Atlanta Trip: CNN Studio Tour

Atlanta: CNN Studio Tour
After visiting the World of Coca-Cola, my colleague Sally and myself walked for a few minutes into another top attraction in the city of Atlanta.  This is to check out the headquarters of I think the most famous news network in the world, the Cable News Network or more famous as CNN.

And just like Coca-Cola, Atlanta is also CNN’s home base.  The CNN headquarters is located just across the Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. It is  just a few meters from the Georgia World Congress Center where I went to for the Atlanta Comic Convention.

The CNN Center in Atlanta, as I learned during the tour, is located in what was once an indoor amusement park.  Its the first of its kind and was called The World of Sid and Marty Kroft.  The CNN Studio tour takes about 55 minutes and runs about every 30 minutes. Standard rate for the tour costs $15 which can be bought at the main atrium.

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Atlanta Trip: World of Coca-Cola

Atlanta Trip: World of Coca-ColaDuring my first weekend in Atlanta, I took a drive down to the downtown area with my colleague Sally. We headed to checkout two of the most famous attractions of Atlanta.  This day we visited the World of Coca-Cola and took a studio tour into the CNN Center.  On this blog I’ll focus our trip into the World of Coca-Cola.

The World of Coca Cola is located next to the Georgia Aquarium and the Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.  The World of Coca-Cola is an indoor exhibition that features all about everyone’s favorite and probably the most famous soda drink in the world. This attraction is also located just a few blocks from where the headquarters of Coca-Cola is located.

The World of Coca-Cola is a modern building that stands right next to a park and the Georgia Aquarium beside it. One interesting feature of the building is that it has this glass tower which contains the image of the iconic Coke bottle.

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SG Last Hurrah!: Universal Studios Singapore

SG Last Hoorah: Universal Studios Singapore

My family and myself have lived in Singapore for two years. During this time we have always skipped visiting the Universal Studios Singapore theme park located within the Resorts World Integrated Resort in Sentosa island.

But our time to leave Singapore has arrived. Well that is about 6 months ago. And so upon learning that we are to heading back to the Philippines, we decided that it was time for us to visit Universal Studios Singapore. We bought our tickets from a travel agency in Chinatown which is way cheaper than buying online or in their ticket booths.

Well actually it is also very timely as my aunt and 3 cousins where flying over to Singapore for a vacation during that time.

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A Stroll into the Gardens By The Bay

Last Saturday, my family and I finally got the opportunity to check out one of the latest tourist attractions here in Singapore, the Gardens By The Bay.  Well it has actually been open since October of 2011 but still it is a fairly new attraction.   Gardens By The Bay is located just behind the Marina Bay Sands and it is somehow a flagship attraction highlighting Singapore as a garden city.

Well, technically we have been to the Gardens By The Bay for a couple or more times but we never ventured inside it but only by its entrance.  Anyway, this time we did go in and we have free tickets to go inside its two conservatories.   Again just like in our trips to the Singapore Flyer and the Jurong Bird Park, our tickets provided by my wife’s employer, OCBC.  She once more won the ticket lottery in their office.

And so, last Saturday we all set off to go to the Gardens but we took a short stop in Orchard to have our lunch in Jollibee Singapore.

Going there, we took the MRT and exited at Bayfront MRT station located below the Marina Bay Sands.  And from there we passed through the underpass leading to the Gardens.  Too bad that underpass exit did not have any escalator, but at least there was an elevator available.

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On To Legoland Malaysia

PauTravels and family in Legoland Malaysia

Last month, with my mother-in-law visiting us here in Singapore, we made a plan to visit one of the newest theme parks in South East Asia.  it is to Asia’s first Legoland theme park located just a few minutes drive from the bridges that links Malaysia to Singapore in Nasujaya, Johor.

Prior to visiting Legoland Malaysia, we purchased our tickets in a travel agency in Chinatown for discounted price.  We got it for about 25% less from the regular price.  Then we purchased separately the shuttle bus trip to Legoland and back via WTS Travel.

And so early morning of a Saturday, we made our way to the Singapore Flyer to take our shuttle bustrip.  We checked in near the Tours and Transfers Counter where buses are parked.   We bought an 8:30AM trip to Legoland but we managed to get on a bus departed about 15 minutes earlier.

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Bird Watching in Jurong Bird Park

Janine at the Jurong Bird Park

After more than a year of living in Singapore, my family finally had the opportunity to visit the Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird park.  The best thing with it was we were able to go to the park for free.  Well the admission tickets to the park costs S$20 for adults and S$13 for kids, but we got free passes for four.

My wife Jen currently works with OCBC bank, one of the largest banks on the island and they have corporate tickets to a number of parks and attractions in Singapore.   Monthly they raffle in these passes to employees who register and fortunately Jen was picked during the raffle.  Well this was the second time that she was drawn, wherein the last time she was drawn for free passes to the Singapore Flyer.  I’ll see if I can post a separate blog about it next time.

A Day at the Sentosa Flowers 2012

Janine among the flowers of Sentosa Flower 2012

Last January 29th, me, my wife, and my daughter visited Sentosa to check out this year’s Sentosa Flowers.  Sentosa Flowers is an event that annually happens in the island resort of Sentosa located south of the main island of Singapore.

This was our first time to see Sentosa in blooms were flowers are almost everywhere.  Basically this event was set to welcome spring after the Chinese New Year.

And so anyways, we planned to visit Sentosa for a short time as my wife is pregnant and she gets easily tired.   We first headed to VivoCity where the Harbourfront MRT station is located.  And instead of riding the monorail into Sentosa, we decided to walk the half kilometer long Sentosa Boardwalk beside the bridge that connects the resort island into the main island.

Grand US Tour 2010: California Adventure Park

PauTravels in Disney California Adventure

After one whole month in traveling around California in 2010, we end it with our last chance visit to see Disney’s California Adventure theme park located across the main Disneyland theme park in Anaheim.  Again this is included in the CityPASS ticket that we purchased to see California’s other theme parks like Universal Studios and Sea World.

Unlike the beautiful sunny Saturday the day before, the weather went back to being rainy just like our first trip to Disneyland 2 weeks back.   And due to this, we went to the park a bit later that day after lunch as we try to guage whether the weather will still go better.  We ended up just bringing our umbrellas to the park since it’s our last opportunity throughout our stay in the US.  Also it was just my family and Angel who went.