All of these times Singapore has only been a transit spot for me, meaning I (or we) would fly there, stay at the airport then hopped into another flight out so I never really get a chance to explore the city before.
We left Jakarta with the first flight out at 7AM that meant we left to the airport at 4AM. That’s one thing I hate about early flight but Lil’ A was excited and super giddy!
Tickets were taken care of by Mr. X as we flew with the airline he’s working for and our hotel in Singapore was taken care of by my brother who’s working for Marriott Hotel and have employee’s discounts for the rooms! Double advantages I should say.
The waiting line at immigration in Singapore was pretty long we had to wait for over 30 minutes and being as excited as he was and since he’s been up since 4AM, Lil’ A was all over the place – I wouldn’t call it hyper – but he just gets that way when he’s tired, instead of being quiet he’ll act as if he’s an energizer bunny on steroid! He was a handful to put it mildly! So when this older guy standing behind me started making comments about him and even took the time to diagnosed Lil’ A as a boy who have autism just like his grandson, I started to get annoyed.
Between stopping Lil’ A from hopping straight up to the front of the line and holding both our passports with another hand plus a heavy camera backpack strapped to my back, I just smiled and told the guy “No, he doesn’t have autism, he’s perfectly normal for his age!” the guy persisted that there is indeed something wrong with Lil’ A. Finally, between annoyed and tired – mind you I only slept for less than 4 hours the night before – I look at the guy straight in his eyes and asked him “Are you a doctor, Sir?” he replied “No…” and I snapped “Then please do not play one and diagnose my perfectly healthy son! Thank you very much!” and turned my back away from him before I said something rude. Seesh, some people!
After being a mommy to Lil’ A for almost 4 years now, I know him too well that’s just how he gets when he’s overtired. Sure enough by the time we hopped into a taxi on our way to the hotel he fell asleep!
Our room was great, located right on the heart of Orchard Road; it’s facing the big Ion Mall and within a walking distance to many shopping places there.
Been awhile since I heard the Singlish (Singapore English) accent and I always find it amusing to hear them.
Lil’ A was almost fully charged with energy by the time we got to the room that he refused to take a nap. So we strolled to a nearby Far East Plaza before crossing over to the other side of Orchard Rd. for lunch.
Singapore has a very different dynamic than Jakarta and I especially love how clean and orderly the city is. Everyone just very discipline! They even form a line inside the public restrooms! Although the island is small but they seems to make the most out of it and there are plenty of green lush parks and trees everywhere, not to mention the wide sidewalks on every street!
We went to ride the Singapore Flyer that afternoon, at first we wish to catch the sunset but we got there early and turned out the sun didn’t sent until after 7PM! We had a blast anyway. I had bought the tickets online the night before so we just went straight up then they took our picture in front of a green background & the added the background later. After picture we went up again to ‘board’ the capsule. Here’s how the picture looks like, pretty neat.
After the ride you can pick up that picture they took of you for SGD $18, our picture looks pretty cool with it’s own holder!
Not long after we got off the Flyer, Lil’ A fell asleep. Poor boy was so wiped out, he didn’t even wake up and slept for 14 hours straight! Heaven but I had to stay in the room with him while everyone went out for dinner that night LOL.
On our second day is the big day for Lil’ A as he got to go see The Wiggles live in concert.
We got back to the hotel around 5PM and just went out for dinner nearby.
As much as I love my family and enjoyed going on a vacation with them, I wish they have more adventurous side on them!
I had even asked the concierge guy where is the nearest street hawker place from our hotel and he said Newton Place. When I offer my family this idea they quickly shoot it down! Sigh!
Jakarta is already packed with malls and high end ones too so I’m so not interested in seeing them in Singapore because really there’s not much difference! But I can’t just go out on my own and leaving Lil’ A behind so I had to forget about going to Little India and so on!
On the third day, Sunday, we went to Universal Studio and that took all day. With my mom who can’t walk too much, it totally tired her out so we failed to go Marina Bay to check out the famous Merlion statue.
For our last day there – Monday, we didn’t do much. We checked out from the hotel at around 10AM and left our bags at the concierge and just stroll around Orchard Road again before heading to the airport for our flight back home.