Singapore in 2013

It was our first day in Singapore, together with my mother and my sister. This was the first time I traveled to Singapore where it was not because of work and training.

V Bencoleen Hotel

It was raining in Singapore when we arrived. From the airport, we went to our accommodation which was the V Bencoleen Hotel. I chose to stay in Bencoleen because of the nice hotels and accessible to MRT station and affordable hotels in the area.
However, the street of Bencoleen was closed at that time because they were building an underground MRT station below our hotel. And we could hear the constructions in the area.
We checked in into our hotel and went to Sentosa.

Singapore Cable Car

We road the subway train going to HarbourFront Station. From the station, we walked to the Keppel HarbourFront Tower 2 to ride the Singapore Cable Car.


The Singapore Cable Car was the first aerial ropeway system to span a harbor. It is a gondola lift with a magnificent view of Singapore skyline connecting a link between Mount Faber on the main island to the resort island of Sentosa. The next time I’d try the Mount Faber Line.

Sentosa

We arrived at the Singapore Cable Car in Sentosa Station. We went to Merlion Park and Merlion Walk. We then went to Siloso and Palawan beaches. We also rode the bus going around the island.


Sentosa is a resort island that can be reached by a cable car, a monorail and by traversing the Sentosa Gateway Tunnel. Major landmarks are seen on the island like Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, Capella Hotel and Fort Siloso.

Vivo City Shopping Mall

We went back using the monorail and alighted at Vivo City and we decided to eat at Fish & Co in the mall.


Vivo City is a huge shopping mall overlooking the Sentosa and Resorts World Singapore. The best place to enjoy the view is the rooftop garden or the Vivo City Waterfront Promenade.

Spectra: A Marina Bay Sand Light and Water Show

Another special event with dancing lasers, waterjets and art projection is a free show every night. We witnessed the one with the Marina Bay Sands as a backdrop where we watched it from Esplanade. It is an hour show that runs from Monday to Sunday at 8pm and 9 pm, and an additional run for Friday and Saturday at 10pm.

Sands SkyPark

Another place to enjoy the skyline of Singapore is to go to Sands and SkyPark Observation Deck. The Marina Bay Sands observation deck is on the 57th floor in which you will enjoy the panoramic cityscape of Singapore.

There are 2 restaurants in the SkyPark, Ce La Vi Restaurant and SkyBar and Lavo Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Bar in Tower 3 Spago Dining Room and Spago Bar and Lounge in Tower 2. The infinity pool is for the guests to enjoy.

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It was our first day in Singapore, together with my mother and my sister. This was the first time I traveled to Singapore where it was not because of work and training.

V Bencoleen Hotel

It was raining in Singapore when we arrived. From the airport, we went to our accommodation which was the V Bencoleen Hotel. I chose to stay in Bencoleen because of the nice hotels and accessible to MRT station and affordable hotels in the area.
However, the street of Bencoleen was closed at that time because they were building an underground MRT station below our hotel. And we could hear the constructions in the area.
We checked in into our hotel and went to Sentosa.

Singapore Cable Car

We road the subway train going to HarbourFront Station. From the station, we walked to the Keppel HarbourFront Tower 2 to ride the Singapore Cable Car.


The Singapore Cable Car was the first aerial ropeway system to span a harbor. It is a gondola lift with a magnificent view of Singapore skyline connecting a link between Mount Faber on the main island to the resort island of Sentosa. The next time I’d try the Mount Faber Line.

Sentosa

We arrived at the Singapore Cable Car in Sentosa Station. We went to Merlion Park and Merlion Walk. We then went to Siloso and Palawan beaches. We also rode the bus going around the island.


Sentosa is a resort island that can be reached by a cable car, a monorail and by traversing the Sentosa Gateway Tunnel. Major landmarks are seen on the island like Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, Capella Hotel and Fort Siloso.

Vivo City Shopping Mall

We went back using the monorail and alighted at Vivo City and we decided to eat at Fish & Co in the mall.


Vivo City is a huge shopping mall overlooking the Sentosa and Resorts World Singapore. The best place to enjoy the view is the rooftop garden or the Vivo City Waterfront Promenade.

Spectra: A Marina Bay Sand Light and Water Show

Another special event with dancing lasers, waterjets and art projection is a free show every night. We witnessed the one with the Marina Bay Sands as a backdrop where we watched it from Esplanade. It is an hour show that runs from Monday to Sunday at 8pm and 9 pm, and an additional run for Friday and Saturday at 10pm.

Sands SkyPark

Another place to enjoy the skyline of Singapore is to go to Sands and SkyPark Observation Deck. The Marina Bay Sands observation deck is on the 57th floor in which you will enjoy the panoramic cityscape of Singapore.

There are 2 restaurants in the SkyPark, Ce La Vi Restaurant and SkyBar and Lavo Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Bar in Tower 3 Spago Dining Room and Spago Bar and Lounge in Tower 2. The infinity pool is for the guests to enjoy.

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Singapore in 2009

My second trip to Singapore was also because of training. This time I had my colleagues with me and a friend I visited and toured me in some attractions in Singapore.

Strand Hotel Singapore

Strand Hotel Singapore is located in Bencoleen which within the walking distance with numerous shops, restaurants and museums. There are convenience stores and food courts nearby. We love the Food Republic in 51 Bras Basah Road which serves Asian, International, and Singaporean cuisines. It is like a modern hawker food court with affordable prices for the menu.
The nearest MRT station is Bras Basah station on the Circle Line and just recently, Bencoleen station was also constructed using the Downtown Line.

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore is the nearest place to see from Bencoleen. We went to the Museum of Singapore which is only walking distance from the Hotel. It is the oldest museum that exhibits the history of Singapore. The museum is along Stamford Road.
Other museums in the area are Singapore Art Museum, National Design Centre, The Private Museum, to name a few. There are nearby churches in the area, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

Chjmes

Chjmes is a historical building complex along Victoria Street in the Downtown Core. The complex has Caldwell House, Convent Orphanage house, the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Chapel. The Caldwell House and the gothic style chapel – Chjmes Hall used as function hall and venue for weddings became national monuments.
The complex has dining, shopping and entertainment centers. We had our dinner in one of the restaurants here called Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria as we had a memorable Festive Dinner Buffet.

Merlion Park

After the training, we went to the Merlion Park. Merlion is an iconic symbol of Singapore, a half fish and half lion which resides at the Merlion Park waterfront. The Merlion is in front of the Fullerton Hotel and overlooking Marina Bay.
You can also enjoy the river cruise that goes to Boat Quay and Clarke Quay along the Singapore River.

 

Esplanade

Esplanade Bridge is a bridge from Merlion Park going to Esplanade. Esplanade, also known as Theaters by the Bay is a venue for Singapore’s national performing arts. We enjoyed the view of the towering buildings around the park and the Merlion.

Suntec City

On my 3rd day, I met my friend who was my colleague in a former company. She was also the first person I was with when I went to my first notable trip which was in Bantayan Island.
I met her in the building where she worked. It was along Orchard Road. We rode the MRT and went to Suntec City to eat first. My friend wanted the Shabu-shabu dish and we went to the famous Shabu Sai along Temasek Road. It offers authentic Japanese and Asian fusion cuisine.
After eating we check out the World’s Largest Fountain in the World which is found in Suntec City. The Fountain of Wealth is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Sentosa

We went to Sentosa. It was already night time but we explored Sentosa. We arrived at Vivo City Mall and entered Sentosa Station going to Sentosa.

We briefly explored the famous attraction in Singapore during night time enjoying the beach and the oceanarium.

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