of lights. Look out for           • Kong Chow Clan Association (321
                                                                                                                           Chinatown. Expect to catch                 spectacular fireworks displays,             New Bridge Road): visitors can
                                                                                                                           invigorating local and overseas            lion dances and thrilling street            view its extensive lion dance head
                                                                                                                           cultural performances ranging from         performances!                               selection and catch the following

             Year of the Tiger
                                                                                                                           lion dances and martial arts to          • Chinese New Year Countdown                  training sessions: lion dance (Sun
                                                                                                                           Chinese cultural dances and Chinese        13 Feb 2010, 9.30pm-12.30am.                3-5pm), traditional martial arts
                                                                                                                           opera at the Kreta ayer Square             Come usher in the lunar new Year            (Fri & Sat 8.30-10pm), kick-boxing
                                                                                                                           every night from 23 Jan-13 Feb (8pm        with us as local celebrities entertain      (Mon & wed 7-9pm, Tues & Thurs
                                                                                                                           - 10.30pm). To really get into the         the crowds and be prepared to               8-10pm) and Cantonese opera
                                                                                                                           festive mood, look out for these           party all night as fire crackers go off     (wed 8-9.30pm).
            This February, we’ll be saying goodbye to the Year of the Ox and                                               events, which will all be taking place     and fireworks light up the night sky.     • The Time of Tea (38 Mosque
           welcoming the Year of the Tiger. we look at how Singaporeans have                                               along Eu Tong Sen Street and new         • Yuan Xiao Jie                               Street): Learn all about the fine
                                                                                                                           bridge Road:                               28 Feb 2010, 7-10pm.                        art of tea making and gain a finer
                   put their own unique spin on this age-old festival.
                                                                                                                           • Official Light-Up and Opening            Join us as we say goodbye to                appreciation of tea etiquette
                                                                                                                              Ceremony                                Chunjie with plenty of colourful            here. Lessons are priced at $50

        very year, millions of Chinese around the world        Singaporeans have, over the years, made this festival          23 Jan 2010, 6-10pm.                    cultural street performances                per person or $15 for a group of
        celebrate Chunjie (also known as the Spring            their own through a mix of the old and the new. Let’s          The Light-up is an annual custom        and a spectacular display of live           at least 10 people. You will also
        Festival). however, despite sharing a common           take a look at what you can expect this year.                  dating back all the way to 1985 and     firecrackers and fireworks!                 receive a small pack of tea leaves
  heritage with the rest of its asian neighbours,                                                                             will see this traditional Chinese                                                   (50g) as a souvenir.

     Chinese New Year                       • Red packets: Known as hong bao in
                                              Chinese (or ang pow in hokkien),
                                                                                     as kum and they are considered
                                                                                     auspicious because they are a
                                                                                                                           • Nian gao: In Chinese, the word
                                                                                                                             gao can also mean “high” and
                                                                                                                                                                      Singapore and could
                                                                                                                                                                      very well be considered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and Bee Cheng Hiang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (189 new bridge Road,
     Must Haves                               these are considered symbols of        homonym for “gold.”                     the Chinese believe that eating          the official cookie of the                         H (65) 6223-7059) churn
     8 things to get at the Chinatown         good luck and given to children by   • Fu décor: In Chinese, the word “fu”     this sweet rice cake will help you       Chinese new Year period.          Bak Kua      out succulent meat barbequed
     Chinese New Year bazaar, 22              parents and other adults. Money        means luck and it is common to          prosper in your career in the year     • Bak Kua (barbecued pork                     to perfection and flavoured in
                     Jan-13 Feb (Sun-         should be given in even numbers        see people hanging the character        ahead.                                   slices): These popular treats are         different ways. an absolute must-
                           Thu 11am-          (though you should avoid                  upside down to symbolise the       • Pineapple tarts: The Chinese             hot favourites during the Chinese         try is Lim Chee Guan’s bak kwa
                           11pm; Fri, Sat     giving $4 because it is an                   coming of wealth.                 word for pineapple sounds like           new Year season. Follow the scent         in gourmet form at Mandarin
                          and Public          inauspicious number                           • Melon seeds: These             “fortune is coming” and this is          to “bak kwa street” at new bridge         Oriental hotel’s Cherry Garden
                          Holidays            associated with death).                       symbolise fertility.             why pineapples are considered            Road where household names                Restaurant (22 Jan-28 Feb),
                         11am-1am)          • Mandarin oranges: In                         • Groundnuts: These               auspicious symbols. Pineapple            like Lim Chee Guan (203 new               putting a fresh spin on this age-
        Red packets                           Cantonese, these are known                 represent longevity.                tarts are very popular in                bridge Road, H (65) 6227-8302)            old delight!
                                                                           Melon seeds

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                            Chinatown: Old vs New                                                                                                        River Hongbao 2010
                                                                                                                                                               12-20 Feb 2010, noon-11:30pm daily except on Chinese New Year’s Eve,
                                                                                                                                                                  (13 Feb 2010); noon-1am, The Float @ Marina Bay.
   Old Gems                                                      Modern Chic
   Like the rest of the country, Chinatown is a blend of the
   old and the new. If you want to see Chinese temples,
   tea shops and medicinal halls, then head to the heart of
   old Chinatown: South bridge Road, Smith Street, Pagoda
   Street, Temple Street, Trengganu Street and Sago Street.
                       Temples of Tradition                      Club Street
                       One of the unique things about
                                                                 Chinatown isn’t just about temples and heritage shops.
                       Chinatown is that despite being
                                                                 across the road from the Sri Mariamman Temple
                       a Chinese enclave, one can find
                                                                 are ann Siang hill and Club Street. Once a nutmeg
                       temples of various religious faiths
                                                                 plantation, the area now houses boutiques and posh
                       here. The Thian Hock Keng Temple
                                                                 restaurants. Further down in Keong Saik Road, a former
   Buddha Tooth        (158 Smith Street, H (65) 6423-
                                                                 red-light district, and bukit Pasoh Road, which is
   Relic Temple        4616.
   and Museum                                                    famous for its clan associations, you can sample fusion
                       sg), which dates back to 1821, is
                                                                 cuisines and take part in wine-tasting events.
  Singapore’s oldest hokkien temple and located close
                                                                    Tanjong Pagar, Chinatown and Outram Park
  by is the Sri Mariamman Temple (244 South Bridge
  Road, H (65) 6223-4064), Singapore’s oldest and                Asylum                                                       It’s not every day that you see the          fairyland of festive decorations.         popular Chinese mythical characters
  most important hindu temple, which is famous for its           22 Ann Siang Road, H (65) 6324-8264.                         Marina bay area coming alive in              The highlights of River hongbao           such as the God of Fortune, 12
  intricate entrance tower featuring sculptures of deities                                         such a spectacular fashion.                  2010 include lantern displays,            Chinese zodiac animals and many
  and sacred animals. another place worth visiting is the        headed by founder and creative head honcho Chris Lee,            now in its 24th year, the River          performances, specialty food and          other lighting installations which
  Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (288 South                this design/studio gallery is a treasure trove of limited-   hongbao 2010 festival is a dazzling          handicrafts from Chengdu, China.          would provide numerous photo
  Bridge Road, H (65) 6220-0220.              edition and hard-to-find labels and music by kooky,          riverside extravaganza that will             There will be many interesting            opportunities. all these against the
  Inspired by architecture from the Tang dynasty era, this       experimental musicians.                                      be taking place at the Marina bay            cultural activities such as Chinese       specular Marina bayfront view with
  magnificent temple is home to what many buddhist                                                                            Floating Platform in the evenings.           Lantern-Riddles and competitions.         firing of firecrackers and fireworks, a
  experts regard as the Sacred buddha Tooth Relic, which         Magma German Wine Bistro + Shop                              during this event, the area will                visitors can look forward to           visit to the River hongbao will be a
  is located in a magnificent Relic Stupa made of 320            2-4 Bukit Pasoh Road, H (65) 6221-0634.                      be transformed into a glittering             majestic, large-scale displays of         trip to be remembered.
  kilograms of gold donated by devotees.               
                                                                 The old meets the new at Magma. Enjoy an exquisite
                     Tong Heng                                   glass of German wine with roasted suckling pig in beer/                               What is Yu Sheng?
                      285 South Bridge Road,                     honey gravy this February, then head up to Siong Leng
                       H (65) 6223-0398.                         Musical Association (no. 4B), which is housed in the                                   Yu Sheng is        though ingredients vary according         Try Yu Sheng here:
                        Loyal customers swear by this            same premises, where one of the treasures of traditional                               a raw fish         to establishment and budget. all
                         fourth-generation Chinese bakery’s      Chinese musical arts and Liyuan Opera are still being                                  salad that is an   the ingredients have a special
                         egg tarts. a household name that        practised. Catch them in rehearsal on Saturdays from 2-                               indispensable       significance, usually associated with
                has been around for the past 89 years, it also   5pm (closed from 10-21 Feb 2010).                             part of many Chinese Singaporeans’          good luck and prosperity, for the
   sells traditional Chinese baked goods like mooncakes                                                                        new Year celebrations. It is widely         Chinese.
                                                                                                                               believed to have been created               How do you eat it?                         Hai Tien Lo
  during festive periods.                                                          The Screening Room
                                                                                   12 Ann Siang Road,                          by Than Mui Kai, a master chef              Eating Yu Sheng with a Chinese            Hai Tien Lo
  Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium                                                H (65) 6221-1694.                           at Singapore’s very own Lai wah             family is an experience to be             37/F, Pan Pacific hotel, 7 Raffles
  70 Eu Tong Sen Street, H (65) 6538-4222.                                                   restaurant in 1964.                         savoured. The act of tossing it into      boulevard. H (65) 6826-8338.                                                                at this unique restaurant, film buffs          Ingredients include raw fish             the air is known as lo hei and it sees       City Hall
  with a history spanning more than 45 years, this               can feast on the film-themed creations of executive chef      (usually salmon or mackerel) and            everybody gathering around the            Majestic Restaurant
  Chinatown landmark is well-known for its wide range of         Samia ahad and then adjourn to the restaurant’s very          shreds of carrots, ginger, jellyfish,       table, chopsticks in hand, to toss the    new Majestic hotel, 31-37 bukit
  authentic Chinese goods such as tea, herbs, handicrafts,       own screening room to watch silver screen classics in         turnip, chilli as well as five spice        ingredients into the air and ask for      Pasoh Road. H (65) 6511-4718.
  silk products and more.                                        luxurious comfort.                                            powder, plum sauce and sesame oil,          good tidings for the year ahead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Outram Park or Chinatown

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               Chingay Parade Singapore 2010
               19 Feb, 8.30pm; 20 Feb, 8pm. Pit Building (next to the Singapore Flyer),,
               $25-80 from SISTIC, Singapore Visitors Centre at Orchard Road and Singapore Pools Outlets.
               Call (65) 6348-5555 or visit
                                                                                       How to Catch the Parade
                                                                                                                                               Indian Festivities
                                                                                       The parade starts from the Pit                          Chunjie isn’t the only cultural festival happening in Singapore this quarter.
                                                                                       building and proceeds along the
                                                                                                                                               we take a look at two celebrations carried out by our Indian community.
                                                                                       race track up to Republic boulevard.
                                                                                       Revellers can purchase tickets
                                                                                       to watch the parade in comfort                          Thaipusam
                                                                                       from the seating galleries or stand                     For the Tamil community, Thaipusam
                                                                                       along the route to view for free.                       celebrates the birthday of the hindu
                                                                                       Tickets range from $25-80. If you’re                    deity Lord Murugan (also known as
  Traditional acts meet cosmopolitan           • Singapore Samba Parties!                                                                      Subramaniam). Lord Murugan is seen
                                                                                       standing, try to arrive at least half
  groove in the annual Chingay Parade          9 & 16 Jan 2010, 7pm, 9 King                                                                    as a granter of wishes and on this day,
                                                                                       an hour prior to the start of the
  where gigantic floats, sequined              George’s Ave, 30 Jan 2010, 7pm,                                                                 devotees can be seen carrying pots
                                                                                       parade to secure a good viewing
  costumes and colourful performances          Pit Building. Free admission.                                                                   of milk on their heads as an offering
  take to the streets in asia’s Grandest       Party with the performers from the                                                              to the deity, or kavadis (semicircular
  Street and Floats Parade. The name           Singapore Samba segment as they                                                                 metal and wood structures) to fulfill
  “Chingay” was coined from its                prepare for Chingay Parade 2010.        Limited Edition Chingay                                 their vows for a favour asked or
  hokkien dialect equivalent, meaning          adventurous ones can even rent a        2010 Medallion                                          received. This year, Thaipusam will
  “the art of costume and masquerade,”         costume from the Parade Carnival                            here’s a one-of-a-                  take place on 30 January.
  and is one of the most anticipated           one and a half hours before the                             kind souvenir for                      To witness the colourful
  and widely participated events               parade, pick up some simple dance                           you to remember                     celebrations of this grand festival in
  here. This year, Chingay takes street        steps and be part of the samba                              your visit to                       Little India, make your way to the
  celebrations to a higher notch with          contingent!                                                 Singapore. This                     Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (397
  its first fire cracker dragon, fantastic   • Orchard Road Mini-Parade                                    limited edition                     Serangoon Road, H (65) 6298-5771).
  fantasy characters, majestic “flying         23 & 24 Jan and 30 & 31 Jan 2010,       Chingay 2010 medallion is the first                     Every year it attracts more than
  horses” and the grandest finale since        5-6pm, Orchard Road                     of its kind and is available in two                     20,000 devotees who take part in a
  its beginnings in 1973.                      Stretching from Ion Orchard to          versions: Standard (usual price: $10;                   procession that winds its way through         Thaipusam
                                               the Meritus Mandarin hotel, this        Ticket holders: $5) and Premium                         Serangoon Road, Selegie Road,
  • Parade Carnival (Chingay                   mini-parade will feature a roving       (usual price: $30; Ticket holders:                      Prinsep Street, Penang Road and              January. with its origins in southern
    Passion Pasar)                             procession and performances.            $28). For more information, visit                       Clemenceau avenue before ending              India, this traditional thanksgiving
    19 & 20 Feb 2010, from 3pm,              • City Alive!                    or call                           at the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple            celebration is a festival during which
    Promenade between the Pit                  20 Feb 2010, 10.30pm. Pit               H (65) 6566-2626.                                       (15 Tank Road, H (65) 6737-9393).            God is praised. Many hindus observe
    Building and the Singapore Flyer           Building,                                                                      visitors who witness this procession         this festival by cooking rice in a new
    For the first time ever, Chingay           Singapore’s biggest street dance                    Be the first to own the                     often marvel at the strength and             pot in the morning and allowing it to
    will be introducing a carnival to          party is back! Expect plenty of                     1st Chingay Medallion                                                                    boil over to symbolise prosperity.
                                                                                                  in history! Enjoy a 50%                                intensity of the devotees’
    ramp up the fun factor. Parade-            music and adrenaline-fueled                                                                                      faith, and the fact that        To experience this celebration,
                                                                                              discount on the Standard
    goers can grab snacks and photo            activities to last you till the wee                                                                                those carrying the        make your way to Campbell Lane
    opportunities with anime and movie         hours of the morning.                       Present your Chingay 2010 tickets to enjoy offer.                      kavadis feel no pain at   ( Little India), which will be
    characters.                                                                                          while stocks last.
                                                                                                                                                                    all!     converted into a pedestrian-only mini
                                                                                                                                                                                            village during this period. You can
    Fast Facts                           • The first two days of Chinese new
                                           Year will be celebrated on 14 and 15
                                                                                     • The 15th day of Chinese new Year
                                                                                       is also known to hokkiens as Chap
                                                                                                                                                                         Pongal             browse the stalls and get your hands
                                                                                                                                                                                            on unique souvenirs and watch the
                                           February 2010.                              Goh Meh. Traditionally, young,                                                                       daily cultural performances during the
                                         • Traditionally, Chinese new Year is          unmarried women would throw                                                                          festive period. Look out for the Mass
                                                                                                                                                                             to look
                                           celebrated over 15 days.                    mandarin oranges into the sea,                                                                       Pongal Cooking demonstration on
                                                                                                                                                                          out for in
                                         • On the eve of Chinese new Year,             hoping that the fruits would                                                                         16 January and best decorated Cow
                                                                                                                                                                     Little India is the
                                           it is a tradition for families to get       find their way to their                                                                              contest on 17 January.
                                                                                                                                                             Pongal (harvest) Festival
                                           together for dinner. This is known as       future spouses.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                             happening from 9-17                                                      Pongal
                                           the reunion dinner.
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                                                                                                                                                                 Jurong Bird Park                       Night Safari                               Singapore Flyer
                                                                                                                                                                 This year, the first day of Chinese                       It doesn’t matter                      This Chinese new
                                                                                                                                                                 new Year coincides with valentine’s                       if you’re a couple                     Year, usher in good
                                                                                                                                                                 day, and visitors to the Jurong bird                      in love or a                           luck and prosperity
                                                                                                                                                                 Park will be able to celebrate both                       family looking                         as you embark on
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ulu Ulu
                                                                                                                                                                 occasions with the park’s resident                        to spend quality                       the Singapore Flyer
                                                                                                                                                                 Love birds. On the 14 Feb, look out    time together this Chinese new             Auspicious Trail:
                                                                                                                                                                 for special appearances by cupid as    Year, you’ll find no shortage of           1. Make your wish at the peak of your
                                                                                                                                                                 well as love song dedications! Catch   celebrations at the night Safari.             flight to receive heaven Qi (天气).
                                                                                                                                                                 other festive celebrations such as     Instead of the same old buffets, why       2. Return to the Treasure Cave for
                                                                                                                                                                 Lion dances and Chinese acrobatic      not gather your loved ones around              Earth Qi (地气).
                                                                                                                                                                 performances. 2 Jurong hill, H (65)    for a reunion dinner at the onsite         3. Touch the water at the Garden of
                                                                                                                                                                 6265-0022.         ulu ulu Restaurant? If you’re in the           Spring to receive human Qi
  Singapore Zoo                              Jurong Bird Park                            Night Safari                                                               Boon Lay                            mood for love, why not hop on to the           (人气).
                                                                                                                                                                                                        valentine’s Gourmet Safari Express         30 Raffles avenue, H (65) 6854-

                                                                                                                                                                                                        for a delicious and romantic ride? 80      5200.
                                                                                         Haw Par Villa                                                                                                  Mandai Lake Road, H (65) 6269-                 City Hall

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                                                                                                              and culture,                                                                                                                                     & FREE Auspicious Trail
                                                                                                              head over to                                                                              Sinema Old School                                    Booklet with limited edition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Red Packets with purchase of a
                                                                                                              haw Par villa.                                                                                                If you’re tired
                                                                                                              On display are                                                                                                                         full-priced Singapore Flight Ticket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the usual                        (Adult/Child)
                                                                                         original figurines from 1937, featuring                                                                                            Chinese new
  what to see and do during this festive season.                                         Chinese mythological characters                                         Other highlights:                                          Year offerings at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Present your passport to confirm eligibility. Offer valid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         from 23 Jan-28 Feb 2010. while stocks last.

                                                                                         such as the laughing buddha and                                         • Hollywood Dinos - The Live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the multiplexes

           hinese new Year festivities aren’t limited only to Chinatown and              Fu Lu Shou (deities of happiness,
                                                                                         prosperity, and wealth). be sure to
                                                                                                                                                                   Experience: Travel back in time to
                                                                                                                                                                   when dinosaurs roamed the earth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in town, why           Singapore Zoo
           the usual suspects in town. If you’d like to see a different side to all                                                                                                                                         not head over          It’s the Year of the Tiger and what
                                                                                         visit the hua Song Museum, located                                        and watch life-size dinosaurs
           the festive celebrations, why not take a trip to the Jurong Bird Park,                                                                                                                       to Sinema Old School for a taste           better way to ring in this festive
                                                                                         within the grounds of haw Par villa,                                      move, growl, blink their eyes and
  Singapore Zoo or Night Safari for a different spin on things?                                                                                                                                         of something different? dedicated          period than to celebrate it with the
                                                                                         for a guided tour of the lives of the                                     even walk and dance in this state-
     but what if you’d like to take a break from all the Chinese new Year                                                                                                                               to showcasing the country’s locally        Singapore Zoo’s majestic white
                                                                                         ma-jies (female domestic servants                                         of-the art exhibition. Through 21
  festivities? Fret not. There are plenty of other things you can do. First stop:                                                                                                                       produced films, it offers film buffs       tigers? There are plenty of exciting
                                                                                         who were known by their distinctive                                       Feb 2010.
  BODY WORLDS. If you haven’t heard of dr. Gunther von hagens’ travelling                                                                                                                               the chance to discover the best of         events and activities to get you into
                                                                                         black-and-white attire) and the                                         • March School Holidays - Penguin
  anatomy exhibition, get yourself down to the Singapore Science Centre to get                                                                                                                          local cinema, as well as some rarely       the festive mood. Look out for:
                                                                                         coolies - Singapore’s earliest Chinese                                    Expedition: Join the bird park’s
  up to speed on things. we could tell you what else there is to do, but instead                                                                                                                        screened gems, in plush comfort.           • Lion dance performance: watch
                                                                                         immigrants. 262 Pasir Panjang Road,                                       tuxedoed residents as they
  of spoiling the fun for you, we’ll leave you to find out more about them on the                                                                                                                       11 Mt. Sophia Road, H (65) 6336-              as the God of Fortune ushers in a
                                                                                         H (65) 6872-2780. Buona Vista                                             entertain you with their adorable
  next page. have a great spring festival!                                                                                                                                                              9707.                           Grr-eat 2010!
                                                                                         or HarbourFront                                                           antics!
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dhoby Ghaut                             • Prosperity Tiger Sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • CNY Grr-eat Yu Sheng Toss
                       Keep an                 BODY WORLDS: The Original and             Quest for Immortality - The World of                                    Sentosa Lumiere                        Dolphin Lagoon                             • CNY Grr-eat Reunion Dinner
                       eye out for             The Cycle of Life                         Ancient Egypt                                                           13-21 Feb 2010                         Underwater World Singapore                 • Tiger Fortune Cookies (concealing
                       these as                23 Oct 2009-6 Mar 2010                    22 Dec 2009-4 Apr 2010                                                  7-10.30pm, Images of Sentosa           The recently opened all-new dolphin           strips with facts about tigers)
                                               Science Centre Singapore                  National Museum of Singapore                                            Foodcourt/Merlion Walk/Terrace         Lagoon offers a wide range of              • Tiger mascot Meet & Greet
                       well!                                                                                                                                                                            experiences for the whole family to
                                               Get an in-depth look at the human         Featuring over 230 Egyptian artifacts                                   be captivated by the special light                                                • Kids’ Tiger mascot dance
                                               body and how it develops over             spanning 4000 bCE-950ad, this                                           effects as they illuminate the         discover and enjoy. visitors will be          performance
                         Quest for             time in this third series of the wildly   exhibition offers a fascinating insight                                 landscape around the Merlion and       able to interact with the resident         • The Grr-eat Wheel of Fortune:
                         Immortality           popular body worlds exhibition.           into life in ancient Egypt. 93 Stamford                                 Imbiah Zone. There will also be        pink dolphins as well as get up close         Just spin the wheel to win great
                         - The World of                                                                                                                          entertainers, making it guaranteed     with fur seals - the latest addition to
                                               15 Science Centre Road,                   Road, H (65) 6332-3659.                                                                                                                                      prizes!
                         Ancient Egypt
                                               H (65) 6425-2500.                                                                  family fun for all.                    their family. 80 Siloso Road, H (65)       80 Mandai Lake Road,
    PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL        Jurong East               Dhoby Ghaut                                                                     6275-0030. www.underwaterworld.            H (65) 6269-3411.
    MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE                                                                                                                                             HarbourFront               HarbourFront                            Ang Mo Kio or Choa Chu Kang
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  Marina Bay Sands® Opening 2010                                                                                                                                             Meet the World Gourmet Summit’s

   Marina                                                                                                                                                                    Constellation of Stars
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         11 - 24 April 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Celebrate 14 years of
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  The very picture of asia’s most spectacular entertainment destination.

                arina bay Sands®                Luxury fashion fans will have a       state-of-the-art theatres, totalling
                promises oodles of           new destination in which to pamper       4,000 seats, will offer audiences an
                entertainment and lots of    themselves in high-end boutiques         impressive variety of hand-picked
  lifestyle experiences when it opens -      featuring international brands sitting   international and local performances                                                      Dine with the Stars                                 Cook with the Stars
  from shopping to arts performances         alongside cutting-edge, newer labels.    all the way from broadway to
  to wining and dining.                      with an eclectic mix of gourmet          bollywood - including hits such as
      not to be missed is its                restaurants and cool cafes too,          the internationally acclaimed musical
  breathtaking Sands SkyPark®                this will be the hangout du jour for     The Lion King. Live music fans can
  offering 360-degree views of               visitors and locals alike. Choose to     also get their fix with a smorgasbord
  Singapore’s skyline. This one-             visit one of the “floating” crystal      of concerts, while film buffs can
  hectare tropical oasis in the sky will     pavilions featuring Louis vuitton,       expect exclusive gala premiers.
  feature lush greenery, beautifully         or enjoy a great meal at one of the          Finally, don’t miss the museum
  sculptured gardens, restaurants and        world-renowned chef restaurants          where blockbuster artworks from                                                           Wine with the Stars    Taste extraordinary Wine   Be Touched by the Stars
  an infinity pool. The hotel itself is      (featuring greats like Mario batali,     the world over will be displayed.
  also gorgeous, offering personalised       daniel boulud, wolfgang Puck, Santi      The museum’s lotus-inspired design
  service and access to exclusive spa        Santamaria, Guy Savoy and Tetsuya        lends a powerful presence to the                                            fine cuisine                        G r e at W i n e s                    unique DininG
  facilities, trendy restaurants, bars       wakuda) after all that shopping - the    waterfront area and will be a sight
  and entertainment lounges that             choice is yours.                         to behold.
  will deliver a truly unforgettable            arts lovers will have plenty                                                                                   Held In:                                Jointly Organised By:
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                                                                                                                           spectacular shows while providing a
                                                                                                                           vast array of retail therapy.
                                                                                                                              Brace yourselves for Voyage de
                                                                                                                           la Vie™, a fully original rock circus
                                                                                                                           spectacular about a joyous journey
                                                                                                                           of self-discovery told through
                                                                                                                           pulsating music, fabulous costumes,
                                                                                                                           awe-inspiring sets and death-
                                                                                                                           defying stunts by world renowned
                                                                                                                           circus stars. Created by an
                                                                                                                           international team led by creative
                                                                                                                           producer Mark Fisher, best known
                                                                                                                           for his design of visual spectacles
                                                                                                                           like Cirque du Soleil’s Ka and the
                                                                                                                           Beijing 2008 Olympics, Voyage
                                                                                                                           de la Vie will be an entertainment
                                                                                                                           experience like no other.
                                                                                                                              Coming up after 2010, you can
                                                                                                                           marvel at the magnificence of inner
                                                                                                                           space at the Marine Life Park™,
                                                                                                                           which will house one of the world’s
                                                                                                                           largest oceanariums, the world’s
                                                                                                                           longest man-made rainforest river as
  Resorts World Sentosa
                                                                                                                           well as thrilling up-close encounters

                                                                                                                           with sharks and dolphins. It also
         entosa Island will become even      Shrek and gang on an incredible                                               encapsulates a rich educational
         more exciting when Resorts          4-D adventure. Thrill seekers can                                             resource on aquatic environments
         World™ Sentosa opens in the         engage in an aerial combat on the                                             and conservation efforts.
  first quarter of 2010. It will be the      world’s tallest duelling coasters.                                               Climb aboard the world’s first
  only place on the planet that offers       “Lights, Camera, Action!” Hosted                                              4D multi-sensory typhoon theatre
  an unrivalled range of world-class         by Steven Spielberg will interest                                             where visitors will find themselves on
  experiences for the young or old, the      movie enthusiasts who can witness                                             the deck of an Arabia-bound cargo
  individual or the family.                  Universal Studios™ movie making in                                            ship which runs into a tumultuous
      Highly anticipated is Universal        progress right here in Singapore!                                             typhoon. This riveting adventure,
  Studios Singapore™, the region’s              FestiveWalk™ is the perfect venue                                          ready after 2010, is the centrepiece
  first and only Hollywood movie             to rendezvous for the best dining,                                            of the Maritime Xperiential
  theme park, which will feature             dancing and celebratory experiences                                           Museum™, a state-of-the-art, multi-
  24 movie-themed rides and                  around with over 60 F&B outlets                                               sensory showcase of one of the most
  attractions, 18 of which are unique        ranging from fine restaurants helmed                                          glorious periods in Asian history
  to Singapore. Highlights include           by international celebrity chefs to the                                       featuring shipwreck replicas and
  The Lost World, Madagascar and             most delectable Asian street hawker                                           deep sea treasures.
  Sci-fi City. The young and young           fare as well as the hippest club
  at heart will be entertained by            hopping spots ever assembled. This                                         

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                                                                                                                                                     Go India                chef-owner Yong bing ngen,
                                                                                                                                                      #01-152/155            Majestic puts a contemporary
                                                                                                                                                      VivoCity, 1            spin on tradition with a delightful
                                                                                                                                                      HarbourFront           selection of modern Chinese
                                                                                                                                                      Walk, H (65)           cuisine. while here, don’t forget
                                                                                                                                  6376-9644.           to try crowd favourites such as
                                                                                                                                  goindia HarbourFront                       the crispy wasabi prawn; Peking
                                                                                                                                  Go India focuses on provincial             duck and pan-seared foie gras;
                                                                                                                                  northern Indian cuisine instead of         ribeye fillet in homemade sesame
                                                                                                                                  the usual curries. If you want to try      sauce; and grilled rack of lamb in
                                                                                                                                  cuisine from Mughlai, Lucknowi and         Chinese honey with pan-fried carrot
                                                                                                                                  hyderabadi, this is the place. Kebabs      cake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Majestic Restaurant
                                                                                                                                  plus grilled and oven-baked dishes
                                                                                                                                  feature prominently here, and the          One On The Bund                            the dishes all the more enticing and
                                                                                                                                  food is not the rich, heavily spiced       Clifford Pier, 80 Collyer Quay,            special, and signature East-meets-
                                                                                                                                  variety, but is rather subtle in taste     H (65) 6221-0004. www.wws.                 west creations include the divine
                                                                                                                                  with European influences. Signature                                   suckling pig and foie gras, which
                                                                                                                                  dishes include minced lamb kebabs;                               Raffles Place        comprises crispy suckling pig skin,
                                                                                                                                  prawn with fenugreek, cashew nut                              This chic waterfront    soft foie gras, yam and a sweet
                                                                                                                                  and onion; chicken in cashew nut                              restaurant sprang       mantou (bun)-like base, as well as
                                                                                                                                  paste; and cottage cheese with nuts.                          up after the old        the melt-in-the-mouth braised beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                Clifford Pier           cheek with “zhuhou” sauce.
                                                                                                                                  Krish                                                         was revamped.
     Xi Yan                                                                                                                       9 Rochester Park, H (65) 6779-                                named after the         Xi Yan

                                                                                                                                  4644.                     embankment in Shanghai, One on the       38A Craig Road, H (65) 6220-3546.
                                                                                                                                                        Buona Vista          bund combines colonial glamour with Tanjong
                                                                                                          Cassia                                                             a modern sensibility. The restaurant
                                                                                                                                                     housed in a                                                                           Pagar
                                                                                                            1 The Knolls,                                                    features a state-of-the-art open
                                                                                                                                                     beautifully restored,                                                                 Private dining
                                                                                                            Sentosa Island                                                   flame roast duck kitchen and an
                                                                                                                                                     two-storey black                                                                      establishment
                                                                                                            Capella, H (65)

                                                                                                                                                     and white colonial      innovative noodle bar with an open                            Xi Yan can be
                                                                                                            6591-5045. www.                                                  kitchen where visitors can witness
                                                                                                                                                     bungalow amid                                                                         a challenge to
                                                                                                            capellasingapore.                                                chefs preparing noodles from scratch,
                                                                                                                                  lush green surroundings is Krish,                                                                        find if you don’t
                                                                                        com/cassia-restaurant.php                                                            There’s also a delectable dessert
                                                                                                                                  an elegant restaurant that serves                                                                        know where
                                                                                            HarbourFront                                                                     bar that whips up delicious western
                                                                                                                                  contemporary European cuisine                                                                            to look, as it is
                                                                                        Located at the six-star Capella                                                      desserts with an asian influence.
                                                                                                                                  with a South asian twist. Their                                                     located on the second floor with
                                                                                        Singapore, Cassia is Chinese fine
                                                                                                                                  exotic cocktails are delicious (try the                                             minimal signage. but once you get
   Thanks to its unique history and mix of cultures,                                    dining at its most stylish. Its elegant
                                                                                                                                  Raspberry Smash and The Yatra), and        Shang Palace                             past the nondescript exterior, you’ll
                                                                                        interior is complemented perfectly by
   Singapore’s many restaurants excel at serving up                                     its sophisticated cuisine. Recipes are
                                                                                                                                  the spiced carrot ravioli, spice rubbed    G/F, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore,         be greeted with a scarlet interior,
                                                                                                                                  tenderloin and papadum crusted             22 Orange Grove Road, H (65)             grand paintings and a cosy, intimate
   traditional asian cooking with global influences                                     based on traditional regional cooking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      interior that serves up excellent
                                                                                                                                  snapper will have your taste buds          6213-4473.
   aplenty. we highlight some of the noteworthy ones.                                   and blended with haute Cantonese
                                                                                                                                  tingling in pleasure.                      en/property/singapore/shangrila          fusion fare. Its eclectic cuisine
                                                                                        techniques. If you’re planning on
                                                                                                                                                                                Orchard                               contains of elements of Cantonese,

                                                                                        dining here, don’t miss the signature
                hen the word “fusion” is mentioned, one usually thinks of a type                                                  Majestic Restaurant                        Exuding an opulent air with its red      Szechuan, Japanese and Thai
                                                                                        fusion-style favourites such as the
                of cuisine that contains differing cultural influences in its dishes.                                             New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit            interior and plush, stylish                         cooking, with the most
                                                                                        barbequed boneless duck with mango
                however, truly accomplished chefs are able to fuse not only                                                       Pasoh Road, H (65) 6511-4718.              furnishings, Shang                                     popular dishes being the
                                                                                        in lemon sauce, five-spice roasted
   geographical influences, but historical ones as well, taking traditional dishes                                                         Palace is known                                           Japanese tomatoes
                                                                                        australian pork belly and wok-fried
   and updating them with a very modern sizzle. If you’re visiting Singapore                                                                                                 for its classy                                              with sesame wasabi
                                                                                        australian wagyu beef tenderloin            Outram Park
   during this festive period, why not take this opportunity to find out for                                                                                                 Cantonese cuisine.                                          sauce; shrimp paste
                                                                                        done Cantonese style. For dessert,        Majestic Restaurant and its Majestic
   yourself how our Chinese and Indian restaurants here have been playing with                                                                                               Contemporary                                                fish with pomelo
                                                                                        try the combination of chilled herbal     bar have made retro hip again.
   tradition, and blending the past and the present on the plate? here are just a                                                                                            influences make                                        salad and lime sauce;
                                                                                        jelly, homemade sorbet and Chinese        Owned by hotelier Loh Lik Peng and                                     Shang Palace
   few that excel in this skill.                                                                                                                                                                                              and orange peel beef.
                                                                                        petit fours.
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                                                                                                                                 Empress Place                            Post Bar                                   HarbourFront
                                                                                                                                 Right across the Singapore River,        G/F, The Fullerton, 1 Fullerton            The southern coast of Singapore,
                                                                                                                                 opposite Boat Quay is the Empress        Square, H (65) 6877-8135.                  which consists of HarbourFront,
                                                                                                                                 Place area where, fittingly, the                                Raffles Place       Sentosa, Pulau Brani and Keppel
                                                                                                                                 Empress Place Building and Old                               You won’t believe      Bay, is steeped in tales of brave
                                                                                                                                 Parliament House stand. The                                  that this sleek and    pirates and warriors from long ago.
                                                                                                                                 former, named after Queen Victoria,                          chic watering hole     Once a British maritime network,
                                                                                                                                 served as a courthouse and even a                            was once a post        the area is now a hub of activity
                                                                                                                                 registry of births and deaths, while     office. The plush Post bar, with its       with a glittering stretch of shops,
                                                                                                                                 the latter was where the Singapore       cocktail bar boasting a fine selection     restaurants, clubs and bars.
                                                                                                                                 Parliament used to sit before it         of tipples is a favourite for serious
                                                                                                                                                                          imbibers who flock here to savour
                                                                                                                                 moved across the road. Now the                                                      St. James Power Station
                                                                                                                                 two buildings house art galleries        its perfectly mixed cocktails like the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     #01-01, 3 Sentosa Gateway,
                                                                                                                                 and are a trendy spot to enjoy           Lychee Sling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     H (65) 6270-7676. www.
                                                                                                                                 dinner and drinks with views of the                                       
                                                                                                                                 Singapore River.                         Clarke Quay                                                         HarbourFront
                                                                                                                                                                          Once a chain of 19th century                                    housed in our first
                                                                                                                                 Bar Opiume                               godowns and warehouses with                                     coal-fired power
   Clarke Quay                                                                                                                   Asian Civilisations Museum, 1            Tongkangs (bumboats) lining its                                 plant is Singapore’s

                                                                                                                                 Empress Place, H (65) 6339-1720.         banks, Clarke Quay is today a hive of                           largest one-stop

   A Slice of History
                                                                                                                                                       www.indochine.     activity, bustling with a wide range       nightlife destination boasting 10
                                                                                                                                                          of restaurants, pubs, cafes and            distinct outlets - each featuring
                                                                                                                                                          Raffles Place   dance clubs.                               different genres of musical delights,
                                                                                                                                                       Situated in                                                   from R&b and Canto-pop to Latin pop
                                                                                                                                                       the asian          Zirca                                      and alternative rock. Everyone will be
                                                                                                                                 Civilisations Museum’s Empress           #01-02/05 to #02-01/08 Block C             spoilt for choice at this nightspot.
                                                                                                                                 Place complex, this cocktail bar is a    Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road,
   no other country brings together the old and the new quite like Singapore.
                                                                                                                                 great place to finish your day after     H (65) 6333-4168. www.zirca.               The Queen & Mangosteen
   From power stations and army barracks to warehouses and houses                                                                sampling some of the asian fusion Clarke Quay                         #01-106/107 VivoCity, 1
   of parliament, heritage is given a new lease on life as they’ve been                                                          dishes at the adjoining IndoChine        If electronic dance music is your          HarbourFront Walk, H (65) 6376-
   transformed into these iconic nightspots.                                                                                     waterfront restaurant. This place        thing, Zirca is your place. This           9380. www.queenandmangosteen.
                                                                                                                                 is packed on the weekends with a         massive dance club, which is part of       com HarbourFront
                                                                                                                                 young, trendy and sophisticated          The Cannery, plays host to a string of
   Dempsey                                    restaurant and bar serving up some
                                              of the best European cuisine with a
                                                                                        haute-dining restaurant with über-
                                                                                        creative drinks (Tippling Club).         crowd, while on weekdays the             internationally-renowned dJs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     british tradition meets tropical chic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           at this breezy
   The hip and luscious Dempsey                                                                                                  atmosphere is more chilled-out. best
                                              twist along with creative cocktails.                                                                                                                                                         waterfront
   Hill has certainly come a long way
   from its military roots. Who would
                                              Its unique retro-esque dining hall is                        Oosh                  time to head up is before sunset.        Forbidden City                                                   gourmet pub.
                                              great for a quiet tête-à-tête while its                         22 Dempsey                                                  #01-02 Block A Clarke Quay, 3 River                              apart from
   have known that this enclave of
   restaurants, cafés, bars, art galleries
                                              inviting alfresco bar with downtempo                            Road, H (65)       Timbre @ The Arts House                  Valley Road, H (65) 6557-6268.             old-time favourites such as fish and
                                              tunes in the background will get you                            6475-0002.         #01-04 The Arts House, 1 Old                          chips, and bangers and mash, you
   and antique stores was once a
                                              grooving in no time.                                               Orchard         Parliament Lane, H (65) 6336-                                  Clarke Quay          can also expect to find nibbles with a
   British army barracks?
                                                                                                              Singapore’s        3386.                                     East meets west         Singaporean edge. wash it all down

   The White Rabbit                                            House                                          largest alfresco      Raffles Place                                            in this palatial        with a Pimm’s & Lemonade - the
                                                               8D Dempsey               dining restaurant and bar to             a hit with the expat and trendy                             entertainment           perfect foil for our humid weather - or
                     39C Harding                                                                                                                                                                                     choose from a wide selection of craft
                                                               Road, H (65)             date, this lush chill out venue will     young crowd, Timbre @ The arts           complex. Chinoiserie chic comes
                     Road, H (65)                                                                                                                                                                                    brews, wines and spirits.
                                                               6475-7787. www.          definitely dazzle. From its laidback     house is where you can tune in to        alive at bar Cocoon where daybeds,
                                                              balinese-influenced mood-lit             some live music every night featuring    antique pieces and dim lanterns                     Enjoy a complimentary nibble
                     thewhiterabbit.                                                                                                                                                                                          with every four half pints of
                                                                  Orchard               cabanas to comfy lounge chairs,          Singaporean bands and musicians          transport you into another world
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Archipelago beer purchased
                                              This massive lifestyle destination        state-of-the-art landscaping and         such as EIC, ngak, alemay & Fatt,        filled with a chic and sensuous vibe
                        Orchard                                                                                                  Fendi, 53a, and Timmy & The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not valid with happy hours, Gift vouchers and
                                              boasts a spa (Spa Esprit), café           numerous water features, Oosh puts                                                while Madame butterfly restaurant              other promotions. valid with full priced beers only.
   housed in a beautifully restored                                                                                              Goodfellas.                                                                             Complimentary nibble changes weekly. Item to be
                                              (barracks), bar (Camp) and even a         plush in every corner.                                                            dishes out modern Chinese cuisine.                   redeemed on the day of purchase only.
   chapel, The white Rabbit is a
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                                                                                                 1. Enchante Shoulder bag $729. Braun
 CHUNjIE IS A TIME OF                                                                               Büffel, #01-100/102, Suntec City
                                                                     1         2            7       Mall 3, Temasek boulevard, H (65)
 RENEWAL, OF TRAdING                                                                                6333-0209.
 OLd FOR NEW. HERE ARE                                                             6                   City Hall
                                                                                                 2. Chirp Chirp Chirp white Cheongsam
 HOW YOU CAN CELEbRATE                                                                              Top $189. Fuchsia Lane, #03-04 Red
 THE NEW YEAR WITH                                                                                  dot Traffic, 28 Maxwell Road,
 SOME NEW GEAR!                                                                                     H (65) 9748-6717. You can also
                                                                                                    order tailor-made outfits here.
                   Watch out                                                                           Tanjong Pagar
                   for this Icon
                                                                                                 3. Red “虎” (banyan Tree Range) suede
                It represents
                                                                                                    leather wallet $24. Museum Shop
 shopping outlets that specialize in                                                                by Banyan Tree, asian Civilisations
 unique and/or Singapore-specific
 merchandise that you’ll definitely
                                                                                   8                Museum, 1 Empress Place Road,
                                                                                                    H 6336-9050. Raffles Place
 want to bring home!
                                                                                       9         4. Men’s ivory short-sleeved shirt $188.
                                                                                                    My Mandarin Collar, #02-04 willyn
                                                                                                    ville, 1 holland avenue,
                                                                                                    H (65) 8383-5252. Buona Vista

                                                                                                 5. Men’s ‘Chicken Rice’ polo t-shirt $59.
                                                                                                    Xi, #03-30 Paragon, 290 Orchard
                                                                                                    Road, (65) 6333-8220. Orchard

                                                                                                 6. blue brocade bag $28. My Mandarin
                                                                                                    Collar, #02-04 willyn ville, 1
                                                                                                    holland avenue, H (65) 8383-5252.

                                        4                                                              Buona Vista

          3                                                                                      7. “double happiness” Enamel bangle.
                                                                                                     $135 each. Shanghai Tang, #02-12G
                                                                                                     Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391
                                                                                                     Orchard Road, H (65) 6737-3537.
    Shop Smart!                                                                                         Orchard
                  Global Refund Tax Free Shopping                                                8. black velvet cheongsam with
                     Stand a chance to win a holiday to Singapore simply
                                                                                                    hand-painted orchids $350. H &
                     by spending a minimum of S$200 at any affiliated
                                                                                                    W International Pte Ltd, #01-26
                     store that displays the Global Refund Tax Free
                     Shopping logo (offer also valid when you charge a     5                        Laguna Park, 5000F Marine Parade
                                                                                                    Rd., H 6241-3268 (ask for Elisa
    minimum of S$100 to MasterCard). Check
                                                                                                    Chew). You can also order tailor-
    for details. valid till 4 Feb 2010.
                                                                                       10           made cheongsams here. Bedok

 Chinois Chic
                                                                                                 9. ‘andy art’ dress $139. Xi, #03-30
                                                                                                     Paragon, 290 Orchard Road,
                                                                                                     H (65) 6333-8220. Orchard

                                                                                                 10. Feng Shui Master watch $965.
                                                                                                     Shanghai Tang, #02 12-G
                                                                                                     Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391
 It’s the Year of the Tiger! here are some chinois-inspired ideas to                                 Orchard Road, H (65) 6737-3537.
 ramp up your wardrobe’s wow-factor this festive season.

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                                     2                                                                                                                             1. Victoria Secrets -
                                                                                                        More Gift Ideas                                            Secret Garden Collection,
                          1                                                                             bring home one of these exquisite
                                                                                                                                                        Secret Charm (Price not available
                                                                                                                                                        at time of print), Luxury Fashion at
                                                                                                        fragrances and skincare products from           Resorts world™ Sentosa.

                                                                3                                       Rancé, Amouage and Amala that are
                                                                                                        exlusively available only at Perfumes &

                                                                                                                                                     2. Royal Moroccan Tea $35. TWG Tea
                                                                                                        Cosmetics, Singapore Changi Airport.
                                                                                                                                                        Salon & Boutique, #01-22 Republic
                                                                                                        valid till 31 March 2010.                       Plaza, 9 Raffles Place, H (65) 6538-
                                                                                                                                                        1837. Raffles Place
                                                                          Not Just Another
                                                                          Fashion Accessory                                                          3. agate necklace $69. Madame
                                                                          These beautiful shawls, with their exquisite                                  Butterfly, #01-108/109 vivoCity,

                                                                      6   orchid motifs, have been sported on dignitaries                               1 harbourFront walk, (65) 6376-
                                                                                                                                                        9925. HarbourFront
                                                                          and well-known local personalities. The
                                                                          Singapore Shawl is available at CK Tang, The                               4. Teddy bear in traditional Chinese
                                                                          Ritz Carlton and the Singapore botanic Gardens                                outfit keychain $15.90. THE SHOP
                                                                          Shop. Call (65) 6298-2901 or visit www.                                       | The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament
                                                                 for more information.                                   Lane, H (65) 6337-1086.
                                                                                                                                                           Raffles Place

                                                       5                                      8                                                      5. Singapore Lunar Tiger 2-in-1
                                                                                                                                                        Coin Set $240. visit www.
                                                                                                                     9                         or call
                                                                                                                                                        H (65) 6566-2626.

                                  4                                                                                                                  6. Rattan Tiffin Carrier $48. The
                                                                                                                                                        Museum Shop at National
                                                                                                                                                        Museum, #01-03, 93 Stamford
                                                                                                                                                        Road, H (65) 6336-3670.
                                                                                                                                                           Dhoby Ghaut

                                                                                                                                                     7. autumn/winter 09/10 Chocolates
                                                                                                                                                        $8-12. Chocolate Research Facility,
                                                                7                                                                                       #02-10 wheelock Place, 501
                                                                                                                                                        Orchard Road, Tel: 6235-5905.

                                                                                                                                                     8. Tong Tong Panda brooch $33
                           The Great Trolley                                                                                                            (small) $40 (big). Tong Tong The
                          Enjoy free shuttle bus rides along                                                                                            Friendship Store, #01-04/05 Shaw
                          Orchard Road! Two 30-seater Old                                                        10                                     Towers, 100 beach Road, H (65)
                          Charm Tram buses will run the                                                                                                 6396-3887. Bugis
                          entire stretch from Tanglin Road to
  Orchard Road and back. The service will stop at major bus                                                                                                        9. Chignon Collection,
                                                                                                                                                                   anello, (Price not
  stops and operate seven days a week (11am-10pm, every
                                                                                                                                                        available at time of print), Luxury
  half hourly) from 01 dec 2009-28 Feb 2010.                                                                                                            Fashion at Resorts world™ Sentosa.

  Culture Vultures
                                                                                                                                                     10. Crystal Tiger sculpture $2,135.
                                                                                                                                                        Liuligongfang, #01-26 Paragon,
                                                                                                                                                        290 Orchard Road, H (65) 6735-
                                                                                                                                                        9271. Orchard

  bring home a piece of asia with these cool gifts and accessories.

28 Your Official Quarterly Lifestyle Guide                                                                                                        Your Official Quarterly Lifestyle Guide     29
                                                                                                                                          COMING SOON                                            a sneak peek into next quarter’s events.

                                                                                                PHOTO COURTESY OF CUISINE ANd WINE ASIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Great Singapore Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               28 May-25 Jul
     1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Various
                                                                                            4                                                                                     Singapore Arts Festival                                      most
                                                                                                                                                                                  14 May-13 Jun 2010                                           anticipated sale
                                                                                                                                                                                  Various Venues                                               is back with
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Festival in 2010 will open to      almost everything going at bargain
                                                                                                                                                                                  a spectacular fire art installation    prices! From the central shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                  by Cie Compagnie Carabosse             belts of Orchard Road and Marina
            For the on the
           bargains gadgets,                                                                                                              World Gourmet Summit                    (France) with 2,400 pots lighted       bay to the shopping precincts in
         latest on’t miss                                                                                                                 11-24 Apr 2010                          from Empress Place to the              the heartlands, you’ll find fantastic
              d          10!
                 ow 20
           IT Shf. to pg. 7                                                         5                                                     Various Venues                          Esplanade Park. Other highlights       deals on fashion, watches, jewellery,
              Re                                                                                                                          with the spotlight on a dazzling cast   include indoor performances such       electronics and more! Tourists can

   Tech That!
                                                                                                                                          of Michelin-rated chefs, some of        as Eonnagata by Sylvie Guillem         look forward to exclusive privileges
                                                                                                                                          the best wineries from around the       (France), Russell Maliphant (uK)       at selected participating retailers.
                                                                                                                                          world, celebrity chefs and master       and Robert Lepage (Cananda), the
                                                                                                                                          mixologists, food lovers will be        academy of St Martin in the Fields
                                                                                                                                          treated to gourmet pleasures that       Chamber Ensemble with Joshua
    Gear up on the latest gadgets this Year of the Tiger.                                                                                                                         bell (uS), nijinsky Project by the
                                                                                                                                          are truly a feast for the senses!
                                                                                                                                              Pichet Klunchun dance Company
  1. Jabra STOnE bluetooth Set $198. Epicentre,                                                                                                                                   (Thailand) to outdoor site-specific
      #02-20/23 wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd.,    Tech Tips                                                                                                                     performances such as Cargo
      H 6238-9378. Orchard                          Singapore boasts many
                                                                                                                                                                                  Singapore by Rimini Protokoll
                                                    authorized dealers and “fixed
  2. Samsung Pixon12 12 megapixel camera            price” stores for all your tech                                                                                               (Germany).
     phone $998. without contract from Singtel,     needs which makes price                                                                                             
     M1 and Starhub dealers island-wide. Try        comparisons a breeze. head down
     #01-81/82 Parco bugis Junction, 200 victoria   to tech and IT themed malls like
     Street, H (1800) 843-8383. Bugis               Funan DigitaLife Mall (109 north
                                                    bridge Road, H (65) 6336-8327;
  3. Memorex Mi2290 iPod dock $99. Best Denki,          City Hall) and Sim Lim Square
     #04-09/12 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard          (1 Rochor Canal Road, H (65)                                                          Asia Fashion Exchange
     Road, H (65) 6333-0110. Dhoby Ghaut            6338 3859; Bugis) where you                                                           2-20 Apr 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Singapore River Festival
  4. Canon LEGRIa hF S11 hd camcorder $2,899.
                                                    can find all sorts of the latest
                                                    gadgets and gizmos.                 6                                                 Various Venues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         25 Jun-3 Jul 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Singapore River
     Best Denki, #04-09/12 Plaza Singapura, 68                                                                                            Enjoy high-brow fashion catwalk
     Orchard Road, H (65) 6333-0110.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Celebrate the largest Sundown Party
                                                                                                                                          shows where top international
       Dhoby Ghaut                                                                                                                                                                                                       at the Singapore River Festival where
                                                                                                                                          designers such as alexander
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         fun and entertainment at all the
  5. OSIM uPapa hug $238. OSIM Marina Square                                                                                              McQueen and vivienne westwood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         quays (including many free events)
     #03-120/121 H (65) 6339-4915. City Hall                                                                                              will be showcased alongside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         are just a river taxi ride away.
                                                                                                                                          emerging local and regional
  6. apple 13” Macbook Pro $1,988. EpiCentre,                                                                                                                                                                  
     #b3-14, IOn Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn,
                                                                                                                                          designers in the Orchard Road and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Clarke Quay
     H (65) 6509-5028. Orchard                                                                                                            Marina bay precincts.

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  Essential Information
  STORE OPENING HOURS Most shops open                        BUSES Fares start from as low as 66 cents.        GST refunds
  from 10am-9:30pm daily.                                    be sure to have the exact fare, as bus drivers                       To enjoy the 7%
  TIPPING It is not usual practice to tip in                 do not give change. For more information, call                       Goods and Services
  Singapore. Most hotels and restaurants quote               the TransitLink hotline at 6225-5663. www.                           Tax (GST) refunds
  prices as “++,” which includes an additional 10   or                                paid on your
  percent service charge and 7 percent goods                 MASS RAPID TRANSIT (MRT) Trains                                      purchases under
  and services tax (GST).                                    run from about 6am to midnight. Single                               the Tourist Tax
  LOST PASSPORT/SINGAPORE                                    trip tickets vary from 90 cents to $1.90. For                        Refund Scheme,
  IMMIGRATION SERVICES If you’ve lost your                   more information call the TransitLink hotline                        you must make
  passport, make a police report; then head to                                           at least S$100
  Singapore Immigration & Registration (10                   TAXIS The four major taxi companies are                              worth of purchases
  Kallang Rd., H 6391-6100) to get a temporary               CityCab, 6552-2222; Comfort, 6552-1111;                              from participating
  visa.                                                      Premier Cabs, 6552-2828; and SMRT Taxis,                             outlets. Such shops
  SMOKING Smoking is banned in shopping                      6555-8888. Fares start from $2.80.                                   will display a “Tax
  centers, restaurants, cinemas, public buses, the           THE SINGAPORE TOURIST PASS This                   Refund” logo or a Global Refund “Tax
  MRT, taxis and in lifts.                                   pass offers unlimited rides on the MRT            Free Shopping” logo. On your day of
  DRINKING WATER water in Singapore is                       and LRT trains and all basic bus services in      departure from Singapore Changi
  clean and safe to drink from the tap.                      Singapore. It is available for $8 per day with    Airport, proceed to the Tax Refund
                                                             1-day, 2-day or 3-day options. available at       Counter and present your purchases
  LANGUAGE English is the spoken language.                   designated TransitLink Ticket Offices. www.       together with the tax claim forms
  Mandarin, Tamil, Malay and various dialects      
  are also used.                                                                                               for customs inspection. Take note
                                                                                                               that Customs will not process the
                                         SINGAPORE VISITORS CENTRE                                             tax claim forms if the goods are not
                                                                                                               presented for inspection. For more
    Terminals 1, 2 and 3, Singapore       Junction of Cairnhill Road and       IOn Orchard Level 1 Concierge
                                                                                                               information, please log on to the
           Changi airport                         Orchard Road                   10.00am to 10.00pm daily,
           6am-2am daily,                    9:30am-10:30pm daily,                        Orchard              Tourist Refund Scheme page on the
            Changi Airport                           Somerset                                                  Singapore Customs website at www.
                      Touristline 1800-736-2000 (toll-free) Operating hours: 8am-9pm daily           

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