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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

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.

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!

Special foods in Vietnam

Special Vegetables and Sauces in Pho Soup

Vietnamese Noodle Soup, or famously known as Pho, is different in Viet Nam and in other Asian countries. The soup that I used to eat in Pho Hoa, Pho 2000 or Pho 24 in Jakarta or even in Singapore (also in Pho Hoa restaurant, and The Orange Lantern VN Restaurant), is only using bean sprouts and spring onion as the topping. But in Ho Chi Minh City, the toppings are various and you probably cannot recall what kind of vegetable they serve. When I first had my pho the other day, I was totally confused. The waiters served a plate of raw vegetables to be put into the soup, and there wasn’t only bean sprout and spring onion but also fresh basil leaves, slices of red onion, mint leaves, two other types of “leaves” that I had no idea what to call and even freshly cut jalapeno chilies!.

One thing I like most about pho served in Viet Nam is the sauce. In Pho 24 or any other VN restaurants, the sauce always come in two types: Black Bean Sauce and Chili Sauce, so we can mix the sauce into the soup to make our own favorite taste of the soup.

If you happen to come to Viet Nam and haven’t got a chance to taste pho, then you haven’t come to Viet Nam yet!

The Essence of Singapore as Tour Destination

Where Asian mult-culturism rules: Singapore as a tour destination!

A cosmopolitan Island country with a stimulating mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, Singapore as a tour destination has immense scope for fun, adventure, shopping, culinary treats and romantic heart-beat moments galore. For the global tourist on the look out for great bargains, international shopping experiences, world-class products, exciting nightlife, relaxation and spa-centered rejuvenation or simply a great holiday destination, Singapore is where the fun is!

What sets Singapore apart: the essence of Singapore as a tour destination.

Varied cultural offerings and veneration for all religions, evident in the importance the state gives to freedom of spiritual belief with its plentiful churches, temples and Buddhist monasteries and prayer halls makes up the essence of truly multicultural and cosmopolitan Singapore city. A rich and diverse style of architecture as depicted in Singapore’s numerous museums, houses, shopping complexes and extraordinary office buildings portray the city’s willingness to imbibe the best of both worlds: the West and the East effectively and artistically.

Things to do while visiting Singapore as a tour destination:

A modern, metropolitan city that has a vibrant mix of old and new, contemporary and traditional establishments that co-exist in comfortable levels for welcoming global tourists is evident in the island city’s essential hospitality flavor even today: local restaurants, zoos, native food markets and eclectic social diversities are as much the crowd-pullers to Singapore as a tour destination as other aspects of fine living, such as Chijmes, a popular dining, shopping and entertainment site, Dalhousie Obelisk, at Empress Place, Istana- the official residence of the President of Singapore and Lau Pa Sat. Merlion, the lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves is Singapore’s national emblem; Parliament House and the Elephant Statue, Raffles Hotel, one of the world’s last great 19th century hotels, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Supreme Court and City Hall are other popular postcard images that make up the rest of Singapore’s landmarks!

British styled Singapore Food Franchise Opportunities

So, what do we make out of a British take away food stall in Singapore? Or a huge portion of individually battered fish and chips served in a bag at less than five dollars? Or even a Mars Bar deep fried?

Simple and yet not so simple, its the highly successful CHIPPY British Take Away, which serves unique British and Scottish snack fare at great value for money. With the launch of CHIPPY British Take Away business franchise program, interested investors will be able to tap into the brands success.

Established since 2005, CHIPPY British Take Away has expanded to four highly profitable locations in prime malls across Singapore, at Far East Plaza, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Central and Plaza Singapura. The diversity of these locations proves CHIPPYs popularity with the mass market in Singapore, and the low prices (all items under $5.00) ensure that no potential customer is priced out of the menu.

CHIPPY British Take Away profitability and strength comes from its efficient operations and focused branding. An outlet requires no more than three staff to run during peak hours. As all items are cooked to order, there is no wastage to deal with at the end of every day, the bane of all food operations. An efficient back end operation ensures stock can be accurately monitored at all times to prevent theft and positive cash flow. CHIPPYs strong branding collaterals also ensure customer trust and loyalty in todays generic and competitive food market.

For CHIPPY British Take Aways Singapore franchise opportunities, single unit franchisees can now get their own outlet for less than S$100,000 investment, depending on the size of the unit, ranging from 100-150 sq ft (takeaway outlet) to 200-250 sq ft (diner). The amount will include the franchise fee, the set up cost, initial working capital and rental fees.

To ensure success of the business franchise unit, CHIPPY business franchise opportunities program will provide the following support:

- Site Assessment and Acquisition
- Unit Design and Set up
- Comprehensive Training
- Use of the CHIPPY Franchise Manual
- Pre-opening and Opening Support
- Marketing and promotions
- Over all Operational Oversight
- On Going R&D Assistance
- Supply of Proprietary Raw Materials

The franchisees can also look forward to good business partner as evidenced by the franchisors mission statement below:

We practise ethnical business conducts. We are a supportive business partner dedicated to our franchisees’ success. We provide a complete retail system with total professional support and service, for all of us to be successful in our business and benefit from operating as part of a strongly branded and uniform chain. We provide an environment, which fosters personal growth and enables co-workers to be part of a team.

CHIPPY British Take Away is ready to share the experience through business franchise plans, said Hsien Naidu, Director of business consulting firm, Astreem that consists of a team of franchise consultants, business consultants, branding consultants and marketing consultants. CHIPPY British Take Away is set to develop and share their franchise business concept with investors seeking Singapore franchise opportunities through Singapore food franchise for their business investments.

Your Low Cost Competitors Want To Eat Your Lunch

Many industry leaders are faced with a sea of changes in the marketplace, particularly the onslaught of many low cost competitors. They are minnows and will grow to become sharks if they are not nipped in the bud. Examples abound on the proliferation of the Chinese products in the world market.

The way to handle these manufacturers is to try to nip them in the bud. It is like war. You must not allow your competitions to establish a beachhead. For once they succeed in doing so, it will be so much harder to dislodge them. You want to knock them out in the waters where they are most vulnerable. When customers try the low cost products and they like them, it will be very difficult and expensive to entice them to switch back to your products. If you cannot beat the low cost competitors in the price game everything else being equal, then better to identify another premium niche.

Johnson and Johnson the health-care multi-national company also faces stiff competition and a long wait for the next drug blockbuster. As part of its strategies to hold off competition, it has gobbled up 34 companies in the past 5 years and will keep acquiring. Johnson and Johnson also put existing drugs to new uses – epilepsy drug Topomax now treats migraine. Workers are made to cross the divisional lines to develop products and drug-delivery systems including treatments for stroke, diabetes and schizophrenia.

Teamwork between pharma and device divisions led to the billion-dollar coronary stent. Cost-cutting on the 200-plus units, merger of the back-office operations and centralized purchasing helped to save $1 billion in two years’ funds that it will use in the development of badly needed new pharmaceuticals.

On the other hand, Hoover, which makes vacuum cleaners since 1907, has shrunk its unionised staff strength from 1,800 just over 1,500 in 1994. The Chinese competitors have been selling cheap vacuum cleaners at $79. Hoovers with price tags of $200 and higher cannot compete and was caught unaware. These Chinese low-end models already have 40% of the market. Hoover tried layoffs, new vacuum-cleaner features etc, but to no avail. On the other hand, the market leader Whirlpool is up 38% in sales revenues and just boosted its 2004 profit outlook. Whirlpool no longer sells vacuum cleaners and diversified into other household appliances.

As mentioned earlier, the Port Authority of Singapore (PSA) also lost its competitiveness when Tanjong Pelepas in Malaysia stole away PSA’s number one and two customers with cheaper pricing. The Singapore government has learnt this lesson and is responding quickly to the threats of low cost budget airlines and regional air hubs. Airlines can also bypass Singapore Changi Airport and fly directly from Australia to Europe or Middle East to US avoiding stop over in Singapore. Singapore Airlines is introducing the budget airline Tiger to compete in this sector as well as to boost its premier airline image through the offers of new planes and non-stop direct flights to the US. Singapore Changi Airport is building a terminal for budget airlines. The Singapore government came down hard on the Singapore airline pilots to ensure that the national airline is not dragged down by labour disputes. The airport terminals are also undergoing renovation and upgrading. The jury is still out as to whether all these proactive measures can effectively maintain the competitiveness of the air transportation and aviation industry in Singapore. However, this is better than waiting for the low cost competitors to gobble your lunch right under your noses.

Another case in point is the ball-point and fountain pen competition. Ball-point pens were much cheaper, easier and less messy to use. The fountain pens were beaten face down and lost almost all the market share to ball-point pens. Then somebody thought of making the fountain pen a luxury item. The fountain pen was sold for US$ 400 and positioned as a prestigious and luxurious item, similar to the jewel wear. The manufacturers of fountain pens such as Parker, Sheaffer and Mont Blanc have then comfortably locked into the high-end segment which the ball-point pens cannot penetrate.

Today, both the fountain and ball-point pens co-exist each has its own market niches. You need to be wary and be prepared to thwart off the moves of these low cost competitors. This is why Howard H Stevenson in his book said: “Do lunch or Be Lunch.”

Your low cost competitors will not just nibble at your low price segment, they want to eat your lunch

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.

Singapore: Beyond Shopping

When visiting the island of Singapore, the leisure traveller immediately begins to think of shopping. While Singapore is a shopper’s haven it isn’t the only article on offer. Beyond the urban metropolitan feel of the city and the usual attractions of Sentosa Island, Singapore is also host to botanical rich venues as well.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens, for example offer a calm and soothing atmosphere in which to spend time with family and friends whilst learning about a variety of plant life. The lush green three hectare site is home to more than 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. The Gardens also feature numerous botanically related venues such as the Ginger Garden and the Evolution Garden in addition to three beautiful lakes.

Another excellent stop is the Singapore Zoo. The zoo offers a walk through the rich Singapore rainforests with chances to view its beauty and its inhabitants. The zoo is also home to acrobatic apes, white rhinos, zebras, giraffes, meerkats, lions, elephants, white tigers and even polar bears. In addition there are also several types of rides within the premises which include trams, horse carriage and other animal rides. With such a rich offering of life on display, visitors won’t be disappointed.

Beyond the nature rich attractions you cannot afford to miss the world’s largest observation wheel. Built with cutting edge technology, the wheel stands at a whopping 165m off the ground. Visitors can see sprawling views of Marina Bay, the City of Singapore and beyond. The view isn’t the only thing on offer however. The Singapore Flyer has dining options in the form of several restaurants so that you can eat with family and friends whilst soaking in the magnificent view. The entire central atrium of the complex also features a rainforest which provides a serene environment to relax in.

Another venue you shouldn’t miss is the Raffles Hotel Museum. The museum is situated in the Singapore luxury hotel of the same name and is based around the hotel and its beginnings during the Golden Age of Travel. In this time period Singapore was known as the ‘Crossroads of the East’. Exhibits include memorabilia of Raffles Hotel, Singapore as well as the region during the period. In addition silver, china, postcards, letters and photographs from the hotel are also on display. Several 19th century photographs of Singapore and Southeast Asia are housed in the museum as well and represent an important historical documentation of early life in Singapore.

When in Singapore shopping will most likely have a role, however no matter what Singapore hotel you pick remember that there are variety of exciting venues out there to discover.