Singapore

It was the month of August. Many years back. My travel tickets for Singapore had just arrived for our organization leadership meet. And then we had a fight. Me and my CEO. I resigned in a huff and my visit got pushed to the shelf.

It took all of twenty years. A case of so close yet so far, especially when my sister-in-law and my dear friend has been staying there for the last ten years. Enough was enough, I thought. So the dates were finalized, airline tickets booked in a hurry and we were off. This time on a trip of a different kind. Four childhood friends together. To live our nostalgia again. In Singapore.

Singapore Marina Square

The late night flight was delayed by more than an hour, the food was just about okay though not really required at that hour, but the beer surely was. The flight attendant kept coming back, I kept obliging till he probably felt sleepy. A short nap later, we landed.

Singapore Changi Airport

The immigration was smooth. The duty free purchases done we were soon on the MRT from Changi Airport heading to our destination, Lakeside. The one hour journey in the wee hours of morning with a quick change in between was just lovely and it gave us a glimpse of the city and a peep into the exciting times to follow for the next one week.

Singapore Lakeside

Aro and me arrived at the Lakeside station, a nice green location. Munni, with her trademark smile + laugh combo was there to welcome us and soon we were chatting, laughing and walking to her tenth floor apartment nearby, with a beautiful view. Subesh, my brother and Munni are a couple and he joined us a couple of days later. And we four childhood friends were back together again, to have some fun. This time in Singapore.

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Subesh, Aro, Me & Munni. Friends and fun..

The history of Singapore according to a third century Chinese account describes it as “Pu-luo-chung”, which means the “Island at the end of a peninsula” in the Malay language. Later the city was known as Temasek (“Sea Town”), when the first settlements were established from AD 1298-1299. During the 14th century, this small and strategically-located island earned a new name. According to legend, Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, the capital of Srivijaya was out on a hunting trip when he caught sight of an animal he had never seen before. Taking it to be a good sign, he founded a city where the animal had been spotted, naming it “The Lion City” or “Singapura”, from the Sanskrit words “simha” (lion) and “pura” (city).

The city was then ruled by the five kings of ancient Singapura. Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula the city flourished as a trading post for vessels from large number of countries. Talking about history, let’s first visit the National Museum of Singapore.

National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore

It was Singapore National Day and though I had a press permission, it was not really required as entry for all was free today. We had taken a MRT to first reach ‘Plaza Singapura’ the mall where celebrations were at it’s best. Happy residents, most sporting red tops eating out and enjoying life. Then a short walk later we were at the museum.

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National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. Its history dates back to 1849, when it was started as a section of a library at Singapore Institution and called the Raffles Library and Museum and exhibited items of historical and archaeological value from Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The museum was part of an establishment of a public repository of knowledge of Malayan in a school, museum and library. After Singapore’s independence in 1965, the museum focused its collection to nation-building and the history of Singapore and was renamed the National Museum. After several re-locations it moved to its permanent site at Stamford Road.

The museum has a permanent 2,800 square meter gallery space at the new glass clad building within a glass rotunda known as the Singapore History gallery. It features the history of Singapore from the 14th century in a story-telling approach with images, films projected on its 15 meter high cylindrical walls and narration and display of artistic expressions of the history. A ramp spiral in the new building leads down to an exhibition space holding the nation’s treasures which includes the Singapore Stone and 14th century gold ornaments unearthed from nearby Fort Canning Hill in 1928. There is a 250-seat auditorium known as The Mesh for talks, lectures and workshops for the young and old at the Fort Canning entrance. It has retail facilities as well as a cafe and a restaurant at the Stamford Road block of the building.

Today we were lucky. Being National Day, it was not only history but also a complete festive atmosphere with fun galore for the children and their families. Let’s explore and experience.

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

After our refreshing learning and fun experience at the museum, we took a small walk passing by beautiful churches, old landmark buildings and happy residents and visitors soaking in the beauty of this special day. We were now heading towards Marina Square for the fireworks display on the sea later in the evening. The atmosphere was electric and celebrations unlimited. Come experience fun, happiness, music and beauty at it’s best.

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One of the many churches of Singapore..

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Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

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A music Show..

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Esplanade Bridge, Marina Bay

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Marina Bay Sands
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Singapore Eye

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Enjoy the fireworks as we relax a while. We will be back with you soon to explore more in this fascinating journey.

Singapore. There is more to this beautiful country.

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74 Comments Add yours

  1. chandrima roy says:

    Did not know so much of the history myself 😀 very interesting account. Looking forward to the rest of it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. Yes more coming soon on your favorite travel blog, Travel with passion 😁

  2. Kelly Martin says:

    I’ve only been to Singapore once and I’d love to go back. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Kelly. Will take you through the journey.

  3. BEAUTIFUL!!! I have heard of the “Marina Bay Sands” but I had never known that it’s in Singapore!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      And there is so much to do in Marina Sands itself 😊

  4. Ben Butler says:

    Singapore has always fascinated me. I’ve always been intrigued by their architecture and culture. I never really knew very much about the history of the country itself. Thanks for doing such a deep dive on it!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Beautiful country. Great architecture too. Thanks Ben.

  5. I LOVE Singapore!! Its quite close from western australia so i quite often visit here. im always finding new things to do on this lovely island.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I so much agree with you. There is so much to do in Singapore.

  6. What a fun trip, it looks like such a great city with loads to do!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it is Carrie.

  7. that orange colored star at the museum interests me. would love to know more about the why and what. 🙂

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    1. Subhashish Roy says:

      I thought it was a decorative piece.

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore. It sounds like a beautiful place!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you must.You’ll love being there.

  9. jaye shields says:

    You look like you had an amazing time. I love Singapore! Great pictures!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes some great time with friends. Thanks Jaye 😊

  10. I have heard a lot about Singapore.By seeing your pictures on various beautiful places on Singapore are really fascinating!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. Happy you loved going through.

  11. Norma says:

    I think I would really enjoy visiting Singapore. I really like all the old vintage stuff in the museum.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Norma. The museum trip was really nice.

  12. katrina Kroeplin says:

    love your pics! i really hope that one day i am able to get to sinapore. i seriously looks like an amazing city.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Katrina. Yes you too must make a trip sometime.

  13. Live Well Choose Joy says:

    I have always wanted to travel here! My dad went many times for work and always had good things to say about it. Great pictures and thanks for sharing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much. Yes you too must visit sometime.

  14. Wendy Polisi says:

    I have always thought it would be so much fun to see Singapore. it is such a beautiful place with a lot to do!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Wendy it’s a beautiful place without doubt.

  15. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    That looks and sounds like one amazing trip. It sure sounds like you had earned and been patient for that trip too.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes a great trip finally 😊

  16. surekha-dreamingloud says:

    I’m so fascinated by the architecture of Singapore. I hope to visit and see all these in person someday. Thanks for sharing pics.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Surekha. Do plan a trip sometime and you would love the experience.

  17. Singapore looks like a great destination to visit. Love hearing about experience and seeing the city through your eyes in your photography

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much. Makes me happy that you enjoy my blog posts 😊

  18. Ruth I says:

    Singapore is one of the places I’d love to visit. I heard that it’s strict there so I am a little hesitant. I bet you all had fun!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      They are a little strict if one plans to take cigarettes into Singapore. And smoking is only allowed in designated places. Otherwise they are cool and you can really enjoy in there.

  19. Luna S says:

    That statue in front of the water is crazy! It sounds like you had a great trip, and I always love seeing your photos.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Luna. Happy you enjoyed the pics 😊

  20. Nicole Anderson says:

    Singapore would have to be one of my favourite cities. Everything is so well organised and clean and the people are really lovely. You were so lucky to be there on their National Day and you really described the Museum so well. How great that you planned this trip to enjoy with those so close to you and I look forward to reading more about your experiences there.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Nicole. We loved it too.

  21. emmandamian says:

    Singapore is not one of my favorites. Food is ok but a bit expensive. The city looks amazing though!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      We loved it especially when we friends were together having a lot of fun.

  22. Cha Esper says:

    ive been to singapore twice already, and everything was still perfect. i enjoyed the whole time i was there!

    cha @ littlemisadvencha.com

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Even we enjoyed a lot.

  23. So many beautiful buildings and sights to see in Singapore. I’ve been meaning to travel with the family.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must Fatima sometime and you and your family would love it.

  24. Alexandra says:

    That’s really great that you got to visit the city with friends. And after all that time! It’s also interesting to know that the name comes from a Lion! I think you said Lion and Pure! I never would have even thought to look up where certain names come from. Your site will help me with my son’s high school geography class!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Alexandra that you loved going through 😊

  25. Lindsay Rae says:

    I’ve always thought Singapore would be an amazing place to visit. Such a rich culture with so many sites to see! The museum looks really neat!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Lindsay Singapore is beautiful and nice. The museum was a fun place on that day with the kids and their parents having a great time too.

  26. Jessica A says:

    Singapore is definitely on my list of places to visit. My boyfriend and I are planning a trip in due time. I know we will enjoy it. lovely blog

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Jessica. Both of you would have a great time for sure.

  27. That seemed like a really fun travel! Traveling with friends it always so good! Loved the pictures of the Marina Bay, definitely need to visit!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Daphne. Yes you must visit sometime.

  28. sharon wu says:

    I am singaporean myself and feel like visiting singapore never gets old! I looooove eating my favorite dish, hainan chicken with rice there 🙂 hope to go there again soon!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes I just loved the chicken rice and had many a times.

  29. I’ve always heard people talk very highly of Singapore as a wonderful travel destination. I’d love to visit as well. I’m excited that this trip was so special for you.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Erica. Good friends enjoy each other’s happiness 😊

  30. Looks like you had an amazing time. I loved the pictures. Singapore has been on my list for a long time but I am not sure when I will be able to go there! Loved your travelogue 🙂

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Sushmita. Love it that you loved it.

  31. Looks like a nice place to visit. Singapore clearly is the place to go for some travellers. Glad you are having fun x

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Singapore has been a lovely experience.

  32. So great that you were able to reconnect with your friends in Singapore! The friends who can travel together stay together

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you are so right 😊

  33. I admire your diligence in making this trip happen! As always, fantastic photos that make the reader feel a part of the journey!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Debra. Yes I am a persistent kind 😁

  34. NILANJAN BASU says:

    Amazing

  35. Chocoviv says:

    Love to go!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it’s a lovely destination and you would it there.

      1. Chocoviv says:

        I can imagine the food….

        1. travelwisesr says:

          Yes when it comes to food you would be spoilt for choices and not at all costly.

          1. Chocoviv says:

            Yummmm

  36. Barry Stepe says:

    Great work. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Barry. Yes surely a lovely place.

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