Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Best of Singapore (Part 2 of 3)

After roaming around Singapore’s rich natural reserve, it’s the city sights that we wandered the next days. First off is the now famous Singapore Flyer. With the construction of the flyer, the country has a new towering landmark next to Merlion. It is currently considered the largest observation wheel in the world; even larger than London Eye. It has a total of 28 air-conditioned capsules that serve as the observation decks. As soon as you get into the capsule, you will be taken into a half an hour tour of the city and its fascinating history. A free radio will be given to the guest and you just have to follow the voice prompt for the narration. No city cab driver is needed to know the bits and pieces of the country. It’s a no-sweat kind of sight-see, truly enjoyable.

As the flyer slowly ascends, you will be entertained by a panoramic view of the entire city and the popular uniquely Singapore milestones such as:





Merlion

Esplanade


Marina Bay


National Stadium

Soon to rise - Casino Park


The increasingly becoming popular Hippo Tour. We were not able to try this one, but will definitely look forward to it when we get back on January.

During this time of the year, Orchard Road truly enchants with the vibrant holiday decors and lights. We enjoyed numerous leisure walks day and night.



And finally to find the right "pasalubong" (souvenirs) to bring home, Bugis Village is the place to be! It is home to a wide array of choices of goods at very affordable prices.


coming up next.... Foods to savor in Singapore.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Best of Singapore (Part 1 of 3)

We're back from our recent trip to Singapore. I must say that much has changed and progressed in the Lion City since the last time I visited there. To a great deal of delight, the country has a lot of new things to offer. The Singapore Flyer for instance and the Hop on Hop Off - Duck Tours were another must try experiences. What with the opening of the Universal Studios by January 2010? Indeed, Singapore never ceases to amaze its locals and tourists alike. The country definitely has always something new. That's why undoubtedly; no country is too small to dream big. I've seen this realized from everywhere I've looked in Singapore. But before we can have a taste of any of their new offerings, we feasted on what's available at the moment. So for this photo essay of our Singapore Trip, I tried to capture those that we considered are must haves and a pleasure to do.

The first in our list is the Jurong Bird Park. It’s a large habitat for a varied population of aviary. It is the best place to indulge into the colorful world of birds. We enjoyed in high heavens the bird show which is usually slated at 11 in the morning. This is the highlight of the visit. Hence, it's a must that you catch this one when you visit the park. I was taken back in childhood time and it sure was a feel good experience to have.




Next in the list is Singapore Zoo. It is home to a wide array of animals. Wild or tame, name it they have it. We underestimated its vastness so make sure you are armed with a good stamina and highly conditioned feet to do the trails.







Night Safari is being claimed as the first and only in the world. For such a big claim, it makes this attraction a must do when you visit Singapore. No visit to Singapore is complete without having been terrified and enthused at the same time by the Creatures of the Night Show. This animal tour is one good example of a uniquely Singapore experience.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Singapore Visit

We're currently vacationing in Singapore. The past 2 days were spent roaming around popular destinations such as Jurong Bird Park, Zoological Garden and Singapore Flyer. The weather is a bit exhausting here. It's hot and humid in the morning then light to heavy rains pour in the afternoon. Hence, it makes it more difficult to sight see especially when you have kids around. Nonetheless, we have to maximize our stay and appreciate the city since it'll soon be the "new home" for us. Here are some photos we can share for now. I'll make the complete post about this trip when we get back. Ciao... (off to Orchard Road).








Thursday, December 3, 2009

Starbucks 2010 Planner

It's a wish granted! After completing 17 coffee stickers, I finally got my Starbucks 2010 Planner. Well, I don't really intend to grab one this year for the reason that the planner 's edition loses its appeal year on year. I believe that the first 2 planners that came out when Starbucks started this annual promo were still the best. Both in look and in functionality. This year, I was encouraged to get one simply because my friend who's working in Starbucks told me that it's only in the Philippines that Starbucks is running such kind of promotion. That means, I can't have something like this in Singapore. When I flipped through the pages of what's inside the much coveted and famous coffee planner, I can't help but wish for more stuffs to be included in the pages. It's really just a plain planner that one can expect. I wish there are some note pages as well. The quality of the paper is nice though.