SINGAPORE! - Sightseeng,,shopping,great culinary experience,astounding civic facilities and the factor of safety of roaming around the city at odd hours make this island so unmissable.I was here on a five day work and conference jaunt.Although there are many spots where you can go clicking, I focused on these five1. Jurong Bird Park2. Chinatown3. Little India4. Haji Lane5. Clarke Quay area ( focus on MCI Building)Jurong Park was on my unmistakable No. 1 on the list. With its dream landscaping and as 'natural' a setting as possible, a feast awaits photographers and birders here. I normally shy away from zoos and bird parks as you don't really feel valiant clicking birds behind cages. But in Jurong Park, except for Penguins (obvious reasons of climate) and large birds like vultures and eagles you don't find the rest of the inmates behind cages. Well, the fact is they are still enclosed with a net so high that you feel they are actually cavorting around in a forest.How to reach Jurong Bird Park: By MRT - Take the East-West (Green Line) train towards Joo Koon station. Get off at Boon Lay station. Through Exit C go over to Boon Lay Bus Intercahnge by crossing Jurong Point shopping arcade. Take Bus 194 that will drop you at the Park gates.Here is a photo tour
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Laneway Music Festival, baby! Although I didn’t know any of the songs played, I enjoyed the experience. There was a point when I almost wanted to pass out because of being squeezed in a crowd of hippies, but I just opted to close my eyes, listen to the lyrics, feel the beat, and let myself be swallowed by the music. This is ultimate art immersion.
Everything about Marina Bay screams opulence. The kind that courts the senses even if only for a short while. The 3.5 km Waterfront Promenade offers breathtaking views of the Marina reservoir and the skyline, especially at dusk. Whether you spend the evening taking a romantic stroll along the boardwalk or treating yourselves at one of the open cafes, you’ll be surprised at how much time you can while away here. For an unmatched view of the city, head to the Sand SkyPark Observation Deck high up above the 57 storeys of Marina Bay Sands. It looks out over the reservoir and the financial district on one side and Gardens by the Bay and Singapore’s harbor on the other. Go there after 5pm, when it’s a little cooler. When you have finally had your fill of wandering about hand in hand, enjoy the setting sun at the famous Ku De Ta, a stunning rooftop bar right, while downing its signature cocktail.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The only botanic garden in the world that opens from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every single day of the year, and does not charge an admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden.This is the place where one can spend some peaceful time. It includes National Orchid Garden, Rainforest, Evolution Garden, Ginger Garden, Botany Centre and Tanglin Gate, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.
There are some really picturesque nature trails from MacRitchie Reservoir Park to the HSBC TreeTop Walk suspension bridge that connects Bukit Pierce and Bukit Kalang (the two highest points at Mac Ritcheie), which are definitely worth your while (when the weather’s right). The trails meander through black forests and past unusual wildlife-we caught a glimpse of the bright blue baby snake-ending at the 25m-high suspension bridge. There are maps and directions posted everywhere, so whichever trail you choose, you won’t get lost. If you need a breather, stop at the Visitor Centre about 3km shy of the suspension bridge. We recommend Route 3, a 10 km walk starting from the park, and Route 6, a 7 km trek that starts from Venus Drive car park.
Jurong Bird Park
If you are a animal lover or a nature lover you would love this place. I really liked spending time here. Do stay and participate in atleast one of the many shows that they host. Its heartening to the feed the penguins or the storks. The tiny tots just loves the activities. My personal favourite is the Bird Show.
At Chek Jawa Wetlands entrance, pose for a photo with the wild boars (kidding...)! Go past the gate and follow the path. You could head for the Jelawi Tower for a panoramic view of the lush green canopy below. Keep a lookout for monitor lizards prowling in the undergrowth near the tower.