Haven't been to Singapore for a few years. It was good to go again and this time, we took full advantage of our 4 days there. Weather was quite good except for a few evening of short showers. We stayed at Ibis Hotel at Bencoolen. Very clean and nice. Staff was friendly and service prompt. They provide free parking for guests too. A great location, MRT is just a few minutes away and food court is around the corner. This trip was mainly for Reese and therefore kid friendly. My sister took us around over the weekends.
Upon arrival at Singapore using the second link we went straight to Jurong Bird Park which is very close by. A good place to bring children and our favourite activity was feeding the birds! SG3 for a small cup of liquid food to feed the birdies. The birds were very friendly and totally not aggressive like what Reese experienced the last time we went to KL Bird Park.
After some rest in the hotel, we went to have authentic Chinese food from a restaurant run by Chinese nationals. The only good food we had in Singapore! This place was located in Chinatown and the menu was in Chinese. My dear sister and I had to rely on pictures and compare each Chinese character to tick what we wanted in the menu. :) Goodness, the portion was huge. The place was mostly frequented by Chinese from China. Some yummy food we had...
Black fungus fried with eggs and zucchini
Sweet and sour pork chop
Braised pig trotters
Hotplate tau fu
Next we went to Marina Bay Sands. My sister took us around and got some pretty good view and shots of the surrounding area. At 9.30pm sharp, we sat at the open space and watched the nightly fountain show. It was quite good. We had TWG's macaroon while watching the show. :)
Marina Bay Sands
Skyline of Singapore
Nightly fountain show
On the second day, we went to the Science Centre. The place is huge and very well organised. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. If you are a member of Pusat Sains Negara (PSN), you can request a letter from them to get free entrance tickets to the Singapore Science Centre. That will save you quite a bit of money. :) We had fun there. If given ample time, we can easily spend the whole day there! We even went to watch the IMAX show entitled: Ring of Fire. SG9 (10%) discount per person.
Tesla Coil demonstration. See the electric current?
Everything about microbes. They even have hologram images of different microbes on display
Having a feel of gale force wind!
Fire tornado demonstration
Pay additional SG5 to go on a laser maze. You have two tries. Fun.
In the evening we had dinner at Makan Sutera. It is suppose to have the best hawker food in Singapore but what a disappointment. Somehow, hawker food in Singapore is lousy. Everything is sweet. They use ketchup in making dried noodles!
Day 3 we went to the zoo. It was a lovely day and we managed to see most of the exhibits including Jia Jia and Kai Kai the two giant pandas from China. We paid an additional SG5 each. Had lunch at the zoo and this time, KFC wasn't so bad afterall. Our previous experience was quite bad. Coleslaw tasted like durian!
Giant panda Jia Jia
'Elephants at work' show
SG5 to feed the giraffes
That evening, we went to Orchard Road to see the Christmas decoration. Disappointed.
Our little family and Reese and his only aunt
Some of the decoration
On our final day in Singapore, we went to the Arts and Science Museum. We paid SG15 per adult and SG9 per child to view the 'The Art of the Brick' by Nathan Sawaya. It was great. He uses Lego bricks as a medium for his art.
This dino skeletal is made entirely of Lego bricks!
Next stop was Johor. Stayed a night in Skudai and the next morning we went to Legoland which was only 15 minutes or less from our hotel. Crowd was ok and we managed to sit on most rides and see the miniland before the thunderstorm. Got our Lego parts and drove home to PJ after that.
First 4D experience
Reese and I took this roller coaster. It was also Reese's 1st. :) He was somewhat stunted.
Started raining at around 1.30pm and the rain was very very heavy.
Our Lego parts burnt a big hole in our pocket! RM400 plus.
Happily sorting the new bricks and parts
See the whole living room is filled with Legos. Daddy and Reese are building a huge Lego city.