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

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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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):
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+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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Your Singapore Guide

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

Selamat Hari Raya Puasa!

Selamat Hari Raya Puasa ( Happy Hari Raya Puasa)!

Congratulations to all my Muslim friends for breaking fast! Now it’s time to enjoy the festive celebrations!

In Singapore, Muslims typically break fast with three dates, following the lead of the Prophet Mohammed. This is called the Iftar. After that, it is time for the Maghrib prayer which is the forth of five prayers Muslims say every day.

Then of course, its time for FOOD!

From Xinhua Net

Muslims will typically buy and stock up for food at bazaars before in preparation for breaking fast.

Of course they will also buy goodies and clothes and are often decked out to the nines during the most important time of the year for our Muslim friends.

Have YOU done your shopping yet? If not, maybe its time to hit the shops!

Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar
Event: Hari Raya Bazaar 2011
Date: 31 July 2011 – 29 August 2011
Time: 11am to 11pm
Venue: Beside Paya Lebar Sing Post Field (nearest MRT Paya Lebar)

Have loads of fun,

Kusu

Hari Raya Puasa Bazaar

Hi tourists,

Have you visited the Hari Raya Puasa Bazaar yet?

Even if you have no fast to break, do go to take in the sights, sounds and SMELLS! Something’s cooking!

Watch the video to see a typical year’s bazaar.

For directions to the Bazaar, click here

What you should EAT!

Dendeng (thinly sliced dried meat)!

Singapore Dendeng

Singapore Dendeng

KusuLife,
Your Singapore Guide

Ramadan Bazaar at Geylang Serai, Singapore

Hi Singapore tourists,

Every year during the month of Ramadan, the streets of Geylang Serai (Malay Village) spring to life with temporary bazaar stalls selling festive items and a wide variety of traditional food.

The stalls are located just beside the Sultan Mosque, to cater to the voracious appetites of the muslims who break their day fast in the evenings. We always buy a bunch of ketupat (compressed rice cakes wrapped in palm leaves) to mark the festival with. These are never eaten alone, but always paired with other malay delights such as curry and satay (pieces of chicken, beef or mutton on a stick), which will also be sold at the bazaar for you to mix and match.

Singapore Ketupat

Singapore Ketupat

Singapore Satay

Satay – tender pieces of meat on sticks

After our meal, we will then have malay kueh for dessert. “Kueh” is a broad term for steamed pastries. Traditional malay kueh in Singapore is made of rice flour, coconut shavings and gula meleka (palm sugar). Faced with the rainbow array of selections, you will most definitely be spoilt for choice. We recommend you to hit the bazaar with a bunch of friends, so you can buy a bit of each type to share!

Malay Kueh (pastries)

Malay Kueh (Pastries)

If you still have tummy space for supper, be sure to have a taste of the famously addictive King of Singapore Street Food –  the Ramly Burger (a grilled patty with layers of sauce, wrapped in egg), made on the spot and highly customizable.

The Ramly Burger – heaven, encased in a bun

This year, the Ramadan Bazaar lasts from 1st Aug to 28th Aug. Do schedule an evening for it!

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

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