Destination Singapore: Getting To Know More About Its Heritage (Day 2 of 4)

Our Guide To Fun :)

Our Guide To Fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I woke up refreshed, looking forward to see how else can Singapore make my day fun and memorable. I met with my SO after his event and we both headed to the country’s largest shopping mall which also has the world’s largest fountain – the Suntec City. We wanted to check out the country’s hop-on, hop-off tour bus services since we thought that it was the best way to explore theย  place.ย  I think I saw about 3 different companies offering this kind of tour services, and after checking out the brochures the night before, we chose to book with Hippo and Duck Tours for our sightseeing trip that day. They have a wide range of tour options (the options were seriously confusing!). We decided to purchase the Singapore Pass since we thought that we can utilize the pass for the 2 free days that we had. The pass had it all and I’d say that we made an excellent choice! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Singapore Pass and Our Attraction Coupons

Our Singapore Pass and Attraction Coupons

Our 2-day Singapore Pass included hop-on, hop-off bus transfers to 17 city sightseeing stops, 16 heritage attraction stops, passes to Sentosa, River Hippo Cruise, Moonlight Adventure, Chinatown and Malay Heritage Center, 3 Museums, and the Botanic Garden. To top it all, it included passes to the Singapore Flyer and the Singapore DuckTours! I didn’t have the chance to experience the duck tour when I was in England which made me look forward to that DuckTour in Singapore ๐Ÿ™‚

City Sightseeing Bus

Open-Top Singapore City Sightseeing Bus

We first hopped-on to the City Sightseeing Bus (They have 2 other bus categories: The Heritage Bus and the Sentosa Bus.). It was an open-top bus where in passengers could enjoy seeing the country’sย  sights al fresco! ๐Ÿ™‚ We were greeted by Cris, the bus guide, who is, by the way, a Filipino! Since Cris was a great bus guide., we decided to complete the tour without hopping off the bus. He told us that there were 3 of them, Filipinos, who are working as tour/bus guides. We thought that if we hopped-off, we might not be able to get the chance to hop-on a bus with a guide as good as him. He gave really informative stories on every popular landmark we passed by.

Here are what I remember so far ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Singapore Flyer is currently the world’s largest observation wheel (this record will soon be handed over to Beijing after they complete the construction of their very own observation wheel). It takes 37 minutes for the Flyer to make a complete rotation. (This is taller than the London Eye but I liked the view from the London Eye better. I’ll have yet to see what Beijing had to offer.) ๐Ÿ™‚

The Benjamin Bridge is the longest bridge in Singapore. Named after the 2nd President of the country, this bridge connectsย  Singapore’s east and west coasts. And because Singapore is such a small country, people can travel from east to west in just 40 minutes by car. (Geez, 40 minutes in Manila is just like heading to the entry point of the North Luzon Expressway from my home. :p)

Singapore will soon have their very first casino in the country. It will be referred to as the “Integrated Resort”.

It tookย  SGD 600 million (dollars) to build the Esplanade which makes it the most expensive building in the country.

There are around 5 recognized merlions in Singapore. But the three most popular merlions are the Merlion Family – Mama, Papa, and Baby Merlion. Mama Merlion is 8 meters tall and sits in the Merlion Park in the city center. Papa Merlion is around 37 meters tall and is housed in Sentosa. Baby Merlion is 2 meters tall and it sits right behind Mama Merlion. ๐Ÿ™‚

MAMA MERLION

Up, Close, and Personal with Mama Merlion ๐Ÿ™‚

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore’s 5-Star hotel, used to be the country’s post office. (Can Manila also turn its huge, quite useless post office into a hotel? :p)

The Ministry of Information, Communication, and the ArtsMICA – (one of the nicest buildings in Singapore, I’d say) was previously a police station and barracks. It has 911 windows and it used to have ONLY ONE PERSON assigned to open and close all the windows. (I wonder how much he was paid for to do the job. And NO, they don’t do that today since the whole building is already air-conditioned. :p)

Ministry of Information and Communication

Lovely MICA at Night

Singapore’s national anthem is in Malay.

Singapore is the Garden City of the World. It has around 41 parks and gardens all over the city. (Yup, that was what I heard – 41!)

Raffles Hotel is the most expensive hotel in Singapore. It doesn’t offer rooms to its guests, only SUITES. ๐Ÿ™‚

Singapore is Asia’s third most expensive city in Asia after two cities in Japan and the 10th most expensive city in the world. (No wonder I went home broke. :p)

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We made a short visit to Sentosa after a round of the city tour. Sentosa looked very much the same except for the on-going construction works. They are currently adding up hotels in the area which, the guide said,ย  will open late this year. We thought that maybe we can come back for Sentosa and that ‘Integrated Resort’ next year so we can completely enjoy the new attractions.

We made our way to Little India in the afternoon. Little India, as the name says, is a community where most of the Indian ethnic group of Singapore stay and make a living. Although they have mallsย  and modern buildings in the area, a large number of establishments are still the shophouses. It is also in Little India that a mall which is open 24-hours a day can be found.

It would have been a fun experience if we took our lunch in Little India as it was filled with Indian restaurants but we already took a quick Chinese lunch in Suntec City before we got to the area. Well, there’s always a next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

ShopHouses in Little India

ShopHouses in Little India

Indian Shop

Me At An Indian Shop

Our next stop was Chinatown. After checking out the shops along Pagoda Street, we visited the Chinese Heritage Museum. We had an entrance coupon to the museum so we thought that it would be great to learn a bit about the early Chinese settlement in Singapore. This original Chinese-house-turned-museum showed how the early Chinese settles lived and how they made a living to survive. Most of the stuff exhibited dated back to the early years of Singapore.

Their Kitchen Tools

Their Kitchen Tools

So There Were Really Crying Ladies! :p

So There Were Really Crying Ladies! :p

We next headed to The Fullerton Hotel. This post office-turned-5star-hotel is known for its Chocolate Buffet during weekends. We were very much tempted to take a break and have Chocolate Buffet but we were too full to enjoy it. So, we placed it in the list on our next visit ๐Ÿ™‚

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

From Fullerton Hotel, we crossed the Cavenagh Bridge to get to the Asian Civilisations Museum. This government office-turned-museum shows a lot about the cultures of Singapore’s forefathers.

We weren’t able to catch the last tour bus leaving from the stop we were in, so we decided to instead walk to the other side of the street and we found ourselves visiting Mama and Baby Merlion! The Merlion Park was packed with other tourists aiming to take photos with Mama Merlion and the Esplanade. We stayed in the area for a while since the place and the view was just relaxing! ๐Ÿ™‚

It was almost dinner when we walked further to the other end where the Esplanade is.ย  As recommended by the guides, we had our meal at Makansutra Glutton’s Bay. Everything in the Glutton’s Bay looked good (or maybe, we were just starving! :p). It was time to go Malay after having Morrocan and Chinese dishes. So, we had satay, fried carrot cake, and nasi goreng.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

Satay

Satay

We had a full day going around and getting to know more about Singapore but we didn’t want to end the night without riding the Singapore Flyer. We thought that it would be more fun to ride the flyer at night than during the day. The lights will make the wholeย  experience more dramatic.

Here’s a snapshot of how it looked like from up there ๐Ÿ™‚

a View From The Singapore Flyer :)

View From The Singapore Flyer ๐Ÿ™‚

Related Link:

Destination Singapore: Indulging in Clarke Quay (Day 1 of 4)

Destination Singapore: Enjoying The Great Singapore Sale (Days 3 and 4 of 4)

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  3. Lottenn said

    I love nasi goreng. I went to the Singapore 2 years ago. I had my very first breakfast in SG with nasi goreng. I really missed the nasi goreng. Hope that my friends and relatives in Singapore will send me here a box of goreng. ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Lottenn said

    I love nasi goreng. I went to Singapore 2 years ago. I had my very first breakfast in SG with nasi goreng. I really missed the nasi goreng. Hope that my friends and relatives in Singapore will send me here a box of goreng. ๐Ÿ˜›

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