The last one week in Singapore has been really fast that I'm losing track of time....or even...my way...
Basically, I never thought I would say 'Gee, where the heck am I....?'... Yes, at times, I get lost in Singapore.... So many changes in Singapore in one year that it is so hard to keep up. I guess that's the beauty of Singapore! :)
Anyway, as I was typing an email to a friend of mine, I managed to compile a couple of places to visit in Singapore... Here are some of the places (no images but click on the links for a rough idea or search for the names on the Internet) I would usually recommend visitors to head to (that hopefully will still remain there until my next visit!):
- Nee Ann City for the bookstore called 'Kinokuniya' on the 3rd floor and the Japanese departmental store, Takashimaya.
- Cineleisure for the store on the 3rd floor called 'Editor's Market'. The concept of buying the items is the more items you buy, the cheaper the items will be. (http://www.facebook.com/theeditorsmarket )
- Mandarin Gallery for a range of designer wear (there are mainly international designers in this mall though there are some Singaporean and other brands as well such as 'Hansel', 'Ashley Isham', 'JBNY', 'EggThree'...
Another area I love to go to visit to photograph the building is the theatre called the 'Esplanade' (http://www.esplanade.com/). During some evenings, there are free musical performances outside the theatre along the bay. Nearest train station is 'City Hall MRT' or 'Esplanade MRT'
There is a new building (which I haven't been to) called Marina Bay Sands (MBS (Bayfront MRT). The main attraction for $20 (Singapore Dollars) is the 'sky garden' (roof top garden). Just a warning from some of my friends who has been there, DO NOT go there in the early afternoon (like between 1pm-5pm) as the it is really hot up there (the sun!).http://www.marinabaysands.com/SandsSkypark/Sands_Sky_Park.aspx
Sometimes, I love to drop by:
'Chinatown' (Chinatown MRT)
It's nothing like Paolo Sarpi in Milan. It's completely different. definitely the place to check out.
The street that's the easiest to walk is 'Pagoda Street' which links to the end of the main road called 'South Bridge Road'
Check out some of the shops along 'Ann Siang Hill'. There is one store to visit called 'Front Row' and 'EggThree' along Eskine Road
Also, check out this temple exterior called 'Sri Mariamman Temple' at the end of Chinatown (along South Bridge Road):http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Mariamman_Temple,_Singapore
Near that area is an eating area called 'Maxwell Food Centre' where they serve up a lot of Singaporean cuisine.
'Arab Street' (Bugis MRT (5-10 minute walk, check the map for directions before heading there)
Go to 'Bussorah Street' as well as there are lots of things to see near the Mosque. Great place to relax. Also there is a hostel you can consider along that street called 'Sleepy Sam's' (http://www.sleepysams.com/)
Also, try to go along 'Haji Lane' which is very near Arab Street to see individual shops). (http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/visit/haji-lane-our-best-loved-shops-889607)
Oh yes, read this article as well as it is some of the things to expect when you are in Singapore. :)http://www.singaporeaninlondon.com/2010/02/what-to-do-in-singapore-holiday.html
There are a lot of places to visit in Singapore but I can only remember a few places. If I remember any more places, I will let you know...