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.  





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PART II - WALKATHON AROUND CENTRAL DISTRICT

After settled down, we had our lunch at nearby Macpherson Barbeque Seafood (highly recommended by the host) 

The grilled, barbeque sotong & lala are really best! MUST TRY!  




Girls continued their shopping in Vivocity, while we guys started our walkathon! 

It's a really long walk! 




Singapore Parliament  




Supreme Court






Old Supreme Court 






Singapore's Duck Tour; ride on road or cruise on sea---without the hassle of switching craft!




FUNAN IT Mall 




It's a upmarket IT mall... if you want some bargains or 2nd hand electronic products, go to Sim Lim square 




Basically it's like a high class Low Yat Plaza


PUBLIC TRANSPORT PART III 





We passed through SMRT HQ 




This is the current MRT lines (2010) 

Clear and Easy ride!

It already covers most of the part in the island, you feel no problem travelling from one place to another, yet Singapore government plans ahead.




MRT expansion and future plans! WOW! 

New Circle Lines will be opened completely this year and Downtown Lines are in the construction to boost up public transport usage to 70%

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And this is our beloved KL LRT + Monorail + KTM 


 


Apa ini? Such a mess! 


KTM? Tunggu lama lama lah! and beware of pick-pocket

KL LRT and Monorails don't have proper and convenience interchange stations...you have to walk under the sun or soak into rain...like the Dang Wangi station to Bukit Nanas! I experienced that! 

Singapore MRT connects almost every possible shopping malls... Orchard Road shopping malls to Vivocity, Suntec City Malls, Bugis Junction, Iluma and etc...no problem! 

Malaysia? 

Midvalley The Gardens to Sunway? One U to Bukit Bintang? 

So sorry you have to drive...and please be patient in the jam jam jam! 

Ohh ya...heard that Malaysia 10th Plan is going to construct a RM50 billions MRT for Klang Valley... but why never built that 10 years ago? Why built LRT and monorail then? 

Why never planned properly and solve problems once and for all? 

Malaysian politicians don't have to go far to study MRT, come Singapore. 

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We continued our walk to Chijmes.



This's Ting Yik's favourite! He's a big Japanese fan! 




Singapore is not just interesting on the ground, beneath it lies some treasures.

Like this one City Link Mall. 




It's a 1 KM long underground shopping mall, linking MRT stations to Suntec City Mall. 




Remember Kuishin Bo Japanese Buffet with my Xiao Shu? 

It's here in Suntec City Mall




The most unique Food Republic 




I Tried Old Chang Kee OO Kuai & TY Curry Puff 




Curry Puff is nice! 




This fountain situated in Suntec Mall.  Let pics do the talk 


from google 


from google 




HUAT arr!!! 




All Circle Lines (Latest MRT lines) escalators are like this. 




Then, we proceed purposely from Suntec to Bugis Junction for some gifts! Got MRT everywhere is not far.  




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PART IV - SEXY SINGAPORE SKYLINE 

So, where's the best place to see entire Singapore skyline? 

$30 for a 30-min ride on Singapore Flyer? 




Not necessary if you want small $ for big thing! 




Singapore faced serious housing shortage problem after independence. 

Due to land constraints, high-density flats are built. 

They call it HDB flat.  




We're are coming here! World's tallest public housing building! 




Georgetown feel? 




The Pinnacle @ Duxton! 




Another award-winning project by my Xiao Shu company, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers  




From low cost flat to condominium alike --- this is the future of HDB! 

A historical significance put forward by Lee Kuan Yew in his constitution Tanjong Pagar 




Basketball court 




Xiao Shu told us to visit there after 6pm, and you can enjoy 3 scenes together. 

Day, Sunset & Night 




Catch the sun 





On top of the 50th floor, you can enjoy a panoramic 360 degree view of Singapore

Can you spot Universal Studio we went yesterday?




Sentosa Cove - Exclusive Oceanfront Residential Community 

$20 million above 




Singapore Skyline! 




Here, you relax and embrace the wind breeze 




From a British colonial post to today's leading metropolitan 




Here you can sit down and enjoy




Pinnacle@Duxton has world's largest sky garden  








See how relaxing is Jin Yan

When night falls...


 


Vibrant city never sleeps




Picture caption: Latest movie Sex and the city 2 




Can you see Orchard Road and the ION Residence (ION Orchard) building? 




Come on Singapore! 






Ohhh no...this's the ugliest photo of all...=.= wrong pose la




This one is the right pose! 

We spent 2 hours on top of The Pinnacle, enjoyed the entire city view, yes, with an entrance fee 
of just $ 5.  



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PART V --- DINNER @ LAU PA SAT & BOAT QUAY 




A well-organised food court in historical building




It's a hawker centre that opens 24 hours




There's live band on the stage at the centre of the market




After dinner, we went to Boat Quay. It's very much alike Clare Quay, but here mainly are seafood businesses.  




A night stroll along Boat Quay with your loved one, not bad huh?


On the way back to Rucksack Inns, we passed through Elgin Bridge Underpass! 

This's where all fun things started! 




Let's jump! 




Ting Yik anti - gravity? 




Nice one! 




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PART VI --- JUST FOR FUN @ ELGIN BRIDGE UNDERPASS 



take 1 


take 2 


nearer


nearer! 


Hahaz! Here ends day 7! 

15 comments:

Katlyn said...

These pics are totally fascinating…thank you!! I just can’t wait to get to this great place and stay at one of the nice discount hotels in Singapore.

siewchean said...

曾经在那里工作有半年的时间。照片中的那些地方我都很喜欢,尤其是Tanjong Pagar。 我觉得那是全新加波最有文化和历史的地方。

我怀念的新加波。

你的学妹,
Christine Siewchean

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