The morning of our third day in Singapore was for our city tour. We woke up pretty early since they informed us that they’ll be picking us up at 8:15AM. Unfortunately, due to some miscommunication between the travel agency in SG and PH, they got the wrong address and after a few discussions with the hotel receptionist and travel agent the shuttle arrived at a little before 9AM. Without doubt we’re almost late for the tour.
Anyway, the tour started at around 9:30AM. I don’t know if it’s the norm but our tour guide was a very grumpy middle-aged woman. Not only that, she’s a bit lifeless for a tour guide.
First stop is the Merlion Park in-front of Fullerton Hotel:
As can be seen in the photos, the bigger Merlion has been transformed into a 1-room hotel as part of Singapore Biennale 2011. The Merlion Hotel will be open to booking for overnight stay from March 9 until May 15, 2011.
Then we were off to Thian Hock Keng Temple:
I’m honestly not a big fan of temples (or churches) so after taking a few photos we headed back to the bus right away.
Next in the itinerary is a drive around the city district of Singapore. Then we were off to Chinatown to watch craftsmen at work at a Local Handicraft Centre. Here are a few pictures I took of their products:
We then traveled to Singapore Botanic Gardens to visit the National Orchid Garden:
Last stop is in Little India where we opted to be left behind to continue exploring the city on our own. We had lunch at an Indian food center near Mustafa:
I never really liked spicy food that much but it was a truly memorable experience eating Indian food. It’s really different from the ones we get from our local Indian restaurants. Ours is a lot milder compared to theirs. What’s mild to them is already burning hot for me.
We went into Mustafa but left right away. It felt like I was inside Plazafair so the place didn’t have that much of an appeal for me.
We then went to the nearest MRT to go to ION Orchard mall. Here are photos taken inside the MRT/LRT station:
These interesting looking ladies are there to remind us to give way to alighting passengers and to queue before boarding the train:
And here are photos taken inside ION Orchard…
The ION Orchard logo/sign:
Evian print ads while riding the elevator:
I was really fascinated with the entrance to the Ladie’s CR:
Before leaving ION Orchard, boyfie bought 2 pairs of jeans (buy 1 take 1 promo) @ SGD79:
After about 1hr we decided to leave for Chainatown. Another MRT/LRT ride was in order then we got off at Chinatown Station. I’m thinking it’s quite impossible to get lost in Singapore (despite the multiple MRL/LRT lines) cause they have really helpful directional signs everywhere (they’re even letter coded). Here’s one pointing the way to Smith Street in Chinatown:
We started our Chinatown adventure from Smith Street (dubbed as Chinatown Food Street) all the way back to the Chinatown Station:
Chinatown is a bargain heaven for those wanting to buy sulit pasalubong. I got my 6 for SGD2 keychains here. We also bought Singapore graphic t-shirts (Singapore is a Fine City, I had a Fine-ed time in Singapore, etc.) at less than SGD15. A bit pricey yes, but the material was good. Another stall even sells t-shirts at 3 for SGD10 but these are made of thinner cotton than the SGD15 ones. After more than 2hrs of walking around buying pasalubong for friends and relatives, we sat at the food center and I ordered something that looks like mais-con-yelo with a cherry on top:
Next on our itinerary is the Funan DigitaLife Mall. We passed by Clarke Qauy area and took some picture:
Here are photos inside the Funan DigitaLife Mall:
It looks a lot like our own Glorietta malls, specially when they have the BPI Madness Sale. I wasn’t really planning on buying anything so I just walked around with boyfie who was looking for a USB thumb drive for his officemate.
I once again took pictures of the Ladies CR:
I’m so envious cause it looks so clean!
We planned on walking around Bugis area but unfortunately we had to cut our tour short cause we’re meeting some friends of my mom who was treating us for dinner. We ate at No Signboard Restaurant and ordered the following: mixed seafood for appetizer (sorry forgot the name on the menu), Fried Chicken, Broccoli and Mushrooms, Cereal Prawns, Steamed Fish, and (of course) Singaporean Chili Crabs. Here are photos of our dinner:
What I noticed about their SG Chili Crabs and the ones we have here in our seaside restos is they way they serve the sauce. While most chili crabs here have little to no sauce at all, the chili crabs in SG are practically swimming in them. It was so heavenly specially when you dip the sweet buns in the sauce. The chili crabs and the sweet buns are a meal on their own! I love-love-love crabs!
By 10PM we were done with dinner. Stomachs all full to bursting but I was one happy eater. 🙂
End of day 3 and of our tours in SG. The last day was spent relaxing in our hotel rooms prior to checking out.
Note: Please excuse my photos, these were taken using my phone’s camera only.