Built in the 1930’s, Haw Par Villa was developed by the makers of Tiger Balm as a full-on theme park for the local community. It features thousands of statues and dioramas whose underlying theme highlights Chinese folklore, mythology, and traditions such as filial piety and doing good for society.
Fresh fruits and veggies, delicatessens, meat and seafood markets, wines and craft beers, desserts of all shapes and sizes, food stalls offering treats from various parts of the globe, and a fancy cheese shop– Pasarbella would definitely make anybody who has an appetite go bonkers.
Infrequent in most Singapore travel guides is perhaps one of the city-state’s most prized possessions. The Istana, Malay for “palace,” is the official residence and office of the country’s president.
Famed for its timeless snazz and clazz, Singapore’s Raffles Hotel has stood the test of more than a century, defying the odds of the Great Depression and a Japanese occupation. It’s iconic colonial structure is not only a welcome sight, but also a refreshing one specially in a fast-growing city which seems to breed new developments at every corner turn.