Wednesday, August 21, 2013


October 2008
May 2013

My stay in Singapore for a week was very relaxing at hindi nagmamadali to go around. This time, I visited the places where I was not able to go during my first visit in 2008. Dalawang araw lang noon at sobrang stress. 


One of the most essential tasks of being a traveler is to search for an accommodation. I booked at  Agoda for 6 nights stay.

The hotel is located at No. 2 Owen corner Serangoon Road, in front of the 24-hour mall called Mustafa Center. It is just near the Farrer Park Station Exit A in Little India Area.

Fortuna Hotel is satisfactory and the price is reasonable. It is a 3-star hotel, accessible to public transport, equipped with free high-speed wireless internet and very close to shopping complex and restaurants.

If you have fair budget, book your hotel near the MRT Stations.

The must-Sees in Singapore and how to get there:

Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel. Standing at a stunning 165m from the ground, the Flyer offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Bay, the island city and beyond. There’s also a wide range of shops, restaurants, activities and facilities. You can experience to be on top of the world for only 30SGD and 20SGD ticket for Adult and children, respectively.

The nearest MRT station is Promenade – Exit A, By Bus – take 106, 111 and 133 to Temasek Avenue.

Singapore Flyer by Night view from Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Skyline View from the Top
Gardens by the Bay - view from the top

From the Singapore Flyer you can walk through the Helix Bridge going to Marina Bay Sands, wherein the Marina Bay Sands casino and mall, art and science museum and garden by the bay are located.

Helix Bridge
Marina Bay Sands is the crown jewel of the Marina Bay Area, integrated business and entertainment destination in Singapore. Within the area, you can see hotel towers, sky park, floating crystal pavilions, restaurants, shopping mall, theatres, casino and the art and science museum.

 If you want to see this area and you are taking the MRT,  alight at the Bayfront Station which is located at the basement of Marina Bay Mall.

Light, fountain and sounds show is scheduled everyday at 8:00 pm.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino - view from Merlion Park
Arts and Science Museum
If you want to see the show from afar but still with an excellent view, go to the Merlion Park / Esplanade area. 
Lights, Sound and Water Show
Lights and Sounds Show - view from Merlion Park

Your visit in Singapore will not be complete without visiting the Merlion Park and Esplanade, which is the most iconic landmark in the country.

The nearest MRT stations are City Hall, Raffles Place and Esplanade. Bus Service is also available. You can take bus numbers 10, 36, 57, 70, 75, 100, 106, 107, 111.
Singapore's Famous Landmark - Merlion
Esplanade - Theater by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay is the most recent attraction in the City that features the 2 landmark glass biomes- the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome that everybody must visit. 

This place is just near the Bayfront MRT Station. You can also take bus 400 to go to this area.

Flower Dome
Cloud Forest
Sino ba ang ayaw pumunta sa Sentosa kapag nasa Singapore?

Every visitor wants to experience the entertainment in Sentosa Island which is the home of Universal Studios Singapore and Resorts World Sentosa, acclaimed as Asia’s favourite playground.

You can be in Sentosa Island via Sentosa Express (3.50SGD), cable car from Mount Faber or from Habourfront Tower 2, express Bus Services 188R and 963R to Resorts World.

The nearest MRT Stations is HarbourFront which connects you to the Sentosa Express in Vivo City. Bus Services available are 10, 30, 57, 61, 65, 80 and many others to arrive at the HarbourFront Station.

Myself : 2013
Shopping, entertainment, fine dining, food courts, bustling nightlife to chill out bars – Orchard Road’s got it all.

The nearest MRT stations are Orchard, Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut. Bus Services available with numbers 5,7,14,16,36,54, 64, 77 etc.

Myself : 2008
We also experienced the Night Safari and Jurong Birds Park.  
At  6:00, 7:00, 8:00 PM, an express bus going to Night Safari arrives and departs at bus stop B20 (09169) outside Delfi Orchard along Orchard Road. From Night Safari, buses are also available at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 PM. We alighted at Mustafa Center since the bus stop was close to our hotel.

If you’re not in Orchard Road, you can take the MRT going to Ang Mo Koi Station and interchange bus 138 going to Night Safari.

Going to Jurong Birds Park - we took the MRT and alighted at Boon Lay Station then to Interchange Bus Station, with bus numbers 194 or 254, that will bring you to the birds Park.

In Jurong Birds Park, you can feed birds. You can walk and explore the place but a tram is also available. Birds’ show is also available (see schedule on Park map). 

During our 6th day, we tried the Singapore river cruise. It departed from Clarke Quay’s Boat Quay sailing to Marina Bay then back to Clarke Quay. The trip lasted for about 45 minutes.
Singapore River Explorer tickets cost 19.90 and 9.90 SGD for adult and children below 12 years old, respectively.

In the past, Clarke Quay is a fisherman’s wharf and now it offers unusual alternative to mainstream attractions with shops, markets and restaurants. 

The nearest MRT Station  is Clarke Quay, and Bus services no. 2, 12, 32, 33, 51, 54, 61 etc.

China Town was nostalgic. It showcased the life of the Chinese when they arrived in 1821. We went to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and to the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple.

Nearest MRT Stations are China Town and Outram Park and bus services no. 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61 etc.
Sri Mariamman
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Little India is also an excellent place to visit. The nearest stations are Little India and Farrer Park.

Deepavali (Festival of Lights) every November
Unfortunately, we were not able to visit Arab Street but the nearest MRT is Bugis Station.  

During my first visit, I’ve been to Bugis Junction wherein you can buy and eat various and delicious street foods. There are hundreds of retail shops in Bugis Street where you can buy inexpensive but quality goods.
Direct flights to Singapore From Manila:

There are plenty of flights from Philippines to Singapore, either luxury flights or promo flights. Aside from Singapore Airlines and Philippine Airlines which departs from NAIA Terminal 1 and 2 respectively, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways also have their direct flights from Manila. Moreover, Air Asia departs at Clark Airport to Singapore.


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