Trip to Singapore – Part 1
This is a multi-part blog post about our short 4 day trip this summer to Singapore from August 10-13, 2009.
Singapore is an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, lying 137 kilometers (85 miles) north of the equator. At 710.2 km2 (274.2 sq mi), Singapore is the smallest nation in Southeast Asia.
About a 7 hour flight from Narita airport in Tokyo, we flew Singapore Airlines on the new Airbus 380. We had seats in the upper deck.
Tip: You can receive discounts if you show Singapore Airlines boarding pass at several attractions (Singapore Sling, National Museum of Singapore, etc.).
With 80 airlines serving more than 180 cities in over 50 countries, Changi Airport has established itself as a major aviation hub in the Asia Pacific region, with a handling capacity of more than 70 million passengers annually.
Having accumulated over 250 awards, Changi Airport is recognized as one of the best airports in the world.
We stayed at the Conrad Hotel located in the Marina Center subzone of the Downtown Core, near the harbor.
Of course, Singapore is also famous for its food and below are just a few pictures.
Below is the famous Heian Chicken dish at the top of Meritus Mandarin Hotel on Orchard Road and at Raffles City food court, the price difference was great (4x)!
There is no tipping in Singapore, but a 10% service charge is automatically added to your food bill. Also, most restaurants charge you 2 SGD ($1.50) for peanuts and 30 cents for a wet towel.
Suntec City and the Fountain of Wealth
Nearby our hotel is Suntec City, with the largest shopping centre in Singapore. It was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects with emphasis on Chinese feng shui – the five buildings and the convention center are arranged so that they look like a left hand when viewed aerially.
In the center is the Fountain of Wealth, listed by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as the largest fountain in the world, which appears like a golden ring in the palm of the hand as part of the Suntec City design.
The fountain is made of bronze, and consists of a circular ring with a circumference of 66 meters and a height of 13.8 meters supported on four large slanted columns.
During certain periods of the day, the fountain is turned off and visitors are invited to walk around a mini fountain at the centre of the fountain’s base for good luck.
War Memorial Park is a prominent and well-known feature of the Civic District and is fondly referred to as “The Chopsticks”.
The 61 meter tall memorial comprises four columns, which represent the four races, joined at the base signifying the unity of all races and is dedicated to the civilians of all races who were victims of World War II.
To be continued …