May is an eventful month for me. Right after my Senior Highschool graduation ceremony, we packed our bags and went straight to the airport for a trip again. This time, it’s Singapore. Our flight’s 9:40 in the evening (May 21, 2018) and we were at NAIA Terminal 3 around 6:30 pm. We immediately checked in our luggages but it took us approximately 2 hours just to reach the boarding gate since there are 17 of us travelling. I forgot to mention that Cebu Pacific is our carrier this time and I can’t help but compare how I like Philippine Airline’s in-flight meal better. Why? Because PAL’s food has appetizer, main course, desert, and unlimited drinks. Cebu Pacific, on the other hand, only has main course. You’ll also have to pay separately for the water which is kind of annoying. Fast forward to when we arrived Changi Airport, it was around 2:00 in the morning (May 22, 2018) and everybody has no energy left in their system only to find out that 2 of our suitcases were left in Manila and it was solely Cebu Pacific’s fault so because of this, we told ourselves we’re never going to ride Cebu Pacific again. It’s not just the first time they did this to us. Moving on, I didn’t bother taking pictures in Changi Airport since my hair’s a total mess, I have no makeup on and I was only wearing a tank top and sweats (Hahaha imagine!). After getting our luggages from the carousel, we went to the arrival lobby of the airport to buy MRT passes and tickets for different attractions. There’s a stall called Changi Recommends where you can rent a pocket wifi, purchase sim cards and attraction tickets (like Universal Studios Singapore pass, Safari pass, Sentosa Island fun pass, etc.). We hailed a taxi outside the airport and in just 15 minutes, we reached our hotel which is 30 Bencoolen Hotel located in Bencoolen, Singapore. It’s a 3-star hotel located in the heart of the city. So many stores and shopping malls are surrounding our hotel and I really recommend it if you’re planning for a vacation in Singapore.
I first showered before going to bed and it was 4:30 am in the morning that time. I set an alarm at 8:00 am so we could eat our complimentary buffet breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant which is just beside the lobby. I had sausages, bacon, potato wedges, rotti, chicken curry, pancakes, lemak rice, seafood rolls, croissant, and more Singaporean food. Basically, I took a little bit of everything. Surprisingly, Singaporean food tastes delicious than what I expected it to be. We left the hotel at around 1 pm. We first went to National Museum of Singapore which is just like a 2-minute walk from our hotel. We spent approximately PHP 8,000 just for the entrance fee and we explored the place afterwards. I’m a museum-type of person so visiting museums is fun for me. Then, we walked to Orchard Road which is the home of shopping malls in Singapore. We ate at a Thai restaurant for our late lunch and we rode the MRT going to Little India. Also, can I just say that escalators in Singapore, just like in Hong Kong, are dangerously fast? One time in HK, my grandma tripped and fell in the escalator causing her to have a huge bump in her head so everyone, be careful when riding it because it does move very fast. We got lost on our way to Night Safari because we missed our transfer stop so we had to get off the bus to prevent further damage hahahaha! However, we kinda got tired so we just booked Grab and to be honest, it’s been very useful throughout our Singapore trip since it’s always there to rescue us whenever we’re lost or something hahaha! Back to the topic, it was around 8:40 pm when we arrived at Night Safari. The whole attraction consists of riding a tram where a guide will be talking about the different nocturnal animals. I’m not really an animal lover so I didn’t appreciate the attraction much but I really feel bad for the animals caged in the zoo. It’s making me so sad because they should be out in the wild living freely. After the 40-minute tram ride, we went straight home and arrived the hotel at 10:40 pm.
Day 2 of our trip (May 23, 2018), we went to Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and Bugis Street. The first 3 that I mentioned were close to each other so going to each place wasn’t difficult. It was a hot humid day and it we decided to walk around Merlion Park to take pictures of Merlion and the view of Marina Bay Sands. We took a ferry boat going to Marina Bay Sands and it costs SGD 15 per person. The ride was short, approximately 5 minutes we reached Marina Bay Sands. We strolled for a bit then we walked our way towards Gardens by the Bay. We were only able to go to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest but I like the latter better because it’s more picturesque and there’s lesser people. We were supposed to go to SuperTree Grove but we didn’t have tickets for it so we ended up just going to Bugis Street. Bugis Street is a place where you can buy cheap souvenirs and cheap but delicious streetfood. We spent a lot of time there and it was around 9 pm when we got to the hotel.
The following day (May 24, 2018), our plan was to go to the remaining 3 zoos which are Singapore Zoo, River Safari, and Jurong Bird Park. We spent too much time in River Safari so we weren’t able to go Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park anymore. To be honest though, I didn’t fully enjoy the zoos because as I’ve said, I’m not really an animal lover. Probably, the Panda attraction was the only one that caught my eye but other than that, nothing more. I wish we could’ve just spent the day in Sentosa Island or Universal Studios Singapore—which I think is more fun. So after River Safari, we went to IMM Mall, an outlet mall located in Jurong, to buy some stuff. It was actually a luxurious mall but all stores, like Coach, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, etc., were on sale so the family decided to stop by there before going home. We got home pretty late and I really had no energy left I decided to stay at our hotel room to watch Netflix while the others went again to Bugis Street. I even asked my Dad to do a late convenience store-run to buy me food and holy moly, they have Onigiri! Eating it honestly made me feel like I was in Japan. After eating my midnight snacks, I packed my bags—but I’m still not yet ready to go home.
Last day in our Singapore came (May 25,2018), I was too lazy to get up from my bed knowing I won’t be able to cuddle our hotel’s fluffy and comfy sheets anymore. My Dad and I proceeded to the restaurant to eat breakfast and I just can’t leave the table because the food was too good I couldn’t stop from eating hahaha! So anyway, we finished packing our bags and we proceeded to the hotel lobby to check out. Good thing, the hotel attendant booked us a Grab Coach so we can easily go the airport. It was a short 20-minute ride going to Changi Airport and did I mention our flight is still 6:00 pm? Hahaha. We arrived at Terminal 4 at around 2 pm and we honestly don’t know what to do since we have 4 hours left in the airport so I asked my cousin to take pictures of me. Time came when we have to check in our suitcases. Just a random thought, I love how Changi Airport is designed. They have enough seats for everyone and their waiting area looks like a V.I.P. lounge except there’s no free food. Overall, our Singapore trip was one of those “chill” trips I’ve had. Everywhere you look, there’s trees and plants making me feel fresh even though it’s hot and humid (you get me? Hahaha). Although the people are not as polite as the Japanese, it’s a country I would consider living in. Navigating through the country was also easy and conversing with people is surprisingly not difficult. I would really love to go back since there were places we missed out on. I’ll see you soon, Singapore!