Archive for the tag 'merlion'

Jul 19 2012

What are some popular souvenirs in Singapore?

Published by under Shopping

The gift that keeps on giving. Dinner, that is.

Finding a souvenir that sums up the Singapore experience can be a bit of a challenge because there aren’t many locally-made products (other than the hawker food you ate for lunch – burp!). Some may be quite cheesy, but these are the most popular souvenirs of Singapore. Spice packages to make Singaporean food: The highlight … read the full post

Feb 20 2012

Boat tours of the Singapore River

Whether you’re on a tight schedule or just have aching feet, a cruise along the Singapore River is a great way to sit back and soak up Singapore’s sights. Regular boat tours last about 30 minutes and cruise past the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands. Two companies operate boat … read the full post

Feb 15 2012

Meet Singapore’s Merlion

Half-lion, half-fish, the Merlion is the trademarked mascot of Singapore. No, this absurd creature isn’t from a local myth or children’s story; it was dreamed up by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964 to use as their logo. The fish body represents Singapore’s long history as a port and the lion head is a reference … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Favourite Singapore freebies

Published by under Money & costs

It’s no secret that it can be expensive to be a tourist in Singapore.  I recently did a run-down of the city’s cheapest accommodation, but even if you’re on a shoestring budget there’s no need to stay in your hostel killing time on the guest computers and sipping the complimentary coffee. Beyond the price of … read the full post