{Family Fun Friday #5} SG50: Chasing #ChangiHomespots at Singapore Changi Airport

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During the June holidays, I kept seeing photos of friends and family posing with Uniquely Singapore icons at Singapore Changi Airport.  So earlier this week, MY and I went on an outing to Singapore Changi Airport check them out!

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Turned out, those icons were part of Singapore Changi Airport’s SG50 celebration.  There were 50 ‘Home Spots’ scattered around the 3 terminals, and a photography competition going on!

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Here is a map of the 50 home spots, if you want to plan your route in advance.  You can also pick up this map around the airport.

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Click on image to enlarge map.


When we were at the airport earlier in June for our Taiwan & Okinawa trip, we had taken photos with some of these icons at Terminal 2 already.

Homespot #01 Singapore Map Topiary

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Homespot #10 Durian Topiary

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A lot of people didn’t realize this, but you see that durian seed? It was actually a seat.  You can sit there to take photo, but please don’t rest there, unless photobombing other people’s photos is your hobby.

Okay, that was in June.  So during this outing, MY and I only explored Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.  We did not follow the map and just took photos of whatever homespots we came across.  Ready? Let’s GO!

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Homespot #38 50 Fun Facts about Changi Airport

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We started from Changi Aviation Gallery, located at the viewing gallery of Terminal 3.   Here, we found a very informative gallery with 50 enlightening snippets about Singapore Changi Airport.

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Homespot #45-50  Cardboard Exhibit

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As we took the escalator down from the viewing gallery, we saw this SG50 exhibit on Level 2.  There, we found cardboard models of Singapore’s old (and current) airports!

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They were all very cool, and reminded me of Carton King that we just visited in Taiwan!

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One thing I learned, that was particularly intriguing, was that before Singapore had an airport, Old Race Course was used as a landing site for planes!

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Beside all these cardboard models, there was also a model of the current Singapore Changi Airport.  Just to show you how HUGE our airport was.  I couldn’t fit the whole thing into a photo.

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Homestop #50 Luggage Wall of Greetings

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Just next to the cardboard exhibits was this wall of luggage cases.  The display rack was built around Singapore icons.  Totally awesome.

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Homestop #42 Awards & Accolades

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As we walked towards the SkyTrain station, we passed by this mini control tower.  This homestop commemorates Changi Airport’s winning of Airport of the Year by Skytrax.  At the top of the model of the control tower, we saw the golden ‘World’s Best Airport’ plaque.

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Homestop #41 SAF Mob Man Topiary

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Continuing down the corridor towards the SkyTrain station, we passed by this NS Man topiary.  I’m not sure if the idea of an NS Man covered with flowers really went down with me.  Shouldn’t they use, err.. leaves maybe? You know, just to make it all rugged and macho.

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Homestop #40 Singa The Courtesy Lion Topiary

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I grew up in the era of courtesy campaigns hailed by Singa the Courtesy Lion.  So I totally could identify with this homestop.   Covering a coutesy lion with flowers made a lot more sense than covering an NS Man with flowers.

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And zoom in on the kid please.  He looked like he was on his way to take a plane! LOL!

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Homestop #39 Behind Changi: All in 60 Minutes

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This homestop gives you a peek of how Changi Airport runs efficiently, handling almost 1000 flights a day round the clock.


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And we finally arrived at the SkyTrain station in Terminal 3!  While this was not a homestop, SkyTrains-spotting is a must-do during this SG50 period.  Look out for the 5 different skytrain cabin designs, specially created in celebration of SG50!  (We hung around for quite a while and only spotted 3.)

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Right after getting off the Skytrain at Terminal 1, there was this beautiful wallpaper used to cover up an area undergoing upgrading.  I don’t think this was part of the whole SG50 celebrations thingy, but it is still worth a mention.  Afterall, I am one of the 80% HDB Dwellers.

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Homestop #21 Awards & Accolades

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We passed by this homespot that looked EXACTLY like the one we saw earlier at Terminal 3.  Which made me wonder… how many of those golden plaques do they have?

Homestop #22 Singapore’s Pioneer Airlines

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Ever wondered which airlines were the first to land in Singapore? This homestop tells you just that.

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Homestop #20 Trishaw Topiary

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This beautiful Trishaw Topiary located near the Departure Gate of Terminal 1 had a perpetual long queue of people waiting to take photos on the trishaw.  You can sit on the trishaw, or ride on the bicycle. But please spare a thought for the people waiting in the queue.  *roll eyes at the photo spot hogger who was in front of me.  If you look carefully at the photo below, bottom left hand corner, you can still see her blurry hands moving around in front of me.  She simply refused to get out of the way.*

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While waiting for your turn to take a photo of the trishaw topiary, you can snap some photos with Singapore’s skyline by the side first.  OMG, I just realized, while typing this post, that the thing on the left is Esplanade.  Right?

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Homestop #26 Dragon Playground

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The dragon playground homestop was, unfortunately, inside the transit area of Terminal 1.  We took the escalator up to level 3, where the viewing gallery was, and managed to see it from above.

Homestop #23 My Changi Story

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On Level 3 of Terminal 1, we spotted this pretty nostalgic homestop which displayed old photographs of people at Changi airport in the good ol days.

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What was your most vivid memory of Changi Airport? Mine was of the big cylindrical tower with water dripping down at Terminal 1.  Anyone remembers that??? I swear I have a photo of that somewhere but I can’t find it.  But instead, I found this photo.

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Remembers that map with all the clocks?? Super retro… And yeah, don’t doubt it.  That silly looking girl in the photo is me.  Back in those days, we couldn’t just delete and try again when the mum doesn’t give a warning and snaps a photo of us while we were unprepared.  We had ONE SHOT (because film was so expensive).  And that was it.

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With that, we hopped on the bus home.  And along the way out, I got my camera ready to snap a photo of the homespot along Airport Boulevard.

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I had a lot of fun at Changi Airport that day.  On top of chasing the homespots, MY also spent time at the various kids activities available at Changi Airport.  We had a great day out! If you haven’t already done so, do pop by Changi Airport before the event ends.  Which is… I don’t know when.  Just go before National Day.  Pretty sure they won’t take it down before National Day weekend is over!

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28 Comments on {Family Fun Friday #5} SG50: Chasing #ChangiHomespots at Singapore Changi Airport

  1. Christy @ kidsrsimple.com
    July 31, 2015 at 8:13 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for sharing! I am going to check it out this weekend! :) So much things to do!

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 9:26 am (1 year ago)

      Remember to bring “Got Kids Go Where” and take 10 photos for the giveaway! Haha… If you win, don’t forget to thank me for my brilliant strategy.

  2. claudiasg
    July 31, 2015 at 10:31 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! Didn’t know about this and it share looks like fun to go around and spot the icons. But not sure if my girls are up to it, they’ll probably surrender after taking photos with two icons. Thanks for sharing!

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha.. Noticed a lot of the icons that I took photo of didn’t have the kid inside? And he didn’t actually pose with most of them? But that is not to say that he did not enjoy checking them out. The cardboard exhibit was especially intriguing for him.

  3. Ai Sakura
    July 31, 2015 at 10:36 am (1 year ago)

    Wah didn’t know there were so many! I kept seeing the durian and Singa only.. I want to go and hunt them down too haha

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 4:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Lol.. Yeah, the durian was all over my FB feed!!

  4. SAys! Happy Mums
    July 31, 2015 at 10:58 am (1 year ago)

    Love the brilliant carton boxes display! Always wondered how the people manage to do it.

    Shirley @ SAys! Happy Mums

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 4:15 pm (1 year ago)

      Yeah, the carton models were really very cool. I was thinking, wah liao, went all the way to Taiwan to hunt down Carton King. When there was one right here at Singapore airport.

  5. S.Ching
    July 31, 2015 at 11:01 am (1 year ago)

    Wah!!! so detailed! … and I super love the retro clocks. I think I have a picture there too! Thanks for sharing… as always!

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 4:17 pm (1 year ago)

      Hahah.. There weren’t that many photo spots at Changi Airport during our childhood days as compared to now.. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have a photo of that retro clock! But I’m quite upset that I can’t find a photo of the dripping water thingy… Maybe it’s in one of my siblings’ albums.

  6. Pea
    July 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm (1 year ago)

    A great way to spend time with the family and learn abt Singapore. Thks for sharing. :)

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes, it was indeed very informative. Just that my 2 year old couldn’t appreciate much about history and heritage. But for older children (Primary school and above), it would be very educational!

  7. Kless
    July 31, 2015 at 4:29 pm (1 year ago)

    That durian seed seat is so cute! What a very informative and detailed post. Thanks for sharing! Hoping to bring my kids soon. :)

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 10:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha… I found it quite amusing that nobody realized it was a seat. But once someone sat on it, everybody was like ‘Oh, can sit one!’

  8. Angie@ Simply Mommie
    July 31, 2015 at 5:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow! That’s an impressive list! I hope I get to chk them out before it’s over!

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 10:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes, go soon! I looked through their pamphlet and website but couldn’t find any information on when the event ends.

  9. Paula
    July 31, 2015 at 6:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Aside from the creatively designed homestops, the other piece that got me was the golden ‘World’s Best Airport’ plaque. Aah, there you are! My kids will be in awe again when we visit the airport!

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 10:08 pm (1 year ago)

      According to the pamphlet, they have that plaque in all 3 terminals! LOL… Makes me wonder which is the original plaque and which are copies. But I think they are all copies and the original is probably hidden somewhere else.

  10. Jolin
    July 31, 2015 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

    This is so interesting! Will definitely make a trip all the way East to check this out. Hope my boys will like it. I especially like the flowery courtesy lion.

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 10:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Yah! The Singa and the trishaw were the only 2 homestops where my kid went over and asked me to take photo of him there. The rest he kind of just wandered around.

  11. Edmund Tay
    July 31, 2015 at 9:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Changi Airport is always so fun, and there are lots of things to do for the family. Will visit it again soon!

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 10:32 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes it is! Been to so many airports with the kids and not that I want to brag as a Singaporean, we do deserve the ‘World Best Airport’ award, as far as family friendliness is concerned. Although Taoyuan Airport’s priority queue at immigration for families with young children kind of swayed me over. LOL…

  12. Phoebe Lau
    July 31, 2015 at 9:54 pm (1 year ago)

    Gosh! I am not aware of the happenings at Changi Airport! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully i can bring my kids there to take some pictures too

    • bumblebeemum
      July 31, 2015 at 10:13 pm (1 year ago)

      Take some nice photos and hope you win the contest! :)

  13. Lydia C. Lee
    August 4, 2015 at 4:23 am (1 year ago)

    Who doesn’t love Changi??!!

    • bumblebeemum
      August 4, 2015 at 11:43 am (1 year ago)

      Lol… Yeah, World’s Best Airport winner! :p

  14. mytravelmonkey
    August 7, 2015 at 5:07 am (1 year ago)

    I’m in shock about SG50 – so detailed and so much to do! I am jealous we don’t have something here like this! Thanks for sharing on #MondayEscapes

    • bumblebeemum
      August 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm (1 year ago)

      SG50 is just really HUGE in Singapore, as we celebrate our 50th national day. 50 years is really short compared to the likes of countries such as England with long and rich history. But as young nation, everyone is really excited to celebrate our country’s 50th birthday in 2 days’ time and events such as this one are spread out all over the country!


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