Monthly Archives: July 2011

Someday in Land of Lion – Part 2: Singapore Appetizer

OK I admit that I come here in Singapore not for vacation, but for job assignment. But it doesn’t mean that I will not get fun, otherwise I kind of glad since I get paid for semi vacation work, :D.

My first day of work is like work. I don’t need to write about that. But I just want to give some note about it. At my first day I have already realized that Singapore’s people is kind of hard worker. They start by 9 AM and should end by 6 PM, but they don’t. I am very afraid to come home on time at first, so I wait until several people go home. But until 7 PM there is still 50% employee still stay at office. Wow, I am leaving anyway. Probably it’s their natural habit to work hard and become diligent. After all I think this city is very competitive, probably they need struggle to survive.

Now about the kind of people that I meet here. They are vary. Mostly is Chinese, but I also find Indian, Malay, American, Japanese, Korean, and many more. That’s why there is many languages I hear everywhere. Most of it is Chinese and English (Singlish) but some time I hear Malay and Indian. And then I realize that they sometime don’t talk when communicate. For example the food seller a Chinese old man sells his food to American, they don’t understand each other but transaction accomplished by body movement. I am surprised. And having so many language in here make more difficult to listen, since they have different accent. Believe me it’s hard to switch from listening one person to another in this case. Or probably I need more time to adapt.

About the things you may find in Singapore, they’re tons. Almost everywhere you can find landmark, statue, unique building, attraction, etc. You can even see unique things in mall.

I share you here several unusual things I encounter there on my first day. Actually I am not planning to go to specific place, but still I get good object to share

1. Fountain of Wealth
There a circle pipe that shoot the water, so the water somehow can shape like a ball, and then there is lasers shot on it and make a 3D image appear. Very interesting technology. Once it show dragon image moving in 3D motion, it’s very cool.

Fountain of Wealth

Location: on North side of Conrad Hotel, Marina Bay Area

2. A Snaking Ladder

Location: Southern of Millenia Walk Mall, Marina Bay Area

3. Singapore Flyer
The world largest observation wheel. It take 30 minutes to ride it and it’s very beautiful to watch city scenery from the top. At night view is even more awesome, the city, landmark, street, beach, bridge, and the triple tower of Marina Bay Sands.

I ride it on my first day. It cost 29 SGD and there is a museum under it. The museum basically give information about specification of the flyer and gift shop.

Entrance

The tube

Sky Show: Art and Science Museum (left) & Stadium (right)

City View

Interior

The Flyer from the street

Location: Marina Bay Area

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Someday in Land of Lion – Part 1: Before the Start

5 July 2011

03.30, Picked up by driver in wrong meeting point. Realizing that at night, many big mouse civilize the street of Jakarta.

04.30, Arrive at Cengkareng, get in line of Immigration check.

05.00, Get rejection from Immigration since haven’t yet check in.

05.00, In Immigration line (again)

05.20, Get panick since the flight is by 05.50 but there is still about 10 persons in line before me

05.30, Asking one person in front me to switch, get another rejection.

05.40, That person finally sympathize and let me go first.

05.45, Run to the plane, interestingly there is many other people also being late.

05.50, Being on board, plane take off 10 minutes later (gee…), but still glad that I can catch up.

06.30, One passenger in front of me complaining about the food.

06.45, One of senior stewardess ask for apologize and offer some compensation, but the passenger get more annoyed.

07.00, Realizing the way to turn on TV in front of me, playing Sucker Punch movie. At the end I fail to figure out how to turn it off.

08.30 (switch to Singapore time), Arrive at Changi Airport. It looks just normal. Get in Immigration line for another 15 minutes.

09.30 Arrive at Conrad Hotel and spend my first SGD money 24 SGD for taxi, Oh no it’s too expensive. Do I being cheated?

09.45 At the hotel room to put luggage before get to office, it’s amazing. It face to the city and I have full wall window. The night view will gonna be very amazing.

So it starts. I am nervous, first time to go by myself. But I will enjoy it… Surely enjoy it 😀

Full Wall Window
Wall Full Window

The view from my room: Fountain of Wealth
Afternoon View: Fountain of Youth

A Walking Journey

In my office we have ‘Walk from Jakarta to Singapore’ program as part of get fit program.

Since then, I always use pedometer everywhere I go and count my steps everyday.

Pedometer

How to put it

The distance we take is Jakarta – Singapore – Jakarta which is about 2000 km and we walk as a team of 4 people in 3 months.

We have conversion 70 cm/steps so it would need:
3.000.000 steps (all) or
750.000 steps per person or
250.000 steps per person per month or
8000 steps per person per day.

There is several place close to my place which I record as below:
1. Home – Office RP2: 1800 steps
2. Home – Giant Point square: 5500 steps
3. Home – Pejaten Village: 6600 steps
4. Home – Citoz: 800steps
5. Home – Citarasa: 400 steps

My biggest record:
30.000 steps a day when walking in Singapore.

My smallest record:
500 steps in 5 days due to my bed-rest sick

Interestingly we can also convert other sport/activity into step using following table converter.
http://www.takesteps.univerahealthcare.com/stepChartPop.jsp

So let’s fight!!! We believe we can walk to Singapore 😀