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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Kampong Glam of Singapore

Hello backpackers,

A favourite tourist hotspot in Singapore, especially for adventurous and curious backpackers, is the Kampong Glam area, located in the city area of Singapore.

Kampong Glam of Singapore

Kampong Glam of Singapore

Kampong Glam was originally a fishing village. Later, it became an area for the Malay royalty in Singapore.

The most popular tourist attraction is Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Singapore, where Singaporean Muslims gather to pray.

Sultan Mosque in Singapore's Kampong Glam

Sultan Mosque in Singapore’s Kampong Glam

Just across the street, Kampong Glam Cafe serves delicious local food for tourists to try. Famous Malay Singaporean food include roti prata, nasi lemak and mee rebus.

Kampong Glam Cafe in Singapore

Kampong Glam Cafe in Singapore

After enjoying a lunch of the best Malay food in Singapore, tourists in Kampong Glam like to appreciate traditional malay art at the Malay Art Gallery, a 3 minute walk from Kampong Glam Cafe. The Malay Art Gallery showcases artefacts and artists’ works from Malays in Asia.

Malay art at Kampong Glam

Malay art at Kampong Glam

The shops that line the roads of Kampong Glam sell textiles with traditional Malay patterns and designs that make great tourist souvenirs. If you have time to spare, you could buy some cloth and tailor make a traditional Malay costume for yourself.

Malay textiles at Kampong Glam

Malay textiles at Kampong Glam

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10 Things to Eat for backpackers in Singapore

Hi backpackers,

Many of you are probably thinking about what food to eat in Singapore after watching on TV or reading about the strange things that Asians eat. Here is a list of 10 Things to Eat that all tourists must have the experience of eating, in order to have fully enjoyed the range of Singapore’s delicacies.

  1. Eat durian for dinner
    Backpacker eating a durian in Singapore

    Backpacker eating a durian in Singapore

    Singaporeans love durians so much that they built a giant glass durian in the middle of the city in honour of the King of Fruits – The Esplanade. People throughout South East Asia are huge fans of the durian. If you’re backpacking across Asia, there’s no way you’ll miss it. You have to eat the durian fruit. Durian cake, durian ice cream, durian cookies etc are not counted.

  2. Eat Roti Prata at Little India
    Roti Prata at Singapore's Little India

    Roti Prata at Singapore’s Little India

    Roti Prata is an Indian Pancake that is a must-try for tourists in Little India. It is traditionally eaten plain with curry or sugar, but the modernized versions have extra ingredients like cheese, onions or even chocolate. It is made of flour that is deep-fried such that it is chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

  3. Eat a rainbow kueh lapis, layer by colourful layer
    Eat a rainbow cake in Singapore, layer by colourful layer

    Eat a rainbow cake in Singapore, layer by colourful layer

    This rainbow cake is a traditional delicacy of the Nyonya people in Singapore. It is sticky and chewy. Each layer can be peeled off and eaten individually. Part of the joy that comes from eating a rainbow layer cake in Singapore is licking the stickiness off your fingers after.

  4. Queue up for Tau Huey at Rocher
    Join the famous Singapore Rocher beancurd queue

    Join the famous Singapore Rocher beancurd queue

    Soybean pudding, known to Singaporeans and other South East Asians as Tau Huey, is a favourite dessert eaten with fried dough sticks. Dip the dough sticks into the pudding’s sugar syrup for maximum pleasure.

  5. Drink Kopiat a coffee shop
    Singapore coffee - Kopi

    Singapore coffee – Kopi

    Traditional Singaporean coffee, Kopi, is sold at almost every hawker centre and coffee shop in Singapore. There are many varieties of Kopi, with varying amounts of milk and sugar.

  6. Drink Teh Tarik
    Teh Tarik man in Singapore

    Teh Tarik man in Singapore

    Singaporeans love Teh Tarik. It is milk tea made in a unique way by “pulling” it. The tea is repeatedly poured from one cup to another from a height, to optimize the temperature of the tea for enhanced flavour.

  7. Slurp laksa at Katong
    Famous Katong Laksa

    Famous Katong Laksa

    Laksa is a popular dish among Singaporeans. It is rice vermicelli noodles in a spicy coconut milk based soup, with a hard boiled egg, fish cake slices and prawns.

  8. Munch on a $1 ice-cream sandwich
    Singapore ice cream sandwich

    Singapore ice cream sandwich

    This $1 treat of an ice cream slab held inside a slice of colourfully swirled bread has been a Singapore local favourite for many decades. It is commonly sold at roadside stalls along the streets. Inflation has caused prices at some stalls to rise above $1, but the authentic ones are still $1.

  9. Chew on Bak Kua at Chinatown
    Pork jerky - Bak Kwa

    Pork jerky – Bak Kwa

    Pork jerky comes in squares that are roasted to perfection and then cut with a scissor into smaller pieces. The season when Singaporeans go crazy about it is during Chinese New Year, but it is available at Chinatown all year round.

  10. Eat the Singaporean version of carrot cake
    Carrot cake - Singapore version

    Carrot cake – Singapore version

    Order “carrot cake” anywhere in Singapore and South East Asia, and you are likely to be served this. “Carrot cake” here refers to a stir fried dish of radish (called white carrot by the locals), eggs, soy sauce and other seasonings. Order it “white” (less soy sauce) or “black” (more soy sauce).

These are experience foods for snacking For a hearty meal, read Top 10 Singaporean Food. Part 1 and Part 2.

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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:
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Tourist’s Guide to Singapore’s Top 8 Best FREE Attractions

Tourist’s Guide to Singapore’s Top 8 FREE Attractions.
Includes opening hours, directions and deals for:

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Streets of Singapore

Hi backpackers,

Since you like to roam the streets of Singapore, did you know what the back alleys of Singapore shophouses are used for?

They are usually used as
1. an escape route in terms of  fire
2. for people to dispose of their waste
3. random services like the barber’s seen at Aliwal Street (MUST TRY)  below

Singapore barber

Need a haircut?

Singapore barber 2

Your friendly neighbourhood barber, at your service!

Places of interest nearby to visit include:

Sultan Mosque
Madrasah Alsagoff

Yellow Mansion
Istana Kampong Glam
Haji Lane
Arab Street

Visit a street barber at Kampong Glam today!

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