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Travel Diaries: Places of Interest in Singapore

I’ve had enough malls and shops in my last two visits to the Lion City and I convinced my friends that we go off-the-beaten path and visit some other landmarks. We were still unable to go to most of it because we stayed far from the center (but the condo was very charming and our host too! ūüôā )

Some of these places are still on my wishlist and I will visit them when my schedule permits me.

Just click on the headers to get more details on these places.

Changi Prison

Ever since we visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia, I have developed a very late interest in history. It was one thing to learn it in school and another to see history right in front of you.

Singapore Art Museum

It was just plain luck that we chanced upon this landmark as we were just walking about. For the next four places, just alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and do a photowalk; you’ll find a lot interesting subjects¬†worth snapping a shot or more.

The Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Management University

This university is¬†in such an amazing location and it’s¬†accessible to the public as there is an MRT station in the vicinity.¬† We crossed the street from the Singapore Art Museum and entered the university. They have cool coffee shops and other retail stores inside. I can actually live here ‚ô•

You’d want to go to school everyday if you study here ūüėČ

National Museum of Singapore

This is¬†just across SMU and it’s hard not to notice this very elegant structure.¬†Though we weren’t able to go inside due to the many errands we have yet to do, we settled for some photo ops outside.

The facade of the National Museum of Singapore

Fort Canning Park

We thought we would miss this one but as it turns out, it was just right behind the NMS. Sweet!

You can also find the Singapore Botanic Gardens here… though we weren’t able¬†to explore the place as much as we would have wanted but it was nice spending some precious few minutes here.

These vibrantly-colored flowers are scattered in Fort Canning Hill

 Asian Civilization Museum

We missed this one entirely.¬†I read¬†good reviews in Trip Advisor and in other travel forums about this one. It showcases Singapore’s ancestry and culture and its connection with Asia and the world.

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Travel Diaries: Nature Tripping in Singapore

If¬†you’re tired of the city and the malls have bled your wallet dry, do some nature tripping to get away from the temptation called SALE. I don’t know why the shops there are almost always on sale and¬†it’s an effort¬†not to glance¬†and march right into their doors.¬†

Here are¬†just some places¬†where you can hide from those terrible things called SALE. ūüėȬ†Mind you, there are parks scattered around Lion City where you can just sit, sip some cold coffee and go people watching. There are several botanical gardens¬†that charge very minimal entrance fee.

Singapore Zoo

With all the good and bad reviews, both from friends and the web, we decided to forego this one. Though some say it’s still worth visiting, so

Tip: Be sure to check their site because they have the Park Hopper Specials, which allows you to save those precious dollars if you purchase their 3-in-1 or 2-in-1 park tickets for the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park. 

Night Safari

There are mixed reviews over this one so we decided to skipped this too. You hardly get to see anything at all here since it’s night. Plus, flash photography is prohibited so it will be a challenge to take decent photos of the nocturnal animals.¬†But hey, if you’re a photography genius, I’m sure you’ll get those good shots.

Jurong Bird Park

This one is worth checking out when you’re here. *thumbs up*

Close bird encounter at the Jurong Bird Park :: photo taken in 2008 courtesy of Ivy C.

Chinese Garden

This is one place you shouldn’t miss when you visit Singapore. The place is so picturesque and accessible too! Just alight at the Chinese Garden MRT Station and at the exit, you’ll be welcomed with a vast expanse of green.

It’s a place you’d want to spend a lazy afternoon with your family or loved one or for some peace, quiet and ‘me time’.

Tip:¬†Wear something light and¬†bring an umbrella, fan and a bottle of water because it’s bound to get really hot especially between 10AM to early afternoon.¬†¬†

The bended tree at the Chinese Garden

 The Japanese Garden is adjacent to the Chinese Garden and they are connected by the bridge in the photo below.  

The bridge connecting the Chinese and Japanese Gardens

MacRitchie Reservoir ‚Äď HSBC TreeTop Walk

I will definitely go here on my next visit as we missed this because of our very tight schedule.

image via http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

 

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Travel Diaries: Singapore

If ever I decide to work outside my beloved HaPinas, I would probably consider working here. For one thing, it’s close to home and fare isn’t really as expensive; I can book a flight for the weekend if I get really homesick. Ok, so that defeats the purpose of going there so I can really start saving! hahaha

I’ve visited Singapore three times already and it just doesn’t get old. I still get excited when I have the chance to go because I get to meet my dear friends who are based there and they are always kind to offer their place so we can save on accommodation and splurge on touristy things to do there.

I had to do the Singapore blog in parts and decided to divide it according to: Recreation, Nature Trip, City Tour, and Places of Interest.

Recreation

Universal Studios Singapore 

USS is open daily including public holidays, from 10AM to 7PM.

Yes,¬† it’s possible to tour this in one day but if you really want to enjoy the place without rushing from one place to the other, it’s wiser to get the two-day pass which costs SGD$118 (adult rate). Check this link.

Behind Far, Far Away Land

Sentosa

Again, it’s possible to tour this in one day but you really don’t get to enjoy¬†the scenes¬†as much as you’re concerned on hopping from one place to the other.

Singapore Flyer

The 30-minute ride is a good way to rest your tired feet after much strolling or shopping. You can opt to do this in the afternoon to get away from the sun or at night to see the Singapore skyline. 

View of the city skyline from the Singapore Flyer

Science Center Singapore

After visiting the¬†Chinese Gardens, you can opt to go here since it’s within the vicinity and you can grab a bite at nearby McDonald’s if you get hungry after strolling the gardens, that is, if you’re not picky.¬†

Though this place is targeted for the kids, the kids-at-heart will have just as much fun rediscovering everyday things that have been taken for granted because of grown-up things that required more attention. Here’s their site.¬†

The kids-at-heart will have fun rediscovering Science

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