“Every places are worth exploring, appreciate more than complain and criticize.”
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The thing of a full-time employee who wants to take a few days off for another adventure, as much as I don’t have the luxury of money, time and approvals are also an issue. Writing on a form at least 6 months in advance just to have the days reserved for my next trip, checking with team — making sure that no one is booked on that said date, then, approval of the bosses. I remember someone asked me, why are you taking a leave? where are you heading? With excitement, I said I wanna see the world, I am going to Singapore! haha the reaction was, Singapore is not the world!
The tiniest country of this planet it is — Singapore, for others, maybe it’s casual for them to fly back and forth here, but for me it is seeing the world! Just a thought of I will be flying to explore a new place gives me happiness. This is my inspiration, it is one of my everyday alarms, a thought of I will be on a vacation soon, even if it means a hundred and fifty days and more of waiting.
I started planning this escape for two months. So, I can claim that this trip was well-planned for a newbie like me. Read lots of reviews, blogs, the dos and don’ts, must see places, all tips about SG. I created our itinerary base on locations, revising, including new find places, dropping-off some. It is really exciting to plan your vacation, doing all the bookings and research.
– PLACES and ACTIVITIES –
The Merlion Park
Location: One Fullerton
Well, you had never been to SG if you did not see this landmark. So on the very first day, after settling-in at Pearl Fragrance Hotel, Merlion Park was our first stop. It was a Sunday afternoon, so the place was so crowded. A quick visit, then we decided to go to a Hawker Center (food court).
Location: Suntec City Mall
Alive Museum was part of the package of our 3-Days Ultimate pass. It was a cool illusionary art, specially it was our first time to see one. It’s a nice stopover for someone who loves picture taking, like me! We were there before it even opens, so we were the first guests, we spent about an hour of roaming. Luckily no queues to pose and capture to us early birds… until we finished.
My travel buddy, Nikki, is fond of sea creatures. Visiting a place like this is one of her top picks. She wanted to visit this place but heart-broken at the same time. She wants to free them (the sea creatures). My stand if we don’t have a place like this, then 99% of the people in this world will only see this beautiful creatures on screen and prints. This place is educational, though I do prefer to see them free too, mixed emotions. I used to see dolphins sailing with us back then, they were actively jiggling and racing us.
The Duck Tour
Location: Suntec City Mall
A sixty-minute stroll from the road to the river and back to the road. It is a wonderful feeling to be a tourist, specially experiencing and seeing stuffs for the first time. It’s cool to be in the boat while on the road plus a funny tour guide. And, imagine we were cruisin’ in the reservoir of fresh water in the city! For a tiny country, they are outstanding, maximizing their resources to the highest level. Oh, Singapore, I envied you. (link ?? ducktours)
Marina Bay Sands
Our plan was to go to Sky Flyer, but we ended up walking on the boardwalk and stayed for the Musical Fountain show. Yes, watch the show. We don’t have a clear captures.
Who is not a fan of hollywood celebrities here? Seeing a duplicate of those actors that you only see on screen is fun. I wished they will innovate, make them walk and talk instead of just a statue there. hehe. But, Madam Tussauds is more than a display of celebrities. They will walk you back, a brief reenactment of Singapore’s history. You will learn how this country went to where they are now, including the struggles. This 20 minutes can’t be filmed.
Gardens by the Bay
Location: Marina Gardens Drive
In the heart of the city is a stunning garden. The admission is free unless if you are planning to go in the Conservatories and walk on the OCBC Skyway. Should you? Yes, it is totally worth it. I love plants, nature in general and seeing how SG fused nature, art and technologies is genius! Like the Supertrees, they are solar panels and at the same time a tourist attractions & a restaurant! AMAZING! For an updated info about the place navigate this website: Gardens by the Bay.
We went in to all 3 Conservatories, but we did not go up and roam in the Cloud Forest, Nikki was feverish that time and the place is cold.
I walked on the OCBC skywalk, it was an overwhelming feeling to be up there. The queue was long but the movement was fast.
Location: Raffles Avenue
It felt so quick, just like riding an elevator with a glass wall to the 50th floor. The exciting part for me, was hopping in the tube and watching the Supertrees light show from up there. You can dine while you are in the Sky Flyer, but we did not do that, though I think it’s cool and romantic.
Singapore Zoo, River and Night Safari
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road
We spent a whole day here, from the River Safari to the Zoo and the Night Safari. The place is huge, it’s like in a rain forest and the animals here seem to be happy, if I were to compare with the other zoos I visited. Well, this was before our visit to Everland in South Korea, they have an amazing zoo too and South Africa is still on my waiting list, nothing beats the wild, that’s for sure!
I like how they designed each cages, they seemed free. Instead of glass or steel, it’s a tiny string of shock wires that I almost did not notice. Their animal shows, WOW. I salute those trainers, they are doing an amazing job.
Theme parks are my favorite place too. Even if I don’t ride sometimes, I love roaming around, I love fairytales, the castle even if it’s not real (I am looking forward to see the real one day!) it takes me to an awe moment. Waterworld, don’t miss it, ask for the timings and watch the show unless if you have small kids with you.
– PEOPLE –
A lot of Expats and tourists in Singapore, on my observation, I think almost or more than 70% are expats and tourists. A lot, really a lot of tourists visiting this country. I noticed that people here are so busy, I can say… they are really not that welcoming, I am referring to those I had interactions with. It is more on, I am doing my job, getting it done, enforcing policies… rather than making the day of the guests or visitors. Though, our taxi driver going back to the airport, him, he conversed so much to us, giving us history of his country. I can see how proud he is as a citizen of this country, well who would not be? And, yes our tour guide in the duck tour as well, she seemed to be excited while discussing each and every landmarks, telling us short stories and asking our feedbacks.
– TRICKS AND LESSONS –
Singapore Pass: We bought a 3-Days Ultimate Pass, was it worth the price? For me yes, I have nothing to compare still and it was hassle free. There was almost no queues to redeem the tickets, so we had able to maximize our time. The transportations to most attractions are free, you just need to know where to catch them, they will give you schedules and a map anyway. If you are staying for more than 3 days, I will say redeem the tickets that you don’t have to consume on that same day, like SEA Aquarium & Universal Studio, use them after the validity of your pass. That’s what we did with our USSG tickets. Take advantage of your pass by planning your itinerary well.
Flight: *Book a flight that you will arrive NOT earlier than 10AM specially if you will have a long journey and you want to rest and freshen-up first when you arrive. Most hotels will only check you in at 12NN or worst at 2PM. This is to avoid hassle on your first day, unless if you are planning to go straight in roaming around. *Book your flight together and/or do the online check-in or else a chance of you not seating next to each other.
Hotel: I will suggest to have an airport transfer, looking for not so known hotel to a place that you are not so familiar is difficult. Unless if you don’t mind roaming around locating the place. Plus read the reviews of the location. The hotel we stayed, Pearl Fragrance Hotel, has cute tiny room, it was clean and worth the price. It is only awkward to stay in the reception during early hours.
Food Trip: I would always say that food is the soulmate of travel. We go to other places not just to see but also to taste their food. Sad to say, we did not have so much of food trips in SG, on our first day my travel buddy, Nikki, ate something that made her stomach upset, suffered for a couple of days plus fever. So, we agreed for the food that were familiar to us. Be always ready with meds by the way (for headache, stomach trouble, pain and fever) when traveling, so you don’t spend your time looking for a pharmacy.
Weather: Rain and shine, it pours even if mr. sun is up and glaring, and vice versa. Always have a poncho or umbrella, if you think you are strong enough, embrace the rain and enjoy. Bring extra shirt though, sometimes it gets too hot that you will be sweating a lot.
Transportation: They have the most convenient public transports, from train, bus to taxi and cable car. Their taxis are quite expensive, aside from the meter there’s a service charge as well. So for me, train is the best way to go from one place to the other. Shuttle seh ice is also included in our pass, so it was quick and easy for us to go to any tourist places.
– TO WRAP UP –
I saw a different face of the world in Singapore. Now, I know why people love SG. A tiniest country with so much variety to offer to its visitors. Totally worth visiting and exploring. I enjoyed every places we visited and the not so adventurous activities we did. Yes, I will visit again, maybe not in the near future but I will be back SG.
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