Teachers’ Day in Singapore

Hi tourists,

In Singapore, Teacher’s Day is a cultural festival that is celebrated annually in all local schools on the 1st of September. Students will typically put up skits and performances in gratitude to their teachers.

My teachers used to bring me on school trips to all the places of interest in Singapore, like the Singapore Bird Park, the Singapore Zoo, Chinatown, Kampong GlamLittle India, Underwater World at Sentosa and the Singapore Flyer.

How are you planning to appreciate your teachers today?

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Singapore’s Racial Harmony Day 2012

Hi tourists,

Singapore celebrates Racial Harmony Day every year on the 21st July to remind Singaporeans of the importance of social cohesion. 48 years ago, on the 21st July 1964, inter-racial riots broke out and threatened Singapore’s inter-racial peace.

In Singapore public schools, students dress up in their different traditional costumes and feast on a wide variety of cultural delicacies as a way to learn about and appreciate the cultures of their friends of other races.

Singapore's multi-racial culture

Singapore’s multi-racial culture

So, if you happen to be travelling in Singapore on Racial Harmony Day, pick up a traditional costume of one of the main ethnic groups (Chinese, Malay and Indian) in Singapore and mingle in with the locals! Perhaps they will treat you to some delicious food unique to their culture.

To experience Chinese culture, head off to Chinatown. For Malay culture, visit Kampong Glam. To see the Indian culture, go to Little India.

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Father’s Day in Singapore

Hi tourists,

Singaporeans celebrate Father’s Day on every 3rd Sunday of June. It’s Father’s Day tomorrow.

Here’s to all Fathers in Singapore.

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
– Lydia M. Child

Love to all fathers!

Recommended tourist spots for the family to celebrate Father’s Day together:
Universal Studios Singapore
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Night Safari
Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park
Singapore Flyer 

Buy discounted attraction tickets at
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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Singapore Discovery Centre

Hey tourists,

To find out about unique Singapore culture and to learn about the history of Singapore, the best place to visit is the Singapore Discovery Centre. In 1992, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) approved setting up of the Singapore Discovery Centre with the mission of sharing the Singapore Story.

Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Discovery Centre

Inside the Singapore Discovery Centre, visitors get to participate in interesting  exhibits. The Crisis Simulation Theatre simulates a situation in which a bomb explodes at Raffles Place MRT station. Tourists learn about Singapore’s History in a fun way through MTV Style at the Gateway. The Hit the Dancefloor exhibit teaches visitors dance steps of traditional cultural dances of the various races in Singapore. At the Be a General of the Battlefield exhibit, visitors participate in an immersive 3rd Generation SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) game.

The Army Museum of Singapore is located just beside the Singapore Discovery Centre. Visitors learn about war through the 500 sets of war artefacts on display and pay tribute to all who have selflessly contributed to Singapore’s defence.

Battle tank at Army Museum of Singapore

Battle tank at Army Museum of Singapore

Singapore Discovery Centre
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore

Buy discounted attraction tickets at
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

Your Singapore Guide

Glam Tree of Singapore’s Kampong Glam

Hey there, backpackers!

Many tourists in Singapore have Kampong Glam in their list of must-visit tourist destinations. Do you know how Kampong Glam got its name? Kampong Glam is a Malay name. Kampong means Village, and Glam is a tree species that is commonly found growing there.

Glam Tree at Kampong Glam, Singapore

Glam Tree at Kampong Glam, Singapore

The Glam Tree has a special bark that is paler in colour than the bark of most other tree species. In Singapore’s history, the Glam Tree was used mainly for its leaves and bark.

Leaves of the Glam Tree contain cajuput oil that is applied externally to treat muscular aches, pains, respiratory problems. The bark of the Glam Tree is water proof and very durable. Sailors used the bark to seal gaps in their boats as it could withstand the effects of the salt in the sea water.

If you are looking for a tourist souvenir to buy back for your friends and family, the shops at Kampong Glam sell special Glam Tree products. Some even have tourist discounts!

To order discounted tickets:
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312 

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans

Hi tourists,

When travelling around Singapore, it is helpful to be aware of the local customs and practices unique to Singaporeans. Behave like a Singaporean and mingle around with the locals, and you will soon find yourself seeing many interesting things revealed to you that are not commonly seen by normal tourists.

Here are the Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans that all tourists in Singapore should take special note of in order to have the best holiday possible in Singapore.

1. When Singaporeans greet each other, they ask “Have you eaten yet?”, instead of “How are you?”. Singaporeans really love their food, so talk to them about it and ask them for recommendations!

Singapore local food

2. Singaporeans place packets of tissue paper on tables and seats of food courts to indicate that the places are reserved for them.

Singapore food court tissue packet reservation

3. T-shirts, bermudas and flip flops form the most common outfit that Singaporeans wear every day. Dress like a Singaporean to fit in, especially when you expect to be walking under the merciless sun for hours – when you visit Universal Studios Singapore, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park.

Singapore outfit

4. Singaporeans love food and therefore do not mind queuing for hours to buy delicious food. The stalls serving the best food always have the longest queue. if you are touring Singapore on a food trail, joining the longest queue in any food court or hawker centre will increase your probabilities of chancing upon good local food.

Long queue in Singapore food court

5. Although Singaporeans love durians, for the sake of tourists and the other non-locals who cannot stand the strong smell, durians are banned on public transport vehicles.

Singapore no durians sign

To order discounted tickets:
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312 

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

Your Singapore Guide

Singapore Chingay Parade 2012

Hi backpackers,

Chingay Parade 2012 will be held this Thursday and Friday on the 3 & 4 Feb 2012 at the Pit Building next to the Singapore Flyer.

Event details:
Friday, 3 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 1 at 8.30pm
Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 2 at 8.00pm

What Chingay Parade is
Chingay is a Hokkien dialect word, meaning “the art of masquerade”. Chingay Parade began as a neighbourhood parade with only Chinese elements in 1973. Today, the Chingay Parade is the grandest street and floats parade in Asia, showcasing the rich, vibrant multi-culturalism of Singapore and exciting cultures all over the world. All Singaporeans are really proud of it!

What to expect at the Chingay Parade
A dazzling extravaganza of colours and cultural diversity, Chingay Parade Singapore is known for its resplendent floats and multi-cultural local and international performances that depict our festive traditions and delight the hearts of many Singaporeans and tourists.

For an idea of what the Chingay Parade looks like, check out the photos I took at Chingay Parade 2011 last year.

Theme for Chingay Parade 2012
“Love, Care and Kindness Everywhere”

Event highlights for Chingay Parade 2012

1. Grand Opening: Dragon Dramatics: LED Hip Hop dragon dance from Zhangjiang, China and a magnificent dragon and phoenix from Xi’an, Shaanxi of China.

2. Beautiful Cultures: Showcase of Chinese Culture

3. Embracing International Cultures: International acts from Indonesia and Taiwan.

4. Dreams Realised – Love Our Children: Featuring children in costumes, a float and a 120m balloon rainbow arching into the air.

5. Engaging as One – Love Our Community:  A synchronized symphony of 600 ‘dikir barat’ singers and dancers and a breathtaking tai chi fan dance performed by 1,000 Interest Group members from various Community Clubs.

6. Triumph Over Challenge – The Grand Finale: 1000 performers stream across the waterway surrounding three giant sailboats with thunder and lightning effects.

Get your Singapore Chingay Parade 2012 tickets here.

KusuLife,
Your Singapore Guide