When I found out that my cousin’s going home from Canada and would make a stop over in Singapore, I thought that this was the chance I’ve been waiting for! I have always wanted to go to Singapore or Hong Kong.. because.. I don’t know. I just wanna. Besides, she’s booking a hotel room for two and it would be a waste if she stayed there by herself. Free hotel room, yay!
HELLO SINGAPORE! I was psyched! My cousin and I met up somewhere at the airport and took a cab to our hotel. It was just 3AM when we got there and we couldn’t check in yet. The receptionist suggested that we leave our bags with them for the mean time and we could go to this 24/7 mall a few blocks down – Mustafa Centre. I’ve heard of this mall from some friends and I was excited to check it out!
Mustafa Centre had a lot rip off stuff. Haha! It was fun checking it out but I don’t think I wanna spend on their goodies though.
After some window shopping at
Rip Off Mustafa Centre, we found this authentic looking Indian food place. We haven’t eaten anything yet and I was craving for something tasty and herb-y. After 3846 hours of trying to converse in English (our English didn’t make sense to each other I figured) with the Indian guy serving us, we got some milk tea, some tasty chicken, curry and a lot of Biryani. Yum! I still miss it to this day.
We walked back to the hotel using the map that the receptionist gave us. We got a bit lost but we made it in time for check in hour. We got into our room and slept a bit for more action after lunch.
We woke up a little after 12NN and we headed for Orchard Road. This is someplace I am definitely going back to when I am worth at least a million. Boutique after boutique of ritzy shops line this road, it’s dizzying. It’s like Rockwell times 10.
We got to this Food Opera at Ion Mall and it was so nice! It was a normal food court type but with artsy stuff and decor, chandeliers, service crew in ties, etc. We ate at Padang Padang mainly because it had a Hawker Approval seal plastered on their menu and a lot of people were lining up in front. It was good, the taste was something I haven’t had in Manila yet. I mean, Filipino food, Chinese, Italian, etc, they have a distinct taste. I was surprised that there is another taste “style” that I haven’t discovered though I have eaten for a good 25 years already.
We took the bus home and upon getting off at the station near our house, we passed by the National Singapore Museum. It was pristine white and very clean looking from the outside that we couldn’t help but notice it. It wasn’t in our agenda but we just could not not check it out. This is good, too. What better way to learn about a new country than (aside from sampling their dishes) going to their national museum.
Saturday was the highlight of our trip, we went to Universal Studios! I couldn’t wait to take on their roller coasters and other killer rides! We got to Sentosa sometime before lunch and checked in to the park at once. There were so many people since it was a Saturday. Plus, the park was gonna be closed early today to give way to their Halloween Party, boooo.
I thought I was gonna be dizzied out by the end of the day because of all the cool rides at USS. Unfortunately, there were hordes of people that day and the lines were super long at almost all rides. We chose to queue up for just the best 2 rides – Human and Cylon! Weee! Best roller coaster ride I have tried yet!
You could really feel the difference between their rides compared to ours in the Phils. For example, the seat belts and other safety straps really felt safe compared to ours. The rails, bolts, etc looked sturdy and reliable.
I have this theory that people are scared of rides because they do not trust the infrastructure. Ultimately, we fear the possibility of an accident happening. Like you might fall off or something would go wrong. To enjoy the ride to the max, one must learn to trust the ride itself. And if you turn out to be wrong about it… well, unlucky you! Hehe But, yeah, trash the idea of something going wrong and you will enjoy the ride better. 🙂
After USS, was one activity I’ve been meaning to do. Sentosa’s Wave House Flow Rider! It’s like a combination of skim and wake boarding. I’ve tried it before during our Boracay trip (they have one like it in Boracay Regency) but I did it for just like a few minutes. This time, i was gonna learn it for a whole hour!
The Wave House is a 7-minute walk from the train station. An hour of lessons would cost you 40SGD. Just the same price with it’s Boracay counterpart.
I felt so beat after an hour of riding
and falling but it was really fun! I can’t wait to try it again when I return to Boracay.
I was a combination of tired, dizzy, hungry, and sleepy after that day. I remember just plopping and melting into my bed as soon as we got to our room…
Singapore Shuffling 2 (Day 3 & 4) next week!