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Yeoh Siew Hoon on the city’s top attractions
We walked the full loop of the bay and checked out the fun, interactive light sculptures at the iLights exhibition that dotted the circumference of Marina Bay.
The moon was full, the sky was clear and there was a lovely breeze. On the last night of the Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore, people took in fresh air and enjoyed the view as they listened to music. Over the years, the annual festival has gathered a strong international following and it was great to see a cosmopolitan crowd.
A local band played as we left the open-air theatre after the John Pizzarelli Jazz Quartet at the Concert Hall. Across the water at the Marina Bay Sands, the organisers placed a big screen in the event plaza, allowing everyone to enjoy a Rolling Stones performance, even without tickets.
I enjoyed experiencing Singapore both as a resident and tourist, and to see the city through my friends’ eyes while playing tour guide. We walked the full loop of the bay and checked out the fun, interactive light sculptures at the iLights exhibition that dotted the circumference of Marina Bay.
At Marina Bay Sands, you can drink beer and wine, enjoy burgers, seafood and pasta at pop-up open-air market Pasar Bella while watching the spectacular sound and light show, which takes place at regular intervals every night. I always recommend that friends walk around Marina Bay when visiting Singapore; it takes about an hour at a slow, easy pace.
Here are five other must-dos:
1. Take the Singapore River bumboat cruise
This is a leisurely half-hour cruise on a replica bumboat, which used to transport goods from large ships to the Boat Quay shophouses and Clarke Quay godowns and warehouses. You can see the Raffles Landing Site where founder Sir Stamford Raffles first arrived to see how far the modern city of Singapore has come.
2. Try local food at a hawker centre
Eat like a local with a mind-boggling array of local dishes like chicken rice, fried prawn noodles (Hokkien mee), carrot cake (actually made of radish), popiah (spring roll or the Chinese burrito), satays and fresh sugar cane juice. The hawker centres are open all day and are always crowded because most locals eat six times a day.
3. Night Safari
If you haven’t been, go. If you have, go again. The place never fails to impress with its thoughtful layout and dedication to nature and animals. Watch a fire-eating performance, then hop on a 40-minute tram ride that takes you into the tropical rainforest where deer and tapirs roam freely. There are also four walking trails where you will encounter leopards, flying squirrels, bearcats and otters up close.
4. Gardens by the Bay
The barely two-year-old Gardens by the Bay is gaining recognition worldwide for its 18 Supertrees (the tallest being 50 metres) and two egg-shaped conservatories, the Flower Dome being the largest column-free greenhouse in the world. The other conservatory, the Cloud Forest, resembles a tropical forest with wet and cool climates, and is home to the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Gardens in 2012 and planted a tree in the outdoor Colonial Gardens. The 54-hectare Gardens is built entirely on reclaimed land and houses 700,000 plants from every continent, except Antarctica.
It’s well worth spending a full day on Sentosa to visit Universal Studios or Underwater World. I like going to the island to chill on the beach. Siloso, where Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore is situated, is a good place to spend the day with plenty of outdoor activities or simply to unwind.
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I appreciate the structures on the picture-very good architectural design :) I wish there's like it here in Manila.. clean waters too.