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ACMI

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, is a museum about the history of film and media, its entrance and its impact in Australia. There are posters, displays from old Films and TV shows, working models of very early video-games systems, a car from Mad Max and other visual displays. Worth a visit for anyone with an interest in Film or TV, and best of all its FREE!

Galleries open daily 09:00 ~ 17:00

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Brighton Beach Huts (Vic)

Like those of Brighton in the UK, Brighton Beach in the south of Melbourne has a long line of colourful Bathing Boxes. This is a popular tourist/photo spot and the boxes are all painted in different styles and themes, even one with an Australian flag! It’s not really the nicest beach for actually swimming but its quite scenic and a long beach coastline to walk.

About 30min south of central Melbourne with by car (with expensive parking at $5/hr) or direct train from Flinders Street to Brighton Beach Railway Station, and walk from there to the beach.

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Shrine of Remembrance

Opened in 1934, the Shrine of Remembrance is a memorial built for those from Victoria who served in WWI, and now to all Australians who served in war. It is one of the largest memorials in Australia and a main location for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.

You can climb stairs to the top and look around at the surrounding parks and gardens, and there is a war museum underground. Guided tours run at 11:00 and 14:00.

Kings Domain on St. Kilda Road
Open daily 10:00 ~ 17:00 (closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)

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Kartright GoKarting

In the West of Singapore is Kartright GoKarting, a small go-kart track with karts of limited speed & road grip (I’ve never skidded/spun out so much when karting before). It is also quite expensive, at $40 per 10min for adults and $30 for kids. They have also introduced a new rule that means without a drivers licence you are limited to a 30km/hr kart which is quite slow (lic holders can drive a 50km/hr kart). Still, this is one of the few karting options in Singapore and a bit of fun. I have yet to try the new KF1 track which might be a better option.

About $40 for 10min for Adults, $30 for kids.

Tues – Fri – 11:00 ~ 22:00
Sat – 09:00 ~ 22:00
Sun – 09:00 ~ 19:00

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Teotihuacan

Just 50km Northeast of Mexico City in the Basin of Mexico is the enormous archaeological sight of Teotihuacan, with 2 huge pyramids (Pirámide del Sol and Pirámide de la Luna, or Pyramids of the Sun & the Moon). They are mostly impressive for their size and well preserved condition, and the fact that you can climb them! Part of the city layout is still recognizable, including the main street “Avenue of the Dead”, and there are many well preserved Murals also on site.

Definitely worth a visit, especially if you are only stopping in Mexico City and won’t have a chance to visit any other similar sights in Mexico.

Buses go regularly from Terminal Norte between 7am and 6pm (around MX$40, taking one hour). At Terminal Norte, head to the far left and look for the desk to ‘Los Pirámides, not the town of Teotihuacan.

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Singapore Cable Car

Singapore’s Cable Car takes you from HarbourFront to Mount Faber & Sentosa Island, in an 8 seater cabin with full 360 panoramic views over Singapore’s skyline, the harbour and Sentosa. If its not busy, you can try to get your own car to yourselves, but otherwise they will group you with others. They play light music (like jazz) inside, and there are fans but not a/c. The ride takes about 10-15min from the top at Mount Faber to the bottom at Sentosa.

It opened in 1974 and has been not just a mode of transport but a tourist attraction ever since. They periodically update the cabin designs and colours and add novelties like glass bottoms. There are currently 7 VIP cabins with Glass floor enhanced with Swarovski crystal elements.

S$26 Adults, S$15 children, or you can purchase a Faber Licence for S$39 for 12 months unlimited rides on the Cable car, and Sentosa Express! It also gives you a 30% discount for a friend’s ticket, and 20% off at some restaurants and shops on Mount Faber and Sentosa Island. If you plan to go on the cable car even twice within a year, its worth it.

The HarbourFront Cable Car station is about a 5-10min walk from HarbourFront MRT. Take exit B into HarbourFront Tower II, go up the escalators, and across the bridge, down to street level and turn left into the square after the first large building. There are signs posted along the way.

Daily 08:45 ~ 22:00 (last boarding 21:30)

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Singapore Cinemas

Cinemas are all over Singapore, and seeing films is a favourite pass time among locals. Its quite cheap (from S$6.50 on Tuesdays) and there are often late sessions even starting after midnight.

There are three main cinema franchises in Singapore, GV, Shaw & Cathay. Some of the cinema halls are quite small, with as little as 80 odd seats, while others have 300+. Shaw Lido also has an IMAX screen, but it is not a full size IMAX (which kind of defeats the purpose really), while GV has Gold Class and GV MAX theatres.

While Singaporeans love going to the movies, many have yet to learn cinema etiquette. Singaporeans will continue to use their phones, check facebook, or just simply have a conversation with the person next to them for the entire film. And if you “shhh” them they won’t take the hint.

You also need to book early unless you like sitting in the front row, as all tickets are seated and Singaporeans book early. Showing up to the cinema and seeing what’s on is not a good idea. Book online a few days ahead if possible, or at the cinema for a later/next day session.

Normal tickets $11.50, Tuesdays $8.50, S$6.50 (members), 3D Sessions S$14, GV MAX S$16, IMAX, S$22, Gold Class $39

Mint Toy Museum

MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys has more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and memorabilia from more than 40 countries. There are old figures, robots, cars, teddy bears, comics, themed lunch boxes etc! If you have any interest in old toys you will like this place. It’s a great example of the differences in times, comparing what kids used to play with (metalic or wooden, non-moving or wind up figures) to today (plastic animated, automatic, talking, robotic toys, video games etc!).

Young kids will recognize characters like Batman, Astro Boy, Tin Tin and Doctor Who etc, just in much older toy form! Note there are a few examples of quite racist toys and products that simply could be be sold today. The museum takes about 1-2 hours to walk around if you read the information and take pictures.

A short walk from various MRT stations (City Hall, Bugis, Bras Basah). You will see two black-coloured umbrellas with Mint Museum of Toys and Mr Punch Restaurant & Winebar logos at the main entrance.

S$15 (Adults), S$7.50 (Children, seniors), free for kids under 2 years old
S$36 (Family – 2 Adults & 2 Children)

Opening Hours
Daily – 09:30 ~ 18.30

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