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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Singapore has alot of attractions to cater to every whim and fancy. For first time visitors, I suggest you pass by one of the Singapore Visitors Bureau offices located in key areas of the city. I believe there is one at Changi Airport and another one on Orchard Road.

For the uninitiated, no visit to Singapore would be complete until you set foot on Orchard Road. It is THE shopping street as it contains numerous malls in one long stretch right in the heart of the city. Malls which cater to every spectrum of society. It is the place to be when the city holds its Grand Singapore Sale, usually the months of June and July. Let me tell you they truly slash their prices during this annual event. Thank God I'm not much of a shopaholic! I was more excited about the facade of the malls all decked up for the holidays than the flashing SALE signs. But take note, I did shop just a tad bit. I kept commuting how much it was in pesos so that kept me from splurging since 1 Singapore Dollar equals (roughly) 33 Pesos! :D

So we availed of the Singapore Tours and Attractions Pass from the Duck & Hippo Group. We got the 2 days pass at the hefty price of Singapore Dollars S$63. You pay for two popular tours and get to enjoy 11 other tours for free. Mostly entrance fees to museums. You can also ride the HOP on HOP off tours bus anytime and see the sights on its route at your own pace. The open roof tour buses arrive at bus stops at an interval of about 25 minutes and they provide you with a well detailed leaflet which lists down all the bus stops and their estimated arrival time at the stops. Very well organized, I'd say. Since it was already about 4pm, we decided to hop on the CityHippo Tours bus and alight at Singapore's newest waterfront attraction.

Hop on Hop off Hippo Tours Bus

The Singapore Flyer is the world's tallest observation wheel that stands at 165 meters from the ground. The 'flight' rotates for 30 minutes and each air conditioned capsule can fit 28 persons. You get a panoramic view of the business district skycrapers, the housing complexes, the Marina front development, Changi airport, Sentosa. You can also glimpse parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. Be sure to grab an audio device to listen to a very interesting spiel that narrates the history of Singapore. It also points out the stories behind the landmarks you can view from the capsule.

It was an amazing experience! Try it =)

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