Travel Diaries : Singapore 2016

My first trip abroad in 2016 is Singapore!

I am so excited to discover the Lion city because it has been a place that has always been on my bucket list, but the timing never worked out to visit.

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Flight time from Incheon International Airport is about 6 hours. Only 3 airlines offered direct flight to Singapore, so the airline of choice is Excellence in Flight, Korean Air.

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Check in and security was a breeze so I had a little time to kill. I need to grab some things from duty free and also continue my tradition of stop by Starbucks as well.

It’s almost midnight and finally arrived at Changi Airport! I’m so excited to be here and I may not be able to sleep tonight.  My friend has graciously opened her home to me for the first night so I’m off to her place now.

Day 1 (Wednesday):  So today is the first full day in Singapore. Today’s agenda is exploring Bugis Street Market , checking into my first hotel and a lovely dinner at Skirt @W Singapore.

What a lovely morning! Let’s begin exploring Bugis Street Market which is a beautiful cobblestoned shopping area filled with cheap clothes, accessories, food and other random stuff.

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Prata and Ginger Tea
Roti Prata and Ginger Tea

My friend (who is a Singapore local) took me to Albert Center, which is a Hawker Stall. There were so many great things to eat, but I decided to try the famous chicken rice and carrot cake (which by the way, is not a cake!)

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Chicken Rice
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Carrot Cake

After exploring Bugis Street Market, it was time for me to check into my hotel Orchard Grand. This is probably the best location I could ask for. It’s smack in the middle of Orchard Road. Surrounding me was Paragon and Takashimaya Shopping Mall.

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Now that I am a bit more settled in, I will take a little rest and get ready for dinner

All ready to head out!

 Skirt @ W Singapore

Skirt at the W Singapore (Sentosa) has the reputation for being the best steak restaurant in SG! So being a HUGE steak lover, I had to check it out. They specialize in dry-aged meat steak which is supposed to have more flavor since it’s kept in an air tight compartment and no blood residue.

Skirt @ W Hotel Sentosa
Skirt @ W Hotel Sentosa

 An evening here offers an array of textures colors, flavors and scents all designed by Chef Andrew Nocente. The W doesn’t need any introduction being one of the top hotels chain owned by Starwood Hotels, the décor was absolutely beautiful with warm and cool colors. It has an open kitchen centerpiece and also parilla grill. Complete with chandeliers, modern leather couches and classy environment which also offered outdoor dining for those who request it.

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Top: Sauces for the steak : Left: Bread : Right: Crab cake
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Left: Garlic Fries : Right: Asparagus
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Left: Wagyu Steak : Right: Pork Chops

It’s quite evident that every dish has been meticulously thought out in terms of taste, presentation and a certain sense of novelty.

Final Thoughts:

The meal here was excellent.The Skirt is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening and I cannot go without acknowledging the staff. The service was excellent. The waiter was knowledge on the menu and wine, they were friendly, courteous, attentive and professional.

Fullerton Hotel
Fullerton Hotel

Day 2 (Thursday):  Orchard Road: The mecca of shopping!

Good morning! For breakfast, I must try the typical Kaya Toast. The most popular place is Ya Kun Kaya Toast.  What is Kaya? Well, it’s a coconut egg jam spread on toast.  Yum Yum!

Kaya Toast
Kaya Toast

Ah~ Orchard Road…. In other words P.A.R.A.D.I.S.E!   Let’s check out my adventures at this premier shopping destination.

This street has so much shopping that I can’t possibly cover in a day, even 2! But I did try my best to hit the major places like ION Orchard, Takashimaya and Paragon.

Let’s take a look~

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ION Orchard

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Starfruit and Jumbu
Starfruit and Jumbu

After all this walking, it was time for lunch. We went to P.S Café on Martin Road. We ordered the eggs benedict (which I didn’t try), tomato soup and also a salad.

P.S Cafe
P.S Cafe

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To be honest, the atmosphere was nice, a casual yet sophisticated ambience, but the food was mediocre. I don’t think I will be back and frankly, don’t recommend it.

I finished up some last minute shopping on Orchard since I check out of this hotel tomorrow.

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Dinner was at the Long Beach for Chili Crab! And wow!! I can’t say enough about this place!  They are known for making black pepper crabs, but I opted for the chili crab.

The food was fantastic! We ordered veggies, chicken and the chilli crab (Sri Lankan crab)

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Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Chilli Crab (Sri Lankan)
Chilli Crab (Sri Lankan)

With a full stomach, we took a walk around Marina Bay to enjoy some local ice tea and explore the Super Tree Cove.

Local way of drinking tea
Local way of drinking tea

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Super Tree Cove
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Helix Bridge

Day 3 (Friday): Marina Bay Sands   Today I will be checking to my second hotel, the infamous Marina Bay Sands!  I packed up most of my things last night and scheduled an aroma therapy massage at Spa Esprit at the Paragon.

At Paragon
At Paragon

After the massage, I checked out of the hotel and into Marina Bay Sands! (I will provide a more detailed review on another blog post)

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After setting in, I had an appointment for afternoon tea with some girlfriends. My Singapore-native friends recommended a darling place called Arteastiq (Also on Orchard Road at the Mandarin Gallery 4th Floor)

Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery
Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery

Arteastiq is a Boutique Tea House with critically acclaimed tea. An incredible and extensive range of beverages which were categorized into Fruit Teas, Ginger Teas, English & Floral Teas, Chinese & Japanese Teas, Dessert Teas, Coffee, Tea Latte and Steam Milk.

I ordered the Lavender Honey Tea….  So Decadent!

Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery
Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery
Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery
Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery
Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery
Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery

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After a few hours of chitchat, it was time for me to see the famous infinity pool~~ this is what I’ve been waiting for.

I wanted to ride the subway at least once, so I took it from Orchard MRT to Bayfront MRT

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Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool ~~ the picture does all the speaking

Infinity Pool at MBS
Infinity Pool at MBS

Located at the 57th floor, this sky park undoubtedly offers the best view in Singapore. (the financial district, Marina Bay and beyond)

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For sure, you were flabbergasted with the great beauty of the infinity pool

In the evening, I was able to meet up with some old childhood friends from Manila. It was so great to see them after all these years!

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Vascos

Day 4  (Saturday): Marina Bay Sands Shoppes and the Botanical Garden

Good morning
Good morning

My last full day in Singapore.

I planned to have am American style brunch at The Shoppes but I have been eating constantly since I have been here so I just got a yogurt and coffee with people watching.

Breakfast for one was at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Beanstro. It offers a wide variety of mains, desserts and drinks, and if you get a seating outside, you can enjoy the view of the man-made river at the MBS Shoppes.

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Lunch was at the Botanical gardens at a restaurant called Halia. (which means ‘Ginger’ ) Housed in the ginger garden it has an exceptional scenery with a garden breeze and singing birds.

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There is both indoor and outdoor seating with glass windows to enjoy the view

 Restaurant and garden in one!

Avocado and Tomato on Sourdough bread
Avocado and Tomato on Sourdough bread
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Halia’s Singapore style chilli crab spagetti

I definitely, hands down recommend this place!

Stroll around the botanical gardens
Stroll around the botanical gardens
Stroll around the botanical gardens
Stroll around the botanical gardens

That concludes my Singapore trip… thank you Singapore for such awesome memories….

Cheers and til we meet again

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