Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Priority Pass Lounges at Singapore Changi Terminal 2: The Green Market and SATS Premier Lounge Reviews

There are actually three listed Priority Pass lounges at the Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 2. The third one is called 'Ambassador Transit Lounge'. The reviews I have read on the Ambassador lounge were so discouraging that I did not even try to locate that one. The other two, 'The Green Market' and 'SATS Premier Lounge' are in the same area along with other airline lounges. After passing through passport control, take a left turn, walk a little and then go up an escalator on the right side going towards the Airline Lounges. I looked for 'The Green Market' first because the name sounded interesting. Had to ask someone for directions but found it quickly. Keep reading...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Vegetarian Food at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown Singapore

Life seems to be getting really nice when something good gets even better. Chinatown in Singapore has quite a few places where one can have a decent vegetarian meal. These places range from super value such as a 'eat all you can & pay what you like' place called Annalakshmi or the super expensive 'Eight Treasures'. While I was happy with what I already knew, my recent vegetarian meal at 'Vegetarian Delights for Charity' has made me a lot happier. Vegetarian Delights is a part of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Basement B1) on South Bridge Road, Chinatown and is located within a very short walk from the Chinatown MRT Station. The vegetarian food they serve is really good in terms of the quality and is excellent in terms of value, just 3 Singapore Dollars for a vegetarian set meal. Simply but, this is the cheapest vegetarian food in Chinatown. In comparison, you are expected to pay around 10 SGD at Annalakshmi, and the next best CI YAN Vegetarian has a Brown Rice & Curry Set at 6.50 SGD. No one has a meal for 3 Singapore Dollars except Vegetarian Delights. Yes, they do not have brown rice but do offer a choice between white rice and vermicelli and the choice further extends to the curries where on gets to choose three out of 10 or 12 on the stand. Vegetarian Delights is open everyday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Entry to the restaurant is from the outside (left, if facing the temple). Keep reading for more...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Eight-Auspicious Emblem Gold Coin: The Best Souvenir to Buy in Chinatown Singapore

The street shops in Pagoda Street and its adjoining lanes in Chinatown Singapore are all full of "3 for $10" type of souvenirs. There are more valuable things too around there but stuff like that is easily available all over Singapore at comparable prices. So, is there something really special to buy in Chinatown Singapore? Yes there is and it is pure 24-karat gold, well, at least the gold plating on it. This is "Eight-Auspicious Emblem Gold Coin" minted at The Singapore Mint in partnership with the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple of Chinatown. This auspicious coin has Eight Auspicious Symbols on one side and 12 Zodiac Signs surrounding Eight Sanskrit Syllables on the other side. All these are related to good things in life like health, wealth, and fame, etc. The coin is sold in a beautiful packaging just for 10 Singapore Dollars a piece. One can buy it to keep in the wallet as a lucky charm or gift it to a loved one. I haven't seen such a beautiful and value for money souvenir in Singapore. The inner packaging of the coin has write-ups in Chinese and English that describe the symbols on this coin. Keep reading...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Geylang Singapore Review

I have stayed in other Fragrance Group hotels in Singapore before. Those of my stays have been more or less alright with no major issues or complaints. Some of the Fragrance hotels are older with more glitches than others but their rooms are bigger in size. The newer Fragrance hotels like 'Sapphire' on Lorong 10, Geylang Road are smaller but better designed and are expected to have less of the glitches. Pricing-wise, the newer hotels cost a bit more. Sapphire for example has a "walk-in" booking rate of 88 Singapore Dollars for a "Superior Double" room while some of its cousins in Geylang area would sell their rooms for 68 SGD only. The Lorongs on Geylang Road have hotels at 55 SGD per night too. But the other day, I met a guy at the Wonder Wash Self Laundry who was staying at such a "55 SGD" hotel. He said that his hotel does not provide housekeeping everyday. They clean the room only after a guest has checked out after his day regardless of how many days he stayed. So to beat that stupid system, he was checking out of the hotel everyday and checking-in again after two hours. Now that could be a problem in some other budget hotels in Geylang but never in a Fragrance Group hotel. In all the Fragrance hotels I stayed in, the rooms were cleaned everyday, a pair of fresh bath towels given everyday. I don't know how often the bed linen was changed but it always appeared clean. Fragrance Sapphire has been no exception. To tell you the truth, I am writing this review on Fragrance Sapphire while I am still staying in this hotel. I will check-out after another 4 days. Keep reading...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Vegetarian Food Options on Geylang Road Singapore

When it comes to food, Geylang Road in Singapore looks all meaty. Everything from frogs to crocodiles is on the menu here. Yet, it is really heartening to find a few 100% vegetarian restaurants doing brisk business in this land of sin. Additionally, there are a few mainly non-vegetarian eating places that serve vegetarian too. The omnipresent Roti-Prata is always easy to find at the so-called "Indian Muslim" food joints but that is utterly unhealthy food containing just refined wheat flour and a lot of oil. That is why these vegetarian restaurants offering real veggie health food in the Geylang area of Singapore become such a blessing. In this page you will read about four full-fledged vegetarian restaurants on Geylang Road and a few other veggie meal and snack options. Keep reading...

Foot Spa and Body Massage Options on Geylang Road Singapore

Geylang Road is not as fortunate when it comes to the options for foot spa and body massage as the other tourist hubs of Singapore like Little India, Arab Street, and Chinatown. Yet, lately Geylang Road too has started seeing a few foot spa/body massage outlets coming up that look promising enough to encourage a tourist to venture in for a massage. The older "Thai Massage" type shops are still around too which are a little cheaper than the newer "spas" and in that way they keep a check on the prices of massage services in this area. I walked from Lorong 1 on Kallang MRT side right up to Lorong 32 in the other direction on Geylang Road beyond Aljunied MRT Station and found quite a few foot spa and body massage outlets. In this page, I have given names & addresses of these outlets as also their open/close timings and prices of massage services charged by them. Keep reading...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tick Tack Toe Foot Spa and Body Massage Geylang Road Singapore

There are several foot spa and body massage outlets, big and small, on Geylang Road in Singapore. Some of them display their menu and prices on the outside so that the customers can see how much they will pay inside while the others don't. Apart from the prices, the quality of service that one will get in one of those establishments is another uncertainty. But if one wishes to get a foot or body massage in Geylang, one needs to choose of the outlets that operate there. Well, there is good news because I saw a promising looking Foot Spa that also offers body massage operating on Geylang Road. This is called 'Tick Tack Toe' located at 538, Geylang Road in the middle of Lorongs 30 and 32 (see location on Google Maps below). The Name says 'Tick Tack Toe Foot Spa' but their menu has body massage and other options too. They seem to be into this business for the long haul because they are offering an annual membership scheme that entitles members to a discount on the published rates. After looking at the appearance of the place and speaking to their front office staff, I can say that if I have to risk getting a body massage on Geylang Road, this will be my place of choice. Tick Tack Toe opens daily from 1.00pm to 4.00am, and their phone number is 6842 5522. Keep reading for more...

Yes Natural Vegetarian Restaurant Lorong 27 Geylang Singapore

There are at least four 100% vegetarian restaurants on and around Geylang Road in Singapore. I have been to all four of them and found 'Yes Natural' to be the most expensive of all. I can't tell you how much I would have liked to call this one the best of them all. But alas, I have reasons not to call Yes Natural the best vegetarian restaurant in Geylang Singapore. They are no doubt the largest and have the best marketing/presentation of them all. Actually, Yes Natural is not just a vegetarian restaurant but a small group of three adjoining outlets - a vegetarian bakery, a health food mart for groceries, etc., and of course the Yes Natural restaurant, located in the middle of Lorong 27, Geylang Road (See location of Yes Natural on Google Maps below). In this page I will give detailed information on the Yes Natural Vegetarian Restaurant which opens 365 days a year for lunch and dinner from 11.00am to 3.00pm (last order at 2.30pm) and 5.00pm to 9.30pm (last order at 9.00pm). Their phone number is 6741 1580. The restaurant gets busy during the weekends but still a table is almost always available. That means there is no need to call and make a reservation unless you are planning to visit in a large group or order a "Group Set Meal". You will read about these later in the page. Keep reading...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CI HANG Chinese & Western Vegetarian Food Aljunied Station Geylang Singapore

CI HANG Chinese & Western Vegetarian Food is another vegetarian restaurant close to the Aljunied MRT Station in Geylang Singapore. I say "another" because a few steps away from CI HANG is Tian En Vegetarian which is a really nice value for money vegetarian restaurant. Both these restaurants are located on Lorong 25A in a market building to your left when you come out of Aljunied MRT Station towards Sims Ave (see location on Google Maps below). CI HANG is a little bigger of the two in terms of the menu and the seating capacity. It is also an indoor establishment which gives it a formal appearance. From the road-side, this restaurant is kind of hidden behind the sign board of a "De Yuan Zhi Shan Association" but once you step into the pavement you will see the sign board of CI HANG (see pictures below). The restaurant opens Saturday to Thursday, from 11.20am to 8.00pm, remains closed on all Fridays and I really do not know the logic behind this exact opening time of 11.20am. Their phone number is 6747 1229. Keep reading for more...
Blog by: Narinder Singh