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Grab a blanket to sit on and take a picnic basket and enjoy the regular open air concerts held on weekends at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Check out their website for details.
Update 30th June 2008: Early this year I was contacted by the Editor from Star Publications who was seeking my permission to use the opening photo of this tip in a Secondary School Music publication.
You can read a bit more about this at my Local Customs tip.
Phone: 64719933 / 64719936
Singapore's last rainforest
The jungle walking trails around the MacRitchie Reservoir are an unexpected yet delightful part of an otherwise highly urbanised Singapore.
The highlight of the walk is the 250 metre Tree Top Walk taking you at canopy level through the rainforest.
The distance to the entrance of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 4.5 km from the reservoir park entrance.
I strongly recommend engaging local VT'ers to help you out as the entrance isn't that easy to find. The walking is not difficult but the high humidity can be very challenging.
It is well worth while doing this "off the beaten path walk in Singapore".
Henderson Waves is Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge which links Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park and it forms part of the Southern Ridges.
These two parks also join up with nearby Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and West Coast Park to form a corridor known as the Southern Ridges of Singapore.
The unusual wave like structure gives an impression of a giant caterpillar wriggling across a tight rope from one Singaporean hilltop to another.
HortPark is a beautiful 23 hectare gardening hub located at the foot of Kent Ridge Park and it brings together all your gardening related activities under one big roof in a park setting.
The Garden Patch features plots for showcasing horticultural and landscaping products,
home gardening design concepts and new trends and practices in gardening and landscaping.
Other Contact: email: NPARKS_HortPark@nparks.go
Phone: 65 6471 5601
Kent Ridge Park offers visitors wide meandering paths where you can stroll through the well maintained gardens and natural secondary forest.
From various look out points along the paths you will find magnificent views of the off-shore islands and huge harbour.
A 280m long tree top canopy walk links Kent Ridge Park to Reflections of Bukit Chandu, an interpretative WWII museum.
7:00 pm to 7:00 am
Pond of Reflections at Bukit Chandu
When imstress offered to show me some of the sights of Singapore I suggested going to Reflections of Bukit Chadu.
Jen said that would work out fine because from there we could go up the canopy walk at Kent Ridge Park, to the HortPark afterwards before finishing with a seafood BBQ at the nearby Alexandra Food Court.
Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a WWII interpretative centre which commemorates the gallantry and sacrifice of the 1st and 2nd Battalion Malay Regiment who defended the western sector of Singapore during February 1942.
For me, the most disturbing story was of the Alexandra Hopital massacre on February 15th 1942, where Japanese soldiers systematically massacred some 200 hospital staff and the walking wounded who had already surrended.
I was also very moved by a poem which were the parting words from Professor Edwin Thumboo’s Adnan & Comrades At Bukit Chandu. For copyright reasons I can't add the poem on this page but you can see the full version of it on picture no:5.
Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays 9am - 5pm
Other Contact: Email: email@example.com
Phone: 65 6332 7973
The city of Melaka is one of Malaysia's most historical destinations with Dutch and Chinese buildings dating back to the 17th century and later the British with their colonial architecture.
Melaka can be done on as part of a packaged bus trip tour from Singapore. It's a whole day trip of around 12 hours.
These two spacious gardens are located near Jurong Lake and are easily reached from the Chinese Garden MRT.
The Chinese Garden is actually situated on an island and the grounds have an extensive Chinese Bonsai display.
There is also a seven storey pagoda which gives you a great view from the top.
The nearby Japanese Garden seems either smaller or it has fewer buildings but it is still worth the extra walk to get there.
The gardens are open from 6am to 10pm during the week and 11pm on weekends. Admission is free.
Pedestrian bridge from MRT Station
Toa Payoh is a suburb located in the Central Region of Singapore and is one of the earliest satellite public housing estates.
If you get the time and have the inclination I would recommend that you take a stroll around one of the many suburbs and experience the 'real" Singapore.
Most suburbs are easily accessible with the MRT with well marked stops. It's a fun way to explore Singapore and see things that are mostly missed on guided tours.
It also helps if you can find a friendly local to take you off the beaten path ;~) Many thanks to imstress for taking the time to show this angmoh around her suburb.
Omar Kampong Malacca Mosque
Omar Kampong Malacca Mosque is the oldest mosque in Singapore. It was first established in 1820 but has been rebuilt twice since then.
It is located on Keng Cheow Street which is a short walk from the Clarke Quay MRT.
This picture was taken from the Central Square Apartments where I was staying and from there I got a great view of the mosque each day.
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