Last weekend saw our family of three (Noah stayed with the grandparents back home) with my balikbayan titas in the sunny city of Singapore for a quick trip. Singapore never ever bores. It’s such a lively city and there is always something new do and to go to. David wanted to go back to Singapore Zoo because he had such a great time there. He wanted to see all the animals again. We actually have never gone to the Night Safari and we just found out that the River Safari has just opened. But all of these will have to wait for another trip (and hopefully with Noah) because we were tour guides for my two aunties.
Our itinerary for that trip is to go to Marina Bay Sands, see the Merlion, see the shops at Orchard Road, ride the Singapore Flyer and go to the Gardens by the Bay.
To save on the two attractions, we bought our tickets at the airport. They were having a special sale on tickets for the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay. The package shaves off 3 dollars from the total so for me. Dan and David, we saved a total of 9 dollars! (Uy galing sa Math). I really do suggest that you go check out the tourist centers at Changi to check out the ticket packages deals they have.
For Gardens by the Bay, prepare to shell out SGD28 dollars per adult and SGD15 per kid. For the Flyer, prepare to shell out SGD33 per adult and SGD21 per kid. But with the package we bought the ticket prices were all SGD3 less! Pwede na!
Gardens by the Bay
The highlight of our trip was definitely the Gardens by the Bay. The gardens are magnificent (insert other superlatives here). Ramdam ko ang pagka-1st world ng Singapore with this attraction haha. The Gardens has two climate-controlled domes that housed so many different species and varieties of flora. The Flower Dome’s climate was eternal spring and so it was pleasantly cool. If you’re lamigin though, bring a light cardigan. The Flower Dome was a great break from the already hot (30s) and humid city.
I worried that David will get bored but nope he looooved looking at the baobabs, the succulents, the cacti and yes even the flowers. He learned about the life cycle of plants and he kept pretending that he was a flower bud that was ready to bloom all throughout our walk around the dome. He loved the displays too. While we were there, an exhibit on the War of the Roses was being held so there were knights, princes, horses and the like scattered all throughout the gardens.
Oh one more tip, if you have allergies, it would be best to take Claritin before you enter. Dan has seasonal allergies and Claritin kept him from sneezing his face off while we were at the dome hehehe.
I took a lot of pics while we were at the Gardens! Please bear with me as this is a very pic heavy post hehe 😀
The Cloud Dome
My god. Ito grabe. Gumawa ng bundok with rainforest ang Singapore complete with waterfalls. It’s just AMAZING (insert more hyperbole here). The mountain has trails that go in and around the mountain. You follow the trails as if you’re on an easy hike. There are rooms inside the mountain which houses exhibits and educational talks on global warming. It was soooo cool walking up the mountains and feeling the mist. David, Dan and my titas enjoyed it as much too. David’s not afraid of heights and so he was so amused that we were so high up!
Other attractions of the Gardens are the Firefly Lake and the Skywalk. It’s a huuuuge area to cover but the domes were fun and sulit na. There is also an area outside of the domes where you can walk on trails around the super trees. We were already tired after the two domes so we didn’t go na. We were content seeing them from afar haha 😛
The verdict: Sulit dito 🙂 It’s a whole day affair and prepare for lots of walking!
Travel Tip: Buy your tickets at the airport and ask for special packages for tourists. This will not only save you money but also time in lining up for tickets!