First stop, Singapore!

Rambi and I had planned a trip around Southest Asia last 2011 and come February this year, we were extremely excited that it was finally happening. In planning our itinerary, we followed a clockwise manner in determining the order of the countries we wanted to visit. We booked the flights and hotels in advance to save on cost so for the actual trip, we’d only have to worry about food and tours.

Now when traveling, he and I limit our bags to one backpack each for carry on, and no check in luggage. This saves us time since we don’t have to wait by the carousel, plus promo fares from LCC’s don’t allow luggage for check in unless you’re willing to pay extra. Lucky for us we’ve mastered the art of packing and managed to fit 3 weeks worth of clothing in two backpacks, with a little room left for souvenirs. We also had to limit our liquids (toiletries) to 100mL bottles.

Singapore was the the first country on our list. While I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about this leg, I was nevertheless eager to see old friends who moved to SG to work. Rambi tagged his Mom along so she could take time off to relax and go sightseeing.

On February 9, we arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 at 4:30AM for a 6:25AM flight. They started boarding by 5AM and the plane was ready to take off by 5:20. The line at the immigration booth was so long that by 5:10, they opened a new gate for our flight’s passengers.

A little past 9AM, we landed at the Budget Terminal and bought tequila for our friends at Duty Free on the advice that it’s so much more expensive everywhere else. We took a cab to the Marina Bay District where our hotel, the Conrad Centennial, is located. Fancy, I know. Gotta thank the boyfriend for that. The hotel gave us a room upgrade upon checking in. I fell onto the fluffy bed and I didn’t want to get off. Everrr. But we were scheduled to meet Rambi’s friend, Andrew, so I had to force myself to part with my newfound love.

Experiencing the Helix. The fritted glass and perforated steel mesh did very little to save our collagen. Hooray for bandanas, which made us look a little ridiculous though.

Experiencing the Helix. The fritted glass and perforated steel mesh did
very little to save our collagen. Hooray for bandanas, which made us look
a little ridiculous though.

Later that day if I am not mistaken, I introduced Rambi to my college friends. We had dinner in Bugis, where they bonded over kebabs and military stories. I thought it was nice that he finally got to meet half of the people who got me through architecture school.For our second day in SG, we spent the entire day at the Universal Studios.
Excuse me for being vain, but ohmygod my legs are chubs.

Excuse me for being vain, but ohmygod my legs are chubs.

Water World Stars.

Water World Stars.

Enjoyed almost all of the rides and shows, except for the boring Shrek 4D. We did get a kick out of the, “Hye, hye” part, though. Inside joke. We couldn’t stay for the crane show because we had to meet our high school friends for dinner. After a quick rest, Tita rested in the hotel, while Rambi and I headed to Lau Pa Sat for a little Baliwag treat.A few other great places we visited were Little India, China Town and Clark Quay, where Rambi rode the G-max Bungee and the Swinging Ride.On our last night in Singapore, we had drinks with our high school friends again. We took advantage of the alcohol level in their systems and invited them to join us in Phuket for the weekend. They headed straight to the laptop and booked tickets via Air Asia. This, we will find out later, turned out to be a major fail.We returned to our hotel, had a final love affair with the soft squishy pillows and duvet. The next morning we headed to the Tanah Merah Ferry and took a ferry to Batam, Indonesia.
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