Singapore, Travel

Singapore: Home of Diversities

Celebrated my 25th birthday in my favorite country, Singapore!

It’s my third time coming here, and my last visit was actually not a year ago. I chose Singapore to be my birthday destination because 1.) I want to visit places here with Don, and 2,) It’s his first time in the country.

Booked our MNL-SG ticket December 2016, and decided to book the SG-MNL ticket later on (with high hopes of scoring cheaper tickets). However, we were able to book our ticket back home two weeks before our trip and at a “regular” price.

The trip’s itinerary was already ironed out by March, that’s how excited I was. With the help of Don’s tita, we were able to get the best out of our stay in the city.

Quick Tips:

  • If you are planning on visiting attractions in Sentosa (i.e. Universal Studios Singapore, Trick Eye Museum, Madame Tussauds, etc.), you can try checking out RWS Sentosa website for deals that may cover your date of visit

 

We were able to get our USS tickets at S$68 (normally costs S$76) with a S$5 food voucher (with a S$10). Not bad, right? Some deals also includes tickets for two attractions at a good price. Take note that they also offer deals for Mastercard card holders, and RWS invites members.

  • There’s a Hop-On Hop-Off bus and boat tour offered for an easier way to get around the must-see or go-to places around the city. Best to have all the “must-visit” spots for visit laid out to know what line of tour is bet for you; if you cannot decide, it’s a good thing that they offer a package where you can ride with any bus line.
  • Remember which bus stop you got off, because that is the stop wherein you can ride on the next bus.

 

Lucky for us, our Hop-On, Hop-Off experience was suggested and sponsored by Don’s uncle and aunt. We were given the “any line” package, which we found helpful because it was easier for us to get to places. Transferring lines to get to Chinatown from Marina Bay Sands, etc. It is also one way to help you see the city without getting tired of walking. This costs around S$43 and single line can cost for about S$28 to S$34.

  • One way to get the best out of your visit in each places is to have a list of the things you can do and the things you want to see. For example, if you plan on visiting Chinatown it’s best to list down temples and the street market for visit and the things you think you can only get from there.

 

What we did was Chinatown-Clarke Quay-Singapore Flyer-MBS since these places are all nearby. What is there to do in Clarke Quay? For One, it’s a must go to spot for anyone looking for a night life, particularly for foreigners/expats. Plus, the newly opened Central Perk Singapore (The FRIENDS themed cafe) is nearby, and we are huge fans of the show.

  • For accommodation, it is best to find a place with easy access to the city (well, almost all places are easy to go to, thanks to their bus and train system!). Plus, if you don’t plan on spending much time in the hotel, no need to splurge!

Our lodging was technically out of the budget estimate because we stayed with family almost the whole stay, plus we were treated by Don’s uncle for our overnight stay in Sentosa. We only spent for lodging for our last night. I booked our hotel months before our stay, and chose Hotel Five/ Splendour located in Geylang/Kallang area (also known as the red Light district of Singapore). Great staff, good rooms, worth the money 🙂

Here’s a sample of our itinerary and prices:

Day 1:

  1. Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour (S$43)
  • Haji Lane
  • Bugis Junction
  • Chinatown
  • Clarke Quay
  • Singapore Flyer (S$33)
  • Gardens By The Bay (different prices per conservatories, for reference: Gardens By The Bay Conservatories)
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
  • Makansutra for Dinner (Budget will depend on how many you are in the group, one of the most recommended must try here is the Sting Ray)

Day 2:

  1. Singapore Zoo (S$33)
  2. River Safari (S$30)

Coach bus service from Sengkang to Zoo for S$3/head; can be booked online.

Day 3:

  1. Sentosa Island Activities
  • Universal Studios (normal price S$76)
  • Skyride & Luge (S$18 to S$25)
  • Trick Eye Museum (S$25)
  • S.E.A. Aquarium (S$34)

For more attractions, and their updated prices  you may refer to the RWS Sentosa website.

Day 4:

  • Bugis Junction (budget will depend on what you plan on buying, they offer clothes, souvenirs, food, etc.)
  • Hotel Five/6 Splendour is located at Geylang/Kallang area. (less than S$100 on Agoda)

Places worth visiting during your stay:

  • For F.R.I.E.N.D.S. fans, have a visit at Central Perk SingaporeThere is an area that exhibits the iconic apartments, and of course a couch where our favorite characters spent most of there scenes! Plus, they have a big screen playing the series. 
  • For Harry Potter fans, the themed cafe also opened this year. Platform 1094 is located at Serangoon street, and offers customers to have the complete HP experience. You’ll have the choice of wearing the Hogwarts uniform and have fun with your food!
  • The Singapore Art Museum showcases different types of art to which anyone can definitely enjoy. Sometimes, there are exhibits that are fun and playful, plus if you are an Instagram-savy type of person, this is definitely a place you’d want to put in your feeds!
  • If you are looking to ass more knowledge about Singapore’s history and heritage, the National Museum of Singapore will definitely feed your cravings. It comes with interactive exhibits and display to show what the culture and the country had been through.

These are just some of the things you can do in Singapore, your itinerary will all depend on how long your stay will be (this will help estimate how many places you can accommodate in your schedule).

With the country offering a wide range of things to do, and places to go, one short visit will not be enough. Be sure to maximize your time in here, there are a lot of food to try, as they offer authentic Asian food (from Chinese to Malay, to Indian, etc.) you will not run out of choices!

Til the next visit, Singapore!