Saturday, June 19, 2010

10 places in 1 day! It's a walkathon! Singapore Day 7 of 8

PART I - From A Beary Good Hostel to Rucksacks Inn 


We booked our stay 2 week before the trip, so we only managed to get 6 nights at A Beary Good Hostel. (Fully Booked)

Here's a little tips for backpackers - Book and manage your accommodation AT LEAST 4 weeks before, especially places like backpackers hostels.

So, it's time to say goodbye. 

A Beary Good Hostel was opened on February 14, 2010. Everything here is new, clean and organised. 

Most important friendly hosts are at your services 24 hours.  

Hot shower, softly bed, breakfast, wifigood location & clean --- ain't these all we need? 




The best thing is you can know a lot of friends from all over the world. 

Seriously. 




With Nas (our warm host, migrated to Melbourne) and Vincent (Bangkok)


NEXT --- Move to RUCKSACKS INN 




Rucksacks Inn is located in Hong Kong street. Well, it's 5 MIN walk from Clarke Quay MRT !

"Hey...reach edi ar? Why so far one?"

"Not used la...A Beary Good Hostel just takes us 20 STEPS from MRT station!

Pampered, now we complained for 5 minutes walk. 

SO, WHY WE CHOSE RUCKSACKS INN? 




Rucksacks Inn is the 2009 No. 1 Hostel in Singapore; Top 3 in Asia !   

Of course the rate is slightly higher, $26 for dormitory room. 




Walking up the staircase...don't really like... 




A wall with positive comments from backpackers over the world




Checking in, another friendly host...guess what she's a Malaysian




Living hall with newspapers, travel brochures, TV, games, 3 PCs  




Free "breakfast" at any time 




This's our room. Everyone is given a locker. 

Room fits more people than A Beary Good Hostel, but to be honest I still prefer the atmosphere of the later.  


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Universal Studio Singapore - A place where fairy tales come true

You're not considered to have visited Singapore if you missed Universal Studio! =P

"Very expensive le? Convert to Ringgit you count la"

"Theme park just opened some..nothing much la.."

"But mind you? Universal Studio Singapore is 2nd in Asia. If you want to save more then go to Japan la!"

"Or you can wait till 2014 Seoul and coming Dubailand!"

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We had a fun day in Universal, cause too many interesting things, so to illustrate and describe clearly what's worth to see in Universal, this post...err...more pics la! HAHA

If you want more chio pics for FB profile, come U.S.  

Sometimes in life fairy tales do come true. 

But, how true is true? 




We had a new partner in Universal Studio's trip! Introducing - Eric Yeap JB guy UM E&E our friend back in Penang Matriculation College. We met him at 10am and kicked start our day!  




Genting Group, proud of Malaysia?




Universal Studio entrance ticket $66 (free $10 meal + $5 goods cash vouchers)

Believe me, it's worth every single dollar!





Too many places to go in one short...where to go first le?




For your info, Universal Studio is generally consisted of 7 theme attractions

i) Hollywood
ii) Madagascar *
iii) Far Far Away (Shrek)
iv) Jurassic Park *
v)Ancient Egypt 
vi) Sci-Fi City *
vii) New York 

Each has their own selling point. 

*Madagascar, Jurassic Park and Sci-Fi City are not available completely yet. 

"Walao eh! Like this mah 70% available? Not worth la!"

We're beh gan buan and quite frustrated at first, but once stepped into Universal Studio... 




WOW! The ambience is very much different! Rock 'n' roll music welcomed us and we felt like in celebrating and relaxing mood. It's like a grand festival! 

Welcome to HOLLYWOOD! 






Everything is just colorful there. And yes, what you see in cartoon and TVs are there. 




Buildings are meticulously sculptured

  


The best part in Universal Studio is there're shows from time to time. It's not like Genting where outdoor theme park is theme park. 

Here you don't have to pay extra for real world-class shows. 

Well....we watched 3 indoor halls; 3 street shows! 




So we started from Madagascar, to Far Far Away, Lost World, Water World, Egypt, Sci-Fi City and finally New York!  (One clockwise turn in U.S.)




MADAGASCAR! 

Sunday, June 06, 2010

It's Sun-day! City Harvest Church + Bukit Timah Serenity + Sexy Marina Bay ! Singapore Day 5 of 8

So it's 5th day in Lion City and...it's Sunday morning!

930am. It's considered quite early for us.






"We're going to church!"

"Huh...You're Christian meh?" 

"No lah, but not necessary a Christian only can go to church mah...and this church is quite unique...must go and have a look!"

So we went to EXPO. 




Colourful EXPO, from google



Huge EXPO, from google

"Ehh...We are going to Church right??! BUT WHY ARE WE HEADING TO CONVENTION CENTRE??"

"Ya lor...some more...so far la" 




YEAH, it is really far from A Beary Good Hostel! 

MRT from Chinatown to EXPO (Far East, almost near Changi Airport, 2 interchange stations) took us about 40 minutes... 

What to do? Sleeeeppp lah! Oink Oink




CITY HARVEST CHURCH ! Here we are! 

CHC is the largest non-denominational church in Singapore. Founded by Kong Hee and the church bases its value on Charismatic and Pentecoastal teachings. Read more at the official website & recent news***. 


We're late for 30 min...and once you stepped into the indoor stadium...




Awesome! Just feel the crowd! 




Pastor Kong Hee was preaching charismatically on the stage, with estimated 7,000 people in the hall! 

And we felt like in concert! The singers and live bands were just cool! 

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Oh yes...only Jin Yan, Beautrice and I went to the church. 

What happened to Ting Yik???


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He didn't want to go to church so pretended to be sick at hostel...

Haha...to know the real reason and his programs go to read his blog! 

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MET XIAO SHU, NUS

After lunch at EXPO, we met Xiao Shu at Stadium new MRT Circle Line. 

He fetched us with Darien (cousin bro), back from kayak-ing at Kallang for Scout training skills and Kara in the car. 



kara beh, photographed by khim khim 

Kara was very cute and shy. She kept silence along the way...wondering why suddenly papa got to fetch 2 jie jie and wei chean?




pic google

We visited National University of Singapore (NUS) where my Xiao Shu used to study there. 

He drove us a round there and the campus was just...MODERN and BEAUTIFUL! It's very green and some of the buildings are very FUTURISTICS. Many buildings are like National Library style. *See my post Day 3 at Bugis

Subway, MCD, Burger King...all are inside the campus! 

Malaysian local u students...can you imagine there's MCD at our hostel cafe? 

No wonder it's Asia top 3. Good ambience, international exposure, quality lecturers and well management...

Memang betul no matter where you are in Singapore, you want to compare it with  Malaysia. How to compare? Stark contarst!






from right, xiao shu, beautrice, kara, jin yan

Xiao Shu bought us Teo Chew kuih from East Coast. Teo Chew lang jiak teo chew kuih...

Kara, after some time mingled together...not shy anymore...haha




Together Kara and 2 jie jie went to swimming pool! 




Kara, Xiao Shu & Me




Xiao Shu & Xiao Shen (she's a lovely singaporean) 




The weather was real hot! So...the best thing to do would be swimmin...with Kara!


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Prettiest - Uglist - Largest - Crowdest - Spiciest - Chapter 4 of 8

It's DAY 4 ! 

Middle of the 8 days long trip, it's the most tiring time and actually we gotta charge energy ...

So we got the power from the BEH --- BEAR !  




It's lovely when you see bears anywhere...in the Beary Good Hostel ! Surely will stay again if I visit SG!




LARGEST SHOPPING MALL - VIVOCITY

Chinatown is very strategic! Guess what? Just 5 min MRT from Vivo! 




Vivocity is located opposite of Sentosa Island! You can see Resort World in the near horizon

Oh yes...I was very tired that day...my small enough jay chou rain sexy eyes became even smaller =P




Singapore Port at the other side!  




Vivo Vivo ! Lots of shopping malls in Singapore! 



Singapore is very smart! 

Almost every shopping malls attract big crowds! 

Vivocity, Bugis Junction, Iluma, Orchard, Suntec Mall & etc --- all well-connected by MRT ! 

If you want to pak tor or shopping there no need car, just take a MRT and you can go to a lot of happening & romantic places! 

IMAGINE our KL LRT connects 1 U, Sunway Pyramid, Midvalley, Pavilion, KLCC all in the same line ? 

Penang Monorail to bring you to Gurney Plaza, 1st Avenue, Timesquares & Queensbay ? 

Memang syok-lah macam ni!

Log in to http://www.dengjiujiu.com to realise




Vivocity is also connected to Singapore Cruise Centre.

Star Virgo to Hong Kong, anyone?




Wilson:" Singapore is really beautiful..."

Ting Yik:" Haha...yup! But not this! See the flowers? This is the 1st ugly design I see in Singapore!"

LMAO 




Bread History, Rotiboy ---then--- Bread Talk!




See the KOPITIAM and BANQUET ? 

Inside KOPITIAM got tu bak but BANQUET is 100% halal




Jacky Chan the best cook ! 

And I ordered my Fish Head Bee Hon --- yummy --- can fight with Cheras one 




Jacky Chan Fish Soup won the President's award! No wonder tasted so nice! Shi Fu! 




Cendol for dessert, for this time --- Penang cendol is better! 




We walked and walked in the Vivocity ---and came across with this;

"What?! Earthquake in the bookstore???!!!" 

Look at the design! So creative!




It's Page One @ Vivo and it's really nice

We spent about 4 hours + in Vivocity and yes we did explore every corner of it.

Since we got nothing else to buy and the gals wanna keep shopping, Ting Yik and I went to our next desti 

------ LITTLE INDIA ! 




The unique smell pervading in the air welcomes you to Little India !

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