Why you should visit Singapore

NOTE: Insanely long post ahead!
Singapore celebrates her 45th Anniversary this year and as a very proud Singaporean, I feel obliged to do up something special as a tribute to this hardworking little nation also known as my homeland.
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So this is my little entry to share with my foreign cosplay friends why they should visit Singapore.

Of course, this will be a slightlyyyy bias entry but I’ll try to not let my patriotisms get in the way of an accurate and fair entry.

This entry is targeted towards non asian (because I think most Asians have already visited Singapore but if you haven’t please read on too!) and English reading readers of this blog.
















Reason 1: Diverse food extravaganza
As an island that begun as a trading hub, Singapore sees a diverse range of race, culture and religion. What the immigrants brought along with them other than their goods,was of course, their homeland cuisine.

     

P/S: OMFG, this entry is a torture! Its 3am now and I’m freaking hungry!!!


Good food in Singapore are generally cheap. If you stay away from the expensive town and high-end restaurants, SGD 20 (I increased it from 15 to 20 because I realise some people have big appetites ^^;) per day for food is more than enough to spare.



Reason 2: No Language barrier
English is our official and first language here. Every student who goes to school HAS to learn English and another of the 3 official Mother Tongue (Mandarin, Malay, Tamil).  Meaning to say, most Singaporeans are bilingual !!

Granted, yesss , we speak with a different accent but still audible and understandable =) 

Also, as Singapore is such an urbanised place, everything is well labeled and directions are usually clearly written in English. So don’t be afraid that you’ll come here and be lost without any help.  Because everything is in English and our public transport is so well connected, visiting all the island attractions is a breeze!

If you’re lost, just approach any Singaporeans and ask for help in English =)!


Reason 3: Awesome Public Transport
This is the part where one will really start to appreciate Singapore’s minute scale because it really makes for easy travel.  Singaporean’s (or maybe just the government) innate nature to have everything neat, tidy and systematical is also evident here. Because everything is nicely labeled and categorized.


Easy and affordable public transport makes for free & easy itinerary!!!




There’s also a Tourist Pass that cost SGD8/day and allows for unlimited usage.  Though I wouldn’t really recommend this card if you don’t intend to travel a lot within a day.


Reason 4: Diverse cultural experience
Singapore may not be big, but I guess this is the only place on earth (in my bias opinion xD) where you can find such drastically different cultures existing harmoniously side by side.




Experience the culture of the Chinese at Chinatown, marvel the colourful life of the Indians in Little India and feast on the mouth watering cuisines of the Malays at Kampong Glam.


Reason 5: Big Scale Cosplay/Animanga/Games Event!
We have many big scale and FREE admission events. Alright, not all are free but most are fun :D

The main event in Singapore that holds the World Cosplay Summit Singapore rounds! Free entrance!
The upcoming event of the year. Previous years they managed to invite many awesome Japanese celebrity such as May’n, Ichirou Mizuki, Yoshiki Fukuyama and Kaname (Famous Cloud cosplayer)
Because this is an awesomely fun funfun event. Its is an event made for true fans and hardcore animanga people!  SERIOUSLY!!!!
There is also the Singapore Toy, Games & Comics Convention , CosCon, etc!


Reason 6: Awesome attractions!


Some people like to debate that tourist attractions are boring and too touristy and refuses to visit them because they think its just a facade created by the government/nation. But I kinda disagree.

Granted that its true, attractions are usually fake. But that doesn’t necessarily takes the fun away.  Anyway, its usually the official attractions that are most iconic :D. Below are some nice attractions I think you guys should totally check out if you ever come to Singapore.

1) Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
Website: http://www.zoo.com.sg/
Set in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo's world famous "Open Concept” offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Home to over 2,500 specimens from 315 species, 16% of which are threatened, the Zoo has attained a strong reputation internationally for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes.
 
I haven’t had the chance to visit many Zoological Gardens oversea but I’ve heard a lot. Even as an adult, the Singapore Zoo still amazes me. Mostly because of just how beautiful and well maintained everything is. And the famous “Open Concept” is really not a joke.

Because you very rarely see any metal cages in Singapore’s Zoo and the whole place is setup to make you feel like you are in the animal’s natural habitat.

See how close she was to the Leopard?? I remember looking at the same leopard (i think) at the same place before and feeling darn astonished at the sheer size of the beast.


2) Underwater World
Website: http://www.underwaterworld.com.sg/

Underwater World Singapore, situated on Sentosa Island of Singapore, is a unique and well-known oceanarium showcasing some 2500 marine life from 250 species from around the regions and is extremely popular with all our visitors for providing fun, leisure and educational experiences.
 

he last time I went with Gin, we were both very amazed by the sea creatures. I never knew Jellyfish were so beautiful. And the way the aquariums were set up really helped illuminate these beautiful creatures.



3) National Museum
Website: http://www.nationalmuseum.sg/
With a rich history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is Singapore's oldest museum with the youngest and most innovative soul. Designed to be the people's museum, the National Museum is a custodian of the 11 National Treasures, and its Singapore History and Living Galleries adopt cutting-edge and varied ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience.

Ever since it’s reopening in 2007, I’ve been there twice. And I honestly think it’s a wonderful place! The sheer beauty of the colonel building and the spick and span cleanliness just blows your mind away. And I’m not saying this just because I'm  Singaporean.

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I especially loved the “Singapore History Gallery” portion of the museum. It is paid entry but it’s worth the money. The visual spectacle and media entertainment more than makes up for the cash!



Of course, this is also where the above Cosplay PV was shot xD


4) Botanic Gardens
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
The Singapore Botanic Gardens  is a 63.7-hectare (157-acre) botanical garden in Singapore. It is half the size of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew or around one-fifth the size of Central Park in New York. It is the only botanic garden in the world that opens from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every single day of the year, and does not charge an admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden.
 
I have a soft spot for the Singapore Botanic garden. Mainly because its so vast and beautiful, plus its rare to find such gardens in Singapore. And partly because its an awesome place for photography and Cosplay! Let the pictures prove it to you!
 
Photo from: Kaika 
Photo from Kanasaii
 
Left photo from: Inuran
Right Photo from: Lenneth



5) Chinese Gardens
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Garden,_Singapore
Chinese Garden also commonly known as Jurong Gardens, is a park in Jurong East, Singapore. The garden was built in 1975 and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, a well-known architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the integration of splendid architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modeled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping. It is located next to Chinese Garden MRT Station and connected to the adjacent Japanese Garden by a bridge.

This is like, the token place Singapore cosplayers go to for any Japanese or Chinese related series. Not only is it free admission, its also vast and beautiful. There are usually some sort of pretty events during the Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn season .


Photo by: Cvy 

Photo from: Lenneth


Okay…somewhere along the line here, I realise I got over zealous and scoured too many photographs. But I don’t have enough time and energy to continue talking about it. Plus I’m sure you guys are getting tired so I shall leave you guys with these awesome Singaporean cosplay photos. Photos were chosen based on the location =)











6) Resort World Singapore
Website: http://www.rwsentosa.com/
Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort on the island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore. The key attractions include one of Singapore's two casinos, a Universal Studios theme park and Marine Life Park, which includes the world's largest oceanarium.

Because it is big, has casinos, oceanarium , super high end boutiques and UNIVERSAL STUDIO SINGAPORE!!!!!!!





5) Place: Helix Bridge 





 

   




















   Photo from: Inuran


7) Place: Marina Barrage


  Photo from: Reiko 
Photo from: Inuran
  Photo from: Kaika

Photo from: RainerTachibana
  Photo from: Inuran
Photo from: Lenneth                    

 

*Palms forehead* I realise all the locations I selected were…….Photoshoot locations and not exactly ATTRACTIONS except for the first 4 oTL. I am so sorry! Check out this website for the REAL Attractions!!!!




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So I’ve stated some big and simple rules as to why you should like/travel to Singapore. For more travel details, check out the following websites!
  1. http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/experience.html
  2. http://www.singaporevr.com/vrs/HelixBridge/HelixBridge01.html
  3. http://www.travelpluto.com/singapore.htm
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Are you still reading?

Well, I hope you guys liked this entry and it will hopefully trigger some desire to come to Singapore!. It took me forever to consolidate T_T.

On a slightly different note, I really hate it when people disown or in anyway, express shame in being who they are. Especially when they express being ashamed of being born in this beautiful little island. I know there are many controversies regarding the “Disneyland” fa├žade of Singapore to the other nations outside. But mind you, Singapore is a nation so young she isn’t even half a century old! In fact, my dad is older than her!

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But despite her youth, she has already achieved so much. For this alone, I am immensely proud of her. In fact, I often feel unworthy of Singapore. And being born here has got to be one of the best things to happen in my life.

I’m sorry if this blog entry went a little off tangle and too long. But I just have so much about my country that I want to share xD

It is now officially 5am over here and I’m dead tired. oTL

Comments

Nagi said…
That’s amusing, really. I’m from Brazil, last time I heard about Singapore was at an International Affairs seminar, and before that I knew too little about it. Even though they focus was on the country’s economy (growing economy, for the records ^^), they couldn’t refrain from teaching us a little about its culture and I found everything very interesting. From its diversification of languages and nice views to its organization; Definitively a great place to travel to and see it with your own eyes!

Most people that claim to be ‘ashamed’ of where they live either take good things for granted or just don’t know enough about the place. There are controversies everywhere, but there is beauty in every place too. It’s up to us to see it. :)

You have great cosplays, btw. I really have to say that because it’s my first comment here! X)
Anyways, have a great week – And happy B-Day to Singapore!
hknsfan said…
Awesome description on OUR SINGAPORE!
Happy National Day to you ;)
songster69 said…
I think it's always the "grass is greener on the other" notion that makes people discontented about their motherland.

I guess those who are more fortunate enough to travel on their own (guided tours don't count since they only show you the "Disneyland" facade of the country) would be able to see and appreciate where they come from.
Laurie said…
Another beautiful post by Kaika! The pictures just made me go *o* on my screen.

Hopefully I can push through with my trip to Singapore on November so I can see it first hand. In the Philippines, people want to make a role model out of Singapore all the time. ^ ^

Happy Birthday to Singapore! More power...Hahaha it's like a cosplay tourism thing (in a positive note ^ ^)
p7m13 said…
Nice blog post about our glorious Republic. Though, as much as I love Singapore, I also have some gripes about her as well. But I guess no one country is perfect. Nevertheless... Happy Birthday Singa... *Gets sniped*
MisoSoup said…
Singapore looks so amazing, I really hope to travel there one day when I'm older. Even hope to attend one of the cosplay events and go to all the locations you listed, including the photoshoot areas as well, because they are so beautiful. The food looks amazing as well! It's 3 AM here and I'm hungry now! Haha.

Happy Birthday, Singapore!
Ying said…
KAIKA STB(Singapore Tourism Board) SHOULD HIRE YOU!!!

A great awesome nice and sweet write up for our Singapore.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JI-SAN AGE SINGAPORE! LOL. Actually 45 years old is still a young age for a country. LOL.

XD
driss said…
Wow how amazing post. I think you convince me ! When i'll go to singapore next summer, will you be my official guide ? LOL

More seriously, Singapore really looks like a beautiful town that i know nothing and i realized that it's a big mistake.
Thanks to make me discover a part of singapore.

Happy birthday Singapore.
Anonymous said…
LOLz, your Awesome attractions! have 3 No.4) ... pls fix it :)
Hiroky said…
wow!! i didnt know that much about singapore! now is one of my travel wish list!! x(!! i want to go there so bad now :D!!!
and the food looks so good omg D:!! yummy x.x!!!
Jac said…
ooh I wanna go to Underwatwer World now :D
Kai Kuchiki said…
This is a nice post Kaika!:D
I really want to go to Singapore but air travel is a bit expensive here so I'm (or my family0,hehe) still not able to go there..T__________T
I want to see the oceanarium!>.<

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE!!!

@Laurie: I agree with what you said, people here in the Philippines always look up to Singapore--especially in terms of discipline..:D

Yay for Singapore!



and yep, Kaika, you are a LIL BIT bias on the diverse food,culture and attractions part..hehe..:D *peace sign* I believe that A LOT of countries have of those too..But of course,as citizens of our country we should patronize and promote our own products and culture!:D

Some people are "ashamed" of their nationality mainly (I think) because they are belittling their own land and are not proud of what they and their fellow country \men can do.*sigh*

Hoping to go there soon!:D
Ototsuki said…
The Helix != Marina Bay Sands...

HAHAHAA
nagi: nice to hear tat! Hope you will visit Singapore one day =)

hknsfan: LOL!

Songster: true =\ But I guess everyone kinda has that tendency too....
Laurie: Phillippine's really beautiful too! Really hope I can visit it one day

p7m13: .................................

misosoup: Haha, start saving now ^_^!

Ying: LOL! Glad you liked it and thanks for the comment!

Driss: Thank you for the comment! Visit singapore and attend one of our events soon^_^!

Annoymous: done =)

Hiroky: Yes! We have really nice food here ^_^!! Please come!

Jac: OOO you should!

Kai kuchiki: Thanks for the comment ! Hope to visit Philippine soon >w< Haha, did I sound bias xD? Oops! hahah, but except for the diverse culture part, I don't think I said the rest can only be seen in Singapore ^^; Anyway, thanks for the comment^^!
Kai Kuchiki said…
@Kaika: just a bit..LOLs,yeap the rest can only be seen there..:D though we also have some zoos wherein the visitors can come near some of the animals.. I really want to go there (coz my uncle is there--studying hehehe and I want to see those tourist sites..^^,)

Hope you could come here and visit out tourist destinations (we also have A LOT of them..^^)
Akira said…
I want to go >w< I also live in Asia, and Singapore is not far away!!
If I come, let's have a photoshoot together :D Ahahaa~
AmiiKitty said…
My auntie went to Singapore to work, I like to go too~! I wish we meet together. :D
Anonymous said…
Thank you for your entry on Singapore! I've been wondering about it, and how much Japanese culture is there.

Anyway, I hope to visit Singapore sometime soon! And eat lots of delicious food, meet cosplayers, and enjoy Japanese karaoke :)
z3LL said…
Very nice post, thank you for sharing this kaika! We'll definitely visit singapore again ^^
kirin said…
Awesome ^^ I really love the way you depicted Our Singapore :) I'm going for the AFA11 this year and it will be my first time there hope to see you there too XD

P.S Your costly tips are really helpful and you are so KAWAII >.<
kirin said…
*cosplay(sorry had a typo) lol

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