Singapore Trip: Prologue & Day 1

Last October I went to Singapore with my friends: Alvin, Dara, Gisca, Iponk, and Icha. It’s started because of AirAsia promo on March. We always want to have a trip together, but most of the time all plan we talk about will always be a plan a.k.a wacana saja. Haha. So, I booked my ticket first and told them to buy the ticket too. >:-D I got my BDO-SIN round trip ticket for 673.000 IDR. Quite cheap, but later my friend, Iponk, got the same flight ticket from another promo only for 450.000 IDR. LOL

We really anticipated this trip. One month before the D-Day, we met up in Bandung to finalize our itinerary. Okay, actually we met up because Dara was coming to Bandung from Medan. 😛 Ananti was planning to go with us too, but later something happened and she couldn’t go. That time, we decided which hostel we will stay at. Agoda is really helpful to list the hotel with location/price/facility we want. Actually, it’s kinda hard to decide which hostel and room type to book because there are 7 of us: 1 man and 6 women, 4 of us will stay for 1 night and the others for 2 nights. We planned that girls will stay in 1 room. But, the hostel only had mixed room available, so we kinda worried that there will be men in our room after some of us back to Indonesia. We booked the hostel, Traveller@SG, via this site one week before the D-Day. We only need to pay 3% deposit fee. Because we also planned to visit Universal Studio Singapore, we searched for the cheapest ticket possible and found this site. The company is based on Singapore and because of some conditions it’s kinda difficult if we buy from them, but fortunately they have Bandung branch. And we bought our ticket from it. We got the ticket for 68 SGD, include 10 SGD meal voucher and 5 SGD retail voucher. Cheaper than 74 SGD in official site. We planned to take public transportation, and really help us to plan our route.

So it’s the D-Day, my flight was at 5.40 AM. Ok, I haven’t told you. We are consisting of 3 teams: Bandung (Me, Iponk, Icha), Jakarta (Alvin, Gisca) and Medan (Dara). Bandung & Jakarta Team departed almost at the same time. We then met up in Changi, thanks to free wi-fi at Changi Airport that we easily contact each other via whatsapp. While waiting for Dara, we walked around the airport.

Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden

First, we visited Cactus Garden in Terminal 1. You know, I loved cactus sooo much. I was so happy being there, even just for a short time. Too bad, it was raining that time. I can’t see the cactus from a close distance.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Then, we had our breakfast. My friends bought Chicken Rice. I tried it, it tastes so good. The original one is much much better than the BBQ Chicken Rice. It was actually the best chicken rice I ate in SG during the trip. Then, we headed to the transit area. It is very big and comfortable, has lots of chair, and equipped with electric socket to charge our phone/camera/tablet etc. There’s also computer with free internet. We browsed changi airport website and then decided to visit the gardens. Changi has so many interesting gardens and attractions.

First, we went to the Sculptural Tree Garden. Then, we went to Terminal 2 via Sky Train. In T2, we visited Sunflower Garden. It’s so prettyyyy. I love it. And then Orchid Garden. Orchid Garden is indoor garden. There’s also a pond there. Fabulous! I was amazed with how Changi Airport makes its visitors feel comfortable.

And then it’s time to meet Dara. We almost rode the sky train when we saw Dara on another side of our place. It’s “I can see you, but I can’t reach you” moment. LOL. We contacted Dara but we can’t find the way to her place, so she just asked us to meet outside. So we went to immigration area. After queuing a bit, we headed outside. There are free booklet/brochure about singapore map and tourist attractions. I took some. Then we contacted Dara again and finally meet each other.

We then headed to the MRT station. Gisca & I bought the ez-link card first, while the others who already have the card did top up. Then we took MRT to Bugis Station. We went to Sultan Mosque, not too far from Bugis Station. We prayed there. The mosque is beautiful from the outside. But after I went inside, it’s not that great. I think it’s a little bit dirty. The carpet looks old. Then we had our lunch in Singapore Zam-Zam Restaurant, just across the Sultan Mosque. It’s a famous restaurant that sells Indian Food. We had Mee Goreng, Beef Murtabak, and Chicken Briyani there. We spent SGD 25 for the food & drinks. Not bad.

Famous SGD 1 Ice Cream

After that, we headed to the hostel. We took a bus then walked for quite a distance because the hostel is in another end of the road. The hostel located in 3rd floor of a building. Fiuh, we must take the stairs to reach it. We checked in then rest for a bit. After that, we went to Lavender MRT Station. It’s 5 minute walk from our hostel. We then went to Orchard Station. We went to Lucky Plaza to buy some souvenirs. I bought key chains there. I also bought chocolate in Choc Spot, Lucky Plaza. There are lots of chocolate choice there and it’s quite cheap. We then walked to find the famous $1 Ice Cream. We found it near Paragon. I chose the mint chocochip flavored one. It’s so good, i can taste the mint’s freshness. Then we back to the MRT station and headed to Chinatown.

In Chinatown, we just went to the Chinatown Garden Link Bridge. Looking at the colorful lanterns, chinese-style buildings, and cars below the bridge. After that, we headed to Clarke Quay. As you know, we only had 2 days in Singapore. That’s why we try to visit places as many as possible. Hehe. In Clarke Quay, we just sat at the riverside enjoying sunset. I also saw the Extreme Swing that BTOB boys took when they were in Singapore. It looks scary, lol. After a while, we went to Esplanade. We had our dinner in Makan Sutra Glutton Bay. Because all of us are moslems, we can only eat halal food. And we can only find it in a thai food stand. They put “No Pork No Lard” sign there. The sellers also promoting the food as halal food when we walked in front of the stand because we use jilbab. Haha. So we ordered Thai Fried Rice, Seafood Tom Yam, Squids, and Kangkung. We also had mango with sticky rice as dessert. It’s such a big meal that we spent almost SGD 60 for the food.

After dinner, we stopped by a performance in riverside. They sang disney style songs, it’s so fun. Then walked to Merlion Park, we took some photos while waiting for the laser performance near Marina Bay Sands. The laser performance is pretty but not that special I think. I expect it to be more dramatic. 😛 Actually, there’s 1 place left in our agenda, Gardens By The Bay, but it’s already too late that we decided to just back to the hostel. It’s a tiring but fun day! I’m happy that we can reach our destinations easily using public transportation.

Can’t wait to write about the second day. Please wait a little bit ^^


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