The 3 places for the best view in Singapore

I have always been someone who likes to do, see and experience as much as I can in life and this philosophy is strengthened when on holidays. I’m a Teacher so I don’t earn a large amount of money so often when I travel I have made quite a few sacrifices to get there (especially because I always have to travel during school holidays which is twice as expensive). So why not make the most of it when you are there? I have been told that I have a “childish enthusiasm” for life, meaning I am curious and inquisitorial, throwing myself into it full throttle. I really believe you get out of it what you put into it. This attitude is how I found the 3 places for the best views in Singapore.

1. Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck

http://www.marinabaysands.com/sands-skypark.html

Here you will get a fantastic view of Gardens by the Bay which is right next door, Marina Bay, Singapore Flyer and Singapore Strait scattered with ships, unfortunately the Infinity Pool is not included as it is only available to guests.

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The prices is $23 per adult and $17 for children, however, access to the SkyPark is free for guests and if you have a reservation for one of the restaurants (ĆE LA VI, Flight Bar and Lounge or Sky on 57) you also should get free access to the SkyPark (please confirm this upon making a reservation). Be prepared though that these restaurants require a minimum spend, around $80 per person.

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2. Singapore Flyer

http://www.singaporeflyer.com

Almost like every other country that has a giant ferris wheel, the best views are on the clearest of days. We were lucky to impulsively decide to jump on and have views that enabled us to see as far as Indonesia. Taller than the London Eye the Singapore Flyer provides views that are truly spectacular and well worth waiting for a clear day.

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Prices vary depending on the experience so best to check the website, but if you buy an open top bus ticket they will give you a discount.

http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/singapore/singapore.htm

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3. Singapore Cable Car

https://www.faberpeaksingapore.com/singapore-cable-car/sky-network

This one is probably my favourite as it also gives you free access to Sentosa Island. Open from 8:45am -10pm (with last boarding at 9:30pm) and given the monorail into Sentosa is $4 per person it is the perfect way to combine an activity, sightseeing and a theme park in Sentosa Island, as most parks are open 10am – 7pm.

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For the Mount Faber line and Sentosa Island line it is $29 per adult and $18 per child, and well worth combing the two lines for the bonus views of the main island. For an extra $10 you can get unlimited rides for the day.

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So there you have it, I have decided to let the pictures speak for themselves. If you have any more questions feel free to email me at berlinstormblog@gmail.com

Enjoy x

Sinapore: A photographer’s paradise

The thing that surprised me the most about Singapore was first the heat, but then it’s beauty. I had been to the airport for transit many times before, and had a one-night stop over on the way back from our honeymoon, but that was a night time arrival and lunch time departure so we didn’t have much time to see anything at all. This time we had a full 8 days to explore Singapore for all its glory, and it did not disappoint.

When our plane landed in Singapore the stranger sitting next me on the plane asked how long we were staying, to which when I responded 8 days he scoffed and wished me luck, he didn’t think there was enough to do to warrant 8 days in this small nation city. Boy was he wrong! My itinerary was completely full and I still had a few things that I didn’t have time to do. For a relatively small country, there is a myriad of things to keep tourists entertained.

That being said, nothing is cheap. I personally believe that the whole country lives by the principle “nothing in this world is free” as virtually every activity we did, came at a price. Now I normally love telling my readers about all the wonderful things you can do on your holiday for free or extremely cheap but I’m sorry to report that in Singapore, this is almost impossible…almost!

Singapore is often referred to as ‘the city in the garden’ and they sure do appreciate the beauty of the rainforest and place importance on conserving the environment (a huge tick in my book). So naturally almost every garden that saturates Singapore is completely free to enter.

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Gardens by the Bay is the beautiful neighbour of Marina Bay Sands. Entry to this large, beautiful garden is free and is a photographer’s dream with beautiful greenery everywhere you turn. There are various lakes and walkways that you are free to meander to your hearts desire and it is very easy to spend a couple of hours exploring and not even realise. It is the individual conservatories such as the Flower Dome and Cloud Dome, which you will then be expected to pay an entry fee. I didn’t visit any of the Conservatories or pay for any attractions in Gardens by the Bay, I was, however, happy to spend a few hours exploring and taking in the beautiful view of Marina Bay Sands, the bay inundated with ships, and the Singapore Flyer. The best way to access Gardens by the Bay is by the footbridge in Marina Bay Sands just simply follow the signs.

http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html

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Another garden to visit is Singapore’s Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage sight. Entry into the Botanical Garden is free and comes complete with comprehensive footpaths and various areas to admire and explore. Within the Botanical Gardens there is various smaller gardens, which require an entry fee. We visited the National Orchid Garden, which cost $5 and was worth every cent.

https://www.sbg.org.sg

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An important note: Both Gardens are quite large and Singapore is very humid and hot so please pack plenty of water as there is not always a place available to buy water.

10 rules of Singapore vistors need to know

Singapore can be a daunting place to visit. Knowing they have harsh laws and even harsher penalties can deter potential visitors and although, yes the laws a strict, unless you plan to break any you really have nothing to worry about. Singapore is a beautiful, clean and exceptionally safe city and this is all due to its harsh laws.

1. Don’t litter

The first thing you will notice about Singapore is the swealtering heat, the second is how remarkedly clean not only the streets are, but absolutely everything is. The Singaporean government would like to keep it this way. Anyone caught littering can be fined $1000 for the first conviction and $5000 for repeat offences, as well as community labour. There are plenty of bins situated around the city so no excuses!

2. You need a pescription for Gum

In order to promote #1 and keep those streets squeaky clean it is forbidden to sell or import gum. If one requires gum they must obtain a pescription from a Doctor. Travellers may bring no more than 2 packets into the country but be sure to dispose of properly. Mints are the safest/best option.

3. Flush the toilet

Conservationists that follow the old adage “if its yellow let it mellow” will need to break habit as public toilets undergo random checks by police and if anyone not clearing a public toilet for the next patron will face the same fine as littering.

4. Smoking

Smokers, don’t panic. It is legal to smoke in Singapore, however, many restrictions apply to where. You cannot smoke in an enclosed or undercover areas or any building that has air conditioning. You will see locals standing close the road on the footpath smoking next to bins. Although it is not necessary to be stationary whilst smoking, hug the edge of the path and ENSURE you extinguish and dispose of the butt in the bin or face another heavy fine. Throwing you cigarette butt on the ground comes under a special form of littering

5. Pornography 

Pornography is illegal under morality laws, you won’t find it, even on google.

6. Drinking

Unlike Australia, alcohol is able to be purchased in convenience stores. Last purchase is permitted at 10:30 pm and anytime after that needs to be in a licensed bar.

7. Drugs

Possession or consumption of cannabis can earn you up to 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine. Importing or exporting results in the death penalty. Best to stay clean.

8. No eating or drinking on the MRT

This includes water, water bottles are permitted on the train system, however, need to be unopened for the duration of the ride. This is not only to keep the train clean but passengers safe from slipping on liquids.

9. Don’t Jaywalk

No matter how much of a hurry you are in, wait. Police covertly monitor crossings and issue $15 fines for first offenders. Singaporeans are strict observors of the ruls and you will notice this more so at the crossings.

10. No PDA’s

“Outrage of Modesty” laws prohibits unwanted touching, violent or sexual, and criminalises homosexuality with a 2 year prison sentence. Best to avoid public displays of affection in general, even for heterosexual couples. Also don’t touch anyone’s head, the head is sacred.

Remember when you are in a foreign country you are subject to follow their laws at all times whether you are aware of or believe in the necessity of them. Capital punishment is widely used, in fact canes can be purchasdd in nearly all grocery stores for 50c. Be a global, smart, respectful traveller and stay safe!