Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Singapore

A brief history of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall:

In 1855, the foundation stone for Town Hall was laid and its construction was completed in 1862. Between 1902 and 1905, Victoria Memorial Hall was built in honour of the late Queen Victoria when Singapore was part of the British Colony. Continue reading “Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Singapore”

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MacRitchie Reservoir Singapore

The surroundings of MacRitchie Reservoir were once rubber plantations that date back to the early 19th century when the British set foot on Singapore soil and established the rubber trade. There is about 1 sqkm of primary rainforest in Central Catchment Area, which lies in the central part of Singapore. Continue reading “MacRitchie Reservoir Singapore”

Christmas in the Tropics

Its Christmas time again and without fail, Orchard Road is decked in festive colours to usher in the Christmas.   Just like in most parts of Asia, and increasingly more in the West, the traces of religious context have been overshadowed by consumerism. However, one cannot deny the joy and festive spirit these lights bring to the city when the lights are switched on in late November, beckoning shoppers to shop to their hearts’ content. Continue reading “Christmas in the Tropics”

Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Pulau Ubin is Singapore’s few remaining nature jewels. Ever since Singapore was founded in the early 19th century, Pulau Ubin has been left mostly untouched except for about a few thousand islanders living on the small island off the north-eastern coastline of Singapore in the middle 20th century. A few villages dot the island only accessible from mainland through the jetty at Changi coast. Today, Pulau Ubin only has 100 villagers, and it is one of the last rural areas to be found in Singapore, accompanied by primary rainforests and swamps preserved from urban development. Continue reading “Pulau Ubin, Singapore”

Universal Studios After Hours

I had a great time with a few of my friends at Universal Studios Singapore last weekend. We did not buy the day pass but bought the After Hours tickets which cost only $5 each.  It was rather worth it because we got to catch fireworks and visit a theme park which you would not be able to go in usually unless you pay at least $67 for a daytime pass. Continue reading “Universal Studios After Hours”

Marina Bay Sands

Here’s a look at some of the pictures I took at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, the shopping area of the whole Marina Bay Sands IR. This huge complex looks amazing, almost as large as an airport, or maybe even larger. The whole rows of luxury stores blows you away. There are also shops selling mid-range goods. The shopping centre is just a street across the world-famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, a design which is never seen in any other country, and is now a unique icon of Singapore. Continue reading “Marina Bay Sands”

Celebrations Galore!

The Chinese New year week has been amazing! I got to visit the River Hongbao @ Marina Bay, bask in the festive spirit at Chinatown, watch the breathtaking Chingay Parade and CNY fireworks. I got my friends over to my house on two days, one on the fourth day of New Year and the other one was a barbeque party at my pool downstairs on the 12th. I got enough red packets to survive for a month. ( I am getting salary from the army now, so the amount of money I received from my relatives and friends isnt as important as it should have been when I was a little boy).   Continue reading “Celebrations Galore!”

Orchard=Times Square?

6/11, Saturday. A typical day to go out with friends, watch movies, have dinner etc. Thats exactly what I did with my 6A mates, watching Social Network at about 230pm, before taking a walk along Orchard Road taking pictures with our DSLRs. As we walked along the stretch of pedestrian street, I overheard a conversation among some foreigners saying that Orchard Road feels exactly like New York City. They mean Times Square, the heart of the city of New York, bustling with activities, filled with neon signs and music blasting everywhere. I was quite taken aback by this statement, because I always dream of Orchard Road to become like New York City one day. Of course I do not wish Singapore to copy what New York has, but in a way, I want the vibrancy, the density, the visually appealing sights and sounds that New York City offers in Orchard Road. And somehow, after two years of makeover, Orchard Road somewhat has what it takes to be a famous major shopping district in the world. It is much more vibrant, the buildings are lit up at night, the street furniture is visually appealing, and there are lots of activities going on. Most importantly, the people on the street are dressing up very well, and you can tell that Singaporeans are more fashion-minded nowadays. We still have a long way to go before we can become fashion capitals like New York, London or Paris, but we are on the right track.
However, there are still lots of improvement to be made on this shopping street. The underground tunnels are not well-designed. The signs are not clear, and it feels like a maze walking through these tunnels, even though I have been taking these underground walkways for years. I am talking about the road junction between Scotts Road and Orchard Road. Yes, the connection between Wheelock Place, Ion Orchard, Shaw House and Tangs is a major urban design failure. Do something about it!!
Furthermore, I am very sure that the organisers for Christmas decorations at Orchard Road are seriously lacking of ideas. This year’s decorations look so much like Deepavali’s with so much purple that my mum really thought they were decorating for Deepavali. I looked at other European countries’ modern Christmas decorations, they look amazing. Orchard Road’s Christmas decorations look too 1980s style. We need change.
Apart from that, I love Bugis. It is another vibrant part of the city. It feels more like Bangkok’s night markets, or Hong Kong’s Lady’s Market. More for the masses, not like Orchard which caters to the well-heeled. The steamboat dinner we had was good, but the cost was BOOMZ.
Its time to go back to camp soon. Lots of things happened in camp recently. Everytime I book in, my heart pounds madly. I really hope this suffering will end one day. Really. 😦

Chinatown

Singapore’s Chinatown is very different from the Chinatowns in other countries. In other cities, Chinese immigrants would settle at a specific area which will eventually become Chinatown. It was the same case for Singapore in the early 19th century, when Chinese immigrants from Southern China landed in Singapore, and settled in what we call as Chinatown, or 牛车水,or” bull-cart-water” in direct translation. However, one might question the purpose of having a Chinatown in Singapore when 73% of the country’s population is Chinese. It seems almost certain that Chinatown in Singapore has lost its charm and lust since it has lost its meaning and purpose. It became touristy and fake when the government started the conservation projects at Chinatown and it lost its old-world charm. However, over the past few years, Chinatown became much livelier again with more new immigrants coming from different parts of China and settling down in Chinatown. It is now alive with many new shops and these Chinese people from China are setting up businesses that make Chinatown in Singapore live up to its name. Here are some photos I took with Aaron and Louis the same day we went on a tour at Duxton Hill.

The Pinnacle@Duxton

The Pinnacle@Duxton is an iconic housing project in Singapore’s public housing history, with many unique features that set it apart from other HDB housing projects. Located at the site where the first two HDB blocks in that area were built, it is the first 50-storey public housing project in Singapore, housing 1,848 apartments in 7 towering blocks. Born out of the first international design competition for public housing, it is also the first in the world with 2 unique skybridges linking the 7 blocks at the 26th and 50th storey. The skybridges create possibly the longest continuous skygardens in the world, offering panoramic views of the city skyline. -Credits: http://www.pinnacleduxton.com.sg

Louis met the both of us at the top skybridge of the HDB, after paying $5 each. It was worth the money though, as I got to experience one of the best views of Singapore. I really felt like I was on top of the world. I was able to see Western Region, the CBD, Southern Ridges, Sentosa, Johor’s skyline, and neighbouring Indonesia’s islands. My photos will give everyone a glimpse of what you can expect to see from up there.

Singapore's skyline, the symbol of modernisation and economic power.

Orchard Skyline
The ever-expanding skyline.