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New coins

Today I received some new coins. The coins were from Suriname. Mrs. Ririn Dina, my ‘mother’ in architecture department brought them for me. It made me excited to collect more and more coins.

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Suriname coins

Besides Suriname’s coins, she brought also european coins from the change which she received in Schipol – Netherland airport, and the coins reminded me of Germany 🙂 because some of them had The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin picture at the back.

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Euro coins

Couple of months before, my friend in Singapore had sent me some coins which I had asked, to complete my 2013 new series of singapore coins collection. And yes, finally my SG’s coins are complete. Looking forward to get more new coins, even from places I have never been. I will need to buy coins album later, since my coins are getting many. And these are the SG coins on the top of its brochure from one of  Singapore museums in China Town.

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Singapore 2013 coins

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Part-of-Me

 

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Singapore Travel – Day 02 and 03

It is kinda busy week..but it is time for the sequel of my travel notes 🙂

On the second day, we went to Sentosa Island. From Harborfront MRT, inside Vivo City Mall, we had to go to level 3 and used monorail to across the way to Sentosa Island. Other options would be by foot, or by bus. Considering the quickest time, we chose Monorail with 4SGD/person.

In Sentosa Island there are 3 stations: Waterfront Station, Imbiah Station, and Beach Station. The Waterfront Station is where the Resorts World Sentosa, Casino and Universal Studios located. Imbiah Station is where Merlion Walk, The Big Merlion Statue and way to the Tiger Sky Tower. The Beach Station will connect you to three beaches available in Sentosa: Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. The three beached are connected in the same coastline.

The third day, our trip headed to Garden by the Bay, located next to Marina Bay. From Marina Bay MRT station, we can use bus 400, or simply use Bayfront MRT and walk across the bridge to reach Garden by the Bay. The Garden by the Bay give many chances to explore variety of garden, from: the Supertrees – vertical plant display with 22 meter high OCBC Skyway; Flower dome and Cloud Forest conservatories; and Heritage garden: Chinese garden, Malay Garden, Colonial Garden. Besides, there is a dragonfly lake, with beautiful scenery you can see while walking or sitting along the boardwalk.

During nights, there will be a spectacular light show at the Marina Bay. Night scene at Baywalk will give a skyline display of the high-rise building. Helix bridge at the Bayfront is also interesting, with its lighting and street performance like magic and music show by local people.

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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in TRAVEL

 

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Singapore Travel – Day 01

This year I had the chance to visit Singapore (SG) again. After saving money for some years, my sister and I finally can afford to pay for our family trip. It was our first family trip abroad. Thanks to God which made this possible (with low budget airlines, free time, and everything).

Actually, this is my second visit after my visit in 2004, which was paid by my previous office work.  I was only able to visit SG for 2 days that year. There were rapid changes after almost 10 years. The new things to see now include: Marina Bay, SG Flyer, Garden by the Bay, and Universal Studio in Sentosa Island.

For those who want to visit Singapore with limited budget, I have some advices:

1. Search for low budget airlines.

2. Search for cheapest hotel.

3. Find cheap place to eat, usually in Little India, canteen for workers at mall, or hawkers (street food).

4. Buy souvenirs in cheap place: China Town or Serangoon Road. We have compared with Bugis Street, China Town was still cheaper.

5. Visit free entrance places like: Garden by the Bay (GBTB)-unless you want to visit the conservatory area, Sentosa (only pay entrance fee max. 4SGD with monorail), Chinese Garden, Botanical Garden, Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Marina Bay, and of course Orchard Road.

6. Bring empty bottled water, so that you can refill your empty bottle wherever there is a drinking fountain, because water is very expensive in SG. The cheapest one I found was 1SGD per 1,5l water.

Our 7 days trip itinerary was so busy. We did not expect that, since most people who went to SG only spend around 3-4 days. Seven days was too much according to some of my friends. Yet, till now, we still feel that those 7 days seemed too short, flew away without notice. Our itinerary for Singapore trip in 7 days:

Day 01- Merlion Park and Esplanade, Day 02-Sentosa Island: Merlion Walk, Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach, Tanjung Beach, Day 03-Garden by the Bay, Marina Bay, Marina Square, Helix Bridge, Day 04-Supposed to be Botanical Garden and Orchard Road, but due to unexpected rain, we canceled the Botanical Garden plan, Day 05-Chinese Garden, Haw Par Villa, IKEA, Day 06-Universal Studios SG, Day 07-Bugis, China Town, Mustafa, Day 08-Back to home.

We stayed in Little India area, which I found to be cheapest area in Singapore from the hotels and food. It was interesting to see different part of SG, because India people still maintained their culture, from the food, music, and also their religious place.


Little India - Shop Houses

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Our first itinerary was Merlion Park. Of course this is a must when you visit Singapore. What else would you expect from this Lion Country?  From Raffles Place MRT station to Merlion Park, here is the list of what you will see:

1. Fullerton Hotel

Fullerton Hotel 
  2. High Rise Building of SG

SG High Rise Buildings

3. Esplanade Park with Esplanade from distance

Esplanade Park

4. Esplanade up close

The Espalanade

5. Merlion Park

Merlion Park

6. Crowds sitting around the Merlion.

Sitting People in Merlion Park

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in TRAVEL

 

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