Singapore, Day 3 – Icons of the Little Red Dot

3rd in a series

Previously in this series:

Summit 2019 – Singapore

Singapore, Day 2 – Home Ideas & Swedish Meatballs

We went to the Bugis area in the morning to do more shopping and to buy some souvenirs. We also went to the Mustafa Centre located near Little India. This is a good place to buy large packs of chocolates that are not usually found back home, in the Philippines.

Late afternoon we went to the Marina Bay area. A local “uncle” was peddling Wall’s ice cream at the Esplanade Park. Given the hot weather, we didn’t think twice buying. Average maximum temperatures in Singapore (usually within the first two quarters of the year) range from 30-31 degrees Celsius*. This day was no exception. We thought it a good idea to cool down with some ice cream sandwich.

*This trip was about seven-or-so months ago as of this writing. Hence, the reference to the usually hotter weather months.

We made our way over to the other side of the Anderson Bridge, passing by the refurbished Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall (on the right side) on the way up and with the view of the Esplanade to the left from the bridge itself.

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View of the Esplanade from the Anderson Bridge

At the end of the bridge is Singapore‘s first Starbucks Give-back store and its 100th.

At the Fullerton Road facing the direction of the Central Business District, stood before me one of Singapore‘s most famous and iconic landmarks, The Fullerton (in the foreground). A one time post office building, hospital, administrative office, etc., it was refurbished to be a hotel and opened officially as such in 2001. I remember there were proposals before to do the same for the Manila Post Office. It’s not a far-fetched idea if you ask me.

We were really just stone’s throw away from the Marina Bay from where we were standing. ‘Just a few moments now’, I thought to myself, ‘and I will see the Merlion’.

Alas! The iconic mythical creature was nowhere to be found. Apparently, at the time, it was being renovated. I took a selfie but it doesn’t feel complete without it. Now I have an excuse to go back 😂.

Na-excite. Na-disappoint. Nag selfie. (beh)

If it’s any consolation though, just behind where the Merlion once stood gloriously, is its small replica. This will do for now.

Across the bay is one of Singapore‘s latest attractions – the Marina Bay Sands.

We made our way to the direction of the Esplanade which was easily distinguished by its durian shape. Durian is that famous Southeast Asian fruit with a hard, spiky shell and with a strong odor and taste that could easily put anyone on the fence whether to like it or not. People can have opinions about it just as strongly as the fruit’s characteristics are, it seems.

Entrance to the Esplanade

Philippines represent! The Philippine Madrigal Singers were scheduled to have a concert here.

What do you make of this art installation below? It’s called Insignificant Meaningful.

Thai artist Torlarp Larpjaroensook utilized everyday, ordinary objects symbolic of the different Asian cultures, reminding us of the syncretic nature of our societies – lunch boxes, thermos flasks, vases, plates and bowls made from materials like ceramic, enamel and wood. These found objects from daily life are charged with meaning as they tell the past, present and future stories of those who owned and used them. Viewed as a single ensemble, it becomes a timeless metaphor for human migration.

I found this LED magnetic frame in one of the stores inside the Esplanade. It glows in the dark! Which reminds me, we just watched the Avengers movie the night before at the Tampines mall. I would have bought this if I were a true, blue Avengers/Marvel junkie.

We went to Bugis afterwards to meet up with a friend, do more shopping and have dinner.

It’s always a nice thing catching up with old friends, having good conversations and sharing laughter with each other, especially over good food.

As if we haven’t been indulging ourselves enough, we even had to go to the InterContinental to have some coffee and tea (hmmm 🤔 … somebody’s taking the ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’ water, huh? 💦 Maybe a tad too much? 😅)

The Lobby Lounge of the InterContinental Singapore

Some night cap it was. A day well spent meeting the icons of the city and catching up with old friends. Happy times, indeed! 😁💯🇸🇬

Art In The Park 2016

It was a hot Sunday morning, the day we visited Art In The Park – a once in a year event that features affordable art held at the Salcedo Park in Makati. But it was a good day to take pictures – clear and full of sunshine. I would strongly suggest though, that one wear or bring some kind of protective covering, like a hat or umbrella, and sunscreen, especially if you intend to visit between morning to late afternoon.

This event is sort of like a one-stop shop of your favorite artworks and artists. One would surely enjoy the variety of art on display here.

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My friend was able to buy her very first art piece by the artist Isagani Fuentes, called “Structures”.

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I had to admit that due to the volume of artwork in this place, I find curating, or the tagging/labeling of the pieces correctly (like to which artist, what title, from which gallery, and what not) to be a little daunting. So, maybe you can just scroll away and enjoy the photos for now 😀

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Meet MENTO 😛

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It seems like Instaroid prints are becoming an “in” thing in events these days. There is one available here as well, sponsored by a known telco, where you can stick two of the printed photos to the metal sculpture displayed near the entrance of the park. They printed two pairs, so the other two you can keep for yourself.

There are also food stalls in the venue in case you get hungry (which you will) during your visit.

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We were supposed to be joined by another friend with his dog. Unfortunately, the park doesn’t allow this cute bundle of fur inside, so we just had to meet them at the entrance. Aaawww…

Guys, meet Stella 😀

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After some time, we were feeling tired and exhausted and was thinking of freshening up somewhere indoors. Incidentally, we’ve learned from the Altro Mondo Gallery’s booth that there is a showing of Wes Anderson films happening at The Picasso Residences nearby. So off we went. Unbeknownst to us however, another surprise is waiting. But, I’m gonna have to leave you hanging on the details for now, as it is yet for the next blog entry 😀