Singapore 2015 Part 3: Food, Fun, Friends, and Da Vinci

It felt like we didn’t have enough time to really experience Singapore but I’m glad we got to enjoy what mattered most and then some.

My top five favorite lil’ red dot moments: (drum roll)

5. Food, food, and more food

singapore food

My favorite food from the lil red dot.

4. Dropping by Books Actually (yes, that’s a real cat) books actually 3. Finding Boo

boo the world's cutest dog

Boo is the world’s cutest dog

2. Da Vinci: Shaping the Future at ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands

da vinci shaping the future

To say Da Vinci was a genius is an understatement. His mind stretched limits that made impossible impossible.

and the top lil red dot moment is…

1. Wild surprises

at the manila bay sands singapore

Photo credit to Patintera’s left hand lol

Singapore 2015: Food, Fun, Friends Part 2

After grabbing lunch, we walked down the street some more since we don’t get to do it a lot back home. I had second thoughts about snapping this photo since security is fiercer at Istana but I just found those majestic trees too breathtaking to resist.

istana singapore

Istana is the official residence of the President of Singapore

Found our way to Ngee Ann City where we did some shopping. Ok, I didn’t really buy anything since I went there with SGD 20 in my pocket but I’m lucky to have a super bff who got me this really great gift:

Found Boo in Singapore

Found Boo in Singapore

One more thing I love about Singapore is the diverse choices of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood.

fresh fruits in singapore

This pomegranate is a bit too pricey for me though

All that strolling left us exhausted so we went back to the hotel for a nap.

hotel re marilyn monroe elevator

Marilyn brought us up to our floor.

Travel Tip: Cars in Singapore drive on the left side of the road. Be mindful when crossing.

hotel re driver

Cars in Singapore are driven from the right side.

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Singapore 2015: Food, Fun, Friends

Patintera and I have been planning this Singapore trip since forever. It’s been six years since we stepped off the plane that brought us back home from the little red dot. Having lived in the city-state for a year then, I felt like I was leaving behind my second home.

So, this trip back to Temasek was a homecoming of sorts for me. I planned to revisit my favorite places and grab a bite of my favorite Singaporean eats.

But the real highlight of the trip was our surprise for our friend, Franz, who had been asking us to visit him since we came back to Manila. This fine city may not be known for affordability but the look on Franz’s face as we show up outside his office would be simply irresistible.

We booked as soon as another seat sale went up. It was a six-week wait to the actual trip and I almost slipped to Franz a number of times, nearly ending chat convos with “see you soon”. Good thing my fingers aren’t as quick as my mouth. LOL

D’ day came and we were ecstatic. We almost missed our flight, though, no thanks to someone’s tardiness *cough* Patintera *cough*. As soon as the cab pulled up at NAIA Terminal 3, we ran like crazy people looking for the Cebu Pacific counter for flights bound for Singapore. As expected, it was the one making its last call.

It was a good thing Patintera checked us in online and that we didn’t have check-in luggage. That saved us a good deal of time.

I had to run across the terminal to pay our travel tax and run back to the Cebu Pacific counter only to be greeted with a troubling “Ma’am, best effort po tayo, ha?” which meant they couldn’t guarantee that we’d actually get on the flight. Yikes!

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