Gillman Barracks (GB) is Asia’s up-and-coming destination for contemporary art. It will be distinguished as a vibrant centre in Asia for the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art.
Named after British general Sir Webb Gillman, GB is set amid lush greenery and was once a stronghold to the First Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. The conserved colonial barracks now houses galleries and creative businesses, as well as the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) that will open in 2013.
The international galleries features diverse and ever-changing contemporary art exhibitions, while the CCA will bolster the region’s visual arts landscape through its international artist residency, research and exhibition programmes. By fostering cultural exchange and creation, showcasing the best and most innovative art of our times, as well as generate discourse and research, the CCA will establish Singapore as an important centre for contemporary art in Asia.
We have visited Singapore many times, and felt the need to do something different, but nearby.
Bintan Island is only a one hour trip away by fast ferry, and I highly recommend it.
Being an Indonesian Island, one needs a visa, which can be obtained upon entry.
Bintan is ecologically very interesting, and has a few excellent golf courses, and beautiful flora.
The island itself has a few resorts, and we stayed at Bintan Lagoon resort, which was perfect in every way. Relaxing, great beach for walking (swimming we avoided because of strong currents)- fabulous food (breakfast is included) and lovely architecture. Our room was large, airy, with a balcony and sea view. There is a huge outdoor pool with pool bar, and a health/beauty spa for pampering.....
I recommend Bintan for a short getaway from the city.
(for more info, see my Bintan page)
You can book a trip to Bintan at the Singapore Visitors Centre in Orchard Road, or at travel desk of your hotel.
a 5 hour ride from singapore excluding immigration lines to and from Singapore and Malaysia and you can get your bus ride at beach street in singapore near the raffles hotel where they have bus companies to goes to and from Kuala Lumpur and other Malaysian Destinations like the Sri maju Express bus. You can also avail of the Train ride to and from Kuala Lumpur to savor the Sights and Sounds of this bustling capital of Malaysia to experience the Petronas Towers, Menara Tower, Bukit Bintang, National Museum, Istana Negara (Palace of the Malaysian King), Dataran Merdeka, Genting Highlands and More! (for more info, see my Kuala Lumpur Pages).
selling foreign call cards enjoy a brisk selling in the Lucky Plaza Mall especially to the foreign workers and expatriates to Singapore whether by Indonesians, Thais, Vietnamese, Malaysians, Sri Lankans, Indians, Filipinos and a Lot More. They can buy these phone cards that originated in their home countries telecom comapnies which offer cheaper overseas call and text rates than the more expensive Singapore Mobile Phone companies such as Sing Tel. they are in different denominations and expiry dates and they provide a cheaper alternative to the home sick workers to call or text their love ones back home.
located mostly at the lucky plaza mall in 304 Orchard Road Singapore.
since singapore is a Progressive City, there are lots of foreign expatriates who had found jobs here since the pay is definitely higher than in their home countries and the Filipino Expatriate Community in Singapore is no exception so that there are numerous Remittance Centers located mostly along the Lucky Plaza Complex (mostly foreign branches of Filipino Banks) to cater to the expatriates (or OFW's as what Filipinos Call themselves) who send hard earned money to their loved ones back home. So for a minimal service fee, these remittance centers send the money to the philippines already converted to philippine pesos either via door to door delivery or by pick-up from the nearest branch to the expatriates family. These Modern Day Filipino OFW's are the Heroes of the Philippine Diaspora that keeps the Philippine economy afloat during these hard economic times. A salute to them!!!!!!
located at: 304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza - Singapore mostly at the 2nd and third level.
Batam Island in Indanesia's Riau Province is the closest Part of Indonesia to Singapore and being the closest, it has a large chunk of tourist coming from Singapore (both local and foreign) coming to it since it is just 20 kilometers away from Singapore. Batam has also become popular with day trippers and weekend visitors, who flock to the island for its golf, duty free shopping, white sand beaches and delicious seafood restaurants. Sekupang and Batam Center (which are the entry points to Batam) is just 50 minutes by high speed ferry from the World Trade centre dock in Singapore. The ferry terminal at Sekupang and at the New Batam Center has numerous duty free shops selling everything from European cognac to Balinese handicrafts and Sumartran wood carvings. Prices are about half of those in Singapore for the same items. There is a taxi stand in front of the ferry terminal (the cross island journey takes about 40 minutes and cost about 20,000 Rupiah). You can book a day trip or overnight trip to Batam from any Singapore tours companies in Singapore.
Johore Bahru in the Southern Tip of Malaysia was established in 1855 by the late Sultan Abu Bakar (the Father of Modern Johor) and is the Capital of Johore State of Malaysia. Being the closest to Singapore, it recieved the largest share of Singaporean and Foreign Tourist arising from Singapore. Johore Bahru boasts of myriad landmarks, such as The Grand Palace with its distinct Anglo-Malay architecture, which houses the museum where priceless treasures of the Royal Collection are showcased and the Christian Church like exterior of the Abu Bakr Mosque. Connected to Singapore by road and rail via a modern causeway, Johore Bahru is also the Peninsula's southern gateway. Consisting of a diverse ethnic mix of races, it offers the visitor heritage attractions, colorful culture, delectable local cuisine, and exciting recreational activities and easy to book day tours to it originating from Singapore. It is also the last stop of Buses going to and from Kuala Lumpur which we did recently.
Just at the end of Clarke Quay you can find the MICA (Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts) Building. I like it very much! The 911 colorfull windows look just awesome!
Hear is what the Website of MICA says about that building:
"The MICA Building, otherwise known as the Old Hill Street Police Station (OHSPS), was erected in 1934 to house the Hill Street Police Station and Barracks. It was gazetted as a national monument in 1998 and transformed into comfortable and lively premises for MICA. MICA moved from PSA Building to MICA Building in 2000. The building also houses National Arts Council, National Heritage Board, Media Development Authority and Singapore Kindness Movement."
Three CityBuzz services loop the city, buzzing at key stops and major tourist attractions, including areas such as Orchard Road, Little India, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Kampong Glam and Suntec City.
The aircon double deck buses will allow you to travel in cool comfort while you feast your eyes on the sights of Singapore.
Like a monorail, CityBuzz will call at all designated stops. No need to press the buzzer; a chime will sound at every stop.
Fares are just $1per trip by cash or ez-link card. A $5 pass gives you unlimited rides for a day.
Singapore Trolley is a tram bus which plies along the Orchard Road, Civic District, Singapore River, Raffles Hotel, Clarke Quay, marina Centre and Suntec City.
Fares are S$9 (unlimed rides per day) which include a free riverboat tour.
Ticket can be purchased on board the Trolley Bus or from most hotel concierge.
Just one hour bumboat ride away from Singapore, in Malaysia, a place called Pengerang. For about SGD$70-90, you can learn to ride a motorbike and go on guided trails for 7hrs. Tristan Park is a dirt-bike training school for off-road motorcycle riders age eight 8 yrs old rider to adult. Pure off-road riding requires no riding/driving license.
You start off with a pit bike if you don't have licence. Only riders are advised to ride the bigger CC bikes.
The Park provide most of the equipment – helmat, elbow and knee protection.
It's fun and i would highly recommend it if you are into outdoor sports.
Stay tune for my adventure at Tristan Park!
I understand working in Singapore could be so attractive. I've a lot of friends here. If you are motivated for that, I could propose some deals (I'm kidding), based on the attached pictures:
- Buildings glass cleaner
- Staff member in a restaurant
- Wooden piece manufacturer in the street
Henderson Waves is Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge which links Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park and it forms part of the Southern Ridges.
These two parks also join up with nearby Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and West Coast Park to form a corridor known as the Southern Ridges of Singapore.
The unusual wave like structure gives an impression of a giant caterpillar wriggling across a tight rope from one Singaporean hilltop to another.
HortPark is a beautiful 23 hectare gardening hub located at the foot of Kent Ridge Park and it brings together all your gardening related activities under one big roof in a park setting.
The Garden Patch features plots for showcasing horticultural and landscaping products,
home gardening design concepts and new trends and practices in gardening and landscaping.
I JUST HAPPENED TO BE IN SINGAPORE ON ONE OF THE DAYS OF THE " IT" SHOW...
IT WAS FABULOUS WATCHING ALL THESE AMAZING PRODUCTS FROM DIGITAL CAMERAS TO YOU NAME IT AND IT WAS THERE...SEEMED LIKE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CAME OUT TO BUY AT GREAT AND INEXPENSIVE PRICES WHATEVER THEY WERE DREAMING ABOUT AS FAR AS ELECTRONICS .WOW!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! The Show Singaporean’s and Asia had been waiting for ! IT SHOW 2007 returned as the No.1 Largest Exhibition ever held in Singapore occupying the entire Suntec City Exhibition Centre, sprawling over 300,000 Sqft. THERE WERE EVEN CASH PRIZES GIVEN OUT OF:::: 1st Prize: S$20,000
2nd Prize: S$ 3,000
3rd Prize: S$ 2,000
And other attractive prizes also were given............. GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR IF YOU MISSED 'it' THIS YEAR!!!!!
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