I often travel to Singapore because it’s not far away from Thailand. But like what most people say, Singapore ain’t such a big place.

And as much as I hate to say, not much to do for a middle aged traveler like me. There’s Universal Studios Singapore. But even then most average S’poreans will tell you that their Universal Studios is not a place to really brag about.

Bugis Junction

Bugis Junction Shopping District

So what’s there to do if you’re in Singapore a few days? Go mall hopping and shopping. Whenever I’m in Singapore I stay at an area called Bugis Junction in downtown Singapore. Because it’s mainly a tourist district there are a lot of restaurants, shops and of course hotels.

I personally enjoy staying at the BIG Hotel and it’s really close to Bugis Junction, less than a five minute walk.

Bugis Junction is the heart of downtown Singapore...

Bugis Junction is the heart of downtown Singapore…

For any first timers visiting Singapore I really recommend searching out a hotel near Bugis Junction. Not just for the hotels mind you. But also because it’s where you can find Bugis Hawker Center for some serious good eats.

Bugis Hawker Center can be found on New Bugis Street...

Bugis Hawker Center can be found on New Bugis Street…


To the uninitiated Bugis Hawker Center looks like a run down community center where folks with nothing to do hang out and eat. Sure it doesn’t look fancy but it’s a food court with some of the finest good grub in Singapore so don’t let the ambiance fool you.

Plenty of local Singaporean snacks are also available if you don't want a full on meal...

Plenty of local Singaporean snacks are also available if you don’t want a full on meal…

Wing Seong Fatty’s Restaurant

Of course I have a favorite restaurant to recommend in Bugis Junction. It’s called Fatty’s Restaurant. With the word “Fatty” in the restaurant’s name you know the food has got to be good. And it is. My wife and I eat there every year we visit Singapore together.

Singapore Chow Mei Fun 星洲炒米 in the front. I was so hungry I didn't realize I took a photo with my finger near the lens...

Singapore Chow Mei Fun 星洲炒米 in the front. I was so hungry I didn’t realize I took a photo with my finger near the lens…

Though we order a lot of food our one favorite is the Singapore Chow Mei Fun 星洲炒米. It’s my favorite dish growing up in New York and I would order it at Chinese restaurants in my neighborhood.

Singapore Chow Mei Fun is a popular rice noodle dish with a hodgepodge of seafood, poultry and vegetables plus a hint of curry. All the ingredients are cooked in high heat which imbues an essence that only a super hot wok could produce.

Even though there’s not a whole lot for me to do in Singapore besides eating, I still enjoy traveling there. Singapore has a lot of history which I enjoy so much. And without a doubt one of the most beautiful modern country I have ever visit in Southeast Asia.


A temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy Kwan Yin near Bugis Junction...

A popular temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy Kwan Yin near Bugis Junction…

Exploring Singapore is easy with it’s public transportation system. And traveling around on a metered taxi is so surprisingly affordable in a country known to be on the expensive side.

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