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Haji lane is in the Kampong Glam neighborhood of Singapore.

Haji lane is in the Kampong Glam neighborhood of Singapore.

Overview of Haji Lane

• Young people frequently visit the shop houses along this lane for the independent fashion boutiques and Middle Eastern cafes.
• This tiny lane is hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter.
• It is a fashionista’s paradise.
• The collection of narrow shop-houses have, in less than a year, been transformed into an aggressively hip retail stretch.
• This recalls Le Marais in Paris or New York’s Meatpacking District.
• Know It Nothing is a stylish industrial space that stocks beautifully tailored dress shirts stitched with silver skull buttons by Japanese label Garni.
• Next, pop into Pluck for its shabby chic collection of Austin Powers which has inspired cushion covers and a cute ice-cream parlor.
• Salad boasts a range of home accessories like laser-cut table mats and Hong Kong–based Carrie Chau’s quirky postcards.
• Have an authentic Middle Eastern lunch around the corner at Cafe le Caire.
• Lining a narrow, backstreet of the tranquil Kampong Glam area—otherwise known as the Arab district has beautiful boutiques showcase rising Singaporean designers.
• Stores on the second floors of the charming shop houses are surely to be visited.

Best shops at Haji lane

1. The Blog Shop
• This consignment shop rents space to fashion designers to showcase their most dazzling creations.
• 35 Haji Lane, tel: +65 6396 6170, www.theblogshop.sg.
• Monday-Friday, 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.

2. Going Om
• Going Om aims for the “ommmm” crowd with tarot card readings, yoga and meditation classes.
• Going Om has a lush interior to rest.
• 63 Haji Lane, tel: +65 6297 9197, www.going-om.com.
• Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-3 a.m.

3. Know It Nothing
• This shop conveys Haji Lane’s transitory boho feel.
• It deals in accessible and wearable garments designed to last.
• One will find mostly foreign labels such as Engineered Garments and Moscot Eyewear to complement the look.
• 51 Haji Lane, tel: +65 6392 5475, www.knowitnothing.com.
• Monday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday, 3-7 p.m.

• PLUCK resembles an ideal homes magazine.
• It has knockout furnishings and fashion gems that one won’t find anywhere else.
• There’s an ice cream parlor on site.
• 31/33 Haji Lane, tel: +65 6396 4048, www.pluck.com.sg.
• Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 1-7 p.m.

5. Salad Shop
• This home-idea shop has home furnishings in black and white.
• It’s a good place to remake your apartment.
• 25 Haji Lane, Tel: +65 6299 5805, http://the-salad-store.blogspot.com/.
• Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.

6. Straits Records
• One will find alternative, hip-hop, hardcore and reggae, alongside local and regional indie bands that not easily found elsewhere.
• 49 Haji Lane, tel: +65 9769 4837 or +65 9385 3211, www.myspace.com/straitsrecords.
• Daily: 3 p.m.-late

7. Sup Clothing
• Emo, skateboard, punk and hip-hop fans come to Sup Clothing to get rigged out in hoodies, T-shirts and flannel.
• The clothes are designed by local graffiti artist The Killer Gerbil.
• 34 Haji Lane, tel: +65 6297 9384, www.supclothing.com/
• Monday-Thursday, 1-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 1-9 p.m.

8. White Room
• This retail space was started by one of the members of local design shop.
• 37 Haji Lane, tel: +65 6297 1280, www.atwhiteroom.com.
• Monday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday: 1-7 p.m.

9. United Label
• Located at 69 Haji Lane.
• This shop carries Vijitra, a women wear brand by a Thai designer living in Singapore.
• There are a few racks of items that have been majorly discounted.
• Others are dedicated to items like delicate, screen-printed tees.

10. Soon Lee
• Shop no. 73
• This shop stocks a mix of chic womens wear, accessories and lifestyle items from Hong Kong, Korea and even the Philippines.
• There are a few cafes and rest stops provide a place for breaks.

11. A Thousand Tales
• Shop no. 55
• This is an all-in-one art gallery, cafe, bar, restaurant and furniture complex.

12. Bar Stories (no. 57A)
• This sells drinks like mojitos and caipirinhas.
• Visitors are invited to ask the bartender to make something special for them.
• The Scandinavian-inspired furniture is used as seating for patrons.

Events of Singapore

– Singapore Food Festival
– Singapore Grand Prix
– Singapore Arts Festival
– Chingay Parade
– World Gourmet Summit
– ZoukOut
– Singapore Sun Festival
– Christmas
– Singapore Jewel Festival

Singapore has four official languages
– English
– Chinese
– Malay
– Tamil

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Haji lane

Blogs at coolhunting.com
Blogs at yoursingapore.com
Blogs at cnngo.com
Blogs and reviews at streetdirectory.com

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