The Information Area at the airport was a surprise for me. Not only was it informative and helped to pass the time, it was a thoughtful effort to offer such a nice display giving tourists a chance to familiarize themselves with the area. Unfortunately I didn't realize that I would actually be able to spend some time in Singapore, so I didn't make note of the things to do that might interest me.
We ended up hiring a driver to take us around town and point out the interesting things so fortunately I did get to see some part of this lovely city.
Boon Lay Shopping Centre is situated within Jurong West Town. It is located at Boon Lay Place. Lakeside MRT Station is the nearest MRT station and is about 1 km from the centre. In Boon Lay Shopping Centre, there are 110 retail shops and eating outlets. Both residents and visitors are offered a variety of choices for general merchandise, daily necessities, salons, optical, clinics, food, money changers, tour services, etc.
This shopping centre is suitable for those who would like to avoid big crowd and prefer to shop at their own pace. In the vicinity of Boon Lay Shopping Centre are a Chinese temple, a church, Boon Lay Garden Primary School, Hockey Village and Boon Lay Community Centre. There is an upgraded market and food centre known as Boon Lay Place Market and Food Village. The centre serve many kinds of delicious food for residents and shoppers.
Boon Lay Shopping Centre celebrated its completion of upgrading works on 26 October 2012. West Coast GRC Adviser, Mr Lawrence Wong was invited to grace the event. Over 200 guests were there to enjoy the revitalised Boon Lay Shopping Centre with attractive façade, new escalators, courtyard, and many more.
The Lim Chu Kang jetty is used by fish farmers to send off their harvest to the local restaurants. There is a marine police post here to ensure users are genuine and not illegal immigrants. The post has several boats to patrol the area.
The Helix Bridge is set to become Singapore’s next landmark. Located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, alongside the vehicular Bayfront Bridge, it was opened on 24 April 2010 and is the world’s first curved bridge. We saw this marvel bridge on our river cruise.
I'll stick this in Things to do. We took the 24 hour Hop on Hop off Tour. It’s a good introduction to see Singapore. The bus is a double Decker; you can sit either on the deck or inside the bus. The view is much better on the deck but it can be hot, where’s inside the bus is with air condition.
There are 22 stops which start at Sunctec City Mall however you can board at any of the 22 stops at every 15 minutes. You will probably need to do it in two days for example when you hop off to see Chinatown or Little India it can take you few hours. They are two types of Route you can catch, the Heritage Route (Brown Bus) and City Route (Red bus).
For more information see the website.
If you have 3 days to kill at the place itself, you can definitely head off to the following places in Malaysia:
- Tioman Island
- Redang island
You might want to do some research on these places beforehand.
The parlament building in Singapore is one of the best excamples of colonial architecture in Singapore and the oldest goverment buildingin the country too.
It´s from the early part of the 19th century and is still used as the parlament.
There is a little museum in the building you can visit too if you have the time, but the building itself is interesting enough from the outside in my opinion.
After our river tour, our guide showed us to the Taoist Temple.
One thing you need not worry, you could take pictures anywhere inside the temple. Our guide said it was one of the old temples where people go to before.
Nowadays, it has become a popular tourist destination.
It’s a camera-friendly place.
You might want to check out the Singapore Tourism website for more information on the attractions and events going on in Singapore. Very compreshensive information with an itinerary planner.
Being in Singapore, one just has to try a Singapore Sling.The Long Bar in Raffles Hotel is where you go. It is mandatory to drop your peanut shells onto the floor, and I am intrigued by this tradition. I determine to investigate it soon. But the Long Bar has another appeal:
Singapore has a plethora of restuarants and food markets, and eventually one begins to feel the need for some different kind of experience.
We always pop into the Long Bar for a Singapore Sling, and one late afternoon, after a hot hectic day- we did just that. It was about 6pm, and we were 'peckish'
Once again, the decision had to be made- WHERE to eat tonight?
Then I spied a delicious looking platter being placed on the table next to ours- my taste buds exploded.
The bar menu is not huge, but the choice is adequate- and the food was, of course, perfect. Up to Raffles standerd. What surprised us most was that the cost of a meal for two was substantally lower than any restuarant we had eaten in. And of course, the atmosphere of the Long Bar is legendry. It oozes charm and elegance, and the peanut shells crackled underfoot.
We had Beef kebabs (spicy delicious) with a green salad and finely cut potato chips.
The meal cost us S$25.00
KTM station in Tanjong Pagar has cease operation and shifted to Woodlands at the Malaysian border.The building
is a massive structure during the British colonial rule.It has a historical siginificance as it has played a important
role as the main transport hub between singapore and the malay states during the early period-1932. It is the closing of another chapter in the history of Malaya and singapore.
Park Mall Dragon Fountain, has mythical majestic dragons splitting out water day and night.
Well, it didn't when I was there, the fountain was dry, but I still did enjoy wandering around the larger than life Dragon's!
We came across Istana Park when we were heading along Orchard Road to the shop's.
I was hoping to see the Istana [previously, Government House] but there was no chance of doing that. I saw the gate's, and I saw the guard's, that was all! There is a monthly changing of guards ceremony at the Istana, with the best view being from Istana Park.
Directly opposite, is Istana Park, a very nice park designed by a Japanese landscape architect, it features a reflecting pool and the Festival Arch. The Festival Arch is a 26m long arch rising from a rectangular reflecting pool with slow, flowing water. It was a hot day, and it was nice to find the green park with Tree's and water to give that cooling effect. In the evening, the park is well lit between the hours of 7pm and 7am
There were a lot of Flags flying because of National Day.
Istana Park is Singapore's premier park.
I'm sure if you are walking along Hill Street and see this brightly coloured building, you will have to stop and take a photo!....I did!
I had seen brightly coloured modern building's on my walk's, but never an old colonial one. It was really nice, and an eye catcher!
Originally built as a police station and Barrack's, the building was the largest government building and regarded as a modern skyscraper at the time of its completion in 1934!
Do stop and have a look at the building. It has 927 windows [no, I didn't count them!] and they are painted in the colours of the rainbow. The windows on the first four stories have the same vibrant intensity while the colours for the fifth- and sixth-story gradually intensify to accentuate the cantilevered balconies which are interesting architectural features of this historical building.
In 1998, it became a national monument and the premises for MICA.
MICA stands for "Ministry of Information and Communication's of the Arts."
The Tiger Sky Tower is Singapore's tallest observatory tower.
We thought the view might be good, so we bought our ticket's and went up. There were only six people, so there was plenty of room in the air-conditioned Cabin.
What happens, is you stay in the same place, and the Cabin rotates. There are seat's all way around, and you are behind glass, but it was very clean. We went up to 131 metres above sea level or 50 stories high, and had wonderful view's over Singapore, Sentosa, Southern Islands, right up to neighboring Malaysia and the Indonesian islands.
We both thought it was good, and the view's were excellent.
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