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Istana Park Singapore

Istana Park is another oasis I found in the busy city, Dhoby Ghaut, Singapore. After our visit and stay around the Dhoby Ghaut Green, then we visited this beautiful lush green garden. Istana Park is absolutely full of beautiful trees and foliage.

We entered to the Istana Park from gravel area of Dhoby Ghaut Green. However, it is located facing the main Istana Gate making it a good viewing point for Istana monthly changing of guards’ ceremony.

Istana Park Singapore
Istana Park Singapore

Below are some of the attractions inside the Istana Park, Singapore. Hope you like to have a photo walk through the park with me. If you visit Dhoby Ghaut Singapore, don’t forget to visit this park as this is one of the main attractions of Dhoby Ghaut.

Istana Park Singapore
Istana Park Singapore
Beautiful trees
Istana Park Singapore
Beautiful views at Istana Park Singapore

Istana Garden is full of green views. Even it was mid noon of the day; we had comfortable time among the trees and plants.

Istana Park Singapore
Istana Park is full of beautiful huge trees.
Flora and Fauna

Among the huge trees, there are other plants which give eye pleasing views for anyone who enter into this small stretch of park along the Orchard Road.

Festival Arch

The main attraction of Istana Park is its Festival Arch. The park fronts the main gate of Istana. At this main point of the park, the Festival Arch is located.

Istana Park Singapore
Festival Arch – Istana Park Singapore

As a 26m long structure this Festive Arch design symbolizes the railings and gate posts of the Istana entrance.(Istana is the official residence and office for the President of Singapore, In Malay Istana means ‘Palace’, it is also the working office for Singapore Prime Minister)

Butterfly trail

Istana Park is one of the biggest spots of the Butterfly Trail along the Orchard road. It is a surprise. This park is actually with lot of butterflies of different colours and sizes. They were happily roaming here and there around the flowers in Istana Park making it a pleasing sight. However, capturing a butterfly was not an easy task for me.

Butterfly Trail @Orchard Road - Spot at Dhoby Ghaut
Butterfly Trail @Orchard Road – Spot at Dhoby Ghaut

Well, instead of trying to capture butterflies, I spent great time with my son showing him beautiful butterflies.

The Pond

Among the trees, flora and fauna there is a beautiful pond in one side of the park making it more attractive. Although this park stretches in a small narrow piece of land, Istana Park is with lot of attractions to see.

Art & Dining

My Art Space is a great spot inside the Istana Park which you can spend time among the arts and dine at the same time. This place provides the facilities to learn about art and it is also a great place to chill out.

Above are some of the attractions and things to do which we found in our visit to Istana Park Singapore. Actually it is a free attraction which you should have a look in Singapore. Surprisingly all these green views are along the busy Orchard Road and on the other side, it is Penang Road.

Useful information to visit Istana Park, Singapore

If you visit during day time, sunscreen, hats and water may be useful as the Festival Arch and butterfly trail area is really hot and sunny.If you travel with kids it is good to carry a stroller or a good baby carrier for babies.I always found this as helpful for me to spend time among the attractions without getting tired.You can find more tips and learn more at kokopax.com on finding the right baby products for travelling.

Park lighting hours: 7.00pm to 7.00am

How to get there: It is easy to visit Istana Park By MRT, alight at Dhoby Ghaut station and this park lies along the Penang Road. It is next to Dhoby Ghaut Green gravel area.

Location: Istana Park, 31 Orchard Road, S238888

Selecting the best Singapore attractions was not an easy task for me. However, among lot of really amazing attractions in Singapore which any visitor must see, I selected 10 best Singapore attractions you must see in your trip to Singapore. Although there are many other attractions and things to do in Singapore, without visiting these mentioned attractions, I don’t think your holiday in Singapore is completed because these attractions are like tourist icons of Singapore. So, here is the list.

10 Singapore Attractions You Must See

 

1. The Merlion
Singapore Attractions You Must See
Singapore Attractions You Must See – View of the Merlion at night

Yes, the Merlion which is the tourist icon of Singapore must be in your to do list to complete the holiday experience. Located in Marina bay, facing to the Singapore River this Merlion is the best and must visit attraction when you start your holiday in Singapore. It is free and it is awesome. The giant Merlion will give you lot of photo opportunities as well as lot of relaxing time.

The best time to visit the Merlion is evening or at night as it can be really hot during the day time.

2. Marina Bay
Singapore Attractions You Must See
Singapore Attractions You Must See – Marina Bay Sands Resort at night

The whole Marina Bay area is full of attractions including the Merlion mentioned above. Take a walk at evening along the Marina Bay attractions for free or visit some of the attractions which may need tickets. Marina Bay Sands as the major resort in the area, provides the entertainment for visitors including casino and Marina Bay Sands Sky Park. Entrance for the Marina bay Sands Sky Park is around $23 for the adults and it is an awesome experience for anyone.

If you visit at night, be sure to catch the light show which is amazing. Arrive there at 8pm,so you will not miss the amazing light show and it is free!

3. Singapore Flyer
Singapore Attractions You Must See
Singapore Attractions You Must See – Singapore Flyer

When you are at Marina Bay, you can take a ride at Singapore Flyer which is really exciting. As the world’s largest observation wheel, Singapore Flyer will sure give you the best thrilling experience which you will not forget for the entire lifetime.

4. Clarke Quay
Singapore Attractions You Must See
Singapore Attractions You Must See – Clarke Quay and Singapore River at night

When you walk along the Marina Bay, you can walk towards the Clarke Quay or spend another day for Clarke Quay. With my experience in Singapore, Clarke Quay is best for night life. There are many options for entertainment including dining and adventures such as a ride with the G-Max Reverse Bungy. During the day time you can visit other attractions around Clarke Quay such as Asian Civilization Museum and Fort Canning Park.

Make sure to enjoy a boat ride along the Singapore River and notice the historical landmarks when you walk along the Singapore River.

5. Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Attractions You Must See
Singapore Attractions You Must See – Gardens by the Bay

Located in the Marina bay area, Gardens by the Bay is another must visit attraction in Singapore. Entrance to the garden is free, but you have to buy tickets for special attractions. Take a walk at Super tree Grove or visit the Green houses. The Flower Dome is the must see in the Gardens by the Bay as it houses varieties of flowers.

If you travel with kids, be sure to visit the children’s garden at Gardens by the Bay. Sure, they will like their tour, specially the water play area.

Read more about our visit to Gardens by the Bay.

6. Sentosa Island
Singapore Attractions You Must See
Singapore Attractions You Must See – Sentosa Palawan beach at night

Make sure to allocate one whole day to visit the attractions in Sentosa Island as it is full of activities. As Universal Studios is among the best attractions in Sentosa, you can also visit other attractions such as Fort Siloso or Palawan Beach. There are many more other things to do in Sentosa Island including cable car rides,Tiger Sky Tower and Trick Eye Museum.These are just a few of fun you can have in Sentosa Island.That is why you better allocate one whole day for Sentosa.However best time to visit Sentosa is afternoon as you may tired with the hot sunny weather.

7. Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
Singapore Attractions You Must See
Singapore Attractions You Must See – White Tiger at the Singapore Zoo

Singapore zoo as the world’s best rainforest zoo, will give the best entertaining time among the animals of every kind. Constructed in open concept, Singapore zoo is one of the best places to visit in Singapore and Night Safari is another thing to do while you visit Singapore Zoo.

Rainforest kidzworld is dedicated to provide entertainment for kids and be sure to visit there if you visit the Singapore zoo with kids.

Check our travelogue about Singapore Zoo.We also loved the Wild Africa section of Singapore Zoo.

8. Botanical Gardens
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Singapore Attractions You Must See

As a UNESCO world heritage site, Botanical garden of Singapore is another must visit place in Singapore. There are many attractions to see inside the garden. Admission for the garden is free, but if you wish to visit the Orchid Garden you have to buy tickets.

Among the attractions in Singapore Botanic Gardens, there are man-made waterfalls, bandstand and there are many other mini gardens which can give you a better experience among trees and foliage.

The Jacob Balas Childrens Garden is one of the mini Gardens inside the Botanical gardens which is best for kids.

9. Chinatown

Well, till here I shared the best attractions of Singapore which are like tourist icons. Then don’t forget the cultural diversity of Singapore. Chinatown is one of the best places to visit and experience the Chinese culture. Among the many attractions and things to see in Chinatown, The Buddha Tooth Relic temple is one of the best places to visit and experience the Buddhist culture of Chinese.

There are many other souvenir shops and eating places which make your entire day in Chinatown, a memorable!

10. Little India

Another must visit place in Singapore to experience the cultural diversity is the Little India. Be sure to visit Little India and experience some Indian food and take some photos of beautiful views. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple which are situated along the Serangoon Road will give you some idea of Indian culture and architecture.

The most popular Mustafa Centre is located in Little India which allows you the facility to shop many things, yes I mean anything! It is a huge shopping paradise.

Well, above are the most important attractions to see in Singapore. If you visit Singapore for a short trip, be sure to add these listed attractions in order to complete your Singapore experience.

Be sure to pin this post for later read when you travel Singapore.

Accommodation in Singapore

There are many accommodation options in Singapore for different price ranges. You can also rent apartments for short period. If you look for budget hotels or luxury hotels, it is better to find hotels near to main attractions which save you both time and money on transport.

As most of the above mentioned places are around Marina Bay, Clerk Quay area, it would be better to stay somewhere nearby. So you can also enjoy the nightlife of Singapore.

Check  hotels in Singapore

 

 

Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore
Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore –An Oasis in the busy City

Located adjacent to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT, Dhoby Ghaut Green is an urban park which is located opposite to the Park Mall. It is amazing to see this green (really green and cool) strip of park sandwiched between two main road stretches.

Few days ago when I visited Dhoby Ghaut, I could visit some of the major attractions of Singapore Dhoby Ghaut. This is one of such. If you live in Singapore, you may pass this location daily without noticing any specialty. But, it is like an oasis in the mid of fast moving busy city!

Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore
Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore

As I found from the Nparks website, Dhoby Ghaut Green is planned as a focal point for cultural and arts activities. It is a place for community activities. Let’s have a photo walk along the park.

The first structure that attracts attention is the open air Amphitheatre which has some amazing views.

Open-air Amphitheatre
Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore
Open-air Amphitheatre

The open air amphitheatre is the main focal point of the Dhoby Ghaut Green which also demonstrates the excellence of architectural designs. This open air amphitheatre acts as a venue for public performances. The design of the amphitheater is amazing. There is a performance stage at the lower end of the Amphitheatre

Open-air Amphitheatre
Open-air Amphitheatre
Visual Arts Centre
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View of the Visual Arts Centre from the mid of the park

Visual Arts Centre is located at one side of this park making it a place for art exhibitions, educational workshops and professional art courses. On the day I visited, I could visit the Contemporary 2016 exhibition at the Singapore Visual Arts Centre. That’s a great place to relax and unwind.

Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore
View of the Visual Arts Centre and other historical buildings
The stretch of trees and open fields (west side)

Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore

Other than the Amphitheatre and the Visual Arts Centre located at one side of the park, Dhoby Ghaut Green is like an oasis with full of greenery views.

Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore

There are huge trees which provide the shade and green for the park visitors. The views of trees are soothing your mind. The feelings are awesome although it is between main roads in both sides. I was there and I didn’t feel that I am in the mid of busy city. Instead I could enjoy the views of huge trees and designs of tree trunk.

The open fields are designed for light recreational sports. It is also a place for other community events.

I found an oasis in the mid of the busy city!

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Isn’t this an oasis in the mid of the fast moving city?
Gravel Area at Dhoby Ghaut Green (East Side)
Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore
Gravel area of Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore

The Gravel Area at Dhoby Ghaut Green is another spacious land stretch which is also a place for many events. At the day we visited, there were no such events, so we could spent time experiencing the large space and green surrounding which could give us some relaxing time.

At one end, it is a statue of the Singa Lion –The courtesy lion of Singapore. At the other end of the Gravel Area of the Dhoby Ghaut Green, you can find some benches and swings.

Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore
Gravel Area of Dhoby Ghaut Green Singapore

What I loved most is the huge trees in this park and the green views. It may not be a major attraction to visit in Singapore. But, it can be a recreation point in a Singapore holiday. If you visit Dhoby Ghaut Singapore, you will probably pass this area of Dhoby Ghaut Green. Just pay some attention and experience the relaxation it can give to your body and mind.

How to get there:

Easiest way to get there is by MRT. The Dhoby Ghaut Green is located adjacent to the MRT.

Nearby attractions:

Istana Park

Visual Arts Centre

Fort Canning Park

House of Tan Yeok Nee (101 Penang Road)

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Visual Arts Centre-Singapore

Spending time in an art gallery is one of the happiest moments for me. But, I didn’t get such a chance until last week my visit to Dhoby Ghaut for some another reason. After my tasks done, I spent my time walking around the area with my son. While he was having a nap I visited the Visual Arts Centre which is an exhibition gallery located near the Dhoby Ghaut Green. If you are looking for things to in Dhoby Ghaut,Singapore,this Visual Arts Centre can be a place to unwind from your tired mind.

Visual Arts Centre – Dhoby Ghaut ,Singapore

The Visual Arts Centre is a glass house gallery which is located in the hearts of Dhoby Ghaut making it a place to spend time among breathtaking arts.

Visual Arts Centre
Visual Arts Centre is located facing the Dhoby Ghaut Green ,Singapore.

Other than the exhibition venue, you can also find art courses and trial sessions from the Visual Arts Centre. On the day we visited there, there was an exhibition going on and I could experience the moments among the beautiful paintings.

Contemporary 2016 – APAD’s 45th Art Exhibition

Contemporary 2016 is  the 45th art exhibition of APAD (The Association of Artists of Various Resources, or Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya) .There are beautiful art works displayed in the art gallery including oil paintings and batik designs.Here are some captures from the Contemporary 2016.Let’s have a photo walk!

I love my time among the creative arts while spending peaceful quality time on my own.

Do you have any idea about the middle exhibit of the above picture?Does it highlight the celebrations and what happens to the chickens ?

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Beautiful Batik Designs displayed at “Contemporary 2016

I like batik designs.Those are usually colourful.Above exhibits feature the different batik designs as pieces of arts.

Visual Arts Centre and Contemporary 2016
Some drawings highlighting the historical buildings of Singapore.

There are exhibits which feature the beautiful buildings of Singapore such as shop houses.These exhibits highlight the historical information of Singapore.

Here are some other exhibits from the Contemporary 2016 exhibition.

And,below is one of my favourites from the Contemporary 2016 exhibition at Visual Arts Centre, Singapore.It attracts my eye in terms of interior decoration ideas.I love to have such a piece of art at my home.It is a batik design and could make my mind calm and happy!

Important information about Visual Arts Centre, Singapore

Location:

10 Penang Road,

#01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green,

Singapore 238469

Opening Hours:

Monday to Sunday: 11am – 8pm

Closed on Public Holidays,  except by appointment.

How to get there:

It is easy to get there by MRT. Alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT. The Visual Arts Centre is located in front of the Dhoby Ghaut Green.

Admission: Depends.There are art courses and workshops which you can buy. The exhibition I viewed is free admission.

Website: http://visualartscentre.sg/

Do you like to visit such Art Centres?

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Chu Sheng Temple Singapore

Living in Singapore, I always get the opportunity to see different cultural activities and places. Chinese temples are one of such places I really like mainly because of the beautiful and colourful architecture. Whenever I see a Chinese temple, I like to watch the bright coloured roofs and the dragons on it.

So far I’ve visited some of the Chinese temples in Singapore and Bright Hill temple is one of the most attractive temples I’ve seen. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple of Singapore is another place which is full of details and patterns of Chinese architecture. Although there is no temple, Chinese Garden highlights most of the pagoda and landscape designs from Chinese architecture.

Chu Sheng Temple - Ang Mo Kio ,Singapore
Chu Sheng Temple – Ang Mo Kio ,Singapore

Chu Seng Temple is another such Chinese style temple which is located near to the place where I live. I see this temple whenever we go out. I admire the views of the roofs and structures. We always see and hear the sound of cultural activities which are going on in this temple. But, so far I couldn’t capture a photo of this beautiful Chinese temple.

Chu Sheng Temple Singapore – Bit of history

Chu Seng Temple is a combination of 3 temples namely Ji Fu Gong, Hua Tang Fu and Long Quan Yan which are hailed from the villages of Yio Chu Kang. During the development process of Singapore government, and during land acquisition, these three temples combined together and formed a new temple. Chu Sheng Temple is the new temple formed in 1978 collaborating with those 3 temples.

Chu Sheng Temple - Ang Mo Kio ,Singapore
Chu Sheng Temple – Ang Mo Kio ,Singapore

Read more about this Temple and history.

Capturing the photos of Chu Sheng Temple

As I shared above, I couldn’t share about this temple so far. One of the reasons is that we always pass this temple when we go for other places. There are times I walk around with my son, but taking a photo with a good view is not easy as there are vehicles around and the temple is faced to the main road.

However, capturing the roof details and views of this temple was in my wish list and finally I have few captures from this beautiful temple which is located along the Ang Mo Kio Street 61.

Chu Sheng Temple Location : (How to get there )

Address: 48 Ang Mo Kio Street 61, Singapore 560000
Nearest MRT : Yio Chu Kang MRT
 #VantagePoint project

In this same post I want to share a photo which I captured to join with the #VantagePoint project. Actually when I heard about #VantagePoint project, I decided to capture a photo of Chu Seng temple which is located near to the place we live. I always like and admire the photos which I capture using my DSLR camera. But, nowadays I use my phone camera or small digital camera to capture the moments mainly because of its easiness to carry inside the bag.

Chu Sheng Temple - Ang Mo Kio ,Singapore
Chu Sheng Temple – Ang Mo Kio ,Singapore

Finally, the photo I share for the #VantagePoint project is also a iPhone capture, but do you know, if I wait for a DSLR capture, that will never happen.

The innovative camera introduced by Light sounds fantastic to capture high quality photos using a small device. With new technology; the L16 compact camera gives the DSLR quality photos from a compacted slim camera body. Hope I will be able to own such camera one day! Check light.co for more details of this camera.

How about your week? Did you capture any special moment? Do you have a photo story to share with us? If so, please share below.

Also please let us know how you capture your moments. Do you only use DSLR camera or do you use all camera types you own including phone camera?

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How to save money on Singapore hotel accommodation

Popular as a luxury and expensive destination, Singapore is still a good place for a vacation for both who look for a luxury holiday and for those who look for a budget holiday. In Singapore you will find high end shopping malls, luxury hotels, and expensive attractions and of course there are lots of free attractions too. With vibrant history, Singapore is a multicultural city that you can expect variety of experiences during your holiday.

Sentosa, Merlion, Clerk Quey and Singapore flyer are among the popular Singapore attractions and don’t forget to indulge with Singapore local delicacies. If you like to visit some of the hidden attractions in Singapore, Pulau Ubin Island is the best place to visit.

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At the entrance of the Pulau Ubin Island – Singapore
How to Save Money on Singapore Hotels?

When you plan your Singapore tour, if you are looking for accommodation for reasonable rates, here are some of the tips you can follow. I hope these tips are helpful for you to book accommodation in Singapore for affordable rates.

Book during the off-Peak period

Book your hotels during the off-peak period. In this period most of the hotels offer discounts and promotions to attract guests for their hotels. Sometimes you will find discounts up to 60% .So with early planning, you can easily stay in your preferred hotel for a low booking rate.

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Palawan Beach is a popular attraction in Sentosa Island

Plan your holiday on weekdays

Usually weekend hotel rates are higher than the weekday rates. It is common for many countries and still it is same for Singapore hotels too. So, by booking your hotel accommodation during weekdays, you can simply find low rates and save some money on accommodation in Singapore.

Look for Hotels Outside of popular attractions

In Singapore, you will find really efficient Public transportation. You can also hire a taxi if you want to visit attractions in different places. Most of the hotels in popular tourist attractions such as Marina bay or Sentosa can be expensive than some of other places away from the popular city areas.

But, if you think time and cost for travelling when you stay in another areas which is not in major attractions, simply don’t worry. Because, you can easily find hotels near MRT stations and travel by train is really convenient in Singapore.

I hope these tips are helpful for you to book accommodation in Singapore for affordable rates.

Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-Singapore
Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-Singapore

In Singapore there is a temple which follows Theravada Buddhist tradition and it is a Sri Lankan temple. Most of the traditions are according to Sri Lankan Buddhist tradition, so we visit the temple in special occasions.

Usually we visit the Burmese Buddhist Temple simply because it is located bit near to our home.Few months ago, we visited this Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple again and these are some of the captures from the temple.

Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-SingaporeSacred Bodhi tree (Bo tree) is one of the must haves in any Buddhist temple and there is a Bodhi tree in this Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple too. It is a very calm and quiet place and perfect for meditation or to relax forgetting the entire world.

There are four Buddha statues placed in this Bodhi tree facing each directions and devotees can do the offerings such as flowers,oil lamps etc.

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Sacred Bodhi tree of Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-Singapore

In above photo you can see my son who was really happy to stay in the calm and peaceful environment running here and there picking fallen leaves from the Bodhi tree.

Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-Singapore
Offerings for Lord Buddha
Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-Singapore
Statue of Reclining Buddha at Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-Singapore

Built in 1952, this Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple is considered as the oldest Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist Temple in Singapore. The temple is located in a spacious land in St Michael’s Road. The huge Reclining Buddha is one of the reasons to make this Buddhist temple so special. Usually in Sri Lanka we can see huge Buddha statues like this.

Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-SingaporeThe temple is with beautiful paintings.Lotus is one of the common flower which we can notice in buddhist related paintings.Even in this Buddhist temple,I noticed lotus flowers paintings in the ceiling.

I visited there with my mother.She brought the below offering from Sri Lanka specially to offer this temple.(some sort of Buddhist tradition)

After offering the below handmade lotus to Buddha ,she was very happy.

Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple-SingaporeFor me,I felt like I was in Sri Lanka,because we could meet some Sri Lankans there.Most of the traditions and things in the temple are exactly as in Sri Lanka.Of course we also had some Sri Lankan meal too.

How to get there:

If you visit the Sri Lankaramaya temple you can easily reach by taxi,by bus or by MRT.

Location:

Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple

30-C St Michael’s Road Singapore 328002
Tel: +65 6391 0031

Nearest MRT Station:

Boon Keng MRT (NE9) Walk 11 mins from Exit A

Nearest Bus Stop (bus stop B60161)

Buses: 13, 23, 26, 31, 64, 65, 66, 107, 125, 133, 147, TIBS 857, 985

 

Photo Story Link up

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Leave me a comment.That make my day!

I spent a day with my son going around the city and showing him Christmas decorations. The little guy who talks much about his favorite characters which he find in nursery songs was very happy to see Christmas trees, Santa and snowman in around the city.

Christmas-Ang-Mo-KioEach year AMK hub is decorated for Christmas and this year we found a nice Christmas tree with lot of Nutcrackers around the tree. We visited during the day time so we couldn’t see the magical Christmas decor with lights on. But still this Christmas tree is beautiful during day time.

A Magical Christmas Dream Party -Ang Mo KioFor my son, these Nutcrackers reminded the soldiers in his favourite song ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall’. 🙂
We both had great time together walking around the Nutcrackers and watching how beautiful and colourful they are.
A Magical Christmas Dream Party -Ang Mo Kio

Christmas Dream Party at AMK Hub
Christmas Dream Party at AMK Hub

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Christmas-Ang-Mo-Kio

Christmas-Ang-Mo-Kio

Christmas Dream Party at AMK Hub
Christmas Dream Party at AMK Hub
Snowy Bubbly Shows

Through 27 November 2015 – 27 December 2015, there will be snowy bubbly shows at AMK Hub, this will be a great Christmas experience specially for kids. I am planning to visit again at night during this week. It is free and I found the show time as below.

Venue: L1 Main Entrance

Weekdays (Mon – Thu)
8pm

Weekends (Fri – Sun)
6pm & 8pm

A Magical Christmas Dream Party -Ang Mo Kio

Spot & Count the Nutcrackers Contest

Other than the Snowy Bubbly shows, there is another fun contest. You can win $500 AMK Hub vouchers if you won. Spot and count all the Nutcrackers and submit your answer. Can you count all without missing any? Then you can enter into the contest. There are 75, 76 or 77 Nutcrackers around the Christmas tree. I didn’t count. These are the answers which you have to select when you enter into the contest. 🙂

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How about you? Did you go around the city to see Christmas decorations and shows?

 

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

This is another interesting temple in Singapore. We visited the Singapore Buddha tooth relic temple recently and these captures are just to show how beautiful the temple is.

If you go to China Town, you’ll find this wonderful attraction which is based on Tang dynasty architectural style. Opened in 2007, now this temple has become one of the most popular attractions in China Town, Singapore.

Although it is a Buddhist temple, regardless of the religious views, this temple is a good place to see many attractive statues and architectural details.So,here is a photo walk through the temple.

Mountain Gate-Singapore Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

At the time we visited,the temple was undergoing some construction work.So,I couldn’t capture a clear photo of the entrance gate as there were some safety hoardings.Also as always,it was another rainy day!

Anyway,the first storey is for the temple and the entrance gate is named as ‘Mountain Gate’ which has 3 large, heavy and  red lacquered doors.These doors are with traditional style of Tang Dynasty doors.

Mountain Gate-Tooth relic temple
Mountain Gate-Tooth Relic Temple
If you noticed clearly,the middle gate is closed in above Mountain Gates.Entry through the center gate is restricted and is reserved for important guests.
Gate Guardians
Gate Guardians

Next attraction you must notice before entering into the temple is the guardians who stand in the sides of the Mountain gates. With their fierce face and strong looking body, they stand on the sides of the gates to protect the temple.

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

Hundred Dragons Hall-Singapore Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

After walk through the Mountain Gates,you’ll enter into the temple which is named as Hundred Dragons Hall.

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This hall is mainly accommodate the  Buddha Maitreya statue which is 15-feet in height.

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

Maitreya Trinity in Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

On the sides of the temple,you’ll see lot of Buddha statues of different Buddhas.(Hundred Buddhas)

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum
Hundred Buddhas in Buddha tooth relic temple and museum
Universal Wisdom Hall

Well,next is another hall with giant statues.The hall is named as Universal Wisdom hall

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum
Bodhisattva Cintamanicakra Avalokitesvara

Here you’ll find a giant statue of Bodhisattva Cintamanicakra Avalokitesvara.

Actually this temple is an interesting place to pay a visit.I really like to see the different architectural styles from Chinese culture which reflect different dragon symbols and colours.

Below is a capture of the bell tower we noticed inside the temple.

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

After visiting the temple at storey 1,we visited the Sacred Tooth Relics Chamber which is situated in the fourth floor of the temple.

Museum

In another storey,there is a museum with a huge collection of replicas from different Buddhist culture and architecture styles.Here are some of my captures.

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum
Replica of Tooth Relic chamber of Tooth Relic Temple-Sri Lanka

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum
Foot Prints of the Buddha

This is not my first visit to this temple and museum.In my previous visits I noticed a huge bronze exhibit of ‘Foot prints of Lord Buddha’ which is received from Sri Lanka.Unfortunately,I didn’t notice it this time.Anyway,the temple is also going on a renovation at the time we visited.

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If you visit Singapore and to and to China Town,then visit this temple.There are many things to see inside the temple.

Buddha tooth relic temple and museum

Getting there: Nearest MRT is China Town MRT

For more details: Check Temple’s website

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Vintage items found at Kopitiam

Well,these are some interesting findings for me.Hope,it is same for you too.We were at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and visited ‘Kopitiam’ food court for some refreshments.Instead of capturing food photos,this is what I captured.We could find some vintage items in one corner of the kopitiam.How can I stay without capturing few of those?

Kopitiam-Changi Airport,Singapore
Do you remember these old iron types?I guess,these are still used in some parts of Sri Lanka.

Kopitiam-Changi Airport,SingaporeThe coffee cups in above framed photo are widely used in Singapore hawker centres.

How about the old radio display?Have you ever seen such?

Kopitiam-Changi Airport,SingaporeAnother radio?And the telephone!

Changi 053Below is a little odd capture,because I wanted to focus on the alarm clock.Nowadays,with the popularity of mobile phones,alarm clocks are almost dead in usage.However,few years ago,or may be a decade ago,we used alarm clocks.Do you have any memories?

Changi 054

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