Visiting Singapore

So you are visiting Singapore, first time or a repeat visitor?
Well here's some useful info on where to eat, stay and more :)

1 - food
2 - places to stay
3 - things to see

First food:

Forget fancy restaurants, you come to SG for the hawker fare..
Singapore Sling is ok, but you should try the stuff WE eat, and we don't go to Newton Circus..

Some useful links:

Singapore Makan Trail

Cuisine Place Location  & Contact info Hours Comments / recommend to try Seafood Long Beach Dempsey 25 Dempsey Road  #01-01, Singapore 249670
Tel: 6323 2222 Daily: 11am - 3pm / 5.30pm - 1.30am Chilli and black pepper crab Chinese Hainanese Curry Rice Blk 65 Telok Blangah Drive, #01-144, Singapore 100065
Tel: 96452267   ba par, spicy sotong and clay pot asam fish Chinese No Name Hainanese Curry Rice Blk 40 Beo Crescent, Singapore 160040 6.30am to 3pm
Closed Wed Go before 12pm to get a table. Try the crispy pork chop Chinese Hainanese Curry Rice Blk 38 Beo Crescent, Singapore 160038   The bak pah is v crispy and asam fish Chinese China Street Hainainese Curry Rice (Zhong Guo Jie Jia Li Fan) 98357884   Try the crispy pork chop and cabbages. The guy manning this stall is the brother of the Traditional Hainanese Curry Rice at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre.  Chinese 328 Katong Laksa 51/53 or 216/218 East Coast Road (Katong)
Tel: 97328163 Daily 8am - 10pm Sub Outlets
- 101 Thomson Road, United Square, #01-K1 Singapore 307591
Operating Hours: 9am - 8pm
- 1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre, #01-60 Singapore 149053
Operating Hours: 10.30am - 9.30pm
- 89 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118511
Operating Hours: 10am - 9pm Chinese Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian 兴记肉脞面 (Bak Chor Mee) Blk 85 Bedok North St 4 #01-07
85 Fengshan Food Centre
Tel: 98357884  Tue - Sun: 17:00 - 01:00 Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee right beside at #01-08

Chinese Balestier Road Hoover Rojak 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06 Whampoa Drive Makan Place Block 90 10:30am to 9:30pm, except for Tue close at 6:pm Chow Yuen Fatt approved, featured on CNN top 40 list Chinese Lau Hong Ser Rojak Dunman Road Food Centre
Stall #02-14
Tel: 63466519 4.38pm to 1.38am
Closed every Sunday
Call 1 hour in advance to place your order You tiao grilled over a charcoal fire… wait between 20-60 mins so call ahead to place order Mix Adam Road Hawker Centre       Mix Tiong Bahru Food Court     Try the chwee kueh, wanton mee, duck rice Chinese Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut The 黄亚细肉骨茶 (pork ribs) 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building Singapore 218453
Tel: +65 6291 4537 Tuesday to Sundays: 7am – 10pm. Closed on Mondays   Chinese Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut The 439 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 63458754 Tue - Sat: 07:30 - 04:00
Sun: 07:30 - 01:00 Also try the prawn egg, liver claypot Chinese Ponggol Nasi Lemak 238 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel: 63483303 Closed On Thursdays, Fri-Wed: 5.30pm - 2.30am(Closed on Thu), Mon - Fri: 05:30 pm - 02:30 am Tempura prawn, fried chicken wings are excellent Chinese Eng's Char Siew Wanton Mee 287 Onan Road
Tel: 86882727     Chinese Chin Mee Chin Confectionary 204 E Coast Rd  Singapore 428903
Tel: 6345 0419 Tue–Sun: 8am – 4.30pm
(Closed on Mondays) Old school coffee shop, kaya toast, custard puffs, sugee cakes tend to sell out early.  Chinese Nonya bak chang       Malay Satay in AMK                                    

Singapore hawker favourites named in Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list:

Hawker Stalls
1. Claypot Laksa – Alexandra Village Food Centre
2. A Noodle Story – Amoy Street Food Centre
3. Famous Crispy Curry Puff – Amoy Street Food Centre
4. Hong Kee Beef Noodle – Amoy Street Food Centre
5. Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling – Amoy Street Food Centre
6. The Fishball Story – Golden Mile Food Centre
7. Wedang (Indonesian food and satay) – Golden Mile Food Centre
8. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw (laksa) – Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
9. Na Na Curry – 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre
10. Chey Sua Carrot Cake – 127 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre
11. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice – Maxwell Food Centre
12. Shi Hui Yuan (noodle with chicken and duck) – Mei Ling Market & Food Centre
13. Alliance Seafood – Newton Food Centre
14. Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice – Tiong Bahru Market
15. Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee – Tiong Bahru Market
16. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak – Whampoa Market Place
17. Liang Zhao Ji (soy duck) – Whampoa Market Place

1. Alaturka (Turkish) – Bussorah Street
2. Hjh Maimunah (Malay) – Jalan Pisang 11-15
3. Ka Soh (Singaporean) – College Road
4. Kok Sen (tze char) – Keong Saik Road
5. Lagnaa (Indian) – Little India
6. New Ubin Seafood – Sin Ming Road
7. Peony Jade at Keppel Club (Cantonese) – Bukit Chermin Rd
8. Shish Mahal (Indian) – Albert Street
9. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh – New Bridge Rd
10. 328 Katong Laksa – East Coast Road
11. True Blue Cuisine (Peranakan) – Armenian Street
12. Whole Earth (vegetarian) – Peck Seah Street
13. Yhingthai Palace (Thai) – Purvis Street
14. Zaffron Kitchen (Indian) – East Coast Road

Other Street Food Establishments
1. Bismillah Biryani – Dunlop Road
2. JB Ah Meng Kitchen (Cantonese) – Geylang Road
3. Sin Huat Eating House (crab rice noodle) – Geylang Road


2 - Hotels

Whatever hotel you choose, the main thing will be location. It will be good to look out for :
- near a MRT station to catch an train
- safety (avoid Geylang and the more seedy places)

There are numerous hotels to suit various budgets, so do have a look at trip advisor and such websites.
Backpacker inns are cheap but don't expect too much.
Tourist class hotels are a plenty and some are located close to the shopping belt. Most will have some facilities, but not much.
Tiong Bahru, Balestier, Little India and Chinatown are popular locations to find a tourist class hotel.

You will need to move up to the four or five star hotels for full facilities, excellent in house food places, and convenient locations. You will also expect concierge services and more. I don't think they are as expensive as Sydney or US, but they won't be cheap. Expect to pay USD 200 and up.

For something different, these might do:

3- Places to see

Depending on your inclination, there's still something to do, but forget scenery.
For shopping, I would head to Sim Lim Square for electronics or Funnan. Even though there are a few crooks, most are ok. But do your homework as prices are no longer as cheaper as years gone by.
Orchard Road is a perennial favorite, especially if you are trying to score some branded stuff. The Great Singapore Sale, held every June is a good time to grab bargains.

For some history, there are many remnants of WWII, and you can see them in Labrador Park, Sentosa, Southern Ridge Walk etc.
You can also see the perennial favorites like the Night Safari, Zoo, Sentosa and Bird Park.
For street walking, Little India, Chinatown are fine for the first time visitors, and Mustafa is a 24h shopping delight which is also a sight to behold.

For architecture, do consider visiting Tiong Bahru and those old style public apartments, they are quaint and have some food there whilst watching the world go by:

In summary, Singapore is a place to eat, rest and relax, with many nooks and crannies to explore, enjoy!

Using LED lights - tips and info

Just an update and sharing something about those LED lights.

It's the in thing now to install LED instead of PLC or or similar energy saving lights. But a LED light needs power, which is supplied by a transformer, and this can be inbuilt, such as those ceiling lights eg:

Or it can be an external brick, such as this:

And some planning is needed for this. If we get shoddy goods, and that said brick is concealed, it will be pretty hard to retrieve it or change it. So some forward planning is needed, and that way, one can consider how to replace it when it goes south.

The life of an LED driver is mainly determined by the lifetime of the electrolytic capacitors employed. Therefore, to achieve long life of the LED drivers, it is critical to select long-life, quality electrolytic capacitors. Also, since the life of electrolytic capacitors drops by half for every 10°C increase in operating temperature, thermal management of these components is important. Two key factors for reducing the temperature of the capacitors are high efficiency design (dissipating less heat in the driver) and thermal design (effective conduction and/or convection of the heat into the ambient surroundings).

So heat dissipation is vital, and confined spaces can kill the LED lamp or it's power supply.

Sure, a good LED can last 50 000 hours, but this is only if the power supply lasts that long.

A simple idea might be to use a socket that can fit an incandescent bulb, CFL or LED but make sure there's plenty of clearance and heat dissipation.

However, there are times when, even high quality, LED products can last as little as a year. The problem with these can be attributed to a large number of things, here are a few main causes:


Designing a heatsink is a fine science. Some heatsinks do not have the correct amount of surface area, some do not take into consideration about the gaps between fins to enable air flow. Some have horizontal fins, when they are positioned vertically. The main design fault with the latter, being that heat rises. Rather than dispersing the heat away from the bulb, the heat coming from the lower fins heat the upper fins even more.


Most, standard, electronic capacitors are made from a plastic. These have an average life time of around 1 year, if used regularly. Capacitors are part of the circuit in every LED driver. Now a number of companies are making their capacitors from ceramics, giving them a much longer life expectancy.


LEDs are usually designed to work in our country, and in our climate. If they are used in a hot country, or enclosed area, the heat around them can easily surpass the heat they were designed to withstand, shortening their life time.

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