Had my 2nd out of the country vacation with the whole family, together with Auntie Ging and our cousin Phil. I booked our plane tickets, finding a place for us to stay, researched where to go, what to do when we get there, transportations to use in going to a certain place, then finally after three months of waiting it was our departure date already. :) Aside from the fact that I’ll be going to another new place, I was also excited for the Great Singapore Sale is occurring for two months from our arrival date there. Talk about lucky and more shopping, thumbs up.
May 28, 2011
Our ETD from Manila to Singapore was 10:35 am via Jetstar Airways. So our father woke us up at 5:30 am for we’ll be heading to the airport at 6:30 am. I drunk at a bar with my friends the night before our departure, and I was still tipsy when I woke up that I forgot my lock combination for my baggage. Sheesh! We were already at Ninoy Aquino International Airport by 7:30 am and went to the line for check-in. The Airport by the way looks like a mess and looks so old (which I understand) unlike Terminal 3. By 8:00 am, the counter was already open and we checked-in, paid the travel tax and filled up this kind of form I-forgot-what. So here we go to the Philippine IO’s whatever for a short interview. I got annoyed with the old woman that I was assigned to, telling me to fill up this form, be with my family for an interview if I’m going in a vacation with them. In short she didn’t accept me. But then hello, everyone’s going through them was required to be interviewed one by one unless you are 18 below. Duh! After that we waited for our boarding time, and there I was still tipsy so I bought coffee at Bo’s. Here comes our boarding, Jetstar was nice though it was a typical Airbus but it has little legroom. It’s a budget airline so there was no free food, good thing that we brought foods and drinks with us. Anyway I wanted to puke the whole flight, literally. The problem of drinking before a flight, and I know that it was my fault lol. The whole ride by the way was shaky that I can’t sleep, it was because there were many turbulence. But then we arrived safely at exactly 2:10 pm, and sighted Changi Airport 1 which is by the way big and nice and wonderful and clean and so on. :) I liked Changi more than Hong Kong’s airport.
We surfed the net free for a while courtesy of the airport, then went to Singapore IO’s whom are very friendly unlike our IO’s here. They just checked our travel card and stamped on them, then we were good to go. We changed our USD’s to SGD’s then went to the Skytrain to go to Terminal 2 which is cool by the way. We headed to the MRT station to go to our hostel then bought Singapore Tourist Pass, which is a card to tap to the entrance and exit of the MRT or a bus. We paid 24 sgd each for a card, which includes 3 days unlimited ride to their MRT and buses, plus 10 sgd which is refundable when you return the card. We saved lots for our transportation. :) Then off to Bugis Station because or hostel was near it, it’s a walking distance. But we got lost we all got hot-headed until we found our hostel.
The orange signboard of Footprints Hostel was really a big help. Footprints was a nice place to stay, especially if you’re on a budget. We got a 10-bedded dorm, 5 bunk beds then the room is all yours. It has a kitchen with a free breakfast, free PC’s with internet to use, free wifi, a living room with free movies to watch, free board games to use, and a friendly staff especially Francis the Filipino guy who assisted us with our needs. The bathrooms are shared, boys differ from girls which are unexpectedly clean. Who needs a beautiful hotel, when you will only stay at it for a night just to sleep. It’s as if you’re just staying at your own house though you’re in a dorm, I got to meet friends from different parts of the world who was also staying there for their vacation. :) We checked-in, rested for a while then off we go.
City tour was our schedule for that day. We used the MRT North East Line Little India then alighted at Dhoby Gaut, transferred to North South Line and alighted at Promenade I think. I like their MRT transportation system, not crowded, easy to roam to other places because you have access to all stations, and seats are made one space for one person only. :)
We first went to Suntec Mall to eat then we went to Fountain of Life, wishing while rotating three times around the fountain and holding the water. It was a great experience. :)
We walked from Suntec to Esplanade, admired the architecture by taking pictures and enjoying the moment while we were there. The bay was our next destination and we got to see the architecture of Marina Bay Sands Hotel and it was breathtaking and calm along with the view of the city.
Onto the next one, walked and walked until we reached the Merlion Park. :)
Picture Taking with Merlion and Little Merlion
We were supposed to go to Helix Bridge but the oldies were tired already, so we decided to go to Clarke Quay to eat. Problem with being with them, they keep on ranting and it was too much to handle that’s why I got annoyed. Too much walking which was okay for me for I get to explore SG on foot. :) We wanted to eat at Hooters but it was packed as well as with other restaurants. So we just decided to go back to the hostel and eat there.
We went to the MRT station and alighted at Little India. Left the oldies to the hostel and walked to Bugis Mcdonald’s to order our foods which was fun, for we weren’t with the oldies. Lol. The streets were deserted, so I guess people there goes home early. And one thing, you feel safe while walking 11 pm onwards because you know that there’s less crime in Singapore. :) After eating our foods in the hostel, we freshened up and it was sleeping time for them already.
After I took a bath, I invited my cousin Phil to go drink outside downstairs and we bought the famous Tiger beer as recommended by Francis at a nearby store. It costs 5 sgd each for a 600 ml but I got red easily though it was not that strong. I also bought a cigarette for 12 sgd, damn! I didn’t know my sister brought with here some from Philippines, I could’ve just asked. Then after that, it was sleeping time. Thank God. :)
* One thing I learned throughout my stay there, never ever convert sgd to php. Lol. :))