Singapore Revisited

Facade street of Singapore

I was mostly left to myself during the day so I tried to go on mini adventures around Singapore. With my handy-dandy backpack, flip flops and camera, I explored some SG spots, touristy and not-so-touristy alike.

MONDAY. Since I woke up very late after our midnight flight from Kuala Lumpur, I just went to Haji Lane again. This place is really cute and all but kinda pricey, Singapore being already expensive as it is. You would think that you\’re gonna score cheap finds from the independent vibe of these stores, but no. Anyway, I bought this cute cat pin and another one for my cat-lover friend for 12 SGD each $ 9 / ₱ 393 from a quaint store called Alfie de Meow with an all-things-cat theme plus a resident cat at the cashier (of course). Anyway, not a cheap buy at all.

TUESDAY. Comfort food slash Jollibee lover that I am, I couldn’t miss going to the only branch here. Not that I was feeling homesick, I was just really curious to see it. It’s inside Lucky Plaza, a very depressing mall amidst all the luxurious shops in Orchard Road. When I went there, the queue was long so I didn’t bother going in. I passed by a Filipino store so I just really had to buy cup noodles for lazy afternoons when I didn’t have energy to go outside of our air-conditioned room. I also shopped for some clothes at H&M and Forever 21 at ION Orchard. I think these stores just have the same price as the ones in the Philippines.

We had dinner at Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, a more sophisticated hawker centre at the heart of Singapore’s financial district. There are lots of great choices, from Malaysian to Chinese, even Japanese or Indian cuisine.

WEDNESDAY. Wednesday was National Museum of Singapore Day for me. Well, at least 3 hours of my day. I took the train and got off at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station and walked 5 minutes from there to the classic white colonially designed building. They have featured exhibits but the main purpose of this museum is to tell the history of Singapore.

THURSDAY. I googled weird places to visit in Singapore, and this one ranked # 1 on the list of results. The infamous HAW PAR VILLA. How could I even describe this one. Let the pictures speak for themselves.
But kidding aside, this is one of my must-visits in Singapore. If you like being mind-fucked, this will be one of yours too.

FRIDAY. I spent my Friday afternoon buying pasalubong (chocolates + souvenirs) at Bugis Street. I bought some souvenir shirts and key chains and whole lot of chocolates for my family and officemates. I don’t recommend buying clothes from these stores. They look cute when displayed but they look weird once you try them on. And the catch is, you can’t try them on inside the store. Plus, they’re not cheap at all. Some almost have the same price as the ones you can buy from the mall.

SATURDAY. We spent my last day on Sentosa Island. We rode the Superhero-themed cable car to get there. We actually planned going to Chinatown and to the Singapore Flyer but we dissed all that and just had quality time on the beach. Yes, they do have beaches in Singapore. Though my friend told me that beaches here are artificial and the sands for example came from Malaysia. Anyway, it’s a nice distraction from the city but it was nothing compared to the beaches here in the PH.

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