The Next Cycling Towns

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Good news for cyclists in Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio and Choa Chu Kang – cycling paths will be provided. The creation of cycling paths is the government’s initiative to promote and encourage cycling as a cheap, healthy and green form of transportation. The news was conveyed by the Health and Transport Secretary, Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. Furthermore, he said that this is part of the plan to supply all twenty six HBD towns with a cycling system. The cycling system hopes to cover 190 kilometres by 2020.

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Today, cycling is widespread here in Singapore. Many people consider this as a leisure, an effective means of transportation and more importantly, a step towards healthier body. The government is doing its best to ensure that the growing number of cyclists can cycle freely and safely. If you are cycling for its health benefits, here are some things that you need to know:

1. Builds strength/stamina

Cycling holistically builds strength. It does not only improve the legs but the whole body. As you go along cycling, you will not notice how far you have come. That means your stamina is increasing which is a good thing.

2. Enhance muscle tone

Cycling can enhance muscle tone. As you continue cycling, you will notice an improvement  of your legs, hips and thigh muscles. If your muscles are strengthened, mobility will follow.

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3. Improves the heart

Cycling can improve the heart health. According to some studies, cycling, even for 20 miles every week can reduce your chances of developing chronic heart disease. If you practice this, you are likely to suffer from heart disease.

4. Lowers stress

Cycling can improve mental health. If you cycle continuously, it can reduce stress and anxiety you are feeling. If cycling makes you happy, it can be an effective distraction from all worries and stress you experience every day.

The list goes on. If you want to be healthy the fun way, you should consider cycling.

Changi Airport’s Interactive Enchanted Garden

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Weary travelers at Changi Airport can now relax while waiting for their respective flights as the airport unveils its fifth themed garden and first interactive garden.

Enchanted Garden, located within Terminal 2 Departure Transit Mall, boasts an undulating footpath with a dramatic display of fiber-optic and LED lighting technology, as well as the use of infrared sensors.

Travelers will definitely enjoy the interactive experience with motion sensors triggering blooming of mechanical flowers and sounds of nature, giving them a surreal feel of nature.

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The garden is made up of four huge glass bouquet sculptures that are intricately designed with a mosaic of shimmering and reflective stained glass, and within these glass sculptures are a variety of soft ferns and fresh flowers.

There is also a fish pond with archerfish and koi, and travelers can join in feeding them, thus completing the wonderful, relaxing experience.

Yeo Kia Thye, the Senior Vice President of Airport Operations said that, among the airport’s stable of gardens, the Enchanted Garden is the first interactive-immersive garden where travelers can stroll through a sanctuary that is complete with sights and sounds of nature.

He added that this latest themed garden represents the airport’s commitment of giving its passengers a wonderful experience during their stay.

Entrance to Enchanted Garden is free of charge and open to all passengers round-the-clock.

Changi Airport has pioneered the concept of having themed gardens since its opening in 1981.

Other themed gardens at Changi Airport include Terminal 1’s Cactus Garden, Terminal 2’s Orchid Garden and Sunflower Garden, and Terminal 3’s Butterfly Garden.

Indulge Your Taste Buds

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Indulging your taste buds is a great way to treat yourself. Luckily, there are many, many delectable dishes here in SG you can savour – and they don’t even cost much. Grab a bite of the following three dishes – the country’s most popular – and enjoy a flavourful bliss.

Rojak

Rojak is a Malay salad dish made from fruits and vegetables with peanut sauce. A popular appetizer, it comes in different variations, with the most popular being the traditional rojak, Chinese rojak and Indian rojak. The Malay and Chinese versions uses soybean cake, fried flour, bean sprouts, pineapple, roasted peanuts, cucumber and various other vegetables, all coated with spicy prawn sauce. The Indian version is made of octopus, prawns, fish cakes, vegetables and baked potatoes. The best places to get rojak are in Katong, Bukit Merah, Orchard Road, CBD, Wisma Atria and the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Roti Prata

Roti Prata is originally an Indian and Pakistani delicacy similar to a pancake, but made with a flat bread. Many people here enjoy Roti Prata breakfast. Some preferred it plain but other people pair it with curry or dhal with different variations of banana, ice cream, durian, cheese, chocolate and sugar. Roti Prata stalls are readily available. You will find it easily.

Satay

Everyone loves satay, which explains this dish’s ubiquity and variations. Basically skewered meat (either chicken, pork, goat, fish or beef) seasoned and cooked over charcoal, satay is served with a spicy peanut sauce, onions, rice cakes and cucumbers. It is served at hawkers, stalls, restaurants and food centres. If you want to grab a taste of it, you should head to Food Lagoon and Lau Pa Sat Festival Market.

One of the good things about these three food is that they can be found near shopping complexes, so once you have your tummy full, you can go aid your digestion by going shopping. Some of the top places to go after a nice meal are Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India.

Where to Eat like You’re in Italy

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Italian cuisines are widely celebrated. Not only Italians enjoy it but many non Italians as well. In Singapore, many people who are interested in Italian cuisines are increasing every day. As a result, many Italian restaurants are put up. Here are the best Italian restaurants you can find in Singapore:

Cacio E Pepe

Cacio E Pepe is located in Chu Lin Road. It is the best place to get your cheese, pepper and everything nice. You can call for reservations at (+63) 6760-3534. Price range is from S$15 to S$66. They are open during Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10:30pm.

Basillico

Basillico is located in 1 Cuscaden Road. They offer daily lunch, Italian buffets and semi buffet. Before you go there, it is better to call for reservations. You can reach them at (+63) 6725-3232. Price range is from S$42 to S$150 per person. They serve breakfast (6:30am-10:30am), lunch (12pm-2:30pm) and dinner (6:30pm-10pm) from Monday to Saturday. During Sundays, they offer breakfast at 7am to 10:30am, lunch at 12noon to 3pm and dinner at 6:30pm to 10:00pm.

Ristorante Da Valentino

Ristorante Da Valentino is located in 200 Turf Club Road. The restaurant is decorated with a taste of Italian. You should make reservations by calling them at (+63) 9735-7532. Price range is from S$19 to S$275. They are open during Tuesday-Sundays from 12pm to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10:30pm.

Otto Ristorante

Otto Ristorante is located in Maxwell Road. They offer private rooms, cigars and excellent Italian foods. You should call for reservations at (+63) 6227-6819 or simply fill up a reservation form and send to their website. Price range is from S$40 to S$200. They are open during Mondays to Saturdays from 12pm to 2:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

Pasta Brava Italian

Pasta Brava is located in Craig Road. It offers dining rooms with good ambiance. You can call for reservation at (+63) 6227-2550 or you can email them. Price range is from S$25 to S$115. They are open during Monday-Saturday from 12pm to 2:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

Happy eating!

Where to Dance Salsa in Singapore

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Salsa is a popular dance not only in Europe and Latin America but around the world. There are Singaporeans that are passionate about Salsa. If you want to dance Salsa, you should now the best place to dance Salsa in Singapore. To give you an idea, you can seek the following clubs:

JJ SalsaRengue

JJ SaksaRengue is located in Peck Seah Street. This is the leading Salsa dance studio in town. They offer beginner’s course with professional instructors. Admission fee is S$5. Social Night is during Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 1am.

Union Square

Union Square is located in Tanjong Pagar Road. In 2008, it was voted as the Best Salsa Club in Singapore. They have this beginner’s night wherein beginners are encouraged to dance for free. They also have ladies night every Wednesday from 9pm to 12am. Admission fee is from S$6 to S$15. They are open every Sunday-Thursday from 10am to 1am.

Lumbia The Salsa Club

Lumbia is located in Bukit Merah Central. It is the only Salsa club that opens every day. They have beginners and intermediate class. Good news for ladies-every night is ladies night. Admission fee is from S$50 to S$65. They are open daily from 11am to 6am.

Two Left Feet

Two Left Feet is located in Trengganu Street. This dance club is famous for intermediate and beginners. Admission fee is from S$12 to S$16.

Cuba Libre Salsa

Cuba Libre is located in River Valley Road. This club offers live Pop Latin music during Wednesdays to Saturdays. Ladies enjoy 30% off on selected drinks every Wednesday. They are open during Sunday-Thursday from 6pm to 2am.

Salsa dance will surely bring your inner sexiness. You should first find your partner before learning the art. It is important that you are comfortable with your partner so you can perform or execute the dance well. Have a good dance!

International Tourism

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Recognizing the growing status of Singapore as a tourist destination and also as a lucrative area for investment, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) partnered with Daytons Direct and Suntec Singapore to organize an Associations Day. ASAE’s arrangement for the organization of Associations Day was supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. It is the only conference that is held at the moment which hosts a major employment show within Asia that will focus on meetings of the association, and will provide the delegates attending the conference an opportunity to meet people from across the globe who share the interests as they do and also provide them with exclusive networking proceedings. It looks forward to bring people together from various strata – travel and tourism, trade and investment and many more.

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The business travel sector of Singapore hopes to experience a further rise in the number of business travelers in the coming years. According to the reports released by the UN World Tourist Organization, Asia and the Middle East with an emphasis on Singapore is expected to witness a growth of 7% to 9% of the arrival of international tourists. With this optimistic forecast of the increase in the number of tourists, it is expected that the international business travel expenditure will be around US $1.2 trillion by 2014.

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