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Bacolod City, PhilippinesMonday, June 17, 2013

The Singapore experiencee

LA VIDA NEGRENSE

Singapore has a lot of architectural and engineering masterpieces that will definitely astound anybody.

Among the must-tries is the Singapore Flyer, that showcases the mesmerizing cosmopolitan cityscape of the tropical Lion City, and the surrounding islands of Indonesia and parts of Malaysia in all their glories. The Flyer is an air-conditioned capsule and considered as the world’s largest giant observation wheel. It presents a moving experience at every turn with amazing 360-degree panoramic view!

Singapore’s newest icon is the $1 billion Gardens by the Bay, a hundred hectare green zone housing over a quarter of a million rare plants. The site also features 12 interconnecting steel “supertrees”.

The iconic cable car is one ride one should not miss. It begins at Mount Faber on the mainland to Sentosa island, and the rider can enjoy a panoramic 360-degree bird’s eye view of the lush greenery on the hilltop, the harbor and the city, from 120 meters above sea level.

At Sentosa, experience the latest four dimensional digital effects using the multi-million Magix Theatre, said to be the first in Southeast Asia. Using a state-of-the-art digital projection system, movies come to life right off the big screen, and we were tossed about in our seats, felt the wind blowing in our faces and the water rushing!

We also went on a river cruise, discovered the Peranakan culture, visited the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, were awed by the Sky Park, experienced Singapore Zoo and had a great time filming the night safari.

It was an unforgettable Singapore experience!

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The Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region held their 24th mid-biennial conference at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City recently, organized and hosted by the SI of Silay, headed by Marissa Montelibano.

Jetting in from abroad was their guest speaker, president-elect Cheri Fleming of Soroptimist International of the Americas, and welcoming everyone for the occasion was Minda Garcia, SIPR governor.

The first night had a rural fiesta celebration theme, and everyone had fun as they bonded with each other, while dining inside an old sugar baron’s mansion at the Balay Negrense in Silay.

Memories of Negros’s sweet past came alive on their second night as the ladies had a memorable dinner at The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, and the recognition banquet was held on the third night at L’Fisher Hotel. It was a night of fun, laughter and dancing as the civic leaders came fashionably dressed in their favorite Hollywood-inspired gowns.

The convention was indeed a tremendous success!*

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