Singapore City Journals

Hippo-hopping in Singapore

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An August 2006 trip to Singapore City by writeonthespot

Visitors Centre Photo, Singapore, Asia More Photos
Quote: Some say that one can tour Singapore in just a day. I say, "it's not enough!" To truly appreciate this small island nation, you have to embrace it fully.

Hippo-hopping in Singapore

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Overview

Visitors Centre Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Singapore is just a tiny island state between Malaysia and Indonesia. It used to be a stopover for pirates until it became a tiny fishing village called Singa Pura, the Lion City. Later, the British developed this diamond-shaped island into a commercial trading center. Sir Thomas Raffles of the East India Company is credited for establishing his trading post in Singa Pura in 1819. Singapore went through many milestones and experiences through the years and strived until it has become economically stable. With its history and strategic location in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Eurasian cultures. Religion is freely practiced here as it brings Buddhists,...Read More
Regency House Photo, Singapore, Asia
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We stayed with a friend who is an expatriate in Singapore. She’s staying at Regency House, which is very strategically located because it is near Orchard Road. Separating Regency House from the avenue of malls is a very lush park, the popular Istana Park. Just a few walks away are MRT stations (Sommerset and Dhoby Ghaut) and bus stations.The rooms are luxuriously furnished and air-conditioned. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and amenities like laundry service and in-house launderette. Other services include daily breakfast and maid services except on weekends and public holidays, 24-hour maintenance, round-the-clock guest services and security, Internet access, and other guest programs....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2006

Regency House
121 Penang Road
Singapore, Singapore 238464
+65 6737 8828

Orchard Road

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Attraction | "Orchard Road Hawkers"

Orchard Road Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Hawkers are where cheap but good food is found. Hawkers abound all over Singapore and one particular hawker where we dined is the Orchard Road Hawker. Local food is sold at a lower price. You can have Bee Hon and other noodles or chili wings.The set-up for a Hawker Centre is a place where there are a number of stalls selling various kinds of food, and these stalls share a common seating area for the customers, just like what you see in a food court. It’s an open-air area so sometimes, it could be extremely warm during noon but it is great to hang out here at night time when the air is a bit cooler.You can have a complete meal at the price of S$5 to S$9. Various stall...Read More

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Orchard Road

Singapore, Singapore

Hippo Tour

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Attraction

Hippo Tour Photo, Singapore, Asia
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We went topless for 2 days! That’s because we took the popular HiPPO tour, aboard a topless double decker bus that took us around the famous sites and sights of Singapore. To get more privileges and benefits, we opted for the 2-day package which costs to S$33 that includes six fabulous tours (City, Heritage, Sentosa, Moonlight, Red Lantern, and Singapore River Cruise) and a S$10 off for the Hot Air Balloon ride. To kick-off our tour, we first took the pink HiPPO bus for the Sentosa trip and stayed at the recreation island for about half a day till the sun was out. After the Magical Fountain show, we boarded the red HiPPO bus for the Moonlight trip that took us to the Bugis Village, a bargain sh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2006

Hippo Tour

Sentosa, Singapore
+65 633868-77

River Cruise

Attraction

River Cruise Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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The city tour would never be complete without a cruise along Singapore River. Our river boat ride was not on a perfect timing with the rain drizzling yet we enjoyed it immensely. The wooden boat was small and net fully adorned except for the red Chinese lanterns on the window near the engine. The front part, where we are seated is just covered with tarpaulin. As the boat started on its way, a recorded voice became audible. The taped voice of a female narrated about the history and the background of every building and spot that comes into view. Starting from Clarke Quay, we cruised down passing the colorful boat quay. We also saw the colorful Ministry of Communications building and the Asian Civilizati...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2006

River Cruise
Clarke Quay
Singapore, Singapore
+65 63366112

Night Safari

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Attraction

Night Safari Photo, Singapore, Asia
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The night is the best time to start an adventure in Singapore. Where else would you like to take this adventure but in the Night Safari where the wild comes alive as the sun goes out. It’s in the northern part of Singapore and going there is not that difficult. We were just a few hours in this tiny city-state and we embarked going to the Night Safari despite the fact that we were first timers here. That goes to show how tourist-friendly Singapore is even during dusk and beyond. We took the MRT going to Ang Mo Kio, got off at the station and waited for bus 138 to take us in the Night Safari. It was about an hour traveling time before we arrived to our destination. Excited as we were, we posed ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2006

Night Safari
80 Mandai Lake Rd.
Singapore 729826
+65 6269 3411

Hot Air Balloon

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Story/Tip

Hot air yellow and orange Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Up, up, up and away we went inside the DHL hot air balloon located at Tan Quee Lan St. near Bugis. The red and yellow striped balloon took us to about 150m from the ground for a spectacular view of Singapore’s cityscape. As the balloon ascended, neighboring buildings like the Raffles Hospital, Inter-Continental Singapore and Suntec City Mall came to view. It went higher further and the skyscrapers at Orchard Road slowly appeared. We stayed on air for about 10 minutes and the balloon descended steadily. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that I would recommend to friends who visit Singapore. Since we took the ride in the morning, I would like to try at night to see the city lights glowing...Read More