Thursday, 15 June 2017

Images of Singapore LIVE, Boat Ride and Madame Tussauds Singapore


Images of Singapore LIVE takes you on a journey to uncover the Singapore's story, from a humble Malay fishing village to 21st century powerhouse. There is someone at every scene playing a certain role such as a Samsui woman, cinema attendant, who tells the history as well. It is interactive and theatrical. Through a unique mix of live actors and special effects in short skit and role-playing, get ready to step back in time to Singapore's past. You will be ushered from point to point by the actors. There are human sculptures along the way that would talk occasionally. It is a nice touch. 

Images of Singapore LIVE TripAdvisor Reviews 2017: The entry to this is along with that of Madame Tussauds. The story telling is quite unique with live actors in most of the places, adding a touch of reality to the show. actors were enthusiastic. short skit, role-playing made the show more interesting. very realistic in the terms of their accent and looks. I'd also like to appreciate how they interacted with the audience and made them feel like they were actually in the place! they usher the crowd from point to point, sending you on a journey from the past to the present. Good way to present the history of how Singapore has evolved. spending a long time in queue. We started of in the Harbour master's office and the show ends with a boat ride after which, we entered Madame Tussauds. The show is of about 30 minutes duration and certainly worth doing.

Samsui woman
Jubilee Cinema
TV shop

Embark on a voyage aboard The Spirit of Singapore – a 3 min boat ride that celebrates everything unique about Singapore (Sights & sounds include Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore F1 Night Race, a Beijing opera and much more).
Spirit of Singapore boat ride


After the boat ride, you enter Madame Tussauds Singapore where you get to rub shoulders with the wax sculptures of your favourite icons, rock stars, actors, politicians, musicians and more.

Madame Tussauds TripAdvisor Reviews 2017: It's very beautiful wax museum. Sculptures are impressive and life-like. I was very much happy to see lot great Indian personalities statue in the museum. The place is quite small, crowded in certain places especially weekend. Some of the figures weren't very good replicas. couldn't figure out who the Marilyn Monroe one was. Don't know why they had kept an Indian Actor, Sharukh Khan in a glass enclosure. If you havent visited any other Wax museum this will be great experience. We could carry our stroller till last stop and had to park outside the building.

Madame Tussauds Singapore red carpet

We are on the Oprah Winfrey Show
Phua Chu Kang and the famous yellow boots
The Terminator Bike. Thanks Arnold.
MJ and Katy in action
Stefanie Sun - Singaporean singer and songwriter
Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in).
Marilyn Monroe
Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn

The AR (Augmented Reality) screen that places virtual Bollywood dancers in your environment as if they are dancing with you.


Opening Hours
Mon – Fri, excluding public holidays: 10am - 7.30pm  (last admission at 6pm)
Sat & Sun and public holidays: 10am – 9pm (last admission at 7.30pm)

Admission (They come together)
IOS LIVE+Spirit of Singapore Boat Ride & Madame Tussauds Singapore Combo (3 in 1):- Adult: $39. Child (3 - 12 years old): $29
Discount: Klook price: S$21 (RM66)

Admission Restriction (FAQ): Baby prams/ strollers are not allowed in the attraction. They must be left outside at the drop-off point. Children below the height of 1.4metres have to be accompanied by an adult during the ride. Please note that no babies in arms are allowed.

Getting There
By Sentosa Express monorail: Alight at Imbiah Station 
By Taxi: Access Sentosa Island via the Sentosa Gateway and head to Imbiah Road (by the cable car station)
By Foot: Walk from Sentosa Boardwalk

Nearest Carpark
Imbiah Lookout Car Park

Map:



Ref: thewackyduo.com, wikipedia.org

Tiger Sky Tower, Sentosa, Singapore


Gently rising 131 metres above sea level, relax inside the air-conditioned cabin of the Tiger Sky Tower and enjoy panoramic views across Sentosa and Singapore's Southern Islands – as well as neighbouring Malaysia and even Indonesia. Singapore's tallest observatory tower is a distinctive landmark, soaring high above the surrounding natural greenery. 

In the cabin there will be commentary about the history of Sentosa, pointing out famous landmarks across Singapore where it gently rotates up to the top, where you can enjoy 360 degrees view and comes down. 

TripAdvisor Reviews 2017: It shows the view of Sentosa and Singapore bay from a pretty good height. This is mainly to take pics from that height. It takes about 15 minutes - a nice view of Singapore harbour area with running commentary. The whole deck moves around, like a revolving restaurant, giving all the visitors a panoramic view and opportunity to click photos. Unlike stationary decks. Worth a visit. Once inside the deck of the tower, one can soak in 360 degrees views of Sentosa island as the deck slowly rotates and moves upwards. The aerial views of Sentosa presented by the Tiger Sky Tower are amazing but you can experience the same if you take the cable car as well! it's okay to ride SkyTower once and tick mark in your diary "been there, done that" but not going back for a second time. 

Plenty of photo opportunity

360 degree panoramic view of Singapore and beyond.

air conditioned, seats, rotating slowly upwards and down.

The tower is just outside the Imbiah Lookout Cable Car Station.


Tiger Sky Tower, Sentosa, Singapore
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm daily (last entry 8.45pm)

Admission: S$18 / Adult. S$10 / Child (3 - 12 years old)
Unlimited Rides: S$23 / Adult. S$15 / Child (3-12 years)
Admission Restriction: NA
Capacity: 72 pax
Discount: Klook price at S$11 (RM35)

Getting There
By Sentosa Express: Alight at Imbiah Station (take some escalators up towards Madame Tussauds Museum, turn right.)
By Bus: Sentosa Bus 1 and Bus 2 and alight at Imbiah Lookout.
By Cable Car: Board the cable car from HarbourFront Tower 2 or Mount Faber Station and alight at Imbiah Sentosa Cable Car Station

Nearest carpark
Imbiah Lookout Car Park

Map (Imbiah, Sentosa):

 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Fort Siloso and Skywalk, Sentosa


Fort Siloso was built in the late 19th century. During that time, Singapore had become an important trading port for the British, so it was imperative that the island was protected from sea invasion. You can discover life as a soldier, explore preserved tunnels (No real tunnels at the Fort, they are actually underground areas), underground ammunition stores and WWII-era guns. It is the only preserved coastal fort in Singapore.

The 11-storey, 181 meters long Skywalk provides guests a scenic trek above the trees en route to Fort Siloso. You may also choose to explore the fort by the Heritage Trail or the Gun Trail. Both the Skywalk and Fort Siloso are free for all, and there are also guided tours at Fort Siloso for a more detailed historical account of the area. Surrender Chamber section and guided tours are chargeable.


Fort Siloso is the only preserved coastal fort in Singapore. WWII-era weapons.
Underground area


11-storey, 181 meters long Skywalk to Fort Siloso above trees, unshaded.

See-through floor on top of the Skywalk tower.

stunning unobstructed view of the Singapore Straits, Siloso Beach, Harbour Front and the Keppel Bay. Remember to bring your hat, umbrella for some shade.


Surrender Chambers (chargeable)
Relive some of the momentous events in Singapore’s history with the Surrender Chambers immersive show. Be guided by light, sound and video effects starting from the Japanese invasion, all the way to the Japanese’s eventual surrender to the British at the end of WWII. Before you leave, share a message of peace on the wall of poppies. 
Surrender Chambers

TripAdvisor Reviews 2017: The Fort Siloso Skywalk Tower is an impressive 43m high tower, which the skywalk links the Siloso Beach to Fort Siloso. The tower has lift access, which brought us up to the skywalk bridge. The skywalk bridge is 181m long, which along the way visitors would have a stunning unobstructed view of the Singapore Straits, Siloso Beach, Harbour Front and the Keppel Bay. Walking on the bridge towards Fort Siloso, we also found a number of displays by the side introducing the history of the fort and the artillery gun emplacements. Entrance is free and it promises a magnificent view of the surrounding area, regardless whether in the day or night. Stunning views from this skywalk, too hot to linger for too long, but worth a stroll. Not covered so remember your hat At the end of the walk is Fort Siloso, which was built to defend Singapore against an invasion by sea from the south. Now a museum, Fort Siloso displays its history and guns. This is a good way to reach Fort Siloso if you don't want to hike the usual route.


Fort Siloso and Fort Siloso Skywalk, Sentosa
Opening Hours
Skywalk Lift operation hours: 9am - 7pm. ** Guest can still access the Sky Walk via stairs near the lift lobby)
Fort Siloso: 10am - 6pm  (Last entry at 5.30pm)
Admission: Free (except for Surrender Chambers: $6/Adult. $4.50/ Senior Citizen/ Child - non local price)

Getting There
By Sentosa Express: Alight at Beach Station. Transfer to Siloso-bound beach tram and alight at Siloso Point Stop
By Bus: Sentosa Bus 1, Bus 2 and alight at Siloso Point Stop.
By Sentosa Beach Team: Alight at Siloso Point Stop
By Foot: Take a stroll down Siloso beach from Beach Station

Nearest Carpark
Underwater World Car Park



Ref: fromseatosummit.wordpress.com, cheekiemonkie.net

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Liao Fan (Hawker Chan) Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore


There are currently 3 outlets of Liao Fan which offers the cheapest Michelin star meal in the world; a stall in Chinatown Food Complex and the second one (both on Smith Street, Chinatown) and the third outlet at 18 Tai Seng Mall.

First Stall: The original Liao Fan Hawker Stall at Blk 335, Smith Street #02-126, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335 (non air-conditioned)
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 7:00pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri), 8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle is priced at S$2.50. Additional charge for add-ons.



Second outlet: (Hawker Chan) Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle – Smith Street (air-conditioned)
78 Smith Street Singapore 059872
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm
How to go: Park at Chinatown Complex: 3 min walk to Chinatown Food Street or 60m (1 min walk) to Liao Fan.
From Chinatown MRT Station: 2 min (180m) walk to Liao Fan. 

Chef Chan of the famous Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken stall has teamed up with Hersing Culinary to open the first Hawker Chan along Smith Street, in a modern and air-conditioned environment. Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle starts at S$4.50.
There is plenty to explore in Chinatown Singapore and its vicinity to walk off the calories after a sumptuous meal.




Third Outlet of Liao Fan (Hawker Chan) Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle is in "18 Tai Seng" Shopping Mall which also houses other Michelin-star restaurants such as Tim Ho Wan (dim sum) and Tsuta Ramen. The signature Soya Sauce Chicken Rice is priced at $3.80. Other offerings include Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($4.50), Soya Sauce Chicken Hor Fun ($4.50), Roasted Pork Rice ($4.50), Char Siew Rice ($4.00) and Pork Ribs Rice ($4.00). A whole Soya Sauce Chicken is priced at $25.00, while half cost $13.00. Ordering works on a self-service electronic system, and the placement of tables made the space a bit cramped.

We were there at 11.20am and there were still some empty seats available. The ordering process is very fast, but we had to wait about 30 minutes for our food. Everything is self service. The verdict: Good food at reasonable price, will definitely go back.

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle – Tai Seng (air-conditioned)
18 Tai Seng Street #01-02 Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm [danielfooddiary]
How to go: Tai Seng MRT Station (CC11) is connected to 18 Tai Seng. 
18 Tai Seng Retail Outlet by Mapletree
Menu

Very efficient system.

The little one is waiting for his "mee"





Ref: cnn.com, danielfooddiary.com, therantingpanda.com, mapletree.com.sg, yahoo Finance

Singapore Cable Car and Sentosa Island Attractions


Singapore Cable Car (Website
360-Degree Views of Sentosa Island and the Singapore Harbour. Includes access to the Cable Car Museum, the first cable car museum of Asia and admission to Sentosa. 
Price:
Round Trip Sky Pass (Mount Faber Line & Sentosa Line): Adult: S$33. Child: S$22.
Mount Faber Line: Adult: S$29 | Sentosa Line: Adult: S$13
*Add S$10 for a full day of unlimited rides.
Child is defined as 3 to 12 years old. Free admission for children below 3 years old.
Discount: RM64 (S$20, 40%off) from govoyagin. which include 6 Month Ticket Validity. Round Trip Sky Pass (Mount Faber Line & Sentosa Line)
Opening Hours: 8:45am - 10pm, Daily (last boarding 9.30pm)
  • HarbourFront Station- Located at HarbourFront MRT, can go to Vivocity
  • Sentosa Station- Arrive at Sentosa. 5min walk to Imbiah Lookout Station (for the Sentosa Line) with 11 attractions.
  • Mount Faber Park Station - Mount Faber is the second highest hill of Singapore. Mount Faber Peak hosts a number of food and beverage outlets, is where the cable car station is located. Mount Faber Park - two static cable car display at the base of the Cable Car Station. Ring the Bell of Happiness. Next to it is a fence full of “Wishing Bells”, similar concept to “love-locks”. Under Faber Point’s platform is a copper-tooled mural wall that depicts story of Singapore. At the highest, Faber Point, there is a little “baby” Merlion. Can enjoy views of Keppel Harbour, sea or the urban landscape, there are telescopes. The Southern Ridges Walk - 1.The Marang Trail connects HarbourFront MRT to Mount Faber Park (0.35km). 2.Mostly sheltered Faber Walk takes you around the peak of Mount Faber to Henderson Waves (0.8km). 3.The 274-metre long Henderson Waves, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge, connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. [littledayout.com]


Sentosa (Website)
Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity Lobby F Level 1, entry fee: S$1. Sheltered with slow escalators. Leads to RWS Waterfront, attractions such as Trick Eye Museum, Crane Dance, S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark, and restaurants such as Seafood Republic and the Malaysian Food Street.
Sentosa Express Monorail - purchase from Sentosa Station (VivoCity, Lobby L, Level 3) at S$4. Once on the island, all the bus, tram or monorail services are free, except cable car.

Free activities:
  • Siloso Beach - picnic, swim, volleyball
  • Fort Siloso Skywalk (Siloso Point) - 11-storey (by lift or stairs), see through glass floor. 181m Skywalk scenic trail (not sheltered) to Fort Siloso which is home to Singapore’s largest collection of World War II memorabilia.
  • Crane Dance - 8pm daily. audio visuals, water effects and LED light. free. 
  • Sentosa Nature Discovery (Imbiah Lookout) - galleries and interactive exhibits, discover local habitats and wildlife. The jungle trail takes you through eight different habitats (rainforest, wetlands, rocky seashore, etc.) with different vegetation, trees and wildlife, including birds, insects, odd reptile. 9am to 5pm daily. 1.8km.  
  • Merlion (Imbiah Lookout) - The iconic Merlion (half lion fish mythical creature) and water feature. Merlion Walk - Colorful mosaic sculpture sprawled along the walkway. (unsheltered)
  • Palawan Beach - suspension bridge links to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia, Palawan Island.
  • Animal & Bird Encounters (Palawan Amphitheatre) - 2,3,4,5pm daily. Nimble monkeys, amazing reptiles and colourful parrots all get in on the act!
  • Resort World Sentosa Casino - Nice environment, try luck in a game or two. Entry is free for foreigners with passport. Most tables minimum is 25 SGD. 
  • Tanjong Beach
Entrance fee required:
  • Skyline Luge Sentosa (Imbiah or Beach Station) - The Sentosa Skyride is an open-air cable-driven chairlift which stretches from mainland Singapore all the way to Sentosa island. the luge - a non-motorised, three-wheel carrier that goes down a steep hill from near the Imbiah Lookout and ends at the Siloso Beach. Luge & Skyride:   $18 / Person
  • Universal Studios (USS, Waterfront Station) - This massive complex of themed rides, live shows and Hollywood movie-sets
  • Tiger Sky Tower in Sentosa (Imbiah Lookout) - Singapore’s highest viewing tower at 131m. The ride lasts for about 15 minutes. Visitors enter a cabin with commentary about the history of Sentosa, pointing out famous landmarks across Singapore where it gently rotates up to the top, enjoy 360 degrees panoramic view and comes down. S$18 - Adult. S$10 - Child (3 - 12 years old). Klook price: $11 (RM34).
  • Images Of Singapore LIVE (Imbiah Lookout) - Interactive and theatrical, mix of live actors and special effects to step back in time to Singapore's past. (3 in 1) IOS Live and Spirit of Singapore boat ride at Adult (3 min) + Madame Tussauds : $39. Klook price: RM65/$21
  • Adventure Cove Waterpark (Resorts World Sentosa or Waterfront Station) - Not a very large water park. 6 rides -Riptide Rocket (the most thrilling ride), 1 snorkelling area (Rainbow Reef), 1 wave pool, 1 maze area, the adventure river, treehouse and a toddler pool. Park operators take safety seriously. Lifeguards are around at the top and bottom of every ride, well maintained. 
  • Mega Adventure Park | sg.megaadventure.com - MegaZip (flying fox): $45, MegaWall: $15, MegaJump: $25, MegaBounce: $15
  • S.E.A Aquarium (Waterfront Station) - Adult: $34 (non-local)  
  • Mosh! - kids’ edutainment centre at Palawan Kidz City, level 3, Kidzania building, Sentosa. A new Japanese digital technology. Five stations to explore in one big room set up with mini chairs and tables, colouring stations with projected digital scenes on the walls. 1-2h. $28.
  • Siloso Beach - surf a man-made wave (Wave House), beach activities such as kayaking and skim boarding
  • iFly (indoor skydiving) at Siloso Beach


Google reviews Sentosa 2017: Adventure Cove Waterpark is a favorite but the lines can be a little long for the rides. The Malaysian Street Food hall is the best for food with a great variety and reasonable pricing. tip; check out some website where they sell bundle tickets to the attractions here & around the Sentosa Island. Do note it's recommended to spend one full day at Universal Studio Singapore. A lot of Chinese tourist groups.


Ref: budgethotels.sg, hotels.com, Hortpark and Southern Ridges, mapaplan.com, onefabergroup.com, tripadvisor.com, rwsentosablog.com,

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Thomas Town & Other Characters, Puteri Harbour, Johor


Moving up from Hello Kitty Town, there are two more floors which require a separate ticket, or you can get the Two-Park Pass which includes all three floors.

Second Floor: THE LITTLE BIG CLUB (Other Characters)
The Stage - Barney Show, Thomas Sodor Surprise and Bob the Buider Performances.
Meet and Greet - Say hello to Barney's Friend, Pingu, Bob the Builder and Sir Topham Hatt in different time slots.
Angelina Dance Studio - The kids put on tutus, mouse ears and wands and dance to Angelina music. At special times throughout the day, there are dance classes with Angelina Ballerina. Refer to schedule below.
Barney's Playhouse - Located beside the entrance, this is a re-creation of the familiar set in the Barney series. This mini-playground is targeted at younger kids aged 4 and below, and consists of low slides and climbing structures.
Bob the Builder Play Structure - This playground is geared towards older kids with climbing structures and even a wave slide.
Bob's Can-Do-Crew - There is unfinished house for children to build with big blocks that fit together like a Tetris game. Or kids can also help transport the bricks via a conveyor system - and this is a huge hit.
Pingu’s Igloo - Inside the Igloo there are themed interactive (arcade) games.

The kids get to meet and take photos with the characters at certain time of the day. Here comes Pingu.


Bob The Builder performance happens at The Stage at specific time of the day.

Angelina Dance Studio. The kids put on tutus, mouse ears and wands and dance with Angelina.
Bob The Builder® Play Structure, Barney’s Playhouse
Bob’s Can-Do-Crew, Pingu’s Igloo, and Inside the Igloo there are themed interactive games


Third Floor: Thomas Town 
There are 6 rides all Thomas and friends themed. It’s cute and fun suitable for kids from 3-12 years old.

1. Windmill Ride - Mini-Ferris Wheel ride for kids.
2. Harold's HeliTours - Up to four children (only 2 adults) can sit in one helicopter. The helicopters slowly lift up, rotating slowly before coming back down.
3. Colin's Crane Drop -  A drop tower ride.
4. Bertie the Bus - This bus ride brings its passengers on its rounds but in a vertical circular motion.
5. Bumper Buffers - Bumper cars. This attraction has kids (and adults) trying to bump each other off in diesel engines. The movement and steering of the bumper engines are very smooth and effortless.
6. Knapford Station Thomas Train Ride - It is a simple train ride that goes round the indoor play area.
Sodor Playground - If you have older kids, then this is the playground that they will love. There are lots of climbing structures, slides and even trains which double as tunnels that kids can crawl through.
Mc Bunn Cafe - They serves food like burgers, nuggets, roast chicken, lasagna, etc. 

Thomas Town
Meet and Greet: Sir Topham Hatt. Mc Bunn Cafe, the only cafe in Thomas Town.
Thomas Train Ride

The following rides have minimum height requirements.
Bertie The Bus (90cm), Harold’s Helitours Ride (90cm), Knapford Station Thomas Train Ride (110cm)
Colin Crane Drop Ride (90cm), Windmill Ride (90cm)
Bumping Buffers Steamies & Diesels Ride (110cm)

Plan where to go first - Entertainment Schedule/ Show Time:


REVIEWS
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThomasTownPuteriHarbour/reviews/
2017
My girl likes hello kitty & my boy like thomas train very much. Really suit what they need. My girl insist me to return. My son still at 2 and can't do much. Likewise my girl with 92cm height a lot games she miss. Clean place,beautiful set up & great environment for kids. We will come back when both height 101cm above. When they can gets to play all the games. I love it. Great time enjoy with my kids from 10am til 6pm! The daily show was awesome. Very suitable for kids 12 and below.. but every age group can still enjoy it. Rides are very children friendly. i went during weekday of school holiday, so less people and almost always there were no queues for the rides.
Reviews from tripadvisor 2017: The shows are great. I used to pay hundred for a ticket to bring my girl to watch Barney's concert. But here, you can still watch Barney performance and take pic. The Barney experience is very well managed. Better for smaller children, there are a few rides but you can do everything in a couple of hours (unless you want to see all the shows). The kids couldn't stop playing all the activities one after another repeatedly. The facility was clean and well-maintained. The place is quite cold. Do bring along cardigan or jacket and let the kids put on Long pants.


Thomas Town & Other Characters, Puteri Harbour, Johor
Website: http://www.puteriharbour.com/play/thomas-town/
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasTownPuteriHarbour/
Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor Darul Takzim

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Contact Number: 1 300 88 FAMILY (326459) Malaysia
+603 2203 9668 Outside Malaysia

Ticket Price (Children above 3 years old OR 90cm in height requires a ticket, at the same price):
Thomas Town & Other Characters: RM85
Two-Park Pass (Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town+The Little Big Club): RM125 (*RM100)
*Show your MyKad at the ticketing counter (walk in purchases only) to receive 20% off ticket price. A MyKad must be presented for each ticket. 

Map:
Third Floor: Thomas Town

Second Floor: The Little Big Club (Other Characters)



Ref: wheressharon.com, The Little Big Club, zilamahadi.com, cheekiemonkie.net,