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October 27th, 2008 – by: aacalizo
1. General Rule - take the train; Singapore has a highly-developed rail system that takes you almost anywhere from the airport. So before leaving for Singapore - download and print the map of all its stations. However, brochures are available at the airport's arrival area.
2. Buy the EZ-Link card to take the train and bus - just tap in onto the sensors when you get on/off a bus or when entering and leaving the train station. Your fare will be deducted from the card's balance. Available at most train stations.
3. Go to at least 2 Museums. You can choose among three: Singapore Art Museum, National Museum and Asian Civilizations Museum. The first two are within walking distance from each other. In the third museum mentioned, I found only 1 display from the Philippines - the sundang or itak.
4. Singapore is a very walkable city. Walk, walk and walk. In doing so, make sure you ...
5. Bring your dependable walking or running shoes. Don't be like me who did not - so by nightfall, my feet were killing me and I had to go home :(
6. Take a side trip to Johor, Malaysia even just for lunch. It's very near and it means another stamp on your passport he he he.
7. Sentosa Island - get the 3 plus 1 promo on the various rides, tours and other attractions (available at the train station going to the island)
8. For the kids - make sure they get to watch the Songs of the Sea show. This early, it may also be very helpful to make them appreciate the beauty and value of having the kind of urban greenery that Singapore has.
9. For the Pinoys: Have your picture taken at the signs of these streets: Baboo Lane in Little India (with matching kaway) and Handy Road (with an enthusiastic show of hands) at Dhoby Gaut and of course Manila Street near Bugis.
10. While we all know that the must-go-to malls are Mustafa Centre and Lucky Plaza, please go to the Alkaff Bridge - which was painted by Filipino artist Pacita Abad (+).
11. Explore Chinatown.
12. Nightlife - go to CHIJMES along Victoria Street, a former convent converted to a dining, shopping and entertainment center. You will be very impressed - they were able to ADAPTIVELY REUSE this landmark historic structure for commercial use without sacrificing its design, structure and cultural significance.
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