If you're planning a trip to Singapore and would like to see the city-state beyond its usual tourist hotspots, check out AsiaRooms.com's list of 50 alternative things to do in Singapore. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Explore an abandoned palace
Tired of the mainstay photography haunts like Chinatown, Little India, and Tiong Bahru? Get behind the wheel and head to Istana Woodneuk. Located on a small hill between Holland Road and Tyersall Road, this place takes some effort to get to. The land still belongs to the royal family in Johor, and despite being empty and in slight disarray, it is still a magnificent sight and would make for lovely photographs.
See Old Woodlands Town Centre before it's gone
In its heyday in the 1970s, the town center was filled with people and activities. While it is no longer a bustling bus berth, there are still countless shops selling everything from mattresses to fresh fruits, and the food at the hawker center remains cheap and tasty. It is definitely worth making a trip down to explore the area and snap some photographs of its old school architectural design before it gets torn down.
Head on over to Kranji's organic veggie farm
Take the Countryside Express shuttle bus to Bollywood Veggies from Kranji MRT. This lush green sanctuary grows and sells organic vegetables, and if you like the farm-to-plate concept, sit and enjoy a meal here. The farm offers everything from lady fingers to spinach, and is particularly proud of their bananas. Don't leave without buying a thick, moist chunk of their signature banana bread.
Swap supermarkets for farmers' markets
Tick the following off your list: Kranji Countryside Farmers' Market, Dempsey's Loewen Gardens Market and PasarBella at Bukit Timah. The first boasts fresh local produce, and the latter two take a slant towards artisan foods.
Playtime at Punggol Waterway
If you're in the mood to work out, why not check out the newly-developed Punggol Waterway Park? The area is lush and beautiful, and feels like a departure from the hectic city streets. There are also playgrounds, exercise equipment, and eateries scattered along various points, so you don't have to worry about going around endlessly and getting bored.
Check out an old playground on a retro set of wheels
While you're exploring Punggol Waterway or one of Singapore's many parks and bicycle paths, why not rent a retro-looking but fully functional set of wheels from One Day Wheels? They offer two cool looking bikes that will make you look super hip whether you're intent on posing for photos, working out, or both. We think it would be especially fun to pose for photos at the iconic dragon sand playground in Toa Payoh on these bikes.
Be a beach sloth
If you prefer beaches to parks, head on over to Sentosa and enjoy living the life of a sloth at Tanjong Beach Club. The food here—especially the tuna tartare and desserts—are highly recommended. Lying on a sunbed for an entire day has never hurt anyone, right?
Practically stand on water
One of the hippest things to do in Sentosa is to Stand Up Paddle (SUP). Tired of lounging by the beach with a cocktail in hand? Sign up for a class that will really work your core. You'll be performing yoga poses on the paddle board before you know it!
Support animal welfare organizations
Animal lovers or those considering getting a pet would do well to visit Pasir Ris Farmway and check out not only the cute puppies in puppy mills, but ex-breeding dogs as well. Animal welfare group Voices For Animals regularly holds adoption drives for the ex-breeding dogs that breeders give up when they no longer produce big enough litters. The dogs are mostly HDB-approved and the adoption drive is held at Mutts and Mittens. You may also see creatures big and small from other animal welfare groups in the area.
Litter your life with books
There is a small but delightful collection of independent bookstores in Singapore that you ought to stop by, including Littered with Books, pictured above. Housed within a two-story shophouse, this bookshop along Duxton Road boasts a whimsical interior that's as fantastical as the books on sale. When you're there, look out for the little notes taped to the shelves—the owners scribble short, colorful reviews to draw your attention to books they'd read and want to recommend.
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Exploring Bahía Bustamante, Argentina
Called the "Argentine answer to the Galapagos" by the New York Times, the town of Bahía Bustamante is the ideal place for adventure-seeking and nature-loving travelers to explore beautiful Atlantic Patagonia. Although fairly isolated from the major tourist destinations of Argentina, Bahía Bustamante can still be reached by a quick plane ride from Buenos Aires. Flying into either Trelew, 250 km to the north, or Comodoro Rivadavia, 180 km to the south, travelers can take a private transfer of about three hours the rest of the way. Alternatively, for a cheaper option, visitors can take a bus from Buenos Aires to the town of Garayalde, about 60 km away, and from there take a private transfer. A final option, and the most adventurous of the three, is renting a car and driving down the coast along the scenic Route 3. Open for tourism from October until April, Bahía Bustamante is known for its seaweed industry and ancient petrified forest. With a slower-paced lifestyle and an intimate connection to the land, locals are passionate about educating visitors on the area's abundant natural resources and eager to see them interact with the diverse, native flora and fauna. Housing hundreds of wildlife species including sea lions, penguins, and marine birds, the Atlantic coast of Bahía Bustamante is truly a nature lover's paradise. Here are our favorite must-do activities for your trip: See Sea Lion and Seabird Colonies by Boat Sail through the Malaspina Coast to observe seaweed harvesting in action and learn about the infinite species of seaweed and mussels that grow in the coves. Sail on over to the islands in the bay to search for wildlife including sea lions, marine bird colonies, and penguins. Get up close and personal with these animals, who enjoy sunbathing just as much as you! Hike in the Petrified Forest Journey back to ancient Patagonia more than 60,000,000 years ago! The Petrified Forest, known as "The Pyramid," remains one of the region's top attractions for a glimpse into the past. Hikes along moon-like landscape afford sightings of foxes, armadillos, and skunks living among petrified tree trunks and colorful rock fossils. A walk towards its highest point gives way to a stunning view of the desert steppe below. As much as modern society has changed the natural landscape, it's refreshing to visit the "original Patagonia" that is still intact and thriving. Visit a Patagonia Estancia Surrounded by expansive Patagonian estancias (Argentine ranches) that raise sheep, Bahía Bustamante gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the gaucho culture of Argentina in a unique way. Spanning 80,000 hectares, these estancias mostly funcution to produce sheep wool and meat. Visit the corrals and learn about daily farm tasks like shearing, weaning, classification, and the marking of the sheep. Depending on the season, you can even try out one of the ranch activities. For example, those who plan their trip for the Argentine spring will be able to shear a sheep—one of the 20,000 being sheared during this season! Seaweed Harvesting Ever wonder what makes dulce de leche so sweet and rich? It may come as a surprise, but the natural gelling agent in seaweed is widely used in the food industry, especially for thickening dulce de leche. Learn about the health benefits, the widespread uses of seaweed, and the importance of the industry in the area at a local harvesting factory. Of course, there is always the possibility of just relaxing on the beach with a glass of malbec and enjoying life. This article was written by Will Collier on behalf of Say Hueque, a company specializing in tours to Argentina and Chile.
Don't Miss These Epic Super Bowl Sunday Ski Deals From Liftopia!
This Sunday, the only thing deflated will be the price of your lift tickets (we hope!) You might even want to skip the big game once you see the kinds of savings happening on Liftopia this Super Bowl Sunday! Here are some of the deals you can find on Liftopia's website for skiing in California, New England, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Utah, the Northern Rockies, the Midwest, and in the Pacific Northwest. Savings shown are based on regular walk-up window rates and are per person. California • Sierra at Tahoe: Up to 47 percent off; lift tickets start at $49• Diamond Peak: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets start at $38• Bear Valley: Up to 36 percent off; lift tickets from $43• Soda Springs: Up to 36 percent off; lift tickets from $27.99• Mt. Baldy: Up to 62 percent off; lift tickets from $25• Snow Valley: Up to 45 percent off; lift tickets from $34• Boreal: Up to 29 percent off; lift tickets from $41.99• Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows: Up to 20 percent off; lift tickets from $95• Homewood: Up to 13 percent off; lift tickets from $54 Nevada • Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort: Up to 23 percent off; lift tickets from $53.99 New England • Smugglers' Notch: Up to 43 percent off; lift tickets from $45.99• Mt. Abram: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets from $28.99• Mad River Glen: Up to 44 percent off; lift tickets from $41.99• Sugarbush: Up to 46 percent off; lift tickets from $49• Camden Snow Bowl: Up to 51 percent off; lift tickets from $18.99• Pico: Up to 33 percent off; lift tickets from $44.99• Suicide Six: Up to 49 percent off; lift tickets from $33.99• Granite Gorge: Up to 45 percent off; lift tickets from $26.99• Magic Mountain: Up to 44 percent off; lift tickets from $34.99• Mount Snow: Up to 18 percent off; lift tickets from $74• Sunday River: Up to 20 percent off; lift tickets from $71• Stratton: Up to 15 percent off; lift tickets from $83 Colorado • Arapahoe Basin: Up to 28 percent off; lift tickets from $60.99• Copper Mountain: Up to 30 percent off; lift tickets from $89• Sunlight Mountain: Up to 28 percent off; lift tickets from $42.99• Granby Ranch: Up to 23 percent off; lift tickets from $46.99• Winter Park: Up to 20 percent off; lift tickets from $99.20• Loveland: Up to 21 percent off; lift tickets from $49.99 New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania • Titus Mountain: Up to 31 percent off; lift tickets from $30.99• Whiteface: Up to 30 percent off; lift tickets from $48• Shawnee Mountain: Up to 35 percent off; lift tickets from $38.99• Mountain Creek: Up to 34 percent off; lift tickets from $43.99• Plattekill: Up to 37 percent off; lift tickets from $36.99• Tuxedo Ridge: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets from $24.99 Utah • Snowbasin: Up to 26 percent off; lift tickets from $65.99• Brighton: Up to 22 percent off; lift tickets from $55.99• Sundance: Up to 46 percent off; lift tickets from $34.99• Alta: Up to 13 percent off; lift tickets from $72.99• Eagle Point: Up to 38 percent off; lift tickets from $29.99 Northern Rockies • Mt. Hood: Up to 32 percent off; lift tickets from $49.99• White Pass: Up to 27 percent off; lift tickets from $44.99• Anthony Lakes: Up to 49 percent off; lift tickets from $17.99• Mt. Ashland: Up to 37 percent off; lift tickets from $28.99 Midwest • Nordic Mountain: Up to 62 percent off; lift tickets from $16.87• Caberfae Peaks: Up to 57 percent off; lift tickets from $19.99• Little Switzerland: Up to 55 percent off; lift tickets from $18.98• Christmas Mountain: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets from $23.99• Treetops: Up to 43 percent off; lift tickets from $22.99• Spirit Mountain: Up to 40 percent off; lift tickets from $26.99• Crystal Mountain: Up to 42 percent off; lift tickets from $38.99• Shanty Creek: Up to 40 percent off; lift tickets from $35.99 Pacific Northwest • Grand Targhee: Up to 27 percent off; lift tickets from $52• Red Lodge: Up to 28 percent off; lift tickets from $36• Snowy Range: Up to 33 percent off; lift tickets from $29• Lost Trail: Up to 40 percent off; lift tickets from $23
3 Ways Breaking Bad Fans Can Still Get Their Fix
As the commercials said, all bad things must come to an end. Breaking Bad may have ended, but we've got three ways fans of the show can still get their fix. If you're lucky enough to be anywhere near Albuquerque, N.M., where nearly the entire series has been filmed, catch a ride on The BaD Tour by the Albuquerque Trolley Company, a 3.5 hour open-air joyride that covers 38 miles and 13 main locations from the show including the exteriors of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Gus's houses, the car wash and laundry facilities that act as the meth-maker's storefronts, Tuco's headquarters, the ever-shady Crossroads Motel, and the infamous railroad tracks. To top it all off, you'll get a complimentary drink during a stop at Twisters Grill, the restaurant that doubles as Los Pollos Hermanos on the show. Tickets cost $65 per person including taxes and leave from Hotel Albuquerque at 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Old Town. Check website for available dates and to purchase tickets online. Please note that the tour is rated 'R' because of the show's dark subject matter and may not be appropriate for children. If you're short on time or if tickets happen to sell out due to the tour's popularity, the Albuquerque Trolley Company also offers an 85-minute long Best of ABQ City Tour, featuring a peek at several major sites from the show like Jesse Pinkman's house and Hank's DEA office during a fun trip through Historic Old Town, Museum Row, Nob Hill, the University of New Mexico, the historic Barelas neighborhood, and along Historic Route 66. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children under age 12. Tours leave from Hotel Albuquerque at 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Old Town. If you'd rather discover the magic of the Breaking Bad locations yourself, the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau's website lists places of note and information for a self-guided tour of the hotspots like Los Pollos Hermanos and the Octopus Car Wash, both featured in the series. DIe hard fans of the show should not miss the chance to buy iconic "blue ice candy," rock candy colored to look just like the main characters' special product, from The Candy Lady, a specialty sweet shop located in Albuquerque's Historic Old Town. Also for sale are a slew of Breaking Bad t-shirts and other merchandise including Walter White's signature black hat. Blue ice candy packages sell for $1 each and are also available online—five packages for $5 and 10 packages for $10, plus shipping and handling. Walter White's hat replica sells for $45 in the store and online.
Book These Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day!
Boy, it's COLD here in New York! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, our minds are wandering to some of the coziest, quietest corners of the world, and our friends in the travel biz are not about to let us down. Here, some amazing deals to some of the most luxurious, romantic spots out there! Get All-Inclusive in Antigua!Elite Islands Resorts, AntiguaRelax on a perfect white-sand beach at one of the Elite Islands family of resorts in Antigua and you won't have to touch your wallet the entire stay! Food, booze, and watersports are included in one price. Now that's romantic! Rooms at the affordable Verandah hotel are going fast for Valentine's Day, but the $199 price tag is good through December if you book by February 28! Yes, You CAN Afford the Bahamas!North BiminiYou can have a Caribbean island experience without even taking an international flight! North Bimini is just three hours from Miami on a "SuperFast" boat, and was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite getaways with his wife Pauline. Find the island's Love Tree-legend says it brings good luck to those who kiss beneath it. Bimini Big Game Club's rooms start at $185 per night-the resort is popular for beach weddings right on the sea. Snuggle by the Sea!Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth, MassachusettsIf you think Cape Cod is just for summer, well, you're in for a romantic surprise! A gorgeous oceanfront view from the window of your cozy room, private Old Silver Beach waiting for a quiet hand-in-hand stroll, and a candlelit dinner from one of New England's top chefs! The Sea Crest is offering a Valentine's Day package that includes a luxurious setting, fireplace rooms, unforgettable views, and the pleasure of each other's company in an unforgettable setting, from $199 per night. Fall Into a Bed of Rose Petals!Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaNothing is as romantic as an ocean view right from your room. This February, starting at $141 per night, five Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts locations are offering a "Be Mine" two-night getaway package featuring oceanfront accommodations, champagne, chocolates, a Valentine's Day balloon bouquet, a romantic dinner, and rose-petal turndown service. If you choose the Avista Resort, you also get breakfast in bed. Say Ahhh... at a Spa!Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, New MexicoSpa treatments start at only $12 at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, and rustic rooms with New Mexican furnishings start at $139 per night. Or camp under the stars for only $20 per day. Plus: The entire Springs and Spa area is a strictly enforced "Whisper Zone" so no one interrupts your relaxation time. You can also book a private outdoor pool with a fireplace for only $50 for the whole evening.