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It is suppose to open after National Day 2007 (so after August 9th, 2007). It will be next to the Singapore Discovery Centre. They have a website shown below.
EDIT: It's now open and it's free for the first year. I've been there!
On the grounds of Paya Lebar Airport, which served as the commercial airport until Changi Airport was upgraded to accept international flights in 1981, is the Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. It is a good choice to visit early in the morning before other museums or shopping centres open.
Even if you are not interested in air force matters, anyone with some interest in airlines or airports would probably find something of interest there. If not, little is wasted because the air conditioning is very cold and admission is free.
The museum can be reached by taking the 94 bus (which does not run on Sundays) from Eunos MRT (EW7). Brochures say that it's possible to use the SBS 90 bus from Toa Payoh bus interchange. When taking the 94 bus, the museum is on the right past the Honda and Opel car dealerships (on the left) and after the roundabout (when the bus turns to Airport Road). The building is big, blue, modern looking and shaped like a ship's bow. It's probably the 1st bus stop after the roundabout (if you see the Singapore Technologies Aerospace building on the left, you have just missed the museum).
Someone said that if I had time, to go to the medical museum at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (MRT Novena). It is open Monday to Friday during the day. I did not have a chance to visit it the museum. The hospital does have a car park (and it’s narrow). Tan Tock Seng gave a substantial sum of money to build the original hospital.
EDIT: I have since seen the museum. It's at TTSH near some stores and a restaurant in the atrium (2 floor?). If you have little time in Singapore, save this trip for a future time. Novena MRT is very close to Scotts Road and Orchard Road so it doesn't take too long to visit.
The museum has 2 rooms of exhibits. There are a few plaques and instruments.
I vote yes for the Singapore sponsored resolution!
This doesn't quite belong here but don't be too critical.
The grounds of the United Nations in New York is not US territory but collectively owned by the member states, of which Singapore is one of them.
Sitting here is a person who is not the Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN! However, it was a nice 3 second visit to Singapore, away from Singapore!
Ang Mo Kio is a middle class area north of Orchard Road. One of its claim to fame is that it is the constituency where the Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, represents. Mr. Lee’s father was the first Prime Minister who was educated in Cambridge and currently holds the title of MM or Minister Mentor. The younger Mr. Lee’s wife died and he has remarried. He has a sister who is a physician at the National University Hospital, I believe. He has been ill in the past but is now well. I think he may have had lymphoma but I am not completely certain.
This is a picture of homes near Dunearn Road, not Ang Mo Kio. The homes near Dunearn Road are more expensive than much of Singapore. I have also posted a picture of an HDB in Sembawang in the northern part of Singapore. (see separate entry).
Snow City is not listed in any of the guidebooks that I have read. On the other hand, several of my tips aren't listed in most guidebooks.
I haven't had a chance to visit Snow City but I might consider it the next time I visit Singapore during the northern hemisphere winter. This is because I might have to wear a winter coat and, to make it worth carry the coat all the way to Singapore in order to have it upon arrival home, why not use it in Snow City.
Their website, http://www.snowcity.com.sg says it is a 10 minute walk from Jurong East MRT (or take the 335 bus from the station). That's another reason to visit the area in and near Jurong.
It's just an ordinary primary school except it is painted in bright primary colours, not just gray concrete. If you really want to see it, it is north of the Eunos MRT station between the station and the Renault car dealer.
I don't know much about schools in Singapore but I heard that the Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls School is supposed to be well known. Is this true?
edit: Xuessium, one of our respected VT colleagues in Singapore confirms that RI and RGS is very well respected. In Singapore, the school one attends is important for one's future career and is a source of pride. I have heard that ACS (Anglo-Chinese School) is not quite as well respected because some of the students are slackers. Sorry if this isn't true!
Sembawang HDB flats
There are lots of tall HDB flats here (see photo) and a naval base nearby. This is off the beaten path. I did see the naval base. You have to ask the guard for a pass. They may not let you in. They did think that my excuse was a valid reason to grant me a visitor's pass. Once there, there was not too much to see except some old guns that used to be mounted on Singaporean naval ships (this is because the museum was closed when I went). I did not take pictures at the naval base because I did not want them to think I was spying.
fish at the Fullerton
These are some the fish in the lobby of the Fullerton Hotel. Formerly a post office and then a government building, it’s now a hotel. I walked from the Esplanade to the Merlion then across the street to the Fullerton, where the cool air conditioning was a welcomed treat. You can recognize the Fullerton by it’s many Doric (or is it Ionian) columns on the outside. I didn’t take a picture so I can’t see it. It was dark when I took that walk. I would recommend this short walk if you are staying in Singapore more than a day and don’t mind the heat too much.
click on photo to see enlarged photo and refinery
This is a picture of Jurong Island and one of the several oil refineries. The Exxon Mobil refinery is the 4th largest in the world and the largest outside of Venezuela and South Korea. Australia gets about 20% of its refined petrol/gasoline from Singapore. In contrast, there is a shortage of refinery capacity in the United States. This is just poor planning that results in American gasoline prices that are higher than the UK or Singapore after you account for differences in taxes.
Jurong Island is not the same place as Jurong on the main Singapore island. That Jurong is somewhat less popular for residents because of the distance to the central business district and the nearby industry. On the other hand, the Jurong Bird Park is in Jurong. Stamford Tyre, which sells car accessories and was recommended by a local, is in Jurong. (see my tip about Autobacs under shopping).
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