Wagamon- Scotland of Asia

Wagamon is an enchanting hillstation, situated at an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level and it is an  ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales.

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A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of tranquility. Cuddled up within three striking hills Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala hills which are dedicated to three separate religious faiths-Muslim, Hinduism and Christianity, Wagamon is a perfect getaway for meditation as well as provides avenue for adventurous sports like trekking, rock climbing, paragliding and other exciting activities.

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National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory of the ‘50 most attractive places to visit in India’. Vagamon’s charm is worth experiencing and is indeed one of the must see places for tourists.

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Best of Sentosa

Welcome to the state of fun.

Young or old, its hard to get bored in Sentosa. With a variety of attarctions to choose from, you will have a hard time selecting  where to visit, if you have less time.

I did spent a lot of time to check the reviews of whats best and what’s overrated among the 37 attractions in Sentosa excluding the beaches. So here goes my personal favourites and based on reviews in various sites & recommendations by the locals.

Top 10 attractions in Sentosa:

1. Universal Studio

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Be dazzled and delighted by an immersive entertainment experience that brings the silver screen to life. Enter the thrilling world of movie magic as you Ride the Movies on roller coasters and other movie-themed attractions.

Go beyond the screen and Ride The Movies™ at Universal Studios Singapore.  Only here can you experience cutting-edge rides, shows, and attractions based on your favourite blockbuster films and television series, including TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, and more!

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2. Singapore Cable Car

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Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday city life behind and take a scenic joyride onboard Singapore Cable Car! Nothing beats the thrill of taking off in your cable car and having a bird’s eye view of the world below!

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3. MegaZip Adventure park

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A first for Singapore and a must for all visitors, MegaZip Adventure Park will give you a real high, literally!

Featuring the most extreme zip wires in Asia, an aerial rope course and a free-fall simulator, it’s an experience that you’ll never forget. Depending on your fitness level, choose to try out the different courses at your own pace.

Over 450 metres long and at 72 metres above sea level, the MegaZip flying fox lets you whizz over the jungle canopy and the buzz of Siloso Beach.

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4. Madame Tussauds

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Bringing a unique blend of glitz and glamour, Madame Tussauds Singapore will take you to a party like no other! With 8 fully themed interactive zones and the new “Spirit of Singapore” boat ride, get ready to photograph and pose with your favourite A-Listers, challenge sports stars, hop on stage with music legends and come face to face with international icons from Singapore, Asia and beyond.

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5. Skyline Luge

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Sentosa brings you the first ever luge in Southeast Asia. Part go-cart, part-toboggan, pure excitement – the luge is a fun-filled gravity ride that’s safe for all ages. With a unique steering and braking system that allows you to make the ride as leisurely or as exciting as you want. Jump on the Skyline Luge Sentosa and brace yourself for a brand new island resort adventure!

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6. S.E.A Aquarium

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Step into the aquarium and be blown away by the breath-taking nature of the ocean that is home to more than 100,000 inhabitants.  Discover and unfold the endless wonders of our blue planet at S.E.A. Aquarium™.

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7. Images of Singapore

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Images of Singapore is a journey to the very soul of Singapore – a place where cultural diversity, unity of values, adventure, perseverance and honor converge like nowhere else in the world. A must-visit for every visitor!

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8. 4D Adventure Land

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Go on in an immersive 4-D movie, NEW Journey 2: The Mysterious Island The 4-D Experience.Next, Hang On Tight as you ride on a virtual 4-D Virtual Simulation “roller coaster” Extreme Log Ride and Grab a motion-sensor pistol, aim and fire at Asia’s first 4-D Interactive Shoot-Out game Happening at Desperados.

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9. Port of Lost Wonder

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Designed to provide a unique experience of family bonding, the attraction houses a signature water play area, themed islets for picnics and leisure activities and distinctive retail and dining experiences for the very young and young at heart.

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10.  Wings of Time

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Epic. Majestic. Mysterious.
Discover a mesmerising night show by the sea. 

There’s no better way to complete a fabulous day at Sentosa than to take in a spectacular night show set outdoors against the backdrop of an open sea.

Come, discover an awe-inspiring display of water, laser and fire effects, set to majestic music and a panorama of breathtaking vistas.

Weaved together by a tale of friendship and courage that will linger with you long after you leave this magical isle.

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Singapore in 3 days

Singapore is a dynamic city that enables travellers to design their own journeys – stories that you can call your own!

Depending on who you are and who you travel with, you can decide how your Singapore holiday would be.

Here is a list of 3 day itineraries that’s tailor-made keeping you in mind!.

 

Singapore for couples / Honeymooners

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Relish one intimate moment after another and fall in love all over again.

Day 1:

Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the bay  – Flower Dome, Supertree Grove and Dragonfly Lake

Clarke Quay

Day 2:

Vivo City

Cable car

Sentosa

Day 3:

Marina Bay Sands

Merlion Park

 

 

Singapore with friends

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Lose yourself in some of the most exhilarating experiences.

Day 1: 

Universal Studio

Vivo City

Day 2:

Cable car

Sentosa

Clarke Quay

Day 3:

Gardens by the bay –  Supertree Grove

Merlion Park

 

 

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Spend quality time with your loved ones engaging in fun and enriching activities.

Day 1:

Universal Studio

Day 2:

Sentosa

Vivo City

Day 3:

Singapore Flyer

Merlion Park

Gardens by the bay – Supertree grove

 

 

Singapore for Nature Lovers

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Fall for the beauty of nature!

Day 1:

Gardens by the bay – Flower dome, Cloud Dome, and Supertree Grove

Merlion Park

Southern Ridges trail

Day 2:

Singapore Zoo

Night safari

Day 3:

Jurong Bird Park

Singapore Botanical Garden – National Orchid Garden

 

 

Singapore for the Aged:

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Joy for all ages!

Day 1:

Hop on – Hop off City tour

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   Merlion Park

Day 2: 

Gardens by the bay – Flower Dome, Cloud Dome, Supertree Grove 

or,

Singapore Zoo / Jurong Bird Park

Day 3:

Singapore Botanical Gardens – National Orchid Garden

 

Singapore for budget travellers

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Day 1:

Orchard Road

China Town

Merlion Park

Marina Bay Sands – Event Plaza Wonder Ful Light and Laser Show

Day 2:

Gardens by the bay – Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Lake

Gardon Rhapsody Light and laser show

Clarke Quay

Day 3:

Vivo City

Sentosa Beaches

 

Embark on an enriching journey of unique discoveries to experience Singapore in your way. An experience that you can call your own. Some intimate, others adventurous!

The story is yours to tell!

 

Wait, there’s more

Singapore for Free

Top 20 Photo Spots in Singapore

Singapore with Kids

 

In the city of digital lights

i-city, City of Digital Lights, Malaysia

i-city, the city of digital lights is the latest tourist spot and  the first lightscape tourist destination in Malaysia. If you prefer going on a planned trip, the chances are you will miss the city of digital lights as it is little far away from the city. It took around an hour drive in the night to reach i-city.  But the view was amazing. No wonder it is the most recommended place by locals.

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i-City’s mesmerising nightscape with over 1 million LED lights  attracts an average of 90,000 visitors weekly. Its seasonal light themes and outdoor fun rides has become a night gathering place for families and friends.

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The place comes alive with an amazing forest of man-made maple and pine trees brightly illuminated with seasonal LED lightscape themes.

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Apart from city of digital lights, they have an array of attractions – Red Carpet ( wax museum), Trick Art Museum, Snow Walk and Water World.

With beautiful scenery and unique display of dazzling digital lights, it is not a surprise that i-City is a haven for shutterbugs. It also provides a beautiful setting for wedding photography. Strike a pose with 1 million spellbinding LED lights transforming the night into a fairytale wonderland of lights.

Ho Ho Steamboat- a must try when you are in Malaysia!

When i look back, the most memorable experience in KL, was trying out steamboat!

We were on a short visit and a marthoma priest (Achan) who is a good family friend of ours, took us to the Ho Ho Steamboat on our last day in Malaysia. They were very particular we had to experience steamboat, before we go back to India.

The first day we reached KL, they took us to a chinese restaurant and ordered crocodile fry, pork and some other things which we have no clue what that is and also chinese hot tea which was served with chilled ice! We (myself and husband) are not people who experiment a lot with food. When we go to an Indian restaurant we end up buying fried rice / biriyani / naan. Though we look at the whole menu card, we end up buying the same things. When we travel outside, we prefer eating KFC / McDonalds / Nandos. So when they said we should again go to a chinese restaurant, we were in doubt. But we dint want to say no to a priest either.

While we were sitting in the car, achan said ‘today we will go to steam boat. Lets have soup for dinner ’. ‘Soup for dinner?!’ For me soup is just the beginning of a great meal. How can someone eat just soup is what came into my mind. He continued – ‘We should cook the soup. They will provide all the ingredients’. Before he completed the sentence, we reached the Ho ho steamboat restaurant.

We went inside and ordered 3 sets of meal with clear soup as well as tom yam. I couldnt stop laughing when we got the ingredients.  What immediately came into my mind was, after achan drop us back into hotel, is it possible to get food somewhere else!

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But when we started cooking steamboat, i started enjoying it (even before i tasted it!). Kochamma served the first set of soup and it tasted yummy! Our little one looked at everyone eating for around 10 minutes and then she started. What surprised us was even she liked the soup. All of us including my little one ate 3 sets of soups.

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In Ho Ho Steamboat, seafood is freshly shipped daily from Pulau Ketam with more than 70 kinds of steamboat ingredients, including fish balls, fish noodles, handmade dumplings, as well as QQ tofu. Crab, white pomfret, squid, sliced pork, giant grouper fish head and siakap fish head are not to be missed. Served with a slightly spicy and sour chili sauce it will make you ask for more.

I have no words to explain the steamboat experience. It was yummy and we had a jolly good time with achan and family.

I wish someone start steamboat in India. If i ever visit Malyasia again, the only place i want to go again is Ho Ho Steamboat.

Top 20 Photo spots in Singapore

Here’s a list of top 20 photo spots in Singapore.

1. Merlion Park

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2. Marina Bay Sands

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3. Singapore Flyer

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4. Orchard Road

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5. Madame Tussauds

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6. Alive Museum

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7. National Orchid Garden

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8. Garden Rhapsody, Supertree Grove

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9. Dragon Fly Lake

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10. OCBC Skyway

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11. Flower Dome

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12. Helix Bridge

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13. Clarke Quay

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14. Marina Bay City Scape

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15. China Town

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16. Changi Board Walk

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17. Punggol Beach

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18. Esplanade

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19. Punggol Lalang Field

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20. Henderson waves bridge

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Singapore with Kids

 

Admit it. It isn’t easy to travel with kids! But if you know how to entertain your little one, the trip will be an amazing experience for all of you.

We initially planned and booked to cover 3 countries (Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia) in 16 days with our kid who is one and half years old. The first two days in Singapore, we were trying to cover all the places that were on our list. We went at 11 in the morning and came back by 11.30pm. On our second day, we realized we are not doing it the right way. We were in a hurry to see all the places that we were not actually enjoying the trip!  We made a decision that day that changed the way we explored these countries.

The rule was to see only what we can. There isn’t a point in seeing everything and not enjoying those moments! Rather than following our travel plan, we went as per her wish.  We spent more time in one place. By doing that we were able to see places and experience things which were not in our list. We clicked some amazing pictures too.

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View from Gardens by the bay

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Wonder Full Light and Laser show (View from Merlion Park) – If we had not allowed her to play in Merlion Park, we would have missed this specatcular show!

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Wonder Full light and laser show (View from Event Plaza, Waterfront Promenade)

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 View from Gardens by the bay

Garden Rhapsody, Supertree Grove

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The second decision was to cancel the Thailand ticket and extend our stay in Singapore.   We extended and stayed for 10 days. This way we were able to see almost all the popular places in Singapore (except for Universal Studio which we thought will be difficult to enjoy with little ones.) Though we were not able to see Thailand, we really enjoyed our stay in Singapore. It was truly a memorable trip.

So, here goes her favourite places in Singapore:

 Siloso Beach

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Mamma, I can play in sand for endless hours! 

Madamme Tussauds

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Who said, we dont like posing?!

Singapore Flyer

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I’m on cloud nine!

Kids park, Jurong birdPark

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I loveee this place!!!

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

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Flowers.. flowers everywhere! 

Singapore Botanical Garden

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Mamma, i wanna play with them!

Clarke Quay

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woww!!

Vivo City

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I dont wanna go back, mamma!!

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