The Singapore Flyer and The Rides of Your Life By Joel F

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The Singapore Flyer and The Rides Of Your Life –

I was in Marina Bay Sands Skypark enjoying the cool air and  the splendid view when i noticed a huge Ferris Wheel standing tall from a distance. So i took a photo,  sat on a floor and politely ask a stranger to take my photo with the Ferris Wheel as a backdrop.

The kind stranger told me it’s not a Ferris Wheel, it’s called “The Singapore Flyer.”  Thanks for the view and the info, i decided that i won’t leave singapore without trying that  ride.

The Singapore Flyer is just a walking distance from the Skypark and for a mere 29 singapore dollars one can already experience the flyer ride. It’s a totally different experience from the skypark as this time it gives you an entirely different view of singapore’s skyline from the moving angles of your flight.

It’s like flying, slowly, vertically and seeing a different perspective on how your surrounding changes depending on how and where you look at.  It’s like a ferris wheel ride you experienced during your childhood days but this time it’s more of an awe and less of a scream.  One get awed on how a single place can look so different depending on how you are moving.

Just like life, a single moment can have a thousand perspectives depending on how you look at it and the angles of the movement where your sight is leading.  There are views that were always there but were overlooked because our vision is just relative to the direction where we are standing.  Suddenly the same place looks bigger or smaller as one moves during the ride.

The ride reminds me of a journey, as it moves from top to bottom, you feel a different high when you see the world while you’re on top and feel a willful surrender when you’re at the bottom with high hopes for changes without even knowing that it will always be the same.  The only time it will change is when one open his sights to different angles, just like that singapore flyer ride, the views are always there, it’s the ride that changes the view.


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The Singapore Flyer and The Rides of Your Life –


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The Helix Bridge

Singapore has so many architectural wonders. The Helix Bridge is one of them. Located beside Benjamin Sheares Bridge, linking Marina Bay Sands To Marina Centre, this bridge gives me my memorable awes in the early october morning.

Few days before celebrating my birthday, i saw the fabulous glowing scene of The Helix Bridge with its colorful lights from the window of the nearby hotel where i’m staying. Too bad my camera didn’t give justice to its evening photo so i hurriedly had my photo taken in the early morning.

The world’s first double helix structure is considered to be singapore’s longest pedestrian linkway. The Helix Bridge had surely link its glass canopies to my wanderlust blast.

The Festival of Lights

I was in Singapore during that time , was lucky enough to witness .the Deepavali Festival of Lights. So many lights, glittering and blinking, red lanterns and colorful dsiplays. This Hindu Festival reminds me of  a chinese new year that symbolizes  new beginning amidst the lights, noise and fireworks and met a few good friends on this memorable event. How time flies.

Ten Thousand Stamps

singaporephilatelicmuseumOne of a few proofs that a small quaint place can offer a bigger than life experience is The Singapore Philatelic Museum . Although not as big as the other museums, this museum gives you a comfy homely place. Walking outside, one can instantly notice its window (not made of glass nor wood, but made of a collage of stamps with a catchy phrase “A Window to the World” , very artful i must say!

Although  I am not a philatelist or a  stamp collector, ( Well, the last time i collected stamps was way back in high school when our  Practical Arts teacher gave us a an art project with a theme ” Philippine History”. With a limited time ,i showcase my country’s history by collectings , oops, buying stamps , pasting it on a white illustration board with a little tweak. I wonder if he still got that one, i would love to post that ancient art work(?) of mine in this site. haha.). just imagine my excitement when i get inside this colorful place and saw more than ten thousand stamps across the globe beyond time! Memories really have a way of giving us back our simple joys.

 Take a peek and let me show you some.

artsy window
artsy window


Stamp Collectors ...Rejoice ! The museum just right for philatelists or commonly known as stamp collectors where one can find more than 10,000 stamp collections across the globe beyond time ... The Philatelic Museum
Stamp Collectors …Rejoice ! The museum just right for philatelists or commonly known as stamp collectors where one can find more than 10,000 stamp collections across the globe beyond time … The Philatelic Museum
can you handle more than 10,000 stamps?
can you handle more than 10,000 stamps?
world leaders, artists, scientists , inventors
world leaders, artists, scientists , inventors
buildings and architectures
buildings and architectures


all about planes
football and other sports
football and other sports
if you're an animal lover, you'll love these stamps
if you’re an animal lover, you’ll love these stamps

Bugis Street Singapore

bugissingapore Although there are countless high end boutiques and really modern shopping malls in Singapore, one should still drop by in Bugis Street.  It is  a must see shopping district for those who are not into high end shopping like me . Truly a mecca for shoppers and bargain hunters, the best flea market in Singapore i would say. One can see a variety of reasonably priced souvenir and give away trinkets, keychains, ref magnets and the popular “I LOVE SINGAPORE” shirts. And even if you’re into high end shopping, you’ll still enjoy your visit here, one of the “must do” experience in this country and with a variety of  local refreshments and food outlets, one doesn’t need to go far to have a taste of the local cuisine and street food.  It’s a mix of Chinatown, Little India and toned down Orchard. No wonder it’s always included in the list of Singapore’s Top Attractions.  –  by JoelF


"I Love Singapore"
“I Love Singapore”
The colorful Bugis Street
The colorful Bugis Street


my one dollar thirst quencher
my one dollar thirst quencher


Skypark Marina Bay Sands

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You can see Singapore’s skyline from the bird’s eye view by heading to the top of Marina Bay Sands Hotel. For only 20 Singapore dollars (that time), one can go on top (57th floor)  and see Singapore almost in its entirety..almost!

I decide to drop by late afternoon as i’m planning to see a variety of backdrops, how Singapore skyline would look  like during daytime, sunset, and night time. It was so rewarding being on top, chatting with strangers and taking photos. You can have some refreshments on their restaurant while enjoying your snap chat with some visitors. One can even swim in their Infinity Pool (for hotel guests and visitors who have availed their packages). A must see or shall i say a must do when you’re in this country.

The Works of Salvador Dali

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The Works of Salvador Dali


Call it coincidence, but at the airport lounge while waiting for boarding, i happened to sit beside a woman holding a magazine.  She noticed that i keep glancing at the magazine, few minutes after, she said “I’m done, You wanna read?”,  I replied “sure”, “I’ll be back, i’ll just go to the washroom, take your time,” she said. so i scan the mag, and saw this article about fashion icons.  Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli and the likes were mentioned in the article.

Little did i know that I was about to get a taste of the icon’s works, just by a mere coincidence again.

I was heading to Marina Bay Sands for the “Skypark “ attraction when i saw this huge flower structure. I asked a young student and he told me it’s the Futuristic Art Science Museum.

“Futuristic” , wow, must be a high tech museum that showcase high technology gadgets or anything related to  future technology or things to come . beyond our wildest dream, something that you see in movies like “The Matrix” or “Mission Impossible.”   So i head right away to that museum. (that’s  the crazy thing about me when i travel, i don’t stick to my iterinary, even if i brought a checklist, i don’t follow it religiously).

Well, i  thought that the view i’ll see on top of the skypark won’t change, so i can go there a few hours later or a day after but the museum’s featured exhibits are always timed, you’ll never know if it’s the first or the last day of the exhibit.

Imagine my surprise when the featured exhibit that time was “The Works of Salvador Dali.”

Why?  First, i was expecting something futuristic and yet the exhibit is something about the past . (Well, art leads us to the future somehow, me rationalizing)   Second,  Do i believe in signs? Just a day before at the airport i was reading an article about Salvador Dali (thanks to that kind stranger) and here i am about to see his works in flesh! haha. So i went inside and start my unplanned adventure, to see how the mind of an artist works, through his life’s depictions in his art works.

Paintings, sculptures in brass, copper, metal and bronze, glass and stone carvings etc.. awesome! Awesome is an understatement, trust me!.

Salvador Dali was a famous clothes designer who once worked for the fabulous house of coco chanel, vogue magazine, elsa schiaparelli. He was also a painter, sculptor and a glass artist (seldom you see in the fashion designers today).

I so love his Floating Dining Artwork, that Fixtures on The Ceiling thing, the kissable red lip chair, the human cabinet (anthropomorphic cabinet) and so on…. .i actually love all of it! Too bad i can’t show everything here.  Anyway, take a peek and enjoy it!



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The Mummy Returns

Ever heard of the famous terracotta warriors ?  Well, if you watched the hollywood movie  “The Mummy” , “The Mummy Returns”  , this exhibit is a big deal for you …. lifesize or shall i say larger than life terracotta statues were on full display … a once in a lifetime exhibit at Asian Civilisations Museum.  I was so lucky i was in Singapore when the exhibit was on full blast,  whew!  talk about coincidences. hehehe.

Although i’ve been in Singapore several times, it’s  actually on my 4th visit that i tried visiting Asian Civilisations Musuem and i enjoyed it.

Their tagline  “Discovering Asia Through Ourselves and Others”  live up to its name.… One can see ancient gold jewelries, dioramas,  statues from thailand,  india and tibet,  knife blades from malaysia  , other asian countries’ artifacts …. all things related to history and culture of asian civilizations.  goldjewelries

Authentic Antique Gold Jewelries – used by the sultans of ancient asians

I  love the part showing a japanese woman carrying her red bag…… reminds me of  carrie bradshaw with her manolo blahnik shoes, only this time it is not the shoes but the bag.  Who says they don’t have Hermes or LVs  way back?  I call this photo  “The Ancient Divas.” 

fashion divas

Although i alloted only an hour to visit this musuem because my next stop would be  Singapore’s Philatelic Musuem  (a haven for philatelists/stamp collectors) and the National Musuem of Singapore (although i visited this twice, i still want to drop by) ,  i actually ended up 3 hours on this place.  So many interesting things to see, my time management adherence was totally ruined. miniwarriors

Mini warriors or i call them “The  Boy Scouts of  the Past”.  🙂


singapore name



Ever wondered how Singapore was named?  Good thing i drop by in this musuem or else i’ll never know.

So many things to show here but cliche as it may sound , you can’t have everything in just one heaping…… 🙂    Book that flight and go anywhere you like.  Enjoy and Take Care on your journey.



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