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The 5 Best Vegetarian Restaurants for Your Money  

Who doesn’t want to eat healthy, right? Problem is, the effort and time required to make delicious vegetarian dishes often outweighs its benefits. So what’s a diet-conscious busy person to do? Well, go to restaurants of course.

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When it comes to delicious vegetable fare, there’s never a shortage in Singapore – and they’re quite affordable too! Here are 5 of the best we’ve found in the country.

  1. Gokul

What if you’re an ardent vegetarian but your friends or your boyfriend are die-hard meat-lovers? At Gokul, that won’t be an issue as the restaurants use mock-meats that taste just like the real thing. They have an extensive 500-item menu of vegetable dishes as well as traditional “meat dishes” like chicken curry and mutton biryani.

  1. Fill-a-Pita

For those who favour Middle Eastern flavours, Fill-a-Pita is the place for you. This resto offers arguably the best authentic falafel in town. (Their hummus is pretty great too!) The place is ideal for vegans as all dishes are free from egg, dairy and other animal products. Plus, all orders are served with a smile.

  1. Komala Vilas

Love dosai? Well, Komala Vilas have delicious masala dosai and cone dosai, plus over 40 other kinds of the dish. Giving customers the best value for their money, they also have a rice meal, which for only $7.20 already has raita, appalam, payasam, dhal, kulambu, sambar, thairu, rasam, pickles and three vegetables. The restaurant specializes on South Indian cuisine and offers customers to customise their orders.

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  1. Veggie Cottage

Veggie Cottage offers a mix of local and Western cuisine. On their menu are local favourites like laksa, claypot tofu, nasi lemak, veggie chicken rice, as well as popular Western fare like spaghetti Bolognese and fish and chips. This restaurant is unique for their homey, café-like atmosphere, providing customers with leisurely dining. The Veggie Cottage is 100% vegan, even using soy milk for all its milk-based drinks.

  1. Zen Fut Sai Kai

Serving vegetarian dishes even before the diet became popular in the country, Zen Fut Sai Kai sure knows how to make excellent meals, especially for Chinese vegetarians. Their best-seller is the mushroom wanton, which features crispy, aromatic filling made of mock meat and mushrooms. This restaurant is also known for favouring Buddhist vegetarians both with its menu and interior décor.

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5 Excellent Bookstores in SG  

Despite the ever-growing prevalence of tablets and e-books, the appreciation of original, ink-and-paper books is far from lost here in Singapore. We have big bookstore chains and cosy independent bookshops filling our literary needs. Here are five of our favourite places to go to:

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  1. POPULAR

Living up to its name, POPULAR is the most famous bookstore in the country, which isn’t a surprise given that it is also our oldest and biggest bookstore chain. Aside from offering literature in all genres, POPULAR is also the top bookstore for getting textbooks and school supplies.

  1. BooksActually

A perfect place to book aficionados, BooksActually is a charming bookshop filled with literary classics like those of Joyce, Nabokov and Steinbeck; modern works from writers like Murakami, Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan; as well as novels and stories from local Singaporean writers.

  1. Times Bookstores

Times is the best bookstore if you want to read travelogues, guide books and works of nature writing, although they also offer all kinds of literature. Their branch at the Changi Airport terminals are the most well-equipped and ideal for those looking for travel reading materials.

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  1. Basheer Graphic Books

This is the go-to place for art students, professionals and hobbyists. Basheer Graphic books offers a comprehensive range of books on art, with special titles on drawing, cartooning, animation, product design, interior design, fashion, picture books, landscaping, crafts, typography, photography and architecture.

  1. Kinokuniya

The “bookstore of all bookstores”, Kinokuniya is the single largest bookstore in the country, even one of the biggest in the region. Its more than 400,000 books in stock and 200,000 monthly visitor should give you an idea how big it is. Needless to say, they have the largest collection of books and magazines in Singapore.

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Free WiFi to all Singapore North East MRT Lines by 2015

One thing that makes Singapore stand out compared to other Asian countries is it’s free WiFi access. Provided it’s tightly controlled by the government but that is only a small price to pay compared to the convenience that the free wireless Internet connection gives its locals and tourists.

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Since one of the Singaporean government’s main goals is to offer great service to its citizens, they make a conscious effort to widen the scope of free WiFi in Singapore. In an effort to fulfill this goal, the government is ensuring that by the end of the year 2015, free wireless Internet connection will soon be available in all North East Line or NEL platforms. In fact, most of Singapore is armed with free and fast WiFi connection. You just have to register and make an account- it’s entirely free.

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As of now, only a selected few platforms at three stations are equipped with free WiFi access. These three stations are Bishan, Outram Park and Ghaut. By the first half of 2015, all the platforms to the mentioned three stations will have available free WiFi connection. This report is according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore.

By August of 2014, three other stations- City Hall, Raffles Place and Orchard- have been provided with free wireless Internet access.

Overall, when 2015 ends, a total of 32 stations will have free WiFi access. This includes stations on the East-West and North-South lines namely, Bedok, Ang Mo Kio, Buona Vista, Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, Eunos, Clementi, Khatib, Jurong East, Paya Lebar, Yishun and Sembawang.

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