|Singapore's Marina Bay|
|G-Max and GX-5 - SG$ 49|
The Clarke Quay bridge is an area where drinking alcoholic beverages in public is allowed. You can see a lot of locals and tourists hanging out, chatting and drinking.
|Clarke Quay Bridge|
|Fountain at Clarke Quay|
For animal lovers, I would suggest people to go to three amazing places that houses different animals from all over the world. The Singapore Zoo, The Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
Travel Tip: You'll be able to save a lot if you get the three in one ticket for the entrance for all the three parks. The ticket costs SG$58 (aroundPhp1,980).
|"We're off to see our real animal friends.."|
The Singapore Zoo
Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm
|Some of the Animals at the Zoo|
Beside the Singapore Zoo is the first nocturnal zoo in the world, The Night Safari. See and experience how animals live during the night.
Hours: 7:30pm to 12 midnight
Ride the 40 minute guided tram ride around the whole zoo. After of which, you can also trek around to get a closer look at the animals. There were mist making machines and speakers sounding off crickets chirping and jungle sounds that made you feel you were really inside a rainforest. I'll never forget the Bat Enclosure where I had to literally stoop down to avoid the flying bats above me and luckily I wasn't doused with bat drippings like some guests were.
|Trekking around the Zoo|
|At the Night Safari|
The Jurong Bird Park houses more than 380 species of birds making it the largest bird park in the world.
Jurong Bird Park
Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm
|At Jurong Bird Park|
|Jim and Jon Taking a Closer Look at the Magnificent Birds|
|It's Bird Feeding Time|
Some of the beautiful and colorful birds that can be found in the park.
|Birds at Jurong Bird Park|
|This Bird looks like Mr.Burns from The Simpsons|
|Highest Man Made Waterfall|
|Pink Pelicans filled the Stage|
|Jim held the hoop as a Parrot fly through it|
|Having Fun around the Animal Parks|
Though Singapore is filled with skyscrapers and bulidings, there is a whole area for its flora and fauna. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is filled with different plants and trees. Birds fly all over and if you're lucky you can even catch live squirrels running around. A great place to getaway from the city to relax and enjoy nature. Spending the whole day here wouldn't even cost a cent.
The Singapore Botanical Gardens
Hours: 5am to 12midnight
|Singapore Botanical Gardens|
Just look how calm and beautiful the whole area is.
|Around Singapore Botanical Gardens|
|A Squirrel Running and Playing Around|
You can also see Singapore's National Flower
|Jim with Vanda Miss Joaquim Flowers|
|Different Bonsai Plants|
The National Orchid Garden
Hours: 8:30am to 7:00pm
|At the Orchidarium|
Some of the different colorful and beautiful species of Orchids
I'm a big fan of the National Geographic Channel so when I found out that they opened a store in Singapore, we just had to visit and check it out.
National Geographic Store (store already closed)
Address: 1 Harbour Front Walk, Vivo City
|National Geographic Store|
There were a lot of merchandise to look at, books, clothes, toys, they got it all.
|National Geographic Store's Merchandise|
|Are You Tough Enough Challenge|
|Trying the Challenge...Yes! We were Tough Enough|
In Singapore, there is a whole island that is dedicated for one thing alone, Fun and Leisure. Also known as Asia's favorite playground, Sentosa is home for a lot of different attractions.
If you want to get close and personal with sea creatures, head to The Underwater World. Entrance to the marine aquarium would cost SG$25.90 (around Php880)
|At Underwater World|
|Jim playing with a Huge Spotted Sting Ray|
|The Tunnel Aquarium|
|Different kinds of Marine Life|
|Jon found his doppleganger|
Catch the cute and spectacular dolphin and seal show. (After watching the movie The Cove, This might be the last dolphin show I'd ever watch)
|The Dolphins and Seals Show|
Ever wondered how it feels to sky dive? Check out Sentosa's Ifly. Though we didn't get to try it out, we had fun watching the pros do an exhibition.
The Songs of the Sea is a MUST WATCH show in Sentosa. We were awe struck and we enjoyed every minute of it that we hoped there was more. The spectacular show only costs SG$ 10 (around Php340). A musical play that features different mesmerizing effects. (staging of the shows has already been stopped)
|Songs of the Sea|
The show is divided into different sections, it started with an explosive fire show.
|Explosive Fire Show|
A colorful laser light show
|Laser Light Show|
|Oscar the Fish|
The show ended with a short yet spectacular fireworks display.
I've save the best for last, the biggest attraction that can be found in Sentosa is of course, Universal Studios.
Universal Studios Singapore
Hours: check website for operating hours for your desired month of visit
Travel Tip: Purchase your tickets on line to avoid the long queue at the entrance. Tickets get Sold out!
|At Universal Studio's Famous Revolving Globe|
At the entrance, be sure to visit Hershey's Chocolate World. This place would be the dream land for chocoholics. As for non-chocolate lovers like us, we just had fun goofing around.
|Hershey's Chocolate World|
Universal Studios is divided into different zones where there are rides and shows to catch.
At the Madagascar zone, we rode the kiddie ride that was called A Crate Adventure.
|At Madagascar Zone|
|A Crate Adventure Ride|
At Shrek's Far Far Away zone, we catch two shows. Shrek's 4D Adventure and Donkey Live.
|At Shrek's Far Far Away Zone|
Put on your 3D glasses and get ready for surprises as you watch Shrek's 4D Adventure.
|Shrek's 4D Adventure|
At Hollywood Boulevard, we saw a musical play that featured a 'monster musical' called Monster Rock Live. We were also able to catch the singing waitresses at Mel's Diner.
Well known 'mosters' such as Count Dracula, Werewolf, Frankenstein and more sings and dances to your favorite pop music.
|Monster Rock Live|
|Watching the Monster Rock Live Show|
The beautiful and graceful Mel's Diner waitresses.
|The Singing and Dancing Waitresses|
At the New York zone, be sure the catch the Lights. Camera.Action show that is hosted by Steven Spielberg. Experience how it feels like to be in a set of a hollywood film. Amazing effects!
|At New York Zone|
|Lights. Camera. Action|
For the thrill seekers, head over to the Sci-Fi zone and ride the huge dual rollercoaster. Too bad for us, the Transformer ride was still being made during this time.
|The Cylon Loop|
Our favorite ride can be find in the Ancient Egypt zone, The Revenge of the Mummy indoor rollercoaster ride. This ride was so cool!
|At the Ancient Egypt Zone|
|Revenge of the Mummy|
The last zone that we went to was Jurrasic Park's Lost World. Here we rode the Rapids Adventure and the Canopy Flyer.
|Jurassic Park's Lost World|
|"Whoaaaa....A Dinosaur is on the loose!!!"|
A simple and short adrenaline rush ride.
Among all the shows in Universal, watching Water World is a must. Prepare to laugh out loud at the start of the show as some of the actors goes around to literally wet the audience. After of which, get ready for some jaw-dropping action sequences that includes explosions and death defying stunts.
|Water World's Set|
|Some Scenes from Water World|
|With Woody and Winnie Woodpecker|
Singapore has still so much to offer, we felt that the week we spent there was not enough. After this trip we are currently planning to go there again within the year. Watch out for my next post as I'll feature more of Singapore's big surprises......(more to come)