te Where I Walk Tall: Singapore Memories Without the Merlion

Singapore Memories Without the Merlion

How does it feel like traveling to a new country without a camera? I would tell you.

When the the first man in the moon  traveled and landed in a foreign surface, he brought a camera. I brought mine when I traveled 3 hours from Manila to Singapore, only to find a white surface in my camera LCD that was telling me it was signing off.


I didn't let it blind me. I let myself be blinded with the new views, sights and sounds of Singapore while I filled my lungs with fresh air - a rarity in Manila.



View from our hotel


Right-hand Drive Cars

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For two days, I just let my eyes marvel at the new sights and new culture. My brain did a few snap shots. I had my Nokia 6680 to capture some fun stuff; but I bet that my third eye can see more clearly than my phone camera (okay, I don't have a third eye) ;)

It was on our third day when my brother finally took us to SunTec City where a gadgets fair was held. I got a Sony Camera which costs Php 4,000 less than the market price in Manila. They are not kidding when they say that Singapore is the best place to buy electronics and gadgets. I got an international warranty and Goods Tax Refund that I got before our departure.

Now, here are the travel photos:

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Our hotel is near Bugis and Arab Street

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A view from the top

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The squat bowl in public restrooms was quite a shock for me and my mom, 
but we cannot live without a "tabo" which we got in a Home Store in Bugis

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We didn't have an itinerary when we decided to fly to Singapore - which worked best for my mom who enjoyed her time in the hotel room. Was I more excited with the thought of having my first immigration stamp and a picture taken outside my home country? Caring less if it was taken in a subway, or in the middle of a busy street. 

The streets of Singapore works in synch with the rules of the government. Cars follow the traffic lights, and people follow the rules. There is mix of different races crossing the streets and taking subways and we walked with them. We followed the rules like a responsible citizen - a responsible tourist. I thought, are they following the rules because most of them are not citizens of the country? Are we following the rules because we are tourists? Is it always the citizen who breaks the rule?

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Down the subway station, I experienced how convenient it is to move to different places around Singapore - which is relatively a small country - smaller than Metro Manila. There were only signs and signals that guided me and my mom around the city. It was a blissful tour that involved a lot of walking.


Picture of the Old Singapore displayed in the subway station

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Hylam Street reminds me of Eastwood City

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The Bugis Street where you can find affordable gifts and souvenirs

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 I was like a walking stick back then..

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During our travel, the Universal Studios was still under construction, and we only get to see a few of the tourist spots (Singapore Zoo, yes without a decent camera). 

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Fullerton Hotel is flaming with lights

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Continental Breakfast in the hotel
I can eat those sausage and bacon everyday!

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Not much of digestive adjustment is needed when going to Singapore. There was always the hotel breakfast to save us that trip. We didn't get to eat in the famous hawkers as we thought it was safer to eat in the restaurant or hotel. I got to try this Wall's Ice Cream which is everywhere Orchard Road. A SGD 2-worth treat! Can I just tell say that I got overwhelmed with how big and how many malls there are in Orchard?! 

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Our short travel made me realized a lot of things. First is, only pack the essentials so you have room for gifts and shopping (guess, I have never learned!). Second, I have the power and means to go and see places. At that time, I didn't realize that seeing another country would come that early - well, I am no kid of a diplomat or sultan of a tribe that would entitle me to go places. But if you have strong will to do what you want to do, you will find ways to do it. From that year, I promised myself to visit one country each year - and here I am telling you stories, starting with my first international travel. 

If there is one important thing that I have learned in my first travel, it is to not convert the destination currency into local currency when deciding to buy or try things. We always did the math when we were in Singapore, and that somehow prevented us from trying or buying the things that we wanted to buy. You can be reasonable when spending, but never be too reserved. 

I told myself that once I visited a place, there is no reason to come back - so I try anything, eat everything and leave nothing. Maybe, just maybe, I need to go back to Singapore - to visit Universal Studio, see Sentosa and have a pic with the Merlion. I guess, I am one of the few tourists who never had a picture with the Merlion ;)


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Travel Date: March 2009
Destination: Singapore


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