THROUGH THE LENS: Singapore’s 50th National Day Parade + Staycation @ AQueen Hotel

*slaps forehead*

Geez… this entry was supposed to be posted in August but obviously procrastination and a sheer lack of time got the better of me. Usually when a post sits in “draft” mode for too long, I would just forsake it as it would have been outdated by the time I remembered its existence. But this is unlike the many others that had ended up in the trash because it is about the country I have spent all my life in. So I’m not going to let the year slip away without any mention of her huge milestone.

As many of you know, 2015 is a momentous year for all Singaporeans (and those who have resided in Singapore long enough to call it home) as we celebrate the nation’s golden jubilee, or SG50, as it is branded nationally. It is also a year of grief as we mourned the death of our beloved founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew who had been with us every independence day celebration until his passing. But in the interest of keeping this post about the joyous occasion, I shall leave out the unhappy bits and spare you the agony of reading yet another tribute to our late Minister Mentor.

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When Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965, many doubted that such a small country with no natural resources would survive. But we did, and we are still going strong after 50 years! So of course having gone through so much over so many decades, the National Day Parade (NDP) this year which served as the main commemorative event had to be different. Celebrated with tremendous fanfare, the campaign began as early as January last year with numerous companies adopting the SG50 branding for their marketing activities and providing consumers more than a year-long of SG50 deals and promotions (enjoyed the 50% discounts while they lasted XD ).

SG50 deals may have ended but there is still a wide selection of online discount codes, deals and coupons to the best Singapore’s online shopping sites available on Picodi Singapore!

Check out picodi.sg for the best offers from your favourite stores!

(psst… I see cheap air tickets)

And to make the celebration even more memorable for me, boyfriend and I won tickets to the parade at the Padang on the actual day (there were also a few sessions of public rehearsal prior to that for those who couldn’t get tickets to the actual event) after umpteen years of unsuccessful balloting! It was our first actual-day NDP experience and on top of that, at one of Singapore’s significant historic sites on her 50th birthday! I couldn’t believe how lucky we were! 😀

Tickets collection at Marina Square, June 2015

We collected our tickets at Marina Square some time in June!

NDP 2015 tickets

How our tickets look like! We were so thrilled to be receiving the tickets for the Padang instead of at The Float@Marina Bay!

I LOVE SINGAPORE ❤

Here’s what went down on that day.. in pictures!

NDP props

Behind those elevated seats were the props to be used later during one of the performances

Stairs to the Padang

To be honest, the make-shift stairs leading to the spectators’ seats were kinda scary

Boyfriend and I

My companion and I! Made the right choice to go sans-makeup on that day because the sun was BLAZING above us!

NDP stage

The elevated stage on the Padang

Overlooking the former Supreme Court

Overlooking the former Supreme Court. “Majulah Singapura” is the theme for NDP2015

Emcee

One of our emcees for the event

Opening act by The Sam Willows

Opening act by The Sam Willows

The crowd dressed in red and white

The crowd dressed in red and white, our national colours

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong

The arrival of Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong

The arrival of Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong

The arrival of Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong

Ministers were all smiles as they waved their flags

Ministers were all smiles as they waved their flags

Mr Lee Kuan Yew tribute

A tear-jerking tribute to the late Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Couldn’t hold back my tears when the footage was flashed on the screen. Although he was not with us at the parade, his seat was left vacant in honour of his memory and occupied by a sprig of yellow orchids. We miss you dearly, Mr Lee.

The performances began!

The performances began!

The ship that brought Sang Nila Utama to Singapura

The ship that brought Sang Nila Utama to Singapura

And then, Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore

And then, Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore

Vintage parade

The start of the vintage parade which re-enacted segments of the street parades that took place in the early 1970s

Vintage parade

More of vintage parade. Police officers in knee-length khaki shorts and knee-high socks.. haha, those were the days!

People's Association

People’s Association in the early 1970s!

SIA air stewardesses and trishaw riders

Singapore Airlines (SIA) air stewardesses being ferried by trishaw riders, as depicted in SIA’s olden TVCs

SIA fly-past

A fly-past by an SIA plane! If you’ve travelled with SIA this year, you should have seen our flag printed on the body 🙂

Uniformed groups

One of my favourite segments of NDP – the actual parade! A record of 37 contingents marched as a representation of the five points of Singapore’s total defence policy this year!

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

The Guard of Honour contingents

The Guard of Honour contingents

The Parade Commander

The Parade Commander

PM Lee standing on the saluting dais

PM Lee standing on the saluting dais

Awaiting the arrival of the President

Awaiting the arrival of the President

President Tony Tan standing on the saluting dais

President Tony Tan standing on the saluting dais before the parade inspection

State flag flypast

State flag flypast as we sang the national anthem…

A "50" formation flypast by the RSAF

A “50” formation flypast by the RSAF

President Tony Tan waving to the crowds

President Tony Tan waving to the crowds

More aerial display

More aerial display

More aerial display

More aerial display

As the skies had turned gloomy, the Singapore Armed Forces Parachute Team (Red Lions) had to cancel its NDP jump. Ahhhh, we were so disappointed! I believe they were, too, after rehearsing for so long! But obviously, safety first.

LEOPARD 2SG MBT

The mobile column display followed next, featuring the LEOPARD 2SG MBT

NOTE
Despite my efforts to ensure accuracy of the assets’ names, they may still be incorrect so please feel free to inform me should you spot any mistakes!

BIONIX II AFV

BIONIX II AFV

FLB (L)

FLB (L)

UNIMOG RID

UNIMOG RID

SPYDER

SPYDER

All Terrain Vehicle & K-9 DT

All Terrain Vehicle & K-9 DT

MUV

MUV

SMC

SMC

FCV & CSI VEH

FCV & CSI VEH

HMV

HMV

Stefanie Sun

Homegrown talent Stefanie Sun comes on stage to sing a medly of 2 past NDP theme songs – We Will Get There (2002) and One United People (2003). I was so excited because they’re my FAVOURITE theme songs!

Performance by the Singapore SOKA Association

Performance by the Singapore SOKA Association

The Singaporan identity - Ice Kachang

Possibly the highlight of the event, the showcase of the Singaporean identity which saw the People’s Association incorporating 12 large lighted props such as this 3.5m-tall Ice Kachang float into their lively dance routine

At the same time, theme songs of old local television shows such as English sitcom Under One Roof and Mandarin variety sketch show 搞笑行动 (Comedy Night), as well as of iconic campaigns like the Singapore Kindness Movement played in the background. Hearing those songs was a real blast from the past as I recalled watching these shows on television when I was really young! It’s something today’s generation will not understand because… who watches the telly these days? 😆

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#SoSingaporean words and phrases which only Singaporeans can understand. Why you so blur like sotong (squid) leh? Hahaha!

Mascots

Durian, Chilli Crab, and Water Wally. Food and mascots we Singaporeans grow up with

Changi Airport

Changi Airport, the best airport in the world!

Corrinne May

Corrine May appeared on the Toa Payoh dragon playground (a popular playground design in the past – so nostalgic!) to sing NDP 2010 theme song, Song for Singapore. A truly touching song :’)

SG50 balls

The audience got to play with the giant SG50 balls that were bouncing around!

LED troopers

500 primary school students lit up the venue with their LED costumes! How cute!

Stars

The stars from our flag!

JJ Lin

JJ Lin’s turn to perform this year’s NDP theme song, Our Singapore.

LED lights

The LED lights on the costumes turned white!

Kit Chan

And finally, Kit Chan makes an appearance to sing our all-time favourite National Day theme song, Home!

Pledge recital

Together, we recited the pledge. Felt so much pride!

Perhaps due to bad weather (it started to drizzle a little towards the end.. bummer!), there weren’t a lot of fireworks at the grand finale but that’s fine with me because to me, fireworks are overrated. What made the parade really enjoyable and entertaining were truly the performances. Not a single time did I feel bored throughout the 2-hour show! 🙂

Most white-collar workers here had a long and restful break in the the days leading up to 9 August (Sunday) because our President had declared 7 August (Friday) as a special one-off SG50 public holiday. So evidently, SG50 was of utmost significance to everyone in Singapore. In addition to the ongoing money-savers, our main public transport operators also provided free bus and train rides for the very first time on National Day! The news came as a big surprise because as public-listed companies, they are profit-driven and should technically be anticipating the increased earnings and returns on a public holiday (with extended service hours). Instead, they had put side their commercial interests to commemorate this special day! Knowing that it was going to be even more crowded everywhere due to this reason, boyfriend and I had booked a staycation at Aqueen Hotel Jalan Besar to get to the city faster.

Aqueen Hotel

Aqueen Hotel is a new establishment, having opened its doors only in late 2014. Upon arrival, what struck my eye was the hotel’s unusual facade which kinda reminded me of Iluma (what Bugis+ was known as before adopting its present name). Located within 10 minutes walking distance from Farrer Park MRT station (inclusive of the long pedestrian waiting time at the traffic lights opposite City Square Mall), it has, no doubt, taken up an excellent spot surrounded by many well-known eateries such as Scissors Cut Curry Rice (美芝律剪刀剪咖喱饭, just directly opposite the hotel) and Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant (a 5-minute walk away).

Aqueen Hotel reception

Aqueen Hotel reception

Aqueen Hotel lobby

Aqueen Hotel lobby

We booked a non-smoking twin room with a queen bed (the most basic room) through Expedia, which we found was a lot cheaper than booking directly with the hotel. Boyfriend paid a total of S$116.31 for a night as compared to about S$180+ for walk-in booking. And mind you, it was a last-minute decision to have a staycation and what’s more, on a public holiday. Of course, breakfast was not included for that kind of price. No biggie – there were so many other affordable dining options nearby!

Our room

Our room

The room we got was really tiny with limited space for walking. I would recommend going for a bigger room if you’re claustrophobic (or carrying a huge luggage). It was mainly in hues of grey, brown and white so there’s nothing to write home about. But I liked that it had a full-length window that allowed sunlight to spill into the otherwise sombre room.

The bed

The bed

Overlooking Jalan Besar Plaza

Overlooking Jalan Besar Plaza

The mini pantry!

The mini pantry!

Shower head

Shower head

I can’t comment much on their amenities since we only stayed there for a night. But I think this room is pretty decent for the price we (or rather, my boyfriend) paid. If you’re yearning to try some delicious and affordable Singaporean delicacies (Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine available in the vicinity) without having to walk a distance, this is one hotel you should definitely consider!

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

AQueen Hotel (Jalan Besar)
230 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208906
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park
Tel: 6426 0999
Click here to visit website

Staycation at Naumi Liora

Hey everyone!

Planning a birthday celebration for your boyfriend can be really tricky especially if you’ve been with him for years. No matter how creative you are, there will come a time when you’d completely run out of fresh and unpredictable ideas to surprise him. Having dated mine for close to 6 years now, it was one of the biggest struggles I faced while trying to think of ways to make his birthday memorable a few weeks back. From portrait painting to handmaking a Pooh plushie (his favourite cartoon character) to taking him out for a luxurious meal, I had practically done everything my brain was capable of coming up with for the past 5 years.

But this year, after exhausting my brain cells, I decided to be lazy and ask him what he wanted for his 29th birthday directly. It was a no-brainer question. After all, we’ve been together for so long. I knew he had always wanted another staycation but apart from the dreaded packing process and the unnecessary money spent which could be put aside for our year-end trip, I hated to be away from my own bed. Hence I tend to avoid that subject. But since it was already his final year of his 20’s, I relented on the condition that he jointly organised the staycation with me 😆

(Plus a surprise gift – a Braun Buffel wallet – presented to him at midnight of his birthday. Yeah, couldn’t resist buying a present for him in the end #byebyemoney)

We shortlisted a few hotels and finally settled on Naumi Liora, a four-star 3-year-old boutique hotel smacked right along Keong Saik Road near Chinatown and Outram Park MRT stations. What caught our attention was its oriental-themed interiors, its 24-hour gym as well as its close proximity to amenities like cheap foot reflexology parlours (at People’s Park Complex) and hip eateries such as Lime House and Three Buns (review comin’ up after this). Ann Siang Hill is also not very far off from the hotel as it’s just a walking distance away.

Hotel Naumi Liora

Hotel Naumi Liora @ Keong Saik Road

Naumi Liora corridor

Naumi Liora corridor

Comfy orange guest chairs near the entrance

Comfy orange guest chairs near the entrance of Naumi Liora

Relaxation corner near the registration counter

Relaxation corner near the registration counter

We were greeted with a lovely scent and an array of tidbits when we entered the hotel lobby. Called The Nibbles, the little snack bar offers a great selection of complimentary treats which guests can help themselves to anytime of the day. There were crackers, jelly, miniature ice cream (choices may change from time to time), hot beverages and even alcohol (chargeable though) to wallow in when hunger strikes in the middle of the night. These snacks are also replenished daily to ensure optimal freshness.

Newspapers to keep you in the know about what's happening in the world

Newspapers to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the world

Nibbles

Complimentary nibbles

Ice cream

Ice cream. Not from a well-known brand but it was still quite nice according to my boyfriend 🙂

Coffee machine which also serves Milo, Mocha, Cappuccino, Latte and Teh Tarik

Coffee machine which also serves Milo, Mocha, Cappuccino, Latte and Teh Tarik

Vodka

Vodka

More alcohol

More alcohol

Payment was made using credit card at the time of booking but the money was not deducted from the bank account until we arrived at the hotel reception desk for check-in. We were also told to place an additional deposit which would be refundable upon check-out (to cover any damages caused to the hotel room).

Being a small boutique hotel housed in a 155-year-old heritage shophouse, there was only one (slow) elevator servicing 79 rooms across all three storeys. Our Liora Quaint room (the cheapest one because we’re poor students 😥 ) was a window-less room located on the uppermost floor. The corridor leading to it was narrow and dimly-lit with blue-tinted lights, sometimes giving me the creeps when I had to take the elevator down to the lobby alone.

Liora Quaint

We had the choice of a Queen bed or 2 Super Single Beds in this 15-18sqm room

Work desk

Work desk

Hangers

Hangers

Electrical sockets on both sides of the bed, plus a pair of complimentary bottled water

Electrical sockets on both sides of the bed, plus a pair of complimentary bottled water

Lovin' the hotel's generosity: here's 4 more cans of complimentary canned soft drinks in the refrigerator

Lovin’ the hotel’s generosity: here’s 4 more cans of complimentary soft drinks in the refrigerator

Oh what's this? Is this a wardrobe?

Oh what’s this? Is this a wardrobe?

No, it's the bathroom!

No, it’s the bathroom!

Body lotion and soap

Body lotion and soap. Shavers, toothbrush, toothpaste and other bathroom necessities available upon request

Shampoo and body wash but of course, we brought our own

Shampoo and body wash (replenished daily as well) but of course, we brought our own

At S$140 per night, the room met my needs and expectations and was more spacious and comfortable than I thought. I loved the high ceiling that created a light and free atmosphere and the relatively strong Wi-Fi signal (even though it was only two bars of coverage at most throughout our stay). But the television reception was very weak and the picture quality of all channels was poor and grainy. Boyfriend also wasn’t very pleased with the type of shower faucet used in the bathroom. He was expecting the same ceiling-mounted shower head he saw on other blog reviews (which in fact is only available in Liora Porch, the highest range of rooms in this hotel) but was given the standard kind -_- Well, he has no one to blame but himself for not making sure before booking the room 🙄

Another perk of staying in Naumi Liora is the free access to its 24-hour fitness room as mentioned earlier. In order to avoid the morning crowd (assuming that there was any), we usually go to the gym during unearthly hours like 1 or 2am to burn some fats. The fitness room is hidden beside the stretch of hotel rooms on the ground level (turn left the moment you exit from the lift). It’s pretty small with only one set of every common exercise and workout equipment so unless you don’t mind waiting for other people to be done with the machine you want, you should only go there during weird timings when it is guaranteed to be vacant.

Naumi Liora gym

For more privacy, you may even LOCK the door as you work out. But of course, it can always be opened by any hotel room access card from the outside hahaha

Bottled water and towel

Wow at the hospitality of the hotel. Free-flow of bottled mineral water and clean towels for everyone who uses the gym!

Weights of all sizes

Weights of all sizes! I can only lift the lightest one sadly. Damn weak sia me 😦

Fitness ball (reflections don't count) and yoga mat

Fitness ball (reflections don’t count) and yoga mat

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One treadmill and elliptical trainer (yes only one. The other is merely a reflection on the mirror hehe). There’s also a stationary bike at the other side, not shown in this picture. All of them are equipped with a TV screen 🙂

I hardly work out in the gym but after this experience, I still prefer to jog around in the park where I get to bask in the morning sun and enjoy the natural breeze and greenery.

As the hotel does not have its own dining room, breakfast is served at two separate places along the same street until 10am everyday. Based on reviews, if you have opted for Western style, you would receive coupons for The Study beside the hotel. However we, perhaps being guests of a lower-range room (don’t know about you but the clear-cut difference in treatment doesn’t quite jive with me here because I don’t like to be deprived of the freedom to choose when it comes to food 😳 ), didn’t get to choose so we were automatically given Asian style. Therefore our breakfast for both days were fixed at Tong Ah Eating House (a coffee shop) just three shops down the walkway outside the hotel, which… okay lah, was quite good too 🙂

Breakfast coupons

Breakfast coupons

Tong Ah Eating House

Tong Ah Eating House

We got to pick between two popular Singaporean breakfast choices – Nasi Lemak and the traditional Kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs. Tourists who are planning to accommodate at Naumi Liora may consider opting for the Asian style to have a taste of what the locals eat for breakfast 🙂

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak with Iced Milo

Very fragrant rice and meaty fish

Very fragrant rice and meaty fish

Kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs with a cup of Teh

Kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs with a cup of Teh. Kaya was thick and sweet!

Ended up only eating half of it because boyfriend accidentally poured too much dark sauce :cry:

Ended up only eating half of it because boyfriend accidentally poured too much dark sauce 😥

I personally enjoyed the meal a lot and it’s honestly one of the most generous portions I’ve ever had for a hotel breakfast. Seeing how pathetic the spread of food for the Western style is on other reviews, I’d most likely opt for the Asian one anyway so alright I forgive you Naumi Liora 😛

View from the hotel lobby

View from the hotel lobby

Next up, I will be reviewing Three Buns where we dined at on boyfriend’s birthday so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Naumi Liora
55 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089158
Booking: (+65) 6403 6003
Enquiries: (+65) 6922 9000
Email: iora.aide@naumihotels.com
Website: http://www.naumiliora.com/

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Hey everyone!

Madame Tussauds FINALLY opened in Singapore on Saturday and the very exited me bought the admission tickets as soon as I got wind of their sale. I remember seeing a standee at Bangkok promoting their Madame Tussauds a few years back but didn’t have the chance to go because we wanted to set aside more money for shopping. But deep in my heart I really wanted to tour Madame Tussauds and see how realistic the wax figures are! Thus, needless to say, I was really elated when I first read the news about the opening of Madame Tussauds here. But what took them so long?!

Buying tickets is a breeze . With the Internet these days, you can beat the crowd (expected for new attractions) and just purchase tickets online! PLUS, if you book your tickets 24 hours in advance (valid ’til 31 December 2014), you only need to pay S$20 instead of S$30! Being such a sucker for discounts, I immediately got a pair despite being so broke this week from all the shopping. But twenty bucks is really a steal and worth the awesome experience I had at the wax museum.

The only thing I didn’t like was its location though because on top of the S$20 admission fee, I had to pay S$2 (bus) or S$4 (monorail) just to enter Sentosa -_- So expensive just for a short distance argh *nags incessantly*

I went with my boyfriend and we actually planned to go on the day of opening. But later we realised that there wouldn’t be enough time for us to go around the museum after having to attend my niece’s first birthday party in the afternoon (and going to a Sephora sale event hehe) so we postponed the trip to the following day!

To reach Madame Tussauds, you’d need to take the monorail to Imbiah station and walk to Merlion Plaza where you’d find 3 flights of escalators leading to this white mansion which I can’t really remember what it used to be. I hope those escalators are well-maintained because nobody likes climbing stairs. If you can’t find the escalators, try looking for Lady Gaga:

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Greetings from Merlion Plaza

We arrived at about 6pm , 1.5 hours before the time of last entry, and there wasn’t many people waiting to go in. In fact there was no crowd at all! We either came too late or people are avoiding the museum until the resumption of the boat ride or… the museum is under-promoted. If it’s due to the second reason, you will be glad to know that you’d be given free tickets (valid ’til 30 November 2014) to visit the place again! So yup, I paid S$20 for a ticket and got an additional one free! How awesome is that? 😀 And I will definitely go again because there will be more wax figures coming over!

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Entrance

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2 + 2 complimentary tickets! And a $10 booklet which we bought for keepsake. There’re also discount vouchers (for your hand cast in wax and photo-taking sessions) inside!

Less talking, more pictures! Most of the photos were taken by Bf 🙂

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Sebastian Vettel near the ticketing counter, signalling to you where to go haha.

**Updated on 3 December 2014**
The boat is now available for use! We went back again on the last day of November since we were given a pair of complimentary tickets. Here are some pictures taken during the boat ride.

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Stamford Raffles

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Backdrop

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Merlion

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Singapore Airlines plane

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More backdrop

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Ferrari! Guess who’s standing beside it?

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Lewis Hamilton! Not sure why he’s there though because this area is clearly about Singapore history and its culture!

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Some Chinese opera singers

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The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Lion dance! It actually moved when the boat was approaching.

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Madame Tussauds Singapore is the first to have its own water boat right but honestly, it’s nothing to wow about. The boat went around the quay but there was nothing much to see apart from those in the pictures above. The ride only lasted for less than 5 minutes. Totally not worth the time travelling all the way to Sentosa and the $4 entrance fee 😦

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Took this on our second visit!

The Leaders Area comes first after the boat ride!

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Former President of Indonesia, Sukarno

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China’s Chairman Mao

Do Communist leaders share the same kind of style? Somehow Mao Tse-tung resembles Kim Jong-il here.

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The first president of the Republic of Singapore, Yusof bin Ishak. Here’s Bf holding a ten-dollar Singapore note.

Bf suggested to be photographed with a Singapore banknote (which also has the president’s face on it) and then suddenly everyone behind us followed suit when it was their turn. -_- Well… when in Rome, do as the Romans do right? But maybe in a bid to be different, the guy after us (probably a tourist) actually pulled out a bigger note ($50) lol!

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So loving: Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and his late wife, Kua Geok Choo. No matter what people say, LKY is still our founding father 🙂

I wonder if Mr Lee Kuan Yew has personally seen his wife’s wax figure and if he had, how did he react? It’d probably be an emotional moment for him looking at it because everyone knows how much his wife meant to him. Anyway, I thought the figures could do without the tacky flower decorations in the background.

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SO realistic it’s scary.

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The late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela

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Current President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. I’m like a midget beside him oh myyyy.

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Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation

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Look over there, ESM Goh!

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Up-to-date appearance of Singapore’s ESM Goh Chok Tong

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Current Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong

There’s an empty chair beside him which visitors can sit to take a picture BUT the first picture must be taken using the museum’s camera (which is of course chargeable). Why pay when you can take pictures with the real PM Lee himself (at events where he’d attend)? Well, unless you’re a tourist.

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Is Queen Elizabeth II really standing there?!?

Moving on to the Sports Area…

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I MELT FOR YOU, David Beckham! Kaoz, furrowed brows also so handsome.

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I ALSO MELT FOR YOU, Cristiano Ronaldo!

Unlike other football players, Cristiano Ronaldo always look damn well-groomed on the field. His hair stays ALL THE TIME and he doesn’t seem to sweat (a lot). Seriously, how does he do it? What brand of hairspray does he use?!

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Our very own footballer, Fandi Ahmad!

I swear I scrutinised and touched those pearly white teeth. Gosh, they really looked and felt real!

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The very-tall basketball player, Yao Ming, who dwarfs everyone standing next to him

My angle. So depressing.

My angle. So depressing. (There’s a stool for you to stand in front of him)

I know what you’re looking at. Let me help by giving you a close-up:

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YES, EVEN THE ARMPIT HAIR!

Talkin’ about 100% precision.

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Former Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar

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American professional golfer, Tiger Woods

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Former American professional boxer, Muhammad Ali

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Rudy Hartono, former Indonesian badminton star who is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time!

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Table tennis player, Feng Tianwei

Ever wonder who Madame Tussaud (“mah-daym too-sawd”) was?

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Madame Marie Tussaud, maker of wax death masks.

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Very apt for Halloween.

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How wax figures are made

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Watching you…

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There’s even a live TV studio environment! And guess who’s the host?

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Oprah Winfrey! Thanks for inviting me to your show *_*

How about some local TV celebrities?

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Our Phua Chu Kang was on set too!

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Bf attempting to steal the late Huang Wenyong’s Star Awards trophy!

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I don’t get why people are complaining about Huang Wenyong’s “presence” in the museum. I think he deserves a spot in Madame Tussauds for his exemplary achievement in the local TV industry. Don’t be such spoilsports can, you all? Just enjoy the exhibits la!

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A not-so-alike figure of Zoe Tay. Also, no sight of screen rival Fann Wong in the museum!

We’re slowly delving into the Film Lot!

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The Neo clan. Actually Bf looks a little like Jack Neo here HAHA.

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Omg fingerprint.

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Indian film actor, Amitabh Bachchan. Quite suave ah *_*

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Another Bollywood actor.. I hope I get this right because I recorded the wrong description. Hrithik Roshan?

Now, to Hollywood

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E.T. goes home!

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Let me give you a ride (haha). Yup, the red coat is available for use!

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Sexbomb Marilyn Monroe

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The most beautiful actress of all time! Audrey Hepburn. “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s plays in the background only to be disrupted by the Kungfu fist swooshes sound (to simulate Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan which were placed near Audrey Hepburn)

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Let me keep you company! Oh btw I just realised she was a heavy smoker and she picked up the habit since she was very young to fight the hunger pangs during wartime. I don’t blame her because smoking wasn’t known to be harmful before the 1970s. And she was reaaaaally tiny.

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Jackie Chan

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and Bruce Lee

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Take me away on your Harley Davidson, Arnold Schwarzenegger! Then I will say “Hasta la vista baby” to everyone around me 😀

Next, people are gonna love the Music Zone!

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The late Michael Jackson

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WHO RUN THE WORLD? Beyonce Knowles!

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If you like it, then you should put a ring on it?

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Love me tender, love me sweet, Elvis Presley!

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Hand-painted eyeballs! AMAZING.

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Like a virgin, touched for the very first time… by Madonna

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The moon represents Teresa Teng

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孙燕资 (Stefanie Sun) 听不到

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安静。周杰伦在唱歌. Jay Chou

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‘Coz like Katy Petty, you’re a firework! Sing even though you know you can’t! Because nobody tells you what to do!

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I don’t know about you, but I no longer feel 22, Taylor Swift 😦 Age is catching up. (Godammit she’s really tall and slender)

Let’s now mingle with the hottest celebrities at the A-List Party!

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Who are you checking out, Shah Rukh Khan?

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Oh, it’s Aishwarya Rai!

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Has anyone seen Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscars?

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Error 404: Katie Holmes not found in A-List party (because y’know why). And yes, he’s as tall (short) as my Bf! What a shocker :O

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Another gorgeous lady on my list! My all-time favourite martial arts actress, Michelle Yeoh!

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Nicole Kidman

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The extremely-versatile Johnny Depp

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New addition! Only saw this on our second visit. Meet Andy Lau. Welcome to Singapore!

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This is the closest I can get to him :\

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No A-List party is complete without Brangelina! But I’m sorry, they are going separate ways for the night.

The A-List party is the final stop before the Gift Shop where they are having a Buy-2-Get-1-Free promotion for the $9 keychains! Bf and I bought one each as souvenirs.

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With Serena Williams! The gift shop also sells Oscars trophies (they are actually paper weight) priced between $20-$25 each! I’m definitely getting one on my next visit. 😀 And maybe one for Leonardo DiCaprio lol.

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Expect more wax figures for more Hollywood celebrities like Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts in Madame Tussauds Singapore!

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Some more celebrities not in Madame Tussauds Singapore at the moment: Rihanna, Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham!

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And of course, our beloved Kate and Wills who are also not in the museum right now. The Queen is the only British royalty there.

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Bruce Willis at the entrance/exit

Even though the entire experience lasted for about 1.5 hours, it was FUN! I was totally amazed by the realism of the sculptures. They are so real that it feels like going to Madame Tussauds is the closest you can get to rubbing shoulders with your idols.

Also not forgetting the excellent service of the staff – they were so friendly and helpful, especially the Malay (I mention the race because there were many staff around ah) girl who suggested to me to pose with Serena Williams with an Oscars trophy at the Gift Shop. I was caught by surprise because the trophy was an item on sale and usually sales assistants would be very uptight when they see items get played around with in the shop.

On top of that, I never felt watched at all during the whole time I was there hence I never felt restricted in the way I took my photos (i.e. selfies on my phone lol). Another Chinese male staff also helped to take the above photo of us with Brangelina twice without us asking. This may be a small gesture but I think it’s also the little things that make a big difference in customer service. So two thumbs up to everyone working at Madame Tussauds Singapore! 🙂

It was $20 well-spent! I will definitely return for a second visit even if I wasn’t given a free ticket haha.

That’s all for this post! Hope you guys enjoyed it ❤

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Adult tickets are priced at S$30 at the counters and S$26 (oops, no more $20 sorry) for early birds. Child and senior tickets are sold at S$16 and S$23 respectively online.

Madame Tussauds Singapore
40 Imbiah Road
Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Singapore 099700
Tel: 6715 4000
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