Welcome to the Lion City!
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It was my first time in Singapore and I was excited to see the Lion City. As the plane descended towards Changi Airport at around 11:30 PM, I could already see the twinkling lights of the city and night boat tours along the River. But first, we had a little incident at the Customs Police which we just recall with a laugh. I had a little blooper of whipping out my camera at the Customs area...which I belatedly found out was not allowed. Hahaha, I had a quick vision of being interrogated and flashed with handcuffs.
Anyway, we breezed through that and proceeded to our hotel. On our way, I was a disoriented at first since the driver was seated on the right side and driving on the left side of the road.
We woke up to a hot and humid Singapore. First stop was the Visitor's Information Center at Orchard Road where we got our various maps of the city, the MRT (which could be pretty complicated), Sentosa Island, the bus routes, etc. For a first timer in Singapore, I think it is advisable to drop by the VIC to get bird's eye view of what the city has to offer.
Since cabs were pretty pricey (flag down date of SGD 2.80 plus surcharges), we wanted to take the MRT or bus. We walked along Orchard Road, went down to Somerset station and got out EZ Link cards which we would be using for the bus and MRT. For a 3-day stay, we got the minimum card at SGD 10. We wanted to pay homage first to the great Lion at Merlion Park so we took the MRT to City Hall and walked across Raffles Center, down to Beach Road, the Esplanade, and finally to Merlion Park.
Singapore is a very industrialized country, with constructions of high rises still ongoing. At Merlion Park, we could see some new buildings on the final stage of completion.
Looking at the river, we decided to take one of the river tours plying the area of the Merlion Park. For a 30 minute mini cruise at SGD 13, we were able to enjoy the sights of Singapore from the river. There was the Cavanaugh Bridge, the Padang Area, Clark Quay, the majestic buildings of the China Bank and neighboring establishments, the chic and rustry restos side by side, the charming coffee shops, and a sculpture of little boys jumping into the river just in front of the Fullerton Hotel. Taking all these in against a backdrop of the orange sunset, I could not help but be glad that I took that immediate impusle to jump into a plane with Ces.
After all that walking and humidity, we were ready for a heavy dinner. Our Singaporean friends brought us to Punggol Marina Bay and Country Club where we had sumptuous spicy crabs with buns that could be dipped in the sauce, buttered prawns, crab fried rice and some veggies. Everything was good...the best I have tasted ever!
After dinner, we wanted to see Orchard Road at night. Wrong move. Hahaha! We were mistaken for hookers! We were wondering at first wy cars were stopping before us while we were taking pics of each other. Then, farther down, we saw ladies dressed in the same mini skirts and black tops as we were! Hahaha. We took this good naturedly and hurriedly went back to our hotel.