Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hawker center foods for Indian

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When I came to Singapore 6 years back, I had no clue what to eat, cos everything looked like alien to me. After sometime, i liked many food items and I suggested the same to my friends many of them liked it too. So thought of sharing the same as blog post.

On my first day in Singapore, I was not even able to enter the hawkers center. Because the smell is mixtures of all the different food items, which I was not used to it. After a week, I got adjusted to the smell. After that, I started my adventures with local food. Let me first tell you about my perception about different cuisines and then about different specific food items that I like.

Singapore is also famous for food. You have so many different cuisines to try out in Singapore, mainly, chinese, malay, indonesian, thai, western etc. The malay, indonesian, and thai food will be more close in taste to indian food. But in case chinese cuisine, it is much different than Indian cuisine. The main difference is, In Indian food, You will be tasting the spices rather than actual meat, but in Chinese food, you will be tasting the actual meat taste. 

Btw. For many foods, you need to take soya sauce and chilly mix. So you can add more spice to your food.

IMO the following food items resemble the indian food items. So you won’t be having surprises.

  • Thai food – red curry/ green curry/ , Pineapple fried rice, basil leaves rice, olive fried rice.
  • Chinese food – Fried fish soup, fried bee hoon, carrot cake [ Carrot cake - Initially, I thought it is made of carrot, but the white color of carrot cake confused me. But later, google uncle clarified me that the ingredient is  radish not the carrot.  ].
  • Malay food – Nasi lemak [especially punggol nasi lemak], ayam penyet.
  • Dessert, especially, ice kachang, bubur hitam, Bubur Cha Cha.
  • Local Snacks: tutu cake, old chang kee curry puff, pie kia .

If you like the above, then you can try the following too.

  • Chinese food – Chicken rice [esp. Hainanese chicken rice], duck rice, sliced fish soup [esp. piao ji fish soup @amoy street], porridge [esp zhen zhen chicken porridge @maxwell market], fried prawn mee
  • Korean food – BBQ saba fish set.

Btw, you water wont be served with food :-( , you need to purchase water though. But for some chinese/korean food, it will be served with soups. 

Btw, I have listed down the food items, whatever I can remember, there are many delicious food items other than these. 

Managing your next trip just got easier: Your Travel Wishlist has Arrived!

We have added the bucketlist feature to help you manage and stay updated on all the cool places you can go.

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Sure, Flocations allows you to see where you travel dollar can take you, but because there are so many wonderful vacations to take, how do you manage all of them?

That’s why we’ve added this wishlist feature that allows you to save the locations that are interesting to you…  Just login with your facebook, click on a destination, and hit the save button.  Now, you can track that destination on the sidebar and access it directly whenever you please. 

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But wait, that’s not all!  We’re also going to be extending the functionality of what you are actually saving.  This means that you will get personal notifications when an amazing deal happens for that location.  Flash deal, cheap flight, awesome hotel, you name it.  We target your preferences to get what you actually want.

Have a great trip!

The Flocations Team

Picasso redesigns Flocations – The new look in Travel

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Hello Fellow Travellers,

The Flocations team is very excited to announce the launch of Picasso!

Picasso is the culmination of several graphical enhancements to enhance the user experience of how leisure travellers plan and book travel. Our initial hypothesis was that leisure travellers want a better user experience since the core interactivity on a travel site hasn’t changed for the last 15 years. Online travel agencies such as Expedia and Zuji have used an outdated search-by-destination experience to let users search for their next trip. This is fine for business travellers, who know where and when they need to go, but leisure travellers travel differently and should be able to search differently. Unfortunately, leisure travellers begrudgingly use the same system of search as business travellers.

What Flocations does is create a new paradigm for travellers: instead of doing search-by-destination we let users browse-by-price. This new category allows the freedom to have a very unique user experience that is both fun, fast to use, affordable and maintains a high level of user engagement to make planning as fun as actually taking a trip. 

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You don’t have to do anything to access Picasso. It is now fully part of www.flocations.com. What did change?

  1. Aesthetics with nicer colours :) – No more Halloween colours! The reality is we have put in a lot of time to fine tune how the map visually represents data.
  2. Interactivity – we have changed our price slider to be dynamic so all of the destinations render in real time with visual representation of how close they are to your budget – no longer an on/off toggle if it’s in your price range. This really creates a fun element for the user to be able to interact with a travel site and it responds to your input in real time. Try doing that with Expedia, it will kick you back to the “thinking” screen.
  3. Picture Wall – once you click on a destination you will be presented with a wall of pictures. A big demand with our original prototype was to have more information about destinations. Right now we only feature some high quality pictures so people get an emotional connection with the destination immediately. However, we want to take it a step further: we plan to integrate your friends’ pictures that have been to that location, have hotels within your price range (price slider once more), activities you can do and book, snippets of information, special events, etc. – it will be your personalized travel magazine.
  4. Bucket List – We will add the ability to save destinations. Since we give people a plethora of new travel opportunities, we want to add them to their “bucket list” or “wishlist”. You can then not only share these with your friends to make planning easier, but we’re also going to be monitoring your preferences and warn you of any price drops with a personalized email.

 

Planning should be as fun as actually going on the trip. Unfortunately, it’s not. People get a lot of joy in daydreaming about their next getaway and actually being on that getaway. However, between those two there is a huge dip; planning and booking. We want to fill that gap with an excellent user experience and this is the reason Flocations is being built; to bring the joy back into planning and booking!

Hope you enjoy the new version and there’s plenty more to come.

If you want to reach out to us, we encourage you: [email protected] !

Love,
The Team

 

 

5 Things to do in Siem Reap

Siem Reap’s world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat probably needs no further introduction.

 

Visit the Angkor Wat

 

 


 

 

Siem Reap’s world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site probably needs no further introduction. The site is so big that you probably need to set aside an entire day exploring Angkor Wat. A tip for avid photographers would be to catch the temple at the breaking of dawn.

 

 

 

Watch the “Apsara Dance”.

 

 

 The “Apsara Dance” is the Khmer classical dance, the indigenous ballet-like performance art of Cambodia. According to Cambodian culture, apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings, who are superb in the art of dancing.

 

 

Chill out at Nest Angkor

 

 


 

 

The bar is one of the coolest hang-out places to be in the heart of the ancient city of Angkor, within Siem Real itself. Retreat to an haven that is not only a bar, but also a restaurant, a café and a lounge at the same time. Recline and relax under their comfy loungers and sexy beds on a beautiful landscaped garden, with music you can listen or even dance to (if you peel yourself off their temping beds).

 

 

 

Rent a Quad Bike

 

 


 

 

Explore the Siem Reap with by renting all-terrain vehicles, which can bring you from the lush countryside to isolated villages and in the process present to you a side of Siem Reap you probably have not seen before.

 

 

 

Introduce your taste buds to authentic Cambodian cuisine

 

 

 

 

Otherwise known as Khmer cuisine, Cambodian cuisine is one of the world’s oldest cuisines, and is regarded by many as one of the healthiest and most balanced. The key focus of Khmer cuisine is on simplicity, freshness and its infusion of contrasting flavours.