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Where to EAT, STAY and Play in Singapore

Saturday, March 25, 2017

By Anna Magtibay
Featuring my sister Charlene Magtibay (On the Photo)
Singapore is the first place abroad that I have traveled to. It seems like there’s a butterflies on my stomach as I stepped for the first time in Changi International Airport. And I said, “This is it, nothing can stop me now! First stamp on my passport!”. So I’m sharing to you my travel guide on where to eat, stay and play in Singapore. 


How to get there

From Manila you can ordinarily get round-trip tickets between Manila and Singapore for 8,000.00. However, there are promos like piso fare that can drop to just a little over P2,000. You just need patience, luck and speed in order to get one.

 Where to Stay

Accommodation in Singapore is noticeably more expensive than neighboring countries. We’ve check in at Bright Star Hotel which cost P2275/person good for 2 nights. 

What to do



Singapore is consider to be the most expensive city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 Worldwide Cost of Living survey for the third year in a row. However, there are ways to enjoy Singapore without necessarily breaking the bank.

How to get around


The cheapest way to get around to Singapore is to ride MRTs and buses. Public transport in Singapore is quite efficient and safe. Fares depend on distance, so your transportation costs will largely depend on where you want to go. Or you can also walk around the city since sightseeing are pretty close to each other.

Sights

Marina Bay – marvel at the collection of architectural icons that dot the impressive skyline, or brag about having seen some of the best views in the world from Sand SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, designed by no less than the renowned architect Moshe Safdie.


Gardens by the Bay – be amazed on the spectacular views from the Supertree Grove amid lush gardens. Escape from the tropical heat at the cooled conservatories or let the kids splash about at the Children’s Garden.



 Merlion Park – Merlion Statue is Singapore’s most iconic monument located in the mouth of the Singapore River. 


Sentosa Island – home to Universal Studios Singapore, Marine Life Park, 4D Adventure Land, hotels and restaurants. Sentosa is theme park central. Other attractions include Fort Siloso and Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore’s highest viewing tower. Get there by Singapore Cable Car, boardwalk, train or bus. 


Other Attractions:
·         Chinatown
·         Little India
·         Changi Chapel & Museum


Where to Eat

If you’re a foodie lover, then you would love Singapore for it. So here’s what I have research on dishes you should try in Singapore and where to eat them.



Laksa with Kaya Toast and coffee

  1. Laksa – is one of the ultimate demonstrations of the combination of Chinese and Malay flavors and ingredients all in a single bowl. There are many different types of laksa, some that include rich coconut milk, and others that are more water based. When you’re in Singapore you’ll find a number of extremely famous laksa restaurants. Where to find: Sungei Road Laksa.
  2. Kaya Toast – the best to start your day is to have this dish. Kaya, which is a spreadable sweet jam made from coconut cream, sugar and often flavored with pandan leaves, is popularly served on toast combined with an indulgent slab of butter and accompany with a cup of coffee and soft-boiled eggs. Where to find: Chin Mee Chin Confectionary and Ya Kun Kaya Toast.
  3. Rojak – a contrasting combination of both textures and flavors, rojak is the ultimate concoction for throwing your taste buds into a sweet and salty frenzy. Where to find: Toa Payoh Rojak.
  4. Hainanese Chicken Rice – considered to be Singapore’s national dish. Its rice, cooked in chicken fat, chicken stock, pandan leaf as well as ginger and garlic, is aromatic and fluffy. Where to find: Wee Nam Kee and Uncle Chicken Rice.
  5. Char Kway Teow – when it comes to stir fried noodles in Singapore, one of the ultimate local favorites is char kway teow, a dish of flat wide rice noodles, stir fried with egg, a sauce of dark soy sauce, shrimp paste, a bit of chili, and often some Chinese sausage and blood cockles to finish it off. Where to Find: Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee and Hill Street Fried Kway Teow.
  6. Bak Chor Mee – popular among the Chinese community, bak chor mee (or minced pork noodles) are blanched thin egg noodles tossed in oil, black vinegar, a feisty chili paste, and served with minced pork, pork balls, pork dumplings, pork slices, bits of crispy pork lard, and, in some cases, umami-packed pieces of dried sole fish that has been fried to a crispy, golden hue. Where to Find: Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles.
  7. Oyster omelette (Orh Luak) – popular and available throughout much of Asia and Southeast Asia, known in Singapore as orh luak. Where to Find: An Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette
  8. Wanton Mee – unlike the prawns-only wanton (dumpling) popular in Hong Kong, Singapore’s wanton is prepared with a mix of minced pork with prawns and springy egg noodles. Where to Find: Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle, Eng’s Wanton Noodle House
  9. Fish Bee Hoon – another noodle dish that’s commonly found as a Singapore food is fish bee hoon, fish with noodles. The broth is made with fish and fish bones, an assortment of vegetables and light herbs, and although there are some restaurants in Singapore that serve a clear version of fish soup bee hoon, most of the time milk is added to thicken the soup and make it more hearty and flavorsome. Where to Find: Jing Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon
  10. Roti Prata – a Singapore breakfast staple, roti prata, also nicknamed the “Asian croissant,” is a South Indian, flour-based flat bread fried on the griddle with ghee (clarified butter). Where to Find: Mr & Mrs. Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata and Sin Ming Roti Prata. 

Where to Play




  •         Universal Studio
  •      Singapore Flyer
  •     Night Safari
  •     Singapore Zoo


What to prepare for a trip to Singapore?
  • Always keep a copy of your passport on bag.
  • Have confirmed flight tickets back to your home country or an onward destination that you are allowed to enter
  • Valid ID
  • Food in Plane
  • Always be ready if on Philippine immigration you will be ask about your address, just give the name of your Hotel and its address.
  • Immigration in Singapore are not strict but be always ready to give answer like where you will stay. There is a small yellow paper you need to fill up before going to immigration.
  • Always carry a ballpen.
Essential things you must have




Singapore is a brilliant place to experience a budget trip and exciting adventure. And yes, I know I will soon return to.
If you want to know how much budget you’ll be spending with this trip simply write your comment or message me and don’t forget to follow (just click at the side of this article).




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