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Sri Mariamman Temple – Singapore’s oldest Hindu located in Chinatown

Meet my favorite friends in Chinatown..

Oh Boy..it’s Tin Tin!

Blistering barnacles…Captain Haddock!

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Finally, I was on my long waited train journey.  Boarded “Senandung Sutera” from KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur  to Woodlands, Singapore on Friday night. I gave my brother, who is on job in the lion city, a visit. It was a night trip and after few stops at designated train stations (some stations still retains the pre-independence wood build) along the way, my coach finally reached Woodlands Immigration Gate at 8am.

Lengthy stop at one the small stations in Johor

Old Station..pre-independence structure

at 7am…still on Malaysia track

catching some wind…

I was delighted to be relived from 7hours of back-breaking posture on my seat, trying to sleep along the way. I learned a lesson of not wanting to get a berth for the night. How some of the other passengers can give loud snore along the way, I wondered. I checked through the immigration and the exit route directed me to a taxi stand which relatively different from most part of Malaysia. Here, passengers need to queue in a long line before can hop into an incoming  taxi.

With a container packed with Durian from home, instructed by my parents to deliver it to my brother, I was a bit nervous if I would be asked to hop off the taxi I was in due to its pungent smell (for me it’s strong sweet smell which makes my taste buds go bonkers!).  My luck was good, the Taxi driver was crazy about Durians too! He could even say how the durian would taste from its smell…wah that was a shocker. He was overloading me with his durian experiences until my stop arrives at Changi City Point Mall, my brother working somewhere nearby the area.
After quick lunch and shower at my brother’s rented apartment, we started our excursion to Marina Bay. There were some Independence Day Rehearsal on-going, which was an unexpected surprise and blown us away by the the city’s preparedness .

famous landmark..Capitol Building

church

beautiful fountain

another tourist find…

fly by…

mock training by the Navy…

Singapore Skyline

after dark….

wonderful atmosphere..

After got ourselves drenched by all the fireworks display, my brother and me took off to a meal at nearby food fest before continuing  to Marina Bay Sands. We walked through the wonderful building to The Garden by the Bay. It was another brilliant addition to the famous tourist spots Singapore has been proud of.

huge “trees” greet tourists at The Garden by the Bay

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