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Kusu Island

Kusu Island

Kusu Island

Here I am at Marina South Pier (滨海南码头) to take a ferry to Kusu Island (Singapore). There are also other regular ferries service heading for Saint John’s Island as well. It’s my first time going to Kusu Island!

Also I am not going to elaborate more about Kusu Island, as Wikipedia already contains huge information on it. In brief, Kusu Island is also known as “Turtle Island” and located on the island is a popular Chinese temple – Da Bo Gong or Tua Pek Kong (The Merchant God or God of Prosperity).

You won’t see any big resort hotels like Barcelo in Tunis or Britannia Grand Hotel, Scarborough— overnight stay is not permitted here. It is probably to preserve the pristine beaches, lagoons and peaceful shrines. It is easy to visit for the day though, and very popular with people coming for a nice afternoon picnic!

Kusu Island

Bought the return ferry tickets to Kusu Island at S$14 and was quickly hurried to board the ferry as it was about to depart. Took this when I was already comfortably seated in the ferry.

Kusu Island

The interior of the ferry. During Kusu Pilgrimage Season (18 October 2009 to 16 November 2009), ferry services to St john’s island are suspended. The annual Kusu Pilgrimage Season traditionally falls on the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar and more than 100,000 devotees and visitors visited the tiny Kusu Island. Yup, I visited on the last day of the pilgrimage season so as to avoid the crowds.

Kusu Island

After a 15mins ferry ride, I reached Kusu Island. Signboard above detailing about the history of Kusu Island.

Kusu Island

Walking along the walkway and towards the popular Da Bo Gong temple (on the right).

Kusu Island

Before you reach the Chinese temple, there is a wishing well where you can try to throw coins and hit any of the 3 bells in the lotus. If you manage to hit any of the bells, I believe it means that your wishes are heard and will come true! 🙂

Kusu Island

The pavilion where the wishing well is located. Looks like most visitors try their hands at the wishing well!

Kusu Island

Heading towards the Da Bo Gong or Tua Pek Kong (The Merchant God or God of Prosperity) temple.

Kusu Island

In the Tua Pek Kong (The Merchant God or God of Prosperity) temple, you can find many tortoises that are reared by the attendants. Some visitors use coins to strike the back of the tortoise, I suppose it’s for luck, wealth or prosperity, which I promptly followed as well. 🙂

Kusu Island

The main building which houses several deities, of which, the two main deities are the Da Bo Gong (Tua Pek Kong) and Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy). Offerings are sold at S$2 each.

Kusu Island

After my prayers and offerings, I went to the food centre to grab some drink to quench my thrist. Although it wasn’t sunny but the weather was still pretty humid. Washrooms are nearby here too!

Kusu Island

The food stalls at the food centre seems to be like a temporary setup, which occurs only during the Kusu Pilgrimage Season. There was only 3 stalls available during this time, maybe because it’s already the last day of the pilgrimage. Anyway, the nostalgic setup prompted me to try the food.

Kusu Island

This was what I had – Pokka Green Tea S$1.50 and Oyster Omelet S$4.

Kusu Island

Walking around the coastal line of Kusu Island, it seems to be a nice place to have a picnic. I also noticed that there were a few barbecue pits around but your barbecue will have to take place way before 1700hours as that’s the last ferry back. Overnight stay is not permitted on the island.

Kusu Island

Pristine beaches and tranquil settings, away from the bustling city life. The swimming lagoon seems to be a nice place to enjoy the sun and sand.

Kusu Island

Tortoise Sanctuary, where there are enormous amount of tortoises. 🙂

Kusu Island

City skyline from Kusu Island. I can see the Singapore Flyer as well the upcoming Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. The skies is turning black and seems like it’s going to rain pretty soon.

Kusu Island

Didn’t want to get stuck on Kusu Island because of the upcoming rain, so quickly hurried back to the ferry terminal to catch my ride back to Marina South Pier. Last ferry is 1700 hours and 0vernight stay is strictly not permitted on the island.

Kusu Island

Showing the interior of the ferry as this is a different model from the one I took when I came. You can go and enjoy the cooling sea breeze on the open upper deck. But it’s not a good choice for me as it’s going to rain soon!

Kusu Island

After alighting the ferry, at another berth, I noticed this Chinese style cruise boat and believe that you can also take this and cruise around the Singapore waters. For more information, you might have to check out Singapore Island Cruise. Anyway, leaving you with the directions to Marina South Pier. Those who are driving, there are parking facilities nearby too!

Directions to Marina South Pier

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.

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Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

Just visited the Singapore Zoo (opened on 27 June 1973 with total land area of 28 hectares) on a Sunday noon. Yes, I got free tickets as well so did not visit the tickets counter. 😛

For more information on tickets, please visit Singapore Zoo official website. The day’s weather was pretty bad – it was raining and sunny at one point or another. Made it really difficult to roam around as well as taking photos.

Singapore Zoo

Ah Meng Kopi at the entrance where you can grab some snacks – coffee, tea, toast, eggs, etc. Ben & Jerry’s, KFC, Pizzafari can also be found at the entrance area too!

Singapore Zoo

Went in through the entrance and went straight to check out the map of Singapore Zoo as well as the animal shows timing. By the way, you will be also given a hand-held map when you go through the entrance.

Singapore Zoo

Despite the weather conditions, there was still quite a crowd visiting the Singapore Zoo. 🙂

Singapore Zoo

First up – Otters.

Singapore Zoo

Babirusa.

Singapore Zoo

Typical open-concept landscape that you will see in Singapore Zoo. Either you can walk around or go on Wild Discovery Tour, Tram Ride or Boat Ride where various tickets prices applies.

Singapore Zoo

Beautiful landscape at Singapore Zoo. Made me feel that I am not in Singapore. 🙂

Singapore Zoo

Hamadryas Baboons at “The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia”.

Singapore Zoo

An exhibit of a typical landscape that you will see in Ethiopia. If I remembered correctly, the above huts are used for grain storage.

Singapore Zoo

African Spurred Tortoise having a humping good time!

Singapore Zoo

Elephants of Asia – Seats are available for you to view the “Elephants at Work and Play” show.

Singapore Zoo

Two playful elephants having a splash at the water and also to cool down from the hot weather.

Singapore Zoo

“Rainforest Fights Back” show at the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre.

Singapore Zoo

Elephant rides at S$8 for each adult/children. Other rides such as wild animal carousel, horse carriage, pony are available as well.

Singapore Zoo

Some ice for you at Ben & Jerry’s. Food also available at this area too!

Singapore Zoo

An Meng Restaurant – which was themed after the beloved celebrity orang utan, Ah Meng. You can also attend the award winning programme “Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife”, where you can have breakfast with orang utans, elephants and snake. The programme runs daily from 9.00am to 10.30am.

Singapore Zoo

One of the 3 white tigers we have in Singapore Zoo. The 3 white tigers are named – Omar, Winnie and Jippie.

Singapore Zoo

Giant Tortoise are known for their long life, with average lifespan of 100 years or more.

Singapore Zoo

Rhinoceros Iguana.

Singapore Zoo

Horned Lizard.

Singapore Zoo

Komodo Dragon.

Singapore Zoo

Meerkat.

Singapore Zoo

Zebra.

Singapore Zoo

Female Nyala.

Singapore Zoo

Rhinocerous.

Singapore Zoo

Mandrill.

Singapore Zoo

Agile Wallaby.

Singapore Zoo

Kangaroo.

Singapore Zoo

Orang Utan.

Thanks for looking although I didn’t take much photos due to the rain. Anyway, Singapore Zoo offers more that what I have posted as it contain 315 species (16% of which are threatened species) and the total number of specimens is 2530. Also, Singapore Zoo also gets around 1.5 million visitors per year! So do consider to visit if you are in Singapore!

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera and Canon EOS 400D Camera (aka Digital Rebel XTi).

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A Week in Singapore 4

A Week in Singapore 4

A Week in Singapore 4

Wow! It’s been a while since I last done a weekly series of my life in Singapore so will continue with this blog post before I starting for forgot the details. Starting off with a set lunch at Yoyogi Japanese Restaurant – Tori Karaage Set S$14.50++.

A Week in Singapore 4

Saba Shio Set at Yoyogi Japanese Restaurant S$14.50++. Both set lunch comes with green tea. Overall, I find the food tasty, fresh and worthwhile. Will be back for more!

A Week in Singapore 4

Some home cook food (not cooked by me). 😛

Stir-fried Vegetables with Abalone.

A Week in Singapore 4

Spicy stir-fried prawns with spring onions.

A Week in Singapore 4

Steam Red Snapper.

A Week in Singapore 4

Lotus Root Soup.

A Week in Singapore 4

Pork In Sweet And Sour Sauce. Errm, what’s the sauce?

A Week in Singapore 4

Here is the Sweet And Sour Sauce. It is purposely separated so that the pork will not be soaked soggy and still retain the crunchy outer layer. Need sauce? Just dunk the pork in the sauce!

A Week in Singapore 4

Sea cucumber stewed with mushrooms, black moss (fa cai) and vegetables in gravy.

A Week in Singapore 4

Wandering around at Raffles City, while waiting for a friend to join for lunch. Think it was a Monday noon and there wasn’t much people around. Wanted to do some window shopping but my friend turned up early.

A Week in Singapore 4

Take-away dinner – Seafood Mui Fan (white rice served “wet”, with sauce or gravy on top) S$3.50.

A Week in Singapore 4

Take-away dinner – Yi Mian S$3.50. We usually eat in front of the television and will lay old newspapers on the table so that no wiping is required after we finished the food. Wahaha!

A Week in Singapore 4

Whampoa Food Center. You can find a lot of tasty food here!

A Week in Singapore 4

Went to the older food center instead to have breakfast. It was about 9am when I reached.

A Week in Singapore 4

Large Wan Tan Mee at S$3. Delicious! But I seldom pass by Whampoa area so maybe I have pen it down somewhere to come back and try other tasty food available.

A Week in Singapore 4

Off to Clarke Quay to grab some booze. Day view of The Cannery @ Clarke Quay.

A Week in Singapore 4

Wheat Ale 500ml (1-for-1 before 8pm) at The Pump Room @ Clarke Quay S$12++. Remembered that the happy hour 1-for-1 promotion on Monday is till 10pm. Will be back with whole gang then. Ha ha!

A Week in Singapore 4

Second round – India Pale Ale 500ml at The Pump Room @ Clarke Quay S$12++. Those who have UOB credit card, please use it to pay for the bills as you will be entitled to 15% discount.

A Week in Singapore 4

Night view of The Cannery @ Clarke Quay. It’s a nice place to chill out, dine and drink. Love the ambiance!

A Week in Singapore 4

Passing by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and went in to offer my prayers.

A Week in Singapore 4

The outside of Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, where you can buy fruits, flowers, stuff as offerings for Goddess of Mercy.

A Week in Singapore 4

Went to a nearby food center to have Prawn Noodles S$4. This is one of the popular prawn noodles in Singapore and it’s very yummy!

A Week in Singapore 4

Oh, beside Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, you can find Sri Krishnan Hindu Temple as well. Most devotees who came to this area usually will pray at both temples. 🙂

A Week in Singapore 4

In front of the Sri Krishnan Hindu Temple, there was a tentage and offers free food to the devotees who are queuing patiently for their turn to be shown their seats. Must be some festive or auspicious day!

A Week in Singapore 4

Walking around in Bugis area and saw a car with many balloons sticking out of the sunroof. Are they trying to fly? 😛

A Week in Singapore 4

Claypot Chicken Rice S$10 (for 2 person). Well, you have to fish out the chicken, Chinese sausages, vegetables from the claypot and put them on a plate. Then add dark soy sauce and oil into the claypot (both to each preferences) and mixed well. Once done, it’s ready to be served. Believe the main reason that most people separate the ingredients out is that we just want to season the white rice. 🙂

A Week in Singapore 4

Side dish to go along with Claypot Chicken Rice – Herbal Black Chicken Soup S$3.

A Week in Singapore 4

Also ordered some healthy Stir-fried Vegetables with Oyster Sauce to go along as the vegeables that comes along with the Claypot Chicken Rice is not adequate for us.

A Week in Singapore 4

Queuing up to pump Shell FuelSave 98 promotion at S$1 per litre. I waited for around 45mins before it’s my turn to pump. Also heard from the media that this promotion cause huge jams all around as Shell offers this 1-day promotion island-wide. For info, the usual pump price hovers around S$1.80 to S$1.90 per litre region (before discount).

A Week in Singapore 4

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak (Ang Mo Kio). My above combination is S$4.

A Week in Singapore 4

Take-away dinner again as we seldom cook at home. This time is Xing Zhou Mi Fen S$3.50.

A Week in Singapore 4

Chai Tow Kway (Carrot Cake) S$2.50.

A Week in Singapore 4

Some fashion event happening at Ngee Ann City. Passing by to head off to ION Orchard (check out my ION Orchard Walkabout post).

A Week in Singapore 4

Large Katsu Curry at Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin (at ION Orchard) S$15.90.

This week post consists mainly of food. I will take photos of more places in Singapore to show you in the next weekly series!

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.

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Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

Yo Guys! On Sat 11am (31st Oct 2009), I made my way to Google Singapore office at Temasek Tower to attend Code Android Singapore meetup. Didn’t park at Temasek Tower as there are hourly charges before 1pm. Instead, I parked at UIC Building which is S$3 per entry for the whole day but have to walk around 5 mins to Temasek Tower. Morning walk is good!

Code Android Singapore is basically a Google Android™ Developers and User Group, where the community can learn about the platform, latest news, reviews and such. In the Code Android Oct 09 meetup, Hongster (Leong Hean Hong) will be talking about “ColorFilter For The Dummies” and Royyuru Avinash on “Monetizing on Android”. I didn’t take much photos during the Code Android session as I was really focusing on the talks (due to the unfamiliarity of Android platform).

Anyway, the above shows the pantry corner of Google Singapore office, where the Google staff can help themselves to the drinks and food. Thanks to Google Singapore that attendees of the Code Android and Singapore Google Technology User Group (SG-GTUG) enjoys the same privileges!

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

Fast-forwarded the Code Android session, I continued with Singapore Google Technology User Group (SG-GTUG) Oct 09 meetup, which is held at Google Singapore office as well at 2pm.

Singapore Google Technology User Group, or SG-GTUG for short, is a Singapore-based non-profit developers group to learn, share and know more about Google technologies. The group was started by a group of Google fans and enthusiasts who are interested in using Google’s evolving technologies and APIs.

Today’s topic is “Learn How to Ride the (Google) Wave” which attracted quite a turnout. Also, this is the second meetup session organised by SG-GTUG (more information here).

1:30-2:00pm Registration
2:00-2:10pm Announcements by SG-GTUG
2:10-2:45pm Talk + Demo 1 — Pamela Fox: Google Wave APIs Overview (via VC)
2:45-3:10pm Talk + Demo 2 — Nazrul Kamaruddin: Hello Roboto!
3:10-3.30pm Break for refreshments
3:30-3:55pm Talk + Demo 3 — Lim Chee Aun: Pentago on Wave
3:55-4:20pm Talk + Demo 4 — Shinchi: Video Conferencing with Google Wave!
4:20-4:30pm Upcoming Google Wave Hackathon, SG-GTUG matters, prize giving, Q&A
4:30pm onwards Refreshment & mingle

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

Ming from SocialWok setting up the video camera to capture all the talks/presentation for the day. Those who missed this or previous session may want to subscribe to SG-GTUG channel on YouTube so that you can view all the videos uploaded. By the way, Google and SocialWok are the corporate sponsors for SG-GTUG.

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

Pamela Fox, Google Developer Relations joining us via video conferencing from Sydney, Australia and speaking on Google Wave APIs overview. It took a while to get the video conferencing running, but after figuring for about 20mins, it was running smoothly and was awesome!

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

A short break for refreshments and some snacks. Attendees patiently queuing in-line for their turn. 😛

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

Break-0ut area at Google Singapore office. Well, you can have a game of table tennis here or just relax at a corner! What a nice office!

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

The far-right of the photo leads to Google Singapore employee’s work area, where, of course, we the attendees are prohibited from entering. Well, it will be nice to be brought around, just to have an insight into their work culture and blog about it. 🙂

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

More free food and snacks for Google Singapore employees. Just need to watch the intake! 😛

Code Android & SG-GTUG Oct 09 Meetup

I got the above SG-GTUG T-shirt for S$18 in support and contribution to the non-profit SG-GTUG so that we could still continue to have more of this meetup sessions where ideas are shared among the attendees. Moreover, SG-GTUG was started by a group of Google fans and enthusiasts who are interested in using Google’s evolving technologies and APIs. So it will be good if any form of contribution/help can be rendered!

Next session of SG-GTUG will be touching on Google Maps and Google Earth. Please do check back on SG-GTUG webby if you are interested!

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.

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BeerOut! Oct 09 by The Digital Movement

BeerOut! Oct 09 by The Digital Movement

BeerOut! Oct 09 by The Digital Movement

Last evening (29th Oct 09), I went to an event organized by The Digital Movement (TDM) called “BeerOut!”, which was held at Loof (roof top bar). This is only the second time BeerOut! is running and it’s actually a monthly casual gathering for the TDM community where interested attendees can engage in talks about digital and technology.

BeerOut! Oct 09 by The Digital Movement

For those who are not familar with TDM, please refer to following excerpt from TDM’s website :-

The Digital Movement (TDM) is a dynamic, global community of digital professionals and enthusiast. Founded in 2006 by a group of passionate young people, TDM’s vision is to bring thought leadership in the digital space and is the catalyst that enables the community to learn and grow from each other.

BeerOut! Oct 09 by The Digital Movement

It’s my first time attending this event so pretty much everyone I met initially is new. But later in the event, I did managed to see familiar faces whom I met in other networking events too!. BeerOut! can be also considered as a networking event where you BYOB (Buy Your Own Beer), chill out and meet folks from the digital community.

I had an awesome time at the event and was also pretty engaged in a number of interesting and constructive conversation. I hope the rest of the attendees enjoyed it as well! Look how happy we are with the ice-cold beer in our hands. 😛

BeerOut! Oct 09 by The Digital Movement

View from Loof where you admire the nice scenery. Oh, by the way, actually there was a lot more people attending BeerOut! Oct 09 but at the earlier stage, a lot of us was concentrating on networking with other attendees so there was no photo taking. Also, some of the attendees left early for other venues or to head back home. Anyway, if you are interested, you may want to register at TDM to be a member (free at the moment) and get email updates for the next BeerOut! session. See you then!

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Web Wednesday Singapore 20.0

Web Wednesday Singapore 20.0

Web Wednesday Singapore 20.0

Once again, I attended Web Wednesday Singapore 20.0 last evening (Wed, 28th Oct 09), which was held again at Home Club, the same venue as the previous Web Wednesday Singapore 19.0 (18.0 too!). Today’s speaker is from the local internet scene – Clemen Chiang, ‘Chief Evangelist’ and one of the founders of Cozycot.com, the #1 Women’s Site in Singapore awarded by Hitwise for 3 straight years in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

CozyCot.com features beauty, fashion, gourmet, mom, wedding, reviews and forums. It attracts over 17,000 forum threads, with over 1.6 million postings to date and more than 500,000 visitors per month.

Web Wednesday Singapore 20.0

Clemen Chiang shared with us “The 5 Critical Success Factors for a Women’s Site”.

#1. Secret Agent Double O
#2. Scaling The Cloud
#3. Socialize Networking
#4. Sampling Samples
#5. The Holy Grail

Apologize for the dark photos. 😛

Web Wednesday Singapore 20.0

#2. Scaling The Cloud – Clemen shared with the audience that Cozycot.com is using Amazon’s cloud solution. He also mentioned that there were 2 Amazon folks who flew to Singapore to attend this event. I didn’t managed to catch-up with them. 🙁

Web Wednesday Singapore 20.0

Attentive audience listening to the presentation. At some point of the presentation, Clemen also shared with us that we could get a free sample of a packaged beauty product from Cozycot.com by just sharing with our name cards with his team of ladies after the presentation. I forgot to do so. 🙁

Also, during this session, I also didn’t take as much photos as I was actively engaged in different conversation with other new and regular attendees. Good networking session!

I understand that the last Web Wednesday Singapore for the year will be on Wednesday 25th of November from 6:30-8:30pm – Craig Snyder from Akamai will be previewing Akamai’s ‘State of the Internet’ report. If anyone is interested, please log the date into your calendar! Or if you want, you can contact me and we’ll attend together. See you folks!

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Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Woohoo! Here I am with free tickets to the Jurong Birk Park (裕廊飞禽公园). Pretty excited as I haven’t been here in ages and it’s nice to be able to explore it again. With around 8000 birds from 600 species, Jurong Birk Park had established itself as one of the world’s best in conservation and display of birds in the natural setting. For more reading on information and pricing, you may want to visit Jurong Birk Park website. ^_^

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Even though we had free tickets, we were still given the above discount vouchers to be used some of the participating outlets on the same day of visit. Off to explore then!

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina). Think it’s staring at me!

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Saddle-Billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

One of the many exhibits – African Wetlands that was inspired by St. Lucia Wetlands, South Africa. Get transported into a world of African birds amidst a body of water and three native-style pavilions outlined with tall palms and green ferns. The Shoebill, Black Crowned Crane, Saddle-Billed Stork are some of the many unique birds that you can see here.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

You can also take the fully air-conditioned Panorail Ride that travels in a loop to 3 stations (Main station, Lory Station and Waterfall station) if you don’t want to cover Jurong Bird Park by foot. A single trip on the Panorail will cost S$5.00 for an adult ticket, and S$2.50 for each child. The above shows Lory Station.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

At 3,000 sq.m and with 1,000 free-flying lories, the Lory Loft is the Bird Park’s fourth walk-in flight aviary and the world’s largest Lory Flight Aviary!

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Upon stepping into Lory Loft, the pleasantly strong aroma of Dimbulah Coffee will greet you. I had a Ice Mocha here at S$4.90 (after using the S$1 discount voucher).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Walk past Dimbulah Coffee, visitors will have the opportunity to feed the birds by hand at the 9-storey high two-tiered central feeding tower.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Colourful, noisy and exceptionally bold—Lories and Lorikeets are great fun to watch.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Walking on the suspended bridges, with the rich red, yellow, green and blue feathered Lories flying around. Nice experience!

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Bird Discovery Centre – where you can learn about interesting avian facts.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

The Riverine is a simulated freshwater river habitat featuring various species of waterfowl, fishes and turtles. It gives visitors an intimate underwater view of more than 20 duck species, through an 11 metre wide glass-viewing gallery.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Terrace Kiosk – You can also make use of the discount voucher here. They sell Vegetarian Nasi Briyani and Singapore Hainainese Chicken Rice too! 🙂

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for the hot day!

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Near the entrance/exit, you can have up-close photos of you taken together with parrots too!

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Signs detailing the attractions and exhibit are abundant all around Jurong Birk Park.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Penguin Expedition – Occupying 1,630 square metres, Penguin Expedition is home to endearing penguins. The five species on exhibit are the Humboldt, the Rockhopper, the Macaroni, the Fairy and the majestic King Penguin.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Made ourselves comfortable at the Pools Amphitheatre at around 3.45pm to catch the 4pm Kings of the Skies (Birds of Prey Show). Please do take note of the show timings if you are coming to Jurong Bird Park. Oh yes, the feeding times as well.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

The emcee handling a Bald Eagle at the Kings of the Skies (Birds of Prey Show) show!

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

An invited audience holding an Owl. Was concentrating on taking photos so didn’t catch the owl name. 😛

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Bongo Burgers – offering burgers and other western delicacies.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Black Kite (Milvus migrans).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Ostrich (Struthio camelus) pair – a female and a male.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Flamingo.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

A Pelican at the Pelican Cove.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

A Swan at Swan Lake.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

American Flamingo.

Jurong Birk Park Singapore

Blue and gold Macaw.


Penguin Feeding at Jurong Bird Park Singapore


King of the Skies (Birds of Prey Show) at Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Well, I hope you enjoyed this series although there was many more exhibits/attractions and unique birds that was not featured here. If you are interested to visit, you may want to head off to Jurong Birk Park website for more reading and planning. Enjoy!

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera and Canon EOS 400D Camera (aka Digital Rebel XTi).

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The Arena at Clarke Quay

The Arena at Clarke Quay

The Arena at Clarke Quay

Today, I am blogging about something different as all the while I was covering mostly all my day events. As Singapore was ranked second for its nightlife and dining by the Global Country Brand Index (2006), I thought it will be good for me to cover a night spot which I have patronized a couple of times recently – The Arena (beside Whopper Bar Singapore) which is located at the prime entertainment hub of Clarke Quay (Address: 3B River Valley Road #01-08 Clarke Quay Singapore 179021).

The Arena at Clarke Quay

With a huge 10,000 sq. ft area and S$3 million renovation bill, the decor is modern, classy and luxurious. Ever since its opening in 2007, The Arena has established itself into a popular R&B / Hip hop live music destination for a crowd of all ages in Singapore. The place was still empty when we reach early around 10pm but most of the good tables were already reserved. Photo above shows the entrance and exit doors.

The Arena at Clarke Quay

The party-goers will start arriving around 11pm and in no time, the place will be packed! In front of us, there was a group of ladies celebrating Hen’s Night for their bride-to-be friend. Also, they played a few games with the other party-goers, including us as well. 😛

The Arena at Clarke Quay

The Arena’s house band that comprises of the multiple talented African-Americans will entertain you with the popular R&B / Hip Hop hits from the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Shakira.

The Arena at Clarke Quay

Bar counter at The Arena – classy chandeliers and meretriciously-detailed illuminated walls. Nice!

The Arena at Clarke Quay

We sat near the bar counter, away from the stage and dance floor area, as it was quieter so that we could still talk. For those who like to catch the best action, do camp near the stage area! Beware as it’s going to be loud but still it has it’s perks! 😛

The Arena at Clarke Quay

Spotted a disco ball near where we were seated. Hmmm, let me check whether I brought along my laser light? ^_^

The Arena at Clarke Quay

Our booze for the night – 2 bottles of Chivas Regal (comes with 3 mixers free for each bottles).

The Arena at Clarke Quay

Some snacks to go with the drinks – chicken wings and cheese fries. Oh yes, no smoking in the club! You have to go out of the club to get burn your ciggies.

The Arena at Clarke Quay

Also, in The Arena, there will be numerous friendly ladies going round to sell tequila shots. If you need extra boost of alcohol, do call out for them and they will be most happy to serve you. Finally leaving you with some videos that I took in The Arena. 🙂


Video of The Arena at Clarke Quay Singapore.


Live Band (singing Beyonce’s Halo) at The Arena at Clarke Quay Singapore.

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.

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Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

Gotten an invitation to experience Singapore Flyer (新加坡摩天观景轮) – the world’s largest observation wheel (for now). It is 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), and is taller than London Eye. Singapore Flyer is located at Marina Centre and offers breathtaking panoramic view of Singapore‘s Marina Bay and beyond. Here I am, standing at the platform awaiting to board the capsule.

Singapore Flyer

Looking down from the capsule. For info, the wheel will rotate at clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre.

Singapore Flyer

On the Singapore Flyer, you can also see the numerous hotels and shopping malls around Marina Bay area – Ritz Carltion Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore, Suntec City Mall, Millenia Tower, etc.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer over looking “The Float at Marina Bay” and “Esplanade“.

Singapore Flyer

The illumination outside of the Singapore Flyer will change different colours!

Singapore Flyer

After alighting the capsule, you will pass by a souvenir shop where you can get stuffs for your loved ones. 🙂

Singapore Flyer

Spotted a small model of Singapore Flyer in the souvenir shop too!

Singapore Flyer

Wahahaaha, I returned the next day to take a flight at Singapore Flyer again – this time during the day time. Oh yes, there is a number of impressive selection of food & beverage outlets at Singapore Flyer too!

Singapore Flyer

After showing the tickets, you will have to go through security checks. Very much like taking a flight? 😛

Singapore Flyer

Prior to taking the capsule, I stopped by the washroom as the flight will take around 30mins. Outside of the washroom, there is a tenant called “PictureWorks” where your photos can be taken and then superimposed onto the various available background of Singapore Flyer.

Singapore Flyer

Joining in the queue and waiting to board the capsule at the platform. There are a total of 28 air-conditioned capsules, each one the size of a bus and able to take on up to 28 passengers. So it will not be a long wait.

Singapore Flyer

If you are celebrating any special occasion, you might want to look at the different packages offered by Singapore Flyer at their webby – http://www.singaporeflyer.com/. You can wine, dine and admire fantastic panoramic views of Marina Bay at the same time! Looks really happening!

Singapore Flyer

Here you can see the F1 Track (Singapore Grand Prix), Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Golf Course (extreme left) and the upcoming Gardens By the Bay (extreme right).

Singapore Flyer

F1 Pitstop (Singapore Grand Prix) and Marina Bay Golf Course. The area that is under development and also in-front of the Marina Bay Golf Course is The Garden at Marina East (See Gardens By the Bay) .

Singapore Flyer

Looking down from the capsule. This time during day time. 😛

Singapore Flyer

Day view of Ritz Carltion Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore, Suntec City Mall, Millenia Tower, etc.

Singapore Flyer

Upcoming integrated resort which is expected to open in 2010 – Marina Bay Sands. Looking forward to it!

Singapore Flyer

Day view of “The Float at Marina Bay” and “Esplanade“. Now I can see clearly that the platform stage is now used as a football field. 😛

Singapore Flyer

I noted there are precautions (netting) taken in case of any accidents occurring. Anyway, the capsules are moving at slow speeds and it can be easily boarded or alighted.

Singapore Flyer

Finally, leaving you with a shot of Singapore Flyer against the clear blue sky. I had a good time experiencing both day and night rides at Singapore Flyer – each have it’s own beautiful as well as captivating points and it’s a matter of individual preferences to choose which to experience. Please do visit http://www.singaporeflyer.com/ for more information and packages available. Have fun!

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.

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Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

It’s been a while since I last went to Pulau Ubin to cycle so I decided to head off and explore on a Sunday morning. As it was a Sunday, the parking lots around Changi Point Ferry Terminal (near Changi Village Hawker Centre) was free-of-charge so it took a while for me to get a parking lot as all the lots were taken up. To get to Pulau Ubin, you need to take a bum-boat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Once you reach Changi Point Ferry Terminal, go down the stairs and join the queue for Pulau Ubin (by referring to the signboards). Be sure to join the correct queue for Pulau Ubin as the terminal also serves those going to Pengerang, Johor. The bum-boats will only leave when there have 12 passengers and each trip cost S$2.50/person. You can also bring your own bicycle on-board for another S$2 extra.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the bum-boat leaving Changi Point Ferry Terminal for Pulau Ubin. Whenever I go for an outdoor trip, I will bring along a backpack. What I had in my backpack – 1.5L of mineral water (you can still buy in Palau Ubin), plastic bags (to protect my electronics if it rains), disposable rain coat, sun screen, insect repellant, biscuits/snacks and camera. What I was wearing – T-shirt, bermuda and covered shoes. It going to be hot so make sure you have a breathable T-shirt.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

After 10mins of bum-boat ride, I reached the Ubin Jetty. Walking along the walkway into Pulau Ubin.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

A “Welcome To Pulau Ubin” at the end of Ubin Jetty walkway. Oh yes, admission to the island is free.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

I went straight to the NParks Information Kiosk, where you can pick up pamphlets and maps for Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa Wetlands. You can also speak to the NParks officers to get some tips on how to spend your day at Pulau Ubin. I did ask the NParks officers about the tide – not for swimming but more related to visiting Chek Jawa. 🙂

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

If you leave Ubin Jetty and turn left (westwards), you will see Pak Ali’s Malay Stall – which I have decided to take my breakfast here.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Lontong at Pak Ali’s Malay Stall S$2.80 – I heard it was the best in Singapore and only available on Sunday!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

You can rent a bicycle from the numerous bicycle rental kiosks between the jetty and the village center. Whole day rental prices varies from S$2 (older models) to S$20 (newer models with more features such as disc brakes, front suspension, back suspension, etc). The normal ones are usually between S$2 to S$5 but I went for a slightly newer model (as above) for S$8. Be sure to ask for bicycle locks (S$2 refundable deposit) and shop owner’s contact number (to get help if any breakdown happens).

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Stop by Pekan Quarry (along Jalan Batu Ubin) to admire the scenery. No swimming please. 😛

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Some bamboo growth.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Keep left when cycling on any paved road as there are vehicles using the same road as well! This is along Jalan Noordin.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the paved cycling route, there are huts available for taking shelter as well as breather. Usually there are location maps beside the huts as well.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

National Police Cadet Corps Campsite. Notice the obstacle course on the right?

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Coastal area at the end of Jalan Noordin. From the map, this area was also known as “Noordin Campsite”.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

There are various public toilets around Pulau Ubin but please note that the water supplied are not safe for drinking.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

A villager’s home on Pulau Ubin.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Most of the public toilets here in Pulau Ubin are powered by Solar energy. You can see the solar panels on top of the building.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Uncle relaxing in the shade while awaiting for his catch. This is at Mamam Campsite.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the other side, 2 person are doing some cooking and another 2 curious on-lookers glancing at it. Maybe the aroma smells fabulous! Wahahaha!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Also I noticed some structure out in the sea, might be a Kelong!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

From Mamam Campsite, I made my way to Chek Jawa (Punai Hut). From Beberek Hut onwards, all are gravel roads.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Halfway up to Chek Jawa Wetlands (Punai Hut), I took a rest in the shade. Some other folks are also taking a breather and admiring the scene too.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

This is the scene which we are admiring while resting – Balai Quarry.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Sometimes when the slope is too steep, cyclists (including myself) will get off the bicycle and push it instead. It is so much easier this way!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Arrived at Punai Hut, this is where you have to park and lock your bicycles. The rest of the journey to Chek Jawa Wetlands will have to be on foot.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Information Kiosk at Chek Jawa. Vending machine for cold drinks is available here.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Decided to explore Coastal Boardwalk first. Signboard for No Fishing, No Swimming, No Running, No Cycling.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Coastal Boardwalk stretches around 600 meters along the coastline of Chek Jawa and allows you to view various lifeforms or habitats without getting wet.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

At various parts of the Coastal Boardwalk, there are steel grilles on the floor instead of the usual solid wooden platforms so as to allow you to see through the opening into the seabed. There is more to see during a low tide so please do check for a low tide (believe <0.5m is preferred) before your visit. During my visit, it was all high-tide as I only checked it at NParks Information Kiosk when I reach Pulau Ubin. 🙁

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Along the Coastal Boardwalk, there are various information signboard as such for visitors to read and learn. Coral Rubble is what you can see if the tide is low.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Continuing on will be the 500 meters Mangrove Boardwalk.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Typical mangroves found in Pulau Ubin and are an important part of the ecosystem.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Numerous mud moulds made by mud lobster can be seen along the boardwalk. Can you spot the crab in the photo?

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

21-metre high Jejawi Observation Tower. Do spend some time to climb up as it offer fantastic views!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the top of Jejawi Tower – perfect spot for bird watching or just admiring the panoramic view of Chek Jawa.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

House No 1 – Chek Jawa Visitor Centre. This was built in 1930s by the then Chief Surveyor, Langdon Williams as a holiday retreat.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Going through House No 1 and you will come to a viewing jetty which stretches into the sea.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

At the end of the Viewing Jetty. On the far top-right is Pulau Sekudu.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Had a peek behind the signboard and found a solar panel. Believe that it’s used to power the small light beacon at night.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Spotted a large spider on the floor. Looks menacing man!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Almost at the end of my trip already, so I took a rest at Ubin First Stop Restaurant and ordered a cold 100plus drink. I was slowly sipping the drink and watching the people go by. Directly opposite is the Wayang Stage – used to be a classroom for kids but now more commonly used for Chinese opera performances during Chinese Seventh Lunar Month (Hungry Ghost Festival).

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the right side of where I was seated, there are some bicycle rental shops as well as provision shops.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Ubin First Stop Restaurant – There was quite a crowd during then and most are digging into seafood while having beer/wine/champagne. Must be really enjoyable!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

My late lunch at Ubin First Stop Restaurant – Seafood Hor Fun S$4.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Finished my lunch, then I returned the bicycle and got back my deposit of S$2 for the lock. Walk back to Ubin Jetty and waited for more passengers to make up 12 persons.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

The interior of the bum-boat that I took back to Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Did you see the regular plastic chair they using? Wahahaha! Anyway, I purposely took my time and not cover the whole of Ubin during this trip as I very much wanted to come back again. I really had a fun time!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

After I reached Changi Point Ferry Terminal, went to Changi Village Hawker Centre to buy some afternoon snacks home. Going for something light so settled for Chwee Kueh.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Auntie preparing my order of Chwee Kueh (6pcs) with lots of diced preserved radish at S$1.50. Nice!

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.