Universal Studio Singapore

Universal Studio Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore features an enticing selection of attractions, rides and entertainment for families and thrill seekers. The park consists of 7 themed zones – Madagascar, Far Far Away (Shrek theme), The Lost World, Ancient Egypt (including The Mummy), Sci-Fi City (including Transformers) and New York (including Sesame Street).

Each themed zone has its own attractions, shopping, eating establishments and street entertainment. There are rides, street performance, live shows and cartoon characters.

This is the place suited for children and adults, an excellent fun activity for the whole family.

How to go?

(By MRT and Sentosa Express monorail)

MRT is the easiest way to reach Sentosa, alight at HarbourFront MRT station and follow the directional signs to the 3rd floor of Vivo City and take Sentosa Express monorail. Alight at Waterfront monorail station.

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269

 

Singapore Botanic Garden

Singapore Botanic Garden

Established in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the oldest garden in Singapore, 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into the popular recreational garden you see today.

Besides being a favourite recreational spot, a tourist attraction as well as a popular venue for jogging or just winding down by admiring the flowers in the park, the sprawling grounds are also a leading centre for botanical and horticultural research. Whether it is for a date or just spending time together with family, this is the place to go; relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

Opening Hours: 5am – 12am

(Free entry)

Sentosa

Sentosa

Sentosa is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Singapore, it is easily accessible for both locals and visitors here. The island is just 15 minutes away from the city centre so hop onto a short monorail ride from VivoCity or alternately you can opt to use the scenic cable car rides from Harbourfront which also provide spectacular views of Sentosa and the city. There is just so much to do and see at Sentosa.

Key attractions include the region’s first-and-only Singapore Universal Studios theme park, the S.E.A. Aquarium and the Adventure Cove Waterpark. Other attractions including the casino, the cable car ride and a long beach with theme bars and restaurants to explore.

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Celebrating Deepavali @ Little India

Celebrating Deepavali @ Little India

Deepavali also means “Festival of Lights”.

It is the most important Hindu festival on the Hindu calendar. In Singapore, Deepavali is usually held in late October to early November. To the devotees of this magnificent Hindu festival, Deepavali “convert darkness to light and the victory of good over evil”. In Singapore, 55% of the Indians are Hindus.

This year Deepavali will be celebrated on November 13. You can visit Little India, an area located along Serangoon Road and there will be great festivities, sales promotions, food galore and plenty of both local and overseas visitors

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Situated along Serangoon and Tekka Roads, there are endless rows of shops and shop houses, restaurants, affordable hotels, textile and jewellery shops – all reflecting the Indian lifestyle, spices and awesome gourmet. The ever popular 24 hours Mustafa Shopping Centre is also located in this area. On a normal weekend, the human and vehicle traffic flow along this area can almost come to a standstill. This area has become the home to the thousands of Indians who either have migrated to Singapore or are professionally engaged as part of the Singapore white and blue collar workforce.

Little India – the heartbeat of the thousands of Indians and Hindus in Singapore – is the right place to feel the vibrant warmth of Deepavali.

During this festive season, the streets of Little India will be grandly decorated and there are bright shiny curved arches to create a colourful festive atmosphere. It is also a good shopping place for the tourists. There will be a wide variety of merchandise on display from the dazzling bazaar stalls. The visitors can also enjoy a wide range of Indian snacks and north-south cuisine. There are plenty of cultural shows and activities too such as the India Cultural Relic & Crafts Show, street parades, Deepavali New Year’s Eve concert.

So if you are free, you may go to Little India, find a coffee shop to sit down and then order a cup of fragrant India tarik (tea with milk foam). While you relax and appreciate the festival atmosphere of the crowd on the busy streets, you can also view the dazzling shops and stalls next to the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.

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In celebrate Deepavali, wearing new clothes are essential. The men can wear Jippa while the women will wear brightly colored silk sari or Punjabi style clothes. The young girls will generally wear Pavadai. Like the Chinese, the Indians also avoid wearing black clothes on Deepavali day because they view black as an unlucky color.

An authentic Deepavali tradition is the drawing of pretty paintings on your hands with the use of Indian herbal pigments (Henna). Such herbal pigments are also suitable for dyeing painted skin, hair, nails, and even leather and wool.

|||||The legend of Deepavali

Traditionally Deepavali is the day where the Hindus celebrate justice defeats evil and light conquer over darkness. There are different opinions about the origin of Deepavali. The most widely circulated story was how Narakasura became the monarch of a country by doing everything possible to win the favor of God. He became a tyrant and forced his subjects to live in dire straits.

As a result of wide spread hardship, Narakasura’s subjects went to seek comfort and help from Madura Kingdom rulers – Krishna (later known as Lord Sri Krishna). Eventually Lord Sri Krishna managed to slain the evil tyrant King Narakasura.  Coincidentally, Lord Sri Krishna’s victory over the evil Narakasura took place on a new moon night where the whole city was in darkness. To celebrate Lord Sri Krishna victorious return, the people lit oil lamps to celebrate the victory. So even up to today, the Indians still retain this traditional of lighting up oil lamps to commemorate the victory over the evil forces.

|||||Traffic tips: Road closures in Little India during Deepavali

The Deepavali festivities are sponsored by the Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association. The duration is from November 13 to November 16, 2012.

To ensure that the festival activities are being run smoothly and safely, the following roads will be at closed from 13th  to 16th November and during this period, these sectors will remain closed from 8am to 8 pm: Serangoon Road, Campbell Lane and Hashtings Road and Clive Street.

The traffic police will be on duty to regulate traffic and assist motorists as well as pedestrians. The traffic police also remind the public not to park their vehicles around the surrounding roads. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed away.

If in doubt, the public can call 63922246 to the organizers for more information. (■Singapore 360°)

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About us:

  • Address:Serangoon River, NE7 Little India MRT Station

Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa

In 1937, a pair of brothers called Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par otherwise known as the developers of Tiger Balm, built and developed Haw Par Villa or popular known as the Tiger Balm Gardens. Haw Par Villa was designed to be a Chinese mythological theme park and back then when smartphones were totally unheard of, the Tiger Balm Garden was a mammoth tourist attraction in Singapore.

Haw Par Villa is located along Pasir Panjang Road.  The park was originally a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values. During the 1970s and 1980s, Haw Par Villa went through several high profile management rise and fall. In 1988, the Singapore Tourism Board took over the running of the Tiger Balm Gardens and renamed it as Haw Par Villa Dragon World. The statues were carefully restored while retaining the original presentation. Plays, acrobatic displays and puppet shows were also organised. However the visitors have to pay entrance fees. The high fees became a deterrent for more visitors and eventually the management incurred a loss of S$31.5 million over a period of ten years. In 1994, the Gardens went through a renovation and although it was off to a good start, it again cannot cope with the escalating operating costs. By 1998, entry into the Gardens was free. In March 2001, the Singapore Tourism Board renamed it Tiger Balm Gardens and the entrance fees was dropped. Currently admission into the park is free; and it is open from 0900h to 1900h daily.

The Tiger Balm Gardens has more than 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, legends, history and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism. The attractions include statues of the Laughing Buddha and the Goddess of Mercy, as well as dioramas of scenes from Journey to the West. The most well-known attraction is the Ten Courts of Hell, with gruesome depictions of hell in Chinese mythology, all set in a 60 meter-long trail of a Dragon. Visitors can learn about Chinese history, culture and traditional concepts from the Tiger Balm Gardens or Haw Par Villa.

Haw Par Villa means tigers and leopards hence it is no surprise that there are many statues of these two animals in the park. Additionally, located at United States display, there is a Statue of Liberty, at the Australia, there are Australia kangaroos and at the Japan display, there is a model of Mount Fuji.

There are three Haw Par Villa parks, also known as Tiger Balm Garden, in the world. The first is located in Hong Kong, the second in Singapore while the third is located in the Fujian Province of China. They were all built by the famous pharmacy businessman Aw Boon Haw and the name originated from the names of the two brothers; Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par. The brothers whose original nationality was in the Fujian province of China, were born in Burma, and later creates the popular “Tiger Balm” brand. In 1937, Aw Boon Par built a second Haw Par Villa in Singapore. It was the largest Haw Par Villa.(■Singapore 360°)

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About us:

  • Address: 262 Pasir Panjang, Singapore
  • Tel: (+65) 68722003
  • Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 to 7:00 pm.
  • Transport: The Circle Line station, Haw Par Villa MRT Station (CC25), is located next to it

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer open to the public since March 1, 2008, attracts thousands of tourists come to visit. The Flyer is 165 metres (Height of a 42-storey building). You will surpirse to the Singapore’s dynamic cityscape on the top of the Flyer from Changi Airport to Sentosa Island, and beyond to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. It comprises 28 fully air-conditioned and UV-light protected capsules that can comfortably carry up to 28 people each. During 30 minutes of the flight, the visitors would have the chance to capture the beautiful landscape of the overall city. When it cilmbs up to the top of the Flyer, the broadcast inside the capsules would have announced that you are already on the top of the world. It is truly a fantasitic trip.

Taking a tour at the time of sunset is mostly recommended. You can enjoy the marvelous view when everything is coated with golden light.  (■Singapore 360°)

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About Us:

  • Address:Singapore Flyer Pte Ltd 30 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039803

Salam aidilfitri

We all know this month is a big occasion for our Muslim friends and thanks to them, we get to enjoy a lot of delicious food! So, brace yourselves for the grease feast – Geylang Serai Ramadhan Bazaar 2017 as you flock to the annual food market to binge on Ramly burgers, otah-otah and other sinful street snacks like the Rainbow Planet Ice-cream Buns. There will be a lot of installations made from the inspired Malay culture and heritage which is super insta-worthy, so prepare your camera, phone and power banks or else you will regret when your gadgets ran out of batteries’ power!

Whether you are a shopaholic, a foodie, a compulsive Instagrammer or a heritage buff, going to the Bazaar is definitely worth your while. This year there are over 300 stalls selling a wide selection of food and merchandise. The bazaar spans around the Geylang Serai market, Joo Chiat Complex and along Haig Road, from May 25 to June 24. The official light-up ceremony was on May 20.
Venue: Area around Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat Complex and Haig Road
Dates: 26 May to 25 June
How to get to Geylang Serai Market:
MRT: Paya Lebar Station
Bus: 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 76, 154 and 155

Singapore Food Expo

Singapore Food Expo has been attest as one of the largest scale food event in Singapore and has been garnering support from the local F&B players. This year, there is a participation of more than 100 exhibitors showcasing a thousand different quality products, ranging from fresh interpretations of familiar products to newly commercialized fares.

Time:11:00 – 22:00
Date: 26 May – 30 May
Admission: Public – Free Admission
Venue: Singapore EXPO Hall 4
Organiser: Singapore Food Manufacturer’s Association

Contact Details:
Tel: +65 6221 2438
Fax: +65 6223 7235
Email: enquiries@sfma.org.sg
Website: https://www.singaporefoodexpo.org.sg

Chingay

This National Event is known as the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. From the main parade site to the heartlands, this roadshow ha是 the dynamism of Singapore’s lively and multicultural society.

The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin zhuang yi (妆艺), which means “the art of costume and masquerade” in the Hokkien dialect.

Today, Chingay has become a uniquely Singaporean Lunar New Year tradition, which is held during the second weekend of the Lunar New Year. This yearly street parade is now a national festival, celebrated by the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians.

The program details are:
Date: 10-11 February 2017
Time : 7pm – 9pm
Venue: F1 Pit Building (Next to Singapore Flyer)

Please visit their website for more details on the ticket pricing.
https://chingay.org.sg/chingay2017/ticketing-details

Merry Christmas @ Wonderland (25/12/2016)

Merry Christmas @ Wonderland (25/12/2016)

Christmas is a festive day for everyone to celebrate! This year, Gardens by the Bay is hosting a special event for everyone to attend to celebrate this festive day.

Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest Christmas fair, was created by Blue Sky events to enthral visitors with a combination of magnificent sculptures of light with the charming festive markets alongside the carnival games.

This year is a special occasion at Gardens by the Bay with Christmas Wonderland showcasing the magnificent luminaire light sculptures which begin at the Golden Garden and extends throughout the festival premises. The Festive Market is at the SuperTree Grove; the Fairground, Ice Palace and Hi-5 Funtastic House in The Meadow.

Christmas Wonderland 2016 is located at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.

(The event will be commencing from 2nd Dec 2016 to 1st Jan 2017)

Tickets from: $4 onwards

For more info, visit their website at http://www.christmaswonderland.sg/

Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.