Grocery Stores - The following supermarkets have "western"
-Lower level, Raffles City Mall - City Hall MRT stop and other
locations on Orchard Rd. (Accepts credit cards.) Carrefour -
Levels 3 & 4 Suntec City Mall, City Hall MRT stop.
(Accepts credit cards.) Cold Storage
- Tiong Bahru MRT stop and at many other locations in the city. Cold
Storage - Jelita has the best selection, but you must
take a taxi from the Clementi MRT station. (Does NOT accept credit cards.)
There are hundreds of other supermarkets and
"wet" markets all over the city and at every housing block.
The unpleasant odor you will smell at the store is a local fruit
"delicacy" called Durian. They are banned on the buses and
MRT for obvious reasons.
Banks/ATMS - All over the city and at most shopping centers and MRT stations.
Photo Developing - RGB Color - 103 Beach Rd. 01-10 Premier Centre - near City Hall MRT stop. This is like a professional lab and the best place we have found to develop photos and slides. They do an excellent job and do not cost anymore than the "express" labs. The shop is about a 10 minute walk up Beach Rd. from City Hall MRT, but definitely worth the walk.
Internet Access - Many cyber cafes all over the city. Our favorite is Singnet Level 3, Raffles City Shopping Centre, City Hall MRT station.
Shopping Centers - Electronics - Sim Lim Square near Bugis MRT and Funan Plaza near City Hall MRT. Cables, connectors and computer parts - UF Technology at #03-69 in Sim Lim Square. Clothes and all else - Orchard Rd. (Dhoby Gaunt, Somerset, Orchard MRT stops) - too numerous to mention. Suntec City at City Hall MRT Liz Claiborne store at Scotts Road Shopping Centre, L2, has "western" sizes. Get off at Orchard MRT station and follow signs to Scotts Rd..
Postal Services - All over the city and in most shopping centers.
Buses - Buses
are prolific throughout the city. Each bus interchange station has
information about destinations and schedules. They run approximately every
8 minutes. You may use either cash or an MRT fare card for the
fare. (You must turn over the fare card when inserting it in the
Bus card readers.)
Taxis - Taxis are plentiful in the city and at the shopping center at Boon Lay and generally reasonably priced. You can find taxi queue stations all throughout the city. Just stand in the queue and wait your turn. You can also flag down taxis or call one for pickup.
Subway - The Singapore MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient, mass transit system we have encountered. The trains run approximately every 2-5 minutes and are very easy to use. Each Station has information on routes and fares.
Fare Cards - A fare card system is used for both the MRT and buses.
MRT - Purchase either a single-use fare card for the exact fare to the MRT stop to which you are going or a multi-fare card for as little as $10 (plus a $2.00 deposit on the card) at the TransitLink kiosk located at all MRT stations.
Bus - (You must card turn over when inserting it in the Bus card readers.) Buses will accept cash, but the cash fare is more than when using a card. Once used up, the multi-use fare card can be topped up at the TransitLink kiosk.
Chandleries - Marintech is a
small Chandlery located at 101 Kitchener Rd., #02 Jalan Besar Plaza. To get
there take the MRT Green (East-West) line to the Lavender
stop. It is about a 10 minute walk from there to Kitchener Rd.
Hardware Store - Handyman Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., #04-06/07, Shaw Centre. Phone 6737 7815. This small store has a reasonable selection of hardware (not much in the way of marine items, though) and is organized similar to ones in the US. To get here, take the MRT to either City Hall or Raffles Place and transfer to the Red (North-South) line to the Orchard stop.
Stainless Steel - Moki Marine Engineering, Blk 3026A, Ubi Road 3, #01-77. Phone 6746 2207, fax 6746 3776. Good design and manufacturing of custom stainless products; reliable. Contact Mr. David Ong. Earnst Hardware Engineering - Block 19 Pioneer Road North, #01-103. Take bus 192 from Raffles Marina. Good selection of stainless fasteners.
Charts & Nautical Publications - Motion Smith, 78 Shenton Way 01-02/03. Phone (65) 6220 5098 Fax: (65) 6225 4902
Email: email@example.com Website: www.signet.com.sg/~motsmith This place has Singapore, BA, NOAA and NIMA charts for just about everywhere in the world. They also have many nautical publications such as the Red Sea Pilot, Nautical Almanacs, etc. - but these are all rather pricey. Take the MRT (Green line) to Tanjong Pagar stop. Exit the station and walk SW down either Shenton Way or Anson Rd. about ½ km toward the AYE and the container port. The shop is on the ground level in the building on the corner between these two roads and the AYE expressway.
Safety Equipment - Safety Innovators, 90 Tuas Ave 11, Jurong, Phone 6863 2088, Fax 6863 0388. Take bus 192 about 10 blocks from Raffles Marina. Good selection of fresh flares plus lifejackets, liferaft supplies and repacking.
Trivia: Mobile phone
SIM cards can be purchased for all GSM digital phones at any of the
telecom providers. This allows you to make local and overseas phone
calls, although overseas calls will be cheaper if you also use an
international phone card.
Beauty Salons - Toni & Guy, #03-03, The Heeren, 260 Orchard Rd. Ph: 6835 4556. Very pricey, but good salon.
Recommended Things to See and Do: High Tea at either Compass Rose Restaurant on the 70th floor of the Westin-Stamfort Hotel or Raffles Hotel (Tiffen Room) on Stamford Road. Both are near the City Hall MRT station. Visit the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, home of the Singapore Sling. Jurong Bird Park - incredible birds and on of the largest aviaries we have ever seen. Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo. Visit Little India, Chinatown, or take the cablecar to Sentosa Island. Shop, shop, shop!!!
More Information Lonely Planet Guide - Singapore. Visitor Information Centre - Suntec City Convention Centre near City Hall MRT