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Tour: Singapore’s City Monuments: A Kick-Scooter Tour a tour with Tony Tan
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meeting point: The Cenotaph, Connaught Drive
date | time: Saturday 25 Jun 2011 | 8.30 am
duration: 4 hours
requirements: Average fitness | Able to cycle | Wear proper shoes (no slippers or sandals)
cost: $60.00 (Members) | $80.00 (Others)
reservations: (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 15 persons.

Singapore’s civic and historic district is home to many of the nation’s iconic monuments. Each of these monuments represents a major milestone in Singapore’s journey from colony to nationhood. This innovative kick-scooter tour will take you through 4 phases of this journey:

  • colonial Singapore;
  • Singapore in World War II;
  • post-War colony;
  • and independence.

Starting at the Cenotaph, you will work your way across the Padang to the old City Hall and Supreme Court, up to the Old Parliament House, the Victoria Concert Hall and Victoria Theatre, and to the Asian Civilisations Museum where we will take a breather. From there, we cross Elgin Bridge to Boat Quay, on to Merlion Park, down the Esplanade and then back to the Cenotaph.

Xootr Kick Scooters are mobility devices made for adults. Developed in US in the late 1990s, it developed an international cult following rave product reviews in popular magazines like Wired, Time, Business Week and news providers like CNN, Wall Street Journal and CBS News. The product has 6 models and 2 patented parts. Riding a Xootr Kick Scooter is as easy as riding a bicycle and can accommodate riders up to 1.9m height and up to 120kg in weight. Each Scooter weighs less than 5kg, is foldable and looks like a cross between a skateboard and a bicycle.

Tony Tan is the owner of Betelbox Hostel in Joo Chiat Road, and one of Singapore’s most innovative and knowledgeable tour guides. Trained initially as an IT professional, Tony spent more than 7 years living abroad before deciding to return home to establish a hostel for avid backpackers like himself. A self-confessed travel-holic and gourmet, Tony has won awards for his groundbreaking tours of hidden parts of Singapore.

Among the most popular of these are his City by the Water Tour, his cycling tours and his fabled Joo Chiat Heritage Food tour.

The use of of kick-scooters to travel between monuments and sites of interest is yet another of Tony’s innovations. Tony is also a member of the Singapore Heritage Society’s executive committee.

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