Singapore: The City of Lion

Hello Singapore.

the Merlion Park

the Merlion Park

It is my first time in here-Singapore. I arrive Singapore in the afternoon time with my another Cambodian mate at Changi International Airport at 12:15 PM. One of favorite destination that I want to visit. We meet our Singaporian guide at Airport. She is waiting for us at McDonald. Then we joined with other Philippine guy to find the way to our hostel.

We head to the Bunc@Radius Hostel in little India. It is really difficult for me as the first time in Singapore. so we lost the way and travel from one block to other blocks to get our hostel. Finally, we arrived.

After check in, we find the local restaurant in little India to get caught our lunch time. When your are in India community, what the first thing you should know about India is curry. I try a chicken curry with free soft drink. I try their taste, it is really good.

After lunch time, we head the way to visit the Merlion park to get a photo of lion fish. On the way, I am really so excited with all big good design building in Singapore.

There are so many people around here at the park. The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name — Singapura — meaning “lion city” or “kota singa”.

After we caught the another amazing building around here is Marina Bay Sand Hotel and Casino. A hotel which design like a ship is stand out in front of the Merlion Park. It is a good day but it is not a good weather for me and my friend. It is raining. We run so fast to under the bridge to escape from raining. 20 minute later, rain stop, and my team continue to the Helix Bridge which lead us to the Marina Bay Sand Hotel.

The Helix Bridge, previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. It was officially opened on 24 April 2010 at 9 pm, however only half was opened due to ongoing construction at the Marina Bay Sands. It is located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridgeand is accompanied by a vehicular bridge, known as the Bayfront Bridge. The entire bridge was opened on 18 July 2010 to complete the entire walkway around Marina Bay.

The bridge complements other major development projects planned in the area, including the highly anticipated Integrated Resort Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and the 438,000 m² business and financial centre which will be ready by 2012.

A few minute, we arrive the Marina Bay Sand, we take a look around in the Marina Bay Shoppes. A lot of luxurious shop open in this big building. After that, we walk around the building and go to the other side of Marina Bay Sand.

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands (LVS), it is the world’s most expensive building, at US$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.

Marina Bay Sands is situated on 15.5 hectares of land with the gross floor area of 581,000 square metres. The iconic design has transformed Singapore’s skyline and tourism landscape since it opened on 27 April 2010. The property has a hotel, convention and exhibition facilities, theatres, entertainment venues, retailers, and restaurants.

From one step by step, we arrived other destinations is Garden by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay is a park spanning 101 hectares (1,010,000 m2) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to theMarina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay is intended to become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

An international competition for the design of the master plan, held in January 2006, attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries. Two firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter– were eventually awarded the master plan design for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

The park has proven extremely popular for event planners, with demand so high that the park has to limit the number of events to three per week.

It is a wow to me. I think is this human made? Garden by bay, it build up with one idea and use a simple that they can find in local. The garden which present a lot of super trees with the sound of music that make my feeling feel good. It is really refresh and take all of tired from mind and body. We sit around the pond and listen with the sound that they play in that garden. The more darker, the more brighter of supertrees. Music is really beautiful and bring my tour end there and ready for back to the hotel to have a dinner.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sand

Marina Bay Sand

The Helix Bridge that lead us to Marina Bay Sand

the Helix Bridge

the Helix Bridge

Garden by the Bay

Garden by the Bay

garden by the bay

It is a really good for being in there. Good night Singapore.