Thursday, August 29, 2013

What to do: Harbour Cruise on the Imperial Cheng Ho

Imperial Cheng Ho
Enjoy a luxurious one-day cruise around Singapore
and retrace a fraction of Admiral Cheng Ho's journey.

Opening hours:
10.30 am to 9 pm (last trip starts at 6.30 pm).

2 hours 30 minutes

Admission fees:

Morning Glory 10.30 am S$29 S$16
Dragon Cruise 3 pm S$29 S$16
High Tea 3 pm S$34* S$18*^
Imperial Dinner 6.30 pm S$57* S$31*^
^Child age is between 3 years to 11 years.
*A 50% charge will be levied for cancellation of High Tea or Imperial Dinner Cruise after 12 pm on the cruise day.

What do expect:

Morning Glory

Sip your morning tea or coffee while soaking in the sun and enjoying the sea breeze from the upper deck in this morning cruise. The altar in the wheelhouse contrast the tranquillity of the Southern Islands with the bustling seaport. Also enjoy a stopover at Kusu Island to visit a quaint Chinese Temple.

High Tea/Dragon Cruise

Enjoy a high tea buffet while cruising the southern island. As you savour puffs, pastries, and cakes, view the new lifestyle marina, oceanfront living, and hotel development projects taking place in Sentosa Island. A stopover at Kusu Island to visit a quaint Chinese Temple is also included.

Imperial Dinner Cruise

As dusk falls and twinkling star appear, set sail on a romantic harbour cruise. The cool, night air spells magic as silhouettes and shadows interplay with the lights from Marina Bay and ship in the Eastern Anchorage. Catch the sun setting over the western horizon whilst enjoying an appetizing international buffet. Complete an enchanted evening by catching a view, from the sea, of the fireworks display by the "Song of the Sea".

Cheng Ho Cruise Route
Click to enlarge image.

Pick-up services from selected hotels and Marina Bay MRT Station:
Group A 
Group B
Marina Bay MRT
Morning Glory 9.45 am 10 am 10.15 am
Dragon Cruise/High Tea 2.15 pm 2.30 pm 2.45 pm
Imperial Dinner 5.15 pm 5.30 5.45 pm

Group A:
Furama Riverfront, Grand Central, Marriott Hotel, Orchard Hotel, Park Royal at Kitchener.

Group B:
Albert Court, Fairmont, Pan Pacific Hotel (Marina), Rendezvous Hotel.

How to book:
Call: +65 6533 9811
Official website:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Singapore Immigration: Entry Visa

To enter Singapore for holiday purposes, you will need a valid entry visa. For citizens of ASEAN (except Myanmar), 30-day social visit pas is provided automatically and for free on arrival. The citizens of the following countries also do not need to apply for visa beforehand:
  • United States of America, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Iceland, Luxemburg, Japan, Republic of Ireland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands, San Marino, Switzerland.
  • Countries that are members of the British Commonwealth (except India).
To apply for a visa, your passport must be valid for six months beyond the stay in Singapore. Visa is issued for a one-month period and can be extended to three months, via the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in Singapore. Countries that will require an entry visa for Singapore are:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Russia
  • People's Republic of China
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
Visa applications can be submitted either at the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or online via Submission of Application for Visa Electronically (SAVE) .

Documents Required
  • The original and a photocopy of applicant’s passport bio data page.
  • Completed original Form 14A.
  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph (to be pasted on the top right-hand corner of Form 14A and must meet the following requirements:
    • Image must be taken within the last 3 months
    • Photograph should be in colour, taken against a white background with a matt or semi-matt finish
    • Image must show full face, no headgears allowed unless they do not cover your facial features
  • Completed Form V39A (Letter of Introduction for Visa Application )
  • Local contact’s Singapore Identity Card (original and photocopy)
  • Other Requirements:
  • The applicant and the local contact may be required to furnish additional documents and information whenever it is needed.
  • If documents are not in the English language, official translations are required.

After the Submisison

Processing Fee:
A processing fee of S$30 will be collected at the time of submission per application in order to apply for a Long-Term Visit Pass. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the application or if you withdraw the application after submission.

Processing Time:
Online submission of visa application will take 1 working day (excluding the day of submission) to be processed.
Other modes of submission may take 4 days to 4 weeks to be processed, so do allow sufficient time for the application prior to your departure.

Extension of Visa:
Those who need to extend their stay in Singapore beyond the Visit Pass granted on entry into Singapore may submit an application for extension of stay online via e-XTEND.
The extension period is limited to a maximum of 89 days from the date of entry.


According to ICA,
“Overstaying is an Immigration offence. If you overstay, you may be subjected to a composition fine or prosecution in Court. Holder of Visit Pass (on a social, business or professional visit; or as a tourist) is not permitted to engage in any form of employment, business or occupation without a valid work pass issued under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (Cap. 91A)”.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hidden Bars in Singapore

by Lim Kairen

The mention of elusive and private spaces for the higher echelons in society brews images of hidden doors, black suits and ties, and the illicit deals made during the night over lavish cocktails. Big cities are boasting about their increasing extravagant night life locations for high rolling executives, made even more exclusive by the invite-only guest lists justified by their premium prices.

But exclusivity in nightlife is not entirely out of reach for those who know of the right places to search. To make things easier for the party revellers who needs a bit of tuning down from their usual watering holes, we have sussed out a few of the best chill-out bars hidden away in tiny obscure pockets on the streets of Singapore which will all the more make you feel a little special having succeeded in finding them.

Night and Day Bar galleryGoing to a bar doesn’t get more sophisticated and nostalgic than what Night and Day Bar (139 A/C Selegie Road Singapore 188309) has to offer; an art gallery featuring works of local artists on level four, an architecture gallery on the third and a bar on level two. You wouldn’t quite know what to expect when walking up the deliberately preserved marble mosaic tiled staircase which you would find in the kitchens of very old HDB flats and the black and white illustrations drawn onto both walls. You might then sigh with a sense of awe or relief having reached the bar to know that are places where the terms serenity, rustic charm and alcohol still co-exists. Night and Day almost resembles a Manhattan warehouse bar tucked in a multi-level shop house which doesn’t need more than two words to sum up the whole experience: casual and vintage.

28 Hong Kong Street Bar
28 Hong Kong Street is almost non-existent to most Singaporeans as it takes being “hidden” to the next level. With no signage, advertisements, disallowed media exposure and a no-photography rule, the only way to have found out about 28 Hong Kong Street is through word-of-mouth or a sheer sense of curiosity. The entrance of this “North Korea” of bars is equivocally lit by a single strip of ambient lamp and once you step inside, a tall backdrop of black curtains makes this bar even more evasive. The waitresses will be quick to assign you seats as you begin your night away in seclusion being hidden away from the face of this earth and mixology heaven.

It is no surprise that bars with views in Singapore are usually jam-packed with party-goers during the weekends. There is nothing more enchanting than having a cocktail in one hand and being perched high up on a sky scraper looking down on the breathtaking views of the Singapore city landscape. But the Mad Men Attic Bar (11 North Canal Road, #03-02) like other rooftop bars in Singapore seeks to be unpretentious and casual in its interior as well as customer approach, however it is a little harder to find. Revealed only upon stepping out a tiny elevator in an alleyway at 11 North Canal Road, the bar stays true to its tagline – “Get Merry, Go Mad” – as adopted from its sister bar at Robertson Quay, The Merry Men Kitchen + Bar with a fun and warming atmosphere made as such by its live bands, straightforward cocktails and a really cosy feel.  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Important phone numbers in Singapore

Singapore local area code is +65

Emergency Lines

Police 999
Police Hotline 180 255 0000
Ambulance/Civil Defence/Firefighter 995
Non-emergency ambulance 1777
Gas, water, electricity related 1800 2222 333


Singapore General Hospital 6222 3322
Tan Tock Seng Hospital 6256 6011
Gleneagles Hospital 6473 7222
Mt Elizabeth Hospital 6737 2666
National University Hospital 6772 5555
Changi General Hospital 6788 8833
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital 6555 8000
Fortis Colorectal Hospital 6361 0230


Dial-A-Cab 6342 5222
Comfort Taxi/CityCab 6552 1111
SMRT Taxis 6555 8888
Smart Cab 6485 7777
Trans Cab 6555 3333
Premier Taxi (Silver Cab) 6363 6888
Prime Taxi 6778 0808
Yellow-Top Taxi 6293 5545
Lost & Found 1800 2255 582
Click here to understand more about going around Singapore.

Food Delivery

McDonald's 6777 3777
KFC 6222 6111
Texas Chicken 6665 3338
Wendy's 6473 7555
Subway 6278 2929
Pizza Hut 6235 3535
Canadian Pizza 6341 0241
Rite Pizza 6899 3838
Domino's Pizza 6222 6333
Pasta Mania 6275 7555
Old Chang Kee 6555 0055
Sakae Sushi 6388 8383

Ticket Booking

Golden Village 1900 9121 234
Shaw Brothers 6738 0555
Cathay 6235 1155
Eng Wah 6836 9074
SISTIC 6348 5555

Telco numbers

Singtel 1688
Starhub 1633
M1 1627

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Batam: Mega Mall Batam Centre

Mega Mall Batam Centre during the day

Family Mall | Lifestyle Entertainment Mall
Bridge to International Ferry Terminal | Access to Singapore & Malaysia

Mega Mall Batam Center is one of the major malls in Batam that is located in a strategic location in downtonw Batam. This luxurious mall is in the proximity of  Batam Ferry Port, the mayor’s office, the Office of Parliament, office of the Bank of Indonesia and the Great Mosque Batam Center, as well as the Batam Authority Office and modern residential complexes Coastarina.

There are Hypermart and Matahari Department Store and Cinema XXI are available in this mall. This four-storey mall has a bridge that is connected directly with the Batam Center Ferry Terminal.There are many options to do shopping or even just hang out in Mega Mall Batam Center. You can find a lot of fashion shop, toys shop, culinary shop, café, etc, which offer you with cheaper price compare to Singapore.

Mega Mall Batam Centre
Opening hours:
Sun - Fri: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Jl. Engku Putri No. 1 - Batam Centre (In front of International Ferry Terminal), Batam 29432

Tel: (+62) 778 - 470100
Fax: (+62) 778 - 470102
Facebook: Mega Mall Batam Centre