05 August, 2009

City Touring @ Merlion Park (Part 1)

Like what I had promised yesterday, today we are going to walk around in the city center of Singapore. The very first spot that Uncle Chris took us to is the famous landmark of Singapore - The Merlion Park.

Here are some of the introduction I had found on the web:

The Merlion (Singa-Laut) is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body comes from Singapore's ancient name back when it was a fishing village — Temasek — meaning "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa" .The symbol was designed by Mr Fraser Brunner, a member of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, for the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in use from 26 March 1964 to 1997. The Merlion continues to be its trademark symbol since 20 July 1966. Although the STB changed their logo in 1997, the STB Act continues to protect the Merlion symbol. Approval must be received from STB before it can be used. The Merlion appears frequently in STB-approved souvenirs.




Besides "The Merlion", we also get to see "The Singapore Flyers"



The Singapore Flyer is currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), and is 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

Located in Singapore, on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on February 11, 2008 and it officially opened to the public on March 1, 2008. Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$ 8,888 Singapore dollars (US$6,271)(£3,150.83GBP)(€4300), an auspicious number in Chinese culture. The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008.

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 37 minutes. Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.


Other than that, Uncle Chris did show us a newly landscape in Singapore as well - The Esplanade. What is it??? The very first sight when I saw this unique building. Some fruit image came out in my mind. Yes!!! The building looked much like a durian shape. Don't you think???

The Esplanade or Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the centre for performing arts for the island nation of Singapore. Taking its name from the nearby Esplanade, it contains a 1,600 seat concert hall and a 2,000 seat theatre for the performing arts.

The library@esplanade is located on the third floor of the building. There are outdoor performing centres, and retail and food space at the Esplanade Mall. There is an outdoor open space on the fourth floor of the building.



That's all for now, more interesting pictures of skyscrapers, beautiful sunsets, hot and sexy sport cars. All next, in Part 2. Stay tune :)

04 August, 2009

Venturing Into Costa Sand Resort

First the all, I must apologized to all of my fellow readers for not updating my blog for such a long time. I know I had been missing in action for a while. (One month to be exact.) Well, there had been a lot happening throughout the month. I'd had been so emotional, moody for the past few months that led me out of my "Blogging Desk". But after all, Boo is recovered and back for more actions. Yuuuu.... Hoo!!!

If you guys still remember, I actually did blog about my trip to Singapore two months ago, but haven't finished up my stories on that trip. Just to refresh all your mind, you can always refer back to the beginning of my journey to the center of Merlion City by clicking here.

In order to make it short, here were what happened next.... After Uncle Chris picked us up at Changi Airport. (Well, I did meet up with my old high school pals - Teya & Yuen Nee, they were on their short vacation for 4 days 3 nights either) And sent us to the place where we gonna stayed in for 3 days 2 nights - Which was Costa Sand Resort.


"Costa Sand Resort" - What a calm & beautiful name it was given. Don't you think?? Just close your eyes and imagine... For me, the first picture came out from my mind was the sandy beach, clear sparkling sea water, pretty ladies on their bikinis, with the sound of sea breeze. Suddenly I'm feel like in Phi Phi Island, Krabi (Thailand) - Yeap!! Saw this nice Island in one of my ex - schoolmate's album, it's definitely another nice place for vacation instead of Hawaii.

So, after check-in into our room, and settled down. I started up my journey venturing the resort surrounding. The first thing I'd discovered this resort was actually located inside a small amusement park. What we know from the information quarter, there was no housekeeping, room service, breakfast, lunch or even dinner provided. But there were a lot of shops, food courts, Pick 'n Pay convenient stores available inside the resort. According staffs from the resort, besides Costa Sand Resort (Downtown East).There were also another 2 branches which is Costa Sands Resort (Sentosa) and Costa Sands Resort(Pasir Ris).

Here are some views from the resort:

The food court: The only place we filled our hungry stomach - You got to believe me, here they sold the best Iced lemon tea & Chay Tou Kuey ever.



The BBQ facilities : BBQ is one of the favorite activity for the peoples in Singapore during holidays & weekends. And definitely Costa Sand is the best choice. But in my opinion no matter it was weekdays or even weekends, The Singaporeans loves to BBQ all the time. This can best proved by during our stayed at Costa Sand, the huge crowd of people BBQ-ing until midnight even during weekdays. Party all night long.


According to Uncle Chris, The Singaporean families really enjoy their "Family Day". Not like we - Malaysians. We hardly see Malaysians hanging around with their family members doing activities sort like: picnicking at the beach, shopping with daddy and mummy. But The Singaporeans seems got the traditions. During the school holidays The Singaporeans do enjoy their one month "Summer Holiday" which starting somewhere early beginning of June, this time around you can easily bumped into families in the streets, leisure malls and so on. This is the golden time for them to share happiness being together in order to build up a better relationships in between the family members.

Other then that, there were also:

Amusement Park

As well as Swimming pool for guests who are staying here.


During my stay in Singapore, I did encountered a lot of new stuffs. This is the reasons why I like traveling a lot.

For example - The Vending Machines (Thanks to TK & Chucky for the right vocab)outside our room: We only have Soda Machines but I haven't seen this in Malaysia yet. Am I right?? I remembered I only saw this vending machine in one of those episode of "Tokyo Walker" hosted by Helen Toh on TV set. But now finally I'd seen it for real through my eyes.


Next, we gonna stepped out of Costa Sand and exploring the world outside as Uncle Chris will take us city tour around. Wanna know what are the interesting places?? Come let's follow us!!

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