The only souvenirs I got from Singapore were photos. My big camera screams tourist…but I didn’t care.
The unsung heroes of tourism: In my last post, I mentioned that my mum and I were going around in circles, trying to go to Little India on foot. Of course we failed, so we took a cab instead. Uncle, the driver of our taxi was so nice and friendly. We didn’t hesitate to have a little chat with him. He recommended more place s for us to go to. It’s not customary to give tips in Singapore, but we still insisted on giving tips because of their excellent service.
A splash of color in one of the shop s at Little India
Garlands of Jasmine
The shop houses of Little India
Pom Love – I bought some pomegranates in Little India as my refreshing breakfast back at the inn.
Coconut Candy at Mogul Sweets
Silver Leafed Sweets – Pretty
These delectable sweet bars are very affordable.
This Pink Tiky pastry is so sweet on so many levels! It oozed sugar water… one word… DELICIOUS!
Old Airport Road
I used to stay at Old Airport Road when my brother was working in Singapore. What I like about this place is they have a really vast hawker (food court) that serves my favorite dishes in Singapore. Getting there was quite a pain since we forgot which bus goes to Old Airport Road coming from Bugis. We asked around but they didn’t know. They can only tell us how to get there by Metro. At that time, mum and I were hesitant to use the metro since we thought that it was a confusing underground labyrinth… we were proved wrong when my sister taught us how to use the metro. Anyhoo, we took the taxi instead going to Old Airport Road.
My favorite Singaporean Drink… the refreshing dried plum juice with kalamansi (lime). It’s a little sweet, a little sour, and a little salty.
The Sugar Cane Juice – this is also another refreshing juice that is popular among Singaporeans. They juice it with a mechanical presser. It’s actually amusing to watch the shop owner press these sugarcanes to make the juice.
This is the dish that I have been dreaming about… the Crispy Baby Squid.
The Crispy Lemon Chicken. This was not from one of the stalls we used to order…since I can’t find them anymore . ..so I settled for the next best Lemon Chicken available.
Old Airport Road Hawker
The last time I was at Orchard Road, I thought all the spaces have been filled up… I was wrong. I was surprised to see some more shopping malls being build along the road. I have no complaints on the new shopping malls because Singaporeans make them so stylish and grand.
I don’t know, but every time I read or hear “Orchard Road,” I always thought of oranges. I’m weird.
Tourists and locals along the busy Orchard Road
We we there a week after the Formula One Race ended in Singapore. There were still F1 cars being displayed along Orchard Road.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is big and vast. Some of their staff even use golf carts to go to the other side.
Two of the three towers of Marina Bay Sands
Mum inside the Marina Bay Sands Hotel
We took the $20 elevator ride to see the top of Marina Bay Sands. The lift was so fast that I just felt my ears popping in just a few seconds.
The Singapore Flyer
Me at the roof top. Just a tip to all of you who plan to travel to Singapore. It is best to wear light cotton during the day since Singapore is near the equator. It’s warmer and more humid than the Philippines. Oh and don’t forget to wear sun protection because this city enjoys a lot of sunshine (I’m jealous).
The Shopping Mall at Marina Bay Sands
Louis Vuitton… this boutique is everywhere in Singapore!
The Hawker at Newton
I had another hawker food trip at Newton. It’s near Orchard Road. Their food is a little more expensive since it’s very near their tourist spot (I have a bias towards the Old Airport Road Hawker).
The Newton Hawker’s Facade
Carbs on Carbs on Carbs – cereal prawns, fried rice, basmati rice with curry, fried buns…and a garlic naan (le yum) that was not in the picture.
Yes, we finished all the food on the table.
Foodie LUST: Cereal Prawns – the cereal tasted like Nesvita cereal drink. Thank goodness we have a Wee Nam Kee here in Manila that serves cereal prawn.
My basmati rice with curry sauce.
The carbs were never enough – these buns were fried.
Changi Airp0rt Terminal 1
I am not bluffing when I say that the Changi Airport Terminal 1 is a tourist spot in itself. The Changi Airport commissioned ART+COM to create this spectacular mechanical installation that they called the “Kinetic Rain. ” They installed two sets of these dancing golden droplets. Each installation has 608 droplets that were made with copper coated aluminum . The golden copper droplets danced in poetic synchrony. The 15 minute show was like a perfectly executed areal ballet.
These synchronized droplets are the closest real world alternative to the films The Matrix and Inception.
Lovers in the background were awed from these suspended droplets.
These droplets gave me goosebumps!
I know that my pictures did not give justice to the surreal Kinetic Rain installation. So after a few online research, I finally found a video on Vimeo.
I had a really great experience in Singapore. Singapore is perfect for those who want a little bit of everything South East Asian. It’s compact, and yet 4 days is not enough to see and experience everything. The transportation is very convenient and very affordable.
I’ve been begging my friend to accept her job offer in Singapore so I have a place to go to on my next visit. Hehe.
Love love love,