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Review Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6 merupakan ponsel pintar terbaru besutan vendor asal Korea, Samsung. Tentu semua orang penasaran dengan spesifikasi terbaru yang diusung oleh ponsel pintar satu ini yang digadang-gadang sebagai salah satu ponsel terbaik di kelasnya. Mentargetkan pangsa pasar menengah ke atas, Samsung Galaxy S6 dibanderol dengan harga cukup mahal yang pastinya berbanding lurus dengan kualitas ponsel ini. Berikut spesifikasi lengkapnya.

Platform ponsel ini tentunya sudah dibenamkan dengan OS Android terbaru versi 5.0.2 (Lollipop). Dilengkapi dengan kekuatan chipset Exynos 7420 dan double quad-core untuk performa setara dengan 8 prosesor sekaligus, yakni quad-core 1.5 GHz cortex-A53 dan quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 membuat performa ponsel pintar ini tidak perlu diragukan lagi. Dari segi hardware, Galaxy S6 juga diperkaya dengan Ram mencapai 3Gb yang membuat multitasking Anda berjalan sangat mulus tanpa adanya gangguan lag yang berarti.

Dari segi desain, perbedaan utama Samsung Galaxy S6 terletak pada bahan utama ponsel ini yang tidak lagi terbuat dari plastik seperti halnya ponsel Samsung lainnya, namun telah berubah menjadi metal dengan proteksi layar terbaru Gorilla Glass 4 yang mampu melindungi layar sebesar 5.1 inchi ini dari goresan ataupun tekanan. Pengguna akan semakin dimanjakan dengan kekuatan layar yang beresolusi hingga 1440 x 2560 pixels untuk ketajaman gambar dan detail yang jelas dan memanjakan mata.

Bagi Anda pecinta fotografi, jangan khawatir karena ponsel pintar terbaru ini dipastikan dapat menjadi teman Anda dalam membidik momen-momen penting dalam hidup karena dilengkapi dengan kamera utama berkekuatan 16 Megapixels dan fitur tambahan seperti stabilisasi gambar, lampu LED dan autofocus. Sedangkan pada kamera depan telah dibenamkan kamera sebesar 5 Megapixels, termasuk yang tertinggi di kelasnya sehingga Anda dapat melakukan video call dengan gambar yang terang dan jernih.

Dari sekian banyak kemajuan dan perkembangan Samsung Galaxy S6 dengan pendahulunya Galaxy S5, tidak bisa dipungkiri terdapat berbagai perubahan lain yang mungkin sedikit mengecewakan. Slot untuk kartu memory tambahan atau MicroSD tidak lagi disediakan pada ponsel terbaru ini. Meskipun varian S6 tersedia dalam 3 jenis internal memory 32GB, 64GB dan 128GB. Selain itu, ukuran dimensi ponsel yang lebih kecil dari pendahulunya berdampak pada ukuran yang baterai yang terpaksa harus menurun 2550 mAh. Meskipun begitu, secara keseluruhan dapat dikatakan bahwa Samsung telah mampu menelurkan sebuah ponsel pintar generasi baru yang akan menjadi pesaing keras ponsel premium besutan vendor lain seperti Apple dan HTC.

Bawean Bakery

Bawean Bakery

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Bawean Bakery

Bawean Bakery

Bandung City in Indonesia is a heaven for food lovers who enjoy new experiences. There are a lot of food varieties here, not only local cuisine but also international ones. Besides main dishes, you can also find cheap souvenirs in Bandung, it is because food in Bandung does not only available in restaurants or cafes. There are plenty of bakeries in the city where you can buy some good and unique pastries. Some of them have high popularities, such as Bawean Bakery. This bakery has been established since 1946, formerly known as Sweetheart and was located at Jalan Sumatera, Bandung. Its long lasting tradition led to recognition from the Minister of Customs and Tourism of Indonesia as “The bakery which continually maintains traditional recipes”, back in 2004. Bawean Bakery offers most of Bandung’s famous snacks and pastries like bolen and brownies, to cakes, gelato and even heavy meals.

Bawean Bakery is located at Jalan Bawean no. 4, Bandung. Even though this little street is not passed by any public transportation in Bandung, it is near to Jalan Aceh where a lot of public transportations passing by. A common public transportation in Bandung is called ‘angkot’ or city transport. There are several angkot routes that can take you to Jalan Aceh, such as Kebon Kelapa – Cicaheum, Kebon Kelapa – Dago, Kebon Kelapa – Ledeng, Antapani – Ciroyom and Sadang Serang – St. Hall. You have to get off at Jalan Aceh and Jalan Lombok intersection, and take a short walk south to reach Jalan Bawean. For a more convenience way to travel around Bandung, you may rent a car or get a taxi, though it will be more expensive.

You will have a hard time to pick your choice as there is a huge variety of tarts with special ingredients. There are over 40 types of cakes, breads and donuts, more than 50 different types of snacks from sweet to salty ones, and over 60 assortments of sweets desserts here. The most popular items on the menu are the ‘Chocolate Waffles’ and ‘Nougat Rolls’, which are made with traditional recipes and served as the icons of Bawean Bakery. Besides that, you can also pick some other special pastries like mocha tarts, layers cakes, Swiss rolls, nougat rolls, Africaantjes and Boomstarm. Another popular item is the gelato with variety of flavors including chocolate, vanilla, mint, strawberry, coffee, etc. Macaroon is another one of Bawean’s signature pastry as well that comes in many flavors like cheese, chocolate, vanilla, blueberry, cappuccino, strawberry, and many more. For souvenirs, you can bring the premium cakes such as tiramisu, black forest cake, opera cake, strawberry short cakes, macaroons and American cheese cakes. Just like in any other café, Bawean Bakery also has some beverages selection. If you order a hot drink, you will get two pieces of delicious choco chips for free. You can also buy the cookies in five big rounded pieces pack for souvenirs. Besides choco chips, you can also choose peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies and some other flavor. The price of the pastries are varied depend on the types and sizes, ranging from IDR 5,000 for the macaroons to IDR 500,000 for the big cakes.

Whether you are a culinary lover or not, never pass a chance to visit Bawean Bakery in Bandung. Try each section that is offered here and savor the taste of the huge variety of pastries here because your taste bud will be thanking you so much. This place is perfect if you are looking for cheap souvenirs in Bandung.

 

Cihampelas Street

Cihampelas Street

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Cihampelas Street

Cihampelas Street

If you are in Indonesia, you may not want to pass the opportunity to visit Bandung. Bandung is one of the busiest cities in Indonesia, which is well known for its shopping centers, foods and tourist object. One of the most popular tourist objects in Bandung is Cihampelas street, better known as the Jeanstreet. Is is because the main stuff sold in the outlets around here are clothes made of jeans or denims. In addition, you can also find a variety of Bandung souvenirs and gifts on this road. There is one thing that makes this street different from the other streets in Bandung, even in Indonesia. Here, you can find famous Hollywood characters and superheroes huge statues that are amazingly set in the yard or somehow “glued” to the factory outlets’ buildings. Some of them are Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Alladdin, Rambo and many more.Cihampelas Street is located in the northwestern part of Bandung. A lot of public transportations called ‘angkot’ (city transport) are passing through this street, such as Cicaheum – Ciroyom, Cicaheum – Ledeng, Kalapa – Ledeng, Caringin – Dago, Cisitu – Tegalega, Ciumbuleuit – St. Hall and Gunung Batu – St. Hall routes. There was a Damri bus route going through here as well, but it is now closed due to the massive traffic of this road. A taxi may be an option but it would be more expensive than public transportation. If you want an easier access to this place and other places in Bandung, you can rent a car from car rental service. This road is always crowded almost every day, especially on the weekends and holidays, so you probably want to park your car in your hotel or Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk). If you want to have a walk on the weekends or national holidays, you can use angkot. When it has reached Cihampelas street and you feel the traffic jam already, it is time for you to get off and walk along the street. The length of the street itself is not that far, only 1,5 km from the upper to the lower end.

Cihampelas Street is very vivid, with 25 jeans stores presence of competing in terms of design, product and price. All stores are designed in accordance with the huge statues of all-time favorite movie stars that adorn the fronts of the shops. Sylvester Stallone as Rambo is lined up next to Spiderman, while on the opposite side of the street, Batman invites you to take a look inside the ‘Superhero Factory Outlet’. Up ahead, you will also find Superman, Tarzan, Alladdin, Catwoman, Ultraman and Dragonball character. Here, you will not only find jeans, but also various types of clothing such as clothes with military force, t-shirts, and jackets. You can also find a lot of street vendors offering to sew your newly- bought jeans for actual fit, as well as other strange paraphernalia such as BB guns and miniature kung fu fighters. In addition to clothing and jeans center, on Cihampelas street you will also find the famous icon of Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk). All of the stuffs offered around here are reasonably affordable. However, you will not be able bargain in most of the stores here.

Your visit to Bandung is not complete if you miss out on a visit to Cihampelas Street. On this road, you can pamper yourself with shopping for a variety of quality jeans and apparel made locally, which are available at relatively low and affordable prices. Do not forget to visit the Cihampelas Walk while you are there.

Kings Shopping Center

Kings Shopping Center

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Kings Shopping Center

Kings Shopping Center

Do you like shopping? If yes, then you would not want to miss this shopping mall at the heart of the city of Bandung, Indonesia. Built in 1978 by the Tjandra family, Kings Shopping Center is considered by locals to be one of Bandung’s pioneers in shopping centers. This huge shopping center is divided by a street and connected by a pedestrian bridge. Multiple large openings connect Kings Shopping Center directly to the street, where vendors, pedestrians and traffic crowd the entrance. This place is always crowded with people and merchandises, especially on the weekend and holidays. Consisting of six stories, you can find a huge variety of merchandise and souvenirs such as textiles, clothing, shoes and accessories. A department store, food court, kids playground area and movie theater are also can be found here. Mainly focusing on catering middle class shoppers in Bandung and surrounding areas, this is the perfect place for you to find cheap souvenirs in Bandung.

Kings Shopping Center is very strategically located in the center of Bandung city, Kepatihan no. 11-17 near the ‘alun-alun’. Being the center of the city, alun-alun is passed by a lot of public transportation in Bandung like ‘angkot’ (city transport) and Damri buses. Angkot routes that you can take are Kebun Kelapa – Cicaheum, Kebun Kelapa – Dago, Kebun Kelapa – Ledeng, Buah Batu – Kebun Kelapa and Cicadas – Elang. If you are taking the angkot from Kebun Kelapa, it will take you to the intersection of Jalan Kepatihan. If you take the angkot from other places in Bandung, you will have to get off at alun-alun and take a short walk to Jalan Kepatihan to reach this place. You can also take a taxi or rent a car to reach Kings Shopping Center, but it will be more costly.

On the inside of Kings Shopping Center, tables and racks are spill over with mostly batik and Muslim garments and textiles bathed in fluorescent light. Clothing stores are the most stores that dominate in the first two floors of this building. You can find almost all the clothes here, starting from women’s clothing, lingerie, scarf, nightgowns, women accessories, underwear up to men’s clothing and children’s clothing. Do not forget to bargain here because the price can be negotiable if you are skilled in bargaining, especially in the lower floors. The prices in Matahari Department Store in the upper floor are nett and nonnegotiable. You also would not want to miss the promo and discount here that will ease the burden of your wallet even further. Kings Shopping Center opens every day starting from 10:00 to 21:00. If you want a more comfortable shopping experience in this place, you should come on weekdays because the place is too crowded on the weekend and holidays.

Bandung does not only have a lot of factory outlets and clothing shops, but there are also many shopping centers and mall. One of them is Kings Shopping Center in Jalan Kepatihan, at the center of the city. Cheap souvenirs in Bandung can be found here, starting from clothing, shoes, to accessories. Do not forget to bargain and check for promo and discount that will make you addicted to shop here.

Pasar Baru Trade Center

Pasar Baru Trade Center

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Pasar Baru Trade Center

Pasar Baru Trade Center

Bandung is the city of shopping. You can find almost everything in this city in Indonesia, starting from malls, historical buildings, food stalls and restaurants, nightlife bars and cafes, to factory outlets and clothing shops. If branded fashions and exclusive factory outlets products are not for you, then you can still find cheap souvenirs in Bandung. Just visit Pasar Baru Trade Center that offers Bandung’s finest products and the sensation of old fashioned shopping style involving the interactive art of bargaining. Yes, in this market, you can bargain almost everything even at 50 percent of the initial cost. Pasar Baru Trade Center is a 7-storey market where you can find a wide range of products ranging from textile, garments, and shoes to souvenirs, food and locally produced decor items. Pasar Baru Trade Center is very popular and always crowded with traders, both native and foreigner. There are many tourists from Sout East Asia, especially Malaysia and Singapore, coming here every day to shop and bargain. On the weekend or holidays, more visitors come here and make this place more crowded.Pasar Baru Trade Center is located at Jalan Otto Iskandardinata no. 70 (Jalan Pasar Utara), Bandung. Located just a short walk from Bandung’s Central Train Station, Pasar Baru Trade Center is accessible from all over the city. You can take a public transportation available in Bandung, such as taxi, angkot (city transport), or bus to get here. If taxi is a bit pricey for you, you can get into an angkot . There are several angkot routes passing this place, which are Elang – Kebun Kelapa, Cisitu – Tegalega, Ciwastra – Tegalega and Soreang – Leuwi Panjang. You can also take a Damri bus that can take you there. Bus routes you can take are Leuwi Panjang – Ledeng, Dipatiukur – Leuwi Panjang, Dipatiukur – Jatinangor and Cicaheum – Leuwi Panjang. Some of these public transportation routes will take you to the city center. From the city center, you will just have to take a short walk to reach Pasar Baru Trade Center. For your own convenience, you may want to rent a car as it will be easier to travel around Bandung with one.

Pasar Baru Trade Center is a heaven for shopping lovers. There are many clothes available here, such as t-shirt, women dress, daster (Indonesian women daily clothes), kebaya (Indonesian formal traditional dress), Moslem dress, batik (Indonesian traditional clothes), jeans, kids dress, underwear, bedcover, etc. Just pick what you want and need, but do not forget to bargain. Here, you can find people who come to buy bulks of textiles products such as t-shirts, pants, and others, to be distributed and sold in other parts of the country. Besides the clothes, you can also browse through the vast selection of Sundanese authentic snacks and tidbits such as dodol Garut, banana sale, tempe crackers, etc. at many stalls lining up on the facade of the ground floor. If you are feeling hungry, you can visit the food court at the top floor that sells Sundanese, Chinese, Indian and many other Indonesian cuisines. Do not forget to bargain at everything on this market for the best price.

Pasar Baru Trade Center in Bandung is the place where you can find cheap souvenirs in Bandung with a bargain able price. People from neighboring cities and countries also often come to this place to find cheap clothes and souvenirs. This popular market is always crowded especially on the weekend, so you may want to visit on weekdays.

Pasar Kaget Gasibu

Pasar Kaget Gasibu

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Pasar Kaget Gasibu

Pasar Kaget Gasibu

Gasibu field, located in front of the Gedung Sate Bandung, is one of the prides of Bandung city in Indonesia. When it was built in 1955, this field served as a soccer field. Over time, the field’s function is beginning to change to a multi-function field. It was often used for ceremonies, governorates activities, exhibitions, big events and of course the place for people to exercise. People often gather in this field on Sunday morning to jog and perform various sport activities. However, since a few years ago, Gasibu field on Sunday have been converted into a ‘pasar kaget’ or flea market. Nowadays, the field is no longer a place for work out or exercises. Let alone to exercise, the road to Gasibu on Sunday morning is always jammed. Pasar Kaget Gasibu is not only enlivened by Bandung society, but also the travelers from neighboring cities and countries who are looking for cheap souvenirs in Bandung.Gasibu field is located in front of the landmark of Bandung, Gedung Sate. It is easily accessible from all over the city as there are lots of public transportations passing by there. Taxi is always an option for you, but it is rather expensive. There are two kinds of common public transportation in Bandung, which are angkot (city transport) and Damri bus. Several angkot routes that you can take include Kebun Kelapa – Cicaheum, Cicaheum – Ledeng, Cicaheum – Ciwastra and Dago – Riung Bandung. If you want to take a bus, you can take a Damri bus with the route of Dipatiukur – Jatinangor. Those public transportations will get you to either the front of Gedung Sate or the front of the field. For a more convenient way to travel around Bandung, you may want to rent a car.

Shopping in Bandung is not complete if you have not visited this Pasar Kaget Gasibu on Sunday morning. In this flea market, you can find a variety of goods and foods, new and second-hand stuff, all with super cheap prices. The goods sold here is very diverse, ranging from vegetables, kitchen utensils, pet, purse, to electronic equipment. Here, you can also find common goods and souvenirs such as clothing, shirt and trousers, and a variety of accessories at low prices. You can even find many unique and uncommon stalls here, such as envelopes and antiques, even credit motorcycles are also sold here. It is a bizarre market, but that is the uniqueness of this Pasar Kaget Gasibu. For you food lovers, you can find a lot of food stalls around this field. There are a wide range of snacks and meals that you can choose, including chicken porridge, team rice with chicken satay, timbel rice, roasted rice, mie kocok and fried rice. In addition, there are also a lot of snacks stalls such as stuffed cireng, durian ice, cakue, wet spring rolls, surabi (Bandung’s pancakes), roasted duck eggs, batagor, dumplings and variety of pastries. No needs to have a breakfast before you get here as you will find a wide range of cheap food and meals here for your breakfast. Pasar Kaget Gasibu is open from early morning until noon on every Sunday.

Bandung is a city that is full of uniqueness and creativity. This is reflected with this Pasar Kaget Gasibu on Sunday morning. Every Sunday, the people of Bandung and tourists come to this field to do some shopping. This is the perfect place to find cheap souvenirs in Bandung as you can find almost everything here, from the common goods to accessories and various foods. Happy shopping!

Tanglin Shopping Centre

Find Exotic Treasures and Souvenirs in Tanglin Shopping Centre

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Tanglin Shopping Centre

Tanglin Shopping Centre

If you’re tired of looking for common cheap souvenirs in Singapore such as key chains, Merlin statuette, and “Singapore is a fine city” t-shirts, why don’t you try going to Tanglin Shopping Centre? Packed with exotic regional artifacts, antiques, artwork and jewelleries, if you’re after antiques like old Buddha heads to Tibetan prayer beads, odds are that you’ll find it at this long-standing mall of Tanglin Shopping Centre.

Tanglin Shopping Centre is a 4 story mall located in 19 Tanglin Rd 247909 in District 10, Singapore. It is near to several bus stops located at Orchard Road such as Bus no. 7, 77, 111, 105, 106, and 174. To reach it simply alights from the bus-stop at opposite of Singapore Tourism Board or the bus-stop outside The Regent Hotel. Or simply take the MRT to Orchard Station (NS22) and walk along Orchard Road, you will eventually find the place.

Tanglin Shopping Centre specializes in old necklaces, bracelets, relics and rich textiles from the Orient, with also decent selections of fashionable fabrics and furniture from Japan and across South East Asia. Its range of delicate Asian cultural pieces and unique historical items is quite breathtaking, and will keep you browsing for hours on end.

Opened from Monday to Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm, Tanglin Mall is strategically located at the junction of Tanglin Road and Grange Road. Set in an eclectic background of colonial and tropical architecture, to reflect an ambience of warmth and comfort, Tanglin Mall is a niche for the expatriates, yuppies & professionals. Spend a few hours at Tanglin Shopping Centre and you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into an Indiana Jones film.

The first three floors of Tanglin Shopping Centre are fabulous to roam around in–there are antique shops, arts & crafts stores, bookshops, galleries featuring Southeast Asia and its islands so you find tribal items, Chinese Cultural Revolution posters, ikat textiles, silver, wood carvings, porcelain, stone sculptures. Prices are marked but you can definitely bargain and get yourself a slightly better deal. If you love to hunt for bargains this is the place, unlike some of the more expensive antique shops you find in hotels. But if that’s not your cup of tea, the mall also caters for fans of classic vintage items such as old movies and DVDs, books and retro fashion. You can literally spend days searching through Tanglin’s extensive collection of old and precious items, some of which will be sure to bring back fond memories.

If you are done catering the exotic souvenirs, you might as well indulge your tongue in several restaurants that offers exciting cuisines such as Patara Fine Thai Cuisine, Chili’s Grill & Bar Restaurant, Caffe Beviamo, Starbucks Coffee, Brunetti, Yantra Restaurant and TETSU Tempura & Tonkatsu Restaurant . If that wasn’t enough, fancy yourself in the numerous specialty and services that Tanglin Shopping Centre could provide; from fashion, sports and leisure, hairdressing, dental services, maternity and baby care, toys, edutainment, professional photo studio to laundry service. Plus there is also a spa offering cleaner fish treatments, a pharmacy, and over 500 car park lots for your shopping convenience. The mall is air conditioned too, so your browsing and shopping is more than pleasant.

Duty Free Singapore Changi Airport

Indulge Duty-free Shopping Spirit At Duty Free Singapore Changi Airport

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Duty Free Singapore Changi Airport

Duty Free Singapore Changi Airport

Ever thought of extending your stay because you didn’t have enough time to buy cheap souvenirs in Singapore? Regretting your stay for not coming over to Singapore’s cheap markets such as those in Chinatown street markets or Mustafa Center? Fret not, as you can bring back home unique souvenirs from Singapore, a wide range of duty free goods only at Duty Free Shoppers Galleria at Singapore Changi Airport.

Located within Singapore Changi Airport complex itself in 60 Airport Boulevard, you will find duty free shopping at Duty Free Shoppers Galleria a breeze. Indulge to your heart’s content in the wide range of duty free shops that are open 24 hours in all three airport terminals. Shopping is made even easier with these terminals easily accessible via the sky train.

Here you’ll find an even wider range of international spirit and liquor brands, beauty products, high end fashion labels, and the latest electronic gadgets and watches, just to name a few. Though it looks like any other mall on Orchard Road with its displays of designer handbags and endless cosmetic counters, DFS Galleria is the only one that offers true duty-free shopping. This means that the usual taxes and duties imposed on imported goods are left off the price tags, making items 10 to 40% less expensive than at any other department store in Singapore. Duty-free shopping is usually reserved for the international departure area of airports, but at DFS Galleria you can browse at your own pace. The only catch is that you must be leaving Singapore by plane to get the duty-free discount. Simply bring your passport and flight details, and the Galleria staff will arrange for your purchase to be waiting for you at the departure gate. As an addition, their price guarantee scheme ensures that you get a refund of twice the price difference if you find the same product sold at a lower price in tenants’ off-airport outlets, established department stores and major fixed-price shops in popular downtown shopping areas.  So go ahead and pick them up at the most attractive duty free prices only found at Singapore Changi Airport. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything, DFS Galleria is fun for window shopping and significantly less crowded than other luxurious malls like Ion Mall or Ngee Ann City.

Duty Free Shoppers Galleria at Singapore Changi Airport practically carries all the imaginable designer labels and merchandise as well. Most stores have scheduled opening hours from 6.00am to 12.00am in Terminal 1, 6.00am to 1.00am in Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. However, some shops are open 24 hours. Clean and well-appointed rest rooms are available and if you’re feeling tired from all the walking and roaming around, there are some foot massage machines located just before the wash rooms. Should you need a break from shopping, feel free to relax in the midst of nature at any of the Airport Gardens or simply bask in the tropical sun at the rooftop swimming pool. If you love to plug into the online world to pass away the time, you’d be glad to know that free Wi-Fi is available as well.

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

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Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Although it may seem unlikely, you can actually spend your time backpacking in Singapore. There are many attractions that has low budget cost to actually free, making cheap traveling in Singapore is possible. One of such places in Singapore is the renowned Merlion Park in Marina Bay and it is always the first stop every travelers must visit while spending their time in Singapore.

Located in Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore, you can easily reach Merlion Park by walking along the riverfront from Raffles Place MRT Station. Exit towards United Overseas Bank (UOB) Plaza, or if you are confused then refer to the map in the station for more details. From the middle of the plaza, you’ll see Fullerton Hotel. Merlion Park is immediately behind it.

Merlion Park is famous as it is the place where Singapore’s most iconic mythical creature is, the Merlion.  The Merlion was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) in 1964 – the lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves quickly became Singapore’s icon to the rest of the world.

Designed by Mr Fraser Brunner, a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, the lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD, as recorded in the “Malay Annals”. The fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek, meaning “sea” in Javanese by which Singapore was known before the Prince named it “Singapura”, meaning “lion” (singa) “city” (pura) in Sanskrit, and represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.

Measuring 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue was built from cement fondue by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr Lim Nang Seng. A second and smaller Merlion statue, measuring two metres high and weighing three tones, was also built by Mr Lim. The body was made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.

The icon has taken on a life of its own since then, being a popular place to snap a few pictures. Besides that, in the local “Singlish” slang, “to merlion” means “to throw up”, where it refers to the spout that ejects from the Merlion statue, and thanks to its redundant piping, the Merlion never stops “merlioning”.

The Merlion statue stands in a 2,500 square meter park beside the Singapore River, adjacent to One Fullerton and the historic Fullerton Hotel. A viewing deck stands ready to accommodate up to 300 people who want to survey the Merlion and the surrounding skyline. Boat passengers can also disembark here, thanks to a boat landing point near the statue. The area also comprises a promontory with terraced seating, and a viewing deck to hold up to 300 people as well as a boat landing point that allows visitors to disembark from river taxis. The viewing deck provides photographers with unrivalled vistas of the Merlion against the city skyline and the scenic Marina Bay, including landmarks such as The Fullerton Singapore and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Mustafa Center

24 Hours Shopping Manna in Mustafa Center

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Mustafa Center

Mustafa Center

Those desperately in need of cheap souvenirs in Singapore can find their fix in this modestly dressed shopping Center in Little India. Offering 75,000sq ft of bargains, not to 
mention a hotel, café and supermarket, Mustafa Center that is open 24 hours every day providing a haven for those who is constantly hunting for the best bargain buys and adores shopping till wee hours of the morning.

The Mustafa Center is situated right in the heart of Singapore’s Little India, in 145 Syed Alwi Rd to be exact. Taken the North East Line on the MRT and depart at Farrer Park Station, the mall is within easy walking distance, about 3 minutes from Exit G to reach it. If you are going by bus, bus number 21, 125 and 130 will take you to bus stop B07231 where it only takes 4 minutes walking to reach Mustafa Center. The Mustafa Center is the main retail hub of Little India and very easy to find due to its location at the corner of Syed Alwi road and Serangoon road.

Mustafa Center is most definitely not your typical fancy mall over at Orchard Road, but that is precisely part of its charm. It is almost always packed with Singaporeans and tourists alike and it’s not hard to see why. The 24-hour shopping mall offers for sale almost any sundry item you can think of, on top of the usual range of clothes, bags and electronic gadgets — all at bargain-basement prices.

Mustafa Center will be your new haven if you got an addiction to fragrances and make-up. The fragrance and beauty section on the second level of this shopping mall is humbly dressed, but has more than 100 different authentic brands, all jammed pack onto the shelves. With prices of these products being considerably lower than that available elsewhere, take your pick from perfumes from Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Davidoff, Calvin Klein, Anna Sui and many other popular collections. Similarly, have fun experimenting with the many make-up shelves that carry products from major cosmetic houses like Maybelline, L’Oreal and Sally Hansen.

Mustafa Center is also especially famous for being one of the best places in Singapore to score lower priced electronics and jewellery. Expect to find big names like Canon, Casio, Swatch, Phillips and HP, amongst many others in here. Various luxury watches are also housed within this complex, with the likes of Bvlgari, Tissot and Tag Heuer. Products found here are neatly categorized into different sections on the first level, which makes shopping at Mustafa fuss-free and straightforward. However, brace yourself for a bit of a squeeze as the first level is always overcrowded with people milling around the counters, and gets much worse on weekends.

Occupying the entire second level of Mustafa Center, food lovers will be spoiled for choice at the selection available in store. Chocolates from all over the world, tea snacks, noodles, hard to find Indian spices, basmati rice, fresh vegetables and poultry; just name it and you will probably get it. Imported from all over places, the supermarket in Mustafa is the ideal place to visit if you need that particular ingredient or item in your cooking. Many people also like to come here for their weekly marketing rounds.

Due to the narrow aisles at the mall, it’s definitely worth avoiding the weekends when shopping can become quite a tight squeeze.

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