Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Singapore, here I come......

My parents and I are planning to visit Singapore sometime around the 1st or 2nd week of January 2008. Since this is going to be my first trip to Singapore ( or anywhere out of India for that matter) ..I'm really excited . We will be there around for about 5 days I guess. So, I would like to request all my blogger friends from Singapore and others who have knowledge about the place to suggest places for sight seeing , shopping, dining and also good hotels for accomodation . The usual ones as well as the off beat places which are usually not mentioned in the guide books or websites.. I would also like to read if you have had some wonderful experience or about any general tips about visiting Singapore..

Looking forward for your responses :)


Drama Div@ said...

I'm going to singapore for shopping right after Christmas..
but how come you dont want to come to KL since KL-Spore is very near?

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@ Drama Diva

We did plan to visit Malaysia along with Singapore..But, my mom can't avail leave as she has some important project to work on from the day after we return and we also have a festival coming up .. So we thot' we will visit KL some time later leisurely :) .. But, never know might change our plans too .. What's the travel time between Singapore and KL ?

Drama Div@ said...

the flight only takes 45 minutes to one hour, and 6hrs by trains @bus...

--xh-- said...

wow - that sure will be exciting. all teh best :) enjoy ur time there.

Abhishek Khanna said...

google wikipedia will help u :P

curryegg said...

Really? YOu're going to Singapore? How about MALAYSIA?

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Drama Diva

Thanks for the info..I will surely tell my parents to consider visiting Malaysia too :)


Thanks :) I'm excited and looking forward for the trip :D

Thanks Abishek ..Will check it out.. Thou' I did google abt the place . Jus' put a post here to get some responses form people who have hands on exp on going there :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@ Curryegg

Yup,Im really planning to visit S'pore with my parents in Jan'08. Not too sure about Malaysia. initially we planned on visiting but don' have much time . So we have planned to visit Malaysia sometime later leisurely :)

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Drama Div@ said...

go visit the Jurong Bird Park, underwater world @ Sentosa Island, Raffles Hotel, chinatown, late night shopping at Mustafa Center , if you're craving for indian banana leaf rice, go to Little India. and one more thing, the Lion City is known for its cleanliness, so dont throw on the ground..it's indeed a serious offence!

Melanie said...

I have no ideas but I hope you have a wonderful time making your plans!

Shekhar said...

Wow! Sounds like a lot of fun. Let's hope you have a wonderful time there. And in case you're a shopping freak, chances are you'll be able to drown yourself in offers. :)

Sudhakar said...

Have a wonderful trip SHalini.

preetilata said...

what u r going 2 Singapore?? ..wowwwwww.. :)

but sorry i cn't suggst u anything as i hv nvr bn 2 outside India.

wish u a happy journey ahd. n njoyyyyyyyyyyy!!! ...
m waiting for ur new post abt ur singapore trip along with cool pics.

tk cr
:) :) :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Shalini,

Am penning this note from Singapore where it is rainy season, so be warned. I recommend you check out the RELC international hotel, I stayed there for 1+ year, it is very clean, conveniently located near Shangri-la Hotel, friendly staff, and best of all, reasonable value for money!

Go to Esplanade, Little India of course, and walk with your parents along Orchard Road, directly from your hotel, it's great for exercise, end to end takes 2+ hours, with delightful stops along the way.

Botanical Gardens too is only 1/2 hour walk away from RELC hotel, and it is quite a peaceful experience to walk there before 9am, or between 5pm and 7pm.

I love eating at Komala's where Brahmin food is served clean, reasonably priced, hot and almost authentic (ok, ok, it won't match your sambhar I'm sure, everytime I read your recipe, my mouth waters).

If you need more info, pls email alpine_climber@yahoo.com.

All the best,

Keshi said...

how nice!


Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Drama diva

That should be very useful for us .Thank you so much! I don' intend making S'pore dirty so won't litter the place :)


Thanks Mel .I hope so too !:)


Shopping is the top most agenda in our list .So jus' waiting to hit the place :)


Thanks :)


Thanks so much gal :) I'm excited too ! Will surely write in a lot of post about our trip once we are back but thats a long way to go .As we are travelling only in jan 2008


Thanks so much! We should find them really useful .. Wll surely check out RELC hotel and the other places which you have mentioned when I'm there .. Thanks for dropping by my blog too!

Thanks Keshi :)

Anonymous said...

Thats a lovely photo...Just have an wonderful time in Singapore, which is really a beautiful place...stay well!

whAt A LiFe said...

That's very nice to hear.

There are many places of interests to visit namely, Singapore Zoo, Night safari, Jurong Birdpark, Orchard Road - a shopping paradise, Serangoon Road - Indian's paradise, Boat Quay - For night spots, Esplanade, Vivo City - the newest shopping centre Sentosa - Singapore's history, Mount Faber - Cable car, Suntec city, Mariamman Temple at South bridge road - the oldest indian temple and many more

My hubby works at the Singapore Zoo. I can meet up with u dear. : ) No entrance charged, he can bring us in to the zoo, night safari n jurong birdpark. Let me know, i will give you my hp no to contact.

Take care......

Vasanthan said...

plan your trip well. the hotel concierge can help you with that. you can do this if want.

goto Mount Faber first. take the cable car ride to Sentosa. Sentosa has alot of attractions.While in Sentosa don forget to goto the Under Water world and the dolphin show. if u were to volunteer during the show and the prize is a kiss from the dolphin! Yes, u can get up close and personal with the dolphin.

After sentosa you can take a fery to harbour front or walk across the bridge and u will reach vivo city.You can have your dinner at Vivo city( Singapore's biggest shopping center.) they have a food court in Vivo city which is designed in a olden day Singapore look and serving the Oriental foods of Singapore.

thats one day for you.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Sure Kalyan , Thanks!

@Shanthini akka

Wow! Thats jus' so much information to me.. Thanks a lot akka :) Really nice to know your hubby works there . I sure would like to meet you but don't want to trouble you this time as i will be coming with my parents and a few other relatives of ours. But its really sweet of you to come forward to help me out.. Truly appreciate your attitude :) Thanks a lot again :)


Wow! So much information..I'm flattered with the amount of responses .. Thanks a lot.Will let you know if I have any other doubt..I would love to volunteer at the Under water world :) Will let you know once I write about my trip in this blog space .Stay in touch!

Aarthi said...

Hey cool S'pore is a awesome place to be...and tips..keeps your purse filled coz you hav gr8 shopping malls thr.....:)

whAt A LiFe said...

I would love to meet you, gal. No trouble, at all. Just let me know


Hahahaha !! All I could possibly add is ,

Try going to newton if ur not vege but if u are just stick to little india .. And go to bugis and orchard for shopping.. This fashion is a must go place for all our formal and informal wears..

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Oh sure! I guess my parents will help me out with that tip :p as of now as I haven't started earning yet

@Shanthini akka

That's so sweet of you akka. If possible I surely will let you know. But, no offence if im not able to meet up as I'm not too sure if I will be able to :)


Thanks gal! Truly appreciate your suggestions will check them out.. Hope you have a lovely time in India too :)

manipayal said...

Wish you and your parents a very pleasant trip


Heya Im not coming to india da.. :'( So Ill be here when u come .. Maybe we can meet up !!

Shalini Gowrisankar said...




Oh thats sad! :( .. I'm not really sure if I would be able to meet up with you all this time , I will anyways let you know soon if i can :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Shalini...read ur blog and learnt that u r gonna come down to Singapore. I'm a Sngaporean and just thought that i might drop u a few tips on where u can go for good bargains while shopping here. U can go down to Bugis Village @ Bugis (opp Parco Bugis Junction). U can go down to Far East Plaza In Orchard Rd. U can see the christmas decoration which will still be up till 1st or 2nd week of Jan. As for getting everything under one roof, u can go down to Mustafa in Serangoon road. Must see tourist attractions include the Night Safari,the Zoo, Bird Park,Sentosa etc.. U can go down to Wild wild wet (themepark) if u r into such things. Hope u have a wonderful time here.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thanks for the info. Will surely find it useful. Thanksfor the info about Bugis ,read its more of a bargain market was waiting to find some place like this .. Glad to know that christmas decorations will still be up as i was initially worried that I was going a little late to miss the christmas, new year fun there :) Thanks for dropping by :)