| Monday, March 01, 2004
|The last time I went out of the country was in 2002, when I went to Europe. I had the most amazing time there and couldn't wait to go back. Almost 2 years later, I still haven't gone back there and, instead, settled to go to Singapore, 3 hours and 25 minutes away from Manila.
Singapore, Day 1
Since our flight was at 8:15am, we had to leave the house at 4am to go to the airport, which was an hour away. So naturally, our day started at 3am. We got to the airport at 5am, 30 minutes before the check-in counter opens, only to find out that our flight was going to be delayed for 1 hour and 20 minutes because of the Asian Aerospace show in Singapore. Great. Stuck inside the airport for four hours with nothing to do. Nothing to do but sleep, I guess, which I tried to do.
Finally, 10 hours after, at around 1p, we arrived in Singapore, we arrived in the Singapore Changi Airport. Around an hour and a half later, we were scouring the streets of Singapore to have money changed and for some lunch. An hour later, we still haven't had our money changed, therefore, we haven't had any lunch yet. Then I remembered, I had some Singaporean dollars that the tour booking guy gave me as change. We had our very first meal in Singapore of Nasi Goreng and Chicken Briyani for only S$14! That was our first and cheapest meal.
That night, we went to the Night Safari where nocturnal animals were put on display. A forty-minute tram ride took us around the "establishment" and take a look at all these creatures of the night. I did not take pictures for fear of any attack.
Singapore, Day 2
The Singapore Art Museum was the first agenda of the day. There was one show called 4Stories that blew me away. It featured the four seasons of Sweden and was just amazing.
That afternoon, we went to Sentosa Island where the only highlight of the excursion was the Underwater World which we only got to enjoy for 40 minutes. Damn.
Singapore, Day 3 & 4
Day 3 had no more tours for us but a tour of Orchard Road and some shopping. Similar to Oxford Street in London, it is absolute heaven for a shopping enthusiast, like me. Wow. I must have spent around US$300 (S$504) that place alone! Books, clothes, shoes, DVDs...name it, I've bought it!
Day 4 is the day we had to leave for Manila but since we were set to leave at 4:55pm and the shuttle was picking us up at 1:50pm, guess what we did? That's right! Shopping! This time at Raffles City, 2 blocks from our hotel.
And because we were short of time, I didn't get to meet up with my friend, Eileen, who migrated to Singapore early this year. Oh well.
Right now, I'm seriously considering going to Singapore to take my Masters because I truly fell in love with it. The last time I went to Singapore, which was almost 9 years ago, was so different from the present Singapore. Architecture's evolved, lifestyle's changed, everything's different.
I'm raring to go back to Singapore!
*By the way, if you click the headings, you'll get to see the pictures I took of the trip.
|posted by Jax @ 9:57:00 PM