Singapore Hot Spots

We collect key chains. Not officially though. But since it’s the easiest thing to bring home after a trip, not to mention cheapest when you have a bunch load of friends from different circles, and the idea is shared by our friends, we found our key chain collection growing and growing without us realizing it. Looking at them now, each one proudly tacked in each of our cubicle walls, we realized we have about 7 each coming from Singapore depicting only one thing…

Ulysses, he’s the most photographed celebrity in Singapore, can be found right at the marina bay area. He’s  got an imposing stance, he’s hard and most of the time, WET! Stop thinking dirty, perv!

It’s the Merlion, the city’s emblem. At 37 years old, he stands proud at 8.6 meters and made of cement. Yes, he’s almost in his prime but still hot as ever.

TRIVIA: The name Singapore is derived from Sanskrit Singha which means Lion and Pura meaning City. Historical accounts claim that the merlion was adapted from the city seal of colonial Manila.

And so when the time came for us to see the country, we knew we had to see the icon for ourselves. We stayed in the city for two days the itinerary on the first day was to visit nearby places in Chinatown and the last, inevitably, was devoted to seek the sight of all sights in Singapore. Our excitement was building as we round the other places to see in the city. We even had a plan to take a picture of one of us creating an illusion that we are bathing with the water coming out of the creature’s giant mouth.

As we approached the Fullerton Bridge, we saw a green net casting itself around the merlion. Was the merlion cold? Were there mosquitoes? Is he photosensitive? Was he having his beauty sleep? Or could it be that the then recent typhoon brought about an enormous lighting and struck the living life out of him and his tail, for the love of God, was chipped off. Yes, that’s exactly what happened.

Rebirth of the Merlion

So we came all the way to Singapore to see a net? We found ourselves in the middle of a huge cosmic joke. We sat there feeling all disappointed for not being able to see him, but mainly because we wouldn’t be able to get our pictures taken… It was such a bummer. We had to settle for the merlion’s mini-me.


Good thing, there are other things to see in the area, several framable structures are actually a few “kembots” away from the bay. So we simply diverted our shutter-mania.


There’s the equally popular durian halves, Esplanade. Built juxtaposing the merlion, it’s an architectural wonder where photographers’ lenses gravitate especially at night.

esplanade bay

fountain of wealth

The suntec mall several blocks away from the the bay has the largest fountain in the world as tagged by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Culture Bits:

Fountain of Wealth is no ordinary fountain, it is not just there for aesthetic purposes alone. It is designed according to feng shui, or the Chinese art of, well, putting things in their proper places. The fountain does spew water but during the afternoon, it pauses to allow people to go to the center and make a wish. But unlike other fountains, you need not scratch your pockets for coins. You make a wish, touch the water while walking around in circles three times.

fullerton bridge

And another unexpected photogenic spot which we serendipitously captured by Ron’s clinical imagination. We name this shot “the lithotomy position.” This one is right under the Fullerton bridge.

But the fact remains that we cannot get over missing one important spot. On the lighter side of things, it is a sign. Singapore hasn’t seen the last of us. We will be back with a vengeance. Aside from the first picture idea we had in our heads, we’ll get another one taken with our mouths hanging open, drowning from drinking water coming out of the merlion’s mouth. In the meantime, we decided to add another key chain in our collection.