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SG Summer Escapade: Accommodation, City Tour, Etc.

Marina Bay Sands
Singapore is the smallest country in Asia, with only a total land area of about 704 square kilometers including the reclaimed lands (source: Wikipedia). Before its land reclamation, Singapore is actually smaller than Metro Manila. However, with an average income per capita of USD56,694 a year, it now ranked number 3 in the list of the world's richest countries, next to Luxembourg (2nd) and Qatar (1st) (source: urbanpeek.com). Singapore is part of our KL-SG summer adventure this 2012.

So where did we stay?

For the SG leg of our summer escapades, we stayed at Fragrance Hotel Selegie, a budget hotel located in Selegie Road, just a few minutes walk from MRT Little India Station. Unlike the very spacious room we had in Malaysia, this hotel has very small rooms, the double bed  took up much of the room leaving a very small space for two people to move around. The CR/bathroom is also very small, less than two square meters if I guessed it right. Our accommodation here is included in our KL-SG package tour so I don't know the exact rate of this hotel but recent inquiry with Agoda showed a regular rate of USD200+ per night for a double room accommodation; promo rate on the other hand is less than USD100 (price checked as of posting date), a bit expensive considering the very small rooms they have.

the very small Hotel Selegie room, the edge of the bed is more or less just a meter from the door! :(
Food Trips

Before we left for SG, I asked friends of SG's signature dish and the common reply I got is hainanese chicken. I've tasted it here in the Philippines; for me, it's like our chicken tinola (at least the one I tried) with no soup but rather with garlic-mayo dip. It isn't particularly appealing for me so I never tried it in SG, what I had was fried rice and seafood IDK - typical chinese food...hehe! ;)

seafood fried rice and seafood IDK! ;)
hotel's free set breakfast with coffee and a slice of bread - no rice...yay!! :(
The City Tour

Aside from air fare, hotel accommodation and airport-hotel-airport transfers which was part of our KL-SG package tour, our package also includes a half day tour around Singapore. This city tour includes a short stop in front of Raffles Hotel (for photo-ops...hehe!), Singapore river port, a Chinese temple and Chinatown (if a small Chinese store is considered the Chinatown), Qualitas Jewellery Factory as well as the Merlion Park. The city/photo tour lasted for about three hours, a bit boring but since it's an opportunity to wander around the city with free rides, why should I complain.;) And so I contented myself with taking photographs of some of the famous landmarks of Singapore. Here are some of the photos I took during the said free tour:

Raffles Hotel
Singapore river port
The driver/guide brought us here thinking we would be interested in availing river cruise; actually, he's offering us to avail it but no one from any of the three groups (our group, a couple and a solo traveler) he was touring that day availed (Manong driver didn't earn extra from us, kurips?!? ...hehe!).

orchids, from the river port
Chinese Temple
Merlion and Singapore's skyscrapers
Hotel Fullerton
The Esplanade, also known as durian structure
That's just about it with our first night, first half day in Singapore; nothing fancy, nothing extraordinary, boring you might say. And that's how I thought this trip would be too, boring all through out, but it's not! I cried here, not once...but twice! (iyakin much...hahaha!) Till my next post... ;)

~ oo00oo ~
SG Summer Escapades 2012:
* - Accommodation, City Tour, Etc.
* - Sentosa Night Experience
* - Singapore Flyer and the Glittering Cityscape

25 comments:

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    1. Oo, kl-sg kase kase trip ng mga kasama ko eh, singit lang ako. :)

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  2. I do enjoy your trip there. Nice pictures. Sa airport lang ko nakatating dyan. Stop over. So it is nice too more of Sg.

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    1. Ok lang yun Ms Joy, mukhang mas maganda naman ang Norway eh, ganda ng mga photos mo eh. Thanks po sa dalaw. :)

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  3. Napaka-iconic talaga ang mga buildings jan. Kung ako for sure mabubusog ako sa city tour hehe :)

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    1. sa merlion park nga lang ako nag-enjoy sa tour na 'to eh, the rest we've been to, boring na, at least for me. hehe...

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  4. wow SG! Thanks for the info!

    I have friends working here, hopefully i can visit them sometime. ^_^

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    1. You can, if you set your mind to it. Thanks for the visit Maria. :)

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  5. anong ikinaiyak mo naman kabayan? :) (tsismoso lang)

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  6. Weee I see the Merlion :) nice shots thanks for posting this trip love it :)

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  7. Hmm.. naintriga ako sa pag-iyak mo? Bakit kaya..

    Natawa naman ako sa paghingi mo ng suggestion ng kakainin sabay iba kinain, haha, pasaway lang! Bakit hindi kayo nag-avail ng cruise? Hindi ba siya worth i-try?

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    1. abangan sa susunod na post...hehe!

      eh kase naman gurl, di ko type yun hainanese na yun kaya di bale na lang, wag na lang mag-try ng food nila..hehe.

      di ko alam kung ok river cruise nila, alang sumubok sa 'min eh. ;)

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  8. Pag ako nag singapore gusto ko mag stay sa Marina Bay sands! 1 month yun! Syempre sa panaginip lang yun. hihihi!

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    1. keri mo yun Anney, go na sa SG at mag-check in sa Marina Bay Sands, di namin keri kaya hanggang picture na lang kami. hehe...

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  9. Aw, why did you cry? makaabang nga, hehehe.Gusto ko yang Marina Bay sands...Sana kaya sa budget para dyan kami mag check-in.Nakita ko sa mga magazine as in ang ganda sa loob pati pool.sa panaginip na lang ako.hehehe

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    1. ayan na Mhie, naka-post na ang dahilan..hehe!

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  10. nice post.
    new here to your blog,by the way i nominate your blog to a LIEBSTER AWARD. check my post on my blog.tnx^_^

    cheeneezcool18.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Purple, I'll check your blog later. :)

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  11. Wow! galing nung tour....sana maka punta din ako dyan...envy much..:) post more about the entire trip...:)


    xx!

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    1. makakarating ka rin dyan, kapag ginusto may paraan naman eh. salamat sa dalaw... :)

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  12. Ako rin I find it boring if it's unnatural there's a lot of well off countries like sg but everything is just manmade if onlybwe could make architectural wonders in the phils which would complement our vast and unique heritage then and only then we'd be far ahead of any nation but it's a very long shot *sigh* dami pang dapat gawin at ayusin like severe poverty **boto nyo po ako sa darting na halalan**

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    1. Sana nga may mga investors din tayo na magtatayo ng mga skyscrapers, pero tama ka, dami pa dapat ayusin at gawin.

      parang pulitiko ah...hehe! Iboto si McRich!

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