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The Great Singapore Sale 2008

June 30th, 2008 by

You can tell a lot about a city by what it chooses to celebrates. The Philippine cities hold fiestas to honor their patron saints while Japan holds peach blossom festivals every April to cherish the blooming of its floral heritage . Singapore, which doesn’t have the centuries of culture, instead celebrates what its best known for: shopping and food.

Singapore City Skyline

Playing with its strengths, the Lion City holds The Great Singapore Sale (GSS, for short) this May 23 to July 20. For eight shopping-filled weeks, this event, co-organized every year by The Singapore Tourism Board and many other retail companies, stores, and malls, invites shoppers from all over Asia and beyond to participate in the many activities, discounts, and promos. GSS is definitely established as a shopping event that is not to be missed, even among international visitors who spent some $3.7 billion in 2006 on shopping in Singapore.

Here is a sample of the activities you can expect during the GSS:

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Singapore Walking Tours – Kampong Glam

June 27th, 2008 by

Kampong Glam is known as the ”Muslim quarter” of Singapore. Designated by Stanford Raffles as the residential section for Malays and Muslims way back in the 19th century, Kampong in Malay means “village” while Glam is short for ”Gelam”, a type of eucalyptus tree that once flourished in these parts. It is now a heritage site for its many mosques, palaces, and distinct buildings, and one of the best places to immerse yourself in Singapore.

Sultan Mosque, in Kampong Glam

A walking tour in Kampong Glam starts at the Malay Heritage Center at Sultan Gate. Once the palace (istana) of the ruling Sultans of Singapore, it has been restored as a heritage museum, with eight themed galleries, dioramas, multimedia, and other showcases. Cultural performances and workshops are held every Wednesdays and Sundays, such as sarong tying, batik painting, Malay martial arts (silat), and native music. The grounds are free to traverse but the museum entrance costs SGD 3.

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Unexpected Highlights

June 26th, 2008 by

Sri LankaSri Lanka weaves an amazing mix of attractive highlights – exotic wildlife, ancient ruins, temples, beaches and rolling tea plantations.

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Read more about other attractions in our Sri Lanka guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Sri Lanka tales section.

An Exotic Experience

June 26th, 2008 by

exotic plantsSample rural bliss in one of the most beautiful lakes in Southeast Asia. Myanmar’s Inle Lake is lush, pristine with its charming paddy fields and floating villages.

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Read more about other attractions in our Myanmar guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Myanmar tales section.

Get High in Hong Kong

June 25th, 2008 by

Anyone who has been to Hong Kong would normally rave about the great shopping experience, exquisite Chinese food, and the amazing sights! One great place to experience while in Hong Kong is the famous Victoria Peak, situated high above the dazzling Hong Kong skyline.

Hong Kong Skyline

Victoria Peak is on the western side of Hong Kong Island and is known to be the highest point in Hong Kong as it stands at 552 meters above sea level. This is a favorite among tourists, families, and even teenagers who are looking for some quiet time and would like to escape the busy life downtown. Enjoy a panoramic view that stretches from Victoria Peak to Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, New Territories and other islands of China as far as your eyes can take you.

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Singapore Walking Tours – Little India

June 23rd, 2008 by

Map of Singapore showing the location of Little IndiaIt’s to the benefit of Singapore that it contains completely different cultures within reach of a train ride. Walking tourists can thus experience a little bit of Asia all within one island. Such a great example would be the community of Little India.

Little India started off as the designated community for Indian laborers and immigrants under the urban planning of Sir Stanford Raffles back in the 19th century. Although the Indian populace is longer required to reside in this area, efforts have been made to keep the cultural heritage of this place alive. Little India is now the focal point of the Indian community of Singapore, and the last area where many of the traditional trades and practices still thrive.

The best place to start your walk is right off Little India MRT station at Exit C, facing Bukit Timah Road. A few shops down the path and you will see Tekka Market, a wet market that provides for the daily needs of the residents in the area. Along Dunlop Street is the Masjid Abdul Gapoor, a mosque that is fitted with a sundial at the entrance. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Places to Shop in Beijing

June 21st, 2008 by

Shopping in Beijing can be an exciting and exhilarating experience, however before you embark on your shopping expedition to Beijing’s many teeming malls and animated markets you should get to know the best places to find a bargain.

Oriental Plaza Beijing

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Dreamland of Jakarta

June 20th, 2008 by

I am still a kid… at heart, that is. I am fascinated by simple things like cotton candies, rainbows, chocolates, crayons and fireworks. I still watch cartoons and I still go to amusement parks. Yup, amusement parks! Whenever I visit a new country, I usually make it a point to include a visit to the amusement park in my travel itinerary.

So when I found myself in Indonesia, I didn’t stay in my Jakarta hotel long. I immediately headed off to one of their famous tourist spots – TAMAN IMPIAN JAYA ANCOL. It is highly recommended to bring a car or rent a private car that will bring you there. For foreign visitors, there is a taxi line available or you can simply call a taxi company like in order to arrange your trip to and from Ancol.


This amusement park, known as the largest in Jakarta, is located North of Jakarta and is said to be built on reclaimed land. There is an entrance free of Rp 10, 000 (US$ 1) per person and Rp 10, 000 (US$ 1) for each car. This recreation park offers both outdoor and indoor activities. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 3 Mountains of Japan

June 18th, 2008 by

Japan has a Great Three of about everything. It has its three great views, three great castles, three great night views and just about every three great something anyone could think of. One of the most impressive out of these three great everything is Japan’s three great mountains. These three mountains are considered the greatest among Japan’s numerous peaks and mountain ranges. Namely, these mountains are Mount Fuji, Mount Haku and Mount Tate. The Japanese term for Mountain is ‘Yama’ so Mount Fuji is also called Fujiyama, Mount Haku is Hakuyama, and Mount Tate is Tateyama. Sometimes, the ‘Mount’ is not removed so they can also be called Mount Fujiyama, Mount Hakuyama and Mount Tateyama (which seems very redundant).

Red Fuji by Hokusai

Mount Fuji needs no introduction. It is one of the most famous mountains in the world. With its majestic cone, this dormant volcano has been depicted in countless photographs and artworks over the years. Mount Fuji is the tallest among Japan’s three great mountains and all other mountains in Japan, towering at 12.388 feet above the ground.

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Eye-catching Attractions for the 2008 Olympics

June 16th, 2008 by

Considering the upcoming Olympics, Beijing certainly is an attractive destination for travelers and sport fans alike. The Chinese government expects to have more then 10 million square metres of construction finished this year. There are some bold projects and constructions we look forward to seeing in Beijing; here are some distractions, apart from the highly anticipated Olympic games.

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Unexpected Highlights

Sri LankaSri Lanka weaves an amazing mix of attractive highlights – exotic wildlife, ancient ruins, temples, beaches and rolling tea plantations. Bellhop Picks: Read more about other attractions in our Sri Lanka guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Sri Lanka tales section.
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