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Must-visit Singapore Museums

Singapore is one of those Asian cities with limitless supply of new ideas and inspiration (and it’s just a 3.5 hour flight away from Cebu <3). The city itself is a charm but wanted to dig in deeper so I checked out 4 museums during my recent trip to the Lion City which gave me loads of fresh creative insights that definitely would bolster me with some projects am currently working on.

First on my list is the world’s first purpose-built museum for toys – Mint Museum of Toys. I love toys and I even have my own collection of Revoltech  and Transformer figures , which I amassed for a span of 15 years. Some of them I got from Toy Conventions in Hong Kong and hobby shops in Macau and Singapore. With that said, my collection is just a tadpole compared to the 5 level toy display at Mint Museum of Toys showcasing an extensive collection of vintage toys, originating from 40 countries such as Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States and Bulgaria.

Mint Museum of Toys is located at 26 Seah Street Singapore 188382. Open from 9:30AM to 6:30PM daily. Admission Charges: Adult SGD15 | Child & Senior Citizen SGD7.50.

How to get here: Alight at City Hall MRT and walk two blocks to Seah Street ( passing along Bras Basah Road and Raffles Hotel).

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Buddha Tooth Relic Museum

Beautiful artifacts are displayed in the museum with the purpose of introducing the aspirations and teachings of Buddha. The exhibition encourages the visitor to have a deeper understanding of Buddhism. It also houses the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa weighing 3.5 tonnes and composed of 320 kg of gold donated by devotees. Admission is free of charge and open daily from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. (Temple is open from 7AM-7PM.)

Address: 288 South Bridge Rd. Singapore 058840.

How to get here: From Chinatown MRT,  take a 6-minute walk (500meter) along Pagoda Street turn right to Trengganu Street. Follow the road until you reach Banda Street and finally Sago Lane.

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Singapore Art Museum makes you breath art, and inspires you to see beauty in almost everything, anywhere. I love it here! One of my favorite pieces in the museum is Pepe and Marcial Bonifacio by Alvin Zafra. An M16 bullet to ground into sandpaper in making the masterpiece- an implement of death is the medium of creation.

 

Admission Fee for Foreign Visitors: SGD10 (Free on Fridays from 6PM-9PM)

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10AM to 7:00PM (last admission is 6:15PM)

Address: 71 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189555

How to get here: Alight at Bras Basah MRT Station and take a 2 minute walk to the Sg Art Museum.

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Singapore Science Center

Tesla Coil Demonstration definitely was the highlight of the visit. An electrifying demonstration of high voltage electricity. And don’t be afraid to volunteer to go inside a cage where the it would be jolted by high voltage electricity or hold a balloon  that’ll be popped by electricity emitted from the coil. Don’t miss the show at 12noon(daily) and 5pm(weekends, school and public holidays).

As a literacy advocate, I – together with iLearners Inc., would love to operate a science museum in Cebu someday. ^_^

Address: 15 Science Center Road Singapore 609081

Operating Hours: 10am -6pm (last admission 5:15pm)

Admission Charges: SGD 12.00

By MRT train

The nearest MRT station is Jurong East Station, which is on both the East-West Line and the North-South Line. From there, you can transfer to bus 66 or 335, or take an 8- minute walk to the Science Centre.

Walking from Jurong East Interchange

The Science Centre is just an 8-minute walk from the Jurong East Bus Interchange/MRT Station:
–  Take the covered walkway from the interchange towards Jurong East St 13.
–  Cross the street and continue in the same direction, along Block 135.
–  Keep going in the same direction until you reach a road intersection.
–  The building diagonally accross that intersection is the Science Centre.

 

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Will surely check out more on my next Singapore visit.And I bet you have more to add? Drop me a comment and would love to check ’em out on my next SG trip. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Travel Special: iLuvCebu in Shanghai China

The largest city by population in the world, Shanghai surely is an exciting destination. My first time to visit the vibrant and bustling city of Shanghai, I did a bit of reading about this global financial center prior my visit, which made me even more jumpy.

From Mactan Cebu International Airport, my new found friends from the travel industry and I took  PR2846 flight to Manila via the country’s flagship airlines, Philippine Airlines, and from NAIA Terminal 2, we hopped on the 3.5 hour PR336 flight to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

4PM as we started our descend to Pudong Airport, I look outside and had my first glimpse of Shanghai. Upon landing, it took the plane about 15-20 minutes to park at the gate. That’s how huge Pudong International Airport is.

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#iLuvCebuinShanghai

Those curves and lines,  make Pudong International Airport one very sexy airport! And who wouldn’t appreciate the good number of immigration officers on duty, making it real speedy to have everyone’s entry to Shanghai processed.   More photos of Pudong International Airport here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/to-shanghai-pudong-international-airport-aboard-philippine-airlines/

#iLuvCebuinShanghai

#iLuvCebuinShanghai

 

Shanghai has 4 distinct seasons – a pleasant warm spring from March to May, a hot rainy summer from June to August, a comfortable cool autumn from September to November and an overcast cold winter from December to February. And for most of us Filipinos who enjoy the cold weather, the best time to visit Shanghai is during winter from December to February. But for those who doesn’t , then visit during the warm spring. Our trip was during the last week of March and this year, Shanghai was battered with an extended cold winter with night temperature as cold as 8 degrees celsius, which I really didn’t mind experiencing. ^_^

After deplaning and passing immigration, the group met with Sally, our tour guide for the entire Shanghai trip. Our first stop – The Bund. (More Pictures here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/the-bund-shanghai-china/)

The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centers on a section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River facing Pudong. From the bund, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the buildings of different architectural styles. Among the magnificent buildings you’d see across The Bund are Shanghai World Financial Center currently the tallest in the country and soon to be the second when Shanghai Tower is finished , Jin Mao Tower and the tallest TV tower in Asia, Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

After having dinner at a restaurant in The Bund, we then checked in at our hotel located in downtown Shanghai. After settling in, we then decided to check the neighborhood out! With the biting 8 degree air, we ended the night with a grande Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate located at Pearl Hotel Shanghai,  3 blocks away from our hotel. The english speaking barista was very helpful and had set our phones with Starbucks wifi accounts which we can use to surf for free whenever we visit any Starbucks branch in Shanghai.

At Starbucks Pearl Hotel Shanghai, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Doyzkie, Eros and Juliet at Starbucks Pearl Hotel Shanghai, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The next day’s itinerary is one of my favorite, for it includes outlet shopping! But before we head down to shopping, we dropped by Zhujiaojiao Ancient Water Town first. Zhujiaojiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and is established about 1,700 years ago. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiaojao and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today. The town is also a souvenir haven where you can buy local products at affordable prices. Silk comforters, hand painted hand fans, fridge magnets, keychains, Shanghai shirts and hand painted chopsticks are a few of the items you’d see here.

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Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

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Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Shanghai Qing Pu Outlets Plaza houses hundreds of boutiques including luxury brands like Armani, Versace, Coach, Ralph Lauren and Tod’s. The complex also houses sports brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance and many others. A  perfect place for some retail therapy.

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Qing Pu Outlets Plaza, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Qing Pu Outlets Plaza, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Qing Pu Outlets Plaza, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

We did more shopping on our next stops at the  jade and pearls shops. I would strongly suggest that when it comes to purchasing pearls and jade, be sure you made your research before getting one. Here’re are steps on how to identify a real jade.

Click here:  http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-Jade-Is-Real.

                        http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-a-Pearl-Is-Real

And make sure you spend only within your budget. Some sellers tend to be a bit persuasive, convincing you to buy more.

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Jade Shopping, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Jade Shopping, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Jade Shopping, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

That ended the the second day of the tour. But travel buddies Mark Eros, Juliet and I decided to go grab a drink at a downtown pub a few blocks away from our hotel.  Grub and Groove is a sports bar with a really cozy ambience. Everyone is so friendly that you don’t feel like a tourist. Grub and Groove is located at Bldg 2, 283 Jianguo lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Xuhui district (Chinese address 徐汇区建国西路283号2号楼,近襄阳路) and is open from 4pm to late from  Mondays to Fridays and  2pm to late from  Saturdays-Sundays.

Grub and Groove Shanghai, #iLuvCebuShanghai

Grub and Groove Shanghai, #iLuvCebuShanghai

 

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The Bund, Shanghai China

The Bund, Shanghai China

The view from The Bund, Shanghai China

 

Fresh from our Philippine Airlines PR336 flight, the tour bus made a stop to this popular Shanghai tourist destination, The Bund. The group also had our very first Shanghai dinner at the area before we head to our hotel. 

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The Bund has about 52 buildings of various architectural styles including Asia Building, Shanghai Club, Union Building, Chartered Bank Building, Sassoon House and many more.

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View of the The Bund from Shanghai Financial Tower

It was 7pm, about 10 degrees Celsius cold and hungry, the group decided to go indoors and eat. Yey!

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

With Philippine Airlines daily flights from Manila to Shanghai, it’s easier to book a trip to this vibrant city on your preferred dates. The world’s most populous city, Shanghai is rapidly growing – busy and hectic. It’s one the most  intriguing  urban destinations I’ve been to.

With my Chinese Visa approved (big thanks to Southwind Travel and Tours for the hassle-free visa assistance), I started packing for a 4-day Shanghai shopping escapade. Though I was planning to throw just a few stuff on my checked-in baggage, it got a little lumpy with a set of winter clothes I rolled at the sides of my luggage. 🙂

Thursday Flyday! Hopped on PR2846 flight to Manila with my new found friends from  the metro’s travel agencies and then took the 3.5 hour PR336 flight to Pudong Shanghai! 

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Really good meals are served on Philippine Airlines International flights. (Meals vary from each flight)

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On our final descend to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, I got a sneak peak of the city I am about to explore and I was thrilled even more.

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And as we landed and disembarked, I notice how sexy Shanghai Pudong International Airport is! Those flirtatious curves are just foxy and fine, but retaining a class and elegant marking.

The Chinese immigration welcomed me to the Shanghai, grabbed my luggage and hopped into the bus to our hotel. And now am off to explore the city of Shanghai!

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The Departure and Boarding Areas:

Passport, check! Ticket, check! Now am ready to check in for my flight back to the Philippines. It was a short shopping affair in Shanghai but will definitely be back. And now am back at the slinky Shanghai Pudong International Airport, ready to board PR337 flight back to Manila.  ’til the next one!

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Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore is definitely a charm. Over 5,000 birds across 400 species are housed in a 20.2 hectare habitat that mirror the birds’ naturalistic environments. The largest bird park in Asia, be sure to allot a whole  day to enjoy and appreciate the park and its feathered residents.

Though a guided train ride is available, I prefer walking around the park and and take pleasure in photographing the colorful feathered creatures . I get to enjoy close encounters with some species of small birds that fly freely around the park. Like this colorful fella on my capture below who flew beside me while waiting for the High Flyers Show to start. High Flyers Show is a display of how intelligent this birds are at the same time be amazed by their natural beauty.During the show, parrots play and  race against time displaying their speed and agility was  so adorable. The great-pied hornbills taking flight was  astonishing and was mesmerized as Amigo, the Yellow-Naped Amazon, sings in three languages, the only bird in the world who has that awesome talent! Then a flock of beautiful flamingos during the closing! <3  High Flyers Show are showing daily, 11AM and 3PM. And be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier to be able to secure preferred seat.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

Another favorite attraction at Jurong Bird Park is the Lory Loft.  This feature the world’s largest Lory flight aviary and expect to see bright colored lories and lorikeets in an Australian outback-themed 3,000square meter aviary. Best time to visit is in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it’s a bit cooler and the lories at their friendliest.

Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

The flamingos at Flamingo lake is one of the picturesque sights and the penguins are so adorable. Both attractions are also on my list of  favorite exhibits in the park.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

The park has over 100 plant species and have several lakes and waterfalls mimicking the birds’ natural habitat on over 20 hectare property. So here’s some tips and advice I’d be leaving you guys before I end this blog.

1. Since you’d be doing a lot of strolling, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

2. Singapore weather is pretty much unpredictable, so be prepared for a downpour. Bring an umbrella or a raincoat.

3. Wear insect repellent

4. Wear sunscreen/sunblock

5. Stay hydrated

6. Plan your Jurong Bird Park Itinerary. Be sure to plot the shows and the feedings first then insert the exhibits/and attractions between them. And be sure to grab a the park’s map upon entering.

7.  DON’T SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH THE BIRDS 

 

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

The personal encounter with my new found feathered friends is something that I  can’t forget. I wouldn’t mind visiting Jurong Bird Park again on my next trip to Singapore. 🙂

Jurong Bird Park Operating Hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM everyday

Admission: SGD 25.00 for Adults and SGD 16.00 for Children (Senior Citizen: SGD 10.00)

How to get to Jurong Bird Park:

Jurong Bird Park is at 2 Jurong Hill Singapore
The nearest MRT station to Jurong Bird Park is on the East-West (Green) line. Catch these connecting public buses that will take you right to the Bird Park.

Nearest MRT stations Connecting buses
Boon Lay (EW27) Bus No. 194 or 251
From Boon Lay bus interchange

*** Show Times: 

1. High Flyers Show: Venue: Pools Ampitheatre | 11:00AM & 3:00PM Daily

2. Kings of the Skies: Venue: Hawk Walk | 10:00AM & 4:00PM Daily

****Feeding:

1. Lunch with the parrots: Venue: Songbird Terrace | Lunch Time 12:00Noon – 2:00PM | Buffet Prices 20.50SGD for Adults and 16.50SGD for Children.

2. Lory Feeding 8:30AM -6:00PM

3. Penguin Encounter 10:30AM

4. Hornbill Chit-chat 11:45AM

(See http://www.birdpark.com.sg/shows-feedings/feeding-times.html for more bird feeding times)

 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

I was really thrilled to be seeing Singapore again and was giddier with the thought of staying at one of Singapore’s iconic buildings. Well, who wouldn’t? Marina Bay Sands Singapore, which is said to be inspired from the form of deck cards, would wow anyone! A creation that compliments Singapore’s tropical climate and lifestyle but mindful of  it’s culture.

Upon alighting from the cab at the 3rd tower entrance of Marina Bay Sands Singapore, immediately spotted a red Ferrari  and I couldn’t help it but feel grand. Walking inside the  lobby, I was be impressed by the beautiful architecture of the hotel’s unconventional interior.

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Check-in complete and now to our room! Our Deluxe room was a 39-square meter space, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, calming contemporary décor, executive work desk and a 42″ interactive flat-screen television with two double beds and a spacious bathroom. And stepped out the glass door and was treated to a stunning view of the Gardens by the Bay!

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Deluxe Room – Marina bay Sands Singapore

 

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View from our room – Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

At the zenith of Marina Bay Sands Singapore is Sands SkyPark.  Perched 200 meters in the air, I was blown away by the ravishing 360-degree view of the city and Marina Bay. Sand SkyPark extends out to a cantilever where the SkyPark Observational Deck settled on, the largest of its kind in the world. And of course, the SkyPark’s main attraction, the world’s largest and highest outdoor infinity pool, where we spent most of out time. haha. The view from the pool, may it be day and night, is just stunning.

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SkyPark Observation Deck- Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Observation Deck, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Observation Deck, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

 

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Marina bay Sands Singapore

 

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Marina bay Sands Singapore

SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

SkyPark Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Infinity Pool at Night , Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Infinity Pool at Night, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

And if you are into shopping, The Shoppes at Marina Bay is for you! The Shoppes houses exclusive designer boutiques like Alfred Dunhill, BALLY, Bottega, Veneta, Burberry, Cartier, CHANEL, Dior, Escada, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, Miu Miu, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent and many more, truly a fashionista’s paradise!

Marina Bay Sand provides guests with exceptional entertainment, attractions, dining and shopping but is thoughtful enough to be strategically located a few minutes away to Lion City’s major tourist attractions and business hubs. It’s 5 minutes away to the iconic Merlion, Clark Quay, Boat Quay and Chinatown | 20 minutes to Jurong Bird Park |30 minutes to Singapore Zoological Gardens and Night Safari | 15 minutes to Sentosa and Singapore Botanic Gardens| 10 minutes to the Singapore Flyer, little India and  Orchard Road.

 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

That three towers that ascends skywards  crowned by what the alluring Sands SkyPark is one of the most recognizable  icons of Singapore’s skyline and is also one of the highlights of my recent trip to Singapore. Entry no. 23 on my bucket list- ACCOMPLISHED! ^_^

 

To book for a room, click here: http://www.marinabaysands.com/accommodations.html

Low Cost Trip Around Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

We arrived in Malaysia LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal ) airport around 5:50pm. First thing we did after the immigration is to locate the bus ticket booths. You can buy the tickets going to KL Sentral for RM8 – RM10(107.76php – 134.70 php) depending on the Bus service that you choose. We chose to buy the tickets from Aerobus because they offer round-trip tickets for only RM14 (188.58 php).  The bus was cheap, convenient and comfortable.

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The Bus trip is around 45 mins-1 hour from LCCT airport to KL Sentral depending on the traffic. When we arrived in KL Sentral, We went to KFC to eat dinner. The dinner cost us RM 20(269.39 php) for 4 persons.

After Dinner, we took  LRT Kelana Jaya Line (RM1.60/21.55php) to  KL City Centre (KLCC) to visit one of world tallest building, the Petronas Twin Towers.   When we got out of the KLCC  LRT station and look up, we were amazed of the beauty of the Petronas Twin Towers.

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We then took the  LRT (Kelana Jaya Line) to Pasar Seni  (RM1.60/21.55php)  to get to Chinatown. Chinatown is just 2 blocks away from Pasar Seni LRT station(5 minute walk). Like most other Chinatown, you can find a lot of souvenir items, watches, shirts and etc. The stores in Chinatown closes at around 11pm. We book a hotel in Sasana Hotel Chinatown which costs us (RM55.01/740.98php) for two persons. The room (no windows) has a bed(double),  TV, bathroom and free wifi. Don’t expect too much because it’s a cheap hotel, but it’s quite comfortable and convenient if you just need somewhere to sleep and for a low cost. I suggest you book online at agoda.com, you can actually look for other hotels there and check which one is good for you.

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Our first day costs:  RM49.71 (669.05php) per head which includes the hotel and round trip bus tickets to LCCT Airport.

We woke up around 7am and checked-out of the hotel, It’s very quite early morning in Chinatown but there are food stalls and restaurants open. We ate a meal that cost us RM 5 (67.35 php) per person.

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We then walked going to Little India, it’s just a short walk away from Chinatown.

Then walked back to Pasar Seni LRT Station and took the train(Kelana Jaya Line) to KL Sentral. If you are bringing heavy bags/luggage, I suggest you leave it in the self storage lockers that can be found near the Toilet of KL Sentral Station to save time. The storage locker costs: RM5(67.35 php),RM10(134.70 php),RM15(202.05 php) and RM20(269.39 php); We got the RM15 storage locker good for 3 large backpacks and 1 trolley bag.

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When we arrived at KL Sentral, we took the KTM Komuter to Batu Caves for RM1(13.47 php).

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The KTM Komuter train trip to Batu Cave is around 30 mins and when we got out of the station we saw the statue of a giant Lord Hanuman near Batu Caves.

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Batu Caves, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside the cave.

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Beware of monkeys walking around, they tend to steal food and drinks from you!

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There are 272 steps to reach the cave. The steps up to the caves were a nice little workout.  It was rewarding to reach the top, it was beautiful and cool inside. No fee was collected but they accept donation. Inside the main cave area are numerous shrines.

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We then took the KTM Komuter back to KL Sentral (RM2 /26.94 php).  From KL Sentral we took the KL Monorail to Bukit Bintang  (RM2/26.94php). Note that to get to the Monorail, You need to get out of KL Sentral Station then walk your way to Monorail Station, just follow the signs or ask (it won’t hurt to ask if you get lost).  When we got to Bukit Bintag while walking our way to Berjaya Times Square, we came across alot of yummy street food that cost  RM1(13.44 php) and drinks for RM2(26.87 php).

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Berjaya Times Square  is a 48-storey, 203 m (666 ft) twin tower, hotel, condominium, and shopping centre complex. It’s your one-stop, one-shop venue for great shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

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We roam around the mall and checked out the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, formerly Cosmo’s World Theme Park.

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Also in the main entrance of the mall we saw the world’s largest capsule vending machine(Guinness World Records).

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We ate lunch at the Berjaya Time Square food court which cost us around RM9 which is good for two persons.

We then walked going to Pavillion. We asked around for directions. Pavillion is a short walk from Berjaya Time Square. Pavillion is at the heart of the trendy Bukit Bintang district lies the perfect reason to indulge in fashion, food and urban leisure. Experience the excitement of this 1.37 mil sq ft retail haven with 500 outlets offering the finest fashion and home furnishing to entertainment and culinary delights.

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Then we walked back to the Monorail Station and went back to KL sentral (RM2/26.94 php) to get our bags and ride the bus going back to LCCT airport.

Day 2 cost(per person): RM20.75 / 279.28 php

Total Cost= RM 70.46 / 948.32 php per person

 

 

Backpackers’ Guide to Hong Kong

As requested, Backpackers’ Basic Guide to Hong Kong! Reposting this because I was itching to go back to Hong Kong since my last visit. Will definitely go back soon. ^_^





I have been to Hong Kong several times already but it’s as intriguing and fascinating as my first visit. There are three planes departing Mactan International Airport that directly flies to Hong Kong. You may take Cebu Pacific Air, Cathay Pacific or Airphil Express. For this trip we booked Cebu Pacific flights.


TIP: A Cebu Pacific Agent told us that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest flights on most Cebu Pacific Destination. And before boarding, you will be paying a terminal fee of PHP550.00 and Philippine Travel Tax of 1620php per person.


And before flying to Hong Kong you should remember to book a Hotel or Hostel. For budget travellers like me and my friends, we choose to stay in a hostel since its cheap and its the best way to mingle with other backpackers and tourists from around the globe. On this trip ( November 2009), we stayed at Ah Shan Dragon Inn Hostel in Mongkok.  Hostel Prices updated on December 23, 2011 for this backpackers’ guide. For a single bed it costs 37.80USD/1644.30PHP for a single room with shared bathroom per night. But if you are traveling with friends, you can book a 4-bed-private ensuite(if you are travelling with 3 other companions) for 22.68USD /986.50php per person per night. Book by clicking Ah Shan Dragon Inn. This hostel has been highly recommended for most tourists since it’s in the heart of downtown Mongkok, probably the center for night markets(tiangge) and its very near the MTR station. Amenities include, free Internet Access( 2 Desktop Computers on the common room), Rooms has hot water bath, free drinking water, fridge, AC, TV, Fresh towels daily and slippers. You could also book a hostel of your choice at www.hostels.com.

TIP: Check in and check out time for most hostels in HK are at 1PM. But you could stay in the common area til check in Time.


Before flying, its important to bring the basics during travelling
1.
Medicine kit( Paracetamols, Loperamide, Pain relievers, Salompas, Menthol rubs(vicks), bandaids and etc.) — Its important to bring Loperamide( Diatabs/Imodium for Diarrhea) since you will be eating food that might be unfamiliar and might cause diarrhea. During your travel you would also do long walks and your feet and legs will surely hurt. So be sure to put on very comfortable and light shoes while travelling. And if you’ll be partying during the night you could put a pair of party shoes on your travel bag. A menthol rub, like vicks would be very helpful to soothe those tired and aching legs and feet. Salompas would also be helpful in soothing your aching back.2.Travel toothbrush, Shampoo sachets, Shaver, Soap, deodorant etc….

3.
Travel Documents – Passport, Plane Ticket and 2nd Identification Card(Driver’s License, Postal Id, SSS ID, etc.) before travelling, you need to make 2 photocopies of your passport and identification card and keep a copy on your travel bag and 1 for your family in the Philippines. this is important because you will be bringing your passport with you anywhere you go while your travelling around HK and you might loose your passport and for faster processing of your affidavit, you’ll have a spare copy of your travel documents with you.


Cebu Pacific Flights from Cebu to Hong Kong arrives at HK International at around 12:45AM and since there’s no MTR transport after 12MN, we would sleep at the airport and wait for 6AM for the Airport Express to Central Station.
TIP: If you are planning to sleep in your booked hotel/ Hostel right after you arrived at the airport and you arrived after 12MN, your only choice of transport is a taxi or hotel bus. A Taxi will cost you HKD400 from the airport to Kowloon, thats around PHP2400.00. Hotel buses are free. And if you will be riding the public transport, which runs from 6AM to 12MN, be sure to purchase the 3 Day Electronic Unlimited Octopus Card for HKD300.00(updated price 12-23-11) inclusive of roundtrip airport express and 3 day unlimited MTR rides.HKD50 will be refunded upon surrendering the octopus card upon leaving HK International Airport which could be claimed at the Airport Express counter on the ground level of the HK Intl. Airport. That would save you much money on transportation when going around HK. And If you are staying for more than 3 days, you could purchase a HKD55.00 (updated price 12-23-11) 1 Day Unlimited MTR Ride.You could keep the MTR Card after as a souvineer. The 3 day unlimited card could just be tapped on the MTR Station entrance and for the 1 way ticket and 1 day unlimited cards, you need to put it on the card slot and get the card back because you need it when you exit the station. For more information on Octopus Cards you could visit
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/tourist/tourist_products.html

Be sure you get tourist maps at Map stands inside the airport to guide you on where to go when your in Hong Kong. Don’t worry they’re free! Maps at 711 shops are for sale, so be sure you get your free maps inside the airport before lining up for immigration.

Places of Interest and How to get there:

1. DISNEYLANDwww.hongkongdisneyland.com
(1 Day Pass Price: HKD 399) (updated price 12-21-11)
(Open daily from 9am to 7pm)

MTR and interchange for the Disneyland Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station.

  • Only 23 minutes from the Hong Kong International Airport, MTR Airport station,
  • 22 minutes from MTR Kowloon station



 

 


2.Po Lin Monastery (Giant Buddha) No Fee
Alight at Tung Chung MTR take Exit B, and then take bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre.

or take the Ngong Ping 360 Standard Cable car roundtrip (125HKD) Price updated December 23, 2011.







3. OCEAN PARK www.oceanpark.com.hk
(Price for 1 day adult pass HKD 280 and 3-11yrs. old 1 day pass is140HKD) Price updated December 23, 2011

Open Daily from 9Am to 6:30PM

Address: Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island

Route: City Bus 629 in Admiralty MTR Station







4. Victoria Peak


(Peak Tram round trip around HKD65.00 with skypass)  Price updated December 23, 2011


Take the MTR to Central and make your way to the J2 exit of the Central MTR station.
Turn right, through Chater Garden, cross Queen’s Road Central and make your way up
Garden Road. You will pass the Bank of China Tower and Citibank Plaza on your left and St John’s Cathedral on your right before arriving at the terminus, which is to your left.







5. Repulse Bay HK Island (no Fee)

Take Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66, 260 from Central (Exchange Square) Bus Terminus and alight at Repulse Bay






6. Kuwan Yum and Tin Hau Temple

a 5 minute walk from Repulse Bay(Follow Repulse Bay’s instructions). If facing the beach, walk towards your left






6. Avenue of Stars (Symphony of lights is 8pm Daily) No Fee
Alight at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR then take Exit F towards subway East Tsim Sha Tsui KCR station and take Exit J and follow the signs.



 


7. Wong tai Sin Temple (2HKD donation/fee when entering the garden)


How to Get There: Take Exit B3 on Wong Tai Sin Station






8. Knutsford Steps
How to get there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit B1, turn right and go straight along Nathan Road until you reach the Miramar Shopping Centre. Then, turn right into Kimberly Road and walk up the steep hill on your left.



TRANSPORTATION MAP (MTR ROUTE)
click map for a better view

 

CLIMATE IN HONG KONGclick a season for the readable version



Below is the Itinerary I made and my friends and way back in 2008 during my backpacking trip with my friends complete with the expenses. Please take note of the year(2008) and prices definitely has changed. (will update the price soon)

Hong Kong- Shenzhen-Macau Itinerary

November 13-21

November 13

7:00pm

MactanInternationalAirport

Flight no. 5J238

Airfare: 7,542php

Travel Tax: 1620php Terminal fee: 500

9:45pm

DepartMactanIntl.Airport

11:55pm

Arrive atHongKongIntl.Airport

November 14

12:00mn

HongKongIntl.Airport

Sleep at airport until5am

5:01am

Eat breakfast, brush teeth,

6:01am

Go to Monkok to leave bags @ hostel

7:00am

Wong Tai sinTemple

Wong Tai Sin station

8:30am

Mongkok (hostel)

Ah Shan Dragon Inn to Check In

HKD 390/day for 3 persons =

801php/day per person

10:00am

DisneylandHong Kong

HKD 295 = 1770php

7:00pm

Watch fireworks

9:00pm

Mongkok (hostel)

Sleep

November 15

9:00am

Mongkok (hostel)

Assembly Time

10:00am

Mongkok

Group Breakfast

11:00am

Tsuen Wan

Ferry toMacau

Turbo Jet 1 way : HKD 146 = 950php

12:30noon

Jetfoil TerminalMacau

Macau

1:00pm

Sanva Hostel

Check in Hostel

Double regular room = 100HKD/ person/day

600php/person/day

2:00pm

Venetian Hotel

Late Lunch at the Venetian

5:00pm

MacauTower

Watch Fireworks

6:30pm

Sanva Hotel

7:00pm

Group Dinner

9:00pm

SanVa Hostel

Sleep

November 16

8:00am

SanVa Hotel

Assembly

8:15am

World Heritage

11:30pm

12:00noon

SanVa Hostel

Checkout

1:00pm

Casino Lisboa

Watch Grand Prix

3:00pm

Fisherman’s wharf

Macau

5:00pm

Jetfoil Terminal

Leave forHong Kong

Turbo Jet 1 way : HKD 146 = 950php

7:00pm

Tsuen Wan

Hong Kong

8:00pm

Mongkok

Check in Hostel

HKD 390/day for 3 persons =

810php/day per person X 4 nights =

3240php for 4 nights

9:00am

Sleep

November 17

9:00am

Mong Kok (hostel)

Assembly Time

10:00am

Aberdeen

OceanPark

Admission: HKD 208 = 1352PHP

6:30pm

Leave forVictoriaHarbour

Tsim Sha Tsui

7:00pm

VictoriaHarbor

Dinner

8:00pm

Tsim Sha Tsui

Symphony of lights

9:00pm

Mong Kok (hostel)

Sleep

November 18

8:00am

Mong Kok (hostel)

Assembly

9:00am

Leave for Shenzhen

Tsim Sha Tsui East Rail

Fare one way: HKD 35 = 227.50PHP

10:00am

12:00noon

Shenzhen

Lo Wu

1:00pm

WOW Shenzhen

Admission: CNY: 120 = 720php

8:00pm

Leave for Lo wu

9:00pm

Lo Wu

ToHong Kong

Fare one way: HKD 35 = 227.50PHP

11:00pm

Mongkok (Hostel)

Sleep

November 19

9:00am

Mongkok (Hostel)

Assembly Time

10:00am

NgongPingVillage

Roundtrip cable car:

88HKD= 572php

2:00pm

Leave forVictoriaPeak

4:30pm

Central

VictoriaPeak

Roundtrip Tram Ride:

48HKD = 312php

8:00pm

Monkok

8:30pm

Shopping at Night Market

9:00pm

Sleep

November 20

9:00am

Mongkok (Hostel)

Assembly Time

10:00am

Kowloon

KowloonPark

12noon

RepulseBay

Picnic Lunch @RepulseBay

6:30pm

Sunset

7:00pm

Mongkok (Hostel)

Walk at the night Market

8:00pm

Mongkok (Hostel)

Get Bags

10:00pm

Airport

Check In

November 21

12:05am

Hong KongIntlAirport

Flight no. 5J239 Depart

3:05am

MactanIntl.Airport

Arrival

 

Will be posting tips and guides to Macau and Shenzhen soon! : )
 

Cebu- Singapore-KL Malaysia-Singapore-Cebu Itinerary

Wadddup! Below was the itinerary I made for our Singapore-Malaysia-Singapore Backpacking trip with my brother Reymond and Nike last November 2010. This might help first time backpackers with their itinerary planning. 🙂

From Mactan International Airport, Cebu Pacific , Silk Air and Tiger Airways flies you directly to Singapore.

Before flying, its important to bring the basics during travelling
1. Medicine kit( Paracetamols, Loperamide, Pain relievers, Salompas, Menthol rubs(vicks), bandaids and etc.) — Its important to bring Loperamide( Diatabs/Imodium for Diarrhea) since you will be eating food that might be unfamiliar and might cause diarrhea. During your travel you would also do long walks and your feet and legs will surely hurt. So be sure to put on very comfortable and light shoes while travelling. And if you’ll be partying during the night you could put a pair of party shoes on your travel bag. A menthol rub, like vicks would be very helpful to soothe those tired and aching legs and feet. Salompas would also be helpful in soothing your aching back.
2.Travel toothbrush, Shampoo sachets, Shaver, Soap, deodorant and other toiletries etc….
3. Travel Documents – Passport, Plane Ticket and 2nd Identification Card(Driver’s License, Postal Id, SSS ID, etc.) before travelling, you need to make 2 photocopies of your passport and identification card and keep a copy on your travel bag and 1 for your family in the Philippines. this is important because you will be bringing your passport with you anywhere you go while your travelling around SG and you might loose your passport and for faster processing of your affidavit, you’ll have a spare copy of your travel documents with you.

 

Merlion at Sentosa

SG-KL-SG ITINERARY

November 9 -17, 2010

November 9, 2010, Tuesday
5:00pm Check inMactan International Airport Flight Number5J547Confirmation No.OB8BXQ Airfare Roundtrip7,800phpTerminal Fee: 550phpPhil. Travel Tax1,620
7:55pm Depart Mactan International Airport
11:35pm Arrive at Singapore Budget Terminal
November 10, 2010, Wednesday
12:00am Ride Taxi to Hostel Wow Hostel:DP: 18USD =6USD Each+65-62261221194.40SGD to be paidupon arrival. 64.80SGD per person
01:00am Sleep Address:67B Lor 27 Geylang (Above JAS Medical)
(NEXT TO ALJUNIED MRT STATION , 3rd last unit on the left
09:00am Wake up
10:00am Go out of the hostel WOW HOSTEL
11:00am Fountain of Wealth Suntec City Buy MRT Card and Singtel Sim
12:00noon Grab Lunch
1:00pm Singapore Flyer 30 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039803
*City Hall MRT Station, about 10 – 15 minutes away*Promenade Station (Circle Line, CC4) Take Exit APrice: 29.50SGD
3:00pm Go to Esplanade
Listen to Music
4:00pm Go to Merlion
5:00pm Go to Clark Quay dinner
5:45pm Wait for the bus to night safari Bus-stop B20 outside Delfi Orchard SGD 4 one way
7:00pm Go to Night Safari 22SGD EntranceFrom Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16), take bus service 138.
10:00pm Go home SGD 4
11:00pm Sleep
November 11, 2010, Thursday
7:00am Wake up
8:00am Leave Hostel
9:00am Have Breakfast
10:00am Go to Vivo City Stop at Harbour Front Station
11:00am Roam Around Vivo
12:00noon Lunch at Foodcourt
1:00pm Go to Sentosa Price: 3SGD
7:00pm Songs of the Sea Price: 3SGD
8:00pm Go back to Vivo City & Have Dinner
9:00pm Go Home
10:00pm Sleep
November 12, 2010, Friday
6:00am Wake up
7:00am Leave Hostel
8:00am Have Breakfast
9:30am Go to Vivo CityEat breakfastRide Bus to Universal Studios Stop at Harbour Front Station Bus ride Roundtrip: 2SGD
10:00am Leave for Universal Studios Day tour Fee: 66SGD
11:00am Eat Lunch at Burger King
12:00noon Tour USS
1st stop: Hollywood Monster Rock Show
New Yorks Light, Camera, Action
New York Rockafellas 1:20pm
Sci Fi City
Ride Accelerator, Battle Star galactica
Mummy Ride
Lost world Water ShowLost World Canopy Flyer
Far Far Away 4D show
Watch Donkey Show
Far Far Away Enchanted Airways Ride
Madagascar Party Go round
Hersheys Shop
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Go home to Hostel
10:00pm Sleep
November 13, 2010, Saturday
8:00am Wake up
9:00am Leave hostel
10:00am Leave bag at friend’s house Mobile#: Address of friend here
11:00 am Lunch
12:00noon Chinese Garden
01:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm Go to Lavender Street SG
9:00pm
10:00pm Leave for Kuala Lumpur via Transnational +65 62947034 Bus Ticket: 60rmb
11:00pm
November 14, 2010, Sunday
6:00am Arrive at Puduraya Station
7:00am Go to Hostel Red Palm KL ,Take a Bath at Red Palm Booking Number8877-19236467 Hostel Fee: 81RMB+6USD11.50USD per person81RMB to be paid upon arrival. 27RMB per person
8:00am Walk to Suria KLCC and get tickets for Petronas Twin towers
9:00am Have Breakfast At Suria
10:00am Go to Petronas Twin towers No Fee
12:00noon Go to Aquaria Entrance Fee:
2:00pm Go to Menara Tower Fee:
3:00pm Go to Nature Park
4:00pm Batu Caves
6:00pm Go back to hostel
7:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Sleep
November 15, 2010, Monday
8:00am Wake Up
9:00am Breakfast at Hostel
10:00 am Buy Bus Tickets to Genting HighlandsBuy Tickets back to SG as well11:55pm Bus fee back to SG: 60rmb
11:00am Go to Genting Highlands Fee:
5:00pm Go down Genting Highlands
7:00pm Go back to hostel and take a bath
8:00pm Dinner at hostel
9:00pm Go to Puduraya Station
11:55pm Ride bus Back to Singapore
November 16, 2010, Tuesday
6:00am Arrive in Singapore
10:00am Go to Funan
11:00am
12:00noon Lunch at Bugis
1:00pm Go to Orchard Road
4:00pm Go to Dhoby Gaut
6:00pm Go to Kuya Nieloys house
7:00pm Take a bath at Kuya Nieloy’s House
8:30pm Ride a taxi to SG Budget Terminal
November 17, 2010, Wednesday
12:20am Departure From SG to Cebu Flight Number 5J548Confirmation No.OB8BXQ
4:00am Arrival in Cebu

 

Here’s a few of the attractions you might be interested in. ^_^

Attraction: Singapore Flyer
Address: Singapor Flyer Pte Ltd 30 Raffles Ave Singapore
Exchange Rate: 34.50php =1SGD
Entrance Fee (Price Updated December 24, 2011)
29.50SGD/1017.75php for adults
20.65SGD/712.43php for children
23.60SGD/814.20php for Seniors

 

The world’s largest observational wheel, the Singapore Flyer is
must try when visiting Posh Singapore. Taking a flight to this
S$240 million dollar wheel is definitely one of a kind
experience!
You’ll be treated to a visual 360° feast of iconic and historical landmarks as the wheel cycles. Views from the Marina Bay to the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place and the Padang.
165m above ground level! Am on top of the world! weeeeeeee

A floating football field!
This is the soon to be Marina Bay Sands! A world class luxury hotel and casino under construction.


Singapore Flyer at night! The wheel changes colors as it spins!





Attraction: Jurong Bird Park

Address: 2 Jurong Hill Singapore
Admission Fee: Adult – SGD18 (621php) Price Updated December 24, 2011
Children – SGD 9 (306php) Price Updated December 24, 2011
Phone Number: 62 65 0022
Operating Hours:Opening hours of Park: 8.30am to 6pm daily (Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)
Panorail Ride: 8.30am to 6pm (Last train leaves from Main Station at 5.45pm)



Jurong Bird Park is one of my favorite attractions in Singapore. If your planning to go here, I advise you to alot 1 whole day for Jurong Bird Park. To get to Jurong Bird Park by public transport, you can take either the MRT or by bus. I took the MRT and alighted at Boon Lay Station and transfered to SBS number 194 or 251 at the Boon Lay Bus Interchange. You can also take the bus serviced by Bushub Services PVT. LTD., for more information pls. click here.


Jurong Bird Park boasts 4 Free Flight Aviaries: African Waterfall Aviary, Jungle Jewels Flight Aviary, Lori Loft and Southeast Asian Bird Aviary.



African Waterfall Aviary is inspired by African Tropical rainforest which is home to 50 species of birds, comprising of Starlings, Turacos, Carmine Bee-eaters, Rollers, Red and Yellow Barbet, Whydahs, Weavers, Parrots, White-Faced Tree Ducks, Helmeted Guinea fowls, South African Crowned Cranes and Egyptian Geese to name a few other special features include: two Observation Posts also part of the shelter area, where one can sit and take a leisurely break from the climb. From these posts, one can view the waterfall and observe exceptionally shy birds at close proximity. African roots take pride in this lovely and scenic walk-in aviary, considered until today the worlds largest. Visitors can make a choice of arriving on foot or via the African Waterfall Aviary station.



Jungle Jewels Waterfall Aviary is designed to create an environment where visitors can observe at close proximity a fraction of the amazing diversity and complexity of the South American rainforest. The intimate walk-in aviary allows one to meander and carefully observe the seemingly shy residents at first glance. Closer inspection and with your eyes high up on treetops and taller plants will reveal fruit-eaters like the Tanagers and Contingas. Other species you may find include the Violaceous Euphonia, Red-Crested Cardinals, Yellow-hooded Blackbirds and so much more.

 

Among the Four Free Flight Aviaries, my fave is the Lory Loft! Jurong Bird Park’s Lory Aviary is The World’s Largest which houses close to a thousand colorful Lories!


Southeast Asia is home to over 1,000 species of birds from a global total of 8,500 species. The Jurong Bird Park has a collection of about 260 Southeast Asian species; one of the world’s largest collection.The Southeast Asian Birds Aviary is a showcase of the region’s exotic and endangered species.

Other Birds that can be spotted at jurong Bird park!


 

Attraction: Chinese Garden
Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road Singapore
Admission Fee: Free
Parts of Chinese Graden with fees:
* Garden of Abundance: 2SGD for Adults, 1 SGD for Children(3-12yrs old), 1SGD for Senior
Citizens (55 years and above)
* Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum SGD 5 adults, SGD 3 children (3 – 12 years)
Getting There: It’s a 5 minute walk from the Chinese Garden MRT Station (EW25)

It was a gloomy day and the sky started pouring. I was late for our 10am meet up with Mark and Kay at the Chinese Garden MRT Station looking for my wallet. I arrived at 10:45 and gladly the rain had stopped. Kay, smiling and trying to fade the feeling of boredome, then gave me 2 buns of bread which they set aside for me knowing I haven’t eaten my breakfast yet. Mark, Kay and her Japanese friend had been waiting for me for 45mins. Sorry guys! hehehe. So we then strolled our way inside the Chinese Garden!

The Chinese Garden was built in 1975 designed by Prof Yuen-chen Yu, a well-known architect from Taiwan. A signature architectural building of the Chinese is the pagoda, used in ancient times by Buddhists to keep human bones. The seven-storey pagoda “Ru Yun Ta” follows the style of Ling Ku Temple Pagoda in Nanjing.



Two traditional features of Chinese architecture are the “Yao-Yueh Fang” (Stone Boat) and the “Ming Hsiang Hsieh” (Tea House), the latter a miniature structure following the style of the elaborate, winding gallery at the Summer Palace.


Apart from buildings, gardens too are a constant motif in the Chinese Garden. Around the Chinese pavilion, plateau and tower are woven plants, rocks, a winding stream and footpaths, to create a harmonious scene. A Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden, built at a cost of SGD 3.8 million, houses some 1,000 bansais imported mostly from China. A Bonsai Training Centre will be launched with resident experts from Shanghai and Suzhou to teach visitors the delicate art of caring for bonsai.

MORE PICTURES TO FOLLOW!