Category Archives: Exploring Singapore

Punggol District

Punggol District is a district situated in the north eastern portion of the country. Currently there are proposals to covert the district into a housing estate or residential Housing Development Board new town (Punggol New Town) under the Punggol 21 initiative which has started to come about in the southern portions of the district adjacent the nearby Sengkang New Town.

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Tanjong Punggol (popularly referred to as Punggol Point) was named as Tanjong Rangon on Franklin and Jackson’s 1828 map of Singapore. The name “Punggol” can also be spelled as “Ponggol” which is Malay for “throwing sticks or stones at the branches of fruit producing trees to bruin the fruits down to the ground”. The term may also incidentally refer to the Tamil term “Pongal”.

The Punggol district was formerly a well deep-rooted rural region filled with farm houses and agrarian infrastructures, which were catered to by dirt tracks and roads.  A number of the Chinese villagers of the area were taking part in pig, fish or poultry cultivation as well as plantation development and agricultural crop production. The last pig farm in the area was closed down in the year 1990.

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Organically grown hydroponic orchid farms and vegetable plantations used to thrive along the Buangkok Farmways and Cheng Lim Farmways, together with low-rise residential districts and old kampong areas. Majority of these farms were cleared to give way to tall HBD housing establishments of Punggol New Town and Sengkang New Town. Historically speaking, the district was formerly populated principally by Catholics and Teochews.

The edge of Upper Serangoon Road is titled as “river mouth” or “river bank”. Ferries were utilized to transport people, goods and objects across and along the Serangoon River. An old market was also situated in the area. The Catholic missionaries arrived in the area 140 years ago and established schools and churches.

The area was formerly home to a Malay kampong which has since been cleared to make way for other developments. Malaysian and Indonesian fishermen auctioned their catch at the wholesale fish market found at the edge of Punggol Port Road. The district is popular to locals for its seafood restaurants; nonetheless these establishments are also doomed to give way to urban developments. Punggol is also well known for boating, water skiing and skin diving.

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Places for Foodies in Singapore

Travelling a place will not be complete without tasting the delicacy or the pride of the place you are travelling in. In Singapore, one’s taste buds will not be disappointed as there are a lot of restaurants and places that offer assortment of good food. Singapore is truly a haven for foodies. This place is a one-stop-shop city for restaurants all over the world.

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Have a taste of Asian cuisine by tasting some of Asia’s famous delicacies such as Unadons and Orh Nee. Unadons is a delicacy famous in Japan but can easily be found in Singapore especially in Mikuni, Shin Kushiya, Keyaki, Ikoi Japanese Restaurant and Nadaman. Most of the chefs in these restaurants are really from Japanese descent. Malaysian cuisine especially the Orn Hee can be tasted in Tien Garden, Swa Garden Teochew Restaurant, Chao San Cuisine Liang Kee and Teow Chew Meng.

Chicken dishes such as the famous Buffalo wings, roasted chicken and chicken pies are served in different styles and flavour in restaurants here. The best chicken pies are baked and served in Swiss Link, Cottage Pies Cafe, The Gourmet Pie Company and The Pie Kia Shop. Buffalo wings are marinated to their great taste and cooked perfectly in restaurants like Wings World, Buckaroo BBQ & Grill, Brewekrz, Spathe Public House, Sunset Grill & Pub and Bobby’s Bistro. Chickens roasted to perfection can be ordered in DB Bistro, Bank Bar and Bistro, Toots Brasserie, Cocotte and Level 33. Their roasted chicken is best paired with salad, mashed potatoes or side dish cooked in butter.

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French bread, Italian Bread, Singaporean Bread, bread from China and all other types of bread there is can be bought fresh from the oven and still hot in Singapore. Artisan Boulangerie Co., Maison Kaiser, TIong Bahru Bakery, Paris Baguette Cafe and The Bread Project boast their incomparable croissant. Croissant and bread enthusiasts must not leave Singapore without visiting one of these bakeries.

As a cherry on top, have a stop at The White Rabbit, Laurent Bernard Chocolatier, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, Le Bistrot Du Sommelier and Cut by Wolrfgang Puck to grab some luscious soufflés for dessert.

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