Tuesday, 13 November 2012

D-I-Y Singapore Trip with my Adik!!!

Salam and hi to all my blog readers.. :) 

It's been a while i havent updated any entry here..So sorry k..i was busy with work, business, family, study and some personal matters. So how's everyone? Buat ape hari ni? Enjoying your holidays i guess especially those yang take annual leave tomorrow or Friday..Memang cuti panjag lah kan..seronoknye!!! 

As for myself, i have no more annual leave to take..kesian kan..nak buat macam mana..i used my remaining annual leaves for my professional qualification study and exam..that's the route that i chose and that was the sacrifice that i have to make..insya-allah berbaloi once i qualified..amin

Anyway, i would like to share with all of you about my trip to Singapore with my younger brother sometime in July 2012. It's by no means to be comprehensive but I hope you guys can use it as reference to plan your family trip for this school holidays :)

Actually this is not my first time visit to Singapore. I've been there before in 2008 during Christmas time with my bff, Ismalina Ishak and Nurul Hafiza and in 2010 with my ex-PwC colleagues (Telekom audit team). 

                                       
Telekom Audit Team

So this is my third visit to Singapore.Why Singapore??? Because  i have promised my brother that i will take him for "jalan-jalan" during his summer break in Malaysia. I suggested Singapore as well as trip to any islands in Malaysia. But of course he chose Singapore since he has never been there plus it is one of the most popular destinations nowadays especially with Universal Studios in place.

Alhamdulillah, with the extra income that i earned from my Premium Beautiful business, i was able to fully sponsored the whole trip for both of us including flight tickets, accommodation, foods and admission fees. I'm so happy to be able to do this :)


Day 1: Arrival - City Tour - Night Safari
We left our home early in the morning for the one++ hour drive to LCCT, Sepang via cab to catch our flight at 11.30am. We chose Tiger Airways since it offered the most reasonable fares as compared to other airlines.

We arrived at the Budget Terminal of Changi International Airport, Singapore at 12.35 noon. We then took the free shuttle bus to Terminal 2 in order for us to get to the city.



Shuttle Bus ride from Budget Terminal to Terminal 2

Escalator to Terminal 2
Terminal 2 entrance in Changi Airport 
Underground Passageway to Singapore MRT Station in Changi Airport
Since it was a D-I-Y trip, we mostly used public transport to get to our destinations. Getting around Singapore was very easy and convenient because of its efficient MRT system. We stayed at Hotel 81 Selegie Road for 2 nights, probably the cheapest 3 star hotel with available rooms given the last minute booking made by myself [Lesson learned - never assume and never leave it to the last minute]. The hotel is situated in 'Little India' area and close to Orchard Road, MRT station and many shops and restaurants. The room was quite small but clean, new and equipped with the standard facilities e.g. kettle, hair-dryer, TV, free WiFi. Overall a good stay, safe area and family friendly. 

To me, Singapore is an expensive place to visit no matter how careful you plan. The costs for transportation, accommodation, food and admission fees are all considerably higher compared to its neighbors. Nevertheless, Singapore is still a beautiful place to visit.


Our tour of Singapore took us on a walkathon along the historical attractions of the Singapore River and around the fascinating man-made marvels of the Marina Bay area.  We managed to capture lots of the nice views.











Singapore viewed from the Cavenagh Bridge :)
Marina Bay Sands in the background

Getting to Marina Bay Sands:

Go to the Promenade MRT Station (Yellow dotted line) and walk towards the Bayfront Avenue (10 mins). You may also go to the Marina Bay MRT Station (Red Line) and ride the public bus ((SBS 133, SBS 97, SBS 97e, SMRT 106).



Beautiful asymmetric design of the Esplanade (Opera House) inspired by the shape of the durian fruit
Getting to Esplanade:
Alight at either the City Hall MRT Station (Red/Green Line) or Esplanade Station (Yellow Line) and exit towards the The Esplanade, which passes through the City Link Mall.






The Fullerton Hotel

We didn’t get to experience the Singapore Flyer or the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark because they were closed down for private functions (I was really looking forward to capture the nice view). We didn't get to capture the Merlion as well since it was under-constructions during our visit.

At the Heart of Singapore's Central Business District









Of course, a trip to Singapore is not complete without visiting its famed theme parks. We went to the Night Safari  on the same day and Universal Studios in Sentosa Island on the next day. 

We took MRT to the nearest station called Ang Mo Kio station (North-South (Red) line). Then we took connecting public bus no 138 to Night Safari.

Transiting on the Singapore MRT (Ang Mo Kio Station)
Singapore Night Safari


@ Sourvenir Shop





Futile Attempt to Get Shots during the Tram Ride. If you’re planning on taking photos of the animals, best to visit the Singapore Zoo during daytime since most of the animals in the night safari can also be found there.

For more info, you can visit: http://www.nightsafari.com.sg/index.html

Day 2: Universal Studio (USS), Sentosa Island
We took MRT alight at Harbourfront MRT and took exit B (Harbourfront Centre). Then we followed directional signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at Harbourfront Tower II.

We took cable car ride because it offers the most relaxing way to arrive in Sentosa, offering dramatic views of HabourFront vicinity, Keppel Harbour and Mount Faber park on mainland Singapore.

For more information, you can visit: http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/gettingaround/SingaporeCableCar/




Angry Birds theme


Hardrock Cafe Hotel



USS BRING IT ON!!!!

Tips:
i.It's better to purchase your tickets online. You don't want to go there and find out that they're all sold out. You can buy  your tickets HERE
ii. Get the express pass in order to gain priority access to all attractions. Limited number of express passes are sold each day, and it has to be bought in conjunction with an admission pass. 
iii. Better leave the shopping at the end of your visit, the store will stay open as long as there are people in the park
iv. GET A LOCKER so you can leave your bulky SLRs before you crash/throw/get them wet while doing the rides. Well they won't allow you to carry them on some of the rides anyway. Lockers are available at the entrance of each rides. Be prepared with coins for the locker.



Iconic Universal Studio Globe :)


NEW YORK section
Attraction: Lights, Camera, Action hosted by Steven Spielberg
Street Entertainment: The Rockafellas, Sesame Streets





Lights, Camera, Action!

SCI-FI CITY section
Attractions: Battlestar Galactica Cylon (Blue track), Battlestar Galactica Human (Red track), Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Accelerator

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Battlestar Galactica Cylon (Blue track), Battlestar Galactica Human (Red track). We took the red track..really really scary..my heartbeat pumping faster than usual before, during and after the ride..but i took the challenge..yeay
My love, Bumble Bee ('',)


ANCIENT EGYPT section
Attractions: Revenge of the Mummy - This is an indoor Roller Coaster ride in the dark. Lots of scary special effects, very exhilarating. Note that bags or things that might come off you are not allowed so leave them at the free lockers located just outside the entrance to this ride.





THE LOST WORLD section
Attractions: Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Canopy Flyer, Dino-Soarin, Amber Rock Climb, Waterworld.
As with most "Rapids" rides, this one WILL get you wet. So you better have your disposable plastic ponchos (which are available at The Lost World store) on hand. Tip: You may sold these ponchos after using them. Protect the environment. 




Waterworld Stuntshow

FAR FAR AWAY section
Attractions: Shrek 4D Adventure, Donkey LIVE, Enchanted Airways, Magic Potion Spin
Halal Restaurant: Goldilocks, Friar's

We had our lunch at the Goldilocks restaurant. We enjoyed homemade special recipe7-spice chicken. Yummyy









MADAGASCAR section
Attractions: Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round







HOLLYWOOD section
Attractions: Monster Rock







Kepenatan...haha
Muka pasrah sebab kena angkut semua barang2 shopping :p


Masih boleh tersenyum walaupun dah penat..haha
Candylicious


Sentosa Island






DAY 3: EXPLORE THE CITY (AND SHOP!!!)
Singapore maybe a small city but boy there are lots of exciting places you can go. Here are some of the city's gems that you MUST visit.





Unique Shopping Mall Directory











Next time i will ensure i'll carry DIOR paperbag pulak..ciayok




We had our brunch at McD (it's halal) after our last minute shopping just before we go to the airport and heading back to Malaysia.


 GOODBYE SINGAPORE..Till we meet again :)



That's all for now. We are so tired yet we are so happy and really had fun. We really enjoyed our stay in Singapore. Of course, there are a lot more places to see and more shopping and dining options. Every year there are something new (trust me..since i have been here twice)..For a city this progressive, the possibilities are endless. Feel free to share your own experiences k =)

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