All books now available

This is just a reminder that the eight 2016 editions of Experience Guides are available as e-books and paperbacks. Probably the easiest way to find them is to go to then type Len Rutledge into the search bar. All the books in both formats should then appear. Amazon allows about 10% of the book to be read free for those who are interested.

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Four more Experience Guide titles available in 2016 editions

Experience Istanbul, Experience India’s Golden Triangle, Experience Ireland and Experience Singapore are all now available in new 2016 editions. Each has been extensively rewritten with additional information, maps and images to make them better than ever. Each is available as an e-book from at a cost of US$4.95.

Go to, type len rutledge in the search box, and the whole range of Experience Guides will come up. Please take a look.

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Centenary of Singapore Sling

In the same year that Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary, legendary Raffles Hotel is paying tribute to one of the world’s most iconic cocktails as the Singapore Sling marks its Centennial Anniversary. The Singapore Sling, widely regarded as the national drink of Singapore, was first created in 1915 at the Long Bar in Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. It later went on to gain international fame and a century later, is still enjoyed around the globe.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, a myriad of activities has been planned throughout 2015 by the hotel. From commemorative merchandise to desserts inspired by the Singapore Sling, there are many opportunities to participate in the celebrations. You can sign up for the Singapore Sling Masterclass, where bartenders from the Long Bar will divulge the secret to making the perfect cocktail or spend the night at the Raffles Singapore with the Singapore Sling 100th Anniversary Suite Package.

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Update on “Experience Singapore” eateries

My son has just returned from four weeks in Singapore, a place he once lived. He is impressed by the changes since he was last there (about six months ago) and has some new suggestions on places to eat street food.

I will incorporate most of this into the 2015 update of Experience Singapore but here is the information within a few days of his return.

  1. Behind the Raffles Hotel are two famous Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurants. The first one is on Seah St and is called “Swee Kee” and the 2nd one is on Purvis Street and is called “Chin Chin Eating House”.
  2. In the Westgate Shopping Centre in Jurong East there are a few food speciality restaurants on floor B2 of note. Two that I particularly like are “Hajjah Mariam Cafe”, which has a very nice Ambend Daging set for 2 people, (a large Malay plate dish with either Chicken or Beef Rundung and Malay condiments and vegetables), and an outlet of the famous “328 Katong Luksa” restaurant.
  3. Behind IKEA in Queenstown, just off Jalan Bukit Merah Road you can find the ‘ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre’ and they have a dessert shop that the Singapore Prime Minister lines up for. It is called “Jin Jin Dessert” and the “Chendol” and “Ice Kachang” are very good. The “Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee” from the ‘Tiong Behru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee’ stall is also very good.
  4. The “Tiong Bahru Market” has some good food and in Eng Hoon Street there are two restaurants of note; the “Tiong Bahru Club” and the “Tiong Bahru Bakery”.  (A second Tiong Bahru Bakery outlet is in the basement of Raffles City).
  5. In Bugis, there are a few nice options; on Baghdad Street is a popular cafe, “Kampong Glam Cafe”, and on Haji Lane there are two nice options, “I am” a local hamburger shop, and “Shop Wonderland” a cafe.
  6. In Little India, on Clive Street I enjoy “Mubarak Restaurant”, the Tea Tarik is great and the Roti Prata, Fried Chicken and Mutabak is superb.
  7. In the ‘Chinatown Complex Food Hall’ there is the “Heng Ji Chicken Rice” stall which is good.
  8. While in China Town you should try the “Bakkwa”, a traditional delicacy at Chinese New Year. The most famous shop is “Lim Chee Guan” on Eu Tong Sen Street.

Experience Singapore just published

The seventh book in the Experience guide series has just been published. Experience Singapore highlights the visitor attractions so that those planning a visit can quickly and efficiently plan on what they want to see and do. It locates and details the best places to see and the top experiences to enjoy, and recommends accommodation, shopping and eating options.

It captures the personality and the underlying cultural and historical significance of the city. It invites you to come and explore the wonderful temples, mosques and churches, the few remaining unspoiled natural areas, the historic colonial section, the fantastic shopping opportunities and the exhilaration of the various ethnic zones. Meet a great variety of people, buy the latest gadgets, fashion, and fascinating handicrafts, eat tantalizing cuisine, and enjoy charming hospitality.

Experience Singapore is available as an ebook at