I had the opportunity to work in Singapore (SG) during the first two months of 2010 (tagal na noh, bago nakapag-post! haha!). It’s a good opportunity to have met and interacted with people of differing culture and attitude towards work. It’s a bit challenging though (and nosebleeding for the most part of my stay in SG hehe) as the locals have a different accent that I had a hard time understanding what they were trying to say…but at least, most of them speak and understand English! :D…
Owyeh! My first travel outside of the PH… And yes, I traveled alone! It’s like traveling from Manila to my hometown Zamboanga, except that I had to present my passport, working permit, and get through the immigration. Overall first-time-to-travel-abroad experience was all good–didn’t get lost in the airport, safely found my way to my apartment near Novena.
During my stay in SG, I was lucky enough that I never got to work on weekends (unlike in our Ph Office)! hehehe! so my weekends were all reserved for gala moments–going around the City and kapit-bansa! :D
Below were my weekend escapades in SG:
WEEKEND 1_Jan. 17, 2010 – ORCHARD ROAD
First part of SG that I went on my first Weekend was Orchard Road—ah the famous shopping place in SG! Walking alone on my first day hehe! Actually, hinatid naman ako nung housemate ko sa Orchard, but he had to leave, kase maggi-gym pa daw sya (vain lang?! hehe), and so I had to figure out how to go home alone via MRT. I remembered visiting Lucky Plaza, the famous Pinoy Mall along Orchard Road—and i felt like walking inside San Juan’s Greenhills Shopping Mall! haha! Andaming nagta-Tagalog! hehe!
WEEKEND 2_Jan. 23, 2010 – ONE FULLERTON, RAFFLES PLACE, CLARKE QUAY
Started the weekend by going solo at the back of The Fullerton Hotel—had to go alone because my housemates had to go to the Ministry of Manpower first for some employment matters. Walked around the place for almost 2 hours hehe until they’re done, and we all met at Merlion Park. Took several photos with Singapore’s symbolic representation–the Merlion. :)
Then met with some friends of one of my housemates, who treated us out for lunch. The new-found friends, Jan and Paul, toured us around SG once more. Medyo magkakalapit lang ang mga pinuntahang mall, kaya palakad-lakad lang kame. :) Got familiar with the MRT & LRT system during this weekend! :)
WEEKEND 3_Jan. 30, 2010 – MARINA BARRAGE AND SINGAPORE NATIONAL MUSEUM
Got up early for a trip to Marina Barrage. MRT muna, then waited for the bus going to this place. Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city. It is part of a comprehensive flood control scheme to alleviate flooding in the low-lying areas in the city such as Chinatown, Boat Quay, Jalan Besar and Geylang.
After lunch, we decided to go to Singapore National Museum (geek-mode on?) hehe artist-mode on! :) There’s quite a lot to see inside the museum–so far, better than the museums that I’ve seen in the PH hehe!
WEEKEND 4_Feb. 6, 2010 – SENTOSA ISLAND
Sentosa is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some five million people a year. Attractions include a 2 km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore.
Separate post for this! :)) Soon!
For more info about the place, visit http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/
WEEKEND 5_Feb. 13, 2010 – CHINA TOWN AND SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Feb. 14-16, 2010 – SINGAPORE-MALAYSIA-THAILAND TRIP!!! :)))
Long weekend!!! Chinese New Year!!! Visited China Town with my roommate…Curious lang kame kung anung meron sa place na un hehe! Then went to Singapore Art Museum, but unfortunately, sarado that day. So we just took some photos outside of the museum :) then went home.
I was still undecided about the Singapore-Malaysia-Thailand Trip until late afternoon that day! ehehe! Stayed home that night to do my laundry and pack my clothes for the trip, while the others went to China Town to witness the Chinese New Year Countdown.
The not-so-prepared country-hopping! haha! Full story in a separate post –soon! :))
WEEKEND 6_Feb. 20, 2010 – SNOW CITY AND SCIENCE CENTRE
Experienced snow in sunny Singapore! hehe! :D Snow City is the first permanent indoor snow centre in Singapore. We (with my roommate again hehe!) tried snowboarding hehe! No pictures though–we were not allowed to bring our cam inside the area. :( I was hesitant at first, scared as usual! haha! But I eventually got over that fear and enjoyed the activity! :D
We were secretly taking shots outside of the snowboarding area—hehehe most of the pics were blurry! My ordinary digicam couldn’t stand the area’s low temperature! :D More info on http://www.snowcity.com.sg/.
After Snow City, we visited the nearby Science Centre where you can see interactive exhibits and science galleries. The Centre’s many interactive exhibits, housed in 14 galleries, cover a wide range of topics related to science, technology and mathematics and take up a total of about 20,000m2 of indoor and outdoor space. Visit www.science.edu.sg/ for more info.
WEEKEND 7_Feb. 27-28, 2010 – MALL-HOPPING and BUYING PASALUBONG
Supposed to be visiting the Botanical Garden…Pero tinamad akong sumama sa roommate ko. We went canvassing (for the last time) for an SLR..and bought myself one :) sawakas! The following day, we went to buy pasalubong for Pinas, as we only got a week in SG.
WEEK 7_Mar. 1-5, 2010 – PHOTO-OPS WITH MY NEW CAM! :)
I was slack during my last week in SG, so I got the chance to take some photos after office hours. :) Went on solo to try my new cam haha! Eksayted lang?! I just didn’t want to let the chance of getting shots of SG’s cityscape pass me by. :D
WEEKEND 8_Mar. 6, 2010 – SHOPPING, BONDING AND SWIMMING!!!
Had dinner with former clustermates who are already working in SG. Then went to visit our new-found friends Jan and Paul at their house to have some tequila and a little chitchat while watching teleseryes over TFC hehe! Then when we got home, we decided to have a late-night/early-morning (2am-3am!!) swim at our condotel’s pool! First time to use the pool actually! haha! And we used my roommate’s new underwater cam! Nabinyagan! :D
So that’s how I spent my weekends in Singapore! All good! No work! :D
I’ll be posting soon my second visit in Singapore, November of the same year—sidetrip during my Malaysia (Melaka) training. Went to visit Universal Studios, bukas na kase at that time! :D
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