I vowed to myself to have at least one out of the country flight every single year so 2016’s travel pick is the wonderful Lion City… SINGAPORE!
We realized that Singapore is a common travel destination for almost everyone aside from Hong Kong. We’ve been to major destinations like USA and Middle East so why not explore one of the nearest ones around Philippines?
So I planned a 3-day itinerary that wouldn’t cost us much. My husband has this thing of not wanting to go through expensive entrance fees so I accept the challenge of only going to places where we wouldn’t spend as much but will still be able to visit the major attractions.
Our first day…
- Arrival at Changi Airport
- MRT ride to Aljunied Station where our booked hotel(via Agoda.com) was located
- Got lost for a while looking for our hotel, checked in at 2:00pm, Fragrance Hotel-Pearl. Rested for a while. It was so hot! Even though we were warned by friends and family who have been there but damn was it hot!
- Back to the MRT going to Marina Bay Sands via Bayfront Station.
- By the way, Bayfront station ends you up inside the actual Marina Bay Sands mall, we thought it would end us up looking at it from the popular Merlion statue, but it was a discovery that lead us to Gardens By The Bay, another popular attraction.
- Go down via Raffles Place or Marina Bay station if you want to end up at the Merlion Statue with the Marina Bay Sands as your background or view.
- We had a short stop at the Chinatown area, we got to see the busy street with lots of tourists, restaurants, bars and stores, but my research said that Bugis street is the cheaper option for souvenirs.
- Last stop was the famed Bugis Street. This is where we ate dinner but we got there pretty late so we weren’t able to have that many food choices. I ate Carrot cake and my husband ate noodles of some sort.
- Went to Bakut Timah Railroad from King Albert Park Station, it’s an unused old railroad that some backpackers or tourists try to visit. We got lost looking for it but saw it the moment we gave up. lol! Easy tip to find it is that it kinda looked like an overpass. The Ngee An Poly Park was where we ended up when we decided to give up. Another tip, you’re not supposed to reach King Albert Park either. The railroad is all before those so-called parks.
- Botanic Gardens – nothing too grand to see here but it was a good walking exercise.
- Sentosa – I guess this is the only place where we paid for an entrance fee. We didn’t go to Universal Studios though, just the ticket for the train. We just did a walking tour around Sentosa. It was well worth it but really hot. There were so many Indian tourists. One big group even had a red t-shirt as their uniform and my husband blended in. lol!
- Clark Quay. Might as well visit this place.
- To sum up our day, we met up with Steve’s old friend Mac and his wife Noreen who lives there and we ate at this hawker center by the marina bay called Makansutra. This is where we got to eat the chili crab and cereal prawns.
Third and Last Day…
- After check out time at Fragrance Hotel: Pearl, we decided to go to the other popular places like Orchard Road and Little India. It was midday so the sun was up and about! We tried to walk around Little India for a while but found that it was too ordinary, perhaps it’s more colorful in the evening, but in the morning, no thank you.
- At Orchard Road, we didn’t bother going out of the station anymore, so that’s one more place we have to go back to.
Waiting for out flight. Double thumbs up on Singapore’s waiting areas and really fast internet!
Ideally, going out in Singapore should either be early in the morning or late in the afternoon until the evening because it is just really hot during midday and you can’t even feel the wind. We were kinda lucky it rained a little on our second day so it wasn’t THAT hot the whole day but it shows otherwise for my ever sweaty partner. I bet during Summer months it’s killin’ just like back home in Bahrain where it hits 40 degrees celsius at times.
What I think about the city is that it’s like a world inside a bubble. Like a modern city inside a bubble. You can feel it’s a small city and everything is accessible with public transportation. I would come back again though, I know there are still lots of places we haven’t explored. Singapore has one of the best looking airports I have ever been to as well.
See you again SG!