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First time abroad


I had always fancied people who had gone abroad. I heard their stories and I wonder how it feels to be on a different land. I had never imagined that it would happen sooner than I expected. It felt surreal when we booked our plane ticket. I wasn't really excited, maybe because I just can't believe that it’s about to come true- not all people are given the chance to visit another country for fun, I feel blessed. Together with my mum and my brother we headed to The Lion City, Singapore. Let's go!

1. Merlion Statue

The Merlion Statue is the symbol of Singapore, there seem to have five official statues around the city however, I've only got to see two of them: one shines in the daylight with waters splashing out from its mouth while the other one shines at moonlight in its purple radiance that you'll never missed when you passed by. The Merlion Statue in Merlion Park near the Singapore CBD is a well-known tourist icon of Singapore. The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of the lion and the body of a fish. The fish represents Singapore's origin as a Fishing Village on the other hand the lion represents Singapore's original name 'Singapura' which means 'lion city' or 'kota singa.'



2. Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

Singapore is a great place to lose some calories, so wear some comfortable shoes and see where it gets you. We walked alongside Marina Square which is located at the City Hall district we kept on walking until we spotted Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. It was a gigantic metallic Durian fruit that's why some preferred to it as "The Durian" or "The Big Durian" or "The Durian Shell". Durian seemed to be such a pleasing fruit to the Singaporeans that they made a building which replicates the fruit itself.

The Aluminum Sunshade creates such a perfect clone of the fruit with its reflection on the water. People don't just come around here to see shows, you can just actually visit the place, and squat anywhere you like and have a small picnic. I will try to visit this place next time and at night time, they said it looks more interesting with its lights on.



3. Suntec City

It was designed by Tsao and McKown Architects the buildings was built according to Chinese Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese belief of balancing heaven and earth to improve one's life or absorbed positive qi/life force or energy flow. We we're at the center of these four buildings and I felt really small being surrounded by it. It's a nice place to sit around the area, the building served as a great shade from the heat of the sun.

It was said that the five buildings and convention center was arranged and designed that way so if viewed aerially, it forms a left hand. The Fountain of Wealth/Fortune Fountain if also viewed from above would be like a golden ring in the palm of a hand. The fountain was made with bronze and it is believed that the balance of metal and water from the fountain paves the way of success. I was like a kid spinning round and round while looking at these four buildings.

Koi Garden in Suntec City Mall is place where you can drop by if you feel the need to have a change of environment after a whole day of shopping.



4. Fountain of Wealth

The Fountain of Wealth is Singapore's well-loved and World's Famous Largest Fountain.



5. Singapore Botanic Gardens 

Nature Lovers would absolutely love to see Singapore Botanic Gardens, it's a paradise located in the City. It's a great place to be with nature, to have a break with all the complexities of life.

Swan Lake is a great place to relax your senses; you can have a seat at their Gazebo and have yourself a time to breath the fresh air. The swans were mysteriously entertaining. 

The Bandstand is a glimpse of Victorian Heritage. A perfect shot for a Wedding Picture. The area was surrounded with yellow rain trees still more or less in its original 1860's form. It was a great surprise to see again a wedding pictorial, just like what happened at Sentosa where to couple laid on the sand being photographed.

Sculptures you should not miss to see: 
a.Girl on a Bicycle down the spiral hedge. It pictures out how a free spirit with less worries in Life feels like. 
b.Lady on a Hammock 
c.Swing me mama mother-child tableau is an inspiring piece of art. It radiates love and happiness in all directions. 
d.Girl on a Swing local sarong kebaya costume of a lacy blouse and wrap-around batik print skirt 
e.Passing of Knowledge - a unique symbolic gesture that we usually see just around the corner, but the artist seen right through it and made a wonderful art.

Singapore Botanic Gardens is a place where your imagination wildly runs free, along the tall trees, the fresh scent of each green leaf it comes to life, where it seems like Peter Pan and Tinker Bell is playing hid and seek with you, while Thumbelina sings along with the breeze. It was such a wonderful place especially for people who truly admire Nature.

I've always been fascinated with trees, each them are different, like humans we all have unique fingerprints, trees have their rings -found inside them. When you cut a tree in half you'll find the rings and that's usually points out its age.



6. Singapore's National Orchid Garden 

A Fairyland of Blooms just beside Singapore Botanic Gardens. It's considered the largest display of orchids in the world.

There's always something interesting lurking around the garden, you'll just have to open up your eyes and explore your surroundings. Along the way we saw a tree which was tattooed with names and messages. I didn't get the name of that tree, the bark was smooth like a paper and you can easily write anything on it. It was like a Guest list for all the visitors who want to leave a mark or something behind about them. I believe that tree was special; it's a place that nobody should miss when they visit the garden.

Feast your eyes passing along fabulous fountains and sundials on your way. My favorite was the Swiss Granite Fountain, an ever- revolving stone ball. We had a great laugh having are pictures taken at this Fountain.



7. Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo is the World's Best Rainforest Zoo. The whole place was designed to fit the animal’s habitat. They said a zoo is a lonely place for animals, I was looking around and I guessed that might be a wrong perception. I admit they are not in a place where they should be right now, where the forest is really their rightly true home. However, here, they are fully taken care of, feed as scheduled and their place was essentially made comfortable according to their habitat. It's pretty much a great home for these animals but no matter how I think about it, there's just, I mean there's no place like Home.

The animals were quite amazing when you can actually see them right before your very eyes and much more when you can see them live doing a few more tricks. Elephants of Asia is where the Elephants show off their ability to listen, interact with people and their amazing strength. There are two more venues for different kind of shows: Splash Amphitheatre and Shaw Foundation Theatre. 

I've noticed little students wearing colorful raincoats, they were having their field trip. I loved seeing them with their buddy system, hand in hand, smiles in their faces and of course their curious eyes. Animals are fascinating creatures and being able to see them like this, like they are actually at home with this man-made forest, make me appreciate the flexibility of every living thing on earth.



8. Jurong Bird Park

Home of the World's Largest collection of Southeast Asian Hornbills and the World's Tallest Man-Made Waterfall. An Air-Conditioned Panorail that allows visitors to the The World's Largest Walk-in Aviary- African Waterfall Aviary.

My favorite is the Penguin Expedition. I was excited when I felt the cold air when we entered the big room to see the penguins. It was like a gigantic freezer. They said a colony, a rookery or a waddle, which means a group of penguins on land, while if it's a group of penguins floating in the sea it's referred to as a raft. Happy Feet, Mumble that's what comes in mind when we we're about to enter the world of these fascinating birds flapping their wings and propelling underwater. Penguins are great swimmers, there wings were designed as excellent paddles to swim their way underwater. They are exquisitely cute in every angle, the way they swim around and most especially when they do their famous walk.



8. Cable Car

In my research it was said to be the first aerial rope way system in the world to span a harbor. It was a great ride plus the glass floor of the cable car made it more adventurous, it even gave me the chance to took a picture of the soon to be casino in Singapore.

An aerial link from Mount Faber on the main island of Singapore to the resort island of Sentosa is across the Keppel Harbour. It was a great ride plus the glass floor of the cable car made it more adventurous, it even gave me the chance to took a picture of the soon to be casino in Singapore. The construction of the casino looked spectacular, being able to see it's framework before the walls and roofs are there, gave me the feeling of how difficult it is to build something


9. Sentosa Island

Sentosa is a Fun land for all ages. A place built for families, friends, for anyone who wants to chill out and have a relaxing weekend. A wide range of activities can be done in the beach and will surely pump up your energy. It's a beautiful man-made island paradise here in Singapore; people who need to get some time off from work will only need to ride any available transportation that suits them to reach this place. 

The easiest way to get here is to take the MRT system and exit Harbourfront Station. Process to Vivo City Mall and take the escalators to the very top to Sentosa Express Monorail.


a.Universal Studios is also in the island if you're into Roller coasters.

This is like the Disneyland of Singapore. You have to spend the whole day here to try out all the rides.


b.Underwater World of Singapore 

One of Singapore's Famous Attraction located at Sentosa Island.The place welcomes you to a different world you walk through a hallway with sharks, stingrays, all kinds of small and big fishes swimming in all corners. They're enclosed in a tank,a big sized aquarium that serves as the wall and ceiling along the way. It was really amazing to see these creatures right before your very eyes. My favorite was the jellyfish, also known as jellies or sea jellies or Medusozoa. They adapt to their environment and they change color basing on the lights inside their tanks which also changes every minute. These sea creatures are called the Sea Nettle Jellyfish.


c. Lights show

The Songs of the Sea was my favorite in the island. An enchanted show of splashing water and vibrant colors. A mixture of colors, sago, gulaman (gelatin), langka (jack fruit), beans, cornflakes and halo halo yum! It has a story that tells about the importance of the environment. Kids will absolutely adore the characters while adults will be pleased to see how they maneuver each scene with bursting water, lights and sounds. It's my first time to see such spectacular scenery of lights and water bombarding to create such a delightful array of watercolors- it's like what I do when I blend in my watercolors to find a specific color.



10.Nightlife in Singapore

a. Orchard Road

The Orchard Road is considered as the shopping belt of Singapore and a famous tourist attraction. If you're looking for clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and all the things you can think off that will eat all your money, then head on to this place. However, if you just want to relax and maybe sit around, there are many corners where you can just hang out and enjoy the rest of the night.


b.Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is the spot for parties, fancy bars and entertainment. A place that looks nice at daytime but looks even better at night. It was a pleasant night we strolled around the Riverbank and what made it more fantastic was the Singapore Festival. 

We passed by the bridge and saw that a stage was set-up with performers getting ready to start the show. We had a good spot to watch the show. They were dancing up in the air and they have this Cleopatra Gothic look that made the show more interesting to watch.


c. Chijmes

It has a very romantic ambiance especially when you're looking to have a fabulous dinner date. Chijmes is just across the road from Singapore's busiest MRT station, City Hall (exit A) and a few blocks away from Singapore's Oldest Hotel



d. G-MAX Reverse Bungy 

Opening Hours: 2pm until late, daily

G-Max Reverse Bungy is the well-known bungee jumping center in Clarke Quay,Singapore.
Prices: G-MAX Reverse Bungy: 45 SGD/pax, Extreme Swing: 45 SGD/pax and Combo Rides: 69 SGD/person. Students get more discount so don't forget your Id.



e. Riverside

We strolled along the Riverside which has fabulous scenery especially at night time. The river looked absolutely gorgeous; the calm water has captured the colors of the lights which makes the place a sight everyone would enjoy. We were headed home; we waited around the bus station for our ride. While waiting everyone was busy chatting around and my brother noticed this board where we are seated and showed it to me. It's an interesting and inspirational message. You never know what you're going to see around the corner. Good thing I have my handy, dandy, all time camera buddy with me, to capture this kind of things that is truly something worth pondering about.

After all this activities you will be hungry, and lucky you Singapore has a lot of variety of foods to offer. Check out my post on What to Eat in Singapore. Have fun and be safe ^__^


Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?

If you still have one more day to spare why not go take a bus to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and see the World's tallest twin tower or also known as Petronas Tower.

Where am I going next?

My next adventure is having a short weekend getaway at Batam, Indonesia. 

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