Food, Transportation and Sight-seeing in Singapore


Food

Tutorials & Workshops [1st-2nd Nov]
Stephen Riady Centre, University Town

Please note that lunch is not provided. Participants are able to go to the various foodcourts and cafes located around University Town.

  • Hwang's Korean Restaurant
    Operation hrs: 10.30am - 10.00pm
    Closed on Sunday
  • Sapore Italiano
    Operation hrs: 11.30am - 10.00pm
  • Spice Table
    Operation hrs: 10.00am - 10.00pm

  • Subway
    Operation hrs: 10.00am - 10.00pm

  • Koufu Foodcourt
    Operation hrs: 8.30am - 10.00pm

  • Flavors @ UTown
    Operation hrs: 7.30am - 10.00pm
  • Sakae Sushi Express
    Operation hrs: 11.30am - 9.00pm
  • Fortune Village
    Operation hrs: 9.00am - 8.00pm

  • Starbucks
    Operation hrs: 24hrs

Main Conference [3rd-5th Nov]
University Cultural Centre

Breakfast, lunch and 2 coffee breaks are provided everyday at the conference venue.

Banquet Dinner [4th Nov, 6.30pm]
Hilton Singapore

There will be a banquet dinner held at Hilton Singapore after the end of the conference. There will be chartered shuttle buses to bring all participants from UCC to Hilton Singapore.

For participants who wish to head to Hilton Singapore by themselves, you can either hail a taxi or take the MRT. The closest MRT Station is Orchard (NS22). Once you exit the station, walk through the underpass via ION Orchard shopping centre, towards Wheelock Place. Take the escalator up to reach street level and continue walking along Orchard Road. It is approximately a 3 mins walk to Hilton Singapore.

However, please note that NO return shuttle buses are available after the end of the banquet. Participants will have to return to their hotels using public transports. It is approximately a 6 mins walk from Hilton Singapore.

Away from conference venue
Elsewhere in Singapore...

Singapore has a great mixture of all kinds of food. Genuine local food can be found in 'Hawker Centres'. Hawker centre food is known for being both good and cheap (e.g. ~SGD$5 per person). Most Hawker centres do not have air-conditioning so dress lightly. Hawker centres do not provide napkins, so bring your own. Click here to find out more. Alternatively, there are many good restaurants in Singapore. The website "hungrygowhere.com" has a comprehensive listing. Most restaurants charge a 10% service fee and 7% tax (called GST) on their bill. Tipping is not practiced in Singapore and its up to the diners if they would want to tip them.

The following is a list of some well-known Singapore dishes that are worth trying on your visit.

Laksa
A spicy noodle coconut-based soup with a mixture of Chinese and Malay style.
Chicken Rice
A simple dish of chicken served with specially prepared rice. Don't underestimate the simplicity of this dish, as it is full of flavor when you taste it.
Chilli Crab
Crab with a sweet and savoury chilli source. It is usually served with some chinese bread (called Mantou - man-toe) for dipping in the sauce. Price of crabs can be a little expensive, do enquire the price (normally they are charged per kilogram) before ordering. That said, they are still definitely worth a try. Even renowned celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay loves them!
#1: It is not really that spicy.
#2: According to Wikipedia, it is ranked #35 on the World's 50 most delicious food by CNN in 2011.
Prata
An Indian style fried pancake served with vegetable or fish based curry (don't be shy if it says fish-head curry -- this is one of the most common types and is very good). Prata shops generally serve a variety of pratas with different fillings, e.g. egg prata, mushroom prata, and so on. Egg and plain pratas are the most common.
Kaya Toast
Kaya toast is a very common breakfast food or afternoon snack in Singapore. Kaya is a type of spread made from eggs, sugar, coconut and pandan leaves. This is often served with coffee and two soft boiled eggs. It is often served by stalls/shops selling drinks.
Bak Kut Teh
The name literally translates as "meat bone tea", and at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices (including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds and garlic) for hours. This dish is normally served with rice and goes very well with side dishes like you tiao (fried dough) and steamed peanuts.
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Transportation

MRT & Buses
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has an extensive network of trains and buses. Individual trips can be purchased at vending machines located at train stations or bus interchanges. We do however recommended that you purchase the Tourist EZ-link passes. Tourist EZ-link passes (with refundable deposits) are available at these locations. Prices can be found here

There are currently 5 main train lines (East-West, North-South, North-East, Circle, Downtown) in Singapore, and the train stops are color coded according to the lines that they are in.

When you first arrive at Changi Airport, there is a MRT station, Changi Airport (CG2), conveniently located at the basement of Terminals 2 and 3. You can then change again at Tanah Merah (EW4) to head towards the city area.


Click to see full MRT map.

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Singapore. ComfortDelgro and CityCab (blue and yellow colored taxis), to name a few, are the most common. Unlike many developing countries, taxi drivers in Singapore rarely try to cheat customers and will always use the meter. If you require a receipt, just ask the driver when making the payment. Taxi fees vary during the time of the day. They are typically more expensive during rush hours and at night. There are also additional fees for pickup and drop off at the airport. Most taxis accept credit cards, but it is always a good idea to check with the driver before getting into the taxi if you do not have cash.

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Sightseeing

Sentosa Island
Sentosa is the most popular resort island in Singapore and there is something for everyone here. For those who wants some excitment, there are many attractions here on this island. Some of the more prominent ones are Universal Studio Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium and the newly opened Trick Eye Museum.

For those who are feeling lucky, head over to the casino at Resort World Sentosa to try your luck at more than 500 tables of a variety of games and 2400 slot machines. Do take note that guests must observe the smart dress code upon entering the casino.

Just want to instead, relax after a long day? Close your eyes, calm your soul and listen to the sea breeze at any of the 3 beaches on the island, namely Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong Beach. The island is small, so you can reach everywhere on foot. Free trams are also running at regular intervals.

The nearest MRT station is HarbourFront (CC29)(NE1). From here, head over to level 3 of VivoCity Shopping Mall to either take the Singapore Cable Car (SGD$29 for round trip) or the Sentosa Express skytrain (SGD$4 for round trip). You can also walk there via the Sentosa Boardwalk (SGD$1 entrance fee) from the MRT station. Click here for more details.

Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a garden with 'super-trees,' which are actually solar power plants and water supplies. There is a restaurant at the top of one of the biggest trees.

The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest are two conservatories in the garden. The Flower Dome is a botanic garden. It replicates different climates and has plants from South Africa, Australia, America, etc. The Cloud Forest replicates the cool moist conditions in tropical mountain.

The nearest MRT station is Bayfront (DT16). The ticket for both conservatories costs SGD$20.

Marina Bay
There are several landmarks near the bay. The three tall buildings in the picture is the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which is well-known for having a SkyPark on the 57th storey. Be mesmerised by the breath-taking sight of the skyline of Singapore at the SkyPark Observation Deck, at an admission fee of SGD$23 for adults. There is also an infinity pool at the SkyPark, but access to it is restricted to Marina Bay Sands hotel guests only.

The building that looks like a flower on the left of the hotel is home to the ArtScience Museum. This flower-inspired exterior design acts like a dish that collects rainwater, which falls right through the building's central atrium as a waterfall. This same dish transforms into an amphitheatre by night. For those who are tech-savvy and love art at the same time, this is a place for you. More information on ongoing exhibitions can be viewed here. The nearest MRT station is Bayfront (DT16).

The Merlion, an icon of Singapore, is located across the bay. It is about a 15 minutes walk from Raffles Place (EW14) MRT station.

River Safari
River Safari is a river-themed zoo and aquarium, featuring freshwater attractions and river boat rides. Be captivated by the sight of 10 different ecosystems in the world, including River Nile, Yangtze River and the Amazon River. When you are there, remember to catch Jia Jia and Kai Kai in action too! They are 2 cute giant pandas, housed in a specially constructed climate-controlled enclosure which change throughout the four seasons emulating their original habitat.

For more information on ticketing prices, click here.

Night Safari
The Night Safari is a zoo operating at night for viewing nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Visit their visitors info page for suggested trails.

The Night Safari opens at 7:30pm, but the Thumbuakar Performance starts at 6:45pm at the entrance plaza. The admission fee to Night Safari is SGD$39 which includes 1 round of tram ride.

Chinatown
This is a good place to try out some local Chinese delicacies. It is also a good place to buy some souvenirs at the same time.

To get to Chinatown, take the MRT and alight at Chinatown (NE4).

Little India
A good place for local Indian food and souvenir shops. Experience the rich Indian culture and spice it up further with delicious Indian crusines located in every corner. Try out Mehndi, a form of hand painting which uses Henna paste to create a beautiful design on your hands. Don't fret, as the design is not permanent, and will fade away in one to two weeks.

To get to Little India, take the MRT and alight at Little India (NE7) or Farrer Park (NE8).

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