• Fort Canning Walk

    Another green spot in Singapore is Fort Canning which is right in the middle of the city and easy to reach for a few hours walk. But it is actually a rather sweaty walk! I was fortunate enough to meet up with a leading individual, responsible for the recent improvements at Fort Canning and the surrounding area. So, I did get a first hand guided tour! I was delighted to see that Singapore not only builds new streets but also doesn’t shy away from converting an existing street back into a park-like environment. Armenian Street is such an example where there is no more traffic flowing but it has instead…

  • Marina Bay Sands

    Another visit to Marina Bay Sands Skypark! One of the best views over Singapore, the bay and the city. Unfortunately you can’t see Marina Bay Sands itself from up here, but there are other locations which I will cover later and which I think are better for a view. The Sands Skypark Observation Deck is definitely worth a visit during day time and during night time! And a visit to the hotel itself is also worth it, even just for the huge lobby, restaurants and shops downstairs. I have done it all before – drinks at the sky park and all the light shows several times. I have even been…

  • The changing face of Singapore

    It’s been exactly 10 years that I have regularly travelled to Singapore. I love the city! I love going back to the places I know and enjoy in Singapore, yet the city never stops to amaze me with new things. The big ones like Marina Bay Sands (which was not even completed during my first visit) or the latest attraction – The Jewel at Changi Airport are all WOW moments! But everytime I walk through the city I am also amazed at the speed with which Singapore’s face changes. New highrises, new parks, new attractions, new rules, new behavioural patterns, almost everytime I turn around. So, walking Singapore is one…

  • Botanical Garden

    Singapore is amazingly green! Lush and green! Even busy shopping roads are lined with huge trees and there is even a specially designated visiting program for all official „heritage trees“. A real treat however is a visit to the Botanical Garden, specially since it is easy to reach it via Subway. While I focussed on the western side of the huge garden during my last visit, I focussed on the eastern and central parts this time. Thus taking a several hours lasting walk from the Subway station around Eco-Lake, Ethnobotany Garden and Healing Garden. I specially loved visiting the Rain Forest section and then making my way back through Palm…

  • Vesak Day in Singapore

    Finally the official Vesak Day in Singapore. I had a long list of temples to visit, but managed to see only a few of them. However, those we visited provided us with a real nice mix of Buddhist Vesak celebrations of various Buddhist schools. The main celebrations happened again in Geylang, where the Amitabha Buddhist Centre organized a full day of activities and celebrations. A lot of people showed up here again. We did move on to a temple personally connected to one of my friends – the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple, with an amazing Bodhi Tree. After that we moved on to Toa Payoh to pay our respect to…

  • Vesak Day 2 in Singapore

    Busy schedule on the day/night before the official Vesak Day in Singapore. While the visit to the Thai temple, Wat Ananda Metyaram was a brief one, because their main activities were also scheduled in the evening hours, our focus was on the huge Bright Hill temple. The official name is Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and there were lots of activities going on all day, besides the temple itself being worth spending a lot of time in. However the temple is really known for it’s 3-Step, 1-Bow Ceremony during Vesak Day. A lot of people will visit the temple and thousands of worshippers will participate in the ceremony.…

  • Vesak Day(s) in Singapore

    Usually I celebrate Vesak Day in Thailand or Laos, or as I covered on this blog before, at the Borobudur in Java. This year I wanted to see how they celebrate it in Singapore. After all, Singapore has a 42.5 percent Buddhist population! Expected Vesak Day to be on one day only, but learned that it is going on for several days before the actual full moon. So, I had to plan out my temple visits and celebrations over 3 days. Starting with the Kwan Im Temple on Waterloo Street and moving on to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown before visiting the opening ceremonies of the Amitabha Buddhist…

  • IBIS Bencoolen – Singapore

    Back to Singapore! Back to one of my favourite hotels in Singapore, the IBIS Bencoolen. No real surprise, since all the IBIS rooms look pretty much the same. But I have finally given up looking for a cheaper room in Singapore (specially during Formula 1 race days), since I have never really been successful in finding a better alternative at a decent price. So, as long as service and rooms do not change, I will be back at the IBIS for short and for longer trips. I still love the location, as it is conveniently located at several MRT stations and it is even possible to walk to the major…