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Exploring Singapore

08
Sep

Fall in Love with These Coffee Shops

Whether it’s raining or unbearably hot as we are now well into summer, going to coffee shops never seems to go out of fashion. From the time coffee shops became a hit, until now we see more and more of them sprouting like mushrooms at every corner across the country. With so many to choose from, it’s quite impossible to visit each one of them. So which ones are worth taking the time to visit? To answer your query, here’s a compilation of Singapore’s noteworthy coffee shops.

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Loysel’s Toy Cafe

When you’re sipping that good cup of coffee, all you want to do is relax and be as laid-back as possible. At Loysel’s Toy Cafe, you get to do exactly just that. Known for their freshly brewed coffee, Loysel’s Toy Cafe continues to pack a steady number of followers.  Why wouldn’t they keep coming back? The place serves good coffee, there’s plenty of seating both indoor and outdoor, and the overall feel of the place is simple and rustic. So if you feel like you just want to hang out, either by yourself or with a couple of friends, take a ride to Loysel’s Toy Cafe at 66 Kampong Bugis, #01-01 Sam Tat Building Singapore 338987.

Necessary Provisions

The best thing about this place is everything! When you go here, you simply imbibe that general sense of warmth and wellbeing. With a sign that says: “this home runs on love, laughter, and cups of strong coffee,” you’ll instantly feel like you belong in a genuine community. And as you have a taste of their great selection of brews and delightful meals, you’ll discover for yourself why so many people are such fans of Necessary Provisions. They’ve got espresso based coffees, hot chocolate, hot and cold teas, sandwiches, pasta, rice dishes, and even craft beers. And all of these are available at reasonable prices. This lovely coffee shop is indeed worth checking out, so head straight to 21 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598993 and expect no less than a feel good experience.

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Papa Palheta

Such a die-hard coffee addict that you don’t just want to drink it but you also want to brew it yourself? Then hone your barista skills at Papa Palheta as they are not only a coffee boutique experienced in providing coffee lovers with great-tasting specialty brews but they also offer workshops from proper espresso extraction and milk texturing to the fundamentals of free pour latte art. For more details on their complete selection of coffees and the different classes they offer, do check their site at papapalheta.com or visit their shop at 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563.

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05
Sep

Time to De-stress

With the ever-increasing stress that our daily lives entail, it would sure be nice to just pause for a while and relax. One great way to de-stress is through meditation. Even if you’re a newbie when it comes to meditation, that’s no problem because there are many groups here in Singapore that do offer classes to guide you through it step by step .

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Singapore Free Meditation Group

This community of various professionals was founded on October 3rd, 2012 with an aim to offer programs and workshops on meditation to their fellow Singaporeans. They are non-denominational, non-religious and anyone who’s interested is very much welcome to join for free. The sessions are conducted in English every Tuesday, starting from 8PM until 9PM and the venue is at The Makeup Room, 236A River Valley Road, Singapore 238294. For more details refer to their site at singaporefreemeditation.com.

Singapore Breath Meditation

The Singapore Breath Meditation Group teaches meditation through the simple yet effective act of proper breathing. It is also a non-religion based group which seeks to assist others in achieving an inner state of well-being and better balance in one’s life. Their two upcoming meet-ups, totally free of charge, will be on April 27th and May 4th, 2014. To reserve your slot, you need to join their group on their website at meetup.com/breathmeditation/.

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Sahaja Yoga Meditation Society

As a non-profit organisation, the Sahaja Yoga Meditation Society aims to share the knowledge of meditation, self-realization, and the promotion of healthy lifestyle in the community. In Sanskrit, sahaja is the word for “spontaneous” while yoga means “union”, which translates to what the society is encouraging – spontaneous union with the self through channeling the energy within us. To experience the benefits of this meditation, everyone is free to join. Their classes held at One Commonwealth #09-28 have four available schedules while the classes at 2 Sembawang Crescent are only held on Saturdays.

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14
Aug

Singapore’s Food Festival – Tasting the Delectable Local Dishes

Even if you go outside your country or maybe your city, there is no doubt that you will miss the foods that you are traditionally eating since your childhood days. Because of that, you will actually find some ways to bring back that taste that you wanted.  It may be a battle of choice for cooking the dishes. You may cook the food far from your homeland or just find some ways to leave where you are and go home.

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When it talks about Singapore foods, expect that you would commit a sin – gluttony. With the mouth-watering, tasty and delicious cuisines, there’s no way that you will share at least half. In Singapore, foods are typically sold in many business establishments like food eateries, restaurant and street foods.

Basically, Singapore local foods vary from different classes and prices. As usual, prices at restaurant are higher than the regular price. On the other hand, foods sold in the food stalls are also expensive. However, it is not that pricey compared to getting food orders at a restaurant. But when it talks about recipes that are being sold near the street or what they called street foods.

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The year 1994 is the debut of the festival – the annually celebrated Singapore Food Festival. Once the festival starts, expect a plate full of food most especially Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines. However, what matters most is that people will appreciate and eat every delicious foods in the plates of different Singaporeans.

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22
May

Different Precincts in Chinatown

Singapore’s Chinatown is located within Outam. The Chinatown of today is significantly less of a territory than it once was due to the fact that the largest ethnological group in the county is Chinese. The term Chinatown is a term given by the British as Chinatown and is usually used today by non-Chinese Singaporeans to refer to the place. Chinese Singaporeans on the other hand commonly refer to the place as Niu Che Shui because the name Chinatown commonly refers to territories of Chinese people in regions wherein Chinese individuals are the minority). 

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Nonetheless, the area does maintain important cultural and historical status. Large parts of the area have been declared national heritage sites that are officially indicated for preservation by the country’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. Chinatown consists of a number of precincts which are Telok Ayer, Kreta Ayer, Ann Siang Hill, Bukit Pasoh and Tanjong Pagar. Telok Ayer was the original focal point of settlement in the area. The precinct is home to many Muslim mosques as well as Chinese temples that have been present since the first days of Chinatown.

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Drinking establishments and restaurants have recently begun emerging in the precinct’s streets. Kreta Ayer is deemed by a number of people to be the center of Chinatown. The precinct houses attractions such as the Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Chinatown Night Market, Chinatown Food Street and Chinatown Heritage Centre. Kreta Ayer is both a favoured place for local cuisine as well as a famous tourist attraction. Ann Siang Hill is a precinct that is named in honor of a rich Hokkien Chinese sawmiller who obtained the area to serve as his house and estate property in the 1800s.

Presently, the slopes of the Ann Siang Hill are full of cafes, drinking places and quirky shops, consequently making it a popular hangout place for the younger generations. Bukit Pasoh, commonly known as the Street of Clans is a historic and current home of a number of Chinese clan and cultural associations. Tanjong Pagar was once the center of operations for rickshaw pullers. Today, the precinct is popular for its large number bridal saloons. The area also houses the country’s tallest flat which is the Pinnacle at Duxton.

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19
May

Cultural Distinctions and Attractions in Little India

Little India is an ethnic area in the county that is west of the Singapore River, located east of the river across from Chinatown and north of Kampong Glam. Both Little India and Chinatown is part of the Urban Planning Area of Rochor. The area is commlony referred to as Tekka by the local Tamil community.

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The area is unique from the Chulia Kampong area which was initially a division of colonial Singapore under the Raffles Plan of Singapore wherein Tamil immigrants would dwell in under the British policy of cultural separation. Nonetheless, as the Chulia Kmapong area became more and more populated and as the struggle for available residential land escalated, a number of ethnic Tamils moved out into an area which is presently known as Little India.

Serangoon Road is the key commercial access road in the area. The road crosses Bukit Timah Sungei Road and Rochor Canal Road. The Tekka Mall, the Tekka Centre, Mustafa Centre, the Little India Arcade and the Serangoon Plaza can be located along Serangoon road. Farrer Park Fields is situated in the area.

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A number of mosques, Hindu temples and many other places of worship such as Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Foochow Methodist Church, Angullia Mosque, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Jalan Mosque, Sri Vadapathira Kailamman Temple and the Central Sikh Gurdwara, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Buddhist Sakyamuni Buddha Gaya Temple (features a high tower or gopuram), Leong San See Temple and Abdul Gafoor mosque (features Renaissance and Arabian style architecture) can be located within the area.

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