Singapore Day 2

Day 2: 9/20/2011

We started the day with a breakfast from a nearby hawker food stall.  The people there mostly Chinese looking talks in a local language which I can’t identify but still I was able to order.  Because it’s pretty late for a breakfast at 9 in the morning only one rice meal was available.  Noodles were already eaten during the morning.  Coffees are served in small cups with a straw.  I think they love straws. 😀

Then, we headed to Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa with a taxi.  Taxi there is pronounced as “Teksi” like sexy.  It was a fast ride and we got to see the vast port area of Singapore.  The costly entrance ticket to Universal Studios is 66$.

It was a Hollywood experience inside the theme park so a lot pictures were taken.  The rain poured down hard even before we started to try the rides.  I really enjoyed the “Return of the Mummy” ride which was my first high speed roller coaster experience, Lights Camera Action and the Shrek 4D Adventure.  Most of the outdoor rides were closed due to the rain and we missed the Waterworld show.  I planned to ride the Battlestar galactica roller coaster but after seeing how fast and high it was, I became apprehensive.  I have a faint heart for roller coasters. Heehee. 🙂

We ate at Mel’s Drive in which was pricey but with a big serving.  It was my first time to eat on a diner. Cool.

Merchandise stores for souvenirs are situated in the park.  You won’t be able to control yourself not to buy. 😉 I even saw Filipinos working there.  Everywhere you go there is always a Filipino.

Next to Universal Studios, we went to Siloso Beach inside Sentosa boarded by Sentosa Monotrail.  We watched the relaxing and mesmerizing musical waterworks “Songs of the Sea” by the sea.  It was a “Wow!” because they used water, colorful lightings, pyrotechnics and computer effects with music.  I wish the Philippines will do it too.

After that, we went to Vivo city for dinner.  I had to meet my friend Vanessa who’s working in Singapore.  I had a very delicious chicken satay with a tasty peanut sauce.  The foods in the foodcourts are reasonably priced and you can verify if it’s recommended with their grading cards posted in their stall like “A” red card for Excellence in Food and Cleanliness.  My cousins also ordered Peppered fish and Kung pao chicken so I had a taste of different foods.  No tissue napkins are available in the food courts maybe because they don’t want any litter.

Outside the Food Republic was the No Signboard Restaurant which is popular for their Chili crabs.  How I wish I was able to eat there!

Later on we rode the MRT to go to Fullerton area to see the Merlion Park.  It was our first time to use the EZ link card.  Boarding the MRT I observed and learned some things.

–          MRT commuters walk fast as well as the escalators move fast.  It was horribly fast that you need to be careful on your step.

–          Vanessa’s tips:  First, Stay on the left side of the escalator.  The right side is for people in a hurry.  Second, it’s ok if you missed the next station because you can easily ride one to go back.

–          Always double check on the MRT Map guide where you are going to alight.  Note the color codings of the train lines.

Tired…but still we managed to walk through the Fullerton Hotel and Cavanagh Bridge to go to the Merlion Park together with Vanessa that served as our tour guide.  It was past 10 in the evening but the Merlion was still lighted.  We’re so lucky because it will be closed the following day due to the Grand Prix! We had our souvenir picture taking and viewed the beautiful skyscrapers and the Esplanade from afar.

We went home late but it’s safe.  My legs were sored after a day filled with activities. 🙂 It was all worth it!

Singapore Day 1

Day 1: 9/19/2011

Manila to Singapore Flight with Cebu Pacific

Uniquely Singapore.  It’s absolutely true that there is no word to describe Singapore.

First impressions? Progressive, World Class, Fine City (as in paying fines), disciplined people, Hi-technology, Mixed Cultures, Shopping mecca, and the list goes on.

I like the feeling of doing and experiencing things for the first time.  So when I first set foot (together with my cousins) in Changi Airport, talked with a local taxi driver and saw Singapore for the first time, I can’t help but marveled that “I’m here.”  To my amazement all I can say in my mind was “Wow!” 😉

We rode a metered taxi going to the hotel from the airport and going to Singapore Flyer.  Their highways are undoubtedly different from the Philippines.  There are surveillance cameras and trees and plants all around the city.  Signboards in English are everywhere.  The travel time was fast.  Taxi drivers are usually old but they are great and friendly giving you a background about their country, the 2011 Grand Prix and the places to see.  You can really feel how proud they are of their country and government.

Joo Chiat, the quaint neighborhood, with ornate facades and prewar architecture, where we stayed is very clean.  I think every place that we passed by is clean.  Surprisingly no air pollution.

The first leg of our trip is to see the Journey of dreams interactive gallery and to ride the Singapore Flyer.

The flyer is the world’s largest observatory wheel.  The ticket price of 29.50$ is a bit pricey but it’s worth the experience after seeing the enthralling cityscape by night.  I think there’s a big difference riding the flyer during the day or night but I prefer it at night.  It would very romantic if you have your special someone with you during the whole 30 minutes ride. 🙂

When you go there, I suggest you book online so that you can also get free food stubs worth 8$ each in the Singapore Food Trail.  It is set in a 1960’s dining concept serving local foods or hawker foods.  When you’re there you don’t know what to eat because everything looks delicious.  I wanted to have a taste of everything but I was worried of heartburn.  I wasn’t able to taste the Laksa because the stall ran out of it.  We tried the Hainanese Chicken, Roasted chicken rice, Fishball noodles {the BEST and BIGGEST fishballs ever tasted!} and Ice Kachang (Ice ball).

As I observed in the trail, it has many elderly people cleaning the tables and people have a big appetite for noodles although it was a late night.

After that, we rushed to The Shoppes @ Marina Bay to buy something at 7-11.  It was a long walk but definitely relaxing as we passed by the Helix bridge, and saw the Marina Bay Sands, Fullerton Hotel, Singapore flyer and skyscrapers from afar.  I marveled again on how great the infrastructures and architecture in the city.  In my mind I said, “How did they plan the whole city?”  because everything was well put.  The mall is huge, astonishing and grand, filled with designer labels.  There are no security guards on the entrances and exits of the mall. I bet it is surrounded by a lot of CCTV cameras. Even small restaurants and bakeries have cameras. No one would ever dare to steal there.

Even the 7-11 is posh. 🙂

I wish I was able to see the restaurants of Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck but we didn’t have much time.  Also, outside the mall is a big and sparkling LV store by the bay.

Well the first night was tiring but it was a memorable first night in Singapore.  My first impressions were right.  I also observed that Singaporeans are quiet people and they don’t look that much in your eyes when you talk.  I am very grateful to God that I was able to go to Singapore. 🙂

Joseph Vincent

I’ve discovered this awesome, charming, dreamy, good-looking, talented and acoustic musician/singer from Irvine, California in You Tube lately.  I have an inkling that he’s a Filipino when I first laid my eyes on him. 🙂  Oh I was right! I can’t get enough watching his videos.  Kagwapong bata!  I’m such a fan!  You made my heart skip a beat.  If only I’m younger but I’m not. Heehee.  I wish. 😆

Here’s his video.

I just wish for him all the best and may his dreams of an international music career come true.  Thank you Joseph Vincent Encarnacion because your music is keeping me company lately. 🙂