Singapore is a fast-paced sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. I dreamed of visiting this place for a long time, and with my friend’s encouragement, we booked our flight to Singapore via Cebu Pacific Airlines. It’s a trip we planned for a long time, yet, we never had a chance to talk about because everyone is tied up with work and different timelines.
Our friend Joanne is working in Saudi Arabia as a nurse, while Cindy is a manager in a real estate industry. Of course. I also have my own different world in the banking industry. It’s quite difficult to meet everyone’s schedules but we somehow manage to arrange everything when I had my visit to Cindy and had a sleepover at their condo. We called Joanne via FB messenger so that everyone is included in the planning session. We booked our quad room via Traveloka and the other tickets for Gardens by the bay, Universal Studios via Klook. It is also advisable to get a sim card that you can use while strolling around Singapore. We picked up our sim card at Singapore Airport and it really helped us locate the places and best the restaurants we wish to eat out.
We flew to Singapore on March 22, we arrived there past 5 in the afternoon. We were fascinated by how immense and alluring their Airport was. It’s a pristine, and a delightful place for visitors to experience. I was envious of their airport, and this is the kind of feeling I felt when I was in Korea and experienced the Seoul station transportation service. I wish these are the kinds of projects our government would be able to accomplish in the future, it’s not for luxury but a necessity of the Philippines. Anyways, since we arrived quite late, we went to our hotel and roamed around Geylang where our hotel is located. Our place was 20 minutes walk from Kallang and Aljunied MRT stations which is really convenient and accessible to the city.
We checked out some nearby restaurants around the area, and I noticed that mostly the food offered are spicy, soaked in seasonings and spices, and succulent. We never regret our choices, and it is good to have friends who love food and eager to try the new and exciting cuisine.
Universal Studios Singapore
Our second day was spent on Universal Studios Singapore, a theme park located in Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. It is known as the second Universal Studio theme park that was opened to Asia and features more than 20 rides and theme zoned which we really loved. The park layout includes Hollywood, Ancient Egypt, Madagascar, New York City, Far Far Away, Sci-Fi City and The Lost World. There are plenty of rides we tried, and it really brings out the kid in you and makes you feel young again. I enjoyed Elmo’s TV Time, Shrek 4D and 3D Transformer. If you’re the adventurous type like our friend Joanne, you can try Battlestar Galactica: CYLON ride. A breathtaking roller coaster ride that will bring a thrilling and exciting experience.
We had a great time in this theme park, yet, everyone should be aware of how expensive the food and the drinks inside the park.
Gardens by the Bay
For our 3rd day, we came to visit the huge and futuristic nature park spanning 101 hectares located next to Marina Reservoir. It is beautiful and offers different attractions such as; Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, Super Tree Grove, Far East Organization Children’s Garden, Bay East Garden, Dragonfly and King Fisher’s Lake, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants, The Canyon, Sun Pavilion, and Art Sculptures.
It is freezing inside the dome despite the huge number of visitors. The Flower Dome will always be my favorite among the attractions. I love flowers and I like how intriguing and beautifully this place was constructed. A must-visit park that will give one chill and a once in a lifetime experience of a city in a garden.
Marina Bay Sands
After we roamed around the Gardens by the Bay, we went to Marina Bay Sands. It offers a breathtaking view of the Marina Bay which is really delightful to see. A luxurious and expensive casino resort that provides various options including dining, rooftop infinity pool, entertainment and shopping centers.
We stroll around the bay, we sat and just enjoyed the view of this place. We waited for the “Spectra: A Light And Water Show” which is quite similar to “A Symphony of Lights” show in Hong Kong. I take pleasure in these kinds of shows, the same way I enjoy the fireworks display. They bring so much astonishment and delight both to foreign and local tourists.
For people who love to witness the Singapore Chinese culture and history, you may want to check out Chinatown located within the Outram District in the Central Area of Singapore. The place showcase historical attractions, museum, and restored shop-house with various kinds of local products.
Little India Singapore
Little India is a must visit Singapore ethnic district located at the east of the Singapore River. The district offers vibrant and creative street arts. All the shops are different, stylish, and colorful, and the aroma of the food offered in every restaurant is quite pleasant which will persuade you to try the different kinds of cuisine.
Selfie Coffee Shop
We are able to visit a coffee shop and we tried the selfie coffee. It is popular with tourists as we see a lot of foreigners inside the coffee shop. It was delicious, and it tastes different from the usual coffee that I’ve tried before.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
When we visited Chinatown, we were able to visit the Buddha Tooth Relic temple. I definitely suggest you visit this 4 storeys red temple that features Tang Dynasty architecture and the Buddhist Mandala. It consists of Hundred Dragon Hall and Universal Wisdom hall (first floor), Manjushri hall – Arranya Gallery (second floor), Samantabhadara hall – Nagapuspa Buddhist Culture Museum (third floor), and the Sacred Light hall Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber (fourth floor).
Show respect to the temple by ensuring that you wear appropriate attire when you visit the temple.
For night owls and partygoers, Clark Quay offers an exciting and fun nightlife filled with excellent and variety of clubs and restaurants. This is the best place for people who love to drink and party.
If your planning to visit Singapore, watch out for the Travel Guides and Itinerary that I will be sharing in the comings days.
Catch a Glimpse of our Singapore Trip
If you have questions, tips, or want to share your Singapore stories, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.