This is it! 6:30pm, touch down Singapore! Our first day at Singapore is late afternoon so we need to rush to our hotel and drop our luggage. Before anything else, the first thing we did was to change our US Dollar to SG Dollar. There are several money changer in Changi Airport so it won’t be a problem. And since it is getting dark, we hurried our way to the MRT to buy our tickets.
We planned to purchase the 3-Day Singapore Tourist Pass. Good thing that the ticketing officer is a Filipina. She was very accommodating that she even guided us about the MRT ticketing system. And since we opted to stay in Singapore for 4 days, she suggested that we purchase a standard ticket for our day 1 and use the 3-day tourist pass the succeeding days.
Why the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), you say? For first timers like us, if you want to familiarize yourself with how the MRT and bus system works, it would be better to have this ticket as the STP offers unlimited rides within Singapore’s public transportation network. Yes, UNLIMITED travel passes for buses and trains. Do take note that the unlimited travel is for public bus and train services only. That excludes rides on premium bus services such as the Fast Forward, Night Rider and Night Owl buses.
- Two (2) single beds
- Bathroom for each room
- 15 inch television
- Mini bar
- Universal Studios Singapore (USS)
- Merlion Statue (Sentosa)
- Marina Bay Sands
- The shoppe at Marina Bay Sands
- Helix Bridge
- ArtScience Museum
These are the attractions and booths found in Madagascar.
Welcome to the Galaxy Far Far Away… That ain’t right…Welcome to Far Far Away!
These attractions are one of the longest. So we were not able to hop on it.
The queue on this ride is damn long! We were not able to hop on this one.
Looks like a giant dildo to me. LoL. This coaster was closed. I think it is under repairs.
Bumble Bee and Optimus Prime, one of the most queued photo attractions
The one on the left is just a life size Optimus Prime, non moving. But on the right is the Optimus Prime mascot.
We all love Sesame Street! Just in time, we were able to watch Cookie Monster, Oscar the grouch and Bert during their street performance!
More of Elmo!
We were really glad that the weather cooperated with us. It was a bright, sunny day when we went to USS. We suggest you bring extra shirts and wear protective gears such as sunglasses, caps and don’t forget the sun block. The weather in Singapore is hotter compared to our country but not humid. So when you perspire, you won’t feel sticky unlike here.
Singapore is known to have potable water which means clean drinking water everywhere. So you might want to bring an empty water bottle for you to refill as there are many drinking fountains all over USS. The next time we visit USS, we will surely try all attractions.
You can finish touring USS late afternoon if you won’t be visiting all the attractions. Since we have a lot in our itinerary for the day, we opted to move on to the next after USS.
But before we head out Sentosa, we decided to have a quick break at Smoothie King to cool ourselves as the weather is really hot.
A beautiful view from the Events Plaza.
Behind us, the view of Marina Bay and ArtScience Museum.
After the long walk, we headed back to our hotel. Hungry and exhausted, we searched for restaurants that were open but could find none. We are so tired, we couldn’t move our feet. It took us an hour to find this precious gem – McDonalds. Yes, eating at famous fastfood chains is part of our itinerary. We wanted to compare it from the Philippine version but it turns out they’re just the same.
A quick foodie snap and we’re off to dine and sleep as we are really tired from walking the whole day.
We really had a great time despite the number of kilometers we walked. Nothing beats the experience from walking.
Today will be more on shopping and strolling around Orchard Road, China Town and try foods at the famous Hawker stalls.
So we tried roast chicken and duck plus strawberry and watermelon shake. Not bad.
Sri Mariamman Temple. We decided not to go inside anymore.
On our way back to our hotel, we saw this road sign. Feeling like we’re back in Manila.
Last day of our SG trip. It’s sad that we will be going home soon, we will definitely miss Singapore.
For our last day, here’s our quick itinerary:
- Sim Lim Square
- Mustafa Centre
- Changi Airport T2, Starbucks
- Changi Airport T2, Central Thai Restaurant
- Changi Airport T2, Lounge
- Back to Manila
Looks familiar? Yep, Selecta; that famous ice cream. But here we found it to be named as “Walls”
So Kim Chui has a store here? Tee-hee 😀
Looking from this picture, it also seems like you can’t see the end. That’s how big this shopping center is.
I was just fascinated on how this drink looks but not on how it tastes.
Travelling back to our hotel as we have our flight on the afternoon (back to Manila).
We left our hotel and bid farewell to the hotel staff. They were very accommodating and friendly too. One of their advice is to walk around instead so we can explore the city and appreciate the beauty more. Travelling by foot is the best part of travelling and I agree on that too, well except if your destination is miles away. By the way, this is not our hotel. Just a view near our hotel since there’s a construction going on and it’s not a good view to take pictures on.
Stop over a 7-11 store on the way to Changi Airport Terminal 2
Byebye Singapore, we hope we could visit you again soon. Shucks. Back to reality. As most backpackers would say, “travel the land where you grew up first before you travel beyond.” It became one of my principles too but wasn’t able to pursue that. Instead, I jumped and travelled beyond my country. I didn’t regret doing that.
It was definitely more exciting as I was able to meet different people and learn their culture. A small country such as Singapore is a definitely must go-to. For first-timers who wants to travel around the globe, we would recommend you to make Singapore your first destination. Why? A small, rich and multi-cultured country, you’ll definitely won’t get lost.
Of course we will explore the land of where we grew up but we may explore other countries first. We hope we could do more travels if time and budget permits.
Speaking of budget, here is our expenses for the entire trip. Take note that we did our best to be frugal but we do not want to compromise our safety and comfort since it’s our anniversary, so our hotel is a quite pricey. Total, we spent almost 68,000 PHP for our first out of the country trip.