Posts Tagged ‘Bucket List’

After that tiring shopping spree at Bugis Street, we headed for another adventure at the Singapore Night Safari. To get there, one has to take a bus that traverses the same route going to Singapore Zoo.

There is this statue near the entrance and we just had to take a picture with it.

After buying your tickets, head to the Tram Station to board the little tram that would take you around the whole jungle.

I do not have pictures of the Safari ride because flash photography is highly prohibited; the flash could startle the nocturnal animals around so you’ll just have to take my word for it – IT WAS AMAZING! I say it was the perfect way to end that tiring day as all we needed to do was sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of the jungle at night.

At the onset, I was skeptical if the animals were really alive and not just some real-animal-looking-mechanical-things. Upon closer look, they ARE real! They move around silently, minding their own business. Because the animals are free to roam around, not seeing them in their designated area was not a cause for panic. As the guide said, you have to keep your eyes peeled as you never know where the animals are. It’s amazing how the animals are so tamed! I kept wondering if an animal has ever gotten astray and had a fight with the other more territorial animals. LOL.

After the safari ride, we were just in time for a live animal show. They trained these nocturnal animals to do cute tricks for the audience. At one point, the host announced that one of their pets have gone missing and that we all had to check under our seats if it was there. Then they asked one certain person to stand from his seat because they think the pet could be under his chair. And indeed, it was there! It was a huuuuuuge python which needed to be carried by 5 assistants! WTF right?

Anyway, we headed for dinner after the show. There were a good number of restaurants near the entrance but we chose to eat at Bongo Burgers. We had some deeeee-leee-cious pasta and chicken. Omnomnom!


They served their drinks in these cute little jars. So cool! Their plates also had interesting animal patterns.



Ate Diane noted that it’s the best chicken she’s ever had in Singapore, so far. Pretty dope, huh?

The next day, we went back the same route to visit Singapore Zoo.

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Our original plan for our 3rd day at Singapore was be at Singapore Zoo all day and jump to the Night Safari at… well night. LOL. But it rained on us so we had to change our plans. Good thing we were with Ami and Ate Diane (another one of our friends who’s now also working in SG) so it was not that hard for us to come up with Plan B. They suggested we could do some shopping at Bugis Street, so Bugis it is!

But first, breakfast was in order. We met Ate Diane at McDix and devoured their breakfast deliciousness. Strangely, I have no photos of the food we ordered. Maybe a picture of those two beautiful ladies, then?

After breakfast, we needed to print some stuff out so we dropped by Ate Diane’s office which had an awesome porch view.

Then off we went to Bugis Street. Bugis is like a trendier and waaaay bigger version of our very own Greenhills Shopping Center. Well, that is if Greenhills had their fair share of Sex Shops.

There was a huge stall selling fresh fruit shakes and Ate Diane got us one each. I had the Honey Plum and it was delicious!

Then we bought chocolate pasalubongsss from this shop which albeit being small, offered a wide array of choclits and other delicacies to choose from. This is where I bought my pack of nori strips which took me forever to finish. Heh.

Later, we got sucked into the shopping frenzy and our cameras got shoved down our bags. There were just so much things to buy! LOL. They come pretty cheap, too! Only downside was the store owners were pretty stingy when it comes to trying on their clothes so you just have to cross your fingers and hope that what you buy fits you. Me, I got crazy at an earring store. THOSE you could try on.

Before we knew it, it was already lunch time so our shopping spree was cut short. To be honest, it was kinda bitin but my wallet approves of the pause in spending. Heh.

We had lunch at a nearby mall. It was also a good way to give our already tired feet their much needed break. Everything we had for lunch was delish especially their rice with nori bits on it.


The two SG working ladies had to run some errands so Nero and I were left to shop some more. We bought the tourist-y I ❤ SG shirts at Giordano and I also got a replacement for my battered trainers. We convened with the others after because we were headed next to the Night Safari!

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When lunchtime came around, the nearest food establishment we could find only served some Meditteranean food – most of which we could not identify. Everything tasted as confusing as their names did so we were not such happy campers.

Huh? What's this junk?

We gave up on the grub and went on exploring. Wasted 30 minutes of our lives falling in line for the Treasure Hunters ride which really was meant for kids. 30 minutes we will never get back.

On to more exciting things, we got to Waterworld just in time for a live show. Real explosions, jet skis and boats flying from everywhere and actors drenching the audience. What a treat!


Then we walked to Jurassic Park and took pictures with some huge-ass dinosaur statues. Then we went aboard another kiddie ride, the Dinosaurin. LOL. Such wusses, we are.

Far Far Away Land was just around the corner. The mood immediately shifted altogether. Suddenly it was all castles, knights and other princess-y stuff. We were able to see a Shrek show in 3D and it was A-MA-ZING! There was this certain scene where Shrek was attacked by a dozen spiders. The theater was filled by the audience’s shrieks as wisps of air were blown onto us and made it feel like there were real spiders crawling up our legs. Amazeballs!

After the show, we stopped by a souvenir shop and oggled at the overpriced stuffed toys. If not for the steep price, I’m sure I would have brought home lots of stuff from there. Huhu, me and my cheapskate ass. But we Nero and I each bought a water container shaped as volumetric flasks (defo Wikipedia-d that one).

Then we rode a mini roller coaster, watched a Donkey show, took pictures with Puss in Boots and Po from Kung-Fu Panda. Woohoo! But my camera’s already dead by that time and we only have the pics in our phones. Heh.

It was a long day spent in USS. Pretty tiring, too! We were supposed to watch Songs of the Sea but tickets were already sold out. So Ami, our amazing host, took us to a very scrumptious dinner instead. Now THAT is a perfect way to end the day.

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I am a happy person, most of the time. But there are days when the saddies attack and we can’t help ourselves from succumbing to the blues.

Creating a list of things that make us happy is one way to motivate us when we are feeling down. It’s one good trick to make us appreciate the small things in life and to remind us that we can always retreat back to our happy place whenever we need to.
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TRAVELLING

As a kid, I was not much of an explorer. I was content with my good ol’ little town; with its fair share of beaches, falls and historical spots. I never even dreamed of venturing out of Luzon, much more out of the country.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos Ilocos Norte


Paoay Church, Paoay Ilocos Norte

Everything changed when I started working. It’s like a switch suddenly came on and I became a wanderlust. Maybe it’s the thought that I would be using my own (must I mention hard-earned) money instead of my parents’. Maybe I just wanted to reward myself for finishing school with a trip somewhere far, or at least farther than the farthest I have ever gone. Or maybe the tales of some officemate’s latest exploits poked at my curiosity. Or maybe it’s a mixture of all these factors.

UPV Summer Outing, Laiya Batangas


Parasailing at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Whatever it was, it completely changed the way I look at the world and life in general. Those places whose names I can’t even pronounce became places I needed to explore someday. Those cultures that were once too bizarre to imagine no longer freaked me out; instead, they poked at my curiosity. The unfamiliar no longer scared me; instead, it made me want to know more.

Camping with 25C girls at Nagsasa, Zambales


Ligpo Island, Batangas

Nothing compares to the pleasure a getaway brings. When I travel, I temporarily forget about the things that are not going right in my life. It’s also a good way for me to clear my head and think straight. And when I’m not travelling, I usually catch myself daydreaming of the next place I would visit. The desire to travel just won’t stop. I don’t think I will ever get tired of travelling; whether to discover new places or revisit old and familiar ones.

Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau


Universal Studios, Singapore

What about you? Do you like to travel? What’s your favourite among all the places you’ve ever been to?

After our very filling authentic Singaporean dinner, we went under food comma and immediately succumbed to sleep right after cleaning up.

The (official) first day of our Singapore trip was reserved for Universal Studios. Armed with maps and instructions from our friends working in SG, we trotted our excited bums off to USS.

USS facade is one hell of an eye candy, literally and figuratively.




Just a few more steps and we saw the world famous “Universal” globe a-spinning, complete with usok for special effects. LOL.

We got there pretty early so getting in was no fuss. We had zero idea on how to go around the park though so we did a quick trip to the Guest Services building to pick up some maps and program guides. We saw that a show was about to start on a nearby building so we ran to catch the “Monster Rock – Live Rock Musical”. We got lucky and caught one of the street performances where 3 scantily clad waitresses were singing and dancing to some 70’s songs.


Then we checked out Steven Spielberg’s Lights Camera Action where they do a reenaction of a superstorm scene in one of his movies. I was (un)lucky enough to be standing at the front rows so when one of the hanging boats dropped to the waters after an explosion, I was splashed. I walked around with the left side of my upper body obviously wet. We also saw Manilyn Monroe but we didn’t wanna line up for a photo op so I just snapped a shot of her with one of them tourists.



We walked around some more and took pictures of rides we were too chicken to try. Battlestar Galactica both Human and Android(?) versions were too scary for me. I look up and it’s all twists and turns. All those screams from up there did not help either. So we just took pictures near the entrance and pretended to have tried it already. LOL.

Moving on, we entered the Egypt part of USS. Humungous stone carvings were everywhere. There was also an indoor rollercoaster but we declared we were too hungry to enjoy it and passed up on that too (read: chicken bokbokbok!).



But seriously, we were really hungry already so we grabbed some grub from a nearby cafe…

P.S.:
I’m cutting my USS entries into parts because I want to show you everything! LOL.

After our airport disaster, our fates started to turn for the better. We landed at Singapore safely and unlike in Cebu, zoomed past immigration pretty easily. No unnecessarily idiotic questioning. Claimed our luggage, bought Singaporean moniezzz and took a cab to Ami’s place. Ami used to work with us at Globe and was super kind to adopt us during our entire trip.

After settling down, we walked to a nearby restaurant which was greatly recommended by Ami. Side note: I love the fact how the pedestrians are the real “kings of the roads” in Singapore. You need not wait for the streets to be devoid of cars before crossing. One can cross the road without slowing down their stride and without fears of getting hit by a car because the drivers yield to the pedestrians. Such an orderly city!

Anyway, on to dinner…

We let Ami order for us because she frequents the restaurant so she has the most reliable food choices among us three. Besides, the owners did not present us with a menu.

Our feast for the night: deep fried baby squid, baby kailan in garlic sauce, man tao, and the star of the night, king crab.

Perfectly deep fried baby squid, slathered with sweet sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds, set on a bed of cabbage. Those baby squid were almost too cute to eat. ALMOST, ok. Our growling stomachs won, though. ^__^

Kailan is like kang-kong, only more high-end and tastes better too. I think these kailan were steamed then tossed with garlic sauce.

Man tao is a chinese white bun traditionally paired with chili crabs. These were perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Plus they were so light on the stomach so it’s ok to eat them even if you’re also eating rice.

You should not visit and live in Singapore without trying the famous Chili King Crab. I’m a sucker for seafood so I really liked this dish. Ami taught us the trick of eating it with man tao – dip the man tao in the chili sauce and let the bread soak it all up. Nomnomnom!


All those goodness were downed with fresh lime (my and Ami’s choice) and wintermelon tea (Nero’s). Funny though, Nero’s drink tasted like my childhood favorite palamig sa kanto. LOL.

It was a very nice way to end the day and officially start our Singapore tour. Thank you Ami for the lovely dinner! ^__^

I still haven’t finished blogging about the Hong Kong leg of my Macau-HK trip and yet here I am now, talking about an entirely different trip altogether. But whatever, this is my blog so indulge me. My blog, my rules… or something like that.

Some months ago, Neri and I was able to score a considerably cheap flight to Singapore, thanks to airline promos left and right. However as promos have it, seats are being bought by the second and by the time we have agreed on the trip details, direct flights to Singapore were already sold out. An alternative was to go via connecting flight to Cebu. Being the cheapskates that we are, we still pushed through thinking that such an opportunity is too good to pass up on.

Zoom forward to our departure date. I woke up early to finish packing – MASTER CRAMMER, holler! Skipped breakfast and rushed to the airport ro catch our early flight. Checked our bags in, plopped ourselves down at the departure area and then BOWM! Voice over announces a 5-hour delay of our flight to Cebu. This meant that we would not have the luxury of time to dilly-dally around Cebu’s airport. I chose to just let the inefficiency pass because I really can’t do anything about it. To save myself from boredom, I took out my nail polish (yes I came prepared!) and painted my nails. Then I started on Something Borrowed (which I finished during the whole SG trip).

Pakonsuwelo de bobo for the 5-hr delay

Surprisingly, those five hours wasted went by fast. Fina-fucking-ly, our place arrived and we were off to Cebu. Everything was smooth sailing during the short trip. Besides, how could I complain when I am being afforded with this view?

Then we landed at Cebu airport. That’s when the real nightmare started. I could go on and on about how much of a disaster it was but to cut to the chase, long story short: Neri and I were the last two passengers to board the plane. Our names were being announced all over the terminal every other minute. We were sweating like pigs, running around like headless chickens because Cebu airport’s immigration area is one hell of a mess.

To add insult to injury, the immigration officers decided to power trip on us and hold us for questioning. They kept asking me stupid questions like:
* I’m from Ilocos Norte and why was I in Cebu catching a flight to Singapore? (wtf?!?)
* How did Neri and I meet? Why are we housemates?

They asked more senseless questions until it got to the point where I was already shouting back and about to go ballistic on them. Then when Neri and I pulled out our IDs for them to see, they instantly softened up and let us through. Seriously WTF right? My theory is that they might have suspected us to be potential TNTs. IDEK.

So yeah, we finally got through immigration and the final security check. Then we were ushered by an Airphilexpress ground personnel to our plane. Getting to our seat was like a walk of shame. I kept my head down while scampering to our seat. Needless to say, all eyes were on us. Thanks Airphilexpress, you fucking suck!

Thankfully, the plague ended there. We got to Singapore safely and had a very delish dinner with Ami (which I’ll talk about in my next post). I still hate Airphilexpress. Hate them. A lot.