I have a dream

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A dream to travel. Travel to countless places, both big and small. In order to start making that dream come true, I started off with my recent trip to Singapore. You must read the gist of it here. In today’s post I’m sharing my trip in detail.

For starters, as much as Singapore seems like a small country, it is not! Even if you argue that it is, it’s definitely not one of those Asian countries that can be covered on a 5 day trip. There’s loads to do and many tourist attractions. I tried covering most of those places on my trip, yet there were a few I missed out on. It was like a fight against time.

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Tid bits about tourist attractions visited:

Night safari: If this is your safari debut, it will amaze you. Sitting in that beautiful animal printed tram, you get to look around at the animals that are just a few metres away. For you to understand more about the animal you’re looking at, there is a pre-recorded audio set in the tram to give you an idea and some interesting bits.
Like, did you know Snakes aren’t really sticky and wet? They just appear glossy but are completely dry.

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The Night safari is all about the experience. If you’re looking to bring back photos to show your dear ones back home, probably this isn’t meant for you. Flash Photography is strictly prohibited as it scares/annoys the animals. You don’t want to take a chance with them now, do you?

Universal Studios: Having heard quite a bit about the movie based rides here, it was obligatory to visit the USS.
On entering USS, you are transported to another world altogether. It’s difficult not to stop and take pictures as you walk through to the actual rides. Interesting looking little buildings, Workshops, candy stalls, meet and greets with movie characters, street dances, restaurants, chocolates and souvenir shops etc will catch your attention.

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You need an entire day to explore the USS. The movie based rides are the highlights. Also while you’re at it, might as well visit the Sea Aquarium which is just across the USS.

Sea Aquarium: It’s crazy not to get impressed looking at more than 100,000 underwater animals from 800 species, swimming in 45 million liters of water. Fish lovers, you will want to live here.

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If you’re lucky you will get to see the Octopus go through a whole maze. It’s outstanding!

River safari, Singapore zoo: Though they are 2 different attractions, they can be done one after the other.
The Indian Gharial is worth all the attention it gets.
The river safari depends on your luck as sitting on a river cruise you can’t do much but just hope the animals/ birds appear into sight. The amazon quest ride passes through some interesting species that are just at an arm’s distance away.

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Singapore zoo is a huge spread. There’s a lot of walking to be done, so it’s best to wear sneakers/ walking shoes. It’s easy to lose your way here and hence remember to carry a map of the zoo.

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Do not leave the zoo until you spot the Panda (there are 2 of them – Jia Jia & Kai Kai), the Polar bear and the white tiger.

Merlion Park: This isn’t really a park. Coming to Singapore and not seeing and posing with this fish-lion statue is like having an unaccomplished trip. You can spot the mighty Marina Bay sands Hotel, The domes of Gardens by the bay and even the Singapore Flyer from here. All these places look marvelous at nights, they’re well lit up and stand out.

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China town: In Singapore this is the street you need to visit for souvenirs. The cute buildings, the bright colors everywhere makes this market attractive enough for you to spend some time here. Shopping is an advantage.

Marina Bay Sands: Even if you want, you can’t miss it. This building stands 57 floors tall and it’s infinity pool is a dream! As if the view from the top isn’t enough, imagine swimming like you’re at the edge. It’s quite a high.. pun intended.

The hotel puts up a brilliant light and water show in the evening. It’s approximately a 11 minute show that will have your attention at the water.

Gardens by the bay: Walking into the flower dome, you will be greeted by a thousand plus different flower speicies from all over the world. Nature lovers will want to make this their home.
Besides the Flower dome, the Cloud dome is a surreal experience.

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The best time to go to these as well as walk the OCBC skywalk is during the light and sound show in the evenings. Standing amidst the supertrees is unexplained.

Alive Museum: Situated at the Suntec city mall, this museum will bring out the child in you. It’s 3D art is not just to be admired but makes you one with the paintings. It’s meant for people of all ages.

Hoping this list has given you a gist about the places you should visit while at Singapore.

Food in Singapore:

While I loved my fancy meals at The Black Swan, Loof, Me@OUE, Ce La Vie and KPO cafe, for the times I was out and about exploring, I preferred sticking to Mc Donalds/ KFC/ Burger King etc. The local Singaporean food seemed too strong for my taste buds. Although I went with an open mind to try out local delicacies, the use of fish oil in everything changed my mind. 7/11 was like home when there weren’t any of the above fast food joints available.

 

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Everything mentioned is from my personal experience and I encourage you to have your own. Do share them with me. Reading anything about Singapore makes me happy and brings back good memories.

Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer,
Franchua D’Souza

 

 

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We had Joy, We had Fun

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Any guesses from which song did I choose the title? Write it in the comments below 🙂

This post is a dedication to Children’s Day (celebrated on 14th Nov).
Not too long ago, we friends visited Phoenix Mills for breakfast. Breakfast at Haagen Daz disappointed us but the over all visit to the mall was worth our time spent. Besides checking out the sales and offers (I love sales and offers), we randomly walked into this beautiful kids world of Hamleys. Considering we’re all grown ups and I’m not into kiddish sort of stuff, I didn’t think I’d have fun here. I was so wrong! Easily I spent more than an hour and half here!

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Their whole set-up, their collection of toys, board games, rides, legos, cartoon and animal replicas- everything were awesome! Even their staff looked like they had a fun job when they went about in roller skates, shooting bubbles, throwing Boomerangs around etc. Seriously, such an amazing job guys!
Also usually I do not get carried away by soft toys or squishy stuff but aww these things here were so soo sooooo cute!

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Guess what, they even had a gorgeous little white piano which I instantly fell in love with. And why not, I’m the silent hummer after all, remember? Anything to do with music immediately attracts my attention and the next thing I do is take a pic! Like this one.

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I think this post is beginning to seem like I’m promoting Hamley’s a little too much and this may be a sponsored post. But NO! This is not a sponsored post. I genuinely had an amazing time here. It’s right to say I actually went back to my childhood memories where there was absolutely no worries in life besides surprise tests and exams. Sigh!

If you’re around Phoenix Mills anytime, drop in here, see the variety of fun things they have to offer and you will forget the real world outside. You will definitely not want to leave the store empty handed. There’s nothing more perfect than visiting this place when you have to gift a kid something (or even an adult who’s fond of these things).

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When was the last time you visited your childhood memories? What was your favorite toy? Which cartoon character tickled you the most? How do you make it special for today’s technology driven kids? Let me know in the comments section, I love hearing from you.

Photography: Nolasco Alphonso

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Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza