It’s been a while since my last update, about 2 months actually. In that time, I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy with work. But for the last couple of weeks of those, I was traveling. Recently, I went back home to the Philippines. The good thing about going home is you see familiar things you’ve missed all those times of being away. It’s true what other people say, everything feels the same but you have changed. Journeys and experiences change you. Still, I love going home just to keep a sense of belonging and family.
Anyway, I knew that my parents were excited to see me since I promised them that for every time I come home, we’ll travel together. This time, our destination was Singapore. I have been to this country before but my folks have not. It was a really short trip during my first visit so I decided to have my family with me this time and traveling with your parents is always another experience in itself.
We flew via Clark Airport. The good thing about flying to Clark is the ample parking area and stress-free driving when you compare it to navigating chaotic Manila.It took us 3 hours to reach Singapore. The Lion city may be best known for its cleanliness, modern architecture, efficient transportation, and its ban on chewing gum. My mom can’t even take her eyes off of the beautiful bromeliads and orchids at the airport. She has a thing for these flowers. I think Singapore made a good impression on my family.
We stayed at Festive Hotel in Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands. At Sentosa, we had a pleasant time at Universal Studios which was just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. I was surprised that my Dad was so into the thrill rides. He enjoyed The Mummy Ride so much that he kept mentioning it, while me and my sister liked the Transformers 3D ride better. For my mom, it was the Shrek 3D and the Waterworld shows that she enjoyed. We also watched Songs of the Sea though it wasn’t as impressive as I expected it to be. My parents thought otherwise.
At the Marina Bay area, we spent half the day just visiting the Gardens by the Bay. My parents are into gardening and landscaping, so they spent most of their time admiring the different plants and flowers displayed from all over the world. A big bonus was the controlled temperature that gave us a nice respite from the smouldering heat outside.The flower dome and cloud forest were just amazing! I prefer the latter though because of the tropical mountain feel. There was a waterfall, myst, and two great aerial walks inside the dome. The beautiful ferns, orchids and pitcher plants growing vertically on the garden wall gave us a fantasyland-like experience.
The other two days we just stayed at Marina Bay Sands. The hotel is literally a city within a city. You could get by without even leaving the area and the whole hotel is surrounded with free wifi! I think the best part though was their infinity pool. I have checked in on this hotel before so I know the feeling when I first saw the breathtaking view of the city from the pool up top. My parents were surprised about how high we were. Me?! I was just amazed at how many people were taking selfies there (vanity at its finest!) Haha!
No trip to Singapore would be complete without going to Orchard Road and shopping there. The whole street is not filled with shops but filled with shopping malls. It’s just like London’s Oxford Street.
Special shout out to my high school friend Eileen for treating us to such a delicious dinner at Din Tai Fung. We were overwhelmed by the abundance of food she ordered for us. Haha! You’re the sweetest! It was really nice catching up with you!