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Where to Eat Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is just one of the many amazing dishes you can find in Singapore and, although not that popular around the world, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish you should definitely try at least once in your life. Despite its popularity in Singapore, this dish actually originates in Hong Kong and has slowly been accepted into Singaporean culture. Although trying this dish is important, where to try this dish is another factor you should put in your mind as the taste varies from place to place. This dish is usually found in your local hawker but for this article, we will give you a little more than just the ordinary hawker center chicken rice.

Here are some of the best places to have a taste of Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

1.  Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell

With a very affordable price of 3.50 Singaporean dollars, you can get yourself the perfect bowl of Hainanese Chicken Rice that’s oily and flavourful just the way that Hainanese Chicken Rice ought to be. You may be shocked of how cheap it is and although there are cheaper prices you can find in Hawker Centers all around, the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell is definitely a steal.

2.  Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier

Just another mouth-watering addition to this list as their Hainanese Chicken Rice is served. The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier is best known for their convenience as they are open until 4:30 in the morning, which means that if for some reason you are craving for chicken rice at three in the early morning, it is not impossible to get some!

3.  Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice

The good thing about Hainanese Chicken Rice is although it is but one recipe, the taste may vary a great deal depending on where you are eating. Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice prides itself to have the most colorful and the tastiest dipping sauce around. Oh and by the way, did you know that the chicken can be either served steamed or roasted? Well, now you know. Wee Nam Kee also does an amazing job if you are planning to order your Hainanese Chicken Rice with roasted chicken.

The taste may differ depending on where you plan on eating but one thing is for sure, you can never go wrong with Hainanese Chicken Rice!


What You Need to Know About Owning a Car in Singapore

For those of you who don’t know, Singapore is an extremely difficult place for you to get a car, especially because of the fact that Singapore is a small country, with a small land, not enough roads, and too much vehicles around. Although Singapore is doing a great job in handling traffic, it is definitely not enough because of the amount of vehicles in Singapore. Owning a vehicle in Singapore is incredibly expensive as the tax and certifications are very hard to get. To get a certificate, you would have to pay about $50,000 Singaporean dollars before your vehicle can actually hit the road.

The sad part is that despite paying that amount, your certificate is only good for up to 10 years. The tax on vehicles can be very expensive due to the imports of these vehicles, which could mark up the price of a small SUV by $100,000 Singaporean dollars. If this amount of money doesn’t scare you, then maybe the next paragraph will. Singapore only allows the number of private cars on the road to increase by 0.25% per year, which is very small considering the number of people who want to have a car and maybe even dreamt and already saved up for it.

What makes it even worse is that the government has decided that by February of 2018, they will cease to allow additional cars on the road, which means that if you are desperate to drive, you have to wait for someone to give up their certificates first in order to get permission to drive. Hopefully this is not a permanent case and Singapore would be able to do something about their traffic and increasing vehicle population without the hindrance of people who would love to drive or own a vehicle of their own.

Owning a car may be a dream for some and although it is not impossible to get in Singapore, it can still be very difficult. Aside from the financial struggles a car would put you through, obtaining ownership of a car and getting the certificate could also be another problem. If you really want a car, do not let this stop you and although it can be hard, you have to be diligent enough until you are able to get what you want. The public transportation in Singapore may not be bad at all, but it all depends on you if you want that vehicle. Singapore is a land of opportunity, but you must never forget your competition.


Singaporean Indie Music

What is Indie? Well, this has just recently become a trend. Back in the 2000s, there were so many scenes evolving around the youth that it was just impossible for them to be able to categorize themselves as one. Some of them fit right in while others were caught in between. Back then, there were scenes where people were into hiphop, there were also scenes where people were into punk, there were so many ways for people to associate themselves with a certain scene.

Although there was a wide range of scenes available for people to fit in, some of them just weren’t cut for that scene. Some of them didn’t even want to associate themselves with that specific scene. This is when the hipster phase started to surface. People started to parade how unique they actually were instead of being proud to belong to a certain group, they became proud to stand out. They found beauty in individuality and this is what sort of broke the whole scene format because more and more people started to associate themselves with different things from different scenes.

Hipsters started to put themselves out of the box and would try to stand out as much as possible from the mainstream crowd. Now, what would you listen to if you didn’t want to listen to something mainstream? Well, you would listen to indie music! Most of you still have this huge question stuck in your heads, what is Indie music? To be exact, indie music started when artists felt like they did not belong in the mainstream light and did not want to sign with any labels because of the fear of selling out. Artists wanted to be unique and away from the crowd which is why they wanted their music to be as pure as possible without having to give in to the demands of the public. This is why artists started to publish songs by themselves. You heard me, by themselves!

A huge trend began to emerge. People started using the website Soundcloud or Youtube to easily upload their compositions and slowly but surely, most of them took off. Some artist became instantly recognizable because of their unique style of music and ironically, they became mainstream themselves. They became popular!

Singapore is very involved in social media which is why it is not surprising that a lot of youth like to indulge themselves into indie music trying to find their unique voice in a pile of music from all over the world. This encouraged bands like The Summer State and many others to finally come out without fear to express their own original music.


Franchising in Singapore

Setting up a business in Singapore could be pretty hard because of all the requirements and the tiresome process of running an actual business. Running a business is no joke especially if you built it from the ground up. Singapore is flourishing place of business! Why? Because trade has been Singapore’s source of income all along!

Back in the day, Singapore used to be one of the popular ports around and people would go all the way from the east and the west just to be able to trade goods in Singapore. Naturally, since Singapore was the chosen place of trade, Singapore would frequently be visited by foreigners which would have to pay tax or rent a place or basically spend money on the local businesses. This is how the local government improved. Because of all the trade relations, the government was starting to have power. With money coming in from other places and circulating around in Singapore, prosperity was bound to happen.

Now fast forward to today. There are a lot of businesses around and owning a business in Singapore can be pretty tough. This is why people go to franchising. Singapore is a place which is also well known for having a collection of international brands and franchises. Franchises seem to thrive well in Singapore.

Now, what is a franchise? Well, franchising is basically paying a fee to be able to replicate a certain existing business which is owned by you. The benefits of owning a franchise is that most franchises already have a solid business plan which means that the chances of failure are lower than trying to start your own business. Most people invest in franchises because they don’t want to go through the whole process of trial and error. They want what works right away.

Franchising in Singapore is a great idea because as most researches have shown, Singapore is a very brand conscious country. This means that a strong brand in Singapore can definitely strive longer than smaller brands. The bigger and better the brand that you have, the higher your chances of success. Consumer behavior in Singapore is used to having foreign brands around which makes it easy for a consumer to adjust to a foreign brand as long as it’s presence is popular.

Franchising takes a huge load off of your back. Instead of having to spend months or maybe even years planning out the perfect business, you can just simply franchise it. With a system that takes care of your training, your inventory, your sales, your advertisements and many more, running your business couldn’t be easier. Of course franchising isn’t for everybody. Not everybody is okay with letting other people do the work for them. Some people have an entrepreneurial mindset which works better for them.


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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