he third day of our week–long trip didn’t feel like I thought spring was supposed to be. It was rainy and really windy. It wouldn’t stop us though from taking on Disneyland.
Getting lost in Tokyo Sky Tree almost did though, tbh. I just couldn’t find where the bus stop was. Eventually we did and on to Disneyland we went.
it was freezing when we got off the bus!
The entrance. After taking this shot, a family asked me to take their picture. I hope I didn’t mess it up^^;
We had gyoza and ramen at Ippudo for lunch
It was fun people-watching at Disney. As you can see, groups like to dress in themes.
Thought this was adorable so I took a quick shot. Brave kid is navigating the park.
Lines to the popcorn stands are always long.
Going western. Thankfully it cleared up mid-afternoon.
Entrance to the mini-river cruise
Disney Resort at sunset.
We stayed at the souvenir shop near the entrance while waiting for the bus. The trip would take us back to Tokyo Sky Tree, and dinner was at a Mosburger we saw down the road.
what a pretty tray of food :3 I had the MOS Cheese Burger French Fries Set
Melon Soda. A drink every anime fan ought to try at least once.
We saved time by buying entrance tickets online. You can buy about two months before your intended schedule. As for transportation, the buses going to and from Tokyo Sky Tree were really convenient and not crowded at all.
Day 4 would be another trip to the resort, this time at Disney Sea.
Apart from all the food and shopping, Hong Kong does have beaches, mountains and greens so for my trip last year, I thought I’d try hiking there for a change. This trip would also be the first time for me going to HK without seeing a concert^^;;
I allotted a day to hike a portion of the MacLehose Trail. It’s 100 km long and traverses various territories of Hong Kong, but it’s generally well marked and cut in stages (emphasis on “generally” intended). There are longer and more challenging stages, but this one I tried is manageable for a total amateur like me. The views are rewarding though.
About half an hour or so from Stage 1’s starting point is the High Island Reservoir East Dam. The road is paved and there are markers so the trail is easy to follow. The view is very easy on the eyes, too.
Further down the trail is the entrance to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. There are taxis parked nearby so if you feel like turning back after this stop, grab this chance. (I kind of beat myself mentally a few times down the trail for not doing so, but then I digress.)
hexagonal rock formations
Walking along, there will be several climbs but there are coves you’ll see on the way, too. In a couple of beaches, there were hikers who pitched tents. I didn’t have the luxury of time though so I had to keep moving.
There are a few beaches along the way, and six hours into the hike, I was already looking for the Chui Tung Au exit point. It was tricky figuring out where the exit to Sai Wan Pavilion is and I almost didn’t make it, but in any case, the pavilion is a small gazebo where minibus NR29 passes by a few times every hour to take you to the Sai Kung town center.
So, how to get to the starting point? Get to MTR Diamond Hill, and at exit C2, take bus 92 going to Sai Kung Town. The starting point is marked so you can alight there.
Here are some of my other tips (more like lessons learned ahaha):
Start early. A large portion of the trail is not lit at all.
Bring plenty of water and make sure your gadgets are fully charged. The only store I remember encountering was in Sai Wan, and that was after more than five hours of walking.
Take advantage of the many rest points. In the rough trails, I just looked for a place flat enough to sit on.
Breathe and enjoy the scenery.
Don’t be afraid to ask fellow hikers for directions. I needed to do so when I was trying to locate Sai Wan Pavilion.
There are portions with no signal and there are no other hikers in sight. Just keep walking.
If you want to read more about the trail and other recommended hiking spots in HK, this is a good place to start.
Hello there! It’s been a while since I last wrote.
I would like to resume on a public service note and share my experience in renewing my passport. For us Filipinos, getting appointments in the Philippines has been a nightmare, especially since starting January of this year, passport validity has been extended to ten years so there’s an unusual volume of applicants. I was one of those who waited for the ten year validity (but also because my passport expires later this year), but thankfully, I didn’t go through the ordeal of booking a slot.
Before it gets more confusing, let me clarify that I’m based on the West Coast and the nearest consulate to me is the one based in Los Angeles. In any other day, you have to personally show up at the consulate to have your picture and biometrics taken. The Philippine consulate though has a mobile outreach program you can take advantage of; you just have to watch their website for schedules and instructions. Their mobile outreach program is held on weekends so it’s really convenient.
What are the services available in their mobile outreach program? You can have your passport renewed, sign up for overseas voting, have documents notarized (red ribbon) and they swear in dual citizens. Slots are limited so what they do is they have a pre-screening before they give an applicant a slot. They publish the list of names on their website a good week or two before the schedule.
I grabbed the opportunity to go to the mobile outreach program and to do so, I had to make sure I follow the instructions. Here’s what I did:
1. Read the requirements posted on their website. Since I want my passport renewed, I needed to fill out the passport renewal application form and photocopy the bio page of my passport.
2. Sent an email requesting a slot. I received a reply the next business day acknowledging my email. I also received another email shortly confirming that they have allotted me a slot.
3. On the day of my appointment, I brought my about-to-expire passport, filled out renewal form, photocopy of my bio page (you can never have enough copies!), my own self-addressed envelope and 65 usd for the processing fee. They sell stamps on site so if you don’t have enough postage, just buy from them. There’s no need to bring a photo, but make sure to dress properly and quite needless to say, look such that you wouldn’t regret your would-be passport photo for the next ten years^^;;
The processing was on schedule. I was already being attended to at the time allotted to me. I also signed up for overseas voting so that I can have the ballot mailed to me when it’s time for the next Philippine elections.
There were walk-ins on the day I went but what the staff did was tentatively schedule them on the 4 pm window, so it really pays to secure an appointment slot in advance.
The processing of my passport including the waiting time took just about 15 minutes and the staff were really nice. My old and renewed passports will be mailed to me, and usually it takes two months.
I’m not sure if the process is the same for other embassies or consulates, but do check out the consulate nearest you. Hope this helped!
Energized by my venture into Albay, I was pumped into looking for my next destination. After scouring the net, this beach in Sisiman, Bataan kept calling to me. And as we say here in the Philippines, I’m very agreeable so I packed my bag and spent a weekend there.
Sisiman’s beach is rocky and even has hardened lava in some sections. Although sandwiched by two factories, the beachfront itself is a beauty and the local community surrounding it is charming in its own way. Fishing and making dried fish appear to be the main livelihood. Videoke is very much alive as early as 7 am too! Hahaha 😀
Until now, pitching tents there is free, and the local community also rent cottages for a minimal fee. Toilet and bathroom are communal, and they charge per pail.
The best time to go here is either by sunrise or sunset; it looks like it gets pretty crowded later on in the day. In fact, groups of people started arriving by 7:30 am. Not by the busload, but it’s getting challenging to take decent landscape photos.
How to get there?
Take the bus going to Mariveles
Alight at Baseco
Take a tricycle–tell the driver to drop you off at Sisiman Beach.
No ATV rides, no sili ice cream, but it was still quite an experience.
I swore that this year, I’ll explore Philippines more, so one seat sale or so ago, I looked for a place to go to and decided on Albay. I want to see Mt. Mayon up close! But after this trip, I found gems, both in places and people. So enough with the narratives and on to the pictures!
Even if you end up sitting at the wrong side of the plane, you’ll still get a nice view of Mayon after the plane lands. One of the best runway views I’ve seen so far 🙂
Lignon Hill is just behind Legazpi Airport, so I hopped on to a tricycle right away. Manong was very helpful; he was actually teaching me where to go, how to go around and he practically got that I prefer experiencing the place like how locals do. He assured me that I, with no exercise at all and practically sits all day in the office, can reach Lignon Hill’s peak. He said he even jogs there in mornings. Okay then, I thought, I’m ready!
The road was paved, yes; you won’t get lost, yes; but it was steep. Not exaggerating here, but I was tempted to crawl up at some parts of the trek haha^^ I was that out of shape. Thankfully though, I was able to reach the peak and was rewarded with these views:
Lignon Hill boasts of a 360-degree view of the city. This is just a nice snapshot of Legazpi City. At the far end is Sleeping Lion, or Kapuntukan Hill.
It’s been a while since I last saw a bed of cosmos so I had to take a pic!
Mayon was practically covered, but the cloud formation surrounding it was pretty interesting. It’s as if it took the volcano’s shape
A lot of people were exercising there too and there was someone selling coconuts.
Lignon Hill has a minimal entrance fee after 9 am but it’s free in the mornings (and personally, considering how hot it can get later on in the day, mornings are the best time to go there).
After Lignon Hill, my next stop was Cagsawa Ruins. Two jeepney rides away from the foot of Lignon Hill, Cagsawa is hard to miss since there’s a sign pointing to the park. About half a kilometer’s walk and you’re already by the entrance. They charge a fee of 20 pesos and you’re free to stay there as long as you like.
There are plenty of souvenir shops and some restaurants inside, and I don’t really like to say this, but it’s a little too touristy for me. There are plenty of locals too offering to take pictures for visitors for a fee. What I appreciate about them is they just ask you once and then if you say no, they leave you alone. Here are shots of the bell tower, the church hall’s remnants and a rice field:
If I could, I would have waited til the clouds cleared away but it was starting to get hot when I got to the park
Here’s the path leading to the back of the bell tower.
Through the walls of Cagsawa church’s ruins
Mt. Mayon + rice fields, one of my favorite things to draw back in elementary school. It’s really something else seeing this sight up close^^
After about an hour, I headed back to Legazpi City to check out Starbucks in Ayala Mall Legazpi. I chose the seat with the best view of Mayon, but I wasn’t satisfied because a column was blocking the view. So no picture from there. After recharging, I headed to Embarcadero de Legazpi, but upon reaching the mall, I realized it’s not worth killing time here for the rest of the afternoon, so I did a quick research and stumbled upon Quitinday Hills. And I’m glad I chose to go to this place.
From Embarcadero, jeepneys going to Camalig pass by. So I got on one, and the jeepney driver guided me and had me alight at Sentro, where the tricycles are. The roundtrip fare costs PhP350 – 500 pesos, and the tricycle drivers will allow probably just 2 or even at most 3 per ride. It takes about half an hour before you reach the drop-off point. That half-hour though is through a grueling rough road, so as a tip, don’t eat too much before heading off to Quitinday, and make sure you don’t have stomach problems.
Quitinday is a relatively new attraction which boasts of two viewing points where you can see Mayon (and the rest of the hill formations as well). According to one of the locals, Quitinday is better than Chocolate Hills because you actually get to climb its hills, while with Chocolate Hills, you just get to see it from a viewing deck. From my trip, Quitinday is definitely my favorite stop. Why, you ask? Here’s why:
I wish I had time to check out Quitinday falls and Hoyop-hoyopan cave which was on the way, but I had to go back to Embarcadero to view the sunset and I had to be within Legazpi City so I won’t miss my flight back home. Still no luck seeing Mayon, and the sunset was on the other side of the port, but I still enjoyed the scenery.
After I had my fill of shots from the port, I had dinner at a local coffee shop then headed to the airport.
Being Japan’s icon and rightfully so, seeing Mt. Fuji is definitely a must for me. There are so many ways and so many places to enjoy the view, but for my trip, I chose to see Mt. Fuji from three vantage points in two days from the Fuji Five Lakes region. I tried viewing Mt. Fuji from the Chureito Pagoda, Mt. Shakushi and Lake Kawaguchiko. So yeah, these are the more nature-leaning sightseeing spots for Mt. Fuji.
I’ve read that Mt. Fuji’s visibility is somewhat unpredictable, so choosing the date to see Mt. Fuji (which I set practically four months in advance) was a gamble for me. But as you’ll see, it did pay off 🙂
Access to Fuji Five Lakes Region Coming from Tokyo
Let me start though by sharing how to get to the Fuji Five Lakes region. If you’re coming from Tokyo, the cheapest and fastest way to get to Fuji Five Lakes is via bus from the Shinjuku Bus Terminal. The trip roughly takes 2 hours and it costs JPY 1750 up to Kawaguchiko. You may purchase in advance and just approach the counter so you can get your ticket and have your seat assignment, or just purchase upfront. This is a hard lesson learned for me: to make the most of your trip, check the timetable and be at the bus terminal at least half an hour early so you can purchase your ticket.
The bus terminal is across Shinjuku JR Station.
At the fourth floor is the departure area. That’s the NTT Docomo tower.
I was seated at the first row so I had uninterrupted view (plus a ton of UV light haha) at times. The snow-capped scenery and fine weather were lovely.
really lovely. And that must be Mt. Fuji towering ahead 🙂
I was originally going to alight at Kawaguchiko Station, but the bus would stop at Shimoyoshida first, where Chureito Pagoda is, so alight at Shimoyoshida station I did. And then I wish I didn’t, because I felt I was in the middle of nowhere. Don’t get me wrong; the town was quiet and lovely, but save from a couple other passengers–a lady and a man–who got off, there was no one else around because the town was covered in snow. And there were no signage near the bus stop that tells you how far Chureito Pagoda is, or which direction you need to head. So I mustered up my courage and asked one of the other passengers. She started telling me that I had to walk, and when I asked how far, she was hesitating. That got me nervous, for sure, until the other passenger spoke up and told me that he’ll show me the way. So we kept walking for at least 10 minutes until he spoke up and pointed at the mountain on the other side of the road. And boy, he did point way up to the mountain’s summit. For the second time that day, first being the moment I got off the bus, I thought of giving up. But I didn’t want to waste the gentleman’s kindness so I kept on. He pointed the way to the train station, i.e., my save point, and then he gave me instructions on how to get to the shrine entrance. I walked on, but didn’t find the way, so I retraced my steps. I came across another couple and this time, they took me right at the steps to Arakura Shengen shrine (where Chureito Pagoda is). So here it is, in pictures:
This sweet couple, Mr. and Mrs. Haneguchi, guided me until the entrance. I wanted to have a selfie with them so I’m glad they let me. 🙂
Mr. and Mrs. Haneguchi were telling me that it’s been about 60 years since it snowed this early. Normally, snowfall starts in January. I wasn’t really looking forward to snow because I thought I couldn’t handle it, but I’m definitely not passing up an opportunity like this, either.
These steps lead further up to Chureito Pagoda. This is also where I decided to stop because my shoes aren’t fit for walking on snow and it was literally moments before sunset.
I had a clear enough view of Mt. Fuji from the viewing deck I stopped at. After taking a couple of shots or so, I stood still and admired the scenery some more. I tried to compose myself too because my phone battery died pretty much after I took this shot^^;;
For a second, I wanted to cry after my phone shut down. I haven’t texted my host yet to pick me up, and it was about to get dark in the next 10 minutes or so. But I steeled myself and focused on getting to the train station. Thankfully, I was able to charge my phone when I got to Shimoyoshida station, texted my host, and then waited at Fujisan station. I then spent the night at Peace & One resort which I wrote about here.
Mt. Shakushi’s summit is one of the underrated viewing spots for Mt. Fuji, but when you conquer the two-hour hike, it’s said to be worth it. Note that I wrote “said to be” because it was too cold for me and I didn’t have enough time. But the trail is beautiful, too:
just outside the resort
It’s one of those days when Mt. Fuji’s not too visible. Here it looks more like a volcano (which it actually is)
Following my failed quests to reach Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Shakushi’s summit, I had to ask my host several times if Lake Kawaguchiko is at sea level or not. The lake is one of the most scenic spots to view Mt. Fuji and this spot is the most accessible of the three, and is actually within the busy town. The lake is just a 5 – 10 minute walk from Kawaguchiko bus station and there are plenty of signs to guide the way. I was running on a tight schedule so I just managed to take a few shots of Lake Kawaguchiko:
This time, Mt. Fuji wasn’t completely visible at all (or maybe I was just looking at the wrong direction^^;;) In any case, it was still worth checking out Lake Kawaguchiko, mostly because I’d lose sleep for days in regret if I didn’t! Haha!
Two days, three spots, priceless encounters with places and people.
Have you been wanting to go to Japan, but are intimidated by the visa application? Read on then as I share with you tips on how to improve your chances of getting a tourist visa!
Before I continue though, let me just remind you that
I’m not guaranteeing 100% approval. That’s really up to the embassy to decide!
I’ll be talking about how I prepared and what I think helped me bag a multiple entry visa, and most importantly:
Check what’s stated in the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines’ website. I did, and still do from time to time.
So, let’s continue! Japan started granting multiple-entry tourist visas for Philippine passport holders residing in the Philippines only in 2013 but they have further relaxed the requirements as of September 30, 2014. That makes Japan even more accessible for us, and we can be granted a visa valid for up to 5 years with a maximum stay of up to 30 days. Sweet, huh? 😀
Now, on to the tips:
Whether you’re aiming for a single entry or a multiple entry visa, you need to have a valid passport first. This may be common sense but I can’t stress enough how important it is. And, renew your passport six months before it expires!
This is just my personal preference, but my preparation took years. I didn’t aim for Japan right away; I traveled to other countries first and went to South Korea before attempting my first Japan visa application. This is to build a good travel record and prove that I’m really just visiting for recreation and not for any other business.
Know the type of visa you intend to apply for. Check here what best suits you. What I did was apply for a single entry visa last year and this year, multiple entry.
Gather the documents.
Make sure you completely and correctly fill out the visa application form. Read the instructions carefully! It doesn’t hurt being neat, either; avoid erasures and corrections as much as possible. The form is actually editable, so use it to your advantage.
For photos, it’s best go to photo studios and tell them you want your picture taken for Japan visa application, and they’ll know what to do.
If you’re a first-time applicant, you will most likely need NSO documents such as a copy of your birth certificate and/ or marriage certificate. If you’re dreading long lines and stress-inducing waiting times, fear no more because you can now order said documents online and be delivered to your doorstep in three working days, for your convenience!
In getting your bank certificate, it’s best to do so days before you submit your visa application. In this case, I believe the more current your document is, the better. As to how much money you should have in the bank, the Embassy hasn’t really specified; but when I applied for a five-day stay in Osaka last year, I had ~PhP50k and more than ~PhP100k when I applied for my Tokyo trip (also for a 5-day stay). The rule of thumb is they want proof that you’ll have enough money to cover your expenses for your trip.
The daily itinerary need not be too detailed, but it has to show that you do have a pretty concrete plan of what you’re gonna do during your stay.
Other documents that are not required but will boost your application are transportation and accommodation bookings (if not staying with a friend or relative). As much as possible, choose plans that have a flexible cancellation policy. For first-time applicants who are employed, a certificate of employment (COE) is not required, but it’s a good supporting document nonetheless.
In general, remember that the documents should be within the prescribed validity and format, and your documents should be neat.
Submit your requirements.
Except for a few cases, visa applications should be submitted through travel agencies accredited by the Japanese Embassy. This option is actually easier, hassle-free, and they will review your documents before accepting the application.
Remember that not all travel agencies process all types of visa application, so read and confirm with the agency/ies of your choice.
Visa application itself is free, but the travel agencies charge processing fees.
When is the best time to submit? Personally, for tourist visa application with no guarantor, 6 – 8 weeks before travel is enough. If you think this is too close to call, I’d say the advantage of applying close to your intended travel dates is that your documents are more up-to-date. You might want to check with your travel agency of choice as well.
Wait and hope for the best! Processing time is officially around 7 – 10 working days, but you can get yours in as early as 2 – 3, which I did in my two applications. If you have a guarantor, expect the processing time to be longer since there will be more papers to verify. Your travel agency will inform you when your passport is available for pickup.
Feeling more confident now? Great! Now plan, prepare and go for it!
It’s been a gruelling but rewarding week so I thought of treating myself to some of my good old favorites from Kimono Ken.
Kimono Ken is a chain of Japanese fusion restaurants that’s been around for about a decade. It may be homegrown here in the Philippines but they certainly deliver. (Restaurants in Little Tokyo are on another level, though.)
It’s a little heavy on the pocket, but the price is comparable to how food costs in Japan. Taste-wise, the flavors are definitely there. So for today’s snapshot of their offerings:
I started with miso soup. Plus points for their fresh tofu and seaweed. Minus points for the soup being a little thinner than it used to. 😦
They brought this along with my iced coffee. This appetizer’s good for up to three people. It’s fried wonton stuffed with ground chicken, shredded cabbage with mayonnaise and wasabi dip. It may be an odd-sounding combination but it works for me. I was describing to my boyfriend what wasabi’s like. I told him, if peppers feel like a burn from a flame, wasabi’s spiciness feels like a chemical burn. Don’t you think so?
My favorite drink in this resto, iced coffee. I’m glad they haven’t changed the price in years, and more importantly, it tastes the same every time. I believe they’re using UCC coffee for this treat.
And speaking of staying the same, one of my staples in Japanese restaurants (heck, even when I was in Japan) is curry. It’s comparable to the dishes I’ve eaten in Osaka’s subway stations, but my only complaint is that the chicken was a little too salty.
Service is efficient and the staff are cordial. I don’t eat out as much as I used to anymore, but Kimono Ken will stay as one of my favorite go-to restaurants if I want a treat. If you like Japanese food and haven’t gone to any of their branches, do give it a try!
I haven’t been able to post as often as I want to these past few weeks because my laptop kept acting up. Stubborn me refused to go to the repair shop though I was already starting to warm up to the idea that I needed to format my hard disk soon.
Still, I tinkered as far as I can, so every other day or so I’d run chkdsk c:/r. Then just this weekend, a techie friend of mine made the switch to Windows 10, so I thought I’d give in to Microsoft’s pesky free upgrade reminder and get it over with. So now my laptop’s into its third day of running under Windows 10.
Microsoft ditched the four colors and opted for the sleek-looking blue window. That’s a cool welcome screen there! (special appearance by cute Sunny ^^ )
The file explorer (formerly windows explorer) now has its menu in tab form. It was confusing at first… well it still is.
The start menu looks so interactive and it’s fun to customize. Loving how photo albums are arranged, too. You can view the photos either by folder or when they’re taken.
After writing down the pictures’ captions, I realized that Windows 10 almost has a feel of Android OS sometimes. At first, I had apprehensions too at how Windows 10 might be, but my laptop’s been actually performing faster than when I was still using Windows 7. More importantly, the upgrade seemed to have fixed my laptop somehow.
Stuff I don’t like as much–the audio is a little lower in volume now, and continually pressing F8 doesn’t get you to the boot screen/ repair menu anymore. I also can’t access some sites in https when I’m using Firefox.
Despite these minor inconveniences though, I’d say it was worth upgrading to Windows 10. Now let’s hope I don’t jinx it!
And since we’re on the topic of windows, let’s switch gears and talk about windows (窓). When designed right, windows can become a spectacular view in themselves. I want to share with you some shots of windows which I find interesting:
This is a guest house in La Union. The place is Filipino-themed, including the furniture.
Another guest house I used to frequent in my former job. This one is in Toledo, Cebu. It’s a homey, American-style bungalow atop a mountain.
This one is taken from the room I stayed in at Peninsula Excelsior in Singapore. Great location, great room, great sights. In front of me is a portion of Singapore’s National Archives (and also a fire station).
Churches usually have interesting architecture. Behind us is a replica of France’s Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh.
One of the windows of St. Peter’s Church in Melaka. St. Peter’s church is said to be the oldest Roman Catholic church in Malaysia.
Ruins of St. Paul church in Melaka
This is one of my favorite pictures ever. It has a mysterious feel to it and it kinda reminds me of the One Acre of Coastline card in HxH Greed Island
window-inception, or “kamehame wave windows” in Melaka (haha!)
So there. I hope you found the Windows 10 review helpful and that you enjoyed the mini-windows gallery. またね！
Check any travel guide about Singapore, and the Botanic Gardens would certainly be among the top recommended attractions–and rightly so. It’s pretty much free to go around (except for the minimal fee to get to the National Orchid Garden), and yet it’s very rich in nature and history.
The gardens are a vast sanctuary in the heart of the city. There’s so much to explore, it’ll take literally a whole day or maybe even two to fully experience what the gardens have to offer.
My plan was to get there early, but being the nocturnal creature that I am, I woke up pretty late and got to the gardens at around 11 am. I started my looooong stroll from Bukit Timah Gate, where I took some shots of the Eco Lake:
an uninterrupted view of the serene Eco-lake
a swan! :3
park goers enjoying some moments with the pigeons
After a brief stop and looking at the map several times, I decided to make National Orchid Garden my priority, then the small tropical rainforest. I’d then check out the other gardens if I still had the energy to do so.
And stuck to the plan I did. Here’s a mini-gallery of the different sections of the National Orchid Garden:
And choice shots from the rainforest:
A must when going to the Botanic Gardens is plenty of time, fully charged camera battery and enough space in your SD card, comfortable shoes, and a bottle of water. (There are drinking fountains throughout the garden where you can refill the bottle, too.)
When I do go back to Singapore, I’ll definitely check out the Botanic Gardens again and visit the rest of the sections I wasn’t able to explore as much as I wanted to. Besides, there are upcoming attractions to this newly inaugurated World Heritage Site 🙂
Singapore Botanic Gardens is open every day of the year from 5 am – 12 mn, although certain sections have their own schedules. It is also very accessible via bus or train, and tourist shuttle services are available as well.