Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Influence of Western Culture on Singapore

Singaporeans strive to combine the best parts of Asian philosophy with the best parts of Western philosophy, where ‘respect for the individual’ (Western view) is secured and protected within the ‘support of the system of the group’ (Asian view). Thus, modern Singaporeans are adopting and adapting many Western ways to suit their traditional Asian values. But, alas, not all are beneficial.

It was when the British colonized Singapore in earlier times; that Singapore came under the influence of western influence. In this case, it was British culture, which still can be seen around Singapore today. Two very good examples would be that Singaporeans have adopted the British way of writing and style of governing.
Whilst Singapore progresses into a new millennia, the more prominent culture that influences Singaporeans these days is American Culture. Thus, Western culture has...Read more »

Sunday, January 22, 2012

TWG Paris-Singapore Tea

My first encounter with TWG’s (The Wellness Group), a Singapore-based tea company, tea was really when I was on a staycation at Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa last weekend. TWG’s Paris-Singapore Tea is the first tea that I have tried from this brand. TWG describes its Paris-Singapore tea as a “distinguished green tea enhanced with fragrant cherry blossoms & red fruits. A sensual & sweet tea of reminiscence”.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

1st Staycation of 2012 @ Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa (2D/1N)

Signboard 60m before the entrance
Check-in to the Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa was a breeze. The booking was made via a 3rd party, but that did not hinder the check-in process when we arrived at about 3.30pm. With Chinese New Year around the corner, the hotel was decked out in Chinese New Year Decorations. The front desk personnel were most polite and service-oriented, we were greeted with a smile and the doors were opened for us. We were even given 2 cups of complimentary Moevenpick (mango flavored) ice cream! In addition... Read more>>

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Applying for EZ-Reload with POSB Everyday (Credit) Card

I have decided to apply for the EZ-Reload which allows my ez-link card to automatically revalue itself when its stored value falls to zero or below when it is used on buses, the MRT or LRT, at an administrative fee of S$0.25. With the POSB Everyday (Credit) Card there is a 2% rebate, which would work out to be about $0.75 per pre-set top-up value of S$50. The pre-set top-up value has a range of S$20 with S$10 increment until S$50. No matter the pre-set top-up value that is selected there will be an administrative fee of $0.25. So with the POSB Everyday (Credit) Card, I would actually be “earning” about $0.75 in cash rebate for each top-up. Seems like a good deal, it saves me time from queuing and is convenient. Though I don’t travel much, this can help me keep track of how much I use and I can carry one less card around with as the POSB Everyday (Credit) Card works as an ez-link card, no need to carry an extra ez-link card.

According to the EZ-Link website, there are various credit cards that can offer up to 7%... Read more>>

Saturday, January 07, 2012

My Peranakan Spice Box @ Toa Payoh Central (Interchange)

My Peranakan Spice Box
Address: Blk 190 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #01-528 Singapore
Tel: +65 8288 0189
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am – 8.30pm (Closed on Tue) 

I've been to this quaint little cafe-life eatery hidden in a corner about 2 times and the Peranakan cuisine is nice at a reasonable price. There is no GST and service charge (additional 17% to the bill). This eatery has an open-air concept so don't go expecting air-conditioning. You get natural breeze (if any on that day) and ceiling fans.air-conditioning.

This eatery is tucked away behind the Singtel Retail shop along with other nice looking... Read more>>