Dr. Jose Rizal once said “Ang hindi lumingon sa pinaggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” (He who does not look back at where he came from will not reach his destination.) Reason why I thought it important that my kids learn about their paternal grandfather’s (and aunts) as well as their dad’s second home, Singapore. It was also to somehow help me and my mom feel better about the loss of my dad. We did enjoy our trip then though I forgot to take a photo of sis-in-law. 😀 Here’s some of the things we did on Singapore Trip with The Family.
Took a shot of the Merlion as soon as I saw it on the first night. Being the most iconic symbol of Singapore, it is depicted as a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. It is widely used as a mascot aside form being the national personification of Singapore.
There are a number of smaller statues around Singapore but there are only 5 recognized by the Singapore Tourism board and they are as follows:
- The 8.6-metre-tall original statue at Merlion Park
- The two-metre-tall cub statue standing behind the original statue
- The 37-metre-tall gigantic replica – with Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck on the ninth storey, another viewing gallery on its head and Sentosa Merlion Shop, and capable of shining laser beams from its eyes – at Sentosa Island
- The three-metre-tall glazed polymarble statue at Tourism Court (near Grange Road) completed in 1995
- The three-metre-tall polymarble statue placed on Mount Faber’s Faber Point
The Merlion is easily one of the most bought souvenir by tourists.
We explored Sentosa on our first day, the name translates to “peace and tranquility” in Malay, but it was abuzz with people from all walks of life, long queues on the attractions and bus lines – but thank goodness, people are patient all around. We boarded a cable car from Mount Faber station. My older son was very curious looking down below his feet to see the water as the gondola moves.
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
We went into the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom and as expected, our little boy was very happy and was in awe at the creatures. Coming from a city that’s relatively cold most of the year, he only sees them birds and chickens in zoos – Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace’s zoo has a display of tropical plants and desert insects and equatorial fauna in its grounds.
The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom has (as mentioned above) birds and chickens on display too, which we thought would be enough and we decided to not go at the Jurong Bird Park anymore.
Next stop would be the Underwater World, the travelator proved to be both useful and fun for the kids. Little boy didn’t get too tired and the constant complaints from the older boy was also gone. 😀 The creatures hovering above them kept them real busy as well as the touching of those fish and other marine creatures that they were allowed.