Singapore - City

Cruising Amenities

Grocery Stores - The following supermarkets have "western" products.    Jason's -Lower level, Raffles City Mall - City Hall MRT stop and other locations on Orchard Rd.  (Accepts credit cards.)  Carrefour - Levels 3 & 4 Suntec City  Mall, City Hall MRT stop.  (Accepts credit cards.)  Cold Storage - Tiong Bahru MRT stop and at many other locations in the city.  Cold Storage - Jelita has the best selection, but you must take a taxi from the Clementi MRT station.  (Does NOT accept credit cards.)  There are hundreds of other supermarkets and "wet" markets all over the city and at every housing block.  The unpleasant odor you will smell at the store is a local fruit "delicacy" called Durian.  They are banned on the buses and MRT for obvious reasons.
Banks/ATMS - All over the city and at most shopping centers and MRT stations.
Photo Developing -  RGB Color - 103 Beach Rd.  01-10 Premier Centre - near City Hall MRT stop.  This is like a professional lab and  the best place we have found to develop photos and slides.  They do an excellent job and do not cost anymore than the "express" labs.  The shop is about a 10 minute walk up Beach Rd. from City Hall MRT, but definitely worth the walk.
Internet Access -  Many cyber cafes all over the city.  Our favorite is Singnet Level 3, Raffles City Shopping Centre, City Hall MRT station.
Shopping Centers -  Electronics - Sim Lim Square near Bugis MRT and Funan Plaza near City Hall MRT.  Cables, connectors and computer parts -  UF Technology at #03-69 in Sim Lim Square.  Clothes and all else - Orchard Rd. (Dhoby Gaunt, Somerset, Orchard MRT stops) - too numerous to mention. Suntec City at City Hall MRT   Liz Claiborne store at Scotts Road Shopping Centre, L2,  has "western" sizes.  Get off at Orchard MRT station and follow signs to Scotts Rd..
Postal Services - All over the city and in most shopping centers.


Buses - Buses are prolific throughout the city.  Each bus interchange station has information about destinations and schedules. They run approximately every 8 minutes.  You may use either cash or an MRT fare card for the fare.  (You must turn over the fare card when inserting it in the Bus card readers.)
Taxis - Taxis are plentiful in the city and at the shopping center at Boon Lay and generally reasonably priced.   You can find taxi queue stations all throughout the city.  Just stand in the queue and wait your turn.  You can also flag down taxis or call one for pickup.
Subway - The  Singapore MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient, mass transit system we have encountered.    The trains run approximately every 2-5 minutes and are very easy to use.  Each Station has information on routes and fares.  
Fare Cards - A fare card system is used for both the MRT and buses.
MRT - Purchase either a single-use fare card for the exact fare to the MRT stop to which you are going or a multi-fare card for as little as $10 (plus a $2.00 deposit on the card) at the TransitLink kiosk located at all MRT stations.
Bus - (You must card turn over when inserting it in the Bus card readers.)  Buses will accept cash, but the cash fare is more than when using a card.  Once used up, the multi-use fare card can be topped up at the TransitLink kiosk.

Yacht Services

Chandleries - Marintech is a small Chandlery located at 101 Kitchener Rd., #02 Jalan Besar Plaza.  To get there take the MRT Green (East-West) line to the Lavender stop.  It is about a 10 minute walk from there to Kitchener Rd.
Hardware Store - Handyman Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., #04-06/07, Shaw Centre.  Phone 6737 7815.  This small store has a reasonable selection of hardware (not much in the way of marine items, though) and is organized similar to ones in the US.  To get here, take the MRT to either City Hall or Raffles Place and transfer to the Red (North-South) line to the Orchard stop.
Stainless Steel   Moki Marine Engineering, Blk 3026A, Ubi Road 3, #01-77. Phone 6746 2207, fax 6746 3776. Good design and manufacturing of custom stainless products; reliable. Contact Mr. David Ong.  Earnst Hardware Engineering - Block 19 Pioneer Road North, #01-103. Take bus 192 from Raffles Marina.  Good selection of stainless fasteners.
Charts & Nautical Publications - Motion Smith, 78 Shenton Way 01-02/03.  Phone (65) 6220 5098  Fax:  (65)  6225 4902
Email:   Website:  This place has Singapore, BA, NOAA and NIMA charts for just about everywhere in the world.  They also have many nautical publications such as the Red Sea Pilot, Nautical Almanacs, etc. - but these are all rather pricey.  Take the MRT (Green line) to Tanjong Pagar stop.  Exit the station and walk SW down either Shenton Way or Anson Rd. about � km toward the AYE and the container port.  The shop is on the ground level in the building on the corner between these two roads and the AYE expressway. 
Safety Equipment - Safety Innovators, 90 Tuas Ave 11, Jurong, Phone 6863 2088, Fax 6863 0388. Take bus 192 about 10 blocks from Raffles Marina. Good selection of fresh flares plus lifejackets, liferaft supplies and repacking. 


Doctors -International Medical Centre, Tanglin Shopping Centre #04-20 19 Tanglin Rd Phone: 6733 4440 , Dr. Anne Haggarty - OB/GYN, Clinic for Women, The Paragon #09-01/02 290 Orchard Rd.  Phone: 6732 733 Fax 6738 32247, Dr. Cathryn Chan - OB/GYN - 6 Napier Road, #08-13 Gleneagles Medical Centre, Phone: 6473 2533 Fax: 6474 3266. 
Clinics/Medical Centers - Gleneagles Medical Centre, 6 Napier Rd., Singapore.
Dentists -  Dental Excellence - 19 Tanglin Rd. #05-33 Tanglin Shopping Centre, Phone:  6834 0877 Dr. Patricia Hancock, Dr. Tina Ryan  
Physiotherapists - Physiofocus, Tanglin Shopping Centre, 19 Tanglin Rd.  #06-18.  Phone:  6734-815. Jessica Bryant is a very good physical therapist from NZ
Hospitals - Singapore General Hospital PH:  6222 3322 , Mount Elizabeth Hospital, and several others


Trivia:  Mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for all GSM digital phones at any of the telecom providers.  This allows you to make local and overseas phone calls, although overseas calls will be cheaper if you also use an international phone card.  
Beauty Salons - Toni & Guy, #03-03, The Heeren, 260 Orchard Rd.  Ph:  6835 4556.  Very pricey, but good salon.
Recommended Things to See and Do:  High Tea at either Compass Rose Restaurant on the 70th floor of the Westin-Stamfort Hotel or Raffles Hotel (Tiffen Room) on Stamford Road.    Both are near the City Hall MRT station.  Visit the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, home of the Singapore Sling.  Jurong Bird Park - incredible birds and on of the largest aviaries we have ever seen.  Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo.  Visit Little India, Chinatown, or take the cablecar to Sentosa IslandShop, shop, shop!!!
More Information  Lonely Planet Guide - SingaporeVisitor Information Centre - Suntec City Convention Centre near City Hall MRT


Chinese:  Lei Gardens - convenient, as you can walk from City Hall MRT station.  Located at Chijmes - a converted Convent, diagonally across from Raffles City shopping centre.  Pine Court - Located on he 35th floor of the Mandarin Hotel on Orchard Road.  Very good food.  
Continental/Mediterranean:  Bastiani - Located at Clarke Quay -  manageable and picturesque walk along he river from the Raffles Place MRT Station.  Nice setting overlooking the Singapore River.  Good food and a more or less reasonable wine list.  Le Jardin - Located inside the Botanical Gardens.  Great setting, excellent special occasion venue for 2.  Very picturesque as the surrounding landscaping is lit up at night.  Ask for one of the 3 tables on the glassed-in terrace.  Top of the M - Located on the top floor of he Mandarin Hotel on Orchard Rd. near the Orchard MRT station.  Fabulous views of the city in this revolving restaurant. Compass Rose Restaurant on the 70th floor of the Westin Stamford Hotel at the City Hall MRT stop. (Dress standard does apply - no sandals or short pants.) This place is very pricey, but the view from this height is definitely worth it. Go for drinks but be aware, cocktails such as the Singapore Sling and others cost about S$15.00.  This is a good place for High Tea as well..  
Cha Cha Cha - a terrific Mexican restaurant.  Located in Holland Village.  Take the MRT (Green Line) to Buena Vista stop.  Exit the station and walk along Commonwealth Ave. to Holland Rd.  Turn left and walk to Holland Village.  Brazil Churrascaria - Located a bit off he beaten path on 6th Ave (about half way up Bukit Timah Rd.  Excellent.  A different kind of dining experience if you are in the mood for meat.  Open salad bar with waiters that circulate with spits abounding with BBQ'd chunks of beef, lamb, fish, etc.
American/Australian:  Mortons - Located in the Oriental Hotel at Marina Square which is a convenient walk from the City Hall MRT station.  Very expensive, but superb American steak and prime rib - service is impeccable and portions are gargantuan.  Just Steak - Located in River Walk - walking distance from Parliament house, ergo a short cab ride from the City Hall MRT station.  Good beef menu, convenient, reasonably priced.  Georges - Located at Holland Village - a bit out of the way up Holland Road. Good steak, reasonable prices, modest wine list.
French:  Vis a Vis - 12 Chun Tin Rd.  Located at the nd of Bukit Timah Rd. just pas he Beauty World shopping centre.  Excellent food and service and an excellent wine list that does no force one to take out a second mortgage.  Maison De Fontaine - convenient, as you can walk from City Hall MRT station.  Located at Chijmes, diagonally across from Raffles City shopping centre.