Did you know that Haw Par Villa’s name derives from the Burmese-Chinese Aw brothers’ personal names?
Boon Haw means “gentle tiger”, while Boon Par means “gentle leopard”. The Aw brothers were behind the renowned household brand Tiger Balm, and Boon Haw had created Haw Par Villa as a gift to Boon Par in 1937.
Haw Par Villa holds a piece of Singapore’s treasured past with a thousand statues and dioramas telling the tales of Chinese folklore, mythology, legends and history. It is hard to imagine that the theme park was a major local attraction during its peak in the 1970s and 1980s; particularly when Jewel Changi Airport just opened earlier this year.
Both of the attractions were created to draw in the masses. However, the stark contrast in the values of the different generations between the traditional cultural heritage site and Singapore’s latest dazzling crown jewel could not be more obvious.
Our little island is full of wonder, with a vibrant culture and heritage that stretches beyond just five decades of independence. There is so much to learn about our history and our forefathers in order to fully understand and grasp just how much we’ve developed and grown.
Why not skip the shopping mall and pick any place from this list to check out this weekend? Absorb as many interesting facts as you can to share and impress your friends and loved ones later.
These local museums and galleries welcome everyone from all walks of life, and you may just learn something new about your own heritage that might surprise you!
To the world and most Singaporeans, our Little Red Dot is known for her lush greenery and clean streets, bustling Orchard Road and ever-vibrant nightlife and skylines. However, many don’t realize once you look past the touristy spots, there’s so much more to Singapore than meets the eye.
If you have a penchant for exploring new ground and want to get away from the skyscrapers just for a day, here’s our guide to island hopping in Singapore!
No plans for this weekend? Check out St John Island, Lazarus Island and Kusu island — it’s the perfect getaway from the hustle of city life.
Travelling with children has its fair share of rewards—fun, bonding and exposure. But let’s be real, young children can sometimes be a handful. They are fickle beings that lack the physical capacity of us adults and more often than not, have the tendency to throw tantrums when they’re tired or disinterested.
With the holidays or long weekend fast approaching, you might be thinking of taking your family somewhere special—preferably to a place filled with fun activities for kids. Well, if you want to do away with the hassle of planning but still fancy a cheeky holiday away from the confines of home, then perhaps a staycation should do the trick.
Forget the stresses of airports, immigration and all that jazz, here is our list of 11 kids-friendly hotels in Singapore that your family (especially your kids) will love.
Singapore is beautiful. This Garden City has made a name for itself by being the best global commerce, financial and transportation hub in Asia, and prides itself in being a racially and religiously harmonious nation. Singapore is home to some of the best multi-cultural food in Asia, where you will be able to experience tastes, flavours and spices from all over the world.
This island nation also boasts beautifully greenery amidst city life, with some of the best activities, food and shopping there is. You can enjoy activities such as Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa Beach, Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and so much more. Singapore is also a good mix and old and new with preserved historical sites and modern towering skyscrapers—all on the same island.
If you are ever visiting Singapore, this list of 54 Things to Do in Singapore should be your checklist of activities and places to check out; if you are a Singaporean, be proud to call Singapore your Home.
An oasis hidden away from the ever-buzzing activity of our little island nation, Bollywood Veggies is a lush and rustic getaway situated in the countryside of Kranji to allow visitors to appreciate the simple yet often overlooked pleasures in life.
Bollywood Veggies was started in 2000 by Ivy Singh and her husband, Lim Ho Seng. Named after Ivy’s half-Indian heritage, and inspired by the lively personality of Bollywood, the 10-acre wide farm boasts plenty of family-friendly activities to spend the day with the kids.
Shrouded amongst the sleek concretes buildings and smooth cemented roads is a beautiful cluster of old and rustic houses that make up Singapore’s very last kampong.
While most of Singapore’s kampongs have given way to tall HDB flats, chic condominiums and massive shopping malls, Kampong Lorong Buangkok remains untouched by time and this little plot of land is a reminder of Singapore’s golden yesteryears.
One foot in and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a completely different country; low-rise single storey houses, old dirt roads and exposed telephone wires are surrounded by thick, lush greenery. If you’re up for a nostalgic experience, this is the perfect place to head to.
April zipped by way faster than we thought it did and in a blink of an eye, it’s going to be May soon.
If you think that May is a month that has nothing exciting for you to look forward to, well, there is a whole line-up of events and activities that we know will pique your interest. This includes Peroni Sunset Cinema, AIA Glow Festival and the famous Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar.
May is also the month for music lovers with exciting upcoming performances by popular artists such as Mayday Parade, Troye Sivan and Jason Mraz. If you love a good musical, you can also look forward to watching The Phantom of the Opera live at Marina Bay Sands.
Are you excited already?