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Food Court at the Marina Bay Sands

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Wandering around the Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, passing several high-end restaurants and cafes, walking down a long corridor of stores and boutiques, it ended at a food court cul-de-sac.

The food court was vast and larger than the typical selection offered at your standard mall. It, literally, offered treats from all around the world, from ramen to burgers to desserts.

Stopped at a glass case that featured a variety of Singaporean foods – which, essentially, was a combination of Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian dishes – it was the smells and colors that helped make the very difficult decision of where to grab lunch. Starting with a serving of rice, took a gander of the offerings and pointed to dish after dish including shrimp with bitter gourd and a curry entrée, and ended up with a full plate of goodness.

The flavors of the food were out of this world and everything that was expected to be spicy definitely delivered. Of course, the food available at that specific food stall wasn’t much different than what one could pick up at a local place around town, but definitely a nice offering in the grandeur of the Marina Bay Sands.

Marina Bay Sands

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 27, 2015 at 8:52 AM

Chicken Rice

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Singapore’s national dish, a satisfying meal of chicken and rice has taken on iconic status in the tiny city-state. While popular all over Southeast Asia, Singapore has made a name for the dish and Singapore Airlines, the national airline, offers it as an in-flight meal.

Served pale and glistening, the chicken is prepared by slowly steeping it in stock. While the look is very basic, the cooking process has provided for a massively flavorful chicken dish like none other. As mentioned before, it’s a very simple-looking dish, but the taste more than makes up for the plain appearance.

Chicken Rice, or Hainanese Chicken, can be found in all ranges of restaurants in Singapore.

Chicken Rice, or Hainanese Chicken, can be found in all ranges of restaurants in Singapore.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 21, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Posted in Chicken, Food, Singapore, Travel

“We Never Fell”

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On display in front of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) for the Singapore Biennale 2013, the collection of sculptures was created by Nguyen Tran Nam of Vietnam. The figures are meant to represent different sectors of Vietnamese society.

Given the rounded bottoms of the structures, if interacting with the sculptures, they do swing but remain standing. The overall theme of the sculptures represent human adaptability and resilience, in particular, looking at Vietnam’s history and the demonstrated ability for people to change.

According to the Singapore Biennale 2013 Program: "The harder one beats down on these sculptures, the stronger they bounce back in recovery and retaliation."

According to the Singapore Biennale 2013 Program: “The harder one beats down on these sculptures, the stronger they bounce back in recovery and retaliation.”

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Marina Bay Sands

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A striking addition to the Singapore skyline, the Marina Bay Sands had its official grand opening in 2011. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, the resort boasts three 55-story towers, comprised of 2,561 hotel rooms.

The complex also includes the Sands SkyPark, which sits atop the three main buildings. From the SkyPark, visitors are treated to a 360-degree view of the city. Also featured is the rooftop infinity pool.

The complex also includes an expansive casino and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, a high-end shopping mall that includes many of the world’s top labels. The mall also has a canal that runs through it where visitors can ride a gondola, equipped with gondolier.

Marina Bay Sands is one of two integrated resorts in Singapore, the other being Resorts World Sentosa.

Marina Bay Sands is one of two integrated resorts in Singapore, the other being Resorts World Sentosa.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Oyster Omelette

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A popular snack dish throughout Asia, the oyster omelette can typically be found served off take-out carts or hawker centers. A fairly simple-looking process, cooks prepare a basic omelette and towards the end of the process, throw in oysters. The result is a warm and delicious dish, accompanied by the sweetness of fresh oysters; a unique combination that is rare to find outside the region.

Partnered with a spicy chili sauce, each bite takes on a new level of tastiness.

This Oyster Omelette was enjoyed at the People's Park Food Centre in Singapore's Chinatown.

This Oyster Omelette was enjoyed at the People’s Park Food Centre in Singapore’s Chinatown.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

The Civilian War Memorial

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Located within War Memorial Park, in Singapore’s CBD, the Civilian War Memorial is dedicated to the civilian victims of the Japanese occupation during World War II. The actual number of civilian casualties vary depending on agency, but amount to, at a minimum, 25,000.

In March 1963, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew began plans for the memorial by setting aside area for the memorial to be erected. The memorial was completed in 1967.

According to the National Parks website: “the park is characterised by open lawn areas with Gnetum gnemon (Melinjau) trees lining the walkway leading up to the memorial from the four corners of the park.”

The four points of the memorial represent the main ethnic groups that call Singapore home.

The four points of the memorial represent the main ethnic groups that call Singapore home.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 1, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Ginseng Chicken Soup

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Believed to be a good way to build up immunity, the elements that go into Ginseng Chicken Soup are said to help prevent illness. The common adage says chicken soup is good for one’s health, but adding in elements like ginseng and jujubes brings the benefits to a new level.

A warm and hearty start to anybody’s day, the soup is available at many stands around Singapore. Both Chinese and Korean cuisines have similar soup dishes that combine chicken and ginseng.

Jujubes, or red dates, are said to help alleviate stress, prevent ulcers, and act as an antioxidant. It is also believed that jujubes also have wound healing properties. Ginseng acts as a stimulant and is also used in type II diabetes treatment.

The chicken is tender and with every bite of ginseng or jujube explodes with the delicious broth.

The chicken is tender and with every bite of ginseng or jujube explodes with the delicious broth.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Posted in Chicken, Food, Singapore, Soup, Travel