Singapore is often referred to as the “Lion City”. It is a city-state in Southeast Asia.
My family and I went to Singapore last November 22 – 26. We stayed there for 5 days and 4 nights. We booked tickets online via SilkAir and availed of their year-round promo fares (meals and baggage allowance of 30kgs included) since the airline flies from Davao-Singapore 10x weekly.
Aircraft departed Davao at around 3:25 pm. Travel will take 3 hours. On-board, meals are served. You can have special requests for your meals but be sure to have them informed (during your booking, you can have special requests for your meals).
It’s my first out of the country trip plus with my family. So it’s exciting. We arrived at Changi Airport at around 6:55 pm. Since it’s our first time in Singapore, we decided to take the taxi. FYI, taxi rates at night are different from their day rates. We purchased the Singapore Tourist Pass which can be used for MRT, LRT and bus unlimited for 3 days at $38 (there’s a booklet containing map of their train system and good sites to visit).But later on I found out it’s better to purchase their EZ link cards at 7 11 stores or at any of their train stations and just have them credited.
We stayed at Hotel 81 Heritage Hotel located at 71 Jalan Sultan. It is a 7 minute walk from Nicoll Highway Train Station. I reserved a room (booked through credit card) for 3 using Booking.com and upon check-in, full amount for the room should be paid (at $536). The hotel accepts credit card for payments. Hawkers are nearby and across the street beside Maybank is a Forex store.
am – Singapore Botanic Gardens
We rode on the MRT going to Botanic Gardens. No fees to pay. You can just stroll around the gardens. It’s wide actually. We went to National Orchid Garden and paid $5 each for entrance.
pm – S.E.A Aquarium Sentosa
Sentosa is at Harbourfront. If you have an EZ Link Card, you do not need to pay for $4 each but if you don’t have one, you have to pay at the counter located at Level 3 VivoCity for the pass. You will be riding at their monorail. Sentosa has four stations, Sentosa, Waterfront, Imbiah and Beach Stations. Since our schedule for that afternoon was at S.E.A Aquarium, we stopped at Waterfront station.
For the activities, I downloaded an app called Klook and booked for the amusements prior our travel(using credit card) to avoid hassles and long lines. Everything’s at a discounted rate. Print the passes and they should be scanned at what they call “Turnstile” once you’re there.
There are thousands of species inside S.E.A Aquarium. You’ll get to see the kinds of corals, fishes and other marine animals. Isn’t it fascinating?
After the S.E.A Aquarium we roamed around and took some photos!
am – Bugis and Chinatown
My mother was looking for a nearby church. We asked for the assistance of the hotel receptionist and the nearest is Our Lady of Lourdes in Bugis. We rode on a bus, swiped the card and after 3 bus stations, we alight. I asked a local on the opening hours of stores and it’s at 10am. After going to church, we went to Bugis street to buy “pasalubong”. We bought chocolates at $1, key chains at 5 for $10, bags at 5 for $10 too. Who would not want to go shopping with these cheap finds?
After Bugis, we went to Chinatown. My mother bought Jasmine Tea at one of the local stores then headed to Chinatown complex. Again there were a lot of cheap finds and we bought souvenirs again. I noticed this ice cream stall at the end, ice cream is at $1.20 and the flavor I chose was raspberry.
pm – Merlion, the Helix, Gardens by the Bay
In the afternoon we headed to Marina Waterfront. We strolled around the shopping malls at Marina Bay Sands, walked for around 20 minutes from Marina going to Merlion to take pictures and there were a lot of people. After Merlion, we came across the Helix then went straight ahead to Gardens by the Bay. Since Gardens by the Bay is wide, we availed of the $3 unlimited “mini-bus” rides going to and from the 2 domes. We went inside Flower Dome then Cloud Forest Dome. It’s cold inside so be very sure to bring a sweater or a shawl.
At 7:45 pm we witnessed the Garden Rhapsody where the supertrees come alive at night and burst their lights and it was amazing!
You have to allot 1 whole day for this. There’s Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar! You just have to check on the schedules of the shows and what time characters would be available for picture taking!
We tried the ride at Transformers, Human, Madagascar. Watched shows of Puss ‘n Boots, Shrek, Donkey. Had pictures taken with the minions, Bert and Cookie monster! UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE IS BRINGING OUT THE KID IN ME! 🙂
We had a great time in Singapore and I was impressed with their city. People are disciplined and the place is clean and beautiful.
Have you been to Singapore? Feel free to share your experience. But if not, hey watch out for promos! Book a ticket nd just goo!