Countdown to Singapore

The beautiful garden landscape in Changi Airport

Our countdown to Singapore had finally started. It’s exactly 46 days to go before we move in to Singapore and we’ve already started our planning a couple of weeks ago. Legal papers are in the works and preparations for the December visit have likewise commenced. Before we finally settle on January, we decided to have a short visit of the country to have a glimpse of what the Lion City has to offer for us. Air tickets and hotel reservations have been purchased and made respectively. For this trip, my preference still went to Singapore Airlines (SIA) for a couple of reasons - more spacious aircraft, more comfortable ambiance, better service and good food. Also, the price is not significantly higher compared to other carriers (PAL). For the hotel, I opted for Traders Hotel further down Orchard Road. It’s relatively far from the most busy part of the bustling Orchard Road so we can still enjoy some peace anytime we want but still accessible to some key streets and establishments. The room rate is also not too expensive and service is fairly rated.

I’ve been in the garden city a couple of times. In a way, I’ve already made myself familiar with the bits and pieces it can provide to its wandering tourists. Yet, I am still equally excited as the first time, simply because we are vacationing as a family. For the same reason, my itinerary plan zeroed in on family attractions and sights to indulge in. I’ve searched the web inside out as well as other books and maps to be able to come up with a Singapore experience that will guarantee a quick yet thrilling taste of this vibrant city. So these were how our 4 day activities were mapped out.

Day 1:
Duck Tours
River Cruise
Singapore Flyer
Night Safari

Day 2:
Sentosa Day
Night Shopping

Day 3:
Singapore Zoo
Jurong Bird Park & Botanical Garden

Day 4:

Orchard Shopping

Other things to consider when touring Singapore: EZ Link pass (for more convenient and cheaper transportation cost), Singapore Phone Card (to stay connected at a cheaper price than having a roaming service with humungous charges).

I will share on my next post our adventure in the kids’ luggage hunting.


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