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How Singapore Celebrates Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM SINGAPORE! Singapore celebrates Christmas the only way it knows how: Big and Bright. Walking down Orchard Road on Christmas Eve revealed just how big and bright Christmas could be in the Little Red Dot, with malls trying to outdo each other with their respective holiday displays. It was as much a celebration...
YOG Photo of the Day: Swiss Band Starch at *SCAPE

YOG Photo of the Day: Swiss Band Starch at *SCAPE

The Youth Olympic Games are not just about athletes and sports. Last night, I discovered the Culture and Education Programme at the *SCAPE Youth Park. There was a concert sponsored by Noise Singapore featuring youth bands from around the world. At last night’s concert, I caught Starch, a band from Switzerland that plays a fusion...

YOG Photo of the Day: The Olympic Flame

For the next week and a half, I will be putting up a new feature on the site: The YOG (Youth Olympic Games) Photo of the Day. With each photo, I hope to capture the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games. The first photo says it all: The Olympic Flame, finally lit up at The...

Ouvrir La Voie: My YOG Opening Ceremony Experience

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I had the pleasure and honor of watching the opening ceremony of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) live. I bought a ticket that seated me close enough to the center, and arrived at the venue early enough to be seated as close to the stage as...

Let the Games Begin! Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will officially begin tonight, 14 August 2010, right here in Singapore. 3,531 athletes from 204 countries and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will be participating in the first ever Summer YOG. For the past month or so, all of Singapore has been decorated with all sorts of YOG stuff. Flags...

TravelTuesday Picture of the Week – Youth Olympic Games Flag and Singapore National Flag

This is a big week for Singapore! Yesterday was National Day, which was celebrated with a parade and fireworks. And on Saturday, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games will be having its opening ceremonies (which I will be attending). All over Singapore, the Singapore flag, the Youth Olympic Games flag, and other related paraphernalia have been...

TravelTuesday Picture of the Week – Singapore Nationalism

In anticipation of Singapore’s National Day on 9 August (Monday next week), residents of HDB (Housing Development Board) buildings like this one have taken to hanging Singapore flags outside their flats. It’s an awesome sight, one which (sort of) inspires a kind of patriotism in even the non-citizen. What inspires Singaporeans to hang up their...

TravelTuesday Picture of the Week – Siloso Beach from Above (Singapore)

Siloso Beach is Sentosa’s major party beach. Most attractions and resorts are located on or close to Siloso Beach. Assorted clubs, such as Cafe del Mar and Wavehouse, line the beach. Two of the major Singapore parties, Zouk Out and Siloso Beach Party (the New Year’s Eve party), are held here as well. The beach...

Temples, Toys, and Tigers, Oh My! (Singapore: Day 13, 12-Apr-09)

I decided to take it a little easier on my first full day in Singapore, leaving most of my sightseeing for the walking tour I was planning to do the next day. Because I was staying right at the heart of Little India, I figured the most natural start of my day was to look...

A Very Nice Bus Trip (Kuala Lumpur and Singapore: Day 12, 11-Apr-09)

I woke up on Saturday morning wondering if I made the right decision to stay for just one full day in Kuala Lumpur. On one hand, I’d already seen all the major sights and destinations that I wanted to visit: Petronas Towers (even if I didn’t get to go up on the skybridge), KL Tower,...

7 Tips to Save Money in Singapore

Singapore has a reputation for being a relatively expensive city for travelers, particularly within Southeast Asia. Backpackers who travel to the region are taken aback by how much pricier Singapore is compared to its neighbors such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. Small wonder that travelers on a tight budget are wary of their funds dwindling...

TravelTuesday Picture of the Week – Merlion at Night

The Merlion appears to be the epitome of Singapore’s “if you build it, they will come” mentality, wherein “they” refers to tourists, and “it” refers to… just about anything, really. The Merlion – half lion, half fish – was conceived as a logo for the Singapore Tourism Board in the 1960s. The statue seen here...