Saturday, October 10, 2009

Indulge in the Uniquely Singapore experience

More often than not, people associate Singapore with being an expensive place to visit. I guess this is because there are so many places to go to for luxury brand names and the top of the line electronic gadgets. For me though, when I think of Singapore I think of diversity... And the best way to indulge in the Uniquely Singapore experience is to immerse yourself in this diversity :) Here is my Uniquely Singapore Experience itinerary:

Start the day early and head out to the Chinese Garden in Jurong.
I think this is the perfect way to start the day because not only do you get to see the beautiful plants and Chinese architecture but you also get a mini workout to prepare you for a busy day ahead! It would be great to bring a light snack that you can munch on while taking in all the beautiful sights. The garden is open daily from 6am to 11pm and the best part is that admission is free!

After the Chinese garden, hop on the mrt and head of to Chinatown for a nice hearty lunch, shopping and sight seeing! Must sees in the area are the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum and the Chinatown Heritage Center. For yummy treats there is the Chinatown food street where you can choose authentic Singaporean dishes from the many hawker centers. There is also Hong Lim Food Center where you can find one of the best curry puffs! Look for the Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff stall and try the sardine puff for just $1.20!

After exploring Chinatown, hop on the mrt and visit Little India. I really love seeing all the colors of the buildings, flowers and trinket stalls that line the streets of Little India. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple should not be missed as well... but of course proper behavior should be observed at all times since it it a place of worship. Right after visiting the temple, it's good to have a chapati and teh tarik break in one of the cafes nearby :)

Next stop for the day would be Suntec City to visit the world's biggest fountain, the Fountain of Wealth... but we must make sure that we make it there before 6pm so we can make a wish inside the inner ring for good luck! At 6 pm they turn on the huge fountain which is also a nice thing to see!

After visiting the fountain, take bus number 10 or 196 to go to Singapore's most famous landmark, The Merlion! Visit and take photos beside the 2 Merlions in the park :) After that take a quick walk to the another famous site, The Esplanade Theaters! The durian shaped domes are an architectural masterpiece and are definitely worth visiting! By this time we are probably hungry again so the next stop would have to be Makansutra in Glutton Bay. Boon Tat's crispy baby squid and sting ray are a must when ordering! After that hearty meal, head out to the River taxi to enjoy a scenic river ride along the Singapore river. Don't forget to take photos of the Merlion and other sights as their lights are turned on for the night! Alight at Clarke Quay to enjoy a night cap to finish off your hectic yet amazing day! Truly the best way to indulge in the uniquely Singapore experience!
photos by meow :)

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