Best of Singapore in 4 Days – Adrenaline Rush


This article will provide you the highlights of the best places in Singapore that are worth visiting. If you are someone who is adventurous or a sporty-type person and enjoys the outdoor, then this article has listed down the best places for you to visit. Read to find out more!

Day 1: Hiking over MacRitchie Reservoir

A tourist kayaks over the MacRitchie Reservoir

A tourist kayaks over the MacRitchie Reservoir

Morning & Afternoon: Energize yourself by visiting MacRitchie Reservoir early in the morning. Located at the central of Singapore, this is the oldest yet largest reservoir in Singapore. Hiking over MacRitchie will never be the same as you will get to witness long-tailed macaques swinging branches to branches, sneaky squirrels and monitor lizards. Be careful not to feed them with any kind of food. Hence keep all your food inside your bag. Apart from that, walk through Singapore’s very own HSBC Treetop Walk. Be sure to walk on this one-way trail as you can see the panorama, which offers a breath-taking view. MacRitchie Reservoir also caters for water sport lovers who are kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts. If you’re hungry before or after your hiking session, there is a food stall at the entrance of MacRitchie Reservoir.

If you’re from City Hall or Orchard area, you can take a direct bus number 162/162M which brings you there. Alternatively, you can take the MRT and alight at Caldecott Station (CC17).

People indulge in some lipsmacking street food in Singapore

People indulge in some lip-smacking street food in Singapore

Evening: Surely you will feel exhausted after a long hike over at MacRitchie Reservoir. Those of you who would like to feast on some delectable local meals and would like to experience the hawker food centre environment, why not head down to Newton Food Centre! This hawker centre offers various scrumptious seafood for you to tuck in. Name whatever seafood you would like to eat, there is a plenty of stalls selling the similar seafood in an affordable range. Definitely you will be spoiled for choices! When entering this hawker centre, you will be welcomed by many stall holders which will convince you to have your meals from their stall. Don’t fret as you can easily negotiate with them.

How do you get there? If you’re from MacRitchie Reservoir, you can simply take the direct bus number 162/162M and alight at Newton MRT station. Next, walk at the back of the Exit B of the station and cross over via overhead bridge. If you’re planning to take MRT, simply alight at Newton MRT Station (NS21).

Day 2: Experience the ‘Kallang Roar’ area

Morning: Gear up for another day full of thrills and action-packed adventure. On a Day 2, head down to Singapore Sports Hub— it was officially launched in June 2014 with its 35 hectare, cutting-edge site. This newly renovated Sports Hub is dedicated for the upcoming SEA Games in June 2015. There is always some activity for you to try on. We suggest you to try the tallest indoor rock climbing– Climb Central, which is located inside Kallang Wave Mall. With an approximate of 1,000 square meter of wall space, climbing up the wall will be easy for the beginner. Apart from rock climbing, there are also alternative ways for you to try out for free– Exercise & Fitness Stations and Sports Hub Giant Chess. Kallang Wave Mall is a shopping mall which offers great variety of sports goods, food junctions and many more. Hence you won’t have difficulty having your breakfast or brunch or even lunch around here.

Afternoon & Evening: Spend your afternoon and evening to Kallang Leisure Park where there are Ice Skating sessions for you to try out. Apart from Ice Skating, you can even bowl over at Kallang Bowl as well. After a long day spent at Ice Skating and Bowling, sit back and relax while catching up some great movies at Filmgarde Cineplex.

How to reach Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang Wave Mall and/or Kallang Leisure Park? Simply take the MRT and alight at Stadium Station (CC6). Exit A to Sports Hub or Kallang Wave Mall. Exit B to Kallang Leisure Park.

Day 3: Thrilling Activities

Morning: Rise and shine! Get ready for another action-packed activities. if you have been wanting to play Go Kart, visit the KF1 Karting Circuit— the place where you will get to try out and play Go Kart. There are 2 types of karts for you to choose from. However, it is advisable to take up Viper Kart which is meant for the amateur racer. You can upgrade yourself to Birel Kart after you have familiar with the circuit. Viper Kart and Birel Kart has its own speed of 30km/h and 50km/h respectively. Also, they offer an affordable price. Be sure not to miss this golden opportunity while you’re here!

KF1 Karting is located beside Kranji MRT Station (NS8). Click on the link here to find out how you can reach here.

Afternoon: Head over to Paint Ball Alliance after the first thrilling activity at KF1 Karting Circuit. Paint Ball Alliance was set up in 2012 and they have 2 fields which Singapore is the first in the world to follow the international competition standards. There are also shower facilities. So, if you’re planning to have your game here, be sure to bring your toiletries as well. There are various of packages for you to choose from. Price rates are affordable as well. Be sure to make an advance booking before heading there. You have to be 14 years old and above to play the paintball. However, do note that you require parental consent if you’re aged in the range of 14-17 years old.

Paint Ball Alliance is located at the back of Marsiling MRT Station (NS9). To find out more which bus are accessible, click here.

Evening: Located at the heart of Clarke Quay (right opposite to The Central shopping mall), you will find some other tourists’ will come to the site and try out. GMAX is a reverse bungy made from New Zealand. There’s also GX-5 Extreme Swing for you to try out as well. Each admission costs $45 per ticket. Not suitable for faint-hearted people. For more information, click here.

Day 4: The Sentosa Island

Universal Theme Park in Singapore

Universal Theme Park in Singapore

Morning & Afternoon: Spend your last day in Singapore by making a trip down to Marine Life Park @ Resort World Sentosa.The park consists of 3 attractions– mainly SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island. We suggest you to visit SEA Aquarium first to view the therapeutic display of jellyfishes and other sea species dancing in the water. Apart from that, you will be able to touch the starfish at the Discovery Touch Pool. You will be able to catch sharks, grouper and many more at Open Ocean. After spending about 1 and half hour at SEA Aquarium, be sure to enjoy the splash of waters at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Play all kinds of water slides like Dueling Racer, Pipeline Plunge, Riptide Rocket, Spiral Washout and the Whirlpool Washout. If you’re daring enough, you can take the plunge at Splashworks! You can even try out the Rainbow Snorkel whereby you with snorkel along with the colorful, rainbow reefs. Indeed, there are lots of water slides that awaits you. If you’re looking forward to interact with mammals and learn about it especially the Dolphins, here’s your chance by heading to Dolphin Island.

To reach USS, simply take the MRT and alight at Harbourfront Station (NE1|CC29). Upon reaching, follow the direction which leads to Vivo City Level 3 (Lobby L). Purchase a Single-Trip admission ticket (via Monorail) to Sentosa Island (worth $4.00) at the Ticketing Machine. Alternatively, you may also use your Ez-Link card for admission to Sentosa. $4.00 will be deducted in your Ez-Link card instantly. Finally alight at Waterfront Station and make your way to USS!

Evening: In the evening, drop by to Imbiah Station, 1 station away from Waterfront Station and have some fun by taking the Skyline Luge. You can either take up the Skyline where you can get to catch the breathtaking view or ride on the Luge or even you can challenge yourself by taking both rides! There’s also Night Luge if you are willing to take up the challenge. If you’re looking for another thrilling indoor adventures, try out Singapore’s one and only iFly Singapore— located one stop away from Imbiah Station or 2 stops away from Waterfront Station. You will be trained by the professional certified trainer on how to fly.

Tips: Download MyTransport app on your device where you can get timely bus arrival timings at your finger tips! To calculate the taxi fare, click here where it gives you the estimate cab fare. There are various taxi app like UberHailo and Easy Taxi to book cab instantly.

History of Singapore: From “Sea-Town” to the Current Cosmopolitan ‘Busiest-City-Of-the-World’ Tag!


Introduction

Singapore, as we now know was very different when it was getting established as a civilization. The beautiful city that is full of hustle bustle and lights was once a quiet city, which was ruled by five kings and it then came under the Malay rule. It took a long time for Singapore to become what it is now. Full of energy, brightness and colors; Singapore has come a long way to achieve the title of the busiest city in the whole world. From Nada to Prada, that is how you can best describe it now but earlier, things were drastically different as people weren’t even sure if it would ever gain independence.

Let us have a peak in the history of this modern day wonder and the hardships and shortcomings that the people faced together as a nation.

The name of this great nation was surprisingly not Singapore from the starting. It was changed several times before getting the final name of Singapore. Initially referred to as “The island at the end of the peninsula”, Singapore saw its first settlements as early as 1298 AD. It later got the name of Sea Town as it was surrounded by sea on all sides.

The Symbol of Singapore

The Symbol of Singapore

Around the 14th century, a prince who was very fond of hunting lions named it “The Lion City” or “Singapura” and hence the name Singapore was finalized for this city. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded the modern day Singapore in the 19th century. Singapore was a top-trading city at this time, and merchants from all over the world were interested in trading with Singapore.

Independence

Formally under Malaysia, Singapore fought for its independence and elected its first Prime Minister in 1959. Lee Kuan Yew was the first Prime Minister of Singapore who worked towards getting nationalism for Singapore and its people.

On 9 August 1965, Singapore became an independent and sovereign democratic nation after it separated from Malaysia and the Malay rule. This was the first step towards the modernization of this city. The city saw a drastic change in its appearance and the citizens, as after that as they became more work oriented and worked hard towards the growth of the economy of Singapore.

Growth of Singapore

After it gained independence, Singapore was reeling on the shaky grounds of uncertainty and doubt. The people did not know what to do or whom to trust. There was a lot of confusion and doubts about the choice of profession and also the kind of education that was to be provided to the children.

Also, Singapore was in the danger of getting attacked by many foreign entities like the Indonesian military and the Malaysian military, as it was a newly freed nation and everyone wanted to step on its weakness and rule it. To combat these problems, the economic development board was set up in 1961 and many capable people were put together to solve the security problem that the nation was facing. Numerous important economic strategies were formulated to lead to the growth of Singapore as a whole nation.

Then there was another problem – health and sanitation. Singapore was not as clean and unpolluted, as it is today. People were economically weak and poorly sanitized; the houses were not enough to accommodate the whole population. And thus, the housing development board was set up to combat these issues. Many building projects were laid down and thousands of houses were built for the people of Singapore. The government strongly believed that the sanitation situation should be improved and the city saw a drastic change in the cleanliness sector.

And the city was kept secure by the Singapore armed forces, which in the current date are considered is the best security troops in the world. And so, the march towards a modern Singapore began.

Modern Singapore

Very soon, the unemployment rate fell down to as low as a three percent and the GDP growth increased to eight percent. It was in the middle of the 1980’s that Singapore began to focus on the improvement and installment of the latest technology and making the city technically sound, as well.

Modern Singapore

Modern Singapore

1981 saw the inauguration of the Singapore Airlines and it was major step towards the modernization of Singapore. It is a major airline and it connects Singapore to every continent in the world. Also, the Singapore airport is one of the busiest airports in the world as Singapore is now a major business hub and also a major tourist attraction.

The future of Singapore

An architectural wonder, an ace in the modern day technology, a hub for employing the largest number of local as well as foreigners, one of the best armies in the whole world, the health condition acing the charts, Singapore started from ground zero and has built itself an empire that is envied by many.

Today, everyone wants to go and work in Singapore, as it provides a good standard of living and also its currency is equal to pretty more or less the US dollar. It has become one of the top most choices for people to go and settle in as it provides great hospitality and warmth to its foreign population.

The open mindedness of this city has led to the evolution of its multi-cultural perspective. Today, Singapore is full of people from every caste, creed and color and they cannot be happier about it. Every year people flock to Singapore for a vacation and all they want to do is to indulge in a repeat-vacation. The growth that this city has seen in the tourism department is really great. The amusement parks, the fun joyrides, the multi-cuisine fine dining restaurants, the spicy street food, the lush and rich flora and fauna, the freshness and refreshing air, the beaches, the aroma of clear air; who does not want to go on a vacation here!

Singapore is progressing by leaps and Bounds

Singapore is progressing by leaps and Bounds

The future of Singapore holds a very strong plan towards an even cleaner and pollution free city. The government is focusing on removing the poverty from the roots and giving every citizen the life that they deserve. Many plans are being proposed to build a green city to combat the dry spells and farming problems that they are currently facing.

The future will see a Singapore that is vibrant and sustainable, has a whole bunch of gracious and hospitable people, a place that anyone can call as “home”, is pollution free and disease free, has a GDP as high as the US, has absolutely no poverty and pays importance to recycling. In one word, it is aiming to becoming a super country in the coming time.

Singapore was just a barren land when people started to occupy it and now, it barely has any barren land left! That is the beauty of civilization and growth that Singapore has seen. The people of Singapore are healthy, they are doing well for themselves and the most important – they are happy!

Welcome to the city that will put a permanent smile on your face!

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