Quality Hotel Marlow
201 Balestier Road
Phone: (65) 63 559988
Fax: (65) 62 550998
Formerly known as Balestier Medical Centre, this private hospital was established in 1991. It offers a range of specialties that include cardiology, neurology, general surgery, paediatrics, psychiatry and gynaecology. In addition, there is also a 24-hour walk-in clinic, and an Excimer Laser Centre which focuses on the treatment of myopia and astigmatism.
This is the second largest general hospital on the island, and has a rich heritage dating back to the 1840s. Specialties include geriatric medicine, infectious diseases, rehabilitation medicine, respiratory medicine, and rheumatology and immunology. There is also a Traveler's Health and Vaccination Center.
Built in 1855, this Hindu temple honors Perumal (or Vishnu), who is believed to have reincarnated nine times for mankind's sake. Visitors bear witness to this legend depicted upon the gopuram. Constructed in 1979, this gopuram was built with funds donated by Mr P Govindasamy Pillay, a local merchant and devotee. The temple hold shrines for the deity's two wives, Lakshmi and Andai, and his steed (or bird)--the garuda. You may also spot female devotees praying to a thulasi plant, a symbol of faith and womanhood. The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is the starting point of the annual Thaipusam procession.
A communal fitness centre catering mainly to the needs of those living in the Toa Payoh neighbourhood. Residents enjoy using the range of facilities here, which include swimming pools, running tracks, jogging tracks, a gym, and courts for activities like badminton and table tennis. Best of all, you will not have to spend much to exercise here.
This is a huge center which houses different recreational amenities. There is a fully-equipped gymnasium where instructors are on hand to guide you in your workout routine. Alternatively, if you enjoy a game of badminton, squash or tennis, you can thrash it out in the courts here. Members are allowed to bring two friends along to play in the courts for free. Other facilities include a karaoke lounge, coffee bar and an outdoor barbecue area.
Officially opened in October 1924, this hospital moved to its present premises in 1997. Known affectionately as KK', this institution has seen to the birth of more than a third of the island's population, one of whom was Asia's first test-tube baby, delivered in 1983. Today, it serves a pediatric function as well, and is responsible for teaching future doctors and nurses specializing in health care for women, children and babies.
One of Singapore's largest temples, Siong Lim Temple has been the center of Buddhist activity for the neighboring communities since 1908. It was founded by Sek Hean Wei, a Chinese abbot who had been on his way home after a pilgrimage when he was persuaded by Low Kim Pong to establish this temple. Low, a Hokkien merchant and philanthropist, supplied the land and funds. The temple was gazetted as a national monument in 1980. Admission: Free.
Awash with scents and sights reminiscent of the subcontinent, this is a microcosm of India where every imaginable Indian product can be found: trinkets, sarees, spices, sweetmeats, nose studs, flower garlands and anything else that an Indian household needs. Traces of Hinduism are found everywhere, from the elaborate temples to wall calendars with pictures of Hindu deities. On Sundays, Indian locals and foreign workers flock to the streets of Little India to eat, chat, shop and worship. Hard though it is to walk through the crowds, this is a unique spectacle you should not miss.
The first building here, a simple wooden affair, was constructed by Indian Muslims living nearby in the 1800s. It was named after its founder, a South Indian lawyer's clerk named Shaik Abdul Gafoor Shaik Hyder. The present building was completed in 1910, exhibiting a fascinating blend of Arab and Victorian architecture. Take time to study the framed family tree near the prayer area which traces the common lineage of Christians and Muslims. The mosque was officially gazetted a national monument in 1979.
Conveniently located within the Orchard Road shopping district, this hospital offers a full range of medical services that includes a 24-hour emergency care center, medical laboratory, inpatient wards, specialist clinics and health screening. In addition, its personnel also make on the occasional house call, as well as provide international medical assistance services. It is part of the Raffles Medical Group.
Forty-five minutes away from Singapore lies Bintan Beach International Resorts, a touristy zone of beach resorts, hotels, chalets and golf courses that are directed mainly towards Singaporean interests. More attractions are currently being developed, from shopping malls, recreation clubs, and theme parks to gardens and nature reserves. For a more peaceful retreat, there is the Pasir Panjang beach, a 14km stretch of palm-fringed, pristine sandy shore along the northern coast. Outside the November to March monsoon period, it makes an excellent diving and snorkeling spot, with crystal-clear waters over beautiful coral reefs. Ferries depart from Tanah Merah ferry terminal to arrive at Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal.
This is one fitness centre that can boast a wide range of facilities. There is a spacious gymnasium that is equipped with the latest fitness equipment, all geared to make your workout more challenging. Qualified instructors are always around, ready to assist where needed. Alternatively, you might like to take a dip in the pool or thrash it out in the squash court. Then hit for the sauna for the ultimate relaxation.