Thursday, October 6, 2016

Travel: Singapore Day One

I never thought I could plan a last-minute vacation when I found out about my extra days off. With flights and accommodation booked, I had to break this news on such a short notice to my best friend who lives in Singapore. He was able take the time off from work to welcome my spontaneity with open arms.

I always get a fun trip down (food) memory lane six years ago with my family. That time when I had ramen, chicken rice, char kway teow, buttered prawns, chilli and black pepper crabs... MAJOR FOOD COMA! Singapore is definitely on my top food destination list. It's the perfect city for a hungry traveler like me. The food is cheap, authentic and suits my palate. It's only proper that the sole agenda of this impromptu trip is to eat everything on Singapore's menu.

It was pouring the day I arrived at around 10 AM. Of course, a little rain won't stop my mini adventure. Saying it in Miranda Priestly's tone... "Please. It's just I don't know, drizzling." My best friend gave me an EZ link card and taught me about the public transportation. Singapore's MRT is the fastest way to navigate around the city. The system is easy to understand so I don't think anyone would have a hard time commuting in Singapore. I stayed at V Hotel - decent, affordable and only a 5-minute walk to Lavender subway station. It has a very convenient location with a hawker center nearby. The Gong Cha stall sealed the deal for me. Wintermelon Tea all day!

With less than three hours of rest (I barely sleep on the plane), I'm ready to explore the food scene with my best friend slash free official tour guide. First thing he warned me about is to bring my own tissue pack. Don't expect the restaurant to give you more.

After a quick shower and more catching up, here we are on our way to Haji Lane within the Arab Quarter. You can find a lot of fashion stores and indie cafes in the narrow alleys. I love the eclectic bohemian vibe in this area, probably my new favorite place in Singapore. I had a very spicy mee siam at a packed Malaysian cafe. So spicy it brought me to tears! Happy tears because that was a great first meal. Check out the Selfie Coffee where our photos were printed onto the coffee foam. Asians and their crazy ideas!

We had a full itinerary planned and the rain needed to ease up. Next stop, Marina Bay Sands. Another first since this place wasn't completed yet when I visited before. This ultra luxurious hotel with a mall reminds me so much of the UAE. I actually felt at home but think of Dubai Mall on a crowded weekend.

And finally, Gardens by the Bay. Does this green oasis feel like I just stepped into the set of Avatar? This should be the perfect moment to lie down on the grass and talk about life. But then, the sun decided to say hi and bless us with its heat.

All photos were taken with iPhone 6s. Pretty decent, right?! RIIIGGHHTT?! Day one of this trip has been so much fun. Good luck to me blogging about the next few days! I'll leave you with some IG photos instead. Heehee.

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V Hotel Lavender

70 Jellicoe Road, Singapore 208767
Telephone No. +65 6345 2233


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