Singapore 2013: Part 3

Looks like there won’t be just 3 parts to this travel blog series. I’m posting another part after this! Too much photos! Singapore is such a photogenic country.

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That day, we went on a “hop on, hop off” tour to save taxi money (I have no idea why my parents insist on taking the cab all the time when Singapore has a very efficient commuting system!) and also because most of the places that we were gonna visit were covered by the tour. It’s so convenient because they provide you with a timetable of the bus schedule and also the different bus stops.

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What I loved about it was the audio guide. You can get free earphones as you hop on and listen to the audio guide provided at each seat in your preferred language. They even have a kids’ version of the guide! I tried listening to it for a while and it was very amusing. (Eg: “Kids, tell mommy if you are thirsty” was what the audio guide said as we approached a hawker center haha).

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The iconic Raffles Hotel. Home of the Singapore Sling where it was first invented. It’s also where the Prince of Monaco stayed before and our new-found friend Yuki (met her on our last day and she’s from Myanmar!) was their “butler” when they stayed here.

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Our first stop was China Town and the bus stop was so conveniently located at the Sri Mariamman, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. It was so intricate and the colors are magnificent. Something you shouldn’t miss when you pay a visit to Singapore.

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I obviously had fun taking photos of it.

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Oh China Town. My mom and dad enjoyed shopping in here a lot. It’s where they bought a lot of pasalubong because there were a lot of stores with 3 for $10 promo. My dad also got this unique silver decoration for our dining room.

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Next destination was Gardens by the Bay. I kid you not when I say that it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. What Singapore did here was absolutely brilliant. For such a small country that’s mostly surrounded by high rise buildings, you wouldn’t believe that a magnificent place like this is added in the mix.

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Besides the Supertrees which the garden is famous for, there are two domes where you can get in when you purchase a ticket. One is the Cloud Forest which is like an indoor tropical rainforest showcasing plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 meters above sea level. It has the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. The other one is the Flower Dome which was my favorite place in the garden. It houses a collection of plants from all the continents (except Antarctica)! Prettiest place in my list of pretty places!

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Coming to the dome in the morning is awesome because of the beautiful natural light that is ideal for taking photos of the plants.

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I was lucky to catch their “Spring Awakening” display. The dome was all Easter themed!

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To explore the garden without getting too tired, you can buy a ticket to get on the shuttle service tour where you are driven around the different areas of the garden w/ an audio guide. It’s truly very hot in the morning so it’s a pretty good idea to avail this service if you wanna see the rest of the garden.

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After exploring the garden, we went to the Singapore Flyer but it was unfortunately closed because of the rain. They didn’t want to risk getting people on it as it was dangerous, so we just decided to postpone it for the next day and went back to the hotel to freshen up. We then headed to Orchard road for more shopping!

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Stopped by Shiraz for a quick dinner. They have the best kebabs in Singapore! Totally worth trying! I wasn’t able to take a photo of it because I couldn’t really wait to devour it.

That’s it for part 3. Part 4 coming up next 😀

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