Blogs from Tiong Bahru, Singapore, Asia


Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru April 11th 2021

Sunday, 11th April 2021 This was a weekend of discovery for me in Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore's most iconic neighborhoods dating back from the colonial era. I chose to stay at the D Hotel to take advantage of the off-peak promotional rates of SGD70 nett. This is a new-built cutesy building that looked like a nest from afar. Judging from the spacious room that I stayed in, it was definitely worth more than the price that I paid. In terms of food, both Tiong Bahru Pau and Tiong Bahru Bakery were literally minutes away. I spent the most part of my day strolling through the beautiful neighbourhood while trying to locate the oldest SIT Block 55 that was built in 1936 during the art-deco craze. There were also other eating opportunities at Ah Chiang's Porridge ... read more
One of the rare 5-storey block in Tiong Bahru from the 1930s
Hello Tiong Bahru
Three generations of flats from the 1930s, 1950s and 2010s

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru September 27th 2014

It's not often I get to visit somewhere and do absolutely no planning or research in advance whatsoever. Faithful readers will know that my research is often a bit haphazard, but even so, there is a desultory effort at some point. However recently I had the good luck to be visiting friends, Lisa and Duncan who have recently relocated to Singapore, on my way to and from Cambodia. So on this occasion, I simply landed ready to meet Lisa at the airport. I realised how little planning I had actually done when I couldn’t find Lisa at the airport, my phone didn’t seem to be working, and it dawned on me I didn’t know her address. However any moment of concern was fleeting. Lisa had my itinerary well under control, and I couldn’t have hoped for ... read more
My lovely hosts, Duncan and Lisa
Little India
Near the Arab markets

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru August 10th 2014

Singapore is Asia but better. It’s a well-oiled, sophisticated business unit, ready to extract every last Singaporean cent you exchange, but also full of free tourist treasures like wandering around admiring the amazing variety of architecture from colonial shop-houses to the futuristic Marina Bay Sands hotel complex. And it’s the perfect stop over to the UK – four or five movies away from Auckland and you’re immersed in tropical heat from the chill of a NZ winter. The reason backpackers avoided it in the early years of its reinvention by Lee Kwan Yew - harsh rules about eating, drinking, smoking, chewing gum etc – is what makes Singapore such a beautiful place for baby boomers to visit. It’s clean, nearly litter free (unless you go to the ‘beaches’) safe and unthreatening. And you gotta admire their ... read more
Rhys with the Sentosa Merlion...he wanted to go there...
Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru October 24th 2013

Had a slightly later start today and caught a taxi to North Bridge Road just after 09.30H. Did a lot of bartering for a new mobile phone which took a couple of hours. The vendors don't seem at all flexible on price so had to push quite hard for a half-decent deal. As always seems to be the case, we eventually went back to the very first store and bought there. Caught another taxi back to Wangz and got ready for the 'River Safari'. We were collected by mini-bus at 1.30pm and taken to Temple Street in Chinatown where we registered on the tour. They then kept us hanging around for over an hour whilst chaos reigned. Eventually 8 of us were put on a mini-bus and taken to the Zoo. The River Safari is a ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru October 23rd 2013

On our first full day in Singapore we decided to explore the local area around our hotel (Tiong Bahru), visit the Botanical Gardens and then finish the day in Little India. Wangz Hotel staff are exceedingly friendly and over breakfast we were welcomed by Sylvia, the hotel PR rep who told us about the local attractions. Some years ago I bought Hazel an Alaskan gold nugget Seiko watch. It was old when bought and had never worked well. We thought that we might find a Seiko repair watchmaker in Singapore. A search of the internet showed that there was such a place in one of the streets near to the hotel and armed with a steetmap on my I-pod, we headed off to the watchmaker. When we eventually found the place after asking around, it was ... read more
Tiong Bahru market - fishmonger
We found this large cricket on the pavement in a backstreet
Orchid Garden

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru August 3rd 2013

I have began exploring my new home a little bit. One of my first observations of my part of the city is the smell. There is a constant slightly pungent, slightly pleasant smell I think I will miss when I leave. I would guess it is due in part to the hawker center and market across the street. Hawker centers are, apparently, a Singapore staple and the place to go to get good, cheap food. This morning after having breakfast at an Indian restaurant who's name escapes me at the moment I decided to venture to the NTU campus. A short walk from my hostel I hopped on the mass rapid transit (MRT) train and was on my way. This was my first experience on the MRT and I was quite impressed. It's fast and cheap ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru August 2nd 2013

So I made it to Singapore in one piece. Flew Des Moines to Denver, Denver to Tokyo, Tokyo to Singapore. Had a long and very boring layover in Denver because the Tokyo flight was delayed three hours. The only problem was my layover in Tokyo was only two hours. I was convinced there was no way I was going to catch my flight to Singapore but lucky for me I wasn't the only one who was going to Singapore so they held the plane an extra hour. Singapore Changi airport was impressive from what little I saw. Spotlessly clean with easy to read signs everywhere. Very efficient. Quick cab ride later and I'm at my hostel. From what I've seen of the city it's clean, quiet, and organized. I have to keep reminding myself to look ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru July 9th 2013

Today was our first day exploring the city/state/country of Singapore! We had a bit of a leisurely morning because Jemi had to do some paperwork for her upcoming trip to Canada, so she had to get that straightened up before we could hang out for the day. She has taken Tuesday and Friday off to hang out with us and we will see her husband Jeremy in the evenings. They live in a really nice condo complex about 10 minutes from the airport. It feels like a resort in Florida, where there are multiple buildings that are situated on a very green and treed lot all surrounding the common amenities, such as a kids wading pool with a pirate ship to play on, playgrounds, a beautiful pool, a sandy manmade beach, tennis courts and a big ... read more
This Is How They Pay For Parking
We Let Them Loose and Off They Went in the Hunt For Food
Jemi Is Negotiating Us Some Food

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