Zipline at Mitra’s Ranch

Zipline… I can’t believe that it has been started in Palawan. A year ago, there was nothing but now, it is growing. Why? Last December 2010, the Ugong Rock Zipline had started and after a few months, a brave soul invested on this business at Mitra’s Ranch. A Bicolano entrepreneur rented the spare land below the hill and made it the latest “tourist spot”.

mitra's ranch ziplineRancho Zipline Adventure at Mitra’s Ranch started it’s operation on March 26, 2011. It has 3 stations. The 1st station isΒ  the longest, around 350m long while the 2nd and 3rd station have almost the same length. For P500 only, you can have fun and excitement together with your friends. Though it is not that high compared to Ugong Rock Zipline. No age limit as well as weight limit. πŸ˜€

mitra's ranch ziplineI was curious how come Rancho Zipline has “no age and weight limit” unlike others. According to the lady selling souvenirs near the zipline area, the materials used to this project are all new and in high quality. It only means that your life is safe with their hands as you face your fear of heights. πŸ˜‰

city tourhelmets for safety

city tourthe 350m, first station

city tourgoing down

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A Short Walk in Jonker Street

Jonker Street, the center street of Chinatown in Melaka, was once famous for its antique shops but over the years it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The best time to be at Jonker Street is on Friday and Saturday nights where there is aΒ  night market that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes. You would see traders along the street who put up stalls to sell their products. Some of the locals convert their houses to food stalls where you can get a glimpse of their unique architectural designs.

Jonker Street

a local restaurant

local shops

Hokkien Huay Kuan; Ancestral House


Carrot & Raddish Cake @ 50 sen/pc

Dodol Melaka: home made delicacy made from coconut & brown sugar

ice candies

Honey lime juice

sugar lollies

candies

Gula Melaka Store

Yummy!

Ingredients: coco milk, syrup, grass jelly & beans

Jonker Walk

souv! πŸ˜‰

 

Singapore Trip: Sentosa Island

Going to Sentosa Island had never been difficult for us though it made our travel a bit longer than usual. Since Sentosa Boardwalk has already opened on the 30th of January, a couple of weeks before our arrival, I encouraged hubby to go to Sentosa by foot. The heat of the sun wasn’t a problem at all because the Boardwalk is covered with fiber glass. Aside from that, using the travellator would make your walk to Sentosa faster than what you thought.

travellator at Sentosa Boarwalk

along Sentosa Boardwalk

Sentosa Boardwalk

at Sentosa

 

Entry to Sentosa Boardwalk costs $1 using EZ link card for quick access. Well, it is much cheaper than taking the train at Vivo City for $3. πŸ˜‰ We were not able to explore that much the Boardwalk because of the scorching heat of the sun. Like what I always say, there is always a next time. But when?! Lol! The first attraction that we had seen was the Universal Studios. USS ticket for adults costs $66 on weekdays and $72 on weekends while kids age 3-12 can get a ticket for $48 on weekdays and $52 on weekends.

 

entrance to USS

USS globe

Candy Tree of Candylicious

Candy bucket of Candylicious

got it?!

The Thinker

Merlion Park

Flower Garden at Imbiah Lookout

Skyline, $12/pax

 

How did we go back to Vivo City? Taking the train to Vivo City was our only option for we had to go back again (for the 3rd time) to the Fountain of Wealth before our flight. We took the train at Little Imbiah Station. Geee, it was free! Teehee! ;))

 

Tips:

  • Go to Sentosa by walking through the boardwalk for $1 only. (ez link card)
  • Use the train in going back to Vivo City, free of charge.
  • Best time to get around Sentosa is 4pm.
  • Water in the drinking fountain is drinkable.


 

 

Singapore Trip: Sands Skypark

Marina Bay Sands was the latest tourist attraction in Singapore. It is the only hotel with three towers interconnected by a 1 hectare sky terrace, popularly known as the Sands Skypark. The skypark has the widest elevated swimming pool in the world that has an overlooking view of the city. Whoa!

aerial view of the skypark from designboom.com

Upon learning that the Sands Skypark has an observation deck that tourists can visit, I made it a point that hubby and I wouldn’t miss it. The day hubby had seen the Marina Bay Sands, he was too excited when he learned that we’ll be going to its sky terrace on our last day in Singapore. πŸ˜‰ Since the Sands Skypark opens at 10:00 am, we decided to go there early. From Suntec City, we walked back to Promenade MRT Station and headed to Raffles Avenue. The Sands Skypark is located at the back of the mall but crossing the street is not possible. We had to get inside the mall, went to the basement and turned left to reach the hotel as well as the ticketing office only to find out that the observation deck in the infinity pool area was not accessible to the public due to a private function being held that time. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel would be having their grand opening later in the evening, an event that shouldn’t be missed. Too bad for us because we would be flying back to Manila at 6:00 pm. πŸ˜₯ The idea of re-scheduling our flight came to our mind but we had decided to take the opportunity since we were already there. Each ticket costs $20 but we were able to get it at $18 for becoming a Premier Advantage member of the Sands Skypark. Registration is free. All you have to do is to show your passport and fill-out a membership form.

The wooden floor ofΒ  sky terrace

view of the infinity pool

skyscrapers in the city

breathtaking view

Marina Barrage

see the Esplanade Theater?

see the flyer?

We had also seen the on-going construction at the MBS, the Gardens by the B ay which will be another tourist attraction in the area. It consists of three unique waterfront gardens which are Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The Bay South, being the largest among the three, aims to showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. Conservatories, supertrees, horticultural themed gardens, flower market and main event space are the attractions that will definitely fascinate everyone.

Gar dens by the Bay

Conservatories: Flower Dome & Cloud Forest

Supertrees, tree-like structures

 

We’ll definitely go back at the Marina Bay Sands not as tourists but as guests of course so that we can experience swimming on top of the building while enjoying the astounding beauty of the city. πŸ˜‰

 

A big THANK YOU once again to my hubby for his wonderful photos. <wink>

 


Singapore Trip: Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, with the height of 120 ft, that is now becoming an outing spot for many people because of its unique shape and amazing beauty. Another architectural wonder in Singapore, if I may say. We had been to this place through a friend’s recommendation (my sister’s friend, Cris). Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to mention how to get there that’s why I kept on googling around but found no exact directions.

Henderson Waves

Since we had no idea how to get there, hubby and decided to go there by foot. It took us half an hour on reaching the place. Whew! Not that bad! The bridge is really beautiful with its giant wave structures. You wouldn’t even feel that your walking on a bridge that connects Mt. Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. If you don’t feel like going to those parks, you can stay on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view around you or just sit there while having a bite.

From Telok Blangah Hill Park

the bridge lighted by LED at night

couples dating on the bridge

wooden floor of the bridge

the view of the city

Bus Stop to Harbour Front or Vivo City

 

 

Best time to go there:

  • Morning: between 6:00-8:00 am. Enjoy the fresh and cool air.
  • Evening: between 7:00-11:30 pm. Enjoy the beauty of the bridge lighted with LED.

 

How to get there:

  • By Bus:
    From Vivo City, exit the main road and walk to bus stop 14121 then take Bus 131 or 145. Alight at the 4th stop along Henderson Road. Cross the street and take the staircase up to Telok Blangah Hill. Go up until you see the big signage of the bridge.
  • By Car:
    Parking is available at Mount Faber Carpark D (17 lots) and Telok Blangah Hill Park Carpark 1 (17 lots) & Carpark 2 (total 39 lots)

****Thanks to my hubby for the wonderful photos he took. πŸ˜‰

Singapore Trip: Chinatown

Chinatown has been known to tourists not only for the souvenir items that can be bought here at an affordable price. This place shows how the Chinese community was able to retain their history and culture which became significant to other tourists visiting the place.

 

 

Chinatown Map

 


We rode a double-decker bus in going to Chinatown. As we got-off the bus, we headed to Pagoda Street and looked for something that we can buy. Hubby won’t go back to the Philippines without a coffee mug of Singapore. πŸ˜€ To tell you honestly, all the items there are expensive. In fact, you can even buy some of those items in Divisoria which are a lot cheaper pa! But if you were really looking for some items as pasalubong to your family and friends, go to Trengganu Street (connects Smith Street, Temple Street and Pagoda Street) and look for the store that sells cheap keychains in bulk. If you get hungry, that wouldn’t be a problem. There are many hawker food centers that can be found in the area.

 

 

Pagoda Street

 

Sago Street

 

Smith Street

 

Keychains being sold in Trengganu Street

 

Sri Mariamman Temple

 

Sri Mariamman Temple and Pagoda Street

 

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

 

Inside the temple

 

 

 

Along Pagoda Street, we saw the ice cream vendor selling the ice cream that we were dying to taste. Are you familiar with that logo? Yup, it’s the same logo of Selecta ice cream but it’s Wall’s in Singapore even in Malaysia. πŸ˜‰ Ice cream can be bought in a rainbow sandwich but we preferred wafer. xoxo. It’s being sold for $1 (P34), quite expensive but it tastes good! If only I was not suffering from cough, I would buy another one. Lol!

 

 

Ice cream vendor in Pagoda Street, near the temple

 

my pick: cheese with corn in wafer: $1


hubby’s pick: chocolate chips in wafer: $1

 

 

Singapore Trip: Istana Park, Fort Canning Park & MICA Building

From Little India, we took the train in going to Dhoby Ghaut Station. We had seen some malls which some tourists usually visit for photo-ops and not for shopping purposes. πŸ˜€ Why we went to Orchard Road? Hmmm… I was looking for the ice cream vendor to buy ice cream of course! πŸ˜‰ Thinking that it was suchΒ  a waste of time in going to Orchard Road for we had not seen even his shadow, we dragged ourselves and started to find our way to MICA Building. Little did we know that we would find beautiful places along the road…

 

Heritage Park

Istana Park

Giraffe Bar & Restaurant

Festival Arch at Istana Park

Care to sit and relax?

Fort Canning Park

Clark Quay across Fort Canning Park

Colorful windows of MICA Building

MICA Building in Hill Street

The Big Bang

 

 

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