Cuisine of SIngapore
The excitement in my face tells everything

Singapore Cuisine is one of the most difficult ones to define. Due to its rich history of immigrants from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indian and the British colonists, its cuisine and language are rather complicated. So to understand it better, the cuisine is divided into 3 main ethnic groups: Chinese, Malay and Indian. The Chinese brought with them the noodles, rice and rich sauces with them; the Malay brought their wide variety of spices and rich cultural history; the Indians brought their flatbread, curries and spicy sauces. Throughout Singapore, you can find these 3 main food groups in food courts, hawker centers and restaurants. Some dishes are a combination of these 3 groups, instead of trying to explain it in a blanket form, the dishes will tell their stories themselves. 

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Alcohols of Singapore
A drinking night in Singapore

Drinking in Singapore is a fun experience, whether in a Hawker Center, out clubbing, or just want to have a few on the Clarke Quay Bridge. Alcohol is very easy to find and plenty. The most commonly available are beer and spirits. The law permits drinking in public (not between the hours of 10:30 pm and 7am, starting April, 2015). The legal drinking age is 18+ years old but loosely enforced and some clubs have higher age limits. Although most of the drinking laws are relatively loose, alcohol is very expensive due to heavy taxes. Never the less, the drinking culture is very much alive. Friday and Saturday nights are the busiestbut downtown has a good nightlife any night of the week. Most clubs and bars have 24 hour drinking licences but outside of downtown the best places to go for beers are the 24 hour Hawker Centers.  Here are some the alcohols of Singapore

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Fresh Sugarcane Juice
Bundles of Sugarcane Juice freshly squeeze!

          

Aahhhh, fresh sugarcane juice. Generally speaking I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks but this is an exception. In the deep humidity and heat, this is one of the most refreshing drinks you will find. The key is find a stand that presses their sugar cane fresh right there in front of you. Part of what makes this drink so good is the experience of watching the process in which they extract the juice and see them pour it directly into your cup. 

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order Singapore Coffee
The Standard Kopi

Kopi or coffee is one of the drinks most readily available in hawker centers and drink stands all over Singapore. Kopi is freshly made coffee that is filtered with cloth and then distance poured back and forth from one cup to another. This style of preparation aerates and cools your coffee. By cooling the coffee it allows for your taste buds to focus on the taste of the coffee instead of feeling the temperature. The aeration process is one of the oldest in the world and very effective. Aeration allows for oxygen to break down acidity that usually overpowers other natural flavours while simultaneously releasing the natural flavours into the water. This results in a more balanced cup of coffee that requires fewer additions (i.e. sugar, cream) that most people use to mask the acidity. Next time you make a cup of coffee give it a try and see how it works.

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Green Corridor
Walking the Green Corridor for the first time!

In 2011 Singapore said goodbye to a rail line and hello to a beautiful walking path. The former railroad stretched from Tanjong Pagar in the south central part of the island to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint  in the north which led into Malaysia. For political reasons, Singapore decided to end the rail line. The Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS) submitted a proposal to keep the land as a historical landmark instead of developing it. The proposal passed and most of the train tracks removed and the line converted into the Green Corridor, turning it into a trail open to the public.

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