1. National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore embarked on the journey to its birth in 1887, which is no surprise why it is the oldest museum in Singapore. The National Museum uses a cutting edge approach, which both the Singapore History and Living Galleries have adopted, in presenting historical and cultural Singapore.
It offers a chain of dynamic festivals, events and exhibitions right through the year. The list includes art installations, performances, film screenings, artifact displays, and psychedelic night festivals.
National Museum Ticket Prices and Opening Hours
Singapore History Gallery
10am to 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm)
Singapore Living Galleries
10am to 8pm daily (last admission 7.30pm), free admission from 6pm to 8pm daily.
Singapore National Museum Ticket Prices
Adult ticket S$10, Child ticket S$5(under 18 years), Student(with valid student pass) and Senior(tourist 60 years and above) ticket S$5. Free admission for child(6 years and under) and Senior(Singaporean or Permanent Resident 60 years and above).
Free Guided Tours
1. Tour of the Museum
Every second and last weekend of the month at 2.30pm
2. Singapore History Gallery Tour
Every Mondays to Fridays at 11am and 2pm and every Saturdays and Sundays at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.3opm.
2. Chilli Crab
The words Chilli Crab may not always follow after Singapore the same way the term Beijing Duck always comes in a pair, but this dish is without a doubt part of authentic Singaporean Food. While locals in Beijing will beckon for you to try their roasted duck, Singaporeans here will enthusiastically cry for you to try out their locally endorsed Chilli Crab.
For those who have heard of this dish but aren’t too sure what all the hype is about, let me explain why food junkies go gaga over this odd looking shell creature. The preparation process that goes into the cooking of Chili Crab is a long and tedious one. Ask any chef familiar with this, and he’ll tell you that a good recipe alone will not do the trick. Skill and experience play a bigger role when it comes to whipping up the perfect dish. That’s why visitors to Singapore, should try it right where its true origin lies.
A Brief History of Chili Crab
Chili Crab is perhaps one of Singapore’s most popular culinary pride and joy. Dating all the way back to 1950, this dish was created by renowned Singapore chef, Madam Cher Yam Tian and her husband, Lim Choon Ngee. They were running a seafood stall, later known as Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant, along the seashore in the old days. Chilli Crab is one of their specialty. It was only after much experimentation, trials and countless errors that they finally managed to derive at the chili crab we are now able to enjoy.
Despite all that talk about how difficult it is to prepare a deliciously good plate of Chili Crab, some of you may still be unconvinced about the goodness of this dish. But that’s only because I am yet to start on the mouth-watering gravy that plays the quintessential star of this dish.
Don’t be fooled by its name nor by its bright red appearance – Chili Crabs taste nothing near the spiciness of chili. In fact, though it may be slightly tingling on the tongue, it is hardly as spicy as it sounds. The gravy is semi-thick, savory with a tinge of sweetness, and made with a base of chili and tomato sauce. Other ingredients that go into its gravy are chopped garlic, corn flour, chopped onion, rice vinegar, beaten eggs, soy sauce etc.
For locals or foodies
For a meal that is truly worth the price you pay, here are some recommendations on where you’ll find Chili Crab to die for. One place you’ll never go wrong is the famous row of seafood restaurants along East Coast Park or East Coast Seafood Centre. There you’ll find No Signboard Seafood (Tel: 64489959), Long Beach Seafood Restaurant (Tel: 64483636), Jumbo Seafood (Tel: 64423435) and Red House Seafood Restaurant (Tel: 64423112). All of which are of known for their high standard seafood dishes and amazing star-gazing dining ambience.
However, these seafood restaurants are way out of the tourist area. The following restaurants are located along the Singapore River:
1. Jumbo Seafood (near Boat Quay and Clarke Quay), view Jumbo Seafood recommended dishes.
• #B1-48, The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Cicular Road, Tel: 65343435
• 30 Merchant Road, #01-01/02, Riverside Point, Tel: 65323435
2. No Signboard Seafood (at Esplanade, Theatres by the Bay)
• #01-14/16 The Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, Tel: 63369959
• #03-02 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Tel: 63769959
3. Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant (near Merlion Park)
• #01-08, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Tel: 64230040
Don’t say I didn’t warn you, make sure you arrive early or make reservations before arriving – these Chilli Crabs are hot on the market!
3. Clarke Quay, A Nightspot for Food, Entertainment and Chill Out
A Brief History of Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, the second Governor of Singapore and governor of the Straits Settlements.
During the 19th century, this place was bustling with trade activity as bum boats swamped theSingapore River, travelling up and down the waters carrying goods and produce ready to be stored in the row of warehouses along Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. In the late 20th century, the government relocated all activity to Pasir Panjang, and transformed the area into an entertainment and dining district.
GX5 Extreme Swing
Apart from food, it has a lot more in store for visitors. The latest recreational addition is the GX5 Extreme Swing. This exhilarating thrill ride is not for the faint hearted. If travelling 60m high at the speed of 220kph doesn’t scare you, then you might like to put this bungee rocket to the test for an experience you will never forget.
If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of street performances in the form of buskers during certain weekends.
Where to Enjoy a Good Meal
If you are there for the food however, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Few recommended restaurants for a good meal would be Bayang(Tel: 65-63370144) for authentic Indonesian Cuisine, Peony Jade Restaurant(Tel: 65-63380305) for traditional Cantonese cuisine with a modern twist, and Restaurant Madame Butterfly(Tel: 65-65576266), which is a very oriental themed dining restaurant offering Chinese food that is served like the French and prepared like the Italians – a must try!
Where to Chill Out
For those who are just looking for a cozy place to chill, give Crazy Elephant(Tel: 65-63377859) a try! This bar is small but full of life with their nightly live stage performances. An alternative would be Brewerkz(Tel: 65-64387438), a microbrewery, sports bar and restaurant all in one. They have a pool table, tv entertainment, dartboards, and screenings of English soccer matches every Saturday night. While you’re at that, order their specialty micro brewed beers to complete your experience!
For those feeling restless, don’t fret. Clubbing is another popular reason why many love to visit Clarke Quay. Two familiar names frequently associated with its spunky nightlife are that of Attica and The Pump Room.
Attica(Tel: 65-63339973) is a club famous for the onslaught of celebrities and models pouring through their doors. Most of the clientele housed here hold the title of VIP, always dressed up to look gorgeous and glamourous. Not surprisingly, the interior of this club is equally charismatic, with a lustrous bedroom setting of golden flowing curtains, comfy couches and sensual chrome lighting.
The Pump Room(Tel: 65-63342628) on the other hand is quite the contrary. The concept of this night club is shown through their innovative dining and entertainment features, catering to working professionals around the area.
What distinguishes it from the other clubs of Clarke Quay is the chic and sophistication of its ambience. The live band plays a great mix of jazz, pop and alternative rock that makes this place simply perfect for a relaxing chill out session.
If you are one that enjoys contemporary Australian cuisine and freshly brewed beers, you’ll definitely find The Pump Room to be irresistibly appealing. The extensive selections of main courses on the menu, plus their in-house microbrewery are enough reasons for a visit. Be sure to try out their signature Indian Pale Ale or Wheat Ale for an intoxicating treat!
*Adapted from http://www.singapore-vacation-attractions.com/singapore-attractions.html