Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 August: Singapore: Amazing Solo Race in 12 Hours

Travel Date: August 15, 2010 To start my solo adventure, I have visited Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Paya Lebar. From Green Lane, I dropped off at Bugis station. Took Exit B, which is the nearest exit to Kampong Glam. I wanted to see Masjid Sultan (perhaps due to my Brunei trip last April) and Arab Street. The houses and stores are so colourful. They are selling silk, traditional Muslim clothes and postcards.
It was still early in the morning and was not able to get inside Children Little Museum. Most of the stores in Bugis Village were also closed. For those who wanted to take a photo of Manila Street in Singapore – you can find it in Bugis. I took my late breakfast at Toast BoxTraditional Kaya Toast for 4.20sgd. Also, bought the Starbucks mug for my collection. Then, I moved to City Hall for the HMV store. I was looking for a local movie – but unfortunately it was not available there. Another type of City Tour is sponsored by Duck Tours (http://www.ducktours.com.sg/tours_duck.php), price range is 33sgd – 63sgd. It is a bus and boat in one that can travel in both land and water. From Yellow Lane: Esplanade, I dropped off at Promenade, followed the street signs going to Flyer. The ticket costs 30sgd and the flight lasts for 30 minutes. I tried to request if I can take a solo flight but the guard told me that it was a sharing capsule. I shared the flight with 6 other non-Asian tourists. Inside, there is a video that explains the World Record of the Flyer, and a map to guide you on the structures you see on 360 degree angle while at the top. From Green Lane: Raffles station, I dropped off at Tanjong Pagar. I saw this building online, and I have never seen a building fully painted in red - that pushed me to see this in person. This is Red Dot Traffic and Red Dot Museum in one. Still on Green Lane, I dropped off at Jurong East station. For those who wanted to see some outlet shops, visit IMM Building. From the station, take the free shuttle bus going to the mall. Remember the local movie I was looking for in City Hall, I finally found it after inquiring in less than 10 shops – The Leap Years. I saw its trailer in channelnewsasia while I was in Bangkok 2 years ago. You can see it too in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSWsk4aS6nY.

After sending the postcards in Sing Post, I immediately went to Orchard Road. My sister’s order is to buy some prawn rolls and barbequed pork at Bee Chiang. From where I am located, the closest store is either in Takashimaya or Paragon. After I bought the goodies at the basement of Takashimaya, I went to Ion Mall.

As recommended by my friend, I tried Four Fingers. Different kick and flavour for a chicken – uniquely Singapore.

Last station I’ve been to before going home is Clarke Quay – I’m now meeting my friends to have dinner and a short walk in the area. What a wonderful solo adventure – 12 hours, visited 4 lanes, been to 11 train stations.