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Travel Diary: Singapore City

One of my goals this year is to travel more often and see the world! As cliché as it may sound, traveling makes you view a different perspective in life, experience different cultures and makes you appreciate life in general. As a Davao resident, it can be a quite expensive for us to travel abroad since we have to book double tickets in order to land in our dream destination. As bummer as it sounds, traveling for us can be a luxury. But fret no more Davaoeños, Cebu Pacific now offers a one way trip to Singapore from Davao! With just a 3 hour flight, the Lion City is at reach to all Davaoeños! How convenient is that? By the way, Cebu Pacific has two flights per week going to the said city. So better book your tickets now for future trips ’cause as you scroll down to this post, a large number of photos awaits.

It’s my first time traveling without my family abroad and it’s overwhelming & scary at the beginning because a.) It’s a different country! b.) I’m not good with maps! c.) What if something wrong happens? and d.) I’m only with my Best friend who thinks of the same things like me!. Those are some of the thoughts that keep on shouting at the back of my head before the one week trip took place. If you are a first time traveler to a different country, I suggest you do research, research and more research. Before the trip, we brain stormed all the places we wan’t to visit and narrowed it down to our liking.  I even followed a travel blog’s itinerary to have a guide where to dine and sleep during our stay in Singapore. And some few tips about the said city.

We arrived around 9:00PM in Changi International Airport and went through Immigration, claimed our baggage, bought a local SIM card for internet and exchanged USD to Singaporean Dollars. From there, everything went smoothly until we got confused on how the transportation works. Since we are in a tight budget, a Taxi ride going to Outram Rd would not be a good idea on our first night in the city, so we opted to take the MRT instead. Now, in taking the MRT you have to purchase an EZ-Link Card or a Tourist Pass Card. The EZ-Link card can be purchased at 7 SGD and is loadable until you finish it all up. You can use this card in various transportations such as MRT, Taxi’s and Buses. During that time, I loaded 50 SGD and it suffice our transpo needs from MRT to Taxi to Buses all throughout the 7 day trip. Another is the Tourist Pass Card, though we never got the chance to purchase one, it is basically an unlimited card that you can use all throughout for  two or three days for around 12 SGD. We could’ve bought this, but for some reason, the lady kept on telling us it’s not available. At first, the signs and road routes of the MRT can be quite intimidating, so I suggest you grab yourself of a Singapore Map from the airport and plot your way through it. Needless to say, I suck at handling maps, even google maps! But after the 7 day trip, I managed to teach and kick myself to study bus numbers and routes just to save time and survive our stay. So, I suggest you do the same thing! After 30 mins in the MRT we then finally made our way and got us a bus going to Outram Road, though we may got lost in direction, good thing Google Maps saved our tired feet and restless bodies! And oh, hungry tummies. On our first night, we stayed in a Hostel called ‘The Plot Hostel’. For those of you who are unaware, hostels are budget friendly hotels that a guest can rent a bed or a bunk bed and share a bathroom and kitchen. The hostel we stayed in was pretty good if you ask me, clean bedroom and bathroom. It’s basically an ideal hostel for backpackers and travellers on a tight budget. They serve free breakfast too! That’s an A+ if you ask me. Also, the hostel can purchase your tickets to Universal Studios! No more wasting time on waiting long queues.  That’s about it, a summary of what went during our first night in Singapore. Under the cut are some of the photos I took during our 4 day stay in the City! More Singapore blog posts coming very soon. Thank you for reading! 😉

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Meet my twinny and travel buddy! Doreen! 🙂

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Kung hei fat choi! It’s the year of the Monkey.

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Yes! I am the happiest when in themed parks! 😀

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If you’re a lover of nature and big gardens,  Singapore Botanic Gardens is your place to be. With an acre land filled with plants, swans and sceneries I bet you’ll enjoy walking this place as much as we do. Plus, you’d get to have a little cardio while exploring around. 😉

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Hello to our Hostel!

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When in Singapore, try out dishes like Char Keow Teow, Chili Crabs, Laksa and Haianese Chicken! 

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This is a piece of heaven in a Cup! <3

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Be sure to visit Gardens by the Bay in the Morning! We went there in the evening and it was down straight cold and taking pictures can be hard. Just saying. But the City Lights are wonderful so I guess that’s a win-win situation. 😉

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The Singapore flyer at night looks stunning!

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The Magnificent Helix Bridge just across Marina Bay Sands.

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The City Lights never disappoint. 🙂

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Be sure to buy one of these popular Ice Cream Sandwiches along the way! They have chocolate, mango and durian flavor. Yum!

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Welcome to China Town! This is where I bought almost all my pasalubongs. Very Cheap and Convenient to shop even though it’s humid.

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Playing tourist in China Town.

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They are certified Relationship Goals. Huhu

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Funny story. We’ve been spotting this woman carrying a coconut two times in different hours. Haha

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Pretty much sums up my one week travel: PAGODA! Pun intended. Haha 😛

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Experience the Night Safari! For animal lovers out there, this place is yours! You can see your favorite animals in the wild such as lions, zebras, elephants and whatnots in the wilderness.
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A bloggers destination in Singapore: HAJI LANE! My friend keeps on wondering why the heck I wan’t to visit Haji Lane and when she saw the place, she immediately knew why. Case closed!

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Vintage Finds.

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Spot my favorite! 

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See you in my next Singapore trip post. 😉

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Aidx Paredes
    March 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Way to go, Miel! I hope you had fun in SG. Where is The Plot located?

    • Reply
      Miel Laquindanum
      March 7, 2016 at 1:20 PM

      Hi Aidx. Yes I did! The Plot is located at Outram Road. 🙂

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    Lou
    March 7, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    To travel is one of my top goals this year too, though I have yet to earn money before going out to places the least I could do now is to travel just around the island of Cebu. So sad I’ve never been outside of the country yet, that’s another story another goal. By the way, I love your photos! 😀

    • Reply
      Miel Laquindanum
      March 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

      Good luck Lou! I know you can travel outside the country very soon. Thank you 🙂

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    Jhanz
    March 7, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Wow, SG looks gorgeous!!! I hope I could go here sometime soon! 🙂

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    Joyce
    March 8, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    Hi Miel! I dunno if i’m familiar to you but we follow each other on twitter and I follow you on IG. hehe. I have a love-hate relationship with SG. I love it because of its scenic and picturesque places and spots, but I was dismayed cos we encountered or experienced rudeness from locals and SG is hella expensive. haha. But i’m not closing my doors, hopefully i’ll be able to go back and give SG a second chance. Anyway, my favorite places in SG are the Armenian church, Haji Lane, and Botanic Gardens.

    PS: I’m in love with your photographs 🙂 Ug unta ma meet taka puhon, kapitbahay ra man ta kay taga GenSan lng ko hehe

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      Miel Laquindanum
      March 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM

      During our 1 week stay, good thing we never encountered rude locals. They were relatively nice to us especially when we’re lost in direction. And yeah, Singapore is expensive AF that’s why we shopped in KL since it’s really cheap there! Thank you for dropping by! Puhon puhon lol 😉

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    Mei
    March 9, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    I have never been out of the country yet, because I have no plans as of now Haha I wanted to travel around PH more first 🙂 Maybe visit at least 20 or 30 provinces before I head out of the country haha

    Singapore is on my list of to-go countries, if ever I decide to travel abroad. I am just amazed that even if it’s smaller than our metro, the country is really progressive and everything is just clean and nice! or example, the Chinatown, I hope we could have our own Chinatown as safe as they have it there. So sad that I can’t even go to Chinatown in Binondo because I see it as dangerous if I’m not going in group. It’s really sad, knowing that the oldest Chinatown in the world is in the PH.

    I also want to try their local dishes and see how challenging I could be when it comes to food. I love to eat! 🙂 I have tried an ice cream sandwich before, the ones from Korea that are being sold here. There are Singaporean restos here in the PH to but it would be best to try the local version and the authentic one! 🙂

    Looking forward to your next SG post 🙂

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      Miel Laquindanum
      March 9, 2016 at 12:03 PM

      I just noticed I already visited 22 provinces of our country. Yay! And yes, every time I visit Manila and try to buy from Chinatown, my friends would tell me it’s a bad idea since pick pocketers there are scary AF! When you’re in Singapore try out there legit Laksa and Char Kwey Tiao – my all time faves! Thanks for dropping by Mei. 😉

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    Renz Bulseco
    April 5, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Singapore will always be my first world refuge. God I miss SG!

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