East Coast

Singapore is a food paradise. A diverse culture and rich history make Singapore proud to have enough foods. Singapore’s East Coast is a place frequented by Singaporeans leisure, where attractive addition to stunning ocean views, there are very appetizing seafood center, is a paradise for seafood lovers. Sitting on the beach at night, blowing sea breeze, taste tempting chili crab, it is a rare treat.

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In addition to chili crab, the East Coast as well as many other dishes. Transferred to the East Coast Road from Tanjung plus East (Tanjong Katong Road), it is generally known as the “Eastern Canada” (Katong).

Katong have some very popular old-fashioned coffee shops. Many local snacks such as tofu packages, dumplings and the famous Katong laksa will let your foot off the mouth addiction. Sitting in a quaint coffee shop, authentic sipped coffee and looking at Joo Chiat Katong picturesque scenery will be a very pleasant thing.

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– Liu Mu

 

 

References:

http://www.mafengwo.cn/i/775089.html

http://www.woniugu.com/discover/PlazaDscvInfo.aspx?id=1217855

http://singapore.caexpo.com/renwen/jd_xjp/2013/07/09/3597611.html

A Place For Stress Relief

Universal Studios Singapore (新加坡环球影城) is a theme park located at 8 Sentosa Gateway within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Featuring 24 movie-themed rides and attractions, thrill seekers, friends and families will be the first to experience many new rides and shows based on your favourite blockbuster hits. I’ve been there twice and I the place is beyond believable! uss

There are seven categories to choose from. They are Hollywood, Far Far Away, Ancient Egypt, New York, Sci-Fi City, Lost World and Madagascar. These categories surely speak for themselves! These two are my favourites:

 

Revenge of the Mummy:

Located in Ancient Egypt, this ride is an indoor high speed roller coaster where we get to go through the ride in total darkness, except certain stops where they showcase scary sights, objects and special effects to scare the wits out of you. It also goes 360 degrees around at one point in time! Why not try this ride out yourself if you want to know more? 🙂

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Transformers:

This is actually a 3D thrill ride on a makeshift car where riders are seen going through the storyline on the ride in the world of Transformers located in Sci-Fi City. In the process of this game, you get to conquer the world with Bumblebee, the transformer!

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Not to worry if you are afraid of heights or speed. Wheelchair-friendly and slow rides are available for the elderly and disabled. Safety comes first and they will not admit your entry if you are unsuitable for the ride.

Opening hours are from 10am – 7pm everyday of the week. For ticket prices, do check out their website here: http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore. Remember to catch their Hollywood Dreams Parade where you can see your favourite characters come to life as Shrek, Marilyn Monroe or even the minions from Despicable Me. USS is especially packed during the weekends or public holidays so be prepared for the long queues and exciting rides ahead!

 

– Liu Mu

 

 

 

References:

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/transformers-theme-park-featuring-life-sized-replicas

http://www.thefamilywoman.com/universal-studios-singapore-rides-experience-part-2/

http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/ContactUs

The Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū) is located in the heart of modern Tokyo, Shibuya. It is a Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine, sheltered by a 700,000 square-meter forest of 120,000 evergreen trees, donated from all parts of Japan when it was established, was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.

 

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The shrine consists of two large areas: the Inner Garden, with the main shrine buildings; and the Outer Garden, with sports arenas and the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. The shrine grounds are entered through two of Japan’s largest torii (shrine gates), made of beautiful cypress wood more than 1,700 years old.

It was great to see all the different people who go there for tourism, leisure and ceremonies. Head for the central shrine of Meiji Jingu as this is where people gather. On Sundays you would be able to see many couples getting married. We were there for about 20 Minutes and witnessed 3 weddings in that time alone. The best thing is that admission is free! However, you have to pay 500 yen to be admitted into the Inner Garden. Check out the admission price and timings here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3002.html

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Meiji Shine is the most famous shine in Japan and is relatively related to the Japanese’s normal life as there are many wedding graduations and mitzvahs there. Last but not least, the shine is also a place that people can pin their aspirations on the walls there.

meiji Priests making their way to the Meiji Shrine

It is great for walking with plenty of shady areas. BUT, be warned, there are no drinks available in the park, so go prepared and bring enough drinks during the time you are there.

– Liu Mu

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/ceremonies/1.html

Animals’ Wondrous Habitats

Today’s post wouldbe about my past trip to the Singapore Zoo! As a student studying in Singapore, a visit to the Singapore Zoo is not to be missed. Let’s get on to the post, shall we?

 

The Singapore Zoo (新加坡动物园), which is formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens, is known locally as the Mandai Zoo. It is located on the boundary of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s forested central catchment area. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9m granted by the Government of Singapore and opened on 27 June 1973. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manages the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. (These are my other 2 favourites!)

The zoo consists of about 315 species of animals in the zoo, some of which are considered threatened species around the world. It also attracts about 1.6 million visitors each year.

 

The Singapore Zoo animal shows are popular with families where you can see trained zoo animals perform their special talents. There are also activities planned out for families with young children. Elephant rides and tours are available where one can get an elongated view of the world on the back of the gentle giant. Dining together with Orang Utans, one of the award-winning breakfast programme, Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, has been appropriately set at their timber lodge-inspired Ah Meng Restaurant. While enjoying local favourites and tropical fruit juices, the Orang Utan family may just make a spectacular entrance. It’s an amazing sight to behold!

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There are even timings for visitors to feed the animals such as chimpanzees, giraffes, otters, arowanas, hippos and more! However, be reminded to come early if you want to feed the animals as there is a limit to the amount of food they consume to prevent overfeeding. Check out their feeding times here: http://www.zoo.com.sg/shows-feedings/token-feeding-times.html.

 

Have you ever had breakfast with an Orang Utan? Or seen a Hamadryas baboon before? If you haven’t, don’t forget to visit them as well as the walkthrough exhibits and underwater galleries! They are open every day of the year from 8am – 6.30pm.

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And here’s a picture of my friend – Frank. I only managed to take this picture before my camera ran out of battery. You may know him from his posts on this blog. 🙂

– Liu Mu

 

 

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Zoo

The One, The Only, The Amazing…

As a big fan of anime, I often read them online as well as offline in my free time. When we think about anime, we unwittingly relate it to Japan. Well, fans of anime, today is your lucky day! Let me introduce to you the places my friends told me about when they visited Japan.

 

Akihabara is a place that surprises everyone who visits Japan for the first time. Akihabara, commonly known as Akiba, it is well-known as the Electric Town and is centered around Chuo-dori street and Kanda Myojin-dori street located in Tokyo, Japan. There are various establishments around the district that range from shops selling latest electronic gadgets such as smartphones to electrical components. Akihabara is also known as a mecca for Otakus. Otakus is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom.

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As Japan is a focal point for all anime fans, Japanese anime, comics and idol related items are present including Maid cafes! Visitors who loves anime or are fans of Japanese idols from around the world will be fascinated by Akihabara’s charm.

 

Let me present to you the electrical shops. The shops here are dedicated to electronic parts, used PCs, smartphone accessories, gaming gear and even spy cameras. These advanced technologies are what helped Akihabara to become famous and attract many customers around the world.

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Akihabara have many unique shops for Otakus especially the Maid Cafés. Maid Cafés are restaurants where waitresses are dressed like French maids to serve the customers. In addition to serving food, the maids engage in conversations and games with the customers while treating them as if they are the master of the house. Maid Cafes are popular with both men and women around the world.

 

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If you are planning to travel to Japan, it is a must to visit Akihabara! They have the most advanced technology on their electronic devices and these places are the best-suited areas to fully experience the booming Akihabara cultures. Paying a visit to the Maid Café is also a must! Have you ever been served by a maid while having your meals? It not, it is a once in a lifetime experience, and we may also benefit from it as a part of a cultural experience in Japan.

– Liu Mu
Resources:

https://sg.sushiandsake.net/tokyo/akihabara

http://toupini.com/akihabara-shops-3/

http://www.photoeverywhere.co.uk/east/japan/tokyo/slides/electric_town.htm

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