Exploring Singapore

Excited to have this trip with my son, I went home to the Philippines March 4, 2016. Everything has been planned out.

I’ve spoken to several travel agencies to get the best deal for 3 people a couple of months before this trip. Some has given me more than 20k each, some 18k, and finally I found PVTravel and Tours who gave us 16,888 PHP for adult and 13,888 PHP for child. I booked the trip while I was still here in Dubai and deposited the money through their bank.

Finally, the day has come. March 11, 2016, we departed from Manila flying to Singapore.

I always looked at accuweather to make sure I’ll be prepared if it’s going to rain or something. Because the last time I went to Hongkong with my son, it rained pretty hard and we weren’t able to watch the fireworks at Disneyland because of it.

So yeah… It said it was gonna rain AGAIN. :/ so we all decided to bring some raincoats for the trip.

To my surprise, it’s kinda warm when we arrived. We got to the hotel around noon so we had time to walk around the city and took trains to go tour around on our own.

I always wanted to see the Marina Bay Sands since I’ve seen in on Travel Channel. So I convinced my sister and my son to see it.

So we go asked around on how to get there. Took some walk, connecting trains, and here we are.

Marina Bay Sands is a premier entertainment destination with its vibrant diversity of attractions and facilities. The vision was to build an integrated development that is timeless, a landmark that possesses a distinct identity which distinguishes Singapore from other cities.

Located along the Marina Bay waterfront, Marina Bay Sands features three cascading hotel towers topped by an extraordinary sky park, ‘floating’ crystal pavilions, a lotus-inspired Museum, retail stores featuring cutting-edge labels and international luxury brands, trendy Celebrity Chef restaurants, endless entertainment at the theatres, the hottest night clubs and a Las Vegas-style casino. Business visitors will also enjoy the extensive Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) facilities featuring state-of-the-art technology, highly flexible exhibition halls, and a convention centre that can host over 45,000 delegates.

Marina Bay Sands seamlessly combines business and leisure into a singular destination unlike any other.
Read more here.

From here, you can actually see the Gardens by the Bay, so of course, we went to see it.

But before you reach the spot, you gonna see this bridge which I actually have no idea where it leads to. Haha. I just took a picture because I thought it looked cool. lol

Walk a little more, and you’ll see the Singapore Flyer.

A little more walk and when you look to your right…. you’ll see this amazing Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares (130 acres).

Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

First announced by the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the National Day Rally in 2005, Gardens by the Bay was intended to be Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

In 2006, an international competition for the design of the park was held, attracting more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries. Two British firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter[3] – were awarded the contracts for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

Alongside the lead designers Grant Associates, the design team for Bay South included WilkinsonEyre, Atelier Ten (environmental design consultants) and Atelier One (structural engineers). They were supported by a number of Singapore firms including CPG Consultants (architecture, civil and structural, mechanical and electrical), Meinhardt Infrastructure (civil and structural), Langdon & Seah (cost consultants) and PMLink (project management).

The park is quite popular, with 6.4 million visitors in 2014, and it had its 20 millionth visitor in November 2015.

The next morning, our service arrived to pick us up to take us to Universal Studios. Of course my son was so excited.

But like a little kid, I think I got more excited than my son when I saw this globe with the Universal Studios sign on it. Haha

We finally went in. It’s like you’re walking into a movie set of some sort.. Yeah well.. it’s the Universal Studios.. ^_^

Look at this little kiddo! Hehe

The Mummy area was really cool. They have this Ancient Egypt feel to it with this huge temple-like structures and statues. They also have these characters posing for photos so we fell in line and got ourselves one. ^_^

I’d say that the best ride I’ve had so far is the Transformers: The Ride. Well, we didn’t really know what the ride was gonna be because you really can’t see it just by looking by the entrance. You won’t really know until you actually get on it. It was a bit scary, I’d say. Being with my son who has a big fear of high and fast-moving rides. So all the moment we were in line, I was so worried if my son will actually be able to take it. Lol.

As you go further and further into the maze, you’ll hear some robotic voices talking. There was even one that told us… “Goodbye, recruits.” then the other one told her, “I really think you mean… Goodluck!”

So I was like…. Okay… What did we get ourselves into? Hahahaha. Looked at my son, and I could see the fear in his eyes. Got scared too, actually. Lol

Then, we heard the voice of Optimus Prime:

“Extraction team, this is Optimus Prime. My Autobots are taking the battle stations in NEST and the surrounding area. We’ll provide you with all the cover we can. But the future of both species will be decided with what happens with you. Protect Allspark, protect each other. Goodluck, Prime out.”

Looked around and realized that we may not really be able to leave as we already walked through a long maze and I don’t think we’ll be allowed to anyway. So I told my son not to worry and that I’ll just hold him really tight (even though I have no idea what was going to happen). Lol.

Look at the maze we had to go through. It’s like a robotics lab of some sort. Lol.

Then we’re next in line. There’s this little car parked infront of us, and we got to sit in front. The moment it started moving, we realized it wasn’t really that bad at all. It was great, actually! Probably one of the best so far. It was just a 4D ride after-all. Damn that voice of Optimus tried to scare us, haha!

The scene was like the Autobots are trying to save us from the Decepticons. The car was really shaking and spinning around like we are really in the battle field with these robots. You can feel the heat of the explosions, the wind, and even some water splashing. Really amazing!

When we got out, I immediately saw Optimus Prime posing for the camera and pulled my son, and run towards him. Haha. I’d say I got more excited seeing him for my son.

Now for one disappointing part of this trip, the WATERWORLD attraction. This was actually the one that I was so looking forward to see as I’ve seen the movie when I was a little kid. But to my surprise, the attraction was under construction. Bit of a consolation that the characters were outside for photos so I just had to get one.

I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Jurassic Park! So when I saw the theme park, I got super excited. First, ofcourse, we took a picture by the entrance. It’s such an icon that it just had to be done! lol.

Then we all went in. There was this really cool ride called the “Rapids” where you have to get in a raft. It goes around the attraction with lots of scary moving dinosaurs then it will take to a dark closed up space where you wont be able to see anything until a spot light goes into an area where there are some hidden dinos and will try to attack you and stuff. The raft will then be pushed to the corner and then the front door will open letting the raft fall a couple feet down that the water will splash all over you. So I guess bringing raincoats wasn’t really a bad idea after all. We actually put them on before getting on to this ride. Everybody did it anyway, so you won’t feel weird at all. If you don’t have one, there’s actually an area where you can buy one for 5 HKD.

On our way out, we actually saw Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe walking around so we just had to take a photo with them. ^_^

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