Katong, Other Tourist Areas In Singapore

Usually …, if I do not remember the narrowness of time while traveling, I can spend hours just to observe the scene in front of the eye at that time. Whether the landscape, the city scene to the activities of the local community. Sitting in a comfortable place, plus a travel mate and a cup of coffee, complete it right? Well, talking about observing the local people, it turns out that in Singapore there is a very different area from other mainstream areas in Singapore that I have known. He cried out because of his local community.

Take an example from the Bugis, Little India, Chinatown or Orchard Road areas, I rarely encounter the interaction of the local community, except for the interaction at the dinner table in a restaurant. Most of the looks are all busy each, whether shopping, small meetings, hang-out at the mall, or even busy trade. This is my personal opinion yes ..

A very different thing I can meet in an area in Singapore that may have been so unfamiliar in the ears of the Indonesian people. Call it Katong, an area only about 30 minutes from Changi Airport, located in the Southeastern part of the country of Singapore. Fortunately a relative introduced me to this Katong area. Being around 3 days and 2 nights there, I had a very pleasant experience. This is the “friendly” side of a country with Singapore. 🙂

In this post, I tell you to stay at Grand Mercure Roxy right? Well, this hotel is located in the middle of Katong area. On the opposite side of the hotel is the East Coast Park area, while on the rear there is a modern shopping district adjoining the old town of Katong. In the old part of the city, it will be very easy to find buildings-building of cultural heritage whose architecture is a relic of Peranakan culture in Singapore. (Peranakan here refers to local Chinese or Malay)

East Coast Park

East Coast Park is a long-standing recreational park on the southeastern coast of Singapore. His name is park, it certainly offers a lot of outdoor activities huh. It was fun to feel the atmosphere of active, cheerful and excited laughter around East Coast Park. Local people gather together here, whether with friends or family, can interact without burden. Young old age, parents, students to small children, all here. A rare sight that I have never encountered during a play to Singapore so far. Exciting!

A large field is located on the East Coast Park. Various kinds of physical activities can easily be encountered here. Almost half the side of the field is surrounded by restaurants and cafes and bathroom facilities that visitors can use for free. So do not worry about drinking food issues until the area is clean. Then in the south and southeast of East Coast Park stretches the white sand beach of Singapore. Rarely do you play on the beach a la Singapore? (other than on Sentosa Island)

On the beach is not less interesting. Can we really bring mats like a mat, then sitting sitting pretty on the beach, relaxed because again on the beach. 😀 The scenery is quite unique on the East Coast coast is a lot of large ships seen parked and passing in the Singapore sea.

Oh yes, prior to the beach area, we also passed a fairly wide jogging track. No less exciting, here also we can find the local community to exercise together. The run is, the difference, inline skate or just a leisurely stroll with a pet dog. Somehow this kind of scenery can bring positive energy for me. So it feels more relaxed and relaxed than walking in the middle of the city in other parts of Singapore. 🙂

Do not worry, as tourists or visitors there, we can also really enjoy the green side of Singapore. In the East Coast Park there is also a bicycle rental koq. It costs about 8 SGD for a duration of 3 hours. Cus!

Katong and crossbreed Culture

The other side of the Katong area as I have written above is the old city. The mention of this old city is just my own, anyway, because there really is no old town or ‘old town’ in Katong. This is the first image and impression I get when exploring Katong in the crossbreed cultural heritage area.

There is a main road that divides this area where there is quite a contrast between one side and the other. On one side of the street there are many modern buildings that are used as shopping centers, hotels, apartments or the office. While on the other side of the street, alias across, lined buildings of heritage buildings that still looks the original form. This part is what I call the ‘old city’. 🙂

The atmosphere here is certainly not as hectic as any of the other parts of Singapore, although I try to dig into some of the shopping centers here. Is the item less ‘branded’? Not really, all sorts of things are here too.

What is unique here is the cultural heritage of the crossbreed itself. Starting from culinary to crafts. Especially in handicrafts, Peranakan culture here has a unique style of flower in the middle of the box so. This flower pattern is widely implemented into various goods such as cloth, porcelain, webbing, etc. One of these stores that sells handicrafts is  Bebe House. The collection is very interesting and detailed.

There is also a Hindu Temple, Sri Senpaga Vinayagar. What I think somewhat distinguishes this Temple from another Temple in Singapore is the ornament above the entrance. If most of the statues are painted colorfully, here painted only one color, that is yellow. Maybe you can see the photo below for more details. Or maybe someone knows what the top is called?

Special Mall for Manpower Services

One of the other unique things I encountered in Katong is when I entered Katong Shopping Center. From the outside looks like a shopping center in general, it’s just looks showing Shopping Center is not as modern as other malls. When I try to enter, surprised also with the contents of the shopping center. It turns out its contents are dominated by tenant-tenant service providers from various countries.

An unfamiliar sight before my eyes but a common sight there. The providers of labor services are fighting over customers with sentences like “We specialize in Indonesian, Myanmar & Filipino Maids.”, “Fast Arrival, Within a Week!”, “English & Mandarin Speaking.” There are also those who write “Your FAMILY Deserves The BEST! “. In these tenants are also seen a lot of prospective workers who sit neatly complete with uniforms each service provider. The landscape seems to imply that they are ready to be interviewed and selected by the job seeker. Good luck mbak mbak everything !! 😀

In other parts still inside the Katong Shopping Center, can also be found a kind of tenant that provides training for prospective workers. Starting from training ironing, folding clothes to bathe the baby. Do not worry, the baby is wearing a koq doll. Hehehehe …

OK, another magical and unique sight I encountered during this Katong area exploration. 😀 Between funny, amused, excited and pity, mix together. The important thing is to be grateful … 🙂 🙂

Katong Shopping Center – Singapore

the inside of the Katong Shopping Center. selected selected ..

Katong, an area that may still be a foreign name for us, was quite interesting to visit. My choice to make a short trip to a weekend getaway to Katong was not wrong. Pas again feel the need for a vacation for being tired with work at the office, here I really can feel relaxed and relaxed. For a few days here, do not share the Singapore-style rush hour that has been encountered in Singapore’s mainstream areas, hehehe … 😀

You could say the area in Katong is not too broad, so everything is still within walking distance. The leisurely stroll here does not matter anyway, because I feel the atmosphere around support for it. Not in a hurry, just enjoy it. 🙂

Staycation at Grand Mercure Roxy, Singapore!

Soft mattresses, good food or anything else what makes you feel at home in a hotel? If I personally, it is often that make it come from the simple things that may sometimes escape the attention of people. No, not from the luxury of food, not from the cushion of the mattress or how spacious the bathroom.

Some of the things I mentioned before, in my opinion it should be a standard facility that we must get. Usually also directly proportional to the price. Is not it? The time yes already pay expensive, eat in the restaurant with shades of elite dim, trus taste not good ?? * want to go berserk * ​​😆

This time I will give my short review about Grand Mercure Roxy hotel, Singapore. Incidentally some time ago I had a staycation at the hotel located in this Katong area. The intention of a weekend getaway is so. Feel again less picnic plus more suntuk and saturated work at the same office. There is nothing wrong ‘blur’ a moment from busy to serve the country boss right ?? #tsahhh ..

Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

I arrived on a Saturday afternoon around 3 pm Singapore time. At the reception desk, the check-in process went smoothly. The receptionist asked for standard documents such as passports and credit cards. Without lingering Mbak the receptionist gave 2 room access card. Not forgetting while handing the access card, I got a brief briefing of information about wifi passwords up to hours and restaurant locations for breakfast. Quick and not complicated.

Surprise !! The receptionist informed me that my room was upgraded to a Suite type! Who is not happy if our room type is upgraded? Although at that time I still feel normal because baseball know room on the 16th floor that would be like. Also informed if it turns out the floors 16 and 17 in this hotel is Executive Floor therefore I have free access to the Executive Lounge on the 17th floor! Woohooo …. !! Eits …, I just yelled in koq heart. Cool attitude still must be taken everywhere yes, pretend not surprised, but … Hahaha ..

Lobby and Receptionist at Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

Business Suite Room

From the reception desk I went straight to the elevator to my room. The elevator door is open quite quickly, which I think is good. Not slow or lambreta. As a dynamic and active person, most can not see that slowly so!

It turned out that my room was the closest room to the elevator. One other positive point from this Business Suite room. Paste the access card, open the door, go into the room, and … OK, this time I can not be cool anymore! 😆

Room Business Suite type is really gawking. WOW really! Its size is really big! It seems to want to roll on the mattress, prancing around in the room, but not so because inget age. 😆 😆

Business Suite Room – view from the inside

Starting from the front side, ie work desk and minibar. The desk is definitely comfortable because it is very relieved. Ngebayangin really good for typing pretty writing blog post here. ha ha ha..

In the middle, there is 1 piece of mattress size that I think maybe the size is King Size. There is a 42 “TV on the front of the mattress. Then on the left side of the room there is a set of couch complete with his desk. Filled out 10an guests are still very comfortable to chat chatting here.

Moving into the bathroom, the size is also practically spacious. Want a bath with a bathtub or shower, can choose according to taste. The Amenities? Well, do not worry, complete. The choice of scent for shampoo and bath-gel is pretty good yes, not like the typical smell of shampoo ala hotel. 😀

The good news, Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore is very understanding with guests. In the bathroom there is a digital body scales too! Important ya ya .. let alone hotel food is not that good gini. Not to mention in Katong area itself culinary tour choice so many.

Business Suite Room -bathtub or shower ??

What I like from the room in general is the modern minimalist design. From cabinets, divans, table-chairs to sofas, all minimalist models. Simple! The impression became more relieved, not even full of models carvings or ornaments strange that I think even make the impression cramped. 😀

The lighting in the rooms was also very comfortable yes. At night, the lighting of the lights feels very comfortable. Not too dark, not too bright either. Sometimes there is a hotel whose room lights are dimly lit, even though all the lights are turned on.

Another simple thing that I should appreciate is … the quality of the room slippers. Sandals thick and soft material. Aseli comfortable. Used roads in seputaran hotel is also still comfortable because the material is really thick. Surely often nginep in star hotels, eh sandals just flip flops thin sorts of crepes.

The absurd thing I did in the room was .. believe it or not, 3 days 2 nights here I did not change the TV channel though! How come? As usual, the first time we enter the hotel room, the TV usually turns on channel 0 or the hotel’s special channels. The contents are usually promotional about the hotel. Actually the same anyway, the default channel at Grand Mercure Roxy also contains the promotion of the hotel itself.

What distinguishes is, although the video display of information the hotel, audio is filled by one of the radio stations in Singapore. Otherwise class95 FM. Fun, the choice of songs on this radio station really suited my taste. Yes already deh, in the room so not lonely as he listened to the radio anytime. 😀

Swimming pool

One more simple thing I liked was … the pool. At Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore this swimming pool is quite spacious. The shape is you know, rectangular. Simple, enggak strange. I do not need a swimming pool that turn here turn here yes. No problem is not exactly instagramable .. the intention of swimming or playing water anyway? 😛 Precisely a simple swimming pool like this that can be used for real pool. Back and forth to the long dimension of the swimming pool here is enough to feel koq sport. 😀

The water? Clear and clean. Visibility in the water can be from the edge of the pool to the other end. In addition I do not feel there is a scent cleanser in the pool located on the 3rd floor. A plus point in my opinion.

Swimming Pool at Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

Executive Lounge

Above have I told you that I also got access to the Executive Lounge? Well, there’s no way I missed the opportunity to taste the Executive Lounge. Moreover, we as guests on the 16th and 17th floors may come at any time to the Executive Lounge while still in its operational hours, starting from 06.00 – 22.00.

In the Executive Lounge we can hang around unobtrusively until you might want a small meeting. There are many chairs and tables that can be used for chit-chat, read books or even just staring out the view. In one corner of the Executive Lounge room there is also a wide range of business center space complete with PC supporters. So can really if for small meetings or even blogging * alah Do not worry for drinks, kinds of coffee, tea, juice, etc. are all free here. Just take it out again. For cocktails are also available, but only at 6 pm to 8 pm. 😀

Not just hanging out, if we have access to the Executive Lounge means we can also have breakfast here. Just come here before 10 am, can have breakfast in the executive lounge with a more private atmosphere.

Executive Lounge Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

The view from its executive lounge .. Can see the island of Batam (city in in Indonesia) there ??

Located on the 17th floor of course Executive Lounge offers views to the city from the top. Well, the scenery here is also normal baseball. Can be seen coastal East Coast Singapore complete with large ships that are in the Singapore Strait. Maybe if his eyes have not minus, Batam island can also be seen. Maybe you know … 😆

Just spoiled this is the Executive Lounge. Suitable really for us who intent to getaway weekend by way of staycation. Could have a beautiful chat while enjoying the view from above. want to read and read books also may. Free!

Handy Phone

Other facilities that I think very cool is … the existence of Handy Phone. What is Handy Phone? So, in the room, exactly on the desk, there is a mobile phone which is a facility of Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore. This mobile phone we can use for data access and international call. The data package is unlimited you know. Free to use.

Can we take the hotel out? Obviously ok .. so do not worry stray in Singapore, because we can use the maps anytime wear this Handy Phone. Handy Phone is android-based smartphone. The first time we login to Handy Phone, the application is available only the default application only. Not to forget also with news-feeds about tourist information in Singapore. For other applications, we can download any application that if we want to use in mobile tsb, eg Social Media or the other. 😀

Handy Phone, a unique facility of Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

Well, if you want to check-out do not forget to do the data deletion. Later automatically Handy Phone condition will reset like initial condition. So the application we downloaded and the username / password information will be lost as well. Simply secure and convenient is for data privacy issues.

Location and Free Shuttle Bus

Types of home ads on television are always up in price every Monday, one of the selected considerations is location, location and location. Yes, right? 😀 Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore is a very strategic location. The hotel is located just behind the ‘Opp Parkway Parade’ bus stop. So if you want to other areas in Singapore, can really ride the bus. Do you know how convenient the bus is in Singapore? sad clay in Indonesia 🙁

FREE Bus Shuttle!

Moreover, if indeed the intention eksplore Katong area, the location of this hotel really strategic! The road to the front of the hotel can be directly to the East Park area, the road to the rear of the hotel directly to the old town a la Katong.

The distance from Changi airport is also still close, only about 30 minutes. Oh yes, do not worry transport from / to Changi airport. The hotel provides shuttle bus facilities that are available every hour from 06.30 am to 1 am. Just make sure we reserve the Shuttle chair to the receptionist or the concierge there. FREE! 🙂

Recommended for Staycation!

With the facilities we manjain really coupled with a very strategic location, Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore is in my opinion recommended to be a choice of overnight in Singapore. For business can, for transit can especially for staycation, really fit! Its location in the Katong area, another area in the neighboring country that has the other side of Singapore, is also very supportive for a short vacation to unwind. What does the other side of Singapore mean? Wait on the next post yes! 😀