wat do u think, when u read d title..ehehe..i'll make a vacation 2 SINGAPORE...
The Merlion was designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964. The designer was Mr Fraser Brunner, a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium. The Merlion has a lion head and a fish body resting on a crest of waves. The lion head symbolises the legend of the rediscovery of Singapura, as recorded in the "Malay Annals". In ancient times, Singapore was known as Temasek, a Javanese word for sea. In the 11th century A.D, Prince Sang Nila Utama of the Sri Vijaya Empire rediscovered the island. When the Prince first landed on Singapore's shores, he sighted a mystical beast which he later learnt was a lion. The Prince then decided to name the island "Singapura" which in Sanskrit means Lion (Singa) City (Pura). The fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek and represents Singapore's humble beginnings as a fishing village. The Merlion statue, measuring 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, was built by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr Lim Nang Seng. It is made of cement fondue. A smaller Merlion statue, measuring two metres high and weighing three tonnes was also built by Mr Lim. The body is made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.
The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is the modern building alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River. It's a purpose-built centre for the performing arts. It contains a 1,600 seat concert hall & a 2,000 seat theatre for the performing arts. The library @ esplanade is located on the 3rd floor of the building. There are outdoor performing centers, retail & food space at the Esplanade Mall. There is an outdoor open space on the 4th floor of the building.
Fun island ...themed entertainment...tropical resort...nature park...Singapore's Island Resort. A former fishing village turned British military base, Sentosa was transformed into an idyllic island resort in 1972 for the enjoyment and recreation of everyone. To describe Sentosa as merely one thing or another would do no justice to the multiple facets of this island jewel half a kilometre south of Singapore. Afterall, it is the variety and versatility that make Sentosa (meaning peace and tranquillity) different and special for millions of visitors from all around the world. And unlike any other vacation destination, you are right on the fringe of the city's buzz, which is just minutes away by cable car, ferry or via a 710-metre road link. Once you step afoot the island, you can find your own slice of paradise among the many exciting attractions - history and culture come alive, entertainment by day and night, lush green surroundings to explore, manicured gardens, dancing fountains and two challenging international 18-hole golf courses with scenic undulating views. Today, Sentosa is a 390-hectare recreational haven boasting a kaleidoscopic range of attractions and activities which cater to a wide audience.
Beach lovers can enjoy exciting games and sea sports along the 3.2-km long sandy beaches stretching across Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong. You can indulge in a host of leisure activities such as cycling, in-line skating, canoeing, horse riding or simply unwind at the beach pubs. On weekends, the beach pubs will spring into action as beach volleyball fans flock to Siloso Beach for their favourite game. In recent years, Sentosa had also gained international fame for holding some of Singapore's most exciting themed events like the Sentosa Sandsation (an international sandsculpting event), Black Moon Foam Parties, Zouk Out Dance Festival and Sentosa's yearly Countdown Parties right here!
SONG OF THE SEA
Enjoy the colourful lights in the musical fountain show, "Magical Sentosa" hosted by the playful monkey, Kiki and his friends, the singing and dancing octopus and the beautiful Princess Pearl. They will bring you on a magical journey into a secret Sentosa unknown to the world. You will be awed by the creative choreography of the spectacular lights and lasers, as they project computerized fiery flames, powerful geysers and mist effects. This S$4 million sound, light and laser extravaganza will give visitors an unforgettable multi-sensory treat.
p/s: insyaallah, dgn izin Tuhan, i'll b there next week...