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dingclancy
Port Ships in Singapore 5 stars
Known for its discipline, Singapore City is undeniably a model a lot of Southeast Asian countries look up to. It is a lush metropolitan filled with well-scrubbed streets and humongous shopping malls. There is something to do, if you have the money for it. There are tons of different parks to visit—the Night Safari and the Jurong Bird Park are most popular. The city tries to balance concrete with nature, so it makes sure that there are a many different zoos that can be visited. There is a nearby island that is accessible by cable cars overlooking the busiest port on earth below, and it has an underwater aquarium that showcases many different species of marine life for visitors to view.

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Tat007
Changi Airport: I wish the flight was delayed 5 stars
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I am always a bit paranoid about missing a flight, so I dragged my winging partner and our son out of the hotel really early and we turned up at Changi Airport with three hours to spare. Accidentally, we stumbled across a very busy play area. We quickly got involved in games, running and laughter. Time flew, in fact, we got so caught up that we didn’t get a chance to spend our leftover money. Our son slept through the whole flight to Australia after the workout he got. If you are traveling with children, definitely choose Singapore as your transit point.

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wil6ka
NUS, National University of Singapore 4 stars
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Adrian Cheok is a smart guy and quite lomographic in a way. The Australian professor invented the game-boy-camera and is teaching and exploring new gaming features at the national university of Singapore. Because the Computer-Gaming Industry is too busy to develop new technologies they ask Adrian and his students to do so. One of his latest and remarkable features is a real life application of the 80s Game Pacman. So you see real people running around the campus wearing laptops on their backs and weird looking Cyber-Glases in their faces. They are chasing each other while using WLAN, Bluetooth and any kind of strange features that are possible today. They are Playing HUMAN PACMAN. Make an appointment with him and you can play too ;)


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wil6ka
Sentosa Beach 5 stars
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You know these moments, where you are totally at ease and in your mind there won´t be any other place you would like to be but the very one you are at? I love those moments and I had it once with Sentosa in Singapore. It is an artificial Beach-Area a bus ride from the City, which formerly was a military base. But the impression is perfect and we just heard afterwards, that what we experienced is absolutely made by man. Like the sheikhs in Dubai did the officials in Singapore understand what tourist love most: Beach! That’s why they have created this wonderland, which will be a kind of Disney Adventurepark in the next years. But right now it has the perfection of a Carribean island. I was in Singapore for work and we skipped the programme for some hours. Arriving at the beach we couldn’t believe it. Not only that the sun was bright and the sky was blue. This was a Carribean dream come true with hot sand underneath your soles. Opposite to the shore we saw a little island and decided to swim there. Putting our feet on Gullivers island meant something for our diet as well. We seriously found two coconuts and served it for lunch. The nuts are nuts. Probably every morning a officer from the tourist board is swimming over to this island with his suit and with tie, coffee-mug and leather-bag and drops two coconuts in the sand. After that he goes to the office and does his paper-work! How to reach: by feet you can walk the 710 m long Causeway bridge. Or you rent a car and drive to the island. Best way would be by bus, you can take line A, which goes every 10 minutes from World Trade Center and is just about 1 S $. Or Line C from Metrostation Tiong Bahru.


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_Gleam_
Festivals of a different kind. 5 stars
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Singapore is like a land of contemporary festivals, there are all sorts of festivals year round to cater to your specific interests and are also renowned around the region. Such as the Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore Fashion Festival Singapore Food Festival, all filled with a lot of different events. Check on the Internet for any festivals happening before visiting, so that you can include them during your trip. It would be a unique experience that not all tourists get.

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_Gleam_
Experiencing Arts in Singapore. 4 stars
If you’re looking to experience the art scene while in Singapore, a good place to start is to pick up a copy of Arts Beat. This free fortnightly arts event guide gives you an entire listing of the arts events happening and is easily available in several places including selected and cafes the tourism distribution centers. There are also small maps the venues, specific contact information and the price for each event. Events are also categorized into Dance, Film, Visual Arts, Music, Theatre and Literary Arts for easy reference.

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Marc888
The Marina Mandarin 4 stars
The Marina Mandarin in Singapore’s Marina Bay is a large five star hotel that I had an opportunity to stay at during a recent trip to Singapore. I quite like the area that is Marina Bay as it is quiet but also provides good access by way of the MRT to the busy downtown areas. The Mandarin is set just opposite the Suntec International convention centre and my stay which was for only one night was very pleasant due to the fact that it allowed me to attend a conference without any travel difficulties at all. The rooms were spacious and very quiet and I particularly liked the bathroom which was very modern and bright. Overall, considering that there are not many hotels in the area, this was a good choice.

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Marc888
Dining in Singapore’s Marina Bay 4 stars
I was staying in the Pan Pacific in Singapore’s Marina Bay area and close to the nearby MRT station of the same name was a Chinese restaurant and Kopi shop which although I had passed a few times previously, looked very inviting on this particular day. This place was just in the right spot at the right time!. I sat at one of the tables outside and ordered Kopi (Singapore for Coffee), and some Chinese noodles plus some boiled eggs and toast. The coffee was great, but the first time the eggs arrived they weren’t cooked well enough… however the friendly waitress rectified that very quickly and I found myself enjoying a very nice late breakfast-come-lunch before hitting the MRT!

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Marc888
Singapore’s Rendezvous Hotel 4 stars
I stayed at Singapore’s’ Rendezvous hotel which I booked on line and overall I had a pleasant time there. This is a four star hotel that is very centrally located. It was within easy walking distance of the MRT station and was only a short walk from the Raffles hotel. On the day of my arrival the reception was very busy, but I considered this to be par for the course for a hotel which is offering a good deal. The room was spacious and clean and I had a nice view too. The poolside service was very good, and the restaurants didn’t disappoint. Overall the hotel provided a good stay at a very competitive price.

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Marc888
Hotel 81, Singapore 4 stars
Hotel 81 is the name of a chain of budget hotels in Singapore. I had the pleasure to stay in one of their many hotels most of which are located in the Gaylang Area. The chain provided a good room for barely 50 Singapore dollars which is around half the price of even the most basic budget hotels in the downtown area. The room was quiet and had all the facilities that I would have expected in a larger hotel, including tea and coffee making facilities and even a hairdryer! The staff were very friendly and apart from the slight inconvenience of a 4 stop MRT ride into town this hotel provided a perfect solution to finding a budget stay in Singapore.

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Marc888
Singapore's Marina Square Mall 4 stars
Marina Square Shopping Mall is a larger than life affair which actually surprised me because this area is not exactly the busiest spot in Singapore. I had a chance to wander around the complex as I was staying in the area, and although the mall is huge, it was still quite busy. Apparently it was built to cater for the busy times which occur when the nearby Suntec Convention centre hosts an event. At those times the Marina Square area can become very busy and the mall clearly is well placed to cater to the sudden rush of visitors. The mall contained a mix of shops selling everything from confectionary to designer shoes!

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Marc888
The Peach Garden, Singapore 4 stars
I had very much been looking forward to seeing the views from the Peach Garden in Singapore, as it is ideally located on the 33rd floor of the OCBC centre in Singapore’s Canal Road area. As you can imagine this is not a garden, but a fine dining experience. The Peach Garden restaurant specializes in providing Cantonese food with a stunning view, and I was disappointed on either count. The interior was carefully laid out in traditional Chinese style with large round tables each with a rotating glass platter. The food was great and I was able to enjoy crispy duck and a range of seafood dishes including some wonderful crab. This is a special place to eat and it did get busy, so a reservation or early start is recommended!

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AndreaLJC
Laws in Singapore 1 stars
When I was in Singapore I noticed that there are a lot of things that are illegal that aren't in most other countries so just be careful!  Some of these random laws include chewing gum!  Yes, chewing gum is illegal, you cant buy it anywhere so make sure if you have gum with you not to chew it as you will get a fine!  Jay walking is also illegal so always wait for the green light before you cross the road. Gay sex is illegal too.  There are loads of random laws so just be careful and make sure you are aware of these!

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Marc888
Orchard Road, Singapore 4 stars
It was near to Christmas and it was early evening when I finally reached Singapore’s Orchard Road. The sight was amazing. A blend of a million lights and what seemed like a million people! On this occasion I went by the Underground MRT system and emerged right in the center of the action. This is a very wide street with large buildings which were either shopping malls in themselves or big named designer shops seeking to make that ever larger first impression. Whilst it was staggeringly busy, I was still able to walk freely, mainly because of the fact that the pavements are very wide indeed and traffic is well managed. This is defintiely a place that sparkles at Christmas time.

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AndreaLJC
The Magic Fountain 4 stars
I read something about the Magic Fountain and I was intrigued as I wanted to know why the fountain was so ‘magic’.  I was on Sentosa island any way (where the fountain is) so I followed the signs for the Magic Fountain, which lead me on a wild goose chase and I ended up at what looked like a Jacuzzi and was very disappointed.  Later in the day I was reading a leaflet that mentioned the fountain and it said that is cost S$2 million for the fountain so I realised that I hadn’t found the fountain at all.  The actual fountain has nightly shows, one about 7pm and one about 8.30pm and is a huge fountain that dances, sings, has fire, smoke, flashing lights and a hologram inside.   The shows last about 40 minutes and are free too all.  You will get wet if you sit at the front!

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AndreaLJC
Fragrance Backpackers 5 stars
The Fragrance Backpackers is like the Hilton of the hostel world as is absolutely bliss to stay in, especially if you were staying in the hostel up the road with cockroaches, a mouse, beetles and bed bugs all in the same room, for the same price!  It’s in Little India and when I was there in 2006 it was S$18 for a dorm room.  The whole building is air con and the mattresses have leather covers on so no bed bugs can live there!  You get a huge locker that fits a suitcase in.  The place is immaculate and very clean and there is a plasma screen TV lounge, kitchen and internet.   Smoking area outside and the staff are brilliant and really helpful.  Total bliss and I couldn't ask for more!

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Marc888
Singapore’s Butterfly World 4 stars
On my last trip to Sentosa Island in Singapore I found that the butterfly world attraction had more in store than I had expected. Of course, the fact that you can see possibly the most extensive collection of world butterfly species is the main draw, but the additional treasure was an opportunity to see a preying mantis up-close and personal! It is very rare to see this creature and so it was quite a surprise to see it in an exhibit where I could literally see its eyes looking back at me. Butterfly World also has an extensive exhibition of rare and large horned beetles, and other interesting creatures - just in case coming face to face with a preying mantis eating its breakfast isn't enough!

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Marc888
Singapore's Cable Car 4 stars
Sentosa Island is Singapore’s fun getaway destination. I put aside a day to spend there on my last trip to Singapore and the journey to the island started with a cable car ride. In fact you can just take a taxi or a bus over the bridge, but the cable car is one of the highlights, and if you make your way to Mount Faber then you can enjoy the longest cable car crossing. There is actually another station in the middle of the crossing at the top of the Harbour Front Building which you will effectively cross through if you come from Mount Faber. And it is this tall building that puts the height of the system into perspective as you approach it. From there the cable car takes you over the water and straight down to Sentosa Station on the island.

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Marc888
Budget stay in Singapore 4 stars
Well it certainly is the case that a number of Singapore's city centre budget hotels have upped their prices to very high levels. I used to stay in the Oxford hotel which was priced at around S$80 per night. Its a small 3* / 4* hotel a few blocks back and the price was attractive as most other larger establishments nearby were charging over S$100. However the Oxford hotel has doubled its rates this year, as indeed many of the other budget places have. They can hardly be called budget places as their rates are now coming close to 5* room rates. But there is a way to still stay in Singapore cheaply. Head for Geylang - its notorious as a red-light district, but there are numerous hotels there for around $49 to $69 a night and they are in fact as good in quality terms as the down town options.

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AndreaLJC
The Merlion 3 stars
The Merlion is a huge half mermaid, half lion creature that sits on Sentosa Island and towers above most of the buildings there. You can go inside the Merlion (for a small fee) and then you can find out about the legend of the Merlion, you can also go up to the Merlion's mouth for a brilliant views across Singapore – and have your photo taken up there if you want (you don’t have to buy them). The Merlion shuts when it gets dark and its eyes stare lasers into the sky which looks really cool and can bee seen from ages away.

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