So how do you squeeze your trip to Singapore in just three days?
If you're planning to stay in Singapore for a few days, I strongly advise you to plan ahead to get the most out of your short vacation. Continue reading to learn more about some of Singapore's greatest attractions. I hope you'll have as much fun as we had in Singapore.
We arrived in Singapore at midday. My exhaustion quickly faded when I stepped into Changi Airport. The place was huge and clean. Near the exit, we found a booth that sold tickets to different theme parks. We bought some of our tickets there at slightly cheaper prices. We asked for the quickest way to get to our hostel in Chinatown, and we were told to rent a shuttle bus that arrives for more or less every 30 minutes.
We had the entire mini bus for ourselves and we filled up all the chairs in it (we were charged SG$60 for the six of us). It was a short drive and I spotted the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Sands along the way. We finally reached Wink Hostel in Chinatown. I always had the impression that Chinatown was a bustling place. However, the area was unexpectedly quiet when we arrived. The stores were not yet opened for business. Since we were hours earlier than the check-in time, our room was not yet ready. The hostel staff was kind enough to let us leave our bags in our room. We quickly changed to flip-flops and headed to Adventure Cove!
Adventure Cove Water Park
The queues in the shower room were painfully long. Some of us were forced to shower in the same cubicle to save time. The locker room is just a few steps from the shower rooms. Lockers are available in big and small sizes. The big ones are quite roomy and can store things for three people. No keys are needed for the lockers. There's one computer in each row and you just have to enter your password to unlock your locker.
The slides looked really popular. We managed to try one of them. We climbed several flights of stairs to the top of the slide as we carried our rafts. Cameras had to be left in the shelves near the foot of the stairs. My group went by twos, and the heavier ones got to sit at the back portion of the raft. The initial plunge was a bit steep for me, but it was awesome!
We also went to the Rainbow Reef, a place where you can swim with different species of fish. In case you're wondering, there are no sharks and piranhas there and the fish are pretty harmless. Each of us was provided with a life jacket (available in different sizes) and a snorkel. The water felt extremely cold. I tried to swim (I can't swim by the way) and panicked when the water felt too deep. My sister chickened out too and both of us headed for the exit. So my sister and I wasted almost an hour of waiting in line just to chicken out in the end. We should have listened when a staff told us that only swimmers can go in because non-swimmers tend to panic.
There are several outdoor showers around the park. It's pretty convenient especially if you're someone who wants to rinse yourself after each dip in the pool. I even saw a guy who was taking a real shower there (with soap and shampoo) so he didn't have to queue in the shower room.
Night SafariCredit: Rainy Kua
the cat eye logo at the entrance
It was a long drive to Night Safari. The taxi driver told us that it is actually near the Malaysia-Singapore border crossing. I fell asleep in the cab, but I guess it probably took us around 30 minutes to reach there. The zoo opens at 7pm.
We were thinking of eating outside the zoo to save money. However, the place was isolated and there was nothing much to see there. So in we went. We were starving so we walked straight to Bongo Burgers inside the zoo entrance. As expected, the food inside the park were overpriced. I had pasta (can't remember if it was a Turkey pasta or something else) which was really delicious. We bought a tall bottle of mango slushie sold in a store nearby.
my pasta (left) and my sister's burger
It's tough to take pictures in the dark
this guy here is the clearest photo that I got at Night Safari
Universal Studios Singapore
Best. Ride. Ever. Don't miss it!
The next stop was the Battlestar Galactica, the world's tallest duel roller coaster. Not all of us wanted to ride a roller coaster, so it felt like I'd achieved something by taking this ride! My buddies didn't expect that I'd take the challenge. It was probably the safety net that made me braver.
my not so special lunch - chicken teriyaki
Battlestar Galactica, the tallest duel roller coaster in the worldI didn't expect that I'd take another roller coaster - Revenge of the Mummy. It's an indoor roller coaster that runs slower than Battlestar but felt twice as fast to me. It had several drops that left me feeling dizzy afterwards. We left the bags in the locker which would be free if we came back within 45 minutes. Sadly, the queue to Revenge of the Mummy was long so we got back 10 minutes late. We had to pay SG$10 per locker for the excess minutes.
We watched Monster Rock (which I didn't really enjoy), Waterworld (Great show and I'm glad I didn't get wet!), and Shrek 4D (fun and can be enjoyed by people of all ages). We didn't get to take pictures with any character because of the occasional showers. Nevertheless, we pretty much went to every attraction and rides that we liked, except for the rides in The Lost World that had been closed because of the rain.
We spent the next few hours shopping! I bought cute knick-knacks - Gingy picture frame with a magnet and some earrings. The plush toys are really cute, but they are expensive and I don't need them anyway, so I just took their pictures. :) Before we went back to our hostel, we went to the Information to claim our free meal voucher. It was the freebie we got for purchasing the tickets with Mastercard. We ordered a scoop of ice cream for each of us and paid the remaining 50 cent. It was yummy and very filling! We went home smiling.
saw this on our way to the ferris wheel terminal
The capsule is huge and could fit a dozen people. As an acrophobic, I stayed on the bench in the middle and didn't dare to move, while the rest walked around the capsule to take nice pictures of the night view. The fact that everything was transparent (except for the floor) adds to the fear factor. The capsule is rather stable. When it was descending, I started to feel more comfortable and eventually left my seat. I'm glad I did. It's not everyday that I could see a clear view of Singapore from such altitude.Credit: Rainy Kua
some stuff I got from the supermarket
Merlion ParkCredit: Rainy Kua
the iconic Merlion
The food we feasted on: (clockwise from top left) cereal prawns,
chicken satay, seafood fried rice, and white chicken