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

10 Things to Do for backpackers in Singapore

For backpackers in Singapore looking for a check list of things to do that is unique to the Singapore culture.

  1. Call a local Singaporean “Uncle” or “Auntie”
    As a form of respect, young Singaporeans (below 30 years old) address more senior people (above 50 years old) as “Uncle” and “Auntie”, whether or not they are actually related to each other. Warning: do not try if unsure of the person’s age as some people might get offended at you implying that they are old.
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  2. Ride on the MRT during peak hours
    Crowded MRT station in Singapore

    Crowded MRT station in Singapore

    The local subway is always jam packed with people during the morning and evening peak hours. Squeeze with the Singaporeans for a first hand experience of exactly how small the island is.

  3. Shop at Orchard Road

    Orchard Road - Singapore's most popular shopping street

    Orchard Road – Singapore’s most popular shopping street

  4. Speak Singlish
    Singaporeans speak English as the national lingua franca, but it is so peppered with phrases from Mandarin, Malay and the local dialects that foreigners find it difficult to understand. Try inserting “lah”, “lor” and “leh” at random places in your speech and see if you can pass off as a Singaporean.
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  5. Visit the casino at Marina Bay Sands
    Sands Skypark

    Sands Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, above the casino

    Free entry for non-Singaporeans, $100/head otherwise. At $8 billion, it is the most expensive standalone casino property in the world.
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  6. Mambo at Zouk Singapore
    Mambo night at Zouk Singapore

    Mambo night at Zouk Singapore

    Zouk is one of the most popular and longest standing nightclubs in Singapore. Every Wednesday is Mambo Night, when clubbers mass dance to familiar oldies. Watch and imitate. You will pick up the moves in no time.
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  7. Drink by the Singapore River at Clarke Quay
    Clarke Quay at Night, Singapore

    Clarke Quay at Night, Singapore

    The bars beside the Singapore River at Clarke Quay have alfresco areas for visitors to wine and dine in the cool night breeze.
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  8. Join a queue
    Queueing is one if the favourite hobbies of people in Singapore  Singaporeans love to queue, even if they don’t know what they are queueing for. Find a long queue anywhere and ask a random person in the queue what the queue is for. Don’t be surprised if the answer is “I don’t know”.
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  9. Buy TOTO or 4D at Singapore Pools
    TOTO and 4D are legalized forms of lottery in Singapore, run by the gambling monopoly organization, Singapore Pools. There are 300 Singapore Pools outlets across Singapore, so tourists should be able to find one pretty easily.
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  10. Tailor an ethnic costume at Chinatown, Kampong Glam, or Little India
    Sarong Kebaya of the Singaporean Peranakans

    Sarong Kebaya of the Singaporean Peranakans

    Tailor a traditional costume of one of the cultural races in Singapore to bring home. Your unique outfit will be a favourite topic for small talk at cocktail parties.

To order discounted tickets:
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+ 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

Beach Road in Singapore

Good day, dear tourists!

This afternoon, I was strolling along Haji Lane at Kampong Glam, browsing through all the amazing indie knick-knacks on display there. At the end of the lane, I found myself at Beach Road.

Oh the sun! The sea! The hunks and babes!

Excited by the thought of spending the rest of the afternoon lying on a hammock with an ice cold cocktail in one hand and a novel in the other, my eyes searched around frantically for signs to The Beach.

Ha! I dream a dream so pretty. Beach Road actually looks like this:

Hey.. wait a minute. IF THERE IS NO BEACH, WHY OH WHY THEN IS THE PLACE NAMED BEACH ROAD??

Well, it turns out that a long long time ago, when Singapore was first founded, that stretch of road was indeed by the sea. As Singapore’s economy grew, land space ran out very quickly, so the Singapore government reclaimed the sea area at beach road and made it into land.

And that’s why Beach Road is called Beach Road, although there’s no beach there.

However, fans of the sun, sand and sea need not be too disappointed, as there are many other pretty beaches elsewhere in Singapore (but of course, right? The country is an island!), the best ones being in Sentosa.

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Singapore Fun Fact #15 – Bamboo Pole Culture

Hello tourists,

Did you know?

15. Singaporeans who live in high rise flats hang their clothes out to dry on bamboo poles. This phenomenon is also known as the “Flags of Singapore”

(Images courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board)

KusuLife,
Your Singapore Guide