Daytrip in Singapore

If you have a week in Singapore. It is loads of things to fill your days with. Some of these things should get a whole day reserved to them.

One of my favorites is Singapore Botanic Gardens. This is a huge park in the middle of Singapore. It is a perfect place to go for walks, runs or just to relax in the sun. You can take loads of beautiful pictures of flowers and if you hang around long enough you are sure to see a couple of animals like turtles, fishes, swans, squirrels and maybe even a Varan. They have a beautiful orchid garden, a concert scene, a Jurassic walk and so on. Really a place to learn and relax.

If you would like to go on a boat trip, “Cheng ho” harbor cruise is a good pick. On the cruise you get served high tea (tea with some different cakes and sandwiches) and a guide tell you about the Singapore harbor as we pass it. The boat stop at an Temple Island were you get some time to walk around and experience it. It is stunning.

On a nice sunny day you should go to the East Coast and rent a bike. It is perfectly maintained for bike trips along the cost. Beautiful cost line, beautiful beaches very good sea food and just all in all a good bike trip to take for a day.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. After so much sea you would maybe like to experience to real jungle. At Bukit Timah you have a wide range of paths to take that lead you up to the Bukit Timah Summit. You can take a short direct route or take the longer once that will lead you deeper in to the jungle. If you are lucky you can bump in to a couple of monkeys hanging around. Be sure to check the weather report before you go, because in the jungle they have their own little weather system. So even if the rest of Singapore is sunny it may rain and thunder in the jungle.

Pulau Ubin is another place to go for a bike trip. This is a little island that still look like Singapore use to look like. Here you can rent a bike and experience the whole island in just some hours. Here you can see some real wild jungle and maybe even a snake if you are lucky.

Another island to visit is Sentosa Island. This is a very different island, more like a team park. Here they have Universal Studios team park, Hard Rock cafe and hotel, Segways, beaches and so much more. It is a island of fun that is cheap and easy to get to. Fun for the whole family sort of a thing.

These are just some suggestions on what to do for a daytrip in Singapore. If you want to see some more of these places have a look at the video below.

Rome sweet Rome

Yesterday we arrived in Rome. We managed to get to the hotel and fell a sleep. So now we have 3 days in Rome and we will try to see it all. Rome is very different from Tokyo. While Tokyo is modern and urban, Rome is old and antic. The Japanese people is very private and its hard to get to know them. While in Italy it don´t take long before someone talk to you. In Tokyo you eat suhi, in Rome you eat pizza. So a little bit of everything!

The first day we are just starting with a walk. We manage to find Colosseum and since we are so lucky to be in Rome under the cultural week, of everything, so we got in to Colosseum for FREE! Yey, thats perfect for two poor students stuck in Rome. So that mean that we would get in for free in a lot of cultural places. But first Colosseum. Its huge! And beautiful and magnificent. Its amazing that they cud build something that big for that long time ago, and it still stands! Can we say the same about the houses we are building these days? I don´t think so.

After you have seen the Colosseum you go across the road past the Arch of Constantine to Forum. Forum is the old city center. Here they have dug out old beautiful buildings, you can almost see how the old city looked like before. Its nice just to walk around take it easy, just admire the view.

After that the trip went to Fontana di Trevi. A gorgeous fountain that is also the most know one in Rome. The legend say that if you trow a coin in the fountain you will come back to Rome again. For my part it have worked so far. For almost 3 years ago I was in Rome with my dad and we threw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi. Three year later Im back! So maybe I will get a chance one more time to get back to beautiful Rome in the future, Dave too.

Next was Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish stairs. It is really crowded as every other place in Rome, and really beautiful. Young and old people were siting on the stair, bathing in the sun. It really pop out from everything around, because its so white. It was really warm that day, so we didn´t manage to stay there too long and kept on going.

“It got it´s name because it´s next to the Spanish embassy” Dave Brett

We also went and took a look at St. Peters Basilica, but we will visit that tomorrow. For dinner we found Rome´s Hard Rock Cafe. Its become a tradition, we have to visit every Hard Rock Cafe in the city we are in. Its really interesting to see what is different and how the food is. After that we walked tired back to out awesome hotel, ready for a good night sleep.

Stranded in Tokyo

Today was the big to do day. We had met up with Victoria, another stranded person and a friend of Dave. We decided to take this as a opportunity to see more of Tokyo. We started with buying a all day pass at the subway station, whit this we cud get everywhere. After that we took Victoria back to Ginza street for some sightseeing and shopping. Since we had been there before we didn´t feel the urge to stay long and went on.

We visited a lot of stores, took some pictures in a strange automat, visited Swallowtail a butler cafe instead of he more usual maid cafe. Well when I say visited Swallowtail it was more looking at the sign, finding out that you have to reserve a table and the turn around and went to Starbucks instead. After Starbucks we went to Sunshine City a known shopping mall. It was really big, just like we had heard, but so is everything else in Tokyo. But its also so much more, its a observatory, museum, aquarium, planetarium, hotel and theatre. We just saw the shopping mall though.

After that we went back to Shibuya. Here we finally found the statue of Hachico. The story about the dog Hachico is really cute. It was this professor that found a puppy all alone on the Shibuya station. He took the puppy as his own. Every day the dog followed him to the station and waited there all day, until the professor came back again at night. One day the professor died at work, but the dog kept on coming to the station every day. Waiting for its owner until it died. And now its a statue of it at Shibuya station.

And the we went to Grand Cyber Cafe B@gus. Its a cafe where you pay for each hour you stay. Then you can eat as much ice cream you want, drink as much as you want, se as many films, play as many games, surf as much as you want online. Its kind of cool, but also a little bit creepy. You get a little box to be in so no one else can see what you are doing. So people can do everything inside those boxes, everything… Anyway its till a must do.

At the end of the day we went to Roppongi and Hard Rock cafe. It´s become a kind of tradition, to visit all the Hard Rock cafes we can find in each country we visit. At least we know its good and safe food, and they are really cool to eat at I think 🙂 A nice way to end the day.