Shopping, Merlion Park

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It was our last day in Singapore, and there was no way that we would leave without buying "pasalubong" (souvenirs, gifts for people back home).

We began our "shopping tour" in the Bugis area.  Very intriguing to find a Hindu temple right next to a Buddhist one.  It was nice to look at, seeing the harmony there.  Lots of shops in this area, but we didn't buy too many things, because we would have to be bringing everything around with us.  Next was Sim Lim Square, for electronics.  It's better though if you know exactly what you plan on buying.  Less hassle that way.

Our last shopping stop was Chintown.  Now this is where we went crazy!  A lot of cheap stuff, and all sorts of souvenirs and things are found here.  There are also shops that sell everything at $10.

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  Didn't find a lot of chocolates here though.  There are other places to go shopping, but we were satisfied with our purchases here.

The symbol of Singapore was ironically one of the tourist spots we visited last.  As we were walking along the Singapore River to get to the Merlion Park, we saw some of the many sculptures surrounding it, which are called, well, "People of the River Sculptures".  I loved the one of the kids jumping into the river :)

The Merlion was originally designed as the emblem of the Singapore Tourism Board, before becoming the country's symbol.  The Merlion Park is actually home to the Merlion and cub, which was a smaller version of the Merlion.  But the cub was further back and was facing the other direction, so I think people didn't really take notice of it.  From the Merlion Park, you could see the Esplanade Theatres.  From afar, this complex looks like the durian fruit.

The "largest fountain in the world" located in Suntec City, was our last stop.  We watched the music/ laser show at the fountain, nothing really great compared to the one in Sentosa but it's still entertaining to watch.

By this time, the only thing that was left for us to do was to pack our bags, go to the airport, and take the 4 hour flight back home.

eejot says:
Apparently, you walk around the fountain 3 times for good luck... I'll give that a go :P
Posted on: Apr 03, 2007
azzurri says:
true, true...Funan is also a great place, some even prefer it to Sim Lim :)
Posted on: Mar 21, 2007
grubi says:
Sim Lim IT Mall is definitely a highlight for IT fanatics like me. The best things you can do in S'pore is SHOPPING and EATING. :-)
Posted on: Mar 20, 2007
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