After a good night’s rest in Fragrance Hotel Pearl in Geylang, we awoke to another beautiful day for adventure! We did not waste any time as we managed to start the day early as our itinerary was jam-packed with so much things to do and first-time-adventures to conquer!
We started our day in Little India to leave our luggages in the locker room of The Inn Crowd, a backpacker’s hostel in Little India, as we are going backpacking to Malaysia in the evening. We cannot haul all our baggage and luggage while we are in transit all the way to Malaysia. I highly recommend everyone to stay in The Inn Crowd, it is a very nice and cozy backpacker’s hostel filled with very warm accommodation from its crew and the other international (yes, melting pot of all nations ito) fellow backpackers. If I had my way, I would’ve stayed here, but we had company so it was just practical to stay in one hotel with my other companions.
Here’s a breakdown of the locker rental fees in The Inn Crowd:
The InnCrowd’s charges are:
|1 locker (30cm (h) x 38cm x 45cm (d))||S$2.00 per day for the first 14 days|
|S$1.00 per day subsequently|
|1 piece of cabin baggage (up to 7 kg)||S$2.50 per day for the first 14 days|
|S$1.50 per day subsequently|
|1 piece of check-in baggage (above 7 kg)||S$3.00 per day for the first 14 days|
|S$2.00 per day subsequently|
|1 piece of odd-sized item e.g. surfboard or skis:||S$5.50 per day for the first 14 days|
|S$4.00 per subsequently|
After endorsing all our luggage at The Inn Crowd, we had an early morning breakfast at one of the hawkers in Little India, and it was great to finally try one of their street hawkers.
We felt like explorers of the city equipped with our map and our eager spirits as we tried to walk our way towards Orchard Road all the way from Little India. Good thing we had a handy dandy map to steer us in the right location. But eventually, we needed to surrender to the fact that we had to take the SMRT to get to the other side of Orchard Road.
The number one temptation that will probably lure all Singapore tourists once in Orchard Road would be the temptation to go on Retail Therapy. But it was pretty much easier for me because most of the shops in Orchard Road were just too expensive to purchase (Bring it on Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes, etc level lang naman) However, outlet stores like Cotton On, Charles and Keith, Forever 21 and the like still seemed very tempting to me!
Singapore River, Cavenagh Bridge, and 1 Dollar Ice Cream
And the walking continued! We walked and walked and walked in search of Singapore’s symbolic icon! But it’s okay because we managed to discover life’s sweet surprises during our walk! Like the beautiful scenes of Singapore, and of course, 1 dollar ice cream!
Each Singapore tourist would never leave Singapore without at least getting a glimpse of what symbolizes Singapore– the Merlion. And so, we had to authenticate ourselves as Singapore tourists by visiting the Merlion Park.
Being the explorers that we are, we took the train from Orchard Road to get to the Merlion Park and walked a great mile to the Merlion Park. When we finally got to the Merlion Park thanks to our beloved feet, but to our dismay, THE MERLION WAS NOT THERE!!! It was being converted into a hotel or a huge exhibit! And so we just managed to make do with what was available– the smaller Merlion at the back of the real Merlion.
But that did not dampen our eager spirits. We were still pretty much psyched about Singapore Sight-seeing. Also near the Merlion park were the magnificent views of the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Sands. BUT cloudy skies were hovering over the view of the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands that’s why the pictures weren’t as vibrant as they should be. Too much negative vibes in a day still would not dampen the positivity in me! There’s always that One Dollar Ice Cream Sandwich to make our day! So it’s all in the matter of how you see things!
Suntec City Mall and Fountain of Wealth
We headed to Suntec City Mall in Promenade to have lunch in Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, internationally acclaimed and awarded for their outstanding xiao long bao.
With our full stomachs and more positive vibes, we visited the largest fountain in the world located in Suntec– “the Fountain of Wealth”. The bronze ring of the fountain was inspired from the Hindu Mandala. It signifies the universe and symbolically represents oneness in spirit and unity and equality among the different races in Singapore. Meanwhile, the inward flow of the water in the fountain symbolizes life, as represented by the water, as well as the retention of wealth inside Suntec City. That’s why Chinese feng shui experts attach much ‘good luck’ to the fountain, the very reason why they fountain is popular to tourists– for good luck.
We followed the steps in the Fountain of Wealth, and made a wish! It is claimed that if you visit the Fountain of Wealth, and follow the steps being instructed, one will get greater wealth or claim good luck of your own. AND NEVER DID WE RUN OUT OF MONEY FOR OUR whole Singapore-Malaysia trip! The fountain of Wealth was true, well, at least for us. It even fueled the appetite for more shopping sprees.
Time seemed to fly so fast as we spent most of our time in Suntec going shopping. We were supposed to visit Mint Museum of Toys, but our tight schedule will not permit it any longer. And so, we just headed to Sentosa and just spend time there.
We arrived around 5pm in Sentosa, and admired the Merlion replica in Imbiah Lookout to compensate for the true Merlion in the Merlion Park. Better with a big Merlion than nothing, right?
Sentosa means peace and tranquility that’s why it aims to provide total relaxation and good vibes to its visitors. Sentosa hosts different attractions inside the island. There are four stations in Sentosa where the said attractions are nestled: Imbiah Lookout, Siloso Point, Beach Station, and Resorts World Sentosa. The attractions are dominantly in Imbiah Lookout and Resorts World Sentosa.
Sentosa has its own train system therefore making sight-seeing and amusement easier for the tourists. We also visited the Beaches of Sentosa, namely Palawan, Tanjong, and Siloso beaches found in the Beach Station. These beaches are man-made and fortified and sand from these said beaches were bought from Malaysia and Indonesia. We did not anymore try to lounge around and swim in the beaches because honestly speaking, beaches here in the Philippines are still more captivating than the man-made beaches of Singapore. Inside Palawan beach is a hanging bridge leading to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia or the point nearest to the equator. But we were not able to get to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia anymore because we had to get back right away because the Songs of the Sea was about to start.
Songs of the Sea
The Songs of the Sea is definitely a must-watch! It is an entertaining laser show situated in the middle of the sea where audiences are seated on beaches by the shore in front of the Beach Station. Be prepared to be mesmerized by a show with a live cast of actors, complemented by lights, sounds and special effects, and further made grander by pyrotechnics. The special effects were amazing and greatly complemented the show! Yes, there were bursts of fire and smoke, lights and sounds, and lots of singing– but it managed to put a great show!
Generally, the day was very productive. We were able to do so much and we walked so much, and so it was just right to end the day with a meal in Food Republic in Vivo City. Food Republic was like a huge food court with hidden secrets of gastronomic specialties! The food was great! I loved my noodles, it tasted authentic and it filled me so much. And all my meals was just accompanied by yummy soya milk, my ultimate favorite! Just perfect to fill my tummy just before our Malaysia trip.
After eating,we headed to the Lavender Station(a la Amazing Race) and awaited for Transtar to transport us to Malaysia, truly Asia!
Where to Stay
- The Inn Crowd in Little India: http://www.the-inncrowd.com/