We visited Singapore in 7-15 November 2017, to visit tourist attractions and also catch up with my school friends and family.
Last day in Singapore! It was raining very heavily, so we decided to take the MRT and visit Orchard Road, the famous shopping district.
Trick Eye Museum Singapore, is a 3D optical art museum originally from Korea, where one can pose in front of the art and take photos.
We headed back to Resorts World via the Sentosa Express monorail, to take some photos around the Bull Ring and the Lake of Dreams.
Little India was originally an enclave designated by the British for Indian immigrants, and the main thoroughfare is Serangoon Road.
Suntec City is one of Singapore’s largest malls and shopping destination nestled in the heart of the bustling Marina Bay precinct.
For our family dinner, we went to the Racines restaurant at the brand new Sofitel Singapore City Centre, a French-Asian fusion restaurant.
The final attraction at Sentosa that we visited was Fort Siloso, built in the late 19th century and stands a historical site today.
We entered the statue of the Sentosa Merlion, which is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a fish’s body.
Sentosa Island was called "Pulau Belakang Mati", fortified during the British occupation, and is now a holiday resort.
After lunch we took a taxi to Mt Faber to catch the Sentosa Cable Car to Sentosa Island (less busy than the main station).
We waited for Lyn's parents to arrive, then had a family lunch at the Xperience restaurant at the So Sofitel.
We woke up early and took a stroll from our hotel to Marina Bay. We walked towards The Promontory, then Clifford Pier towards Merlion Park.
We spent the evening exploring the Christmas Lights at Orchard Road with Christmas decorations and pop up stores.
Today we are focused on visiting Universal Studios Singapore, located on Sentosa Island in an area called Resorts Worlds.
Our final stop in the Flower Dome is the Flower Field - which has many Christmas decorations and displays.
We explored the Continental gardens including Australian, South African, South American, Mediterranean, Californian and the Olive Grove.
Flower Dome is supposedly the largest glass greenhouse in the world. It showcases plants and flowers from five continents in nine gardens.
The final part of the Cloud Forest attraction is the Secret Garden, featuring an underwater pool with stalactites and stalagmites.
Below the heart of Crystal Mountain in the Cloud Forest, we walked on the Treetop Walk which leads into the Secret Garden.
Descending the Cloud Walk in the Cloud Forest, we passed through Crystal Mountain where there were many crystals on display.
From the Lost World in the Cloud Forest, we walked down the Cloud Walk which provided fantastic views around the dome.
In the Cloud Forest, we took an elevator to the highest point of the mountain, entitled "Lost World," with LEGO sculptures in a pond setting.
Cloud Forest is a fake mountain enclosed in a glass dome complete with waterfalls and treetop (and mountaintop) boardwalks.
We took a taxi to our cousin's home and spent a nice morning exploring the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After dinner my cousin and her husband drove us back to the heart of Singapore where we walked around at night taking photos of the various buildings.
At night my cousin Qui Yin and her husband Gordon picked us up from our hotel and took us to New Ubin Seafood restaurant for dinner.
We caught up with two friends from school today. I haven't met them in over 30 years so I was excited and nervous.
In 2012, the 1st LEGOLAND in Asia opened, LEGOLAND Malaysia, taking visitors across Asia on a “brick-tastic” journey of LEGO adventures.
We explore the base of the observation wheel, which is a rainforest garden occupying the entire central atrium of the main Terminal Building. The "rainforest" contains tropical trees and shrubs, cascading water displays, streams, and rocky outcrops beneath the Flyer wheel.
Well this is it! Our journey to Singapore after 5 years! We arrived in the afternoon and checked into So Sofitel Hotel.
I was privileged to be part of Lesley Whyte Photography's #MyAuckland VIP Day Tour on Saturday 30 September 2017.
On my last day in Auckland (Day 3), I wandered around High St and Queen St. Sad to be flying back later in the day!
Auckland at night is a strange city at night full of wondrous visions that I never encounter during the day.
Sunset over the volcanic peak of Mt Wellington, overlooking the suburb of Stonefields built on the site of an old quarry.
Mission Bay is a seaside suburb on Tamaki Drive with a nice fountain and some shops. Nearby is Bastion Point.
Located just to the west of Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter has been progressively converted for residential apartments.
Devonport is a harbourside suburb on the North Shore of Auckland, and hosts the Naval Base. It has great views of the harbour into the city.
Had lunch at a place called The Landing at Riverhead, where Lesley spent her childhood. Best steak I have ever eaten - perfectly cooked.
Muriwai Beach featuring black sand and a gannet colony on a large rock. We were there at low tide and the weather was overcast and rainy.
From Albert Park, I explored Auckland City, starting from Khartoum Place where there is a memorial to the Women's Suffrage movement.
Auckland University is located next to Albert Park. It is the largest, most comprehensive and highest-ranked university in New Zealand.
Landed in Auckland last night. I had the morning to myself, so decided to explore Albert Park and the Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
We returned to Japan in 2017 and visited Tokyo, then headed down south to Okayama and Hiroshima, returning via Osaka and Kyoto.
We arrived at Haneda airport, and wandered around the airport shopping area. There were lots of fake cherry blossom trees.
We spend the rest of evening walking back from the Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment building along the subways and streets of Shinjuku.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎) is the tallest city hall in the world, with observation decks proving amazing views.
Shinjuku (新宿区) has been a major secondary center of Tokyo and a commercial hub full of skyscrapers and retail shops.
Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is a large park and garden. It was originally a residence of the Naitō family, then became an Imperial Park.
Character Street is a row of shops selling toys based on various character themes, located underground in Tokyo Station.
The Imperial Palace East Gardens encompasses the former Honmaru and Ninomaru areas of Edo Castle and the Imperial Tokagakudo Music Hall.
We walked back to Kyoto station as buses were full, crossed the bridge at Shichijo and saw a lovely sunset.
Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺), is a Buddhist temple and part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.
We walked along the stone-paved roads in Higashiyama (Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka) that lead up to the Kiyomizu Temple.
Chion-in is a Pure Land Buddhism temple consisting of a colossal main gate (Sanmon), a huge temple building and Japan’s largest temple bell.
Otani Sobyo Mausoleum is the grave of Shinran, the founder of the Shinshu sect Otani school (Higashi Hongan-ji Temple).
Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社), once called Gion Shrine (祇園神社), is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, with bright red gates.
Honen-in ((法然院)) is a nice quiet reflective temple on Kyoto's Philosopher's Path. There is an amazing statue of Buddha here.
Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺), or Temple of the Silver Pavilion, is officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺) and built for a Shogun who became a Buddhist monk.
Today we traveled from Osaka to Kyoto and arrived in the morning. Along the way we passed through some interesting sculpture street art.
Today we visited Universal Studios Japan (or USJ as its more popularly known as). We are excited to see the new Harry Potter attractions!
We travelled from Hiroshima to Osaka and arrived around 3pm. We checked into the Ritz Carlton and spent the afternoon exploring the area.
On the way back to Fukuyama station, I saw a rose trellis in honour of Hugh Jackman - I took a picture there.
Tomonoura is a small fishing village famous as the location for several films: notably Miyazaki's Ponyo and Wolverine.