aka. Wandering in Singapore, Part 2.
The December trip having been a make-up trip of the things I missed in July, I purposely added an extra day to allow me to explore more of Singapore. The fact that I suddenly had to do this on my own made it all the more challenging. (Interestingly enough, the succeeding Hong Kong trip was the one that was supposed to be a solo flight but the universe switched it up at the last minute.) I did not have a planned itinerary, so it’s simply wandering off to where my feet will take me. In most cases, too literally.
Armed with a loaded EZ Link card and a few suggestions from friends who have previously visited Singapore, I decided to spend the day with this itinerary in mind:
– Sentosa (mainly because I had intended to visit the Vivo City branch of Irvin’s Salted Egg Snacks );
– Arab St. and Hajji Lane again to catch the late afternoon scene which was said to be more interesting;
– Back to Esplanade/Jubilee Bridge/Merlion to take photos of the Marina Bay Sands skyline at sunset and at night;
– Last minute shopping at Bugis before turning in early to prepare for my morning flight the following day.
What really happened was this: I’ve just boarded the MRT at Esplanade station towards Sentosa when I got word that per real-time socmed updates, Alden and Co. were at Esplanade. At the Merlion, to be exact. My friends were egging me to go back and check them out but I was like, nah. I had intended this last day in Singapore to have some much-needed “me” time; I’ve had enough fangirling for two days and I’m still being bashed on socmed for being at the ATA (what the hell was that, really), so thank you very much.
It kinda affected my concentration, though. As I result, I ended up losing my focus quite a few times and got lost a number of times in the process. To be exact: the Singapore MRT app has been useful to me in terms of getting familiarized with the subway system. It’s quite simple to use. However, because of the unnecessary distraction, I ended up failing to take note of little details such which COLOR of the train route should I take. Therefore, what was supposed to be a 15-minute travel time from Esplanade to Harbour City became 50 minutes, with side-trips to residential areas on the side. Fortunately, I was not pressed for time so a little side-trip didn’t hurt that much.
Singapore 2016 - Album 2
Sentosa: Like I mentioned earlier, I went here basically because of Irvin’s Salted Egg Snacks. Also, to take some rudimentary “I have been to Sentosa” photos since I wasn’t able to explore this place in July. Verdict: I’m not sure if it’s because I’m from the Philippines where beautiful beaches abound, or because I’m not a beach person in general, but I got bored. I only stayed here for less than an hour and quickly returned to Vivo City, where I got majorly disappointed to find this sign:
As for Arab St. and Hajji Lane, it definitely did not disappoint. The place really had so much more character in the late afternoon when the crowds are in.
Singapore 2016 - Album 3
This is also the place where I walked the most, no thanks to my inability to read maps.
I didn’t spend a lot of time there as I had wanted to catch the sunset at Esplanade. The thing is, I totally miscalculated everything. I went there at around 5pm, only to learn the hard way that sunsets do not occur in Singapore until around 7:30pm. Well, it gave my feet some much needed rest after all that walking, so it’s all good.
Singapore 2016 - Album 4
Looking back, I consider this trip as one of the best, if not the very best travel experiences I’ve had. It allowed me to see and experience things not as a tourist but as a legit traveler. I’ve learned to depend solely on myself and I came out of it in one piece. I really wish I could travel some more while I still can. Maybe I’ll make that as my bucket list from hereon.