The theme of my “oneday.sg” could be DESIGN. I take you at the hand and we wonder through the neighborhoods of Tangjong Pagar, Chinatown, a little CBD and up to the sky for views.
1. The Pinnacle@Duxton is one of Singapore’s landmarks in public housing history. In June 2010, Pinnacle@Duxton won the 2010 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia award by the Chicago Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Best is to go there by cab or use the MRT (green line) to Tangjong Pagar and find your way to the Pinnacle@Duxton.
If you are looking for a panoramic view and a place away from the tourist crowd, the Pinnacle@Duxton is a good place to be. The iconic characteristics of the building are two skybridges. While the skybride at the 26th storey is strictly for residents only, the skybridge at level 50 is luckily allowed for public. As only 200 visitors are allowed per day, I suggest to go in the morning. Opening times and all other details you find here … please bring your camera along.
So,we started our day with a good view. Now let’s go and have breakfast just around the corner.
2. THE PLAIN is as well located @Duxton. As the name promises, everything about this Cafe is pure and simple, it’s all about poached eggs on sourdough, good, good coffee, friends and an atmosphere which could be at home. … As all good locations, it will be crowed with locals on weekends and during lunch hours.
Strengthened for the day you want to hit down to your next stop but wait! before you leave Craigs Road, check out the small shop next door. It’s a shop full of antiques and maybe a little or a lot of junk. If you are into vintage and old designs it’s worth to have a look. Maybe you find a special souvenir and make a deal with an old Chinese men before you hit down to Chinatown where most of the tourists end up buying a little knick-knack.
Walk along Duxton Hill, Duxton Road and Tangjong Pagar Road, have a look at nice, little restaurants, shops and wine bars … you might come back here for the evening. Next on our route will be THE design station of the day.
3. red dot design museum is next on our list. I’m sure you came across the red dot design award somewhere, maybe you have one at home. If you are open for it, we are going to see a lot of red dots today. The red dot design museum shows more then 1000 award winning product designs and is proud to be the first contemporary design Museum in Asia. In the museum is a lot to look at and in the museum shop you will find for sure an early birthday or Christmas present for yourself or your friends.
4. once upon a milkshake is just around the corner from the design museum and offers thick, yummy ice cream and milkshakes. Head southeast at Maxwell Road with your milkshake and find your way to Telok Ayer Street.
3. Thian Hock Keng at Telok Ayer Street is one of Singapore’s oldest Hokkien Temples, built in traditional southern Chinese Architectural Design. The restoration project which was finished in 2000 won among other awards, the prestigious Award for Culture Heritage Conservation Building from UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage in 2001. Have a look inside and outside, think about that the parallel street is already part of the CBD (Central Business District) and todays skyscraper stand on reclaimed land, as in 1842 the temple was located by the sea to welcome Chinese immigrants.
4. Amoy Street Food Center behind Telok Ayer Street or the more popular Maxwell Food Centre (at the very end of Maxwell Road) could be your lunch location for today. Eat with the locals and choose from the huge variety of food, there is something for every taste. Most likely you will end up with the famous and tasty, local Chicken or Duck Rice, some fresh coconut (nothing better then that) or sugar cane juice. If you are a bit more adventures I am sure you will find something new to try.
5. Singapore City Gallery shows architectural models of the city, which you will see from a bird eye perspective. The Gallery shows as well many smaller exhibitions throughout the year. … But mainly you come here today for orientation (maybe you can skip the city tour by bus) and to get an overview of Singapore’s architectural landscape. The Gallery is located just before Maxwell Food Court, at the corner of Maxwell Road and Kadayanallur Street.
6. screening room with it’s rooftop bar at Clubstreet is a gooo place to say goodbye and I let you go into the night. But not without having said that the following … Clubstreet is a trendy area, I’m sure you will find another cool bar or restaurant that suits you.
7. 1-Altitude is still (in 2012) the highest alfresco bar in the world. Stunning views are guaranteed, for either the sunset or to watch Singapore at night – all with a 360 degree perspective. This location shuld not be missed, you will feel on top of the world!
…. With regards to panoramic views we come full circle.
All pictures are taken by Kati (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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