I had no idea I was going on a Singapore trip until 10 days before the flight. I was used to preparing do-it-yourself itineraries but with enough time, say, a month before at least. This 10 day preparation was definitely a record-breaker. But I did not rant about it. Instead, I was so thankful that Boots allowed me to go and this time-constrained trip preparation could be none other than exciting.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
What if: You are going on an out of the country trip and you haven't been informed until 10 days before the flight? And you were asked to create a do-it-yourself itinerary on a limited budget, what would you do?
During the two nights that we were in Singapore, we stayed at Fragrance Hotel Ruby in Lorong 20, Geylang. I insisted to be the one in charge of searching for our accommodation and searched various hotel booking websites to search for the cheapest accommodation that pass our minimum requirements: privacy and accessibility to the MRT. During my initial search, I found cheap hostels (around P700-P800/night) but these mostly are backpacker hostels, room sharing for 6 people, and have no private CR and bath - a typical bedspace sort of accommodation. I came across numerous of these hostels before I found what I wanted - a cheap, twin sharing accommodation with private CR and bath, and accessible to the MRT.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
We finished our G-Max and GX-5 adventure at around 5:00 pm and we went on our way to the last item in our itinerary for the day (and for our short Singapore trip) which is the Merlion Park. Based on my research, we just had to get off at the MRT Raffles Place station and walk until we find the park. So walk, we did. We were quite confident because we had seen the location of the Merlion while we were aboard the Singapore Flyer a while ago.
Because we availed of the Extreme Adrenaline Super Combo, a minute after the G-Max ride, we went straight to ride the GX-5 Extreme Swing. There were no queues at all and it seemed as if we had the place reserved to ourselves.
Since December 2010, I badly wanted to go to Singapore. It was not because of Universal Studios. It was not because of the Singapore Flyer or Sentosa. The only reason why I wanted to go there was to be able to experience the G-Max Reverse Bungy ride.
The first part of our itinerary on our last day was to ride the world's largest observation wheel - the Singapore Flyer. After dropping our stuff at Boots' friend's place and having lunch at Lavender station, we went on our way to MRT's Promenade Station to get to Singapore Flyer. However, as with the case in Petronas (see post), we were clueless on where we should go from the station. To our luck, we were heading towards the right direction. It was really hot though. We also spent quite some time to find the ticket booth and the entrance but it went out well in the end.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
We were not able to use the Night Safari tickets that I bought online on Feb.21 (our intended date of use) due to a delay in the KTM Intercity train from Kuala Lumpur (see post). We were not sure if it would still be valid for the following night because there were confusing statements in the ticket which says that it should be used on the booked date, but it is valid for thirty days after booked date. We were not even able to verify it online because we had no internet access. Regardless, we proceeded to Night Safari on Feb.22 - with our prayers as our sole source of complacency.
I did not include ride to the Singapore Cable Car in the costing (see post) that I made because according to reviews, the price for the ride was expensive if it were to be based on the actual length of the trip, and I had already tried Hongkong's Ngong Ping 360 so I was not much thrilled about the cable car. Since we were on a tight budget, I included in the itinerary that we would go to Sentosa via the cheapest way - the relatively new Sentosa Boardwalk wherein you would walk from VivoCity for 2 minutes to get to Sentosa for the price of 1SGD. However, it never failed to linger in my mind that Boots hadn't ridden a cable car ever so I actually had a spare budget for it, just in case.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Kuala Lumpur. This was the site of our first encounter. At the first sight, I fell in love.
After proceeding to Batu Caves, we headed back to Sentral Kuala Lumpur and made our way to Petronas Twin Towers. This was the second part of our two-item itinerary. I have read from other sources that it is connected to the train exit in Avenue K Shopping Mall in KLCC, however, we still got a bit lost because we got off at a wrong exit (and the mall was quite huge so it was tiring to get to the right exit). We surrendered and asked the guards for direction, and when we finally got to our exit, I was pointing at the tower, saying we found it at last. Boots protested and told me that there should be two towers so it required the confirmation from a guard that it was actually Petronas. The guard was smiling though he did not understand us because it had been obvious that we were arguing. It was Petronas, indeed, but from that view, the other tower was completely hidden.
The first item in our Kuala Lumpur Itinerary (we only had two items, actually) was Batu Caves. In the original itinerary that I prepared, we were supposed to be there by around 7:00 am but since the KTM Intercity's arrival to Sentral Kuala Lumpur was delayed by an hour, we arrived at Batu Caves at 9:00 am.