Your Singapore - 12 Ideas for an Exhilarating Year-End Experience in Singapore

by - Saturday, November 20, 2010

What can one do to release stress and let their hair down this year-end?

When it comes to December, the only thing that comes to my mind is shopping and a holiday, of course. So the first thing that popped in my mind was Singapore! My hometown and first choice holiday destination for my semester break. Where else can you find a place that is both an entertainment haven and a shopping paradise? And so close too!

Recently, a lot of Malaysia people went crazy because Uniqlo open their first outlet in Farenheit. In Singapore, I can easily find one in.

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There have few things/places that I am proud to share with you guys on what Singapore has to fulfill your needs and wants for a perfect weekend getaway.

To be honest, I will go back hometown to celebrate my Christmas and I will surely be entertained as there is so much to do but so little time.

I have 12 ideas below so don’t tell me I never inform you guys okay?

“12 IDEAS FOR AN EXHILIRATING YEAR-END EXPERIENCE IN SINGAPORE”

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1. Christmas Light-up

You know why I love December? It is not only my semester break but it is also the only time I can give presents to someone that I like. Oh ok, I joke only. Still don’t get what I mean? December = Christmas!

When?
20 Nov 2010-2 Jan 201

Where?
1, Orchard Road and Marina Bay

Why do a lot of people choose to celebrate Christmas at Singapore? Because Singapore celebrates Christmas with tremendous gusto and panache; you’ll find all of the above and much, much more, save of course, the snow and woolly clothes.

Shhhh…. Girls, let me tell you something… Two main shopping precincts in Orchard Road and the scenic Marina Bay area where streets and buildings will be decked out with fantastical lights and glitzy props, lending a joyous, magical feel to this starlit festive season plus great shopping deals. It is awesome right?

Pssstttt… Do not worry for those who can’t make it to Singapore on Christmas itself because Christmas celebrations start early in Singapore with the Christmas Light-Up beginning on 20 November 2010. Singapore’s iconic shopping avenue Orchard Road is renowned for its awesome street light-ups; going strong for 27 years. The street light-up theme varies every year and this year you can look forward to “A Starlit Christmas”. The 2.2-km stretch will be adorned with sparkling stars of varying hues in its three main areas – Tanglin, Orchard and Somerset. You’ll find all the usual seasonal trimmings here too, from street performers and carolers to beautifully decorated storefronts. What’s more, tourists will also get to enjoy open top bus rides to view the dazzling lights.

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2. ZoukOut 2010

Have you heard what will happen on 11 Dec at Sentosa?

Let me tell you something.

It is all about to celebrate 10 years of great music, love and unforgettable memories. ZoukOut, the most eagerly anticipated event this side of the globe, get ready to have another memorable nightout on the beach as you party from dusk to dawn.

When?
Saturday 11 December 2010, 8pm-8am

Where?
Siloso Beach @ Sentosa, Singapore

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3. Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

How about something that has been gone from this world back to life?
It is sounds so interesting right? Can you imagine a pre-historic giant standing, walking and roaring right before your eyes?

When?
1-10 December 2010

Where?
Singapore Indoor Stadium

After 65 million years, they’re back roaming the arenas of the world in an extraordinary theatrical production! Watch 20 life-sized dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus rex, rule the Earth again!

Yes! You hear that? Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the planet dazzle you in this $25 million production, set to captivate young and old alike. Be there as they fight for survival and supremacy. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you’ll know the dinosaurs really have returned! Make sure you have your seat to see them. Visit www.dinosaurlive.com.sg for a preview.

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4. Valentino Retrospective Past/Present/Future

For the fashionsta, you’ll be thrilled to know that Valentino is having an exhibition in Singapore this year end. The exhibition is to celebrate the extraordinary talents Valentino Garavani and will feature 100 haute couture designs from the late 1950s through to the designer’s last collection in 2008.

When?
15 December 2010 to 31 January 2011

Where?
Resorts World Sentosa

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5. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2010/11

If you still have yet to decide where you want to celebrate the New Year, why not go to Marina Bay Singapore to for the New Year countdown? It will be really cool? I still remember back then when most of the weekend, after class, my classmates and I will go to Marina Bay for some nice cocktail and beautiful scenery.

When?
31 Dec 2010

Where?
Marina Bay, Singapore

For those who do not know, Marina Bay quickly becoming the new downtown, there’s no better place to usher in the New Year. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Marina Bay Sands and icons like the Esplanade and The Helix, join the locals and get a taste of a good old Singapore-style party.

If you think it is just a place for you to watch some hot chicks or at least nice scenery, why not we have a good time with bunch of friends/family be entertained by musical and dance numbers by both local and international artists, then look on in awe as the extraordinary display of fireworks and pyrotechnics herald the arrival of 2011.

www.marina-bay.sg/countdown

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6. Siloso Beach Party

If you think you are party animal, show me the proof. There will be an awesome party, better than a club party, at Siloso Beach on 31 Dec. Will you be there?

Escape from the city and count down to the New Year at Asia’s Grooviest Beach Party. Expect a night of non-stop music, with 10 hours of partying and lots of fireworks across several party zones. Join in the fun!

When?
31 December 2010

Where?
Resorts World Sentosa

Pssstttt… I have some interesting stuff to tell you. There will be more than one kilometre of beach that you can dance the night away. Relax at the new Chill-Out stage, dive into the signature foam pool and recharge with an array of food and drinks before hitting the sandy dance floor once more. The Main Arena is the place to be at midnight; this year’s Party boasts a big line-up of world-renowned DJs, and both local and international bands.

Backed by a colourful collection of fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and other performers, you’ll have no trouble staying awake until 2011’s first sunrise hits the shores of Siloso Beach.

www.sentosa.com.sg/silosobeachparty

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7. Clarke Quay New Year’s Eve Countdown Party 2010

If Kuala Lumpur has Changkat Bukit Bintang, in Singapore we have Clarke Quay. Only difference is, Clark Quay is located along the river side. If you love to dine on western food and enjoy drinks with your friends while enjoying the tranquil riverside, this is one place you would not want to miss it.

When?
31 December 2010

Where?
Central Square, Clarke Quay

*excited face* Home to some of Singapore’s hottest night spots, Clarke Quay offers all kind of ways to welcome in the New Year. Following up on last year’s circus spectacular theme, the whole of Clarke Quay will be transformed into a party zone with a new and exciting theme. Hopping between the establishments at Clarke Quay is like going on a whirlwind world tour. You can soak in the chilled-out Moroccan ambience at Marrakesh, groove to the Latin rhythms at Cuba Libre and Azzucar! and tell a tall tale or two at Mulligan’s Irish Pub.
www.clarkequay.com.sg

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8. Riverdance

If you are bored with salsa, breakdance and normal dance, why not try some tap dancing at Singapore’s gleaming new Sands Theater at the Marina Bay Sands, the original international phenomenon RIVERDANCE is returning to Singapore and for 16 performances only!

YES! Let’s me highlight one more time.

16 performances only!

When?
30 November to 12 December 2010

Where?
Marina Bay Sands

For those who do not know what it is all about, RIVERDANCE features 31 performers including the remarkable Riverdance Irish Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians, and an impressive array of talents from around the globe, all performing to composer Bill Whelan’s enchanting Grammy Award-winning music and lyrics.

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9. Shopping at Orchard Road

Need an explanation about it? Just ask anybody who is a shopping freak and they will tell you that Orchard Road is the best shopping spot in Singapore. For those who do not know, a brand new retail experience awaits you at the ION Orchard, with more than 600,000 square feet of shopping space spanning over eight floors. The ground level houses luxury brands such as Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna and Louis Vuitton, while the basement levels are endlessly packed with shoppers from all walks of life – from students and nine-to-five workers, all drawn by the wide variety of high street brands such as Topshop, Fred Perry and Armani Exchange.

The good news for those who already plan or still thinking whether you should shop in Singapore rather than Uniqlo at Kuala Lumpur, I have good news. From 20 Nov 2010 to 2 Jan 2011, receive a $10 shopping voucher from VISA when you charge a minimum of $200 nett (maximum 2 same-day, same-mall receipts) at the following malls: 313@ somerset, Forum The Shopping Mall, ION Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Ngee Ann City/Takashimaya, Orchard Central, Paragon Shopping Centre, TANGS Orchard, The CentrePoint, The Heeren and Wisma Atria. Limited to the first 50 VISA cardholders per day. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please visit

www.visagoexplore.com or www.orchardroad.sg

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10. Sky Symphony Countdown

I have never been in any cable car *puppy eyes*. Not even the Genting cable car. If you plan to go to Singapore for the countdown this yea, the iconic cable cars of The Jewel Box, fresh from a makeover, will be welcoming the New Year in a most anticipated way.
When?
31 December 2010

Where?
The Jewel Box

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11. Sands SkyPark

Let me tell you something, the Sands SkyPark is an awe-inspiring engineering wonder. Why I say so? This unique structural masterpiece, designed by visionary architect Moshe Safdie, floats atop the three soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel towers 200m in the sky. Stretching longer than the Eiffel tower laid down or four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets, with an impressive 12,400 square meters of space, the Sands SkyPark can host up to 3,900 people.

*inception movie in my mind* The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world. From this privileged observation deck, hundreds of visitors at a time can feast their eyes on the unforgettable panorama view. With the Sands SkyPark pool and Observation Deck open, take in the astounding features!

Let me highlight one more time:
Designed by visionary architect Moshe Safdie. Floats atop the three soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel towers 200m in the sky. Stretching longer than the Eiffel tower laid down or four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets.

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12. Universal Studios Singapore

Last but not least, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE! I went there 2 times before and what I can tell you is, I WANT GO AGAIN!

Yes, I still remember the 1st day I went to the theme park, it was during their opening, and I only paid $20 for a tour. If you want experience blockbuster adventures like never before this is the answer for it.

For Malaysians who want to save cost, ask me. I can give you tips how to go Universal Studio Singapore with low budget.

Some information regarding Universal Studios Singapore, It is located in Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia's first ever Hollywood movie theme park. Packed with 24 rides and attractions, 18 of which are unique to Singapore, this sprawling entertainment playground is set to take you on a journey of thrills and spills. From the glamour of Hollywood zone to the world's tallest dueling roller coaster or get wet and wild at Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, you just name it. There have a lot of thing that you can do there. Need me to tell you more?

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By the way, if you would like to win a free 3D2N trip to Singapore for 12 very special experiences (not all of the above but some of the above) make sure you join the Light-Up Christmas in Singapore contest from 18 Nov till 8 Dec. Click on the link HERE and invite 12 friends to help light-up the YourSingapore logo.

Your logo will only be lighted up when you friend clicks on the link sent to them via email. The fastest to light up the logo will win an iPod Shuffle daily and the top ten of each day will be in the running for the Grand Prize. Don’t lose out on this opportunity!

In the meantime, those who plan to go to Singapore this year-end, do let me know. I will be there in December since it is a semester break & time for me to have a holiday with my family.

*Home sweet home*

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