Welcome to Singapore!
It’s one of the most amazing places in the world. We are happy to make this community now part of DevRel Summit.
For those looking to explore beyond our Summit day on November 2nd, here’s some resources curated from all the great things the internet has already posted, plus some personal opinions:
Consider buying an Ez-link card if you want to use public transportation.
GRAB is the Uber/Lyft of Singapore: https://www.grab.com/sg/
It is a kind of smart card, which can be used to pay transport fares on buses, MRT (metro), taxis, and other private transport means. It is also helpful when you need to buy foods and drinks from food & beverage stores, and vending machines.
You can purchase the cards at Passenger Service Centers at most MRT stations, bus interchanges, and 7-Eleven stores.
If you buy a new card at a 7-Eleven store, you will pay SGD10 ($7.29). The card itself cost SGD5, so you have SGD5 as stored value to be used.
The Ez-link cards available at Passenger Service Centers have the price of SGD 12 each. It means the stored value is SGD7.
General ticketing machines are provided at all MRT stations for you to conveniently top up your card. You can also add more stored value into your card at 7-Eleven stores.
Note that your Ez-link card needs a minimum amount of SGD3 ($2.20) to be used on buses and MRT.
More about our DevRel Summit area, Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay. At present, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs. There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants. The Cannery is one of the anchor tenants of the place. River cruises and river taxis on the Singapore River can be accessed from Clarke Quay.
Clarke Quay MRT Station is located within the vicinity.
The Singapore Zoo
The Raffles Hotel
The Night Market
The Botanic Garden
Tiger Balm Garden
The Marina Bay Sands
Many of Singapore's hotels have made their art collections accessible to non-guests, from the Pan Pacific’s Public Art Space (which hosts rotating exhibitions) to the artworks integrated into the public areas of Marina Bay Sands (it's hard to miss Sol LeWitt's Arcs, Circle and Irregular Bands in the underground pedestrian walkway linking the hotel and Bayfront MRT station). But art lovers are really spoiled at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, where anyone is welcome to take a 30-minute iPod tour of its enviable collection, from Dale Chihuly glass blowings to enormous Frank Stella installations. Don’t miss the Warhols near the ballroom.
Pose with a Merlion
Singapore’s most iconic sculpture, the Merlion (a half-lion, half-fish creature), is free to visit. Pose with the water-spouting critter before taking a walk around Marina Bay. Colonial architecture fans would be wise to pop into the nearby Fullerton Hotel and the Fullerton Bay Hotel while you're in the neighbourhood – the former used to be Singapore’s General Post Office and the latter was the bustling Collyer Quay.
Visit the island of fun
Often referred to as Singapore's good-time island, Sentosa is free to visit as long as you're happy to make the trek along the Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity shopping mall. Once there, you can use the monorail, trams and buses to whiz around the island. Beaches here are perfect for relaxing, and come nightfall, there are free weekly outdoor movies.
Join in the celebrations of Deepavali on Nov 6th
The annual Hindu celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. Bright colours, tantalising aromas and the light of a thousand oil lamps fill the streets of Little India during Deepavali.
Walk the Southern Ridges
The Southern Ridges is one of Singapore's best walking trails, spanning Mt Faber, Telok Blangah, Kent Ridge and Hort parks. It meanders through 9km of lush forest and canopy walks, and crosses the undulating Henderson Waves, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. Don’t forget to take water, sunscreen and a hat; see the National Parks website for more details.
Chicken Rice is Singapore's 'national' dish.
This delectable dish can be found at almost every dining spot, from humble hawker centres to high-end restaurants.
Chilli Crab is among Singapore’s greatest culinary inventions, the king of all crab dishes. It is easily available in most seafood restaurants, which typically serve it with mud crabs that have deliciously sweet and juicy flesh.
Kaya Toast is the ultimate comfort food for those with a sweet tooth, offering the right mix of crunch and sugar rush.
Laksa - There are various types of laksa in Singapore – from the tamarind-tang of Penang Laksa to the curry-like Sarawak Laksa. But none is more famous than the home-grown Katong Laksa. It has a spicy soup stock the colour of a flaming sunset, flavoured with coconut milk and dried shrimp, and topped with ingredients like cockles, prawns and fishcake.
Maxwell Food Centre
Maxwell Food Centre is nestled in a storied neighbourhood of pre-war shophouses and various places of worship. Located at the foot of Club Street and Ann Siang, you’ll find local foods like chicken rice by Tian Tian Chicken Rice, which was recommended by the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand, as well as Eurasian meals like shepherd’s pie and devil’s curry (spicy curry flavoured with candlenuts and vinegar) by Popo & Nana's Delights.
Near Chinatown, Telok Ayer and Tanjong Pagar MRT stations.
Maxwell Food Centre. 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184.
Lau Pa Sat
This historic market was designed by George Coleman in the 1830s, and has since been carefully restored. Home to local favourites and international cuisines like North Indian, Korean, Filipino, Japanese and Vietnamese, Lau Pa Sat is the go-to location for good hawker fare in the Central Business District. Singapore's famous Satay Street runs parallel to Lau Pa Sat, where Stalls 7 and 8 arguably sell the best rendition of the street’s namesake grilled beef and chicken skewers (satay).
Near Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar, Telok Ayer and Downtown MRT stations.
Lau Pa Sat. 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582.
Select stalls are open 24 hours daily.
The epicentre of Little India’s bustle, Tekka Centre was formerly named "Kandang Kerbau" after its buffalo pens, and is now named after the bamboo that used to grow in this area. Ethnic garments and accessories are sold on its upper floor, while the dum briyani (an Indian spiced rice dish with meat or vegetables) and Indian rojak (mixed fritters of dough, potato and shrimp) of its food stalls below are touted as some of the best in the country.
Above Little India MRT station.
Tekka Centre. 60 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229900.
And from our Singapore Ruby Friends! Check out their list of recommendations in their repo: https://github.com/rubysg/singapore
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