Atlas Bar in Singapore

25 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  9 minutes

Gin Tower © Dayana Rizal

Gin Tower © Dayana Rizal

Occupying the ground floors of Parkview Square in Singapore, the highly acclaimed bar specializing in gin was opened on 25 March 2017. Within the same year, Atlas bar landed itself the 15th spot on the World’s Best Bars list. It also won the ‘Highest New Entry’ title. In 2018, it moved up 7 spots to 8th. In 2019, Atlas Bar ranked 5th on the Asia’S 50 Best Bars list representing Singapore in the Top 10 alongside Manhattan Bar, Native Cocktail Bar and Jigger and Pony. Atlas was founded by Vicky Hwang, Managing Director of Chyau Fwu Development Singapore and granddaughter of CS Hwang who is the founder of the property firm, Chyau Fwu Group.   read more…

Singapore Botanic Gardens

7 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Symphony Lake © Velela

Symphony Lake © Velela

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 165-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Gardens has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013, by Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. It was declared the inaugural Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Awards in 2012.   read more…

Queenstown in Singapore

15 December 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  12 minutes

Ghim Moh, a district of Queenstown © Chen Siyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ghim Moh, a district of Queenstown © Chen Siyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Queenstown is a planning area and satellite residential town situated on the south-westernmost fringe of the Central Region of Singapore. It borders Bukit Timah to the north, Tanglin to the northeast, Bukit Merah to the east and southeast, as well as Clementi to the northwest and west. Its southern and southwesternmost limits are bounded by the Pandan Strait. Developed by the Singapore Improvement Trust in the 1950s and subsequently by the Housing and Development Board in the 1960s, Queenstown was the first satellite town to be built in the country. Most apartments within the township consists of simple one, two, or three-room flats, typically in low-rise, walk-up blocks. Major development work was carried out during the first Five-Year Building Programme between 1960 and 1965. A total of 19,372 dwelling units were constructed between 1952 and 1968. The headquarters of Grab, Razer and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are located in Queenstown.   read more…

University of Coimbra

4 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  7 minutes

The Joanine Library © Alvesgaspar/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Joanine Library © Alvesgaspar/cc-by-sa-3.0

The University of Coimbra (UC; Portuguese: Universidade de Coimbra) is a public research university in Coimbra, Portugal. First established in Lisbon in 1290, it went through a number of relocations until moving permanently to Coimbra in 1537. The university is among the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, the oldest in Portugal, and played an influential role in the development of higher education in the Portuguese-speaking world. In 2013, UNESCO declared the university a World Heritage Site, noting its architecture, unique culture and traditions, and historical role.   read more…

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