Family-friendly farms to visit in Singapore

Family-friendly farms to visit in Singapore

Beautiful Kranji, an untouched area in the north-west of Singapore, is the perfect location for a day out with kids. A shuttle bus can pick you up from public transport links and ferry you around the area, with stops at this district's best loved farms. From organic vegetables and fruit to frogs, goats and cows, you'll be able to teach your children about the importance of where the food we eat comes from and incite their interest in taking care of the world around us.

Bollywood Veggies

Get kids acquainted with nature at Bollywood Veggies, Singapore's favourite urban farm, nestled in the north-west corner of the island. A visit to this idyll in Kranji will give your kids the opportunity to wander around, and see and touch their favourite vegetables, an educational experience that proves invaluable - showing children that food definitely doesn't grow in the supermarket. See limes, mangoes, onions and brinjal being carefully tended to, using the banana-shaped tour map to orient yourself, and afterwards enjoy a meal at the celebrated inhouse cafe, the Poison Ivy Bistro - their nasi lemak is dyed with blue pea flowers plucked straight from the plant.

Jurong Frog Farm

Book into one of the informative tours at Jurong Frog Farm, where more than 10,000 American bullfrogs are reared for sale. You'll witness an all-male frog choir, understand how frogs camouflage to blend into their environment and see first hand how frogs are raised here. This Kranji-based farm also runs story-telling sessions for kids - with sweet stories like ‘the Prince and the Frog Forest' - and lessons where children can learn about frog life cycles and how to take care of tadpoles. It's a fun introduction that simplifies the world of ‘herpetology' for little ones.

Hay Dairies (photo)

Introduce children to some four legged friends at Hay Dairies, a Kranji-based farm which houses goats, and supplies organic goat milk around Singapore. Kept in roomy barns with lots of fresh air and natural light, the goats are milked once a day, so make sure you time your visit accordingly to coincide with this - this takes place from 9am to 10.30am - to see this fascinating process in action. Children can also have a go at feeding the goats - purchase Alfalfa Hay from the farm at $5 per packet and enjoy a hands on experience. Don't forget to sample some of the farm's produce too - the fresh, creamy goat milk made here is on sale in natural and chocolate varieties, and there's no better way to refresh yourself after a trip round the farm.

Quan Fa Organic Farm

For a fascinating look into how vegetables and fruit are produced, the Quan Fa Organic Farm runs tours which are a great insight into the process. Bring your kids to see how seeds like sunflower sprouts are grown in the indoor area - and make sure you take the opportunity to taste them - and then wander outside to see rows of fresh lettuces being cultivated. The farmers running the tours explain the organic methods used here - like using ethical insect traps and fertilizers made of plant waste, instead of pesticides or chemicals. You'll also be able to see local greens like Red Amaranth and Kai Lan, which are housed in greenhouses. Finish your tour in the farm shop where you'll be treated to a complimentary bowl of fresh vegetable soup and you have the chance to purchase vegetables and herbs to take home with you.

Viknesh Dairy Farm

If you're interested in seeing how a cow farm is run, head to Kranji Marshes and visit Viknesh Dairy Farm. Visits are free from 9am to 6pm, and you're free to wander at your leisure - don't miss the cow shed where you can see furry friends up close and even purchase hay to feed them by hand. The farm also rears goats, so there's a chance to introduce your children to these curious creatures too. Owner Raja offers personal tours around the farm too, and for the bargain price of $3 per person, you can learn more about the processes used to rear cattle and try a glass of fresh milk at the end.

Last-minute Family Staying Concepts

Last-minute Family Staying Concepts

The mid-year summer vacations are almost here, but you have nothing organized at all. When you are tight on efforts and in anxious need of a break, do you really want to go through the trouble of looking for flight tickets and resorts to escape from here quickly?

The hotel Asia Square Tower (in photo) is not the common staycation location — for one, it's in the Main Business Region. Still, it was soothing to wind into the CBD on a Weekend to see loads of vacant car park many awaiting your modest buggy.

The hotel is also only an S$11 Grabcar drive away from Sentosa so I took the opportunity to head to the South East Asia Fish tank with my child for a jaunt in manufactured. When it came to supper, Lau Pat Sat reverse The Westin Singapore was nicely rare before 7pm. No need to jostle, sweat and feel frustrated with humankind.

And yes, there was nothing quite as untroubled as getting up without feeling the need to do end of the week tasks or seeing toys and games distribute all over the ground. The rest of the day approved in a soothing blur: Meals distribute — examine. Infinity share dip — examine. Viewing TV and eating biscuits while relaxing in Westin is well known 12.5-inch Incredible Bed (100,000 beds marketed, and keeping track of, according to a Walls Road Publication 2015 report) — examine, examine, examine.

You can understand why staycations are an evergreen favorite with Singaporeans as they are a practical, last-minute solution to select. Data from revealed that looks for staycations in Singapore increased by 87 % from 2014 to 2015. There was a 14 % surge in looks for staycations during the July vacations in 2016, as opposed to same search period last season (from Jan 1 to May 15).

This view is distributed by Arthur Kiong, CEO of Far Eastern Kindness. "We see a increasing pattern in the development of Singaporean family members looking for end of the week staycations as a cost-effective solution to an international vacation. Families, especially those with young kids, enjoy staycations as it is a vacation without the stress of organizing a vacation out of the nation," he said, including that Far Eastern Kindness resorts like City Hotel Changi have seen over 50 % increase staycation figures from 2013 to 2015.

With more choices in the staycation market now, here are some tips to keep a homebound vacation lovely and easy.

1. Find resorts with action offers. Not every hotel is able to offer water slips, but more resorts are combining a stay with family-friendly actions. The Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel offer The Fullerton Family Program, beginning from S$508++ for the Culture Space at Fullerton Hotel, which brings in Singapore Conventional Jubilee Goes for two grownups and two kids. The passes allow visitors to hop on and off traveling vehicles (such as those plying the Culture and Evening Opera routes) to get to destinations such as Competition Brewery or the Indian Culture Center. Best of all, you can hop on the vehicles just outside resorts.

2. Involve yourself in a neighborhood. Another way is to spend your energy in one location. Park yourself in a trendy store hotel in a buzzy neighborhood to understand more about it in detail. For example, hot new property M Social Singapore designed by Philippe Stracke is hit during Robertson Quay looking over the Singapore River. The hotel, starting July 9, is a trendy haven with its developer hits prefers replicated areas in loft-like duplex areas. Do not fear, youngsters are welcome here too — and it is the perfect location to platform yourself, whether you examine out newish areas such as Decker Barbeque and The Quay Kitchen & Bar or old favorites like Kith and Common Man Java Roasters. And by the way, the hotel is currently providing a dent marketing beginning from S$218++ every night for a limited time.

3. Hiking in the crazy. A staycation does not have to mean staying in a resort. If you have no hint of going about to do that, try Pesta Ubin's two day and one night family Characteristics Camping with Cicada Tree Eco-Place occurring July 3 to 4. Books are on side to message a covering and explain to you all about admiring the outside. Check out its web page ( to sign-up your attention. Singapore Zoo is also planning a Rest with Monsters — A Members of the family Event camp on July 25 to July 26. Each family gets a six-man covering and the all-inclusive program requires members on a behind-the-scenes trip from getting near with the animals to a food dinner

What Singapore Has in Store for Foodies

What Singapore Has in Store for Foodies

There is a food lover in Singapore that posts trendy and big names of foods and restaurants in the country. This person never stops in seeking for new dishes. He tagged the dishes with good and bad depending on his palate and likeness. He also categorizes the restaurants and diners with affordable rates and those that are costly. A traveler's visit to Singapore will not be complete without tasting some of the finest dishes there. Here's some in his list.

Ember has a sakura ebi pasta that you will surely love. You cannot resist it even in just 1 bite. They have been baking and then they add some flavor and they braised the lobster head oils, before they take it to umami in an extreme manner. You will not here to take a peek at the beautiful decorations they have, though it is one of the most inviting in this restaurant. But you will definitely come here for the food. There is a new chef who cooks good Ember. Some says they must keep the old dishes, since they also love the angus short ribs the chef cook with sous for more than sixty hours.

The Immigrant Gastrobar is another place where you can find some platters. Chef De Silva is a good cook and he reinvents anything. He serves good tapas, beef rending and others. He also serves Eurasian fish stew which is really a great deal. This is quite rare, so when you come and visit Singapore, you must not miss this Gastrobar. He also cooks Cantonese style lo kai yik in misua noodles. It will be paired with Japanese malts. That is by far one of the best for those who are looking for a relaxing activity before going home after work.

Artichoke is another place that you must not miss. Chef Bjorn has a good eclectic streak and he also has a sense of humor. He is good in making fried chicken skin ice cream and you can see them at the stalls popping up. He called his very own version of ice cream as Neh Neh pop. It is defined as milky boobs by the locales. His version of mee chiang kueh comes with roast pork and char siew. That is quite different from the typical one with peanuts and sugar. He is also good in reinventing some of the dishes like the famous bak chor mee. He made his own version of it and he turned it into a hamburger. In his restaurant, which he called haven, he also makes non-halal dishes for those from the Mediterranean. He is also good in roasting his very own version of barbeque using his flavors. He roasts the pork ribs using a sauce with coffee and date mixture, he also put some yuzu pickle and he adds some Thai basil for a beautiful roast look.

Candlenut is another place where you can dine and relax. The realistic can just cause boredom to food goers, so check Lee of Candlenut started to reinvent some authentic dishes into something more exciting. At the moment, he is into whatever he thinks is best and what he thinks people will like the most. By far, the typical ayam buah keluak or what they call the black nut chicken stew or rending in Indians has been kept for those who are lunching at his restaurant, but for dinner that is another story. He cooks whatever he needs must be reinvented every night for dinner. One of his specialty is the smashed prawn with sambal hae bi with dill. He also offers a Nonya style curry using lamb meat.

Thrilling Activities in Singapore

Thrilling Activities in Singapore

Even if for more than 4 decades, the Sentosa Island in Singapore is a prime tourist spot that has known the essence of reinventing what they have. In the past years, it has been the prime destination in this place for those who are looking for a thrilling activity or for those who wish to have their adrenaline rush, good thing there are lots of activities meant for them from surfing to skydiving. Sentosa is also one of the best place for those who would like to conquer their fears. It will be of help for those who are scared of heights and others. Spending a weekend in Sentosa is just like fighting your biggest fear. To control your fear during the activities, you can slap on your heart rate monitor as you watch it during the activity.

You are also advised to have a nausea level rate device, so you can measure your heart rate and even your nausea level. Before you even make a big step from the 75-meter-high platform on the Megazip (photo) line in Sentosa, you can hold the security rails. However, if you will let go of your fear and let the fun filled your system, you will realize that the MegaZip is really a fun filled activity. The first 3 wire zip enables different people to zip line and all at once. That will be from the hilltop across the patch of the jungle. That is over the beach and onto the water platform. You will surely love the views of the four hundred fifty-meter ride. This is an addicting activity, so you must not leave Sentosa without trying it out.

How about the Jetpacks? There are 2 water powered jetpacks in Singapore. They are available to the masses, good thing there is someone who brought it there in 2013. It can take you up to more than ten meters high. By far, it seems to be the safest and the simplest way to fly. That is of course with the help of the power to control your flight. When you hit the jetpack on your back and then be ready to head on to the sea, you will surely feel amazed with the beauty of the beach around you. But those who have tried it says it is not that easy and simple to use. The very first thing that you will be required to do is not simple. It is because you cannot fight the machine and you need to balance yourself.

As soon as you have found the balance, then you can easily fly by pressing the button meant for it. Once you have tried it, you will surely love it. You have to fight your fear of being drowned before you deal with height problems. Both of these are very common fears among people, it is hard to beat them, so you will be struggling. As soon as you have accepted the challenge, that will be the start of everything. If you have ever had the fantasies to fly through the air without struggling, you need to visit Sentosa.

They have the modern Fly Trapeze at the Siloso Beach. From there you can try this fun filled activity. After some of the basic instruction, the visitors may climb up to the highest platform. The instructor will ask you if you are ready and once you said yes, then you are good to go. You need to master the basics of swinging first, before you lift your legs up and knob the bar, from there you can free your hands and swing upside down.