Other than famous tourist spots such as Garden By The Bay, Sentosa, Universal Studio etc, let’s explore some places where you can enjoy the serenity of nature or amazing interior design. As suggested by an article claiming that even singaporean also didn’t aware of the places, i had checked in a few after Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019.
Hidden Spot 1: Sentosa Boardwalk, Vivocity
I was collecting my race kit at Sand Expo & Convention Centre that day, i don’t know what happened, i took mrt from Bayfront to Marina Bay, then Raffles Place, then Outram Park, finally Harbour Front. By right, if you are going from Bayfront, you can take train to Chinatown by Downtown line then to Harbour Front by North-East line, unless you want to have a look on all the interior design of these interchange stations.
By either following the crowd or looking at the sign board, you will enter Vivocity. Go all the way to the roof top, stand beside Haidilao and look to the direction of Sentosa, the Boardway is on your left. The view is better at night when you can see the lighting effect. The photos i took are quite different from the internet source maybe due to my phone camera not performing well in low light and the glass panel at the balcony was not lighted up. Anyway, a nice place to spend time with your love one.
Hidden Spot 2: Marina Barrage
I didn’t explore how to take the bus, i walk from Art Science Museum and went under Bayfront Ave and Sheras Ave overpass, pass by Flower Dome and Cloud Forest around 1.5km to reach the destination. It was around 3pm, no burning sunlight, sea breeze is chilling, you can picnic, play a kite, day dreaming or observe others having their family time or gathering with friends. I stay there for around 1.5hours, you can meditate, clear your mind, be present, listen to the breeze, feel your heart beating, find your inner peace and realise your abundance.
Hidden Spot 3: Kent Ridge Canopy Walk
Alight at Pasir Panjang MRT, you will need to cross W. Coast Highway, yes, you read it right, a highway, a road of at least 6 lanes. The Pepys Road is very hard to find, because it is opposite the road, you better zoom in enough your google map, use keyword “Westpoint Condominium” can help you locate the road easily. This road will lead you to Bukit Chandu War Memorial on your left, and the entrance to Kent Ridge Canopy Walk is on your right after around 1km of walking. Bukit Chandu War Memorial is temporarily closed for construction. The canopy walk can be a short escape from city, it is surrounded by tree and no mosquito bite me. Another choice to be close to nature beside Singapore Zoo. You need to cross the highway again on your way back to mrt station, if it is around 6pm on weekday, just follow those office people who just knock off.
Hidden Spot 4: National Gallery Singapore
If not mistaken, take the Exit B of City Hall MRT station, then ask google map to lead you. There are ongoing exhibition at the gallery, therefore, ticket are needed to visit the galleries, but, there are areas which are open to public. Supreme Court Wing and City Hall Wing are the two main buildings. To take the photo of the iconic view, take escalator and go to level 4 of City Hall Wing, level 4 of Supreme Court Wing need ticket to access.
Hidden Spot 5: Orchard Library
I failed to find where is this library until i realise i am searching inside 313@Somerset rather than Orchard Gateway, poor sense of direction, the lot no. are #03-12 and #04-11, it is level 3 and 4 of the mall. You can find a nice reading place to read your favorite book inside here. An experience of visiting a library, not really for tourist, would you put a library in your trip itinerary? I found that Singapore has a lot of library with sufficient reading area, well maintained, you can see book published in 2019 is on the shelf, coworking space business could be very hard to do here when local have the free access library.
Next round, i will continue to explore the place listed below, stay tune.
- Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
- LKC Natural History Museum
- Raffles Marina Lighthouse
- Punggol Waterway Park
- Admiralty Park | Woodlands Jetty
- Heritage Bridge@ Lower Seletar Reservoir