We only only had four and a half days to explore the two countries. Unlike the Hong Kong-Macau trip, I only finished my itinerary two days before the trip. The forum thread for Singapore and Malaysia were not as thorough as the Hong Kong thread. Nevertheless, we were able to wing it.
Because we do not remember the days, we remember the moments.
Thus, I have a list of the memorable moments in this trip.
1. Meeting friends. Two of my good friends live in Singapore so I made an effort to catch up with our lives. I also met my childhood playmate. I wish I met up with my grade school friends and my former boss but I did not have time. There is always a next time. I got these presents from friends. I am so spoiled.
2. Staying at South East Asia Hotel. I specifically chose this hotel because it was recommended by a number of Filipino tourists. Plus, they do not require payment for reservations. As long a we show up on the agreed time and date, the room is reserved for us and only then are we asked to pay the room rate. The one manning the reception when we arrived was a nice lady. However, the lady in charge of the reception in the evening was unaccommodating. I will write more about this experience. Nevertheless, it is easy to forget about that little incident because of the hotel’s excellent location. It is very accessible via the Bugis MRT.
It is near this tiangge area. Whenever we pass by this area, we would buy fruit juices sold at SGD1. My favorite is the sugarcane juice.
The hotel is located on a pedestrian street so there is less noise from the sounds of vehicles.
It is located beside a Chinese temple so we had a restful sleep.
3. Walking to Sentosa. The last time I was in Singapore, we went to Sentosa via the cable car.
Can you see the cable cars?
This time, we used the boardwalk.
There is a walkalator so you won’t get tired of walking the one kilometer stretch. SGD1 will be charged at the end of the walk way. One can also ride the bus or the monorail (Sentosa Express).
4. Visiting the Universal Studios. Four years ago, this part of Sentosa was still under construction.
I think we only spent 4 hours here because we skipped all the roller coasters like The Mummy ride…
… and Battlestar Gallactica.
Can you see their feet dangling in the air? They were shouting for dear life.
5. Sentosa beach area. My aunt was too chicken to try the skyride, tiger tower or any other activity in Sentosa so we just visited the beach area.
Nothing spectacular. The Philippines has better beaches. However, it is worth noting that we reached the Southernmost point of Continental Asia.
We reached the area by crossing this hanging bridge.
6. Sunset at Marina Bay. We did not have the opportunity to take a touristy photograph near the Merlion because my aunt is already tired. I am happy with the sunset.
The Louis Vuitton store in the area is on a unique structure. I cannot afford anything from that store so I am content with just this photograph.
7. A day with animals. We spent the morning at the bird park and we went to the zoo in the afternoon.
8. Comfortable bus ride to Malaysia. Bus seats are recliners with massage options. I have motion sickness when I travel by land. Even an hour-long bus ride can get me puking. I did not experience that in this trip. Thank you, God!
9. Visiting Malacca, Malaysia. The Dutch Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is Casa Blanca Guest House where we stayed. This was booked through Agoda and I was happy about our accommodation here. I will review the place soon.
We love this egg-shaped ice cream on Jonker Street.
10. Getting lost around Petronas. The Petronas twin towers is a very imposing site in Kuala Lumpur. The area is so big that looking at the map with the Petronas tower as a reference point proves to be difficult.
We got lost trying to find this for the Hop-On/Hop-Off bus tour.
Getting lost is tiring so we did not hop off the bus until we reached the shopping area the second time. Most of my photos in the tour were taken from a tinted glass windows hence the blue hue in the photographs.
What a trip!
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P.S. I am not travel blogger so those who want our itinerary or have questions about this trip, just email me at admin [at] theunstressed.com or leave a comment. I do not have the itemized expenses. Roughly, we spent less than Php18K per person.