Name Of The Place: Orchard Rd

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Name Of The Place (Post #1): Orchard Rd

Yes, Orchard Rd is famous, specially for shopaholic. This is one of the busiest street in Singapore even though most of the stores located here comes with big names in fashion world.

Aside from what I mentioned above, most Filipinos who lives, work and visits in Singapore knows this road because of one familiar place that close in our heart and made every Filipino to be at home for a moment is located here which is the “Lucky Plaza”.

What else can I say about Orchard Road? Now I remembered, the first hotel that I stayed-in outside the country is located here as well which is the Orchard Hotel Singapore.

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Reminiscing The First Glimpse of Singapore

As I recall when the first time I traveled abroad, everything I felt were all excitement. It was the first time I took a plane, first time that I will be in another land, being with people in different races. First time to be in a places where most of the things were unfamiliar. The feelings were mixed, somewhat nervous and a bit of scary feelings but most of all, the ecstatic feeling that I will be able to discover another world which different from the world I used to be. It was year 2005, almost 8 years ago, I was able to travel abroad because I was sent by my company for some quality assurance (QA) and testing related work. I was part of the computer integration manufacturing team (Information Technology team) in a semiconductor company.

My colleague and I stayed in Orchard Hotel Singapore which located in famous shopping road called Orchard Road.

The trip was less than a week. This means that I went around Singapore every night, only after work and a weekend before I went back in my country home.

The first place that I enjoyed was Orchard Road itself. For me, during those time, Orchard Road was perfect for me. My reasons were, it was the road where you can find a lot of shopping malls with signature products. It’s one of the busiest road in Singapore specially for the tourist like me. Since I only tour during night-time, I saw this road shines better at night. It has a lot of different building structure that fascinates me at that time.

It’s the first time I tasted different Asian food such as Indian, Vietnam, Malay and Chinese where the taste are different because of the spices and herbs that it contains.

My colleague and I also visited shopping areas at night which includes Chinatown, Little India and Bugis (Junction and Street Market). We visited Clarke Quay, Merlion Statue and the Esplanade Theatre as well.

When I am on my way to church in the morning that Sunday, I had a chance to see the Geylang area, which is the Red Light District of Singapore in a very different perspective since I saw the place in a very quiet time.

During the weekend that we stayed in Singapore, one of the tourist place that we visited was Jurong Bird Park. And here we discovered a man-made falls which made me amazed because it looks like natural falls.

All in all these were the things that I remembered happened last 2005, I will try to update this blog again if I still have some photos from this first visit in Singapore