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Great Singapore Sale – “ Discover a truly extravagant shopping fiesta”

The Great Singapore Sale is an event totally dedicated to shopping lovers which attracts people from many parts of the world. It is an annual shopping sale that is organized collaborately by the Singapore Tourism Board and other retail stores and malls in Singapore. It can be called the grand annual shopping festival which offers a range of products such as apparel, jewellery, electronic items, fashion accessories, cosmetics and perfumes, toys, Singapore souvenirs and many more. It will be providing the visitors with product discounts as well as other special offers such as discounted tickets to Singapore Zoo, Singapore Duck tours, to Sentosa and various local attractions.

During the period of the Great Singapore Sale, Singapore’s main shopping malls will be open till midnight and on weekends even past midnight allowing the visitors to indulge in the grand shopping experience of their lives.

There are various privileges that will be offered to the tourists who will be visiting this impressive fiesta such as the special lifestyle promotions that will consist of exclusive dining facilities, coupled with exciting nightlife and numerous entertainment facilities. The Tourist Privilege Cards are on offer especially for tourists who yearn to enjoy unique discounts when shopping. The sale runs for eight weeks and it offers a great value for money for tourists who are interested in purchasing branded, luxury products as well as for tourists looking for bargained items.

The sale will be held from 23rd May to 20th July starting from Singapore’s main shopping districts of Orchard road and Marina Bay and will spread towards the Heartlands of Singapore. Another major deal for the tourists visiting the sale can be considered as the partner promotions offered by MasterCard ,Global refund, and other tax free options which offer a truly amazing shopping experience combined with value for money and special discounts.

The Great Singapore Sale has become a shopping fiesta which is not only limited to shopping but also a venue for various exciting events and grand prizes that will be gifted to lucky visitors.
Comfortable and accommodation is available in luxury Singapore hotels that are located near the Great Singapore Sale area providing tourists a pleasurable experience coupled with elegant facilities.

Staying for a day in Singapore

If you have only a day in Singapore, you could opt for one of the following categories of itineraries:

A. Nature and Nurture:

The first thing that strikes you about Singapore upon landing and walking out of the airport is its clean and green environment. Singapore has inspired many a great country to follow its pursuit of cleanliness and greenness. Take a walk along the massive Corniche in the United Arab Emirates and you will find a striking gigantic resemblance to the Esplanade in Singapore. Despite the congestion of concrete in highly urbanized parts of the Lion City, you will always find some trees with a stone’s throw.

If you are not looking for a concrete jungle which reminds you of work back in your own homeland, head away to the pockets of open space where green is the theme and where flora and fauna are aplenty.

If you like sunshine and sea, head for the East Coast where you would find vast greens for a ball game, a training lake for surfing, skates, kayaks and bicycles for rental and restaurants ranging from fast food to local delights. You will also find a line of seafood restaurants facing the seafront where you can dine in candlelight elegance or Chinese restaurant manner.

Just at the edge of the busy Orchard Road area is the Singapore Botanic Gardens which stretches all the way to the Bukit Timah Road, one of the earliest roads in Singapore. The Gardens houses the world acclaimed National Orchid Garden which boasts of many orchids including the local hybrid the Vanda Miss Joaquim which became Singapore’s National Flower in April 1981.

Bring along your running shoes if you wish to have some leg stretches before your next flight. Jog along the paths and the lakes. Admire the lotus and the lily plants in the pond and the tropical settings in a primary forest. Study the spices found at the Spice Garden which is located nearer the Bukit Timah extension of the Botanic Gardens.

Another free access park is the Labrador Park which boasts of a historical hill, a jogging track along a coast and a jetty where anglers will brief you about the fish and other sea creatures available in the local waters.

Singapore boasts of having three world class parks the Singapore Zoological Gardens, the Night Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. These three places not only offer views of exotic Asian animals and birds but are also landscaped into picnic areas where the Zoo and the Bird Park are concerned and a favorite night haunt where the Night Safari are

Cuisine as community: How food practices influence how we relate to one another

Malay dishes are influeced by the culture of the forefathers. This also influence how we relate to one another. In understanding the custom of Malays, a good start is knowing the cuisine. They use techniques, ingredients and decorations that will please the guest. Some popular dishes are as follow.

Nasi Kuning (or Yellow rice) predominates in royal functions as yellow colour symbolize wealth. This dish is served with side serving of rendang and sambal goreng. Complimenting it with ruby milk beverage dessert. Also known as Air Delima, sprinkle of colored water chestnut in sweeten coconut milk.

Rice are consumed daily, often shaped by compressing to give variety in display. The lontong (compressed rice cake) and complemental dishes of lauk lodeh, serunding, sambal tumis, telur rebus and ayam goreng. Also shown technique of wrapping for a compressed dessert Nagasari Pisang, using rice flour, banana slice and coconut milk.

Dishes with tumeric (herb) and green bean flour. Herbs are easily found in Asia and planted in most homes. Pulut kuning (glutinous rice) is steamed with tumeric (herb) for its golden colour and nutritive value. We serve this together with sambal goreng and rendang daging. Sweet dessert decorated with coconut cream topping also known as kuih Koleh-koleh (or green bean cake) at the side.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. The Gardens showcases many outstanding plant collections. Some highlights include the National Orchard Garden, the Ginger Garden and the Evolution Garden including many rare specimens. Traditional remedy or herbal medicine comes from various type of medical plants’, either from the leaves, the fruits, the roots, the flowers or the barks, etc. Many malay remedies of jamu (from herbs) are mixed into the food that they consumed.

The manner of handling a mould (a five-holed cup) to cook roti kirai crepe. Reason for five holes is that it mean the 5 pillars of Islam, a religion of most Malays. Mixing the flour, eggs and water to be of right consistency in order to have the batter spread evenly on the heated flat pan. Accompanying dishes of chicken curry and egg salad.

Colourful food using a poisonous plant Buah Keluak (or Pangium edule). Its for the gravy of Nasi Rawan with seeds of this fruit as its main ingredient. Also steam colourful batter for kuih lompang dessert, served with grind coconut.

Laksa’s gravy make this rice noodle snack well-known. The seafood base paste with either ground fish or ground prawn. And bakes sweet cake kuih bakar jagung (Bake corn cake) for dessert.

Singapore Has Plenty to Offer

If there is one word that best captures Singapore, it is unique. A dynamic city rich in contrast and colour, find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture here. Brimming with unbridled energy, this little dynamo in Southeast Asia embodies the finest of both East and West

Singapore may be small, but packs in quite a punch. Only about 655 square kilometres in area, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with about 6430 people per square kilometre. Although it is one of the 20 smallest countries in the world, its economy is a world leader, and has the worlds busiest port in terms of tonnage handled.

Driving in Singapore is a breeze. Navigating around the island is easy as there are well marked road signs which are all in English

Ever since Sir Stamford Raffles claimed the island of Singapore for the East India Company in 1819, English has had a place in Singapore. Since Singapore became an independent Republic in 1965, the use of English has increased still further, and since 1987 all Singaporean children have their education through the medium of English. For many Singaporeans, English is the main language. Many families speak English at home and it is one of the first languages learnt by about half of the current pre school children.

Nightlife is great and shopping is great.

Singapore has plenty to offer. An area that consists of one main island and several smaller islands and a population of just over 4 million. Impressive skyscrapers, gleaming malls contract with traditional Chinatown and Little India. A dynamic urban environment with entertainment, dining and energy. Modern well organized museums attractions and shopping provide plenty of action.

Singaporeans blend together in a sea of ethnic diversity, with Malays and Chinese, Tamils and Arabs, Indonesians and Thais, living in relative peace beside each other.

Singapore is warm and humid all year. The temperature rarely drops far below 70F. While Singapore has a wet season Nov to Jan and a dry season May to July, the cities rain is relatively steady and there is not a great difference between the wet and dry times of year. With any trip to the tropics you will want to bring sun screen and insect repellent. There are few major health risks in Singapore itself therefore the city keeps a close watch on mosquitoes and diseases.

What are the top 10 foods that you like?

Living in Singapore, I get expose to many different styles and types of food. At least for now, for my first 18 years of life, these are the top 10 foods that I like in no particular order.

1. Sushi! Sushi is my all time favorite. I like any type of sushi ranging from those with tuna fillings to salmon fillings. All taste great in my opinion. Plus, dipping them into wasabi is just so hot as sometimes the wasabi burns up to my nose and can cause me to tear. Usually, i go to Sakae Sushi to have my share of sushi during the buffet time!

2. Crabs! Crabs are very delicious and I like crabs regardless of how they are cooked. Chilli crabs, black pepper crabs, butter crabs or even just simply steamed crabs can satisfy my taste buds and stomach.

3. Potatoes! Potatoes is a must have for me when having curry chicken. Mashed potatoes are yummy too. Potato chips is my favorite snack and I like the Calbee hot and spicy potato chips most! Try the mashed potatoes from KFC and the potatoes that come together with the Swedish meat balls at the level 2 restaurant in the Ikea opposite Anchorpoint.

4. Carrot cake! Not the western carrot cake but cai tao kway, the dish that is found in most hawker centers. My favorite is white carrot cake. Try the carrot cake from Ghim Moh hawker centre and the carrot cake from Bukit Timah Wet Market and Food Center.

5. Ramen! I love eating ramen,especially those from the food court at West Mall.

6. Ban mian! I eat any type of ban mian ranging form the original one to spicy ban mian and even tom yam ban mian. My favorite has to be the spicy ban mian from the food court at Tiong Bahru Plaza. Actually, any type of ban mian from the stall at the food court at Tiong Bahru Plaza is delicious!

7. Oysters! Be it raw or fried, I like them all! I love fried oysters with flour and eggs or ou jian the most!

8. Fish and chips! It is my favorite western food. Try the fish and chips from Botak Jones! It is very fulling and delicious! Botak Jones can be found at a coffee shop near Clementi MRT and there is a branch somewhere now.

9. Chicken! Be it spring chicken or just chicken wings or chicken drumlets, i love them all! Try the chicken wings from Ikea, the one opposite Anchorpoint and try the drumlets from Pizza Hut. They are my favorite!

10. Fruits! My favorites are watermelon, honey dew and banana! My favorite for fruit juice is watermelon juice! It is thirst quenching, refreshing and sweet.

This is all for the top 10 foods that I like. I have written mine, so now what’s your top 10 foods?

Singapore’s hippest party district

The Boat Quay in Singapore was a historic quay that was turned into a busy inland shipping port by the Chinese. It was a busy port handling up to three quarters of all shipping during the 1860’s. Many shop houses and store fronts were built in the area because the south bank of the river resembled the belly of a carp, which according to traditional Chinese belief is an indication of wealth.

Though shipping and trade is not what the Boat Quay is known for now, the shop houses in the area have been carefully preserved and now they house various bars, pubs and restaurants. Since the beginning of the 90’s the Boat Quay has been transformed into a pedestrian mall with restaurants, pubs, cafes and clubs. Thus it is apparent how the Quay’s socio-economic role in Singapore has shifted away from one of commerce to one of recreation. Many consider Boat Quay to be one of the hippest and most happening areas of Singapore with it’s plethora of chic cafes and restaurants and also the plentiful bars and clubs that are frequented by locals and tourists alike.

Today Boat Quay is the centre of Singapore’s entertainment and nightlife district. Between 7 PM and midnight the area swells with people strolling along the pleasant quay. At the end of Boat Quay and named after Lord Elgin, a British governor-general of India is Elgin Bridge that links Chinatown to the old colonial quarter of Singapore. The original rickety wooden structure was replaced in 1863 with an iron bridge imported from Calcutta; the current ferroconcrete bridge was installed in 1926.

The Orchard Hotel Singapore is one out of the few Singapore Hotels that are located in the vicinity of Boat Quay. Travelers are assured of an exciting stay that will enable them to indulge in the rich night life of the area.

Singapore Food and Local Delights

No journey in Singapore is complete without tasting some of the best local delights and foods that this country has to offer. Instead of just writing a normal article about Singapore food and local delights and rattle of some of the local restaurants and their local foods, I shall give you our signature local foods and some of the favourites – some of the best our local culinary skills has to offer. The list starts and ends with the familiar for anyone that is local and will bring great memories of good tasting food.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Chicken rice is one of the popular dishes in Singapore. The rich flavour of the rice comes from the grains that have been pre-fried in chicken fat and then cooked in chicken broth. The chicken is steamed until it is just cooked with a little pink remaining on the flesh near the bones. It is usually accompanied with a chilli sauce made up of chillies, chicken broth, garlic and ginger. Diners can enjoy an accompanying soup or consommé with stock of chicken and some herbs added lightly to its mixture.

Satay Satay is small bite-sized pieces of chicken, mutton and beef steeped in a sweet piquant preserve. These chunky pieces of mouth watering meat are skewered on giant toothpicks and fanned over a large flame. Side dishes include cut cucumbers, rice dumplings, onions and a peanut sauce.

Roti Prata This dish is like a fried croissant or pancake, originating from South India. The pancake is fried on a hot, oily griddle until it’s cooked, and marked with brown spots, then served with curry gravy. Prata is a popular choice for breakfast and supper.

Chilli Crab Singapore’s unofficial “national dish” and a favourite at seafood restaurants! It has a sauce that is drawn from the strengths of great chillies, the freshest eggs, tomatoes and other hers and ingredients. It can be eaten on its own, scooping great dollops of chilli or soaked in bread for a spicy serving.

Laksa Laksa is an exciting concoction of noodles made from flour in a curry like gravy made of spices, herbs, dried shrimp, coconut milk and chilli. It is served with slices of fishcakes, prawns and cockles. What began as a spicy peanut based gravy evolved into today’s version, combination of Chinese, Malay and mostly Peranakan influences.

Nasi Lemak is a breakfast concoction of the Peranakan and some say are the threshold of the Malays in Singapore. Coconut rice served with anchovies, fresh fried frish, special sambal and egg plus cucumber combo, it is a signature kampong dish that you cannot miss.

So there is a list of some of the best and greatest food that we can offer. Although this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many more you can eat and choose from. Just walk along the local streets and pop into anyone of the coffee shops you find – you will be sure to find a local savoury hit!

Sparkling Singapore & Ancient Vietnam Trip Journal

I have always loved aircrafts and long haul flights. We boarded award winning Singapore Airlines in LAX with about 30 hours of travel time ahead of us. With 8 magazines, 6 movies, 4 meals and a sleeping pill, the time went quickly and I arrived relaxed and ready to explore. American airports are not very people friendly. Singapore’s ultra-modern airport invites you to linger with free internet terminals, a cinema, rooftop swimming pool, aromatherapy spas, oxygen bars, indoor nature garden with waterfalls and koi pond.

I’m part of a group of 28 singles. This was a smaller group than expected, but I understand several people dropped out claiming fear of bird flu. I could sense I was part of a quality entourage of seasoned culture-vultures.

We began with an orientation tour at the top of Mt. Farber and its spectacular views. The group was impressed by this sparkling metropolis located between Malaysia and Indonesia. Singapore is the leader of S.E. Asia, a bustling port that was modernized by the East India Trading Company and the British Empire. It’s called the Lion City and inhabited by 4 million souls. 76% are Chinese and the other minorities all blend harmoniously. Singapore is a city, state, capital and country all in one and draws 8 million visitors per year, yet few Americans have yet discovered it.

We checked into the opulent Regent Hotel of The Four Seasons. I’m given a suite and swear this hotel wins the award for the most gracious staff on the planet. We’ve arrived at a perfect time with the “Great Shopping Festival” on full swing. There’s nothing like “retail therapy” to soothe our jet lag minds. Orchard Road, like a tree lined Fifth Avenue, was only a block away and center of all life. Shopping is the national obsession here and bargain hunting a blood sport.

There are 150 mega-malls with some that never close. I’m a label slave and purchased a used authentic Rolex with documents, for a fraction of its original cost. We had only 4 days here. So I had much to do, it’s like Hong Kong on steroids. The Arts Festival was on with many venues from painting and sculpture to music and dance. At night Clarke Quay on the river became party central with its trendy clubs rocking until dawn.
We had an astute and friendly guide named Farida who showed us all the sights with a wonderful sense of humor.

We visited the lush National Orchard Gardens with its 60,000 orchids, China Town with its markets and temples and Little India with its intense aromas and vibrant colors. Then we went to the ultra-contemporary financial district, Merlion Park with its landmark fountain and the historic colonial area that was established by Sir Stanford Raffles.

We stopped to sip a Singapore Sling at the famous Long Bar of Raffles Hotel where rooms start at $700 per night. Our other tours included Jurong Bird Park and the Night Safari at the zoo, considered the best in the world with its free roaming enclosures for 2500 animals.

In our free time, we rode rickshaws around town and took the cable car over to Sentosa Island.
Some of us opted to head back to the zoo for a Jungle Breakfast with the Orangutans. At night Terry & I dinned on jumbo chili crabs and rice cakes.

This vibrant island-state of Singapore is glistening clean with purple bougainvillea bushes lining the highways. All cars are equipped with alarms to sound if one exceeds the speed limit. No graffiti, no gangs and in this tightly “controlled democracy”, it’s the death penalty for drug traffickers. We all made jokes about getting caned for chewing gum or jay-walking.

It was a nice leisurely visit here. I usually feel like Jack Bauer on the TV series “24″ on my trips with non-stop itineraries. Here I felt well rested as I boarded for our 3 hour flight to Vietnam.

Arriving in Hanoi is like stepping into another world with rice paddies, sampans, lotus blossoms, coconut milk and noodle soups. It’s like a time machine dropped us back to the 15th century in this graceful land steeped in history. It was far poorer than I anticipated. There was however, an alluring charm which was found in the gentility of the people with the sincerest of smiles.

I’ve always been a fan of the Third World. Whereas Singapore was dynamic, Hanoi was culturally stimulating. The city was studded with lakes and shaded by tamarind trees. It was a dichotomy that bustled with Chi-energy and yet was tranquil at the same time.

We checked into the deluxe Sheraton Resort, an oasis of calm amidst the chaos. Our fabulous guide named Hong was with us for 6 glorious days.

His first lesson was to teach us how to cross the streets. The traffic here is horrendously busy with 7 lanes packed with 2.4 million motor scooters. “It’s called the Chicken Game” he explained. “Don’t run, don’t stop, just walk slowly so the drivers can predict your direction. They will miss you!” That afternoon I stood in fear stranded 20 minutes curbside realizing this “lesson” went against every one of my survival instincts. Entire families passed by on a single scooter; I understand this is called the “Vietnamese sandwich.” Everything was transported by these mopeds, 8 piglets, a dozen chickens upside down, a TV, a tree and more. The pollution was thick and heavy. The inner city looked tired and worn. Suddenly there was a monsoon downpour. People draped ponchos and it became raincoat city. The traffic never slowed. I ducked for cover. It dissipated as quickly as it began, life went on and the air was temporarily washed clean. I finally crossed the street by walking slowly at an even pace. Everyone missed me.

The sun shined every day on our tours which included the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, the French Quarter and the Ho Chi Mihn memorial. We lined up with hundreds of people and entered the tomb where Ho Chi Mihn’s preserved body is visibly encased just like Lennon in Moscow. Armed communist soldiers commanded us to remain in silent reverence, no cameras, umbrellas, sunglasses allowed and arms at our sides at all times.

Later we visited Hoa Lo Prison, or the Fiery Furnace. Built by the French in 1896, thousands of political prisoners were tortured here until 1954. We viewed the dungeons with leg irons, torture equipment and “head cutting machines.”

In the 1960′s the Vietcong used it as a prisoner of war detention center for American pilots shot down during the Vietnam War. It was our captive pilots that sardonically named this place “The Hanoi Hilton.” We also did a walking tour through the Old Quarter where each narrow lane was named for its ancient craft: Silk St., Coffin St., Grilled Fish St., etc. Hong led us to a food market with turtles, sea slugs, pig heads and other unmentionable creatures for sale. “Thit Chow” is dog stew which is considered peasant food here and “country rat” is ceremoniously served at all birthday parties. They say it’s much healthier than “city rat.”

Most of our meals were included and thankfully rodents were never offered. We enjoyed elaborate American and Japanese breakfast buffets and 10 coarse lunches. Every restaurant was affordable. One evening my dinner menu presented salad of jellyfish, deep fried eel, ginger crickets and sticky rice with tender roasted pigeon. It seems the Vietnamese will eat anything that moves because it all “tastes like chicken.”

We attended the Water Puppet Show, an ancient art form unique to Hanoi. This blend of music and dance on water was has been the source of entertainment of villagers for centuries.

We then scattered to explore the city, Asia’s oldest capital. Some went for massages and pedicures at prices that couldn’t be resisted. Some shopped for souvenirs while others had clothes tailor made for them. I had an embroidered silk dress cut to my body in 4 hours for only $45. We also visited the handicraft villages for bargains in art. Want a “Monet?” No problem, just $25. Be careful, it’s wet. There were also ceramics and beautiful lacquerware. The currency was a great challenge for us as $10,500 Dong equals 65 cents. We felt like millionaires, yet it was disheartening to learn that the annual per capita income is just $320! We tipped generously throughout.

Vietnam’s pulse is found in its cities whereas its decorous grace is found in its villages. We headed out through the countryside for a full day cruise on Halong Bay. The air was fresh as we passed rice paddies, duck and prawn farms. It was rice harvest time and hundreds of rice farmers were laboriously bent over their ponds. Timid children smiled and waved as we drove by.

We arrived at this natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and boarded our private wooden junk boat. Quietly we sailed into a peaceful dreamscape that looked surreal with 3,000 islands of sheer limestone cliffs emerging from the calm emerald sea. There was a timeless, haunting quality to this scenery. Nat. Geo. called it “magic in stone and water.” We enjoyed a fantastic seafood lunch with fresh caught crab and prawns. It was a perfect day in the sun in the land of escapism and serenity.

The highlight of the trip for me was our group’s cyclo-tour through Old Hanoi on the last day. We turned a corner downtown to find 28 bicycle-rickshaws lined up to peddle us individually for an hour through the narrow scooter filled lanes of oncoming traffic. There were some near-misses at the red lights which were always ignored. We all laughed as the locals stared. Terry at 6’4” is considered huge even in America. Here he looked like King Tut seated on a throne as his 90lb. driver peddled him effortlessly in line with our group.

Later we went our separate ways for independent exploration. After several hours, I found myself lost in an area of town with no taxis. I had to get back to join others for dinner. I had no choice but to hire a ride on a scooter. Dressed in a skirt with my arms full of bags, I mounted the tiny seat and off we went. On the highway, I wrapped my arms and legs around my driver like an octopus. He laughed the entire way to the Sheraton.

We flew back to Singapore for a good nights rest at the Le Meridian before our long flight home to Los Angeles via Tokyo. I reflected on journey well done with new insights gained on history and culture. It was like visiting two different planets within one vacation. The contrast of this trip is evident in our photos from the contemporary garden paradise of Singapore, to the new renaissance of traditional Vietnam. This is certainly an Asian affair to be remembered.

A guide to shopping in Singapore

The Great Singapore Sale (GSS): an annual shopping event co-organized by the Singapore Tourism Board and various retail companies together with shopping malls and stores, all in a bid to promote tourism in Singapore. The participating malls and stores are mostly usually located along Orchard Road, dubbed the “town” area – the heartbeat of Singapore – all the way to Marina Bay. It is usually lasts between May and July. This extravaganza started in 2005 and has since stayed on to be one of the tourism attractions of Singapore.

During this period, the participating malls and stores will extend their shopping hours all the way till 12 midnight and beyond on selected weekends. Tourists would be able to have access to special privileges specifically created for them during this period – enjoying a range of exclusive lifestyle promotions such as gourmet dining, wellness, nightlife, and entertainment options.

Discounts would be given out during this season as well, with prices being reduced as much as 50% or more. So it attracts even the local Singapore shopaholics to shop endlessly, simply a most for any shopaholic!

To fully enjoy this event and get the most out of it, tourists are also able to apply for a “Tourist Privilege Card” in any Singapore Visitor Center: allowing tourists to enjoy special discounts for items ranging from fashion accessories, apparel, jewellery, watches, cosmetics, fragrances, electronic goods, children toys to Singapore souvenirs. There will also be discounted prices to local attractions such as the DHL Balloon, Singapore DUCKtours and the Singapore Zoo. All tourists need to do to be able to enjoy these special offers is to simply present the Tourist Privilege Card, along with their passport during this season of sales.

Besides the “Tourist Privilege Card”, there are also partner promotions made available to tourists, to get the most out of their shopping experience at the Great Singapore Sale (GSS).

Singaporeans also take the opportunity during this season to shop more, as they feel that buying items during this period is worth it with all the discounts that are available. Thus, this makes it one of the most profitable seasons for shopping malls and retailers.

In concordance with the Great Singapore Sale, is the Singapore Food Festival, which is held in the month of July annually. This enables tourists not only have a great shopping experience, but they also get to enjoy the wonderful delicacies this event has to offer – a taste of Singapore; Singaporean cuisine. With local foods such as Hainanese Chicken Rice to the famous Chilli Crab, it is one of the best seasons to try out local Singaporean favourites and experience Singapore food and culture in its fullest.

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Food: What we live for

MY view is life is too short to eat bad food and drink bad wine. Therefore, I felt really delighted when I was invited to the grand opening luncheon of Singapore’s newest gourmet restaurant on May 25, 2007. I relished really superb food and matched the dishes with nice glass of Chilean cabernet sauvignon. The latest beautiful baby on the gourmet scene is called Spring JuChunYuan restaurant with a chef from Fuzhou in China. The only other JuChunYuan restaurant is in China.

Specialising in Fuzhou cuisine, one of the 8 imperial cuisines of China, the young bespectacled chef explained to me how he braised the big chunky cuttlefish block in the signature “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall” tonic soup for 5 hours! Served in a special brown porcelain bowl with a lid adorned by a fat and happy cherubic Buddha, this dish is to live life for. Sweet, rich, tasty soup with a whole mushroom, tendon, big scallops, fish maw, cttlefish plus an abalone as big as a lion cub’s paw. Simply mmmmm…yummy! The lobster too is another super delight. Fuzhou cuisine is very unlike ubiquitous Cantonese and its light sauces full of the natural flavour of the food imporeted from China makes the dining experience delightful and yet one is not bloated and overfull at the end of the meal. No soy sauce or oyster sauce is used, instead dishes like the vegtarian dish with gingko nuts is so energising and clean tasting. Try too Duck’s tongue and the refreshing Winetermelon in a zangy orange and lemon essence. Housed in the old Chui Eng Free School building at 130, Amoy Street, Singapore 049959, you enter a serene and tranquil world through a bamboo courtyard. By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet, Enjoy!