Spick and Span Singapore

 

It was in Singapore where we saw the cleanest Chinatown. Well, no wonder because the whole country is a real neat freak nation, in a good way of course. I’ve always been comfortable being in a nice, orderly, and clean place. Who is not, right? Also, back then, there were no reports of haze affecting Singapore; unlike now. Too bad the pollution from outside is getting worse over time.

Apart from its tidiness, it is also the first ASEAN country I’ve been to where I realized that the sun sets late, at around 7 or 8pm. (Later on, living in Malaysia, this sunset time has become a normal thing.) There was even a time when we were sweating while dining out at nighttime because the sun was still so up at 7:30pm! Haha! In short, mainit sa Singapore. Humid like in Manila.

Singapore is really small, just at the tip of Malaysia, and is separated from Indonesia by water. So our stay of four days and three nights was enough to be able to visit some of the must-see places. For one, first on the list is Universal Studios. Unforgettable was the ride called The Mummy Returns where the scarabs below our feet felt so real! Ewww… Then we went to Sentosa Park where we saw many birds and peacocks just roaming around. I am afraid of fowls. There was this time when, unbeknownst to me, a peacock was approaching our table because of the food. As I looked to my right, I was already face-to-face with a big peacock!!! I screamed in shock and moved away from the table. I saw the other diners looking at me and it was so embarrassing! Hahaha… Nagkagulatan kami ng ibong malaki! It also veered away from me. 😀 We also went to Palawan. Yes, there is a place called Palawan in Singapore, too. Not just in the Philippines. Palawan Beach in Singapore is a reclaimed area with activities such as zip-line. It’s a nice place where people can do picnics and other outdoor activities. Check out this link: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/palawan-beach/. We just went there for some picture-taking and sightseeing as we were not properly attired to do the activities. Come evening, we went to witness a spectacular display of lights called Songs of the Sea. There, we were seated at benches near the shore while watching the show, a musical with the lights going with the beat of the songs. The faces of the actors were also displayed gigantically blending with the light special effects. It lasted for about an hour.

When it comes to food, Singapore is overflowing with hawkers or food stalls lined up in the streets or food complexes. We craved for crabs so we had a serving at one of Chinatown’s hawkers. The price wowed us. One giant crab for PhP 2,700! Nothing is really cheap in Singapore. But that dish was goooood. 😉

My son, who was a little kid back then, enjoyed shopping for his toys. So he did not mind going around with me as we were bargain-hunting. There were good malls in Singapore but we preferred the street markets for some relatively cheap souvenir finds.

We loved the fact that Singapore has a clean (as expected) and efficient transport system. We enjoyed the train rides from one place to another. They were easy and less expensive than cabs.

With the ever sky-high cost of staying there, make sure not to go (Singa-)poor. Bring lots of dough with you. 😛

We were so happy to find a Ben & Jerry’s store! The heat in Sg required an ice cream stopover.

Hmmm which one or ones to pick?
Scrutinizing well the toy he intended to buy.
Or maybe imitating it.
His own wonderland in Singapore.
A scene at Songs of the Sea.

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