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Newbie Introduction

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Newbie Introduction

hello all and destination advisers. I have just booked my travel arrangements to Singapore from Denver. Very excited stuff. Will be flying on Singapore Airlines and staying at the Singapore Marriott. I will be coming in January for a wedding.

I am going to be posting a lot of questions since I try to plan for every possible mood and contingency when I travel.

Here are two questions.

1- How much rain should we expect? I am a amateur photographer and I am concerned about my equipment.

2- I was in Dubai earlier this year. Are the malls in Singapore much different than Dubai as far as variety of selection?

More to come. Thanks in advance to one and all.

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1. Re: Newbie Introduction

You will want to have some water proof bag for your camera if it won't go into a ruck sack. Expect it to rain somewhere is Singapore everyday of the year and you won't be far wrong. Showered come down heavy and too strong to venture out in with an umbrella or rain coat. The good news is they usually finish in 30-45min and it dries up fast.

malls are similar but with more variety of shops and malls are more numerous and concentrated - there must be 20 within walking distance of your hotel. They Orchard road malls tend to have more higher end stores. Try visiting SunTec city Mall and ViVo City Mall for some thing different and one one of the larger suburban malls like Jurong Point mall for a completely different retail mix to the city centre malls.

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2. Re: Newbie Introduction

As a rule of thumb (and there isn't a ''rule'' really) it may rain once a day in short sharp, and I mean SHARP, showers, accompanied with very loud thunder, sometimes seriously loud and of course lightening., lasting from a few minutes to half an hour or so, occasionally it may rain steadily for a prolonged period, but that is less likely.

It might also rain on one part of the island, yet not on another part.

Basically forget rain, it's going to happen, or not but of course you will need to protect your cameras etc as I'm sure you would anyway.

Most malls are fabulous, with all the ''top'' names you'd expect with the rich destination that is Singapore.

If it can be sold, Singapore will sell it.

Enjoy Alan.

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3. Re: Newbie Introduction

Rain - always a hard one - climate summaries give averages, its a tropical country that sees a lot of rain. It generally arrives as massive tropical cloudbursts - these last 30-45mins and then the sun comes back. During the rain its seriously heavy - you will need to protect non-water-resistant equipment during that time. That said a 'rain day' means they expect rain somewhere on the island at some point during the day - you could be in the city and Jurong gets soaked and vice versa. However on average rain hits Singapore between 1 in2 and 1 in 3 days.

Malls cover everything - from the basic to luxury if you look hard enough. Singapore is a trade point so every thing is available if you want it for whatever the market can support. Is there anything in particular you are after?

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4. Re: Newbie Introduction

Thanks everyone for the great responses. I love Travel Adviser!!! I will be posting lots of questions. I am a chef by training so the 4 days that I am there I want to take a big bite out of the diversity of food SIN is famous for.

thanks again!!!

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5. Re: Newbie Introduction

>I am a chef by training so the 4 days that I am there I want to take a big bite out of the diversity of food SIN is famous for.<

You can start easy my visiting the Food Opera food court in the basement of the ION mall opposite your hotel. Then graduate to the small Glutton Bay food court behind the Esplanade (you will probably be heading there for some photo opportunities. Then hit Lau Pa Sat (over a hundred stalls) for the satay after 7pm when the shut the neighbouring street and set up satay stalls

Edited: 3:13 pm, December 04, 2012
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6. Re: Newbie Introduction

Mankster, you are suggesting food courts in malls? Here in the USA, food courts have the worst food. Is it different there?

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7. Re: Newbie Introduction

hello, food courts in Singapore are a must try! Singapore is a multicutural nation and you can see it - actually taste it - with their food.

Food courts in Singapore are really good, don't worry just pop in and enjoy cheap and tasty local foods!

You may also try to squeeze a visit at Smith street in the evening: the road is close to traffic, food stalls open along the street and you eat at tables set on the road. Great experience!

Edited: 5:38 pm, December 04, 2012
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8. Re: Newbie Introduction

Hello,

There are some good food tours operating around Singapore if you want to join one to experience local foods, eg.

www.singaporefoodtrail.com This one has been reviewed here on Tripadvisor - you can read the reviews if you wish. Various food tours/Cookery School sessions teaching people about local dishes can often be booked online.

Foodcourts in malls offer pretty good, inexpensive local foods, lots of variety, and air-conditioned comfort. The outdoor ones like Maxwell, Lau Pa Sat, Gluttons Bay, Tekka market in Little India, or other local ones in Chinatown have a great ambiance but can be quite hot and crowded (but that sometimes adds to the atmosphere and experience).

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9. Re: Newbie Introduction

Everyone eats at the food courts and hawker centres. Theres variety, it's cheap and tasty. There are many small stalls each selling certain types of dishes/cuisines, for example one stall sells chicken rice, another sells noodles, a stall for Indian food, another for Malay food. Because they specialise in specific dishes, it's all good.

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10. Re: Newbie Introduction

Yes that's right, eat in food courts for an easy introduction to local food. Its basically an indoor air conditioned hawker centre. No risk of coming in to contact with McDonalds or any other fast food :)

Edited: 6:02 pm, December 04, 2012