This post is a short one so just read it impatiently
20th May 2010
Woke up in a cheerful morning!
The good thing you sleep in a hostel is, today an Australian sleep on your next bed, but the next morning you wake up it might be a Briton!
We met a very handsome Thai, Vincent, in A Beary Good Hostel. He studied English language in Singapore for 1 month last year and is
Ke Xin's favourite!
Cornflakes + Milk
That's my breakfast for 7 mornings! And I will pamper myself with 2 breads of peanut butter as well! Yummy!
Vincent + Beautrice ( See you in Bangkok! )
Chinatown in the morning!
MRT station, is NEAR to our hostel, just 20 STEPS! Very convenient!
For backpacker like us, we have to acquire at least 3 skills for an effective trip:-
1. Read Tourist map
2. Read MRT map
3. Planning, Planning, Planning ; if don't know - ASK
From http://tingyik90.blogspot.com ; my good partner, a smart backpacker.
Read, read and read
EZ Link card
In Singapore it's damn easy & convenient. It's like in Taipei where 1 card you can access to anywhere! MRT, buses, Sentosa monorail and etc.
$15 for the card ($10 credit & $5 non-refundable), and you can reload it at MRT station, ATM, 7-11 and etc.
If you are a HEAVY traveller and just stay for 3 days maximum, it's advisable to buy a Singapore Tourist Pass. $34 for 3-days unlimited travel.
MRT system 2010
Trust me, you can understand Singapore's MRT (Mass Rail Transit) system at a glance. There are 4 major lines now, namely, East West Line (Green), North South Line (Red), North East Line (Purple) and latest Circle Line (Orange).
You simply can memorize the colors. All the interchange stations are well connected, within walking distance and you don't have to walk under hot scorching sun or soak in a rain like KL's. While KL struggles to boast public transport to 20% the little red dot is already aiming for 70%.
So today, 20th May 2010 --- Last day of my 19th --- We're heading to Orchard Road!
Orchard you must at least visit twice! One at day time, another at night (preferably Friday / Saturday) to
squeeze with the crowd feel the atmosphere! It's happening!
Chinatown MRT is strategic. Sentosa? Marina Bay? Orchard Road? Clarke Quay? All within few stops!
To experience the pulses of a city, first thing you must walk.
So we chose to step out at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
Dhoby Ghaut has the most interchange lines (purple, red, orange)
You can feel the tension & competitiveness of Singaporeans by using the escalators! The speed is 2 times of Malaysia's! Fast! Everything there must fast, efficient, and chun! 快，狠，准！
Pie Kia in the MRT !!! Beware!
You wouldn't feel bored underground. Singaporean utilizes every inch of their land!
Yes, They are really good at adding "value" ! A bus stop is not just a stop, and etc. Shall elaborate in next few posts.
So we came out at Dhoby Ghaut MRT and started walking!
Nice and green buildings are just anywhere.
Very walkable pathway. Lotsa trees
Read the map! Don't get lost! The most important thing! We are heading to Orchard, not Geylang!
One big stretch of road - Orchard Rd.
You can easily find 20 + shopping malls there! Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Dior...lost count @@...not just 1 outlet but many there...flagships!
And it makes you feel like robbing bank!
Orchard Road just underwent a $40 millions revamp in 2009, with addition of new street lamps, urban green rooms, flower totem poles and new modern malls opening! True Singapore's government plan for the future.
For Penang-lang! And yes there're many successful & famous Penangites in Singapore including the ministers and businessman.
2X Bus! Like Taipei, there're specific bus lanes.
Orchard Central! SG's tallest vertical mall opened on July 09'
Long escalator to the sky garden. Garden in the sky has become a trend in SG.
Sky Garden @ Orchard Central
Like this pic ****** Artistic huh? XD
You know what, shopping experience in Singapore is different. A normal shopping mall is on par, if not better
than Pavilion KL. They really put much effort in adding value and architecture designs.
Personally I quite like 313@Somerset. Just 5 months into operations, 313@Somerset already welcomed 15 millions visitors, higher than targeted 10 millions.
Goods are middle-high range. Quite a good place to shop in Orchard Road.
Shoppers Jin Yan & Beautrice advices: Can get some good deals at largest Uniqlo & Forever 21 stores in SEA.
I like 21 this number! huat ah!
You can get latest trendy clothes at $15 in Uniqlo. Yeah, only $15! Why not?
Haha, don't covert to Ringgit la.
*SGD 1 = RM2.316
*Yahoo Finance 29 May 2010
Largest Food Republic @ 313 Somerset
Singaporeans are very good in packaging.
Food Republic sounds very cool rite?
Actually it's just like our food court or Medan Selera here. But they market it well & add value and we consumers get different experience! Varieties of choices and foods really quite good!
I ordered Niu Rou Dao Qie Mian (刀切面）, $6.00. Chef from China, boss Taiwanese
Outside the sky garden, food republic 313 @ Somerset
Din Tai Fung! Its xiao long pao is world-class!
Yeah we tried at its 1st outlet at Taipei, those who read my Taiwan travel log would know =D
Now it's available in The Gardens as well!
Most well-known landmark at Orchard Rd - Ngee Ann City
Not many know in the 50s it was actually a burial ground managed by Ngee Ann Kongsi
My favourite of all time!
It was SEA largest bookstore for almost 10 years until the opening of Gramedia in Jakarta.
Ting Yik & I together while the girls were shopping. Yes we did separate when come to shopping malls. Different purposes...haha...and
afraid to be the one who pay bills Jk Jk
NEXT ------ ION ORCHARD !
The most IN shopping mall & landmark @ Orchard Road
It's glimmering & shinning. Like diamond and its design won world-class award.
ION Orchard is actually my uncle's company project.
And the company, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers won the Structural Steel Design Award for ION Orchard.
More about RSP to come.
The night view is more awesome; pic from
Like what my uncle told me; ION Orchard; actually stands for
I On Orchard
Indoor. No more convention design escalator at 2 sides.
Bought mineral water made in Portugal
Guess what! Ting Yik & I went into most shopping malls @ Orchard Rd. We spent the whole afternoon & whilst gals were shopping & enjoyed nice yogurts. You name it! Orchard Central, 313@Somerset, Ngee Ann City, ION Orchard, TANGs, Paragon etc.
We didn't just step in but we explored the entire building. For us, shopping is to see the design, the layout floor plan, how they attract crowds...and....visit the book stores!!! Kinda boring huh? Haha. We did step into special and creative outlets!
Oh yeah 20th May was my last day as 19th
innocent good boy.
At night, very much thanks to my Xiao Shu! Remember RSP company which I mentioned just now? Yes he's the one.
He purposely fetched 4 of us to Kuishin-Bo Authentic Japanese Buffet Restaurant at Suntec City Tower 1 to celebrate my birthday as well as welcome us to Singapore!
A night drive at Singapore was a different feel. Not like the notorious kl traffic.
Per person $39.90 and on thursday nite it was a full-house. Thanks Xiao Shu for the treats!
We almost had to sit outside.
Eat as much as you can!
From right (xiao shu, jin yan, beautrice)
THANK YOU Xiao Shu !!!
Xiao Shu drove us around CBD (Central Business District, Orchard Road and etc) Singapore night view was just awesome! Fantastic skyline!
We passed through many notable universities and colleges such as Singapore Management University (SMU). It's located in the heart of city and business students there are trained to be street smart and present confidently! Withink walking distance there're night clubs and bars, for business purposes? XD
Next, we moved on to La Salle College of Arts. Yeah, it's College!!!
Imagine if our local universities are like this?
College? Shopping mall? Hotel? UFO?
And yes it's again my Xiao Shu's company RSP's award winning project.
For your info RSP is the local building mafia and guess what, a lot of places we were going designed by them.
Next and last stop of the day --- Clarke Quay. Xiao Shu left us at CQ for my 20th b'day.
It is situated in the upstream of Singapore River and a historical-site turned happening floating pubs and restaurants. Music in the air!
It's really a nice place to hang put with friends. The party don't start till I walk in! XD
Reverse Bungee-Jump ; from
It's tempting! But at last still guai guai went for a drink. Didn't want to waste the japanese foods that I swallowed.
Again it's refurbished and designed by RSP! Imagine in just 1 day we visited 3 landmarks by RSP!
A simple & meaningful 20th bday at TCC Coffee.
Kam Sia to you all! B'day wish
tiok toto & 1 country 1 year! XD
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