Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Colonial District

One of the 90 rivers in Singapore most polluted yet clean.

Some call it Singapore river some Quays, and even some downtown, I call it the Colonial District for the historical importance of the area, but make no mistake, this is not a place where you can fish a giant squid, but rather a giant tourist bus.

During the day the river is a full of restaurants and others stomach needed location, but when comes the night the place change itself into one the most alive place in the city state. This is where people check in and get check out. Among the best spot of the river check it out at the famous Zouk (17 Jiak Kim St) Singapore's best-known nightclub and in fact a complex of 4 spaces. A full-entry ticket is rather pricey, but the place is happening especially when foreign DJs are in town. Then Attica (3A River Valley Rd #01-03 in Clarke Quay), a popular club complex split into four zones as well. The Ministry of Sound (3C River Valley Road #01-02 in Clarke Quay), was a main translation of the London mega-club. Now for the easy hears, Jazz@Southbridge (82B Boat Quay), is a small, intimate, and only Singapore's descent jazz spot.

A popular way to see the heart of the city is with Singapore River Cruises, in which you can enjoy the Esplanade/Merlion/Boat Quay area and appreciate some great views of Singapore while making for a fine walk if you don’t like tourist waves.

Saint Andrew's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Singapore, reputedly the country's largest cathedral. It is located near City Hall MRT Interchange in the Downtown Core, within the Central Area in Singapore's central business district.

The mouth of the Singapore River was the old Port of Singapore, being naturally sheltered by the southern islands. Historically, the city of Singapore initially grew around the port so the river mouth became the centre of trade, commerce and finance. To this day, area around the old Singapore River mouth, the Downtown Core, remains the most expensive and economically important piece of land in Singapore.

The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, (1 Esplanade Drive - City Hall MRT), is Singapore's equivalent of Sydney's famous Opera House, except that its resemble more to a spiky durian version of it. Opera, dance, classical concerts and similar entertainment is offered daily.

The Merlion is Singapore's official symbol, 8.6 meters tall and weighing 70 tons, spouts water daily on the south bank of the mouth of the Singapore river. Designed by the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board in 1964, many a commentator has pondered on the inherent contradictions of a creature that is half-cat, half-fish — much like Singapore itself. Singaporeas themselves regard the monument as a bit of a joke, and indeed in Singaporean slang the verb to merlion means "to vomit"!

Eat pauses are so important that you will have to come often to test all of them.

Gluttons Bay, Esplanade Mall #01-15. Run by famous foodies Makansutra, this outdoor eatery puts together 12 of Singapore's most famous hawkers.

Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay (near Raffles Place MRT). A nicely done up Victorian-style hawker centre, but unfortunately suffering from a lack of hawkers caused by overly high rents. The satay here is famous though (open only in the evening), with Fatman Satay (Stall #1) generally getting the best reviews.

Jumbo Seafood, 20 Upper Circular Road #B1-48 (The Riverwalk), is a popular seafood chain famed for their Chilli Crabs, a Singapore specialty.