April 2011

Angsana Bintan, Indonesia

Nestled on the white sandy shores of picturesque Tanjung Said Bay, Indonesia, Angsana Bintan enjoys panoramic views of the sparkling South China Sea and is surrounded by lush tropical greenery.

The perfect choice for a tropical getaway, this tranquil island escapade is located just 45 minutes away from Singapore via high- speed catamaran.

Life, Singapore

Random pictures about the life and people in Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark

The SkyPark is open to the public and from there you have a 360 degrees view of Singapore. Unfortunately the infinity pool is for hotel guests only.

However the rooms are not that expensive as you might think. A night in a double room is about 240 euros.

I’m sorry for some shaky pictures but I had to share the tripod with my sister 🙂

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands is a luxury hotel with 2500 rooms and suites. It includes a SkyPark at the top of the three towers with an 150 meter infinity swimming pool, the world’s largest outdoor pool at 200-meter height. Nearby is the ArtScience Museum.

It is one of the most complex structure ever built with distinctive sloping towers as steep as 26 degrees by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. If you are interested watch the 10 minute video of Moshe Safdie which was part of the competition submission to the government of Singapore.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa island is a nice and entertaining island in the south of Singapore. There are many attractions, hotels, the Universal Studios, a Insect Kingdom, a Butterfly Park and many more…You should reserve one or two days if you have time.

We went there by Cable Car and started our trip from the top of  Mount Faber. It takes longer than by car but the view is worth the time.

If you like taking macros of insects and butterflies you should go to the Insect Kingdom and the Butterfly park.

Many beaches and bars make it easy to relax after a busy city day. You can go for a swim and enjoy a cocktail in the Cafe del Mar. It’s really a nice spot.

Clarke Quay by Night, part 2

This time I went just for the sake of taking good night pictures. With my tripod, a camera and a lot of time I made these pictures. Exposure times were always in the range of 30 seconds.

Jurong Bird Park

A nice one day trip is visiting the Jurong Bird Park.  It is a kind of zoo but only for birds. It’s the world’s largest area of it’s kind with more than 8000 birds, representing more than 600 species.

There are large walkthough aviaries with waterfalls where you can see the birds in their natural environment. The African Waterfall Aviary is the world’s tallest man-made waterfall. The water plunges 30 meters over a natural cliff.

The variety is big, as you can walk the Fuji Hawk Walk, see the African Grassland, the Flamingo Lake, the Pelican Cove, Southeast Asian Birds or the Hornbills and Toucans.

China Town, Singapore

This area is one of the leading tourist destinations. Walking down the streets gives you an impression of the culture, the food and the tradition of Chinese people. The Architecture mixes various elements of Baroque and Victorian styles which are very colorfully decorated in February due to the Chinese New Year.

In between the temples and parks are restaurants, shops, and various street-stalls that sell trinkets related to Chinese culture.

If you are nearby make sure to visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. There are many ceremonies you can attend and in the upper floor is a very nice library and cafe where you can read in a vast amount of books on special topics like Buddhism, religion, meditation and general Chinese culture.