Day 1 – Singapore (National Day)
Off on my week-long vacation! Well, technically it was a vacation from a vacation xD I’m so lucky to say that haha. So I left Osaka at like late afternoon and the flight was delayed like an hour and I had a connecting flight. But I was smart and made sure that I had plenty of time in between so it was fine. It was my first time flying alone but it was fine. I was flying Cathay so I got food with my flights too! I was not expecting that haha. Cathay seats were so fancy too. So I had a few hours layover in Hong Kong but it was late so everything was closed. Although, I did get a mooncake because yaaaaassss real Hong Kong mooncake!
So I finally landed in Singapore at like 5am something, pretty dead but I took the train to my friend’s neighbourhood and she met me there. I met her mom and she was so sweet omg!!! She prepared this bed for me with pink sheets (because she heard I loved pink) and it was all so nice. She also got us breakfast from the hawker centre near their home (like an outdoor food court). I was just happy to rest for a while but today was Singapore’s National Day, so had to go out asap!
We set out for the Marina Bay Sands area, which is what Singapore is famous for. We pretty much spent the whole day here. I was so happy that it wasn’t raining, although it was hot and humid. My friend kept wanting to stay in the mall for AC xD. We had some Ding Tang Fung (what I ate in Taiwan too) and my friend kept telling me what I needed to try/eat here. When we finally went back out, we walked around the body of water (because I have no idea what it was… lake…?). We saw the famous Marina Bay Sands (MBS) with the expensive pool up top and took funny pictures with the Merlion statue. My friend was such an awesome photographer and she was just so excited to show her city off xD There were supposed to be fireworks and some sort of show later in the evening but we saw people already setting up camp in the early afternoon.
We decided to go up the MBS just for the view (we couldn’t access the pool since we weren’t guests). It was so hot though! It was like 3pm when we got up there. It was a nice view of everything! We thought about how it would be nice to watch the fireworks up here but those were at 8pm. We ended up deciding to stay up there to watch the show which was below us…. and little did we know, time just passed and we ended up staying for everything heheh xD SO MANY HOURS THERE! So hot! We didn’t want to move though because we had the best spot. We did have some good talks to that was cool =D. More and more people started to come up and my friend was like “Oh man, I hope we’re not too heavy for this” and she just kept getting me paranoid x_x So the show started and it was more of like a military show. According to my friend, National day is when Singapore like to show off their military stuffs and tell the world “Ha, don’t mess with us, we got pro military!” My friend also decided to leave out the fact that apparently this day was the most prone to attacks and stuff >_> as we are sitting at one of the highest points in Singapore… Well anyways, it was cool to see their tanks come out and there were these people coming in from parachutes too. It was so cool cause they managed to float accurately onto the runway! My friend told me about these fighter jets and I was excited for those. BUT when they actually came out, I was like scared and deaf to death. Because we were so high up, the jets seemed sooooo close to us and also superrrrr loud. They came out like 2 or 3 times and I was startled each time. Afterwards, I was getting pretty restless and wanted water but the line ups were just too long. After even moreeee waiting, the fireworks finally came! Of course, I think it is hard to beat Japan’s fireworks, but the view of these ones was for sure the best. We had like front row seats and the fireworks were pretty much eye level since we were high up. They shot from the water too so it was like a beautiful scenery with the city lit up in the background. Once those fireworks were done, you bet there was a long long line up to get back down. We were bad and basically just merged with the line (hey, we were close to the exit already) shhhh.
We went back to my friend’s neighbourhood and had some Singaporean food that she recommended. Chicken and rice and cereal shrimp!! They were both soooo good omg. Apparently the rice is cooked with the chicken oil or something that makes it so good. The cereal shrimp was like crunchy salty flakes with the shrimp. I can’t even describe it. I also had some sweet and sour pork cause… yea. After dinner, I was so friggin full that I wanted to walk it off. My friend showed me the “rich part of town” and we walked around the neighbourhood with the big, cool houses. In Toronto, we’re used to seeing the same kinds of houses on one street, which makes it boring. But! Here, they were literally allllll different! They were HUGE too, so big, unique, and just nice looking. So then, we went home and got ready for our next big day.
Day 2 – Singapore (Universal Studios)
We started off our day at the hawker centre for breakfast and my friend just went nuts and bought a bunch of different things that I had to try. I just wanted me some wonton soup haha.
I wanted to go to Universal Studios Singapore because at first, I thought it was cheap! Like $30 or something, but I have no idea where I read that but it was pretty much the same price as Japan, a bit cheaper though. My friend was so surprised to see so many people here because it was never this packed. We were seriously contemplating on getting the fast pass (for the first time in our lives)… for an extra $20ish but then when we arrived at the counter, they were like the fast pass is $50 or something and we’re like heeeeeeeck no. Apparently, the fast pass prices fluctuate, depending on the number of people, which makes sense, cause then everyone would just buy the fast pass and it wouldn’t really be ‘fast’ anymore. The one time we were willing to cough up the money… oh well. So we waited in line like normal people did. Oh, we also wanted to be like the Japanese and be matching at amusement parks, so we decided to both buy a cookie monster headband haha. The rides and lines weren’t toooo bad and for sure, not as long as Universal Japan in Osaka. We should have been smarter earlier though because there was this line that was for “single riders”, meaning you go alone, no seat choice, you are just the filler to unwanted spaces in the ride. It was so much faster and more worth it. We were pretty tired at the end of the day, but I still really wanted to go to the Night safari that my friend suggested.
It was quite an expensive day, but it’s not every day you can come to Singapore haha. So we went and we made it in time for this cool fire show. They swallowed fire, breathed fire, spit out fire… haha I duno what they actually put in their mouths for them to be able to do that. We also saw this show where they brought out animals to talk about. After, we had to rush to the safari train thing and we basically just sat on it and took a tour of the place. It was pretty cool because we were driving on the road quietly as we observed the animals from afar. There were no barriers or fences from the animals… there was a moat for some but I mean, the lion was RIGHT THERE. At the end of the day, I made my friend feel like a tourist too for going to all these things. This was such an eventful day!