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

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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
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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 Food Festival

Hi tourists,

If you love Singapore food, touring Singapore in July will be particularly joyful for you as it is the month of the Singapore Food Festival, an annual month long festival celebrated at many different locations in Singapore

Singapore Chilli Crab

During the Singapore Food Festival, tourists should take the opportunity to sample food from the wide variety of local and international dishes on display.

Favourite local Singaporean food dishes include Chicken Rice (hailed as Singapore’s national dish), Laksa (thick rice vermicelli in rich and spicy coconut gravy), Popiah (Singapore’s version of a burrito), Kaya (coconut custard jam) Toast, Roti Prata (indian pancake), Chilli Crab and Rojak (chopped fruits and vegetables mixed in peanut sauce).

Things to look out for during Singapore Food Festival 2012:
– Culinary workshops
–  Themed food events
– Cooking competitions
– Food deals at restaurants and cafes

Travel Delight,
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

Christmas Lights in Singapore, 2011

Hello tourists!

It’s that time of the year that’s the spirit of giving!

Stroll down Orchard Road, listen to the buskers, and just enjoy the atmosphere!

The light up is now in its 27th year and the theme changes annually!

This year’s theme is “A Starlit Christmas”.

As I did my Christmas shopping, I really felt as if Singapore has seasons, thanks to the beautiful fairy lights.

So go on down and enjoy yourselves on Orchard Road!

Have loads of fun,

Kusu

Malay Heritage Festival – Malam Pesta Muda-Mudi

Hi tourists,

Interested in learning about Malay Heritage? The Malays are one of the 4 major racial groups in Singapore. Learn more from the Malam Pesta Mud-Mudi festival!

Malam Pesta Muda-Mudi is a night of performances that will highlight Malay heritage and culture as seen through the eyes of our young local Singaporean Malay visual artists and indie bands. A one-day concert paying homage to the musical heroes from the swinging 60s and 70s, Malam Pesta Muda-Mudi will celebrate local Singaporean youth culture before the birth of MTV, to the days of bell-bottoms and platform shoes. Come early and interact with the exhibits!

What to wear: Your best Pop Yeh Yeh outfit.
When to go: 17 Dec 2011, Saturday 5-10pm
Where to go: Singapore Management University Campus Green
Entry Charge: FREE!

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide