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Singapore: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Located at 141, Serangoon Road in the Little India District of Singapore, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest and most popular Hindu temple in the country.  

According to some oral history, the temple was built by the pioneering Indians who migrated to work and live in the area some time in the late 17th century or early 18th century. It was dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali and the wife of the Hindu god Shiva, Parvati. It was said that the first shrines of the temple was centered around a clay statue of an angry Sri Kaliamman. Over the years more and more shrines and rooms were added to the temple. 

It was in October 1983 when the temple underwent rebuilding.  It was patterned to the architectural design of the South Indian Tamil temples. The distinctive Gate-Tower, eight main domes and several other minor ones were added to the temple. It took three years for these to be built.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple stands not only as a religious building for the Indians but also s…

Singapore: Singapore Botanic Garden

Located in Singapore City, Singapore Botanic Gardens is a beautiful 82-hectare garden in the middle of the bustling city.

Singapore Botanic Gardens started as a research and agri-horticultural site in 1859. This place played an important role in perfecting the rubber extraction technique which helped the region's rubber trade boom in the early 20th century. 

This 150+-year-old tropical garden gained its special status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. It is now one of the only three gardens (and the only tropical garden) to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today, the garden is home to more than 10,000 different species of flora. Its highlight, the National Orchid Garden contains 60,000 plants and orchids. The garden is divided into 3 "cores". These are the Tanglin Core, Central Core, and Bukit Timah Core. A fourth core, the Tyersall-Gallop Core is set to open in 2017. Each core contains different attractions that are worth visiting.

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Food Trip: Laksa

A foreign trip would not be complete without trying out local dishes. That's why I did not miss the chance to taste one of the well known dishes in Singapore called the laksa.

The laksa that I ate in Singapore is a spicy noodle soup that has reddish soup based on curry mixed with coconut milk. The Singaporeans believed that the origins of their laksa (also called the "katong" locally) came through the interaction between the Peranakans and the Singaporeans. Although it's a popular dish in Singapore, the laksa has different varieties in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The most popular of these are the Asam laksa, Sarawak laksa, and the Curry laksa. I would love to write about each variant of laksa but since I only tasted the laksa in Singapore, I would focus only on that variant.

Singapore's laksa is a variant of the Curry laksa. This laksa is the most common type of laksa sold in the country (as far as I know). It has curry-like soup with coconut milk. Its typic…

Singapore: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Located in South Bridge Road in the Chinatown District of Singapore, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is one of the biggest Buddhist temple in the country. It is also one of the tourist destinations in the country.

The temple is relatively new. Its ground breaking started on the 13th of March 2005 and was finished two years later. the temple was built based on the Tang Dynasty architectural style.

As its name states, the temple houses a relic -Buddha's tooth. The relic was said to be found in 1980, in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar. Today, this relic can be viewed at the 4th floor of the temple.

At present, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is one of the popular tourist attractions in the Chinatown District. Its grandiose facade makes it standout from the other infrastructures around it. The temple's interior is also something to admire. Its red and gold color theme makes visitors feel the atmosphere of royalty and luxury.

Entrance to the temple is free but the staff are very…