In Singapore

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.
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At least we got to see the Marina Bay Sands Hotel up close. Tee Hee!

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They were really pretty.

  • 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.
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    Saw this was a must eat according to my research. Carrot Cake

    Second Day…

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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OVERALL EXPERIENCE

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!

 

 

My Cheesy Tuna Baked Macaroni Recipe

I’m no expert in cooking so I didn’t get to include the exact measurements of the ingredients, I just really love baked mac and my mom who usually makes this lives far from me so I have no choice but to make it myself. Plus the bakedmacs in restaurants just don’t give me those giddy cheesy feels. The pasta filling can vary from elbow macaroni to penne or even spaghetti and the tuna filling can be minced beef or chicken or even vegetables, whatever you like is A okay!

Macaroni Filling

Ingredients:

I pack elbow macaroni (about 800g)

Two cans of tuna (in oil or water, doesn’t matter)

1 can sliced mushrooms (just wanted to add another ingredient)

1 pack Tomato Sauce

Tomato Paste

Chopped Onions

Chopped Garlic

Mixture of different herbs (basil, oregano etc.)

Salt and Pepper

Olive oil and Vegetable oil

Procedure:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in pan, add in chopped onions and garlic and wait till onions become translucent, then add in the mushrooms and the canned tunas. I used one spicy tuna in can to add a kick to the otherwise overwhelming cheese flavor later on.
  3. After adding the canned tunas, you can then add in the tomato sauce and let it simmer for about 3mins then add in the tomato paste to make the sauce look more put-together. You know it.
  4. You can now add your different herbs and salt and pepper for flavor.
  5. Before your pasta fully cooks or reaches its al dente state, get it out from the heat as it will still continue to cook, plus it will get baked anyway. Put it in your baking pan/dish and drizzle a little olive oil on top so the pasta won’t stick to each other. You can then mix in your sauce mixture in the baking dish.

 

Creamy Cheesy Topping

Ingredients:

1 can evaporated milk

1 pack heavy cream (I used Nestle cream)

1  8oz block of cream cheese

Grated cheese

Procedure:

  1. Mix all three ingredients in a saucepan on low heat, these are the evaporated milk, heavy cream and your block of cream cheese.
  2. When the creams and cheeses are well mixed you can now spread it on top of your pasta in the baking dish and sprinkle grated cheese for as much as you like.

 

FINISH PRODUCT!

 

Seoul Searching

(안녕하세요) Annyeonghaseyo! (반짝 반짝) Banjjag Banjjag!!

Yep, just been to Korea. I didn’t expect going there this soon even though it’s in my bucket list. I was invited by my friend/housemate Kim to take a trip there. She’s a Kpop Fanatic so it’s her dream come true to go there. Thing is, she remembered me making a promise that I’d go with her if ever the opportunity comes. So I had no choice but to fulfill my promise even if I only came from the States 4mos prior(READ: out of budget).

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This is where we’re checked in.

Besides thinking of how short my financial status will be after the trip, I just thought of the personal experience I’m gonna gain throughout the tour. It was a 4-night, 3-day tour around Seoul, the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeongdong Shopping District, Nami Island and Everland Resort. We even had a university tour (HanYang University) because it was enlisted as an educational tour with members of the Centro Escolar University Faculty.

 

Statue of the one of the most popular Koreanovela "Winter Sonata".

Statue of one of the most popular Koreanovelas entitled “Winter Sonata” in Nami Island.

We even had side trips to Gangnam and the SM Entertainment Building where the Kpop Stars go.

 

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Overall, it was a superb experience alright. I’d comeback coz I know there’s waaaaay more to explore in Korea. I haven’t been to Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower and Jeju Island!