Singapore – The Welge Report

 

 

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Singapore

 

Birding Opps:  Info for our birding friends.  In and near Singapore we will spot The white-vented Myna, the Magpie robin, the collared king fisher and the Zebra dove.

The Urban Birder (theurbanbirder.com/urban-birding/singapore/) provides an upclose and intimate birding report.

Here’s a fascinating report from our flight attendant (http://10000birds.com/layover-in-singapore.htm)

And we don’t want to neglect our Birding Pals (birdingpal.org/Singapore.htm)

 

Grape Experience –  This is a pretty good list of wine retailers in Singapore (wine-searcher.com/merchants/Singapore)

Transportation: Getting around Singapore is a breeze. Check out this site (yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/plan-your-trip/transport.html)

Shopping:  Shopping in Singapore is world-class. Check out Orchard Road, Kampong Glenn, Little India and Chinatown.

Business Information: Here is help in regard to your business: (enterpriseone.gov.sg)

U.S. Embassy: 27 Napier Road, 65 6476-9100 (http://singapore.usembassy.gov/)

Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)

 

Day One:  Our cousin suggests a visit to The National Museum of Singapore – Daily: 10-6, 93 Stamford Rd, 65 6332 3659

With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum.

It is custodian of 10 National Treasures and it presents Singapore’s history and culture in a variety of exhibits.

 

To further orient ourselves with Singapore let’s visit the The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) – Daily: 10-7, F: till 9, 1 Empress Place, 65 6332 7798

The Asian Civilizations Museum’s flagship at Empress Place houses 11 galleries which showcase over 1300 artifacts from the Museum’s growing collections on the civilizations of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia/ Islamic.

These collections include recent acquisitions as well as artifacts inherited from the historic Southeast Asian ethnographic collection of the former Raffles Museum.

 

It’s time for lunch at the White Rabbit – L & D: Tu-Sa, 39C Harding Road, 65-6473-9965

Here they have a set lunch menu for two or three courses. For a starter you can choose either the pan seared fois gras with a cherry compote or the salad nicoise.

For your main the tagliatelle with king crab is very good or the beef cheek bourguignon with roasted vegetables, potatoes and bacon.

For dessert try the cherry vanilla panna cotta. The ’12 Cune Rosado would go well with these choices.

 

The Singapore Botanic Gardens – Daily: 5 AM to Midnight, 1 Cluny Road, 65 6471 7138

The Singapore Botanic Gardens offer an opportunity to walk and enjoy this paradise.

The garden is geared towards entrenching itself as a tropical botanical institution of international renown and it features a 3-hectare National Orchid Garden, the Ginger Garden, Evolution Garden, Coolhouse and the Children’s Garden.

 

It’s time for some fun with a ride on the Singapore Flyer – Daily: 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM, 30 Raffles Avenue, 65 6333 3311

The Singapore Flyer offers a bird’s eye view of the entire sovereign city-state island.

You can walk around in a capsule 165m above ground level where you can see 360˚ of iconic and historical landmarks such as Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, and Empress Place plus a great ocean view and glimpses of the neighboring Indonesian Spice Islands and the Straits of Johor, Malaysia.

 

Tonight we are dining at Bar-roque – L & D: Tu-Su, 165 Tanjong Pager Rooad, #01-00, 65 6444 9672

At Bar-roque their signature dishes include N-Z little neck clams with garlic pork sausage (shown above), a rotisserie chicken, an Australian pork knuckle, a seafood platter and the N-Z abalone salad.

Top it off with “Mom’s” apple pie and wash it down with the ’11 Hugel Rielsing.

 

Day Two: Breakfast is at Wild Honey – B,L,D: Daily, 6 Scotts Rd, 3rd Fl, 65 6636 1816

There are no bad choices here. Try the coconut waffles with passion fruit, the brioche French toast stuffed with grilled mango or the rolled oats with grated apple, greek yogurt, almonds and berries.

 

Let’s start our adventures today at The Singapore Art Museum – Daily: 10-7, F: till 9, 71 Bras Basah Road, 65 6332 3222

The artists represented in the SAM collection fall into three broad groups: the pioneering’ contemporary artists or ones associated with avant-garde practices, mid-career artists and emerging practitioners.

Contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia is diverse, dynamic and multifaceted, possessing its own distinctive aesthetics and artistic traditions shaped by different approaches to art-making and practices.

Community outreach continues to be an important area of the Museum’s function. The Museum’s exhibition programs cover a diversity of art trends and practices, fringe activities and public lectures.

SAM Museum promotes awareness and appreciation of contemporary art and encourages the growth of an active and stimulating cultural environment in Singapore.

 

Next up this morning is the Jurong Bird Park – Daily: 8:30 – 6, 2 Jurong Hill, 65 6265 0022

The Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird park with a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 400 species.

It is one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world, and it offers many eyes and hands-on features such as: the Waterfall Aviary, the Lory Loft, the Jungle Jewels, the Penguin Coast and the Flamingo Lake.

 

Lunch today is Gastro Smiths – L & D:Tu-Su, 103 Beach Rd, Tan Que Lan St, 65 6336 3680

Start with the carrot miso salad, the scallop ceviche or the French duck rilette.

Your main is the prawn linguine with dashi and white wine or the anglet steak with pureed potatoes and herb salad.

The’11 Gunther Steinmetz Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett Feinherb Riesling.  Dessert with the coffee granita.

 

Our cousin suggests that we visit The Malay Heritage Center – Tu – Su: 10-6, 85 Sultan Gate, 65 6391 0450

The Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) provides wonderful cultural exposure and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages and interests.

A current exhibit examines the ways in which various historical Malay communities have harnessed the bounty of flora and fauna to create both preventive and curative medicines.

It also explores traditional Malay medicine as a specialized form of knowledge in relation to early Malay conceptualizations of the human body as well as human relationships to the natural environment.

It also includes a medicinal plant maze of rare 19th century Malay medicinal manuscripts and tools of trade of traditional Malay healers.

 

For some relaxation and pleasurable sightseeing take a ride on the Singapore River Cruise – Daily: 9 AM – 11 PM, 1 North Bridge Road #15-06, High Street Centre, 65 6336 6111

Look for the River Cruise booth and the numbered sign. You can board at any of the SRC Jetties: -
• Raffles Landing Site • Liang Court
• Robertson Quay
• Grand Copthorne Waterfront
• Riverside Point • Boat Quay
• The Fullerton Singapore
• Merlion Park • Esplanade

There are two types of River Cruise Tours: – The Singapore River Experience and the New River Experience. The Singapore River Experience is a 30 minute cruise which covers from Clarke Quay to Clifford Pier.

The New River Experience is a 45 minute cruise which covers the whole river from Robertson Quay to Clifford Pier.

 

Tonight dinner is at Bacchanalia – L: F,Su, D: Tu-Su, Masonic Club, 23 A Coleman St, 65 6509 1453

A good starter here is the cod brandade with asparagus and green olive tapanade or the prawn risotto with radicchio, strawberries and burrata.

For your main we like the pork belly with red cabbage, capers and apples or the short ribs with pickled radish and daikon.

The ’10 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc is your wine. Try the decadent white chocolate and cherry tart for dessert.

 

Day Three: Start today at the Killiney Café – B,L,D: Daily, 67 Killiney Rd, 6734 9648

The tea is from Sri Lanka. Your breakfast choices include: eggs, French toast, Mee Siam, Laksa, Curry chicken and lots of other choices.

 

Today we have the pleasure of visiting Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall – Tu-Su: 9-5, 12 Tai Gin Road, 65 6256 7377

Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the man many consider to be the founder of modern China, lived in this villa for a period of time. During this period he was exposed to the wonders of technology and ideals of progress.

The critical flaws he witnessed in the Manchu government as compared to democracies in Europe and the United States led him to realize that political reforms were needed in order for China to advance as a country.

He decided to launch his revolutionary career to overthrow the Manchu government and establish a republic.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary efforts saw ten failed uprisings before the Manchu government was successfully overthrown in the Wuchang Uprising of 1911. Dr. Sun Yat Sen went on to be elected as the first Chinese President of the newly-minted Republic of China.

The revamped Memorial Hall contains five galleries spread over two levels of the villa.

Re-decorated in the style of an old Peranakan house, visitors will be transported back to the early 20th century to experience how the villa might have looked like when Dr. Sun Yat Sen resided there.

The revamped Memorial Hall also includes a new storyline, original artifacts never displayed before, and the creative use of multi-media to provide visitors a unique experience each time they visit the museum.

 

Now we are ready to visit the Chinatown Heritage Center – Daily: 9 AM – 8 PM, 48 Pagoda Street, 65 6325 287

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is housed in three beautifully restored authentic shophouses. There are 15 exhibition galleries spread over 3 levels – each taking you to a different time in history.

From the harsh living conditions in the migrants’ native land to the new life in Chinatown to the golden years of the 1950s.

Apart from visiting the galleries you can purchase souvenirs such as wooden clogs and hand-sewn Chinese quilt blankets.

The centre also houses a Kopi Tiam (hokkien for coffee shop) in case you crave for local snacks and an aromatic cup of coffee.

 

Your meal today is at Burnt Ends – L: Tu-Sa, D: M-Sa, 20 Teck Lim Rd, 65 6224 3933

The Burnt Ends part comes from the really hot oven they have that gets up to 700 degrees Celsius. 24 lucky diners pick offerings such as: smoked quail eggs, razor clams, or suckling pig with cider.

They also offer fish and poultry, and they have a talented dessert chef. Try the burnt pineapple with rum syrup on lime curd ice cream.

Go for the ’07 Pago de los Capellanes Tinto Reserva.

 

Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,

Dick & Dee Welge

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