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Travel Diary: Singapore

After years of wanting to visit Singapore, it was gratifying to have finally done it! I’ve heard a lot of great things about this place and it was the perfect time to go since I have friends who are based there now for work whom I got to visit and hang out with.

So, I planned my solo trip to fall on the second weekend of August. The flight from Macau to SG takes four hours. I just slept most of it or flipped through some pages of my current Dan Brown read.

Everything went smooth. From the flight, to passport control and even the taxi. During the ride, I noticed how clean and plush the surroundings are, the trees and flowers are maintained well and that’s one of the things I love about SG. Also, the cab drivers are nice and friendly.

I spent my Friday afternoon catching up with my bffs, Anj and Joan, over wine and sunset.

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After hours of girl talk and series of laughters, it was time to prep up for dinner and a night out in town!

The girls brought me to Kinki, a Japanese resto in Collyer Quay. It’s a bit fancy but I guess they wanted to show me the best spots around. Off we splurge!

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Flashy pic at the Kinki rooftop bar after din din

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Awhile later, we headed to some local bars in Circular Road then back to Marina Bay Sands to check out its sky deck which has an amazing view of the city! Located here is the hyped-up Kudeta bar as well.

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I had a fun night, even though the music wasn’t up to my liking. Good thing the clubs I went to the following evening made up for it. After spending the whole Saturday in Universal Studios with my high school friends (which was so exhilarating it’s going on my next blog post), the girls and I hit The Cufflinks and Kyo which are by far my fave night spots in SG. The latter played deep-house/electro-trance music, perfect to dance the night away. Here are some of the cool people I met over that weekend.

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Sunday came and off I went to Sentosa for a well-deserved R&R. I took the MRT, Sentosa express, and bus tram to my destination for a total travel time of almost an hour. (Check out my Instagram to see the short video of my tram ride!) My itinerary that day was to chill by the beach, get some sun on and relax in solitude. I arrived to Tanjong Beach Club after lunchtime and it felt absolutely wonderful to feel the sand and smell the sea breeze. I spent the whole afternoon in peace.

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The place is a bit upscale selling Evian water for 12 SGD, but I suppose it’s the price one has to pay for a lovely beach day with good music and crowd. They also serve food and drinks here.

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After a hot bowl of a famous local dish, Singaporean Laksa, I got back to the city where Anj dragged me to a local shopping market called Bugis. It’s a nice area, like a mix between Bangkok, Thailand night markets and Zhuhai, China underground mall. Since I was traveling light, I just bought a few stuff like clutch, hat and some souvenirs. When we were done, I found a local food joint just right outside that sells my fave Phad Thai for 5 SGD. What a score!

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Monday was the time I put my tourist mode boots on and went to ION Orchard to find Sephora for breakfast. Yes, I’m sure you know it’s not a coffee shop but rather a beauty haven.

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For over 100 SGD purchase in Sephora, tourists get 5% discount so don’t forget to bring your passport with you. Also, ask for a tax refund receipt which you can present later on in the airport. I’m pretty sure most of the shops in SG offer a tourist tax refund scheme much like in Europe.

Later that day, a lovely afternoon stroll at the Gardens by the Bay was ticked off my list. We paid 8 SGD for a 20-min buggy ride tour within the premises which is more convenient and time-saving. It was such a beautiful place, amidst the super trees and plants.

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Next on the list is a quick taxi ride to Fullerton park for the mandatory Merlion pic

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And the world’s most expensive building, Marina Bay Sands

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Thereafter, I was under a fully-loaded Spanish selection of tapas and Cava for dinner at One 15 Marina with friends and a nightcap of wines, Ballantine’s and Bailey’s as my last hurrah in SG. This is the part where I actually had one too many drinks. Cray!

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Now the worse thing about waking up with a hangover is having to pack up for a 2500-mile flight to Hong Kong. But I can’t complain cos the fun doesn’t end there as I’m actually headed for an Ellie Goulding concert in Kowloonbay. And that’s another story.

In the plane, the view is def not so bad, either. Thanks to the lady behind the airport check-in counter for giving me a nice treat.

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Well, I absolutely had a blast in my first time to Singapore; a beautiful, urbane city with good-natured people. It was truly an unforgettable experience and I would love to go back there again. Special shoutouts to my friends who made my stay worthwhile. You know who you are and I love you heaps. See you soon! xoxo

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