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Where to Get the Best Wines in Singapore

Are you planning to expand your knowledge about wines? Or do you want to try something you don’t have in your personal bar at home? These are the wine bars you need to visit in Singapore.

Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar
Choose from a variety of appetisers, mains, tarte flambee, sides, desserts and pastries, and wine bites. They also serve coffee, tea, bottled beers, juices and wine cocktails besides red, white, sparkling, sweet and rose wines by glass. Located at 8 Rodyk Street, Verre is open from 4 pm to 12 am Mondays to Thursdays, 4 pm to 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 pm to 11 pm on Sundays.

Praelum Wine Bistro
The name praelum or winepress should speak for itself. Praelum has been serving wine connoisseurs since 2011. They even have their own cellar with over 1,000 bottles. Pair a glass of wine with any of the authentic French cuisine. You can also take your friends to sample a beverage in their weekly Learn-a-Drink or book a wine class party for a group of 8 to 25 people. Praelum is located at 4 Duxton Hill.

Caveau Bar
They have a day menu for early visitors consisting of coffee, tea, chocolate and milk drinks, mojito and craft beers. They also serve excellent food such as duck rillette with crostini, cheese platter, and jamon Iberico reserva ham platter. The best part however is their long list of wines and spirits. Caveau Bar is located at 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre. The bar is open from 10:30 am to 11 pm Sundays to Thursdays and from 10:30 am to 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Napoleon Food & Wine Bar
Napoleon’s pride is their menu of 32 European wines in Enomatic wine dispensers. They also do retail and wholesale of French wines directly imported from their sources. Not only that, they also serve French and Asian cuisine. You need to try their shrimp truffle angel hair, hand-cut Angus beef tartate, smoked whole spring chicken and seared tuna steak. If you’re planning a group party, Napoleon offers wine tasting lessons and appreciation classes. Located at 206 Telok Ayer Street, Napoleon is open until midnight from Mondays to Saturdays.

O Batignolles
The name is taken from a French village while the restaurant’s theme is inspired by Parisian bistros. If you’re looking for French wines such as red, white, rose, cremant and champagne, this is the best place to visit because they also serve authentic French bistro food. Drop by O Batignolles at 2 Gemmill Lane from 12 noon to 12 midnight Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 12 midnight on Saturdays and 11 am to 11 pm on Sundays.

13% Gastro Wine
Founded by an experienced wine connoisseur and an award-winning chef, you’ll never go wrong with 13% Gastro Wine. They also serve cheese puffs, fries, black pudding, crab cake, sardines, sweets, pizza, baked Camembert, Iberico, cheese and many more. The bar is located at the 2nd Floor of a shop house at 14 Aliwal Street.

Christmas Trees at Gardens by the Bay

Now the Christmas tree is definitely the most symbolic representation of Christmas. In fact, given a pine tree with the colors of green and red around it and maybe even some Christmas lights, voila! You have a Christmas tree. But then again you wouldn’t want to spend your Christmas with just any Christmas tree.

Inside all of us is the huge expectation of magic during Christmas. Magic that can only be seen when it is represented by beauty. This beauty, is the Christmas tree. The more magical the Christmas tree appears to be, the more magical our Christmas begins to feel. With the glistening radiant Christmas lights scattered around like stars in the country sky, now this is beauty.

The glistening lights is just a display of glamour, what gives a Christmas tree it’s personality is the little things one uses to decorate their tree. Now we’re sure you’ve heard of Gardens by the Bay and we know that you know that since it is Christmas, Gardens by the Bay definitely has something in store for you.

What do you think it is? Well, remember the surreal building like structures covered in plants and green looking as if stumps of a tree but also the actual tree itself? Imagine that as a Christmas tree! You read it right!

Almost stump like structures reaching all the way to the sky before suddenly spreading out into a fountain of not just greens anymore, but also lights! Christmas is very well celebrated at Gardens by the Bay as one look towards the sky takes you into a whole new world! A world of Christmas.

The trees aren’t everything though, there is even a castle made out of lights illuminating the perfect image of a castle hidden at the back of your mind in the sea of imagination. Gardens by the Bay feels like a dream come true without you even knowing that you’ve been dreaming for a sight just like the one you’ll experience.

Subconsciously, the place does not just please your eyes. It also finds a way to seep into the comforts of your soul. Welcoming you into the holiday and bringing with it the Christmas spirit which may have been a familiar feeling or maybe a feeling you’ve never even experienced before.

Either way, Gardens by the bay is a perfect place to experience Christmas. Not just for you, but also for the ones you love. Christmas is a time for being with the ones you love and what better way to experience Christmas than to be in a place where Christmas is not only seen, but also felt.

Faster and More Convenient Check-In  

 

Check-in is inconvenient sometimes considering the long queue (no offense meant to the airlines). This is the reason why we should be at the airport as early as we can to avoid the stress of long queues. Oh, how we wish to skip the counters! Thankfully here in Singapore, there exists Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST).

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What is FAST? FAST is an initiative to make the lives of passengers easier and more convenient. In fact, starting August 12, the passengers of Singapore Airlines and SilkAir can utilize the twenty four check-in kiosks installed in Terminal 2 for quicker and more convenient check-in.

The passengers of the said airline can process their boarding pass as well as their bag tags at the kiosks before going to Departure Immigration. If the traveller is still not comfortable with the kiosks, they can consider online or mobile check-in.

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After checking-in at the kiosks, the passengers can drop their bags at the drop counters. According to the Changi Airport Group, this new system will cater to passengers in a matter of time unlike our traditional set-up. As of the moment, passengers are still familiarizing it. It will only be a matter of time for passengers to get used to it.

This is just a trial as the airport is still developing it. The trial will also be extended to Terminal 3. The full suite of FAST is still under development but hopefully it can be released next year. This initiative is an adaptation of a global push towards self-service. Self-service options especially on airports will improve its efficiency and productivity.

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Songs of the SEA Games  

We are excited for the upcoming SEA Games or Southeast Asian Games on June 15 to 16, 2015. It was announced that Singapore will host the SEA Games this time and many are anticipating its grandeur. The main venue is the Singapore Sports Hub. The Hub can host more than seven thousand athletes including their officials from thirty six sporting events.

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The Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) are preparing for the said event. On March 3, 2015, the committee launched the official music album of the 28th SEA Games. The album is titled “Songs of the Games”. It features fourteen pieces that are locally-produced. The album’s producer is Sydney Tan. The album also includes three official theme songs of the SEA Games.

Here are the songs of the SEA:

  • Greatest: Greatest is one of the three official theme songs of the SEA Games. It is written and performed by Daphne Khoo.
  • Flags Up: This is written and performed by The Sam Willows.
  • Unbreakable: Unbreakable is also one of the three official theme songs of the SEA Games. It is written by Amir Masoh and performed by Tabitha Nauser.
  • Ordinary: Ordinary is the last of the three official theme songs of the SEA Games. It is written by Amir Masoh and performed by The Sam Willows.
  • Champion: Champion is written by Charlie Lim and performed by The Sam Willows.
  • Still: Still is written and performed by Charlie Lim.
  • A Love SongUnbreakable: A Love Song- Unbreakable is written by Don Richmond and performed by Benjamin Kheng.
  • Forever: Forever is written by Joshua Wan and performed by The Steve McQueens.

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  • You’re Almost There: You’re Almost There is written and performed by Joel Tan of Gentle Bones and co-written by Ruth Ling.
  • You’re Wonderful: You’re wonderful is written by Amir Masoh and performed by Tay Kewel, Gayle Nerva and Tabitha Nauser.
  • Dancing On The World: Dancing On The World is written and performed by Hubbabubbas.
  • Colours: Colours is written and performed by Jean Tan.
  • Reach: Reach is written by Dick Lee and performed by The MGS Choir featuring Dick Lee.

Music is very important because it can inspire the athletes and those who are listening to it as well. When we hear the beat, we feel excitement, when we understand the words, we feel motivated. The songs will surely enhance the athlete’s experience. If we want to hear the songs, we can go to the website of the SEA Games. We can also buy songs on iTunes from S$1.28 to S$1.48. The most practical thing to do is buy the entire album. The album only costs S$9.98.

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Not to Miss: The Singapour en France  

This year, there are many activities that will showcase our nation. We are excited of a particular festival happening on March 26 to June 30, 2015. The festival is called Singapour en France. This is an opportunity for us to exhibit our art, culture and heritage right in the heart of France – Paris.

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In commemoration of our 50 years of independence and diplomatic ties with France, we will display our country’s pride and honour at the festival. This is our way of showing to the world that we participate in global arena but we are still humbled and rooted in our region. The exciting part is the some displays will be brought home so we can appreciate the art, culture and heritage.

Here are some showcases and performances for the Singapour en France festival that we need to look forward:

  • The Singaporean: The Singaporean is a show that is directed by Ong Keng Sen. It will happen on March 26 and 27, 2015 at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. The performance is three hours. For three hours, the audience will be treated with different materials like films and videos. What’s exciting is that the performers will mingle with the audience to make it more interactive. The show is set to debut there. After Paris, the show will be brought here for the Singapore International Festival of Arts celebration.
  • Secret Archipelago: Secret Archipelago will exhibit arts of the Southeast Asian region. This will be presented by the National Heritage Board in collaboration with Palais de Tokyo on March 26 and 27, 2015. There will be contemporary arts to be installed and will feature artworks from newly commissioned artists. There will be curator talks and appearances of artists during the show.

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  • Est/Ouest – Nord/Sud: For music enthusiasts, there will be an Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne on March 29, 2015 conducted by our very own conductor. It will happen at La Philharmonie, Cite de la Musique, Paris. The classical concert will feature pipa soloist.
  • Art Garden: For family-goers, there will be a contemporary art section where interactive displays are abundant. This will be on April 15 to 16, 2015 at the Gare Saing-Sauveur Lille. This is again presented by the National Heritage Board with the participation of France’s lille3000.
  • Akalika 7: This show will present contemporary dances. It will happen on April 7 to 10, 2015 at the Le Tarmac, Paris. This is presented by Frontier Danceland with the participation of France’s KHAM Compagnie. The dances will showcase our culture and other issues.

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What Transpired During the Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014?

You are a food-lover. That is fine especially that Singapore offers a whole range of exciting foods which you will surely enjoy. Did you catch The Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014? It was a success. Many Singaporeans came and supported the event.

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They did not only enjoy the food but they also helped over 32,000 beneficiaries of Touch Community Services. The Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014 transpired on November 22. It was Saturday so many people came by and see what the fest had to offer. It was held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Halls 401-402, 1 Raffles Boulevard.

The Fest featured and celebrated chefs and hawkers. Participants and guests enjoyed the gastronomic adventure. The event was organized by famous food bloggers like Derrick Tan, Maureen Ow and Ian Low. It aims to celebrate the heritage of Singapore’s hawker and raise funds at the same time.

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This year, the event featured three food zones to include:

  • Ultimate Original Recipe: This zone offer famous hawker foods made by chefs from second, third and fourth generations.
  • Ultimate Pursuit of Happiness: This zone celebrates the food of budding hawkers and chefs. These people left their jobs to embark on a journey of pursuing their ultimate happiness in the hawker industry.
  • Ultimate Ingredients: This zone offer hawker foods that are out of the ordinary. Chefs and hawker added special ingredients to make something exciting out of the conventional foods.

For those that missed the event, there is surely another next year. You can visit the website for more information. Surely, the event is an astonishing one.

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Famous Suppliers of Sweet in Singapore

Singapore is known as a financially stable country. Due to this, many business establishments are rising in the country. Actually, a lot of them cover the foods and beverages group like restaurants, food chains, bars and more. Also, chocolate and candy shop belong in this group.

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In Singapore, there are plenty of them and they are growing. In fact, there are many chocolate and candy shops around the world that venture the business in the country because a lot of businessmen for other countries put their trust to Singapore. As Singapore is one of the leading countries, candy and chocolate factories are like mushrooms that pop out abruptly; however, there are established and famous brands of sweets in the country which include:

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  • Yamakawa Super – As it named clearly state; it is indeed a Japanese store. This store offers sweet products like ice creams, biscuits and chocolates.
  • The Cocoa Trees – Are you a chocolate aficionado? Well, this store makes you select a wide variety of famous chocolates like Toblerone, Swiss Delice, M&Ms Droste, Hawaiian Host, The Belgian and more. Aside from their sweet chocolates, their store can be easily found. Actually, many of its branches (10 branches) is only located at the Changi airport and the other 7 store are scattered in the country.
  • Candylicious – This brand of sweets has more the 500 classes of chocolates as well as candies to satisfy a person’s craving. Also, they have gummy bears that you can select.
  • Candy Empire – Different sweets from all over the globe is what Candy Empire offer. Also they provide aromatic snack that comes from US, Australia and Europe.

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Singapore’s World Class Hospitals

As Singapore boasts their financial stability and low crime rate, they also show off their state-of-the-art facilities and world class hospitals. Based on the world ranking which was conducted by World Health Organization (WHO), Singapore ranked number 6 in terms of efficiency on the facilities and equipment they are using.

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Because of this, Singapore has the lowest mortality rate for infants. The hospitals in the country is categorized by public hospital (which are cheaper) and private hospital. The only advantage of going to private hospitals is that you’ll avoid the crowd in public health care centers.

Below are the world class hospitals that the country boasts.

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  • Singapore General Hospital – This one of the oldest hospitals in the country that is built in 1821 and was revamped in 1981. Actually, it is also the largest hospital in Singapore is in can occupy nearly 1500 hospital beds.
  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital – This hospital (popularly known as Mount E) has 345 hospital beds and the first Asian hospital that has been awarded as winner for the Asian Management award.
  • Raffles Hospital – This private hospital was made popular after having a successful surgery for Siamese twins without complications.

There are a lot of hospitals in Singapore. In fact, you can choose among them because Singapore hospitals will be sure to treat you well and you will be having no trouble after any medication or surgery given to you. However, you are always responsible for you health. Once you are not following the instruction that the doctor is giving you. You be more likely to maintain your illness rather than be healed.

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Education in Singapore – Things to Consider

Choosing a school for your child is very difficult especially when you don’t have any idea or perhaps a slight background about the school. There are many things to consider in selecting a school. Singapore’s educational system is known around the world. Also, Singapore is the country that is good in producing excellent students that excels in Math and Science.  However, what are the things to check to make the education worth it.

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  • Price: This is very important especially for parents. If the first thing that they see is very expensive, for sure, they will switch to another school. This comprises the fees such as admission fees, tuition fees and many more.
  • Location: This is also one factor to consider. In choosing the location of the school, you must see to it that you will be convenient if you will select the school. Basically, the nearer the school, the more convenient you are.
  • Quality education: Does the school have this? If not, then it’s not a good one. On other hand, Singapore has a lot of school that is recognized around the globe.

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  • Curriculum offered: Sometimes, not all courses or subject is in the school. Thus, you need to access the curriculum of the school before anything.

While in Singapore, you don’t have to worry in choosing for the best schools because almost all universities here offers quality education that are affordable not just for Singaporeans but also for foreign students.

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Sightseeing in Singapore

Singapore is a small city-state yet it is teeming with countless tourist destinations you just can’t get enough of. The next time you go to the Lion City for a short vacation, make sure to include the following places to your must-visit list.

Orchard Road

A 2.2 kilometre-long road in the heart of the city, Orchard Road is considered the city’s entertainment and retail pub. As the city’s main shopping street, you can find classy restaurants, coffee shops, clubs, and hotels. Here you can also locate the Istana, the official office and residence of the President. At night, you can find yourself delighting in the sparkling view of the malls that sprawl over.

Universal Studio Singapore

Universal Singapore is sure to entertain tourists of all ages with its seven themed zones namely Madagascar, Far Far Away, Sci-Fi City, The Lost World, New York, Ancient Egypt, and Hollywood, with each zone relating to a hit movie or TV show. You can enjoy the rides and shows. Plus, there are over 30 food carts and restaurants for you to choose from and give yourselves a satisfying treat.

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Singapore has the longest elevated swimming pool in the world, and it can be found in the Marina Bay Sands. Don’t miss out swimming in the ever-famous infinity pool at the SkyPark. Here you can also find rooftop restaurants, nightclubs, lush gardens, and an observation deck where you can have an aerial view of the city skyline and the Singapore Flyer.

Merlion Park

When some foreigners think of Singapore, what flashes to mind in an instant is a picture of the Merlion, the mythical creature resembling a fish’s body and a lion’s head—the well-known icon of Singapore. Here in the Merlion Park you can enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings anytime as the park is open 24 hours daily.