Madame Tussauds: Where all public figures are waiting to have photos with you

Growing up, we all had dreams of meeting our childhood celebrities and role models. But sometimes we grow up only to realise the cringy hand of death has pulled them to the other side of life, or sometimes we just are not in a position to meet such cult figures one on one because of distance, finance, field of work and so many hindering factors.

But all hope is not lost, literally. What if I tell you there is another way you could ‘meet’ these celebrities and role models you so much dream to meet one day? Well, in a wax form.

That’s exactly the kind of experience the old famous Madame Tussauds museum offers people from all over the world.

The Madame Tussauds Museum, first opened in London, was founded by famous French sculptor Marie Grosholtz (later adopted his husband’s surname, Tussaud) in the late part of the 1800s. Marie who was born in 1761 spent her educational life learning wax modeling from mentor and teacher Dr. Curtius. By the age of twenty, she had become well known for her skills and knowledge in the art of wax modelling and was even employed as a tutor to the French Royal family.

After the death of her mentor and tutor, Dr. Curtius in 1794, Marie inherited his amazing collection of Wax models of war heroes, revolutionaries, royals and political figures famous at the time and began to tour Europe with them, organizing public exhibitions with them. She later renamed her exhibition as Madame Tussauds.  Unable to return home to France due to the Napoleonic wars, she finally settled in London as a permanent resident around 1830, and established the first Madame Tussauds Museum in the city of London.

Branches of the wax museum can be found in major cities around the world including the Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Pulau Ujong in Singapore where I recently visited and toured their Madame Tussauds Museums.

World renowned personalities like US president Donald Trump, Queen of talkshow, Oprah Winfrey, Basketball legends, and every person famous on this planet has their wax models in Madame Tussauds museums around the world.

Madame Tussauds Museums are one of the world’s most visited tourism destinations with people from all over the world travelling to different European, American and Asian cities to visit the famous wax models museums and take pictures with that celebrity or role model they wished but never had the chance to see.

Currently, Madame Tussaud Museums can be found in North America, Asia and Europe only, with branches yet to be established in any African country.

The Japan Food Town in Singapore

Singapore is a land of many wonderful sights to behold, attractions to visit and amazing food to savor. Many a people travel miles from their homeland to Singapore just to have a taste of the incredible foods the Island provides, from seafood to vegetable goods. Just name it and Singapore it ever ready to serve you with it.

What is more incredible and unique, the small Island does not only offer its traditional food to tourists and travelers, the Singapore city is full of restaurants that offers some amazing continental foods of some Asian countries. For instance indigenous Thai and Malaysian foods like the Pho soup can be found in several special restaurants across Singapore.

Most famous of all these restaurants and food centres is the iconic and popular Japan Food Town, located on the 4th level of Isetan Singapore, right next to the Ngee Ann City.

Japanese husband and wife eating
Japanese husband and wife eating

Covering a 20,075 square feet, Japan Food Town has a wide range of Japanese restaurants offering various indigenous and traditional Japanese foods and cuisines to visitors and tourists at incredibly cheap rates.

The centre boasts of sixteen dining restaurants, all of which offer amazing service and are tasked to maintain a certain level of standard, professionalism and consistency, meaning diners can expect high quality and tasty meals as well as professional customer care.

While the all sixteen restaurants are Japanese specialized restaurants, nationals of other nations regularly visit the centre to enjoy some indigenous Japanese foods.

The centre has also become some sort of tourist attraction over the years, receiving millions of visitors annually, some of who come there not for the purpose of dining but sightseeing.

Machida Shoten

Perhaps the most popular of the restaurant in Japan Food Town, the Machida Shoten specializes in the preparation of noodles in the traditional Japanese town. The noodles come in tonkotsu and shoyu stock, complemented with spicy miso.

Yomoda Soba

Yomoda Soba restaurant prepares the famed Japanese meal, Kake Soba, Katsu Soba and Hote Prok Nanben. These meals are eaten with the dashi soup, one of Japan’s favourite soups. Machida Soba is more frequented by Japanese living or visiting Singapore.

Fried tempura shrimps with sauces
Fried tempura shrimps with sauces

Sabar

This is arguably the most unique and standout restaurant in the Japan Food Town. The number 38 is uniquely incorporated in every aspect of the restaurant. For instance there are 38 dining seats at the restaurant, a 38cm long toro-saba and a lunchtime which is scheduled between 11:38 and 2;38pm.

Inaniwa Yokuke

The Inaniwa Yokuke restaurant specializes in the tasty Inaniwa Udon meal and is served both hot and chilled, depending on the preference of the customer. The restaurant also serves the popular Tempura and Ajikurabe meals.

The other restaurants include the Osaka Kitchen, Rang Mang Shokudo, Tsukji Sushi Takewaka, Tempura Tsukiji Tenka, Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake, Nabe Seizan and Hokkaido Izakaya.

Japan Food Restaurant isn’t just a place to go and enjoy some indigenous Japanese meals, it’s also a place to go and interact with some Japanese nationals, and get to learn more about their culture, tradition and history.

Singapore COVID-19 Entry Requirements

In an attempt to protect the health of its residents, Singapore has instituted travel and entry policies to limit imported cases of covid-19.

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Singapore COVID restrictions

  • All passengers except Singapore citizens and permanent residents travelling to Singapore must apply for entry approval from the relevant government agencies (e.g. MOE, MOM), or via the application for a Safe Travel pass.

Travellers without entry approval will be denied entry and may have their existing work passes revoked.

  • All passengers, except Singapore citizens or permanent residents, are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Singapore and present a valid negative COVID‑19 test for entry to Singapore.

However, travellers who are aged 6 years or below do not require a COVID 19 PCR test.

  • Passengers who have been in Australia, Brunei, Darussalam, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, and New Zealand within 21 days of their arrival in Singapore are not required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test for entry to Singapore.

The COVID‑19 PCR test requirement does not apply to:

  1. Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents;
  2. travellers with travel history to low-risk countries/regions (Australia [except NSW], Brunei Darussalam, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, and Hong Kong);
  3. travellers transiting/transferring through Singapore, except those with travel history to India, Indonesia and the Philippines; and
  4. Pre‑approved Business Pass holders.
  • All travellers, including Singapore Citizens (SCs) or Permanent Residents (PRs), will need to take a COVID‑19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival at Changi Airport.

Passengers who are exempted from the COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival are:

  1. Passengers aged six and below in the calendar year ;
  2. Ship crew; and
  3. Work Permit and S‑Pass holders from the Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors

To expedite the COVID‑19 PCR test at the airport, travellers are strongly encouraged to register and pre‑pay for their on‑arrival COVID‑19 PCR test (S$160 including GST) prior to departing for Singapore at https://safetravel.changiairport.com.

  • All passengers entering Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and passengers with a Long‑Term Pass (LTP), must submit a health declaration. This can be done via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e‑Service or via the mobile application (to be downloaded from Apple AppStore or Google Play).
  • Those travelling from countries with an Air Travel Pass agreement must also download the Trace Together app from GooglePlay to their mobile device.
  • Upon entry into Singapore, passengers may have to self‑isolate, depending on the traveller’s recent travel history in the past consecutive 21 days to countries/regions listed in the Summary Table here.
  • All travellers (except those from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, and New Zealand) with recent travel history to higher risk countries/regions, are required to serve a 21‑day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Travellers who have stayed in Fiji and Vietnam in the past consecutive 21 days before arrival in Singapore will be subjected to a 21‑day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities, with the option to serve the last 7 days at their place of residence.
  • Travellers from the UK, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka who are currently required to serve 21‑day SHN will be required to serve the full duration of the SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Travellers including returning Singapore Citizen (SC) and Singapore Permanent Residence (SPR) serving a 21‑day SHN will undergo COVID‑19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on arrival, on day 14 of their SHN, and before the end of their 21‑day SHN period.
  • All travellers arriving from Hong Kong will undergo a reduced 7-day SHN, which can be served at their place of residence if suitable. They will be subjected to an on arrival COVID 19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, and another PCR test before the end of their 7-day SHN.

All passengers entering Singapore must comply with Singapore’s public health and immigration requirements as specified by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

Can Singaporean travel to Malaysia now?

Yes, travel on compassionate grounds between Singapore and Malaysia is currently allowed and people from either country can apply for cross-border travel to visit family members for emergency reasons such as death or critical illness.

Weekend Destinations Near Singapore

No one goes to Singapore and leave the country without visiting at least one of the many beautiful and stunning destinations the country is surrounded by.

If you happen to find yourself in Singapore, try a weekend trip to one of these beautiful destinations.

Krabi Island

Krabi island cliff in ocean water at Thailand
Krabi island cliff in ocean water at Thailand

If you are looking for the ultimate getaway near Singapore to spend the weekend, then Krabi is a great choice by all standards. The Province is located on the Western Coast of Thailand and has some amazing beaches, dense mangrove forests and wonderful weather.

Krabi is recognized as one of the finest cities to visit in Asia, attracting millions of tourists every year.

Major attractions in the town include the Maya Bay which rose to prominence in 2000 after a movie was shot at the location. Visiting Maya Bay is only possible through water transportation since the bay is located on an Island off the Krabi coast. Once there, tourists can take a safari tour around the Island, enjoy a sunbath on its beautiful beach and experience the luxury Maya Bay resort provides.

Mount Kelimutu

Kelimutu tricolor lakes Volcano. Flores, Indonesia
Kelimutu tricolor lakes Volcano. Flores, Indonesia

Mount Kelimutu, located in Indonesia is one of the best attractions near Singapore where friends and couples could visit on a weekend for an adventurous experience. The attraction is approximately 2283 km from mainland Singapore.

At Mount Kelimutu, tourists have to embark on a tedious trek of up to 1690 km before reaching the summit of the beautiful mountain. Once at the summit, tourists will see one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, lying right in the mountain, at the summit. The lake was created by a volcanic eruption that took place in the Flores Island in Indonesia, with the precise location of the volcano being Mount Kelimutu.

This resulted in a big crater being created at the summit of the mountain, paving way for the summit to become a beautiful lake attraction.

Vigan, Philippines

Aerial view of turquoise water and sandbar on tropical Vigan Snake Island, tourist attractions, tour trip El Nido Marine Reserve Park, Philippines
Aerial view of turquoise water and sandbar on tropical Vigan Snake Island, tourist attractions, tour trip El Nido Marine Reserve Park, Philippines.

Vigan is just 2,554km from Singapore and is a must-visit destination and a nice place to spend a weekend for anyone who really loves history. The small town was first established in the 16th century and later came under the colonial rule of the Spanish around the 18th century. As their sole colonial rulers, pretty everything about the small town, from culture to architecture is linked to the Spanish.

While the town has developed immensely and the people live a very standard life, the town is still reminiscent of its former identity; an 18th Spanish colony. Even today, the people of the town ride around on horse-drawn carriages rather than in modern vehicles. Their houses are built in 18th Spanish architectural style, given one a feel of how the Spanish colony of the 18th and 19th century looked like.

Put it simply, Vigan is a small beautiful town with modern people who prefer to live life the old traditional way. Tourists who visit on weekends can take a tour of the town in horse carriages, visit some centuries-old Spanish flower shops as well as some historical colonial sites.

Saraii Village, Sli Lanka

Tree house in Saraii
Tree house in Saraii, Sri Lanka

Saraii Village in Sri Lanka provides tourists with a natural environment to spend a weekend, away from the tech-filled world. The village’s distance from Singapore is roughly 8,327 km. The village is strategically located from mainland Sri Lanka and provides visitors with a wide range of natural activities, such as thatch houses built in the form of treehouses and breakfast prepared with only natural ingredients.

Tourists can also visit the Leopard Safari located in another section of the village forest. Not forgetting the natural rivers found within the village for tourists who would want to enjoy some water activities. Put it simply, Saraii Village is a dream that everyone must live for some days and if you are in Singapore you have no excuse not to visit this wonderful destination and spend a weekend there.

Ipoh Town

Ipoh town is another fine weekend destination near Singapore. The Malaysian town is described as one of Malaysia’s best heritage towns, with a lot of historical and monumental structures found in the city.  For instance, the iconic Han Chin Pet Soo Museum which was specially built to preserve the history of the city’s tin-mining industry is situated in the town and is opened to the public. Also the city is home to the renowned Buddhist temple, Sam Poh Tong built in a limestone cave.

Ipoh is also known to be a city that specializes in the preparation of many Asian traditional foods such as the Prawn noodles and Ipoh Hor Fun. A weekend trip to this amazing city is definitely one to look forward to and add to your To-do list.

Phnom Penh

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Not exactly a place where you would have countless natural attractions but the Cambodian capital is one of the best cities in Asia and being so close to Singapore, a weekend trip to this beautiful city wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Phnom Penh has successfully blended tradition with modern technology to build an amazing city where both the young and old would feel comfortable residing. On the streets are some fine restaurants and pubs which open day and night. The streets of the city are always filled with tourists, especially in the evening when people have closed from work and are out in the night having dinner dates or peer meetings at restaurants and pubs.

The residents are also very friendly and welcoming, and easy to engage with conversations with them to learn more about the city and its people.

Five beautiful visa-free countries South Africans can visit this December

Christmas is fast approaching and the struggles involved in obtaining visas would definitely prevent many from spending the season in their dream countries.

Holders of South Africa passports are eligible to travel to many countries without visas and Jetsanza.com recommends one of the 5 visa-free countries below for your December holiday.

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe; two islands which are very close in proximity, is located in the Gulf of Guinea near Gabon with a population of less than 200,000. The islands were discovered and inhabited by the Portuguese, so tourists of the island experience diverse cultures.

If you are a lover of tropical fruits, then São Tomé and Príncipe is a must go. São Tomé cuisines can never be complete, without refreshing tropical fruits and hot spices. Coffee lovers will enjoy it most here. Réchauffé is a major breakfast and tastes better, just like Ghanaian Jollof.




Aside from the perfect palm avenue beaches, the islands have museums, parks, skyscraper-like volcanic rock, and rainforests. The Islands never get dull as there are a lot of activities to entertain you to the fullest. There are birds of different kinds to admire, whales to watch excitingly, fishing, boat trips, and scuba diving.

A 4-day vacation to Sao Tome costs under $1,000 and your agent or hotel will arrange for you to be issued a visa on arrival. Use the NEXT button after the pictures to navigate to the rest of the countries.

Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe

Top things to do in Singapore

For most tourists and travellers, Singapore is a dream destination that they would give everything just to visit in this lifetime. The small Asian country has over the decades carved out a name for itself as a fine tourist destination that has everything needed to make a tourist’s stay in the country worthwhile.

With a population of just over five million people, Singapore is generally regarded as the safest country to travel to in Asia, and boasts of one of the best records on the continent in terms of crime rate as very little criminal cases are reported in the country.

With so many tourist attractions and things to do in Singapore, we take a look at a few of them.

Gardens by the Bay

Garden by the Bay, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Singapore, the splendid nature Park is located in Marina and covers 250 acres of reclaimed land.  The garden was created by the state in 2012 as part of efforts to enhance the quality of life in the city by creating more green lands and natural environment. The park has three fronts namely, Bay South Garden in South Marina, Bay Central Garden in Kallang and Bay East Garden in Marina East. The park since its creation has been the most popular destination in Singapore and receives nearly five million visitors annually. In 2014, the park was reported to have received 6.3 million visitors from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. While recent data shows the park has received well over 50 million tourists since its creation in 2012. With so many trees, Greenland, and wonderful flowers, the Gardens by the Bay is among the best places to visit in Singapore for the lover of nature.

City Tour

One of the best things to do in Singapore is to take a tour of the city and enjoy the beauty of this amazingly unique city-state. While taking a tour of a city may be seen as a normal unexciting activity that is not the case when it comes to Singapore. The city boasts of the finest technologies, modern skyscrapers, an amazing culture and wonderful people that make touring the city a delight for tourists who are visiting for the first time. With comfortable buses always roaming about in the city, it is not difficult to find one and join to tour the beautiful city of Singapore. In fact, it is almost criminal to visit Singapore and not take a tour of the city and experience its beauty and meet its amazing people.

Jurong Bird Park

The Jurong Bird Park is the biggest bird park in Asia and among the largest wildlife reserves om the continent with a land size of 50 acres. The park which is situated on Jurong Hill, Singapore has about five hundred species of birds and is home to more than 12,000 birds. The park was officially opened in 1971 after years of development, with some renovations taking place in 2,006 and has since then has become a major tourism destination with an annual visitor population of about 800,000. The park is divided into various attractions and sections, notable among them being the Aviary Waterfall, the Lory Loft, the Parrot Paradise, Penguin Coasts, Pelican Cove and World of Darkness. All these sections of the park are accessible to the public and tourists who visit the park. Very few travellers visit Singapore and leave the shores of the small island without taking a trip to the park to witness these amazing creations of nature.

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is arguably the world’s finest rainforest zoo. The facility is located in Mandai, in the most forested part of the area and occupies about 69 acres of land.  It was officially opened in 1973 to help protect rare wildlife animals that are on the brink of extinction as well as serve as a major tourism hub for Singapore, a mission the zoo has successfully accomplished over the decades and continues to deliver on that mandate. Currently, the zoo houses 315 different species of animals, with about 18% of them being endangered species that are under threat and on the brink of extinction.  Rare animals like White tiger, the mandrill, cotton-top tamarin and Hamadryas Baboon find safety and comfort in the zoo and are protected from dangers like poaching which wildlife animals are exposed to. In terms of the tourism population, the zoo records an average of 1.7 million visitors every year, from abroad and within the country.

River Safari

The River Safari is an iconic animal-themed zoo, the first of its kind in Asia. The facility is located near the Singapore Zoo and is nestled between the zoo and the Night Safari. Tourists who visit the River Safari get on board a boat and are taken on a boat ride through the river-themed zoo to see some of the aquatic animals in the clean water river. The river contains 300 species of aquatic animals. The zoo, located in the Panda forest was first opened to the public in 2012 as one of the finest zoos in the world, attracting over a million tourists in its first year of operations. There are not many of its kind in the world, and it would be a huge miss should you ever visit Singapore and not pay a visit to the River Safari.

Night Safari

Singapore has over the decades proven to be a leader in the tourism sector this is clearly manifested in their Night Safari, the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The night safari as the name suggests is a nocturnal zoo that houses animals that are active at night so instead of tourists visiting during the day time, they rather visit during the night when the animals are up and about. The zoo was constructed in 1994 and occupies 86 acres of rainforest land close to the main Singapore Zoo. There are about 100 different species of nocturnal animals in the zoo and precisely 900 animals. As one of the most patronized tourist attractions in Singapore, the zoo receives over a million tourists annually.

Sentosa

Sentosa is an island resort in Singapore, off the country’s southern coast. The Island in the 60s was a popular British Military base that was used as a camp to hold prisoners of wars captive, more specifically Japanese prisoners of war. The Island was however handed over to the government of Singapore after the war had come to an end and peace treaties signed. Singapore in the 1970s decided to embark on a project to make the Island one of the finest tourism destinations in the world, starting with redevelopment of the Island into a modern tourism city. This mission has proven to be a huge success as Sentosa has become one of the most visited resort island in the world, receiving close to 20 million tourists annually. Luxury golf courses, movie theatres, luxurious hotels, theme parks, casinos are but a few of the facilities on the Island. Sentosa is connected to mainland Singapore by cable cars, roads, and pedestrian walkways. For the lovers of luxury that comes at an affordable price, Sentosa is the place to visit.

Five beautiful visa-free countries to visit this December

Christmas is fast approaching and the struggles involved in obtaining visas would definitely prevent many from spending the season in their dream countries.

Holders of Ghanaian passports are eligible to travel to many countries without visas and Jetsanza.com recommends one of the 5 visa-free countries below for your December holiday.

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe; two islands which are very close in proximity, is located in the Gulf of Guinea near Gabon with a population of less than 200,000. The islands were discovered and inhabited by the Portuguese, so tourists of the island experience diverse cultures.

If you are a lover of tropical fruits, then São Tomé and Príncipe is a must go. São Tomé cuisines can never be complete, without refreshing tropical fruits and hot spices. Coffee lovers will enjoy it most here. Réchauffé is a major breakfast and tastes better, just like Ghanaian Jollof.

Aside from the perfect palm avenue beaches, the islands have museums, parks, skyscraper-like volcanic rock, and rainforests. The Islands never get dull as there are a lot of activities to entertain you to the fullest. There are birds of different kinds to admire, whales to watch excitingly, fishing, boat trips, and scuba diving.

A 4-day vacation to Sao Tome costs under $1,000 and your agent or hotel will arrange for you to be issued a visa on arrival. Use the NEXT button after the pictures to navigate to the rest of the countries.

Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe