Thursday, December 31, 2009

Shopping down under...

Down under Malaysia that is....

Started our shopping expedition at Bugis Junction. Why Bugis Junction? You would have to ask the boss for the answer. I'm just the tour guide/bag carrie/photographer/etc.

While waiting for the bosses to return from their pillage (and supporting the Singapore economy) I managed to get a few pictures of some children playing in the fountain at Bugis Junction. This is almost like a mini-attraction in this part of Singapore.

After doing our part for the Bugis economy. We headed to the mecca of shopping in Singapore, Orchard Road to do our part in supporting the economy of our southern neighbor.

I'm told this years Christmas decorations were not as good... maybe they look better at night or maybe its the recession. COME ON PEOPLE, SINGAPORE NEEDS YOUR HELP otherwise next year you'll have to bring your own Christmas decorations to Orchard Road.

After Orchard we headed to the Marina Bay area.

We stumbled upon an exercise session for those who had too much Christmas pudding.

Some shots from around the area. The Fullerton Hotel.

Clark Quay or issit Boat Quay. BTW, Quay is not pronounces as 'ke-way', its 'key'.

As this river will be part of Singapore's fresh water supply, the Singapore government has spared no expense to clean up the river. Its so clean that some kids decided to jump in for a swim.

Our very own Maybank in Singapore.

Spot the boss... and the shopping...

The Marina Bay Sand 'Integrated Resort', apparently we are not supposed to use the word 'Casino'. Most impressive. Worth a visit once it opens in 2010.

The white stuff floating in the bay is from some New Years celebration event in Singapore. Thousands of balls were released into the bay.

The Singapore Flyer, please do not call it the Eye over Singapore. Its the Singapore Flyer! Attached to it is the tallest 'Christmas Tree' in Singapore.

Maybe they haven't seen our Malaysian version. All it needs is some Christmas decorations.

The famous Singapore Durian. Don't know the real name so dunno what else to put down but everyone knows that its called the Singapore Durian.

As we were heading from the 'Durian' to the nearest MRT station, there was an 'art' exhibition in the walkway...

A final picture from our mission to support the Singaporean economy.

Exploring the land down under...

Exploring the land down under..... under Malaysia, that is.

Had a long break over Christmas and New Year holidays and decided to take the kids to Singapore.

Now where's the map?

Guess where we're at?

No, they're not last minute Christmas shoppers on Orchard road....

We're at the Singapore Zoo!!!




No really.... real elephants!

Gives new meaning to the term turning on a dime.

That looks exhausting.

Polar bear.

Rhinothesaurus.... err where's my spell check.

Even my 2-year old daughter knows what these are so no description required.

The reptile section.

And finally...

Now where did I put my deodorant?

Overall, the Singapore Zoo was great. It was very well designed and as 'natural' as a zoo could be. The zoo was also quite large and very natural. There was a play area for children which had a mini water park also. Didn't get any pictures of that but it was worth the trip over there.

Now, need to visit our own Zoo Negara for some comparisons.