Few years ago, I made a promise to myself that I will go back to Singapore. As you may know from my previous post, I did not have an ample moment to explore The Lion City of Asia when I visited the country for the first time. I’m a man of my word and I know how to keep such pledge. It took me 3 years before I was able to go back and follow through on my promise.
Checked in at Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Flying again with Cebu Pacific.
This time, I went there with a larger group consisted of 8 people to be exact and a planned itinerary with us, yes you read it right, we planned this trip months before our scheduled junket. Our entry point was at Changi International Airport and when we got off the plane, we instantly fell in love with the best airport in the world. (According to Skytrax – 2018).
Some of the impressive things that the airport provides are Airport Lounges, Hotels, Wi-Fi, Showers, Rest/Sleeping quarters, Luggage Storage, Mobile Charging Hubs, and many more. We grabbed a sandwich at Subway, still in the airport, to fill our hungry stomachs and then proceeded to the lounge waited for the MRT to open. The MRT system is the backbone of Singapore’s public transport network that operates from 5:30 AM to about midnight daily and are usually extended during festive periods. If you are on a budget travel you might want to take note that it’s a lot cheaper to ride the bus or use the train to go to the city from the airport. On the other hand, you may also consider taking a cab, but it will definitely cost you few more bucks. All train fares are paid using a form of contactless smart card. Just tap the card to scan your train ticket at the gantries when you enter and exit the train platform area. The panel on the exit gantries will indicate the remaining value in your card. There are several types of contactless smart cards and these come in single-journey and stored-value form.
- Types of Travel Cards – Click the link to see the list of Travel Cards available.
- Distance Fares – Click the link to learn more about Distance Fares.
- Bus Arrival Time – Click the link to check the estimated arrival time and capacity of your bus.
- MRT/LRT/Bus Fare Calculator – Click the link to know how much your fare for your trip is, you can use the Fare Calculator.
As soon as the MRT started to operate that day, we took the train going to Nano Hostel where we booked our accommodation for 3 nights in Singapore.
The hostel takes a 5-minute walk from Aljunied station and just outside of it, you will find a lot of stores that offers variety of foods from Indian to Chinese cuisines, you name it. It was 6 o’clock in the morning when we arrived at the hostel, so we decided to rest for a while before starting on our first day
Nano Hostel is just a few minutes walk from Aljunied Station. – Located at 69A Lorong 27 Geylang, Singapore 388190. I booked our reservation thru http://www.booking.com and got the cheapest price they could offer.
After an hour or two of sleep, we prepped up and went to our first stop which was at Universal Studios Singapore – Resorts World Sentosa. We originally planned to take the cable car from Faber Peak Singapore going to Sentosa Island but changed our mind the last minute and decided to just take the train at Sentosa Express from HarbourFront MRT Station. The train ride is only S$4 per person whereas the Cable Car Ride cost ranges from S$21-S$35. You may click the links below to learn more about the rides that can bring you to Sentosa Island:
That moment we arrived at Universal Studios Singapore, I’ve reached to a decision that aside from collecting Starbucks tumblers from many of their international stores, I will also visit all the Universal Studios in the world someday.
Our next destinations after USSG were Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park and Gardens by the bay. You can walk going to all these when you’re in the Bay area already but if you feel like it will take a lot of walks, which surely will, then you are free to take MRT, bus and taxi rides. The Gardens by the Bay was already closed when we got there so I called the shot to go back to the hostel to rest and all of them agreed to it.
- Gardens by the Bay – Click the link to learn more about Gardens by the Bay attractions, rates, hours and admission, etc.
We headed out the next morning from Aljunied to Choa Chu Kang Station and took Bus #927 going to Singapore Zoo.
The admission fee ranges from S$16 to S$35 per person and per parks. You can get discounted rates if you avail their Multi Park tickets. Below are the parks you will find inside the zoo (not limited to):
- Singapore Zoo
- River Safari
- Night Safari
- Jurong Bird Park
We chose to see River Safari because that’s where we would be able to see Kai Kai and Jia Jia in the flesh. I have a bit of an addiction to Pandas and read a few stories about them. Giant Pandas are native to south central China and are owned by them. China gave a number of Giant Pandas to other international territories and currently, there are 26 zoos in 18 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China (Hong Kong), Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom (Scotland), and United States) and I want to see all them if circumstances permit. We bought a ticket to go around River Safari for S$35 each and it includes access to its entirety plus Amazon River Quest and Reservoir Cruise rides. For more information about the admission rates and operating hours of each parks, please click here.
After the whole day tour at River Safari, we took Bus #138 going to Ang Mo Kio and from there, we used the MRT to go to Chinatown Heritage Centre. The link below will provide you options on how to go to CHC.
We bought souvenirs there and had our dinner before taking the train to Startmart Express located at Golden Mile Tower on Beach Road to book our bus ticket leaving for Malaysia. Starmart Express offers bus services from/to multiple points and you may visit their website to purchase tickets.
STARMART EXPRESS AIR ASIA LINER PTE. LTD: https://www.starmartbus.com
Our bus left Singapore at 10:00 AM, went thru both Singapore and Malaysia Immigration and arrived in KL Sentral at 3:00PM. We booked our hotel reservation at the time of check in. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take note of the name of the Hotel. We left our luggages before we went out and explored the malls nearby. Our timing was perfect that most of the stores at NU Sentral Mall were on sale.
I was able to buy myself an Adidas shoes and my friends were able to get Victoria’s Secret perfumes at a discounted price. We headed back to the hotel to rest because of our jam-packed schedule the next day. We were scheduled to see King’s Palace, Merdeka Square, National Museum, and many more but were only able to go to Aquaria KLCC, Petronas Towers, and Batu Caves. All of us were tired and so we went back to the hotel and gave ourselves a really good night sleep.
Our flight going back to the Philippines was scheduled at 5:00 PM sobefore going to the airport, we went to Central Market to buy a few more souvenirs to take home with us.
We booked our KL Sentral – KLIA ticket from the booth located just beside the bus terminal at NU Sentral Mall. We arrived at the airport 4 hours prior to our flight. We spent our free time updating our social media accounts and when the time to board the plane came, we realized that the duration of our journey in Singapore and Malaysia was still short and that it takes more than just a week to really enjoy what they have in store for everyone.
If only we have jobs that will allow us to go on indefinite leave or pay us to travel, we will indubitably travel for weeks or even months just to see more of what the world offers. Thank God, my prayers were answered recently. I got hired as an associate who can work at the comfort of my home. I can now bring my work to anywhere I go. This means I’m gonna be able to travel more without thinking how many days I can go on leave. I have already laid out my travel plans for 2018 and 2019. I have visited Taiwan just this January and I brought my work with me without any problems. The next article I’m going to publish will be about my jaunt in Taiwan. Please stick around and further updates will follow.