A little intro...
It was a dull overcast morning when we landed in Singapore. It is a 2.5-hour flight from Makassar, Indonesia where we came from. We took the airport shuttle for SGD 9 instead of taking trains. It is an efficient door to door service from Changi Airport to your hotel. Our hostel is located in a nook at the Little India area so it'll be much better to take the shuttle.
|what a dark welcome, Singapore!|
As soon as we arrived, we looked for Foreign Exchange to change money (of course) and to buy a sim card so we can contact Beau's connections who we are supposed to meet. We also looked for a place to eat because we hadn't had anything since we stepped-out of the plane.
In the afternoon, we managed to contact Ariel. He is his sister's boyfriend's close friend. Did I confuse you? Haha. He met us in our hostel then took us with him for some sightseeing. Before we can manage to reach the MRT station, the rain started to pour. And it wasn't just a rain, rain. It was cats and dogs! After almost an hour he decided that we should just take a taxi because it didn't seem that it'll stop anytime soon. He brought us first to the Singapore Flyer.
When we got to the SG Flyer, it wasn't accepting guests at the moment. It had something to do with the thunderstorm. The staff explained that they are still waiting for an advise when it is already safe to operate the ride. So we waited until the skies are clear which came up to about an hour again.
|capsule boarding area|
Finally, around 6:30 PM we were allowed to board the Flyer. I noticed that there are public (for ordinary passengers) and private (you can hire them for yourselves) capsules. I even saw dining tables set in some of them.
It was still drizzling but we can already see the sights clearly. As expected, Singapore is beautiful by night. The panoramic views of Marina Bay and the entire island city were stunning. The city lights were fantastic.
Everywhere you look reflects progressiveness. That folks is Singapore.
Singapore Cable Car
Our next stop was the Singapore Cable Car. This cable car links main land Singapore to the resort island of Sentosa.
|oh rain, why won't you stop?|
|Resorts World Sentosa at night|
|end of the ride|
Those were fun experiences for a first day in Singapore.These rides will give you another perspective of this small powerful city state. And yes, it is gorgeous at night. :)
|with our friend Ariel ;)|
Thank you kindly, Ariel! These made our short stay in Singapore memorable. Thank you for letting us experience all these for free! You are an awesome host! :)
Enjoy Good Food with Good People
The following day, we met Beau's cousin Kuya Ral. He is working for USS and also currently living in SG. We spent the whole day in USS then met him for dinner afterwards.
|with our lovely host for that night :)|
He took us to Earle Swensen Restaurant in Vivo City. They are known for their awesome Salad Buffet Bar. Every order of their Main Dish gives you access to their salad buffet.
|salad lovers' paradise|
Start you meal with your self-made salad. The choices were impressive! There's a wide variety of ingredients, garnishing and salad dressings.
|make your own salad, yum!|
I know it is so tempting to chow down as much salad especially if it's made up of all of your favorite ingredients, but don't forget that you still have a main dish to finish hehe.
|Savory Chicken Baked Rice|
|Treasures of the Sea|
We really enjoyed the food and Kuya Ral's company. Thank you for spending a little of your time with us and for the yummy dinner treat, Kuya Ral! :)
|it was another fun night! :)|
These meet-ups were also two of the happiest times I had in SG. I forgot all the things I didn't like about it because of these people. They are not just ordinary people but they are people from "home". :)
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries." ~Aldous Huxley
This is Part 2 of my Singapore travel series.