Mar 1, 2014

Finding Japan in Singapore ~ Singapore's 1st Cat Cafe ~ Neko no Niwa

Cat Cafes... I have heard of many in Japan and Korea, but I have never stepped into one when I was in Japan. That's because I was more of a dog lover rather than a cat lover. I realise how wrong I was when I visited Singapore's first cat cafe, out of curiosity...

Tucked along the street along Boat Quay, along with the seafood restaurants, stands Singapore's first cat cafe. It is located on the second floor of the shophouse unit. So do look up and watch out for the prominent metal signage at the shophouse, when you are looking for the cafe.



Cafe Cats, also known as Neko no Niwa 猫の庭, houses 13 cats. They were all adopted cats, saved from the streets and shelters. Under the care of Neko no Niwa, you won't be able to find a glimpse of their painful past. They are now healthy, fit and have a shiny smooth coat of fur.

The cafe is also very clean and well-kept. There are toys and structures for the cat residents to play with, and we can also brush their fur using the given brushes.

When we went over, it was 7pm. Some of the cats were just waking up from their naps. Some of the cuddly beings strutted around, stretched their lazy backs and approach the visitors warily.











Some are still half-awake and couldn't be bothered with our phone cameras, DSLRs stalking them and continued with their daily business.. or in some cases, their naps.





You might probably realise my favourite model at the cafe is Demi :P

For first-timers like us, we are given a booklet on the basic rules of the cafe.



The more prominent ones I remember is washing your hands before entering the cats' dormitories and not using flash when taking pictures. Actually, I stopped using my compact camera to take pictures of them too, as I realise when I try to focus my camera on them, it emits a red light, and the cats don't quite like them. So all the photos taken and posted here are via my trusty iPhone.

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It is best to visit them during the late mornings or late evenings (like after 8pm), as the cats usually have afternoon naps. Since payment is by hours, it is better to visit when the cats are active.

It was therapeutic to hang around at the cafe, even though most of the time, I was stalking the cats, trying to take a good shot of them. But just watching them strut around, or jump up the shelves, or even just staring out the windows is surprisingly very relaxing...

Keen to pay a visit to Neko no Niwa too? Here are some things to note:

Payment structure
First hour at $12 per person, subsequent hour at $5 per person.

Food and drinks are sold too. Of course, payment for these are separate from the hourly charges. Take a peek at their menu.

They carry artwork and craftwork from other artists and crafters too. All revolving around the theme of cats. You can buy them too at the cafe.

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Only cash payment accepted.

Where to find Neko no Niwa?

54A Boat Quay (Level 2)
Singapore 049843

Nearest MRT: Raffles Place Exit G, Clarke Quay Exit E


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And the most important of all... remember to call to make a reservation first! The cafe is very popular, hence it is best to book a place first before you go there, to avoid disappointment.

Telephone Number: 6536 5319

Hope to see you at Neko no Niwa! Can't wait to make a second visit... this time I will choose a timing when all cats are active!


Oct 27, 2013

世にも奇妙な物語 ~ New Perspectives Towards Marriage

It all started this autumn, when I stumbled upon a Japanese SP on "世にも奇妙な物語" also called "世界奇妙物语" or "Strange Tales in the World". The SP consists of 4 short stories, each lasted only about 20 odd minutes. Very short, concise, short and sweet. I like! You probably already know that though I am a drama addict, I am quite picky about the dramas I watch. For instance, I don't really like long dramas. I like dramas which wrap up under 20 episodes. Actually, 15 is a nice number, as I usually find plots draggy halfway.

Back to "世にも奇妙な物語". It is a series by Fuji TV. And it starts way back from 1990! It has more than 10 years of history! The stories may be fantasy, sci-fi, horror, romance... but something in the story is definitely out-of-ordinary. Some are really awesome. Unexpected endings. Touching. *sniff* Or intriguing. *sets me thinking* All these action under 20 odd minutes. :D

Recently, there is quite a number of online commentaries and discussions on low birth rate, low marriage rate and even low dating rate in Japan. Whether it's true a not, it's quite controversial (referring to dating rate). I guess universally, developed countries all face the same problem of falling birth rate and later marriages. Singapore alike.

And the following 3 stories which I stumbled upon, actually brought some interesting insights or new theories on the topic of marriage. Something for your mind to chew on...

世にも奇妙な物語 2013 秋の特別編 仮婚
When we talk about marriage, we must first find a life partner we would like to settle down with. Mmm.. what is your ideal spouse like? No idea? How about having a role-play first to find out which type you are compatible with?

I like the twist in the ending! Unexpected!


Start from 2:23.



世界奇妙物語 2012 秋季特別篇 同坐一桌的戀人

Next, you have found someone. But is she/ he really "The One"? The following story sheds some light on how to identify him/ her.

Pretty touching. Like! Ah.. if only identifying "The One" is as simple as that in the story.

世界奇妙物語 2000 結婚模擬程式

Found him/ her. Now, we would like to embark on our next chapter- getting married. But first, let's get a wedding planner. Wow.. their services are so varied nowadays that they even provide simulation service of marriage life. But is it good to have a peek first? Mmm.. I wouldn't even if there's such a service in reality.
What's more! Takashi Kashiwabara 柏原崇 is starring in this story. I missed his dramas, since his work as 入江 直樹 Irie Naoki in "イタズラな Kiss" in 1996.


So what are your thoughts?

Actually each short movie tells a story behind the marriage/ dating scene in the society then. 肉食女? 素食男? 离婚? 爱情长跑?What's our role in a marriage? It led me thinking for a while. Hope they have brought new perspectives to you too. (^_^)

Oct 17, 2013

How to make Hiyashi Chuuka Soba (Cold Soba with Toppings)

冷やし中華らめん Hiyashi Chuuka Ramen is a common dish during summer in Japan. One of my fondest memories of Japan’s summer during my JET years was enjoying my cold Hiyashi Chuuka Ramen from the nearest convenience store from the school. Refreshing!

Though it is not uncommon to find cold soba 冷やし蕎麦 (Hiyashi Soba), but冷やし中華らめん is rather difficult to find in Singapore restaurants. Interestingly, one would think since Singapore is a tropical country, with summer all-year round, we should have abundance of cold dishes like cold soba, cold udon, etc. However, we don’t. The more predominant one is probably cold soba, a concept we imported from Japan. Not so much for the rest. I think Japan’s array of cold dishes is more varied than Singapore’s. Mmm.. I think we, Singaporeans, probably prefer our desserts chilled than main course chilled. :P

Nevertheless, do give Hiyashi Chuuka Ramen a try on a hot summer day. You might change your mind about chilled main course.

Giving it a slightly different twist, I prepared Hiyashi Chuuka Soba 冷やし中華蕎麦 instead for my lunch bento. Using soba, which is more easily available, instead of ramen.  It’s a very easy dish, just a bit more work, especially if you like to add more colours to the soba.



Ingredients needed

Soba

  • Soba
  • Sesame oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of Roasted Sesame Dressing


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For the Roasted Sesame Dressing, I uses Mizkan's Kinogomadare 金のごまだれ.

Toppings

  • Sliced carrots
  • Sliced Japanese cucumbers
  • Crab meat stick
  • Sliced ham
  • Corn kernels
  • An egg


Garnishing

  • Pork floss
  • Sliced seaweed


Method

1. First, prepare the soba as we need to cool it. Boil soba in hot water with a pinch of salt.

2. Once it is boiled, run it under cold water and mix the soba with some sesame oil, so that they will not stick.

3. Boil the sliced carrots and corn kernels. Leave them to cool when cooked.

4. Boil the crab meat stick and sliced them when cooked. Leave them to cool.

5. Fry sliced ham. Leave them to cool when cooked.

6. Mix the egg white and egg yolk to make omelette. Slice the omelette when ready. Leave to cool.

7. Add the soba in the serving boil/ plate. Add 3 tablespoons of roasted sesame dressing to the soba.

8. Add the rest of the toppings: Cucumber, carrots, corn, sliced ham, omelette and crab meat, side by side on the soba.

9. Add garnishing like pork floss and seaweed.

10. Serve with love~ Remember to mix the soba with sesame dressing and the toppings well before eating.

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According to your preference, you can change the choice of toppings. I usually pick a range that has different colours to make the dish more appetizing. I tried adding edamame, too.


Have a cool summer with 冷やし中華蕎麦!


Other recipes of homemade Japanese food which you may like to try:



Oct 5, 2013

Diving into the Global Teacher Status Index

Recently, a misleading headline has drawn sentiments across the education sector.

Now, let us take a deeper look into the Global Teacher Status Index by Varkey GEMS Foundation, to have a more comprehensive view of the comparison of the teachers across the world.

Do note, the survey respondents are randomly selected based on a certain quota in age, gender and region. Each country has 1000 responses via web survey. This also meant that there is a certain survey bias as respondents are more technical savvy and hence more highly educated, than should the survey be conducted traditionally using face-to-face approach. However, this bias is also noted in the report.

Firstly, let's zoom in on the teachers' wages segment. In the study, the researchers wanted to compare between the following 3 variables:

  • Estimated teacher's wage (respondents estimate what the wage is)
  • Perceived fair wage (respondents reveal what they think the fair wage should be)
  • Actual wage (the actual starting wage)

Not indicated in the news report, the teacher's wage under scrutiny here is a secondary school teacher's starting wage. As it was omitted in the news article, it might have misled the public to think that they are comparing the average wage of a teacher (regardless of whether he/ she is teaching at a primary school or secondary school).

As many will know, the starting wage in Singapore, heavily depends on the qualifications of the entrant.

According to the press release (dated 2008, unfortunately I do not have access to updated numbers), "55% of our primary school teachers and 91% of our secondary school teachers are graduates". As such, by using a secondary school teacher's starting wage is not representative of that of an average teacher's wage. Given that almost all teachers entering secondary schools to teach are graduates, and that the wages are tied predominantly to qualification (since, it is a starting pay, hence with no prior working experience, remuneration based on experience here is irrelevant), the starting wage of a secondary school teacher will be higher than that of an average teacher's wage.

An annual wage of USD$37,144 (S$46,400), is predominantly a graduate's annual wage, which is not reflective of an average teacher's wage, which includes diploma graduates whose pay is significantly lesser.

If you are curious like me, you can compare the gross monthly wage of the said teacher's wage S$3867 with the other graduate starting pay according to the MOE Graduate Employment Survey 2012.

It then brings us to another point, in the report, there is no mention of the qualifications of the teacher, which they have tagged the actual wage/ estimated wage/ perceived fair wage to, which I think is a crucial piece of information which can help respondents may a fairer judgement. They should conduct a more intensive research on the qualifications of the teachers across the countries. Hence, it may not be a fair comparison of the wages across countries in this study.

As a sidenote, the wages have already been PPP adjusted, where PPP stands for Purchasing Power Parity. Hence they have considered the relative value across relative currencies.

The average teacher's wage is estimated to rise, and one of the reasons is that the qualifications of teachers are to be upgraded. Back in 2008, in the same article, the Ministry of Education (MOE) had plans to upgrade teachers' qualifications. In 2011, MOE announced they target to convert all teachers to graduates by 2020.

No doubt our government believes that a good education is the door to opportunities in life, hence a great emphasis is placed on the education sector. It translates to about 21.9% of the budget (based on FY2013 estimates via Singapore Budget 2013 [pdf, pg 4]) Intuitively, one will think the budget will trigger to high pay of the teachers to attract the best talents to the job. Reports like this also support the claim.

It will be interesting if the research has also delved into what the public perceive the job scope of a teacher and also the working hours of the teacher, and then compared it to the actual job scope and working hours of a teacher across countries. That would enlighten us better when analyzing the correlating factors of a teacher's status.

Personally, I think the perceived job scope and working hours will be directly correlated with a teacher's status.

Increasingly, a teacher's job stretches beyond teaching. It would be interesting to find out how other countries provide an all-rounder education for their children via teachers.

Other nuggets about Singapore in the report not mentioned in the news article:

Student's Academic Success and the Teacher's Status Index
PISA (OCED Programme for International Student Assessment) score aims to measure the student's success, with 1 being the highest score and 20 being the lowest score. Singapore has a score of 1. Yeah!



Hypothetically, a teacher's status should be correlated with a student's academic success, right? Unfortunately, according to this survey, they are unable to find a correlation between PISA and the Teacher's Status Index, they have derived. [Global Teacher Status Index, GTSI, pg 14]

Comparing Status Amongst Teachers
In ascending order, the average status ranking of teachers against other professions is: Primary School Teacher, Secondary School Teacher and Head Teacher. [GTSI pg 16]

Comparing Teacher's Status with Other Occupations
Amongst the 14 occupations, the top 5 occupations which respondents worldwide have selected that they find most similar in terms of status of a teacher are doctor, librarian, social worker, nurse and local government manager. Like 14 other countries (out of 21 countries), the respondents in Singapore relate a local teacher's status to that of a social worker. It is interesting to note the how the public view a teacher's status in the following countries (I've only picked those whereby there is a huge proportion of respondents selecting that option, hence a clearcut option):

  • China- Doctor
  • Japan- Local Government Manager
  • USA- Librarian

[GTSI, pg 19]

Perceived Pupil's Respect for Teachers
The respondents also rated whether they think pupils respect their teachers. Singapore has the 3rd highest percentage of respondents who tend to agree or strongly agree that pupils respect their teachers.

It would be interesting to find out direct from the horses' mouths though, from the pupils, on whether they respect their teachers instead of adults' view of them, which might be skewed by other variables. [GTSI, pg 20]

How Much Do You Trust Teachers to Deliver a Good Education?
Based on the above surveyed question, 12 countries out of 21, scored higher than the international average score of 6.3. And Singapore is one of them. Brazil and Finland leads in this segment. [GTSI, pg 24]

How Good is the Education System?
With 1 as the lowest rating and 10 as the highest rating, Singapore is rated 6.66 amongst the 21 countries, coming in 3rd place, after Finland (1st, 7,72) and Switzerland (2nd, 6.69). [GTSI, pg 25; GTSI Interactive Data]

Teacher Union and Her Influence
Interesting to note, this comment is compiled under the individual report for Singapore:

"More people in Singapore (almost 50%) urged for greater union influence on pay and conditions than less influence (6%)." [GTSI, pg 43]

By the way, from the Singapore's Teacher Union website, it seems that membership is only for trained teachers. Hence untrained teachers and NIE trainee teachers will have to wait for their first official posting before applying.

Teacher Status Index
Overall, Singapore is ranked 7th with a score of 46.3. The highest score of 100, goes to China.

Sep 1, 2013

Staycation at Naumi Liora

What's your criteria of a staycation? It mainly lies in the purpose of the staycation. If you were like me, who wishes to hide from the hustle and bustle of a quick-paced weekday life through a staycation, then stay with me, as I analyse my stay with Naumi Liora according to these criteria:

1. Checkout Time
This is one of the main draws of this hotel. Under a special corporate package with my company, they offered late checkout till 3pm. However, there was a minor hiccup at the checkin. In the system, my checkout time was still stated as the usual 12pm. Luckily, another receptionist staff did some quick service recovery and maintained my 3pm checkout. Of course, it helps that I came prepared (the email correspondence of my booking)

2. Cost
Under the package, it offers the usual one-night stay, basic amenities, breakfast and late checkout at 3pm. It costs $198++ for 2. Pretty economical for a 4-star boutique hotel.

3. Room
I don't actually require a big room, so I am not looking for the size of the room like those I have stayed at I-Hotel (Batam) or Sheraton (Macau). I would say, the concept is like the one I stayed in Taichung at CityInn. Very compact. Only the necessities, and no redundant space.



As seen, there is no cabinet, but a steel bar for us to hang our clothes, economical. :) They offer an ironing board too! (quite out of the ordinary, I would say.)

However, a big minus for me, would be that the room comes with a very small window which is shut (I can't open). So, I can't get any sunrays into my room. (=_=)

Oh, and a big no-no for me, noise! The walls are pretty thin here, everytime a fellow hotel guest open or close their doors, or someone moved their furniture or huge trolley luggage around, I can hear them. Thank god... when it enters night-time, all these quieten down. Thus, it kinda failed me as a relaxing staycation spot. (>_<)

4. Character
Usually, I don't look for character of a hotel, especially for business hotel, as they are quite similar. But as a boutique hotel, it has its charisma. For Naumi Liora, as it is located in Keong Siak Road, with a colourful history, it has a retro twist. At the lobby, they offered snacks, including our favourite biscuit snacks topped with sugary twists (snacks from our childhood), M&Ms, cookies, chips, tea, coffee and even ice-cream. The bar is open 24/7. There is no room service for food, but we have the snack bar, or just venture out, Keong Siak, Duxton, Bukit Pasoh or even Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar, to settle midnight cravings.



5. Bath
The bath and toilet area is actually quite important, especially so when we are overseas, as the hotel stay is mainly for baths and sleep. As for staycation, I am looking forward to a nice leisure bath. Especially so, when the website has shown pictures of bathtubs for their rooms. I even prepared bath salts for my rare bubble bath experience. (I don't have a bathtub at home.) So, I was quite disappointed to find that I only had a shower head. Though actually on regular travel days, a shower head is all I need.

And the major big turnoff is the lack of a shower door. The shower room and toilet is shared. There is no glass pane to separate the two. And unfortunately, the floor titles for the toilet area is not slip-proof. So you can imagine the aftermath of a shower. Wet and slippery toilet, which is on raised ground, actually quite dangerous for guests, if we should slip and fall backwards and hit the cabinet.

6. Breakfast
People who know me, know that I like buffet breakfasts at hotels. I love the big spread. It is probably the only time I can stomach a sumptuous breakfast regardless of how early that is. At first, when I know the breakfast is provided by Keong Siak Snacks, which is helmed by Michelin star chefs, I was very very looking forward.

As the expectation gets bigger, the disappointment gets bigger too. Honestly, the spread is quite miserly. Luckily, the ambience made up for some of the short-fall.





Keong Siak Snacks' normal menu was not that bad though. Tried their seared scallops with crispy pig's cheeks, an item under their regular menu. I love how they did the scallops. The pig's cheeks in ball form, came as a surprise to me. Not a great fan of pig's cheeks, eating it alone, was a tad too much. But eating with the dressings, tasted pretty good.



7. Amenities
They advertised that they have big name brands for their toiletries on their website. Mmm.. sorry I don't really know about branded toiletries, but I like what they provide. A nice lavender-peppermint fragrance.



And for coffee lovers, you have nepresso machines in your room. All complimentary.



But another big drawback for me is the lack of a pair of disposable slippers. Maybe they are going eco, so they didn't include this item. But no worries, I brought my own.

8. Accessibility
For us, Singaporeans, accessibility is not that much of an issue. We don't need to lug our huge luggages around, and we know our transport systems inside-out, almost. Naumi Liora is within walking distance between Outram MRT and Chinatown MRT. Perhaps it might be a bit complicated for foreigners, as it involved cutting through a few alleys amongst the shophouses. But it is nothing a Google Map can't solve. The orange exterior helps hotel guests to locate it as well.



Hence, there are lots of makan, shopping and tourist attractions around. Lots of interesting restaurants around Duxton and Bt Pasoh districts. Actually, just next door, there is a very interesting spot, The Library, which I read on reviews, it doesn't really sell or rent books, it is a bar which requires a password (seems like you can get them from the Keong Siak Snacks) to enter. The bookcases are just a distraction, or rather a cover. A pretty interesting way to draw consumers. Using mystic. Nevertheless, I did not venture into The Library. Instead I had a great time doing touristy stuff in Chinatown instead. Half-day as a tourist.

Talking about that, I am very surprised to find out that there are actually many hotels in this district. So many hotels have sprouted in recent years. Ulu me only knew about Hotel 1929 and Majestic.

As such, I guess for my next staycation, I shall obediently choose what most of my peers will pick - MBS or W Hotel. Either go glam at MBS, or a nice getaway at W Hotel which is located at the scenic Sentosa Cove.

Finding Japan in Singapore ~ Makan trail ~ Udon 2

You might already know, the first udon stall that brought me memories of Japan in Singapore is already closed down. (=_=)

But not to worry, I have spotted the second one. This one came with a big splash, it even have a news coverage on Channel News Asia:



Brought from the land of udon, Kagawa Prefecture, Tamoya is famous for her sanuki udon, characterised by its squarish shape with flattened sides.

Just like any other udon stall in Japan, first you choose how you want your udon to be done (with soup? which type- kake (golden broth) or bukkake (thicker shoyu soup)? curry? hot or cold?)

Then pick a size. Regular? Large?

Next choose the sides to go with your udon. Mostly deep-fried though. They now offer kitsune (sweet beancurd skin) too, as a rare non-deep-fried item. You can have an onigiri too, if you're really hungry.

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Go for their tempura prawn. Worth the $2.50. And if you order an additional egg, do note it is a raw egg, not a half boiled one that you usually get in Japan.

Now go for the free toppings and sides like extra soup, tempura sauce, more crunchy tempura bits, cut spring onions, even grated ginger or tapioca for your sauce.



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Go for the Chinatown Point outlet, they have way more free toppings. (omg.. even umeboshi (preserved plum)?!)

And tada... my kake udon... All these for just $8.90?! I could have added more toppings if I wanted.



Trying out other toppings on another occasion:



Tamoya now has 2 outlets in Singapore, one in Liang Court and the other newly opened one in Chinatown Point. I've tried both, and both at non-peak hours. At 5 plus or 6 in the evening. Definitely before the dinner crowd. Because it is during non-peak hours, the deep-fried items tend to lose its crispyness and that is quite evident in the Liang Court branch. Hence, during non-peak hours, it is best to order tempura prawns, which they will deep-fry fresh for you.

Personally, I like my kake broth. Just the right tinge of saltiness and dashi.

There you go, authentic udon experience in Singapore.

Tamoya

133 New Bridge Road
Chinatown Point SC B1#48-49


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177 River Valley Road
Liang Court SC #01-32
Singapore 179030


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Other Finding Japan in Singapore recommendations:

Aug 3, 2013

Filming Sites of "After-Dinner Mysteries" 「謎解きはディナーのあとで」の撮影場所

Not enough of "After-Dinner Mysteries 謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa dina no atode)"? Then, catch up on the making of the movie:
あなたも「謎解きはディナーのあとで」のファンですか?じゃあ、映画のあとで、「謎解きはディナーのあとで」の特集をご覧ください。




Still not enough? Why not (re-)visit the places that the filming took place?
物足りないですか?たったら、自分で旅しましょうか?シンガポールの撮影ところへ。

Marina Bay Sands

Opening scenes with Marina Bay Sands (MBS).
最初は Marina Bay Sands (MBS)の撮影です。

In the day, like in the movie...
昼の MBS、映画のような…



At night, MBS lights up...
夜の MBS も素敵ね…





Probably, the first time that MBS is featured on Japan national television, would be the Softbank ad which starred SMAP:
多分この SMAP が参加するの Softbank CM は MBS が日本テレビをデビューのときでした。



Yup, MBS is the one with the infinity pool.
そうです、あのすごいプールは MBS にあります。

Packed with lavish hotel suites, loads of shops and eating options, theatre, even a museum, MBS has it all. It is also one of the best locations to observe fireworks displays for locals.
贅沢ホテルだけでわなく、いろな店やレストラン、劇場、博物館までがあります。

How to get there? アクセスは?

Take the MRT to Bayfront Station. You won't miss the exits to MBS. (Yeah, there's more than one exit to MBS)
地下鉄(MRT という乗り物)を乗って、 Bayfront 駅まで。 MBS 入り口は一とつだけではない。見つけるは簡単だ。

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Superstar Virgo

And of course, the main filming site, the Superstar Virgo, luxurious ship. Like 北川景子 has described, it's like an island by itself.
もちろん、大部撮影がとるの場所は Superstar Virgo です。北川景子と言ったとおり、あの船は島みたいだ。いろな設備があります。



How to book? 予約は?

Book via the Star Cruises website.
Star Cruises ウェブサイトで予約ができます。

P.S: I have yet to try out any Star Cruise ride, do let me know how it was!


Merlion Park

How can we forget Merlion, the icon of Singapore?



P.S: The above advertisment never fails to tickle me. :P

Merlion Park is located at the heart of Singapore, near many tourist attractions such as MBS, the Singapore Flyer, Singapore River. Unfortunately when the crew was filming the K-Lion ceremony scene, the Merlion was under renovation, as 椎名桔平 has shared in the making-of-the-movie video. Seriously, in all my life as a Singaporean, I have only seen the Merlion being boarded once, in my own eyes, and that was for the Art Installation of the Merlion Hotel. Hence, it is actually pretty lucky for the crew to see the Merlion-on-holiday, as it's very rare!

Merlion Park はシンガポールの中心であって、近くはいろな観光名所があります。例えば MBS とか Singapore Flyer とか Singapore River があります。一年前、 K-Lion の式を撮影のとき、Merlion が修復工事をしました。椎名桔平も特集で残念の気持ちを伝われました。でも、シンガポール人の私も、一回だけMerlionの休み中の姿が見ました。あれは、日本人アーティストの西野達氏のシンガポールビエンナーレの参加作品- Merlion Hotel の立った時だけです。だから、 Merlion の休み中の姿が見えれることもらーキと思いませんか?すこく、珍しいだから。

How to get there? アクセスは?
Take MRT to Raffles Place MRT, and use Exit H.
地下鉄(MRT という乗り物)を乗って、Raffles Place 駅まで。H 出口を使ってください。

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Water Taxi Along Singapore River

Can't forget the "I'm flying!" scene from "After-Dinner Mysteries"? Here's your chance to try it yourself on the water taxi, which cruises along the Singapore River. Soak in the cityscape view as you romance with your partner.

あの「謎解きはディナーのあとで」の"I'm flying!"シンが忘れない?じゃあ、今回は Singapore River に water taxi の上で自分でやって見ましょう!ロマンの時も、シンガポールの景色をたっぶり見ましょう。

How to book? 予約は?
Book via the Singapore River Cruise website.
Singapore River Cruise ウェブサイトで予約ができます。


Raffles Hotel

Lastly, the filming site for the ending scene, Raffles Hotel. Seems like 桜井翔 and other casts have stayed here during their movie shoot too.
最後の撮影場所は Raffles Hotel です。桜井翔とほかのカスト皆さんはあそこ泊まれたらしい。

Do not forget to visit the Hall of Fame when you are there. 桜井翔's photograph is also displayed there!
Raffles Hotel へ行ったとき、あそこの Hall of Fame も行ってみよ。桜井翔の写真もあそこで飾れました。

How to get there? アクセスは?

Take MRT to City Hall MRT, and use Exit A.
地下鉄(MRT という乗り物)を乗って、City Hall 駅まで。A 出口を使ってください。

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And that concludes the "After-Dinner Mysteries" Tour. Hope to see you in Singapore!
以上は「謎解きはディナーのあとで」の旅です。シンガポールへ、ようこそ!

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