Category Archives: Singapore

1st attempt via Luxury Coach

con’t ..   travelling to KL from Singapore by Luxury Coach, provided by Luxury Tours & Travel.

The usual price per trip ticket from Singapore to KL is SGD39. With the promotion of SGD17 is really worth. And it even include a snack pack and a bottle of mineral water!

The coach bus is not bad. It’s rather new and comfortable. Pick up point not too difficult to find as it located centrally in Orchard.

Air conditional temperature is just nice. The seat is quite comfortable. The driver is rather steady.

Had a smooth journey.. it’s really worth DEAL. If there are more choices of  date and time for departure for this discounted deal, it will be even better.

It’s good deal for tourist to get this if one do not bother much about choices of date and time on setting off . For this does not apply in setting off on Fri evening and Sat morning.

Rating: 8.5/10

Snack Pack

See what's in the Snack Pack

Sample of London Choco Roll

Coach is a double deck with basement for luggages and the higher level for passengers.

The Helpful Driver

The Coach Bus is almost full

Mini TV/AV in front of every seat

Raining at 2nd Link


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Free Talks in Asian Civilisations Museum 17 Aug 2011

Alternative Stories of Rama: Why Did They Emerge in the First Millennium BCE?
17 Aug 2011
Wednesday |  7 to 8.30pm |  @ Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM Empress Place (Basement)

The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic poem that has been retold and reinterpreted by different communities and religions since the first millennium BCE . Given the multiple versions of the story of Rama, it is necessary to juxtapose them, and observe and explain the differences. This talk will consider three versions, all written around the same period: the Buddhist Dasaratha Jataka, the Valmiki Ramayana, and the Jaina Paumacariyam. The talk will attempt to explain why the societies of the three versions are depicted in such different ways.

About the speaker 
Romila Thapar is an eminent scholar of Indian history. She is professor emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where she was formerly Professor of Ancient Indian History. She obtained her PhD from the University of London, and has held positions at Delhi University and Kurukshetra University. Her publications include A History of India Volume One, Asoka and the Decline of the MauryaAncient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, and Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300. She was the co-recipient of the prestigious Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity in 2008.

Due to limited seating, registration is required.
Please RSVP to by Monday, 15 August 2011.
For enquiries, call 6332 5316.

Road closure
Road access to the Asian Civilisations Museum via Old Parliament Lane is halted due to construction. Drivers may use a temporary road in front of the Victoria Theatre. This can be accessed from Fullerton Road (Anderson Bridge). Visitors are also advised to use public transport for easy access to ACM. Click here for the map.

Getting to us –
By MRT: Raffles Place
By Bus: 75, 100, 107, 130, 131, 167
By Car: Parking is available at New Parliament House, Six Battery Road and One Fullerton.


World Cinema screening: Exploring the Australian Outback (August 9, 3 pm)

Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897

All Galleries are opened from 10am-6pm daily.

Free admission to Singapore Living Galleries from 6pm – 8pm daily.

MRTDhoby Ghaut MRT Station / Bras Basah MRT Station (5-minute walk)



Bus-stop (YMCA)
SBS: 7, 14, 14E, 16, 36, 64, 65,
111, 124, 139, 162, 174, 174E,
502, 521

TIBS: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190
700, 700A, NR6, NR7

Bus-stop (Stamford Road)
SBS: 7, 14, 14E, 16, 36, 111,
124, 131, 147, 162, 166, 174
174E, 502

TIBS: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190
700, 700A, 857, NR7

(65)63323659 | (65)63325642

Tue Aug 9 3 pm

Free admission but members only — flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up at the door — we will issue membership on the spot. Free seating. Note that seats are limited.

We will only distribute tickets to the screening AT THE BEGINNING of this programme and not in between. 

Exploring the Australian Outback

In this special installment of the World Cinema Series, the historical and mythological landscape of the Australian Outback will be explored through a joint presentation and film screening. Outback on Screen: Physical Space / State of Mind (90 min), a presentation by Graham Shirley, historian with Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive, traces the rich diversity of cinematic representations and interpretations of the outback within the history of Australian Cinema. This will be followed by the screening of Ken Hannam’s Sunday Too Far Away (94 min), a quintessential outback film situated at the birth of the Australian New Wave.

Outback on Screen: Physical Space / State of Mind
A presentation by Graham Shirley
90 min

The outback is a vast and remote geographical feature of the Australian landscape that has been evoked and interpreted in many ways within the history of Australian cinema. Through an innovative documentary of film excerpts with live narration, Outback on Screen tracks the historical trail and explores the diverse thematic interpretations of outback films over the last century.

Outback on Screen illustrates how these films depict the history of the nation, from the Indigenous relationship with the land to the instincts of early white settlers in stratifying and inhabiting the inhospitable landscape as a living and working environment. It will also look at how the outback has reflected upon the utopian imaginations and fears of Australians.

The films that will be explored range from silent films such as The Sentimental Bloke (1919), early talkies like The Squatter’s Daughter (1933), films from the 70s such as Walkabout (1971) and Sunday Too Far Away (1975), and recent films such as Crocodile Dundee (1986) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).

Graham Shirley, an historian with Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive, has written and directed a broad range of historical documentaries and worked as a researcher for a string of documentaries on the history of Australian cinema. He is also the co-author of the definitive book, Australian Cinema: The First 80 Years.

Sunday Too Far Away
by Ken Hannam
1975 | Australia | 94 min | 35mm | PG
In English

Wrapped within the lethargic heat of the Australian outback, Sunday Too Far Away paints an effortless portrait of a company of shearers over the course of a working season at a rural sheep shed in 1955. It follows Foley the brawny protagonist, played by the charismatic Jack Thompson, and his hard-drinking mates as they battle the rough and lonely environmental conditions of the outback and threats to their profession by the entrance of non-unionised labour.

The film empathetically illuminates the subtleties and peculiarities of comradeship and rivalry that very much characterises the masculine psyche and sociality of an outback male employee – a mythological pioneering figure within Australian history. Within a setting of lonesome parched landscapes shot in glaring red hues, Hannam tells the story of a labouring community of men without women who toiled within in the vast inhospitable landscape of the outback and paved the way for the development of the Australian economy.

Despite being warmly received in Cannes and winning three 1975 Australian Film Institute awards beating Picnic at Hanging Rock in the Best Film category, Sunday Too Far Away is often neglected due to Hannam’s short history as a feature filmmaker which is overshadowed by more prolific directors such a Peter Weir. Nevertheless, Sunday Too Far Away is an important cinematic gem borne out of the Australian New Wave. It indisputably invokes an essentially Australian character and lays testament to the will and spirit of the working-class within Australia’s history.

SFS at GV Marina

5A Raffles Avenue
#03-01 Marina Leisureplex
Singapore 039801

Singapore National Day Open House (Free Admission)9 Aug2011 10am – 7pm

National Day Open House (Tue, 9 Aug | 10am – 7pm | SAM & SAM at 8Q)

Singapore Art Museum 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555. Tel: +65 63323222

Location How to get there? 


How to get to Singapore Art Museum

By Bus
SBS 7, 14, 16, 36, 111, 131, 162, 175, 508, 518
SMRT 77, 167, 171, 700

2-minute walk from Bras Basah MRT Station
10-minute walk from Dhoby Ghaut , City Hall or Bugis MRT stations.

By Car
Carparks available at Waterloo Street, Queen Street, NTUC Income Centre and Plaza by the Park.

Singapore Art Museum
National Day Open House
Tuesday, 9 August 2011  | 10:00am to 7:00pm  | Free Admission
SAM and SAM at 8Q
Join us and celebrate Singapore’s birthday with free entry to all SAM galleries and a series of fun, hands-on activities for everyone in the family. Exhibitions not to be missed include Video, An Art, A History 1965 – 2010 and Art Garden at the Singapore Art Museum at SAM and SAM at 8Q.

Open House Activities
Enjoy the chance to create and bring home your own piece of art inspired by the exhibition Art Garden. Discover the benefits of using art to better understand and bond with your child through art-making activities facilitated by an art therapist.
1pm – 5pm | Glass Hall, Level 1, SAM

Festive Face Painting
1pm – 5pm | Glass Hall, Level 1, SAM

Art Garden Craft Workshop*
1pm – 1.45pm, 2pm – 2.45pm, 3pm – 3.45pm, 4pm – 4.45pm | Level 2, SAM

Family Bonding with Art*
1.30pm – 3pm, 3.30pm – 5pm | Level 2, SAM at 8Q

*Each session is limited to 20 participants on a first-come-first-served basis, and children should be aged 4 and above.

Crossing the border.. Run! Squeeze! Be Alert!

This is just sharing about the ‘not so good’ experience in crossing the border from Singapore to Malaysia via Causeway during peak hours @last minute ….so never do this in future if unnecessary.

It’s was Friday,22 July, I was trying my best to reach Kranji MRT as soon as possible right after my last meeting which ended at 5.30pm.

By the time I reached Kranji MRT it was already near 6pm, the bus stops for both side of the roads were already very crowded..

As the clock clicked, more influx of people rushing to the bus stop.. worst of all the buses took ages to arrived.

When the bus arrived, many dashed to the bus, fighting their way up to board the bus, using all their might to squeeze into the already crowded bus. (Sound familiar for those who had travelled in India?) Only those that dare to bulldoze managed to get into the bus.  Obviously, it is not easy to get into the bus  ..gentleman act? don’t dream about it.  There is no queue, no sequence of who come first or later but just do whatever you can to get into the bus..totally disorder and chaotic.

Notice the above picture, the people already standing on the road instead within the bus stop despite one full load of bus in front which was about to set off..

Want to know how people board the bus? Watch the later part of this video(it was something like that), in fact in the earlier section of this video the ladies board the bus first and most guys board later. However, in the Kranji case it was the guys fighting the way up first.

Notice the jam on the road opposite the Kranji MRT? One will have to wait for long time for the next bus to arrived as the road was so congested.

Notice the jam on the road opposite the Kranji MRT?  One will have to wait for long time for the next bus to arrived as the road was so congested.

If you think why not wait for the next bus why the hassle? While waiting you will notice it was getting crowded every minutes as seem like most people come straight to this bus stop opposite Kranji MRT after work. Finally the bus came but it was already overloaded thus it did not stop but just bypass.

Conclusion then was ..better think of alternative, so I went back to the Kranji MRT and took the MRT train to Woodland MRT thinking that I should be able to access to KTM Railway easily..(I intend to change the original plan from taking coach@Larkin to take the overnight KTM railway train instead which suppose to take longer hours) thinking that it may not be so crowded. When I reached Woodland MRT while asking for direction to KTM railway train station, I was advised to take Bus 851 from the nearby Woodland Interchange to reach  KTM railway train station, again the bus was very packed but this time there was order and queue. Later was told railway ticket sold out and was advised not to waste that trip but was guided to take Bus 951 from Woodland Interchange to the Singapore Causeway Custom instead. Here though the crowd was no better than Kranji but at least all queue for the buses, just wait for your turn. It took an hour to reach from the original 15mins.

Once the bus stopped at the Singapore Causeway Custom you will noticed that most pace up or even run to clear the custom as fast as possible. After the immigration clearance..Wow! Shockingly the whole place was pack like sardine!!

It seemed like there was a commotion in front on getting their way to board the bus.

There was no more space till the queue extend to the stairs..

People start dashing to the road for the buses

People strive to board the bus

Everyone is squeezing their way.. one need to be alert and hold on to one's bag or valuables

It is not a smooth journey at all.

Later then I realised that it’s not an appropriate time to travel to Malaysia at all for there are added crowd whom travel to KL for the holiday as well as Soccer game..and this add on to the heavy traffic on the Fri peak hours..

Only realised why it was such a terrible crowd .. when I saw the below headline in the news..

“28 July 2011 Singapore Vs Malaysia Soccer World Cup Qualifier! The exciting 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifying second-leg match between Malaysia and Singapore. Soccer World Cup, this clash was played on Thursday 28th July 2011 which held at Bukit Jalil Stadium KL. …”

Lesson learnt, always plan ahead to book flight or express coach that travels direct from Singapore to Malaysia for a hassle free journey.

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All about Singapore Checkpoints

I really wonder in such a small country of Singapore how many checkpoints will there be? Especially Singapore is mainly surround by sea.. to my surprises, I am really glad that the government is really doing the utmost to protect the country.

So how many and where are these checkpoints? Just click for details.

And there are even real time cameras view of the key roads!  where everyone can go in to check the traffic condition so as to plan their route if they are driving to avoid further congestion on the road.


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Woodlands Train Checkpoint (KTM Railway)

I find these useful for those who wish to travel via train to and fro between Singapore and Malaysia. Hope it helps you. ; )

 WOODLANDS CHECKPT  160  170  170#  950  46101
 WOODLANDS CHECKPT  160  170  170#  950  46109
Woodlands Checkpoint (24 Hours)
21 Woodlands Crossing, S(738203)

The new location of KTM Railway of Singapore     Click for the Map      Nearest MRT Station    Guide to Get to and Around


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