Showing posts with label Places. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Places. Show all posts

Monday, July 09, 2012

Changi Airport Terminal 3 Viewing Gallery

Changi Airport has successfully transformed itself into a recreational and shopping hub for Singaporeans, evidenced by the large number of shoppers who pack the airport, especially terminal 3 on weekends.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Cost of Singapore's Places of Interest

The newly-opened Gardens By the Bay cost $1 billon to build. Esplanade, another attraction in Marina Bay cost $690 million to build. Together these two attractions will give green lungs and artistic feel to our city.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Gardens by the Bay opens to public on 29 Jun 12

The Gardens By The Bay opens to the public today 29 Jun 12. Gardens By The Bay is Singapore's latest attraction. Catch the video below.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Underwater World & Dolphin Lagoon of Sentosa

I have a wonderful time with my wife at Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon in Sentosa today. This is my second time and my wife's first time at the place of attraction and it has been a great experience.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Redeveloping Geylang Serai

I am quite disappointed to learn of the plans to redevelop Geylang Serai. I think we should work to preserve places of rich culture and tradition in Singapore rather than redeveloping them. True, after redevelopment, we would be having comfortable air-conditioned history galleries and a neater showcase of cultural and traditional items.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Marina Bay Sands Artscience Museum opening and what it has to do with Singapore Budget 2011?

Marina Bay Sands Artscience Museum opened with a fanfare yesterday and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort was also officially opened!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Amazing Time Machine Toilet in Singapore

There were quite a number of famous toilets where one could give instanteous feedback on his or her quality of experience in using the toilet via a touch screen panel located at the entrance of the toilet. He could give any one of the options: "Poor", "Good" or "Excellent to the cleaner whose photo was also displayed on the panel screen.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Changi airport slide: Singapore’s tallest slide

Just spend $30 at Changi airport and you will be able to ride on Singapore’s tallest slide for free !

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tanjong Pagar MRT station

On weekday morning and evening rush-hours, you would not want to be at Tanjong Pagar MRT station else you would be 'drowned' by the deafening chorus of thousands of shoes and heels of working executives coming to and rushing from work.

However on weekends, you would be surprised to discover the opposite. Last Sunday, when I exited the station, the MRT station was bare of people at all. It was quiet and scary and all the shops in the underground were closed too.

Singapore Coffee Museum

I have been to nearly all the museums in Singapore, hence it came as a surprise to me when I discovered that there was actually a Singapore Coffee Musuem behind the Old Nanyang Coffee cafe at Smith Road I was in.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Paya Lebar fast becoming a making out spot for Indonesians and foreigners!

I was at Paya Lebar today, walking from Paya Lebar MRT station into Tanjong Katong complex and the vicinity on a Sunday. I have long known that come Sundays and public holidays, Paya Lebar will be transformed into an enclave for Indonesian maids and other foreign workers as reported in our local newspapers, but I never expect to see the scene that greeted me entering into this enclave on this day of the week.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Marina Link and Esplanade Xchange

Marina Link is now open, giving Singaporeans much faster access from Raffles City basement all the way to Marina Square via the newly opened Esplanade Xchange.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Raffles City new link to Suntec City

My Dear and I were leaving Suntec City today, entering the new Promenade MRT station to take the MRT at City Hall MRT station when we spotted that new parts of the City Link mall underpass have been opened.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Marina Bay to define Singapore the way the Bund defines Shanghai

Our Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong has said that Marina Bay will define Singapore the way the Bund defines Shanghai in the Big Walk event held at the Marina Bay today.

If case, you, are like me, not sure of what is the Shanghai Bund, I have uploaded a video below for your information:

I love Marina Bay. I think PM Lee's description is very apt. Marina Bay will be a very happening place in Singapore in a few years' time. And everytime my Dear and I are there, absorbing the sights and scenery of Marina Bay, we feel rejuvenated! We are looking forward to the completion of the other works in Marina Bay such as the Botanic Gardens, the financial districts as well as more works to the Integrated Resorts.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Orchard road flooding

This year, the inter-monsoon season seems to come a little bit earlier: on many days since last week, it rained very heavily in the early mornings but today the rain or rather, the downpour persisted till late afternoon!

And who can guess, the rain turned our popular tourist belt cum shopping paradise, Orchard road into a big low-depth swimming pool!

I was shocked. Who could expect Orchard road to be flooded? So far, it has always been low-lying places in our country such as Geylang and Kallang being flooded.

One good thing did come out from the Orchard Road flooding incident: Just as the recent vandalism case at Changi MRT depot has reminded us that our security measures at our public installations is not comprehensive, the Orchard road flood uncovered deficiencies of our drainage system in the Orchard road area.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Orchard Road

It has been some time since I visited Orchard Road with my Dear, so yesterday,we spent few hours walking down Orchard Road, taking refuge from the bristling heat in the comfortable air-cooled malls, "shopping centre hopping" from one shopping mall to another.

Orchard road is not only a fantastic place for shopping, it is also a place to watch some interesting streetside busking. There were quite a number of people hawking their wares, from selling tissues papers to ice-creams which were quite common in Orchard Road. My Dear and I also caught sight of an old woman selling quite unconventional items on Orchard road: packets of Milo and some other dry snacks laid out neatly on a mat. It seems that these were her only possessions left that she wanted to sell to earn some bucks for a living.

There were other buskers like a blind man playing real soothing music, earning living from donations of passers by. There was also a most unconventionl busker as you can see from the photo below:

If I am not mistaken, what the old man was performing was "Kung Fu ball" and before he made an appearances and caught attention of passers-by, I have read somewhere in the newspapers that he has been practising his craft in a park somewhere in the island. Having perfected his skills, he has come to Orchard Road to perform and earn a living.

While there were teenagers performing some stunts in Orchard road on the streets for fun and earn some pocket monies, from what I observe, most of the older and physically-challenged personnel have come to Orchard road to sell items and food, perform antics, music or some skills under the hot sun to earn a living. If given a choice, at their age, would they want to brave and endure the bristling hot sun, extreme humidity and trade every ounce of their remaining strenght at their ripe own age everyday at Orchard road?

Tourists to Orchard road may welcome this aspect of Orchard road which presents a even more unique side of Singapore. Another place commonly visited by tourists and where street busking is rife is Bencoolen Street, the stretch of pavement leading from Fu Lu Shou complex to OG and Fortune shopping centre at Bugis. There, the stuntsmen are mostly from China, and there are even more interesting acts daily. I have caught some stuntsmen bringing in snakes before, promising a miracle cure to the onlookers, who were made of uncles and aunties in their fifties to seventies. There, the stunt, as befitting the theme of Waterloo Street is more orient-centric.

Anyway, I welcome these unique street busking aside to the hundreds of shopping centres Singapore now boasts. There would be even more shopping centres coming up, at heartlands come later this year. For example, Bedok will soon have a brand new shopping mall called Bedok Point.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Helix Bridge and Marina Bays Sands Integrated Resorts

Singapore is a very interesting island. In a country where land is a premium, there are always new places of interest, built for social and economic interests which never fail to enthrall Singaporeans and friends from all over the world!

The latest iconic place of interest is inevitably the Marina Bays Sands Integrated resort and the Helix Bridge! Marina Bay sand resort was
officially opened on 27 Apr at the Chinese auspicious timing of 3.18 p.m. The opening of the DNA looking Helix bridge soon followed last Saturday amidst a fanfare of celebrations and fireworks!

It has really been some months that my Dear and I have actually had a night’s out in the city due to our commitments. With some spare time, we went on our first date in several months to the newly opened Helix bridge! We exited the Citylink Mall from the Esplanade and took a slow walk to the Helix just located next to the floating platform. The floating platform was out of bounds to members of the public as there was some construction work and some dancers practising their moves there. It must be preparation for the National Day or the Youth Olympics. Minutes later, my Dear and I reached the Helix bridge!

Singapore’s newest pedestrian bridge of pride was filled with hundreds of visitors, Singaporeans and foreigners. Being Labour’s Day, a Saturday and a public holiday, it was a splendid day to come to the Helix and the Marina Bay area. The weather was cool, neither too hot nor humid and the scenery at the Marina Bay was splendid, even though construction work at certain parts of the Marina Bay Integrated resorts were still ongoing! We followed the hundreds of people who rocked the Helix bridge, pausing at times to admire and snap photos of the show-stopping skyline of the Central Business District and the Marina Bay area of Singapore. The vista of Singapore’s prized district would sparkle even more when it gets deeper into the night.

The Helix is built of quality and firm steel and all of us felt secure even though many of us were up here on the bridge. This is no “London Bridge is falling down…”, this is The Helix, Singapore’s newest and most iconic pedestrian bridge which has joined its much older and historical predecessors at the Singapore river.

My Dear and I jostled among the crowds of ‘bridge-visitors’ and soon we reached the end of the bridge which was not really the end as the last quarter of the bridge was closed to visitors with construction work still undergoing.

My Dear and I hence joined the 30% of the bridge-visitors in continuing our scenic walk while the rest of the 70% of the bridge-visitors headed back (reversed) to the starting point of the bridge. Our walk next took us to the newest casino on planet earth at The Marina Bays Sands Integrated resort. The resort is truly iconic with its three pillars pointing to the skies. Do not belittle the design of the 3 pillars! I truly love these pillars and there is a lot of Fengshui underpinnings and elements when it comes to the design of the integrated resorts.

As my Dear and I continued our ‘discovery’, we were amazed to witness hundreds of people at the taxi stands, waiting for taxis at a building just opposite the ‘pillars’. “What is this building?” I asked my Dear. Our queries were soon answered as we asked a security guard while pointing to the hundreds of people inside the posh entrance of what we thought is a hotel. “Casino”, the security guard answered. “Can we enter?” I asked excitedly. “Yes, go by the main gate there and pay $100 each to enter” The $100 admission fee is not surprising to us as it was announced so many times in the media that Singaporeans would need to pay $100 to enter the casino so as to limit excessive and non-discretionary gambling among the locals. What surprised me was the fact that there were hundreds of people, bulk of whom were Singaporeans in the casino! Singaporeans are indeed rich for each of the people we saw behind the glass pane we peered at paid $100 each. Those who made a killing at the casino must be also those waiting in the taxi queue as taxi fares are not cheap in Singapore.

I always thought that the casinos are located in the 3 pillars, hence it surprised me that there is one outside the 3 pillars. As my Dear and I walked on, the skies have darkened and we chanced upon a huge underground shopping mall next to the Casino filled with very high-ended labeled shops, understandingly catering to the high income pundits.

As we walked on, we were also frantically hunting for the nearest MRT station. It would be no joke to turn back and re-jostle with the crowds back to the Helix. I was shocked when the security guard I asked highlighted to me that the nearest MRT station would be the Marina Bay Station as that would be quite far. The bus stops were also packed and my Dear and I continued our hunt for the nearest MRT station in the growing darkness of the skies. As we walked and walked, our stomachs sent a signal to us but we did not complain any bit as it was quite a time since we have dated in the city and we continued walking; it was no chore to us as both of us are able to walk for long distances (if you are free, read the “Places” and “Events” label of this blog to see the number of places we have visited in Singapore!)

Our walk was rewarded handsomely! We came to a (quite a secluded spot) along Marina Boulevard, which presented a show-stopping, spell-bounding evening vista of the integrated resorts, the Central Business District, the Esplanade, all laid out neatly as one! The vista was spell captivating and I doled out my camera once again to capture this magnificent moment! This spot was hardly known to Singaporeans. The dozens of foreign construction workers at the adjacent construction sites shared the “viewing platform” with us as they rested after a day of hard work.

After admiring this beautiful scenery, we founded ourselves headed towards Raffles Place MRT station and we proceeded to Wendy’s Singapore and devoured hungrily three quarter pound meals each! The queue at Wendy’s is now half of that in its opening days. However, kudos to Wendy’s as it has now built a partition to better manage the queue. As we ate, I saw a group of Singapore lugging their professional camera paraphernalia into the restaurant. Like us, they also spent their weekends doing their favorite hobbies and being Sunday once again today, like many Singaporeans, I can only wish that the weekends would also come once again fast so that we can indulge in our personal little things that we enjoy! I hope you enjoy reading my post and do continue to patronize Singapore’s most SINCERE blog right here at Singapore Short Stories!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Double Helix Bridge

The Marina Bay Double Helix bridge will be opening this Saturday 24 Apr 2010! This opening will be marked by a fanfare of celebrations with dances, performances and fireworks!

Unlike what I have thought previously, the Double Helix bridge is not a vehicular bridge. It is a pedestrian bridge which
links one part of the Marina Bay area to the integrated resorts.

With the opening of the Integrated Resorts in just a few weeks time, the whole of Marina Bay will be transformed into Singapore's latest crowning jewel. What will be in the pipeline will be the completion of the new downtown, the Singapore's second financial district at Marina Bay as well as the Marina Bay Botanic Gardens!

With these developments, together with the Marina Barrage, the newly opened Circle Line as well as the existing developments at Marina Bay such as the Esplanade and the Flyer, the splendid Marina Bay is indeed an area that is not to be missed by all visitors to Singapore!

The whole of Marina Bay is really a great place for sightseeing and visit for tourists and for me a Singaporean, Marina Bay is a great place to relax after a hard day of work!

Kudos to the authorities for its meticulous planning to create a wonderful living place out of our limited land! Who would imagine that Singapore will have a universal studio right here on our doorstep at Sentosa?

There was a suggestion in the newspapers yesterday in which a reader wrote suggesting that Pulau Ubin be turned into a retirement village. Pulau Ubin with its lush vegetation and mostly untamed environment could be recreated to become an ideal idyllic place to retire, he argued. Well, I think the writer's suggestion is quite good just that such a 'retirement village' should be implemented in a controlled manner else the influx of Senior Singaporeans will blight the natural charms of Pulau Ubin... and we will soon lost the last frontier of rural Singapore.
Please read this post for my and my Dear visit there!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Circle Line Opens

The 11-kilometre portion of the Circle Line (CCL) , comprising 11 stations - Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Promenade, Nicoll Highway, Stadium, Mountbatten, Dakota, Paya Lebar, MacPherson and Tai Seng has been opend around 5.37 am today!

With this opening of the CCL, commuters will save time commuting from the Eastern part of Singapore to the Northern and Southern Singapore.

So if you are free today, you may want to hop onto the CCL train at Paya Lebar MRT interchange or Dhoby Ghaut Interchange and explore this newly opened branch of line!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Circle Line Open House

Hi Readers, I am real terribly sorry if you have read my earlier post on Egyptian mummies and turned up yesterday at Good Friday to look at the Egyptian mummies exhibition at the National Museum for free yesterday: either you pay the full fees of $15 or you walk off just like what my Dear and I did!

But come tomorrow, in conjunction with Circle Line Open House, there will be free entry to the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum in celebration of the opening of the Circle Line! And there will be free entry to the Mummy exhibition tomorrow as well:

Tomorrow, will be the last day of the Mummy exhibition before they head back to their place of origin so if you want to catch them for free, tomorrow is the last chance!

From 1130 am to 6pm tomorow, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is giving the public a sneak peek of the new Circle Line (CCL) stations from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley
This is about two weeks before the MRT line opens for passenger service on April 17.

As you can see from the map, the CCL from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley is 11-kilometre long, comprising 11 stations - Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Promenade, Nicoll Highway, Stadium, Mountbatten, Dakota, Paya Lebar, MacPherson and Tai Seng.

Members of the public can hop on the train at any of the 10 stations from Bras Basah to Tai Seng for free and enter/exit at any station along this line. There will also be lots of games and plenty of prizes to be won!

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