Magical Moments in Singapore – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , May 2nd, 2018

Once Upon a Journey

Before starting our world trip we had planned to be in Singapore around July. We end up in Singapore late October! Maartje’s friends from her study abroad, who live in Singapore, had to wait a while: but here we are! Our visit to Singapore is initially solely to visit Jeslyn and Huldah. From Kuching we fly to Singapore to stay here for a couple days, or that’s what we think…


Immediately after arriving in Singapore we go to the Apple store. The sound of Maartje’s laptop isn’t working anymore (yes, yet another gadget fails us) and it’s no fun editing videos without sound. Everyone told us in Malaysia Singapore is the place to be to (quickly) fix things. But when we bring our laptop in for repair they tell us it will take seven to ten days. So we will be chilling in Singapore longer than we expected.


Quickly we find out that that’s not a bad thing at all. We fall in love with the city and it’s not as expensive as everybody claims. There are so many free sightseeing things to do and if you go to a food court you can eat fairly cheap and delicious food!

We stay in Little India for two nights and it feels like a total different place than Singapore’s city centre. We like it! It’s not the only part that feels different. Jeslyn shows us around China Town: a whole other feeling as well. Singapore is melting pot of cultures, and every neighbourhood feels like a different country. The area around the Marina Bay Sands hotel, where Jeslyn takes us by night, feels fancy and high-tech at the same time. At night we see a fantastic water and light show in the Marina Bay: it’s magical!

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

Lesbian Singapore – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , April 28th, 2018

Lesbian Singapore

Singapore is a modern city that has much to offer. It’s Southeast Asia’s smallest state, a global financial centre, and shopping paradise. It is divers as a blend of Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions: Singapore is interesting for everyone! We planned on staying for a weekend, but end up staying for an entire week. We wander around the city and see so much!

Initially we were scared to go to The Most Expensive City in the world. But as soon as we arrive in Singapore, we love it. It amazes us how this high-tech city offers so much free things to do! We enjoy every second!

By Roxanne & Maartje – Full Story and Video at Once Upon a Journey

Free Gay Singapore Guide

Author: , December 11th, 2016

Singapore Pink DotFrom Gay Star News:

One of the most surprising destinations in the world is Singapore. Unfairly labelled as being a bit dull, Singapore is much more than just a business or travel hub for the region.

Singapore has a rich cultural history, exciting restaurants and food markets, and a vibrant nightlife. In partnership with Travel Gay Asia, we’re pleased to offer you a free guide to Singapore.

Download it now for all the latest insights on where to stay, where to eat, and where to party. Everything that you need to know about Singapore is available in our free downloadable guide.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Nomadic Boys – Is Singapore a Gay Friendly Country?

Author: , September 14th, 2015

Nomadic Boys - Singapore

Singapore seems to be another one of many very homophobic Asian countries. We could theoretically get 2 years imprisonment for any gayness, even after the anti gay legislation set out in Section 377A of the Penal Code (a hangover from the colonial days) was vigorously reviewed in 2007.

An attempt was made in 2014 to challenge Section 377A, but like in India, the Supreme Court of Singapore unfortunately upheld them. This was not the only scary law still in place. On arrival, our immigration card warned us in big bold capital red letters of the death penalty for drug traffickers.

Yet, travelling through Southeast Asia this past year, we noticed Singapore seemed to be one of the popular gay destinations.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

My Trip to Gay Singapore

Author: , September 12th, 2014

Singapore - Apple MapsSingapore is often presented as a serious, business city. But as a bustling commercial port, and major airport hub, it has soaked up cultures from east and west. And while its skyscrapers are growing at record pace to deal with its demand as a business center, they also show Singapore’s sense of humor – like the triple tower block, topped with a ship, topped with a garden, at Marina Bay Sands.

Here are the neighborhoods every visitor should check out:

Chinese Culture

It’s quaint that Singapore has a Chinatown even though it is essentially a Chinese town. At first the narrow streets with their colorful shuttered houses strung with Chinese lanterns and emanating cooking smells are like walking into the past. But this is Singapore so Chinatown has its own free wifi.

The food market is a great place to go for an affordable meal, day or night; choose from one or more of the stalls and share a table with locals and travelers. The night market sells a lot of tat, but there are a few gems and it’s great fun. The Chinatown Heritage Center gives you an insight into what makes the place tick beyond just retail.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News

Image via Apple Maps

Altitude Rooftop Bar – Singapore

Author: , May 29th, 2014

Altitude Singapore - Carlos MeliaOne of the classics when you visit Asia, is to find the most amazing rooftops bars. Like KU DE TA at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, or Sky Bar and Vertigo Moon Bar in Bangkok, Thailand. Well this time, hosted by the team at AUDI Fashion Festival, we visited 1-Altitude Bar, where we had our own table and were afterward escorted to the VIP lounge.

Occupying the three topmost floors of the 282 metre One Raffles Place Building. 1-Altitude isn’t just the highest rooftop bar in Singapore –it’s the highest multi-experience lifestyle joint in the world.

Able to host up to 250 guests on the rooftop alone, the Bar calls out for guests to recline and chill out over an extensive wine and cocktails menu against the mesmerising and catchy sounds of a live band and guests DJs.

Other than being the tallest, I still prefer KU DE TA over them, being more chic and allowing a better view complimented by the infinity pool, which created a better and more relaxing lounging experience.

By Carlos Melia – Carlos melia Blog

Eating Out Singapore: Esquina Tapas Bar

Author: , May 29th, 2014

Esquina SingaporeI would say, one of my favorite casual restaurants in Singapore, and one of the best tapas restaurants I have tried in a long time, not to mentioned the fantastic creamy Sangrias yummy. ESQUINA, provides visitors to the culturally-rich Chinatown with an added choice of European cuisine to the ethnic enclave.

Open from Mondays to Saturdays, Esquina serves mainly modern Spanish tapas in a unique location that is surrounded by post-war colonial buildings, hip coffee joints and ‘old school’ home style restaurants. Leading the culinary direction for Esquina is Michelin star Chef Jason Atherton, the protege of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Taking after its namesake (translated from Spanish as “the corner”), Esquina is tucked away at the corner of Jiak Chuan Road and is approximately sized at 500sqf. Exuding an underground charm, ESQUINA is designed by Singapore-based Columbian architect Antonio Eraso and boasts a design concept of an old yet modern charm that is strongly reflected through Esquina’s interior.

Featuring a long open communal bar and kitchen, ESQUINA aims to recreate chic European urban canteens that will be the go-to for social gatherings. Unique to Esquina as well, are specially designed stools created by a group of artists from the UK that are composed with many different parts from machines and door knobs.

Some of our options of the night were: Marinated olives, sherry, rosemary, citrus, paprika (SG 9). Salt-baked beetroot, whipped burrata, truffle honey, raspberry & pine nut crumble (SG 20). White asparagus, citrus butter sauce, samphire (SG 21). Raw hamachi, house-cured duck, shaved walnuts, soya caramel (SG 24). Scallop Vietnamese, avocado wasabi, red radish, sesame (SG 22).

Are you convinced now?

By Carlos Melia – Carlos Melia Blog

The Fabulous Manhattan Bar in Singapore

Author: , May 23rd, 2014

Manhattan Bar Singapore

Following my posts on Singapore and my favorites from my recent trip there, here I present the recently inaugurated Manhattan Bar at the Regent Hotel Singapore. Manhattan is a grand hotel bar inspired by the 19th century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking.

Delivering on its name with a glamorous yet modern space reminiscent of old New York, craft bartending meets artisanal spirits to pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history. Savor classic and forgotten cocktails crafted from the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse and a remarkable collection of house-made ingredients.

Gourmet bar bites that reflect New York’s myriad of cultures complement the inspired beverages. We had a lovely evening with local friends. If I would live in Singapore, I would be a regular of this great bar. By celebrated American Head Bartender Ricky Paiva. Featuring a Whiskies Room with over 100 American oak barrels from a small cooperage in Minnesota. Also a one-of-a-kind Ingridients Room housing a remarkable collection of unusual ingredients from around the world.

The beverage menu will feature 25 seasonally rotating cocktails to take you on a journey through the rich history, cultures and flavors of Manhattan’s countless neighborhoods. One of the must-tries include Negroni and a first-of-its-kind trolley service. My choice was The Gibson – Death’s Door Gin, La Quintinye dry vermouth and celery bitters.

Chef Nicholas Trosien reinvents iconic New York gastronomy, serving gourmet bites, my favorites where the Vegetarian Burgers and the Shrimp Ceviche Tacos. Two stunning private rooms compliment the sophisticated 19th century New York decor.

Contemporary feel with luxuriously upholstered leather chairs and sofas and walls lined with patterned woven linen. Manhattan’s tireless attention to detail also extends to its custom cocktail glasses, handcrafted by one of the world’s oldest glass factories.

By Carlos Melia – The Carlos Melia Blog

Singapore: Anti Gay or a Gay Friendly Travel Destination?

Author: , October 29th, 2013


Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Legally, Singapore is not friendly to the LGBT community; in practice, however, it’s a different story.

The country is known for its extremely strict laws, with mandatory sentences for offenses such as vandalism, for which offenders are caned.

Its Penal Code states, “Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years,” according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans And Intersex Association.

In an interview with the BBC, the Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, Lionel Yeo, was asked by Fast Track host Rajan Datar if they welcome gay visitors to Singapore; he responded without hesitation, “We do. We do not discriminate against any type of visitors.”

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Singapore – Off the Beaten Path

Author: , July 11th, 2013

Pink Dot Singapore 2013A couple articles on Singapore came through this week. The first, from Sherman’s Travel. looks at some of the great things to do in this city-state:

It was voted one of the top places to travel in 2013 by the New York Times, and on August 9, Singapore will go into overdrive during National Day, the country’s equivalent to July 4th. Tourist-driven spots like Marina Bay Sands, Clarke Quay and Orchard Road will be their usual pedestrian-clogged selves, but for travelers seeking a subtler, more engaging experience, you won’t have to look far. On a recent trip, I bypassed all the spectacle and cheap thrills that the city is usually known for, and found another side to Singapore that contradicted everything I’d previously read: elegant concert halls, artsy boutique hotels, a nature reserve accessible only by ferry. I left with a greater appreciation for the city, its unique history, and the bright future that seems to be unfolding for it.

Over at Passport Magazine, they’re reviewing Singapore’s biggest gay event – the annual Pink Dot festival.

It was a sea of cotton-candy pink in Singapore’s business district as over 21,000 gays and lesbians filled the area with their bright attire on June 30. This gathering is an annual celebration called “Freedom to Love,” or better known as “Pink Dot.” In its fifth year, this has been Pink Dot’s largest gathering, and it has received support from companies such as Google and Barclays bank. While the Singapore government continues to keep anti-gay law on the books with Section 377A criminalizing sexual acts between men, in private or public, the population has begun to accept and even embrace the LGBT community.