Singapore – August 1999



Singapore’s National Day Parade

The 9th of August is a special day for Singapore, with flags
put up all around town and the neighbourhoods. Every year, the National Day Parade would be held, marking another year of Singapore’s independence. Those wanting to be part of the celebrations could either collect their free tickets in July or watch the live-telecast over the television channel.

The three-hour Parade includes a smart march pass by Singapore Armed Forces, an impressive gun salute, various colorful performances by community groups and schools, and sing-along sessions.

Just a little bit more about the free tickets, they are available for the Preview (Rehearsed performance on 31 July ’99) and the actual day (9 August ’99). The number of tickets given out is limited per person, so if you want to join in the celebrations, do get your tickets early. Check out the NDP Website for more details.


The Singapore Coffee Scene

Just over the past few years, coffee joints started sprouting all over town and its suburbs. This includes big
time coffee companies like Starbucks Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Spinelli’s, Seattle Coffee Company, NYDC
and Dome.

These outlets are popular among young Singaporeans. Its a favourite hangout place with friends, where they gather to
catch up or people watch. The outlets are usually more crowded in the weekends and at nights, and sometimes it
is hard to get a table.

Well, you are into books and coffee. You could head down to the Starbucks outlet at Liat Towers. Just beside Liat
Towers, there is a Borders Bookstore at Wheelock Place. Borders offer a pretty good selection of books and CDs, and is very well categorised.

If you want a bite, you can try the Panini sandwiches at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The texture of their bread
is just nice, looking rectangularly unique, and is pretty filling.

The Coffee Club at Millenia Walk
Also, do try Singapore’s own coffee chain, The Coffee Club. Most of its outlets have a cosy ambience,
with Arabian interiors, mud curved walls and cushions. Do sample their Coffee Elixir, Mocha Ice Vanilla and Iced Earl
Vanilla and cakes. The Coffee Club also serves hot meals. Try their Chicken Pie and Country Pie. They have outlets
are at Holland Village, Takashimaya, Boat Quay, Millenia Walk and Siglap.

The other kind of drink which you could try in Singapore is Bubble Tea. This popular among the Chinese youths. The
tea comes in different flavours, and it is basically a concocted mixture. A really distinctive tea is the ‘pearl tea’
range. It has big sago pearls in the drink which could be sucked out of a really huge straw. Careful not to take too
big a sip and choke on a sago pearl! Do try ‘Bitter Joy’ and ‘Green Pearl’.

You can find Bubble Tea outlets in town at the following addresses:

Along Orchard Road,
Wisma Atria, #04-07/08/09/10.
Tel: 65-7375538

At Marina Square,
Marina Square, #01-07. Tel: 65-3343349
Marina Leisure Plex, #02-04. Tel: 65-3349761

Chijmes
CHIJMES
(Pronounced as “CHIMES”)
Situated along Victoria Street, this building was once a convent school for girls called “Convent of the Holy Infant
Jesus”.

Built in 1852, the building under went a five and a half year restoration. The compound is now noted for its beautiful green lawns, cloistered walls and fountains. Do have a look at the CHIJMES Hall, with its beautiful 19th-century stained glass windows and plasterwork.

Chapel Courtyard
There are several al fresco dining outlets, pubs and shops. One good way to spend your time there is to head down to
CHIJMES in the afternoon, stroll around and enjoy its tranquil surroundings, and then dine at one of the
restaurants at Fountain Court. Do make reservations if you intend to dine during weekends.

I would recommend that you try out the house specialities and ribs at Bobby Rubino’s Place for Ribs (At Fountain
Court), and order an iced tea, with unlimited refills! If you are interested to take a heritage tour at CHIJMES,
enquire at the CHIJMES Service Centre for more information.
Yours Truly …

I am a local. Love to go places, take photos and basically
get “soaked” into the culture.


I do own a pair of Blundstone booties which I bought from
Australia. However, it is too hot to wear such a thing in
Singapore, but I still look at them and think of where I have
trekked with them.


Visit my website at
Tikita’s Island


About Singapore


History

This tiny fishing village was founded by a British East India
Company official, Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, in
1819. The settlement came about so that the British could
secure their trade against the Dutch in the Far East region.

Sir Thomas Raffles


Quirky Facts

It is unknown how Singapore actually got its name. The
most popular legend being a Sumatran Prince who came
ashore after a shipwreck, and spotted a beast. His advisors
then told him that it was a lion (Singa). Thus, the name
Singapura came about.


Was also known as Temasek which means “Sea Town”.


Singapore is also well-known for its fines imposed on
littering, smoking in air-conditioned areas, spitting and
flushing of toilets. Death penalty for drug trafficking and
possession.


Geography

96km North of the Equator.
At the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, separated by the
Straits of Johor.
The main island covers 647.5 sq.km, together with 60 other
little islands.


Climate

Temperature ranges between 23 to 33 degrees Celsius. Humidity is
high at about 84.4%. Subject to NE and SW monsoon.
Do roam around in light clothing.


Transport

Very assessible and easy to navigate around.
Check out the online transport guides:

Mass Rapid Transit

Singapore Bus Services

Trans-Island Bus


Buy the Singapore Explorer ticket for unlimited rides or hop
on the Singapore Trolley for a sightseeing option.


Currency

The Singapore Dollar (SGD). Banks and licensed money
changers do offer better exchange rates than hotels.
Do scout around town area and compare the rates.


Dining

Due to its multi-racial society, you can expect to find a
variety of Western, Malay, Indian and Chinese food.
Other flavours can also be found around town.
Look out for reasonably priced ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffets.


Coffee Places

Visitors can find numerous coffee joints all
around town:

Starbucks Coffee,

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf,

Seattle Coffee Company,

The Coffee Club,

Dome.


Arts & Music

Visitors can catch various performances.
Check out the for
The National Arts Council for schedules and SISTIC for
ticketing information.
You can book your tickets online.


Useful Links

New Asia-Singapore

Singapore Travel Exchange

Singapore Infomap

Singapore Millennium Website

Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Traveler Article


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