Found so many blogger drafts which i totally forgot to publish since last year!!
These pictures and posts are about when we were in Singapore to catch a cruise liner that would take us around Asia.
The events that happened in this post, takes place 3 days before boarding our ship & this is where our journey continued, from day 3!
Link to Day 1, 2 & 3 below:
Day 4 of 6
Hidden Treasures in the Modern City – Singapore
To see more of our cruise journey, click the links below to see more!
Cruising the High Seas!
Part 3 – Journey to the Mysterious Island
Part 4 – Over the Seas and Far Away
In the previous post, Part 3 – we covered the Fountain of Wealth in Suntec City, before calling it a day.
Today in this post, we go exploring around this huge district, the massive subzone area that surrounds it.
Suntec City is a major multi-use development located in Marina Centre subzone of the Downtown Core Planning Area in Singapore.
Suntec City Mall is a shopping centre in Singapore, located within the Marina Centre subzone of the Downtown Core Planning Area, within Suntec City.
Opened in 1994 together with initial phases of the Suntec City development, it was the largest shopping centre in Singapore with 888,000 square feet of retail space until the opening of another mall recently.
Anyways, Suntec City also offers a club house called the Suntec City Guild House which is located on the fifth floor.
The large size of the mall boasts some 360 outlets spread over 4 floors in an L-shaped configuration. To help shoppers to navigate around the mall, it was divided into four zones, namely:
- The Galleria – located on the ground floor of the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center, offering high-end international labels targeted specifically at convention delegates and tourists.
- The Tropics – offers a more wide-ranging choice of outlets for a wider budget range, with added emphasis on lifestyle merchandise and services.
- The Fountain Terrace – is located around the Fountain of Wealth, and specializes in food and beverage outlets.
- The Entertainment Centre – at the north-eastern end of the mall is dedicated to entertainment-related tenants such as a 5-theater cineplex, a fitness center, a gaming arcade, as well as the site of Carrefour’s first outlet in Singapore, occupying 13,006 square meters over two floors.
Based on the facts and urban planning of this whole area, down to the layout, different zones and categorization of this Downtown Core Planning Area, I couldn’t help and inevitably found myself comparing…
I would actually somehow compare this Marina Centre subzone area which consists of Suntec City, Marina Square, the International Convention and Exhibition Centre & more, to Odaiba – back in Japan.
The Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre was officially opened on 1 November 1994, in this Downtown Core Planning Area of the Marina Centre subzone.
The convention center has a total of 100,000 square meters of space, spanning over multiple levels.
I don’t really know how to put it, but the concept here is very very similar to Odaiba in my opinion.
Oops, I might have gotten the order a little mixed up here…
Before heading for Suntec City in this post, we were in the City Hall district.
There were some unique historical landmarks in that area, like for example: the MICA Building.
The MICA Building stands for: Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. This building was formally the Old Hill Street Police Station.
Don’t let that fool you, there’s nothing colorful about this sad building.
It is a historic building in Singapore with a very very long history…
During the Japanese Occupation, Old Hill Street Police Station was used by the Kempeitai: Japanese Secret Police – think: Schutzstaffelas or SS of Nazi Germany equivalent…as torture chambers.
As a result of that, this particular building is reputed to be very haunted by tormented souls.
Central Fire Station
The Central Fire Station is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore, and is located right beside the MICA Building.
Prior to the late 19th century, Singapore had no proper firefighting unit. Fires were common and often plagued the places that had many wooden houses.
Once started, the fires spread quickly and resulted in disastrous loss of life and properties. It was not until 1869 when the British colonial government assembled a group of voluntary force to help out in the firefighting.
Thus came about the Central Fire Station.
It is designated as a national monument of Singapore.
Funan DigitaLife Mall
Asia’s leading IT shopping mall, is the one-stop haven that offers the latest, most innovative, and widest range of genuine and value-for-money IT and electronic gadgets. With credible and reliable tenants, shoppers at Funan are assured the best names at competitive prices in town without being ripped off or hassled.
With its extensive range and perfect blend of retail, restaurants and entertainment, there is something for every taste and interest! What’s more, I was surprised by being able to stay connected with the free unlimited Wireless Internet access the mall offers.
For tourists, there is even a Downtown Cash Refund counter within the mall to provide instant tax refund!
This mall reminds me of a mini Akihabara which has a Yamada Denki LABI Store similar in concept to Funan DigitaLife Mall.
Singapore has quite a number of similarities in common with Japan – I’m impressed!
From Funan DigitaLife Mall it was just a short walk toward Singapore River, where spectacular views of the night time illuminations could be had.
Along the way, we had to pass through Esplanade Park.
In the middle of the park, there was a Cenotaph, which is a war memorial located within the Esplanade Park.
The inscription at the base of The Cenotaph reads:
“They died that we might live.”
The Cenotaph was built in memory of the 124 British soldiers in Singapore who gave their lives in World War I, with a second dedication added in remembrance of those who died in World War II.
Continuing through the park…
Beautiful views of the illuminated skyscrapers in Singapore is a sight to behold!
Not long after, we reached the other end of the park – arriving in the area of the Esplanade.
The first thing we saw was a gigantic durian building!!
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
This “Durian” building is the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
This waterside building is located on about six hectares of land alongside Marina Bay near the Singapore River, built to be the center for performing arts for Singapore.
Taking its name from the nearby Esplanade area, it contains a Concert Hall which seats about 1,600 and a Theatre with a capacity of about roughly 2000, for the performing arts.
Now just beside the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is the beautifully lighted Esplanade Bridge.
The Esplanade Bridge is a 260 metre-long bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River in Singapore with the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on its northern abutment and the Merlion on the south.
The 70 metre-wide low-level concrete arched bridge has seven spans and supports two four-lane carriageways and walkways along both sides.
The bridge offers panoramic views of Marina South and the rest of Marina Bay, including the newly developed MBS.
On special occasions, the bridge closes to all road traffic to allow spectators and pedestrians to observe fireworks seen during special events like the National Day celebrations, New Year’s Eve and the Singapore Fireworks Celebrations…and more!
The beautiful stage comes to life with illuminations daily.
Across the river, the ArtScience Museum can be seen.
On the right side of the Helix Bridge, these structures complement each other very nicely!
The ArtScience Museum is housed within the lotus shaped structure, the one with a beam of light emerging right up the middle of it.
With MBS as the backdrop, everything becomes picture perfect!
As we walk thru the riverside mall, food & dining options, even bars and many other forms of entertainment, can all be had here.
You’ll be spoilt for choice!
(In a good way of course!)
Passed thru the mall, and we arrived at Marina Square; on the other side!
A Shopping Haven by the Bay
Flanked by world-class hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, Marina Mandarin and Pan Pacific, Marina Square is centrally located in the beautiful bay area, where you can Shop, Play, Eat and Relax, all under one roof.
At the heart of the bay, Marina Square allows access to and from Suntec City, Citylink Mall, Millenia Walk and the famous Esplanade theaters.
The mall is seamlessly connected to these places as well as Esplanade MRT Station, via the basement integrated walkway – the Marina Link!
With all the additional shopping and dining options it offers, you’ll definitely enjoy shopping all the way around Marina Square!
Also, the city’s unique attraction, The Singapore Flyer, is located a mere stone’s throw away from the mall.
At Marina Square, you’ll be able to sashay your way through fashion boutiques such as Bershka, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Zara and more.
Pop in to the Japanese lifestyle store MUJI, or check out the latest offerings from the department stores, John Little and Marks & Spencer – and see what they have to offer!
Diners can also be in for a treat at Marina Square’s gourmet zone, which features a myriad of quality gourmet dining options that include many exciting mid-to-upscale restaurants, bistros, café bakeries, patisseries and coffee joints.
From the latest fashion this season to the hottest gadgets in town, Millenia Walk is a one-stop modern oasis for the style-savvy shoppers as well as gourmets and gourmands alike.
Situated in the heart of Millenia Singapore, Millenia Walk is home to PARCO Marina Bay, the first fashion and lifestyle store outside Japan, as well as some of the best flagship stores like: Harvey Norman – specialist in electrical & electronics, IT and furniture.
Another well-worth mention is: Cortina Watch Espace – Asia’s largest watch gallery.
Creating the ultimate in open shopping design, Millenia Walk is a premier lifestyle shopping mall defined by a refreshing burst of color and an invitingly wide and spacious interior. Visitors may enjoy enriching lifestyle experiences in the mall’s aesthetically intelligent environment.
Providing a nice respite from shopping is the 280-metre-long private street by the Monument Square which offers Singapore’s only Park and Dine concept.
Here you will find a variety of international food and beverage outlets from Singapore’s very first microbrewery.Paulaner BrauhausPaulaner Brauhaus is the most well-known German restaurant and microbrewery in Singapore.
The three levels of Paulaner Brauhaus was divided into two sections.
The ground level was of pub setting with a live band stage complete with singers entertaining the crowd.
The two upper floors were the main dining hall where food took center stage. Traditional Bavarian décor and architectural design were prominent throughout, the wooden furnishing and dimmed overhead lamps provided a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.
Bugis+ is a megamall – just 5 minutes away from Bugis MRT, it’s located within the Bugis district of Singapore.
When we were there, this mega mall was formerly known as: Illuma.
Not long after, there was a change in ownership and the mall has since been renamed to: Bugis+.
The facade of the mall plays with the theme of light and illumination, having high-tech features such as a light- and media technology and displays.
The “Crystal Mesh” (a play on words?) facade envelops the convex part of the building and brightly lit billboards will scatter across its flatter sides, similar to those in New York’s Times Square. Its theme was inspired by its proximity to arts venues and tertiary institutions.
Inside the Bugis+ megamall, formerly: Illuma.
Notably, Bugis+ also features the largest Uniqlo store in Singapore.
View from the top of Bugis +, spectacular!
This futuristic looking building here is the NLB of Singapore.
NLB stands for: “National Library Board”.
Yes, that building which I mistook for an Alien Mothership from Galactus….is a Library!!
The National Library of Singapore!
Stay tuned for the finale, Days 5 & 6!!
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