Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kamala Beach in Paradisal Phuket

Last August 7-9, 2015, I visited Phuket just in time for the national day holiday in Singapore. 

The moment I land in Phuket, there was heavy rain so I immediately grab a taxi so that I could already get to Swissotel, the hotel where I stayed.

Since it was raining, I just opted to rest in the hotel and reserve my energy for next day's activities. 

Upon waking up, I prepared myself for a short walk to the beach. Just outside the hotel, I was amazed by this altar which is also a common sight in Bali.

Walking farther, I saw these two ducks next to a French spa.  

Then I started to walk towards the beach. I passed by this forested area.  

With no one to ask, I just explored the area until I reached the beachfront and took these photos.    

It was too windy that time for there was typhoon in Taiwan. Even the sea was rough. It just reminded me of the tsunami, that when I walked further down, I found the memorial to the victims.  

On walking farther, I chanced upon an elegant Buddhist temple showcasing the statues of Buddha in perfect majesty. 

Walking again, I saw this boat, a kind of Thai gondola, in the river. 

The streets of Phuket are pretty much similar to that in the Philippines as below.

Within the Kamala Beach area, you can find "Fantasea", a theme park offering fabulous presentations, though I was not able to watch their show. Instead, I just took these photos at the entrance of the theme park.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

Tudor-style bungalows in Singapore have always evoked affection among Singaporeans and foreigners alike. 

These bungalows are to be found anywhere in the island and complements the lushness of the surroundings.   

One of the more famous bungalows is the Alkaff Mansion which in itself has a long history to tell from the high society parties of the colonial times to hosting Buddhist chants and now a place for dinning and romance.

The ambiance of the place affords the diners or guests with exclusivity amidst the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

This bungalow houses the Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, an authentic Italian restaurant with a menu offering the ingredients of which were sourced from Europe.

The ristorante offers a la carte menu on weekdays and buffet dinning on weekends and public holidays. 

When I dined there for a buffet, the course served were variety of delectable European cheese, sausages, baked vegetables, fish in sauce, sushi and various kinds of deserts. The wine they served is also overflowing.

Dining at Alkaff is one of a kind experience in Singapore - dining a la Italian in a tropical romantic setting.

The gazebo at the front yard.

The European-style fountain.

The facade of Alkaff Mansion.

Variety of sushi and deserts at the buffet hall.

Among the buffet choices are Italian sausages and cheese.

One of the main courses, a fish imported from Italy.

Me with the Italian chef of the ristorante

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Forest Walk & Henderson Waves

Singapore as a city of lush greenery and architectural marvels showcases the Forest Walk and Henderson Waves. 

This place is perfect for recreation and relaxation amidst the hectic action in the city.    

From SP Jain School, the entry point to Forest Walk is through this bridge.

As you walk along, you can see the following scenery.

Then you will reach this convergence point at Telok Blangah Green.

From then on, you can find the entrance to Henderson Waves.

Proceeding, you find yourself at Henderson Waves.

As you descend to Henderson Road, you can see the full view of the bridge.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Stroll at Chinatown

One of Singapore's cultural landmarks is Chinatown. In here, you can see the Chinese influence on Singaporean culture.

It is a typical sight in this place the colorful Chinese style shop houses and roads adorned with Chinese lanterns.

There are also bazaars along the streets offering souvenirs, Chinese charms, jewelries, paintings and even old coins and decors from China. The stuffs on sale are pricey but you can haggle if you are buying more items. 

Chinatown is also a place for dining anytime of the day. There are food stalls along the streets where you can buy Singaporean Chinese foods. For full dining, there is a seafood restaurant just around the corner. 
Though a hectic place, Chinatown is also host to various spas offering haven for relaxation and various types of massage. So, after a day's stroll, it is good to indulge in these spas.  

In my experience I would say, Chinatown is indeed a place worth of visit both for tourists and locals alike.  

A typical scene in Chinatown near the Chinatown Heritage Center. 

A shop selling Chinese stuffs.

Colorful shop houses in Chinatown.

Chinatown is also a place for dining.