All pictures with myself in it are not mine.
Finally had the time to post something long haha.
Just a recap of my Singapore adventure! So after the Moz Camp Asia, we allotted a day to tour around the city. This time, we are all on our own!
We had breakfast at the certain cheap restaurant with almost all the common delicacies in SG (which is a mixture of all Asian foods and some Western) near the hotel (I have to say that it is difficult to find something cheap here in SG so this place is certainly a gem to me.) I got myself congee and dumplings as it is my favorite combination of breakfast back home. To my surprise even these familiar dishes are different. I noticed that the usual serving in SG is huge and I got full with the congee that I didn’t have much appetite to eat the dumplings. ALSO, the dumplings were filled with vegetables unlike in the Philippines which are filled with meat. My meal was pretty heavy that I felt somewhat embarrassed because the others had only french toast and coffee. (Someone, who is not a Filipino, actually remarked about my meal, tearstears.) But I was hungry and I make it a point to eat a very heavy breakfast every time I have the chance to do so. I expected everything on our way to be expensive that I felt like stocking up food in my stomach.
The group decided to set to Chinatown by foot. From Lavender station, we walked until we get to Little India.
Little India is full of, well, India stuff haha. Lots of vegan restaurants, curry powders and colorful fabrics. I remember passing by a curry powder store. It was uuuuugh. The smell is too powerful I wonder how people in that store survive.
Eh, just a taxi in Singapore.
We dropped by Sim Lim Square for some geekery.
Apple stores, unlike in the Philippines, do not exclusively hold official Apple products. There are ordinary stalls around Sim Lim with Apple accessories.
A Series 9 in a random store comparable to tiangge here in the Philippines 🙂
Eh, just an Alienware in the ordinary line of laptops. It was my first time to see an Alienware displayed in a store. Tears of joy forever.
I love the subways in Singapore.
And finally… Chinatown!
This place feels home, lol. Finally something completely familiar.
We had lunch in what looked like a carinderia which unfortunately, doesn’t have the same food price range as I have expected.
I felt totally unhappy seeing the menu. I was feeling so poor that I had someone share with me a value meal. The waitress was a Filipina and she admitted that the food there was costly. I had to stick to my SGD10 budget (around Php300, tears tears. In the PH I am filthy rich spending Php300 in an ordinary meal with just one course)
After lunch, I hoarded all the souvenirs I can get being the cheapest I saw in my entire stay in SG. 30 key chains for SGD10? Hell yeah!
We did a lot of walking and unfortunate enough, I was wearing the wrong gear which made me extremely tired after a short time of walking. In addition to, the weather was hella humid. Fortunately, SG is not polluted so I just have to deal with the fatigue and sweat.
Lol I heard it is illegal to take pictures of government buildings in SG.
We stopped for a while to rest and I bought snacks. Even their snacks are big. I have here prawn cracker which is as huge as a small plate. I also bought calamansi juice in a stall and maaaan, it was so natural.
Gotta love the cityscape.
And of course, Merlion picspam time! The standard proof that you’ve been to Singapore.
We stumbled upon Mozillans from Korea there. And I was like, “Annyeonghasseo! Op, op, op oppa gangnam style!” I deeply regret saying it.
We rode a Singapore River cruise to Marina Bay to the Singapore Flyer.
I think this was my first time riding a ferry, though I am not very sure as the feeling of riding on a boat is familiar. 🙁
Because I am not sure if this was my first or not and all I can remember is a boat ride in Manila Zoo and Baguio, the MozPH peeps made sure to document my milestone. XD
Hello, Louis Vuitton mansion!
With the Singapore Flyer in the background.
Just a random Ferrari derping around.
Our flight was scheduled at 1AM so we have to be in the airport by 11. We gave up making the most out of the trip by eating at places we will not find back home so we had a dinner at Wendy’s. Finally, familiar food.
Aaaand it was time to go home! Finally freshened up and took off the uncomfortable clothes I was wearing.
I find it really amusing that the community in Singapore is so diverse. In fact, there are instances that words have to be translated to at least 3 languages in the signboards. I see different calligraphy everywhere. SG is also unbelievably neat and the people are so disciplined. Guards are only stationed in government offices. I am so shocked that there’s no one inspecting bags at the entrance of malls! However, there are CCTV cameras all over the city which provides footage clear enough to know every detail of your face.
It was a fun trip with fun people! I was so stingy while on the trip though that I ended up having a lot of pocket money left (mind you, I returned it to my parents). I missed a lot of classes (though I didn’t miss much lecture, haha) but it was all worth it. Thank you Mozilla for bringing me to Singapore!
As usual, with the TomWeb jacket.