Singapore 2017 – Day 1: Little India, Chinatown, Marina Bay, Arab Street, and Bugis

Marina Bay Sands

It’s a wrap! Our Family Trip for this year to Singapore has just ended last March 31 and I’m currently having sepanx cause it’s going to be another long time that we’ll be complete together again.

Anyways, we booked our air tickets last year around September during Cebu Pacific seat sale. Our round-trip ticket costs PHP 7500 each via Cebu for 4 days and 3 nights. We did not hire any travel agencies for our itinerary, instead we just researched itineraries from different travel websites and blogs, and asked for some tips from friends who already visited the country. So I’ll be dividing this blog posts per day of our trip, so that it won’t be long and I could elaborate more of our itinerary.

We arrived in Changi International Airport, Singapore at 11:35 PM on March 26. We were so hype as our aircraft landed because we will be able to see the airport which was hailed as “Best Airport in the World”. As we headed to the immigration center, we have noticedย how nationally diverse the workers are there, most especially Indians. Thanks to them communication was a lot more easier compared to our Hong Kong trip because they could understand and speak English well.

Around 1:30 AM, of March 27, we transferred to our hotel at YMCA @ One Orchard road via taxi because M.R.T was already closed. Taxi was literally really expensive because we paid around SGD 28, since it is on peaked hours rate, PHP 1000+ if converted to Philippine Peso. At around 2:00 AM we have arrived in our hotel, slept and rested so that we could officially start our Singapore Trip.

On our first day, we have reserved it for cultural heritage attractions. We visited different temples at Little India, shoppedย at Chinatown and Bugis Street, strolled at Kampong Glam, Arab Street, and Marina Bay. Day one was really jam-packed with lots of walking under the heat of the sun. We did not bring umbrellas with us that’s why sweat was all over us. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed it because we were able to observe a lot of things in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, and lifestyle.

Little India

Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

Little India is literally Little India. Being there, you could really witness India’s culture, traditions, and lifestyle. There are lots of temple you’ll be able to pass by while walking plus colorful Indian architectures. We were not able to fully explore what’s in Little India because we got quite exhausted already after an hour and a half dueย to the extreme heat of the sun that time. So around 10:30 AM we immediately went to our next stop, to Chinatown.

To Chinatown
To Chinatown

Chinatown

You should never miss visiting Chinatown’s Street Market at Pagoda Street because it’s the best place, for me, to shop for cheap finds and souvenirs for your friends and loved ones. Me and my mom were able to buy cheap yet good quality shawls for only SGD 5 each.

Street Market at Pagoda Street, Chinatown

Shopping isn’t the only thing you could do in Chinatown, but also you could get a chance to taste Chinese and other Asian food around the Food Street. I suggest you to try out the Hiananese Chicken Rice because it’s so delicious at an affordable price of SGD 7.50.

Chinatown Food Street
Have a taste of Chinese Food for a low-cost at Chinatown Food Street

Food Cart at Chinatown Food Street

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Marina Bay

Singapore from the Top.
Singapore from the Top of Marina Bay Sands

A breathtaking experience at Marina Bay Sands. Sightseeing at the 5-star hotel’s Skypark is a must when in Singapore. It may really be expensive “for a sightseeing”, but when you get there you’ll never regret the experience!

Arab Street

A Street full of Art
A Street full of Art
Haji Lane
Haji Lane

A Restaurant at Haji Lane

The most instagrammable place you’ll ever be when in Singapore, Haji Lane! Tag a good photographer with you when you visit this place. Lol! Too bad I didn’t have one!

Bugis Street

When you’re planning to buy chocolates as your pasalubong, it’s best to buy here in Bugis Street. However if you’re planning to buy keychains or ref magnets, go back to Chinatown because they have cheaper deals there compared to Bugis Street.

Bugis Street – Singapore’s No. 1 Shopping Street

That’s it for our day 1 in Singapore. It took us a lot of energy in order to achieve this itinerary. Thankfully we survived it! Thought our legs and feet won’t be able to make it!

Day 2 will be posted soon. Wait for it cause it’s about Universal Studios Singapore – guide and tips.

Belated Happy Easter to everyone~

Comments

  1. Da Dominguez

    Wow. Day 1 seemed like an immersion to different countries and cultures! Haha. Too bad we weren’t able to visit the famous Haji Lane during our Singapore trip. ๐Ÿ™ Hopefully next time though

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  2. Shenna

    Bia! At least you had your Singapore trip already haha. It’s true what they say about Singapore. It’s really clean. I wish I could book in advance as you did in your booking. My schedule is not that flexible so it won’t be easy booking in advance but I really hope I can so to save money.

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      Bia S.

      It’s really best to purchase your ticket in advance when it’s still cheaper and save your pocket money while waiting for the trip. Hope you can visit SG soon, Shenna ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Xeph Hipolito

    You visited one country but it seems that you went to other parts of Asia too! That was really a nice trip, wasn’t it? Being able to travel with your family is the best part of it, I guess. Anyways, I like the Arab Street. It is vibrant and full of life.

  4. Dianne

    We will be a having our family trip in SG early next month! Your post just came right in time! We still don’t have an itinerary as of writing. But my sister works there, so maybe, it will be easier for us to arrange everything. Wooaaa! The taxi rate was really expensive. SG’s cost of living is expensive in general, now I’m wondering how much my budget should be. LOL! I hope to visit these place soon too! Waiting for you Day 2 post Bia!

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      Bia S.

      It’s great that you have a sister who works in SG. I guess your trip will really be easier. For the budget, save up for at least 20k. Depends really on your itinerary. Can’t wait to share my Day 2-4 posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Heide

    You sure were able to go to so many places in Singapore in just one day. I’ve never been to Bugis and Arab Street before. I tend to shy away from the centre of Singapore when we go there because it’s really hot. It’s so much cooler around the bay area. You looked like you had so much fun.

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  6. Angelica

    It’s less than 3 months before our trip and this already makes me giddy! Gustong gusto ko puntahan yung Harry Potter themed cafe sa SG(okay out of topic haha). Nakapaglibot libot kayo sa airport? I watched a video saying that there are swimming pools and free movie theaters there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ey|The PolyHobbyist

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      Bia S.

      Gosh didn’t know that HP themed cafe in SG! Pinuntahan ko sana when we were there. lol. The airport was nice, there were free food massage machines everywhere, but as for the swimming pools and free movie theaters I think meron, but hindi namin nakita. Baka nasa ibang terminal ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Teesh

    It’s so easy to get drained by Singapore’s heat! Here’s to hoping that it wouldn’t take a long time before you and your family get to go on a trip again ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Richel V.

    I can only imagine the amount of walking you did and the heat!! I haven’t been to Little India yet. I’ll add that to my itinerary. But Chinatown’s one of my favorite mostly for the food. They have the best pork buns I have ever tasted so far.

    xx, Richel V.

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      Bia S.

      Yes! Chinatown’s absolutely a fave place in the city, so many cheap findings and food. I haven’t tried their pork buns, maybe next time, hopefully when I get back ๐Ÿ™‚

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