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!
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!
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.
Homespot #01 Singapore Map Topiary
Homespot #10 Durian Topiary
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!
Homespot #38 50 Fun Facts about Changi Airport
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.
Homespot #45-50 Cardboard Exhibit
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!
They were all very cool, and reminded me of Carton King that we just visited in Taiwan!
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!
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.
Homestop #50 Luggage Wall of Greetings
Just next to the cardboard exhibits was this wall of luggage cases. The display rack was built around Singapore icons. Totally awesome.
Homestop #42 Awards & Accolades
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.
Homestop #41 SAF Mob Man Topiary
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.
Homestop #40 Singa The Courtesy Lion Topiary
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.
And zoom in on the kid please. He looked like he was on his way to take a plane! LOL!
Homestop #39 Behind Changi: All in 60 Minutes
This homestop gives you a peek of how Changi Airport runs efficiently, handling almost 1000 flights a day round the clock.
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.)
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.
Homestop #21 Awards & Accolades
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
Ever wondered which airlines were the first to land in Singapore? This homestop tells you just that.
Homestop #20 Trishaw Topiary
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.*
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?
Homestop #26 Dragon Playground
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
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.
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.
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.
Homespot #02 Celebratory Arch
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.
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!