SINGAPORE | First Solo Travel (Part I)

Merlion Park SingaporeStill in awe of my first solo trip in Singapore last month. Indescribable. During and even after the trip, people have been asking me the same questions. “How did you conquer traveling alone? Paano mo nagawa? Paano mo nakayanan?” HOW? BY GOD’S GRACE.

Solo traveling is not easy especially if done outside the country. One must be prepared physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and most of all, spiritually. I prayed for decisions I was about to make, actions to take and even words to say. Glitches were inevitable but it’s amazing to see how everything fell into place. Unexpected things happened.

More than the promo flight, amazing spots and beautiful memories, what made this trip highly memorable is knowing and believing that I’m not alone and doing it by myself at all – He is with me and entrusting everything to Him is the best decision I’ve ever made.

DAY 1.Solo Travel SingaporeBad weather hit the country on departure date but thank God, my flight was neither cancelled nor delayed. I arrived in sunny Singapore on time and wow, Changi Airport was nothing short of spectacular. Passengers lounge, state-of-the-art facilities, nature gardens, moving walkway, beautiful carpet, entertainment deck, swift terminal procedures – now I know why it’s named world’s best airport for the fifth year in a row!Changi Airport SingaporeI headed to the ticket office to purchase a transportation card. Asking the staff and choosing between a regular EZ link card and Singapore Tourist Pass (STP) gave me a hard time. Both cards would require more money to spend due to limited terms. I left the long line to do some serious thinking. Again, I prayed for it, went back to the booth after 15 minutes and much to my surprise, there’s a new staff on duty. A Filipina. I was teary-eyed the moment she greeted me in Filipino, especially when she presented another option which was more “sulit” and “matipid” than the former.

Thank You, Ms. Bautista. You’re a blessing.

Note: FlashPay card – costs 30 SGD with 25 SGD stored value, access on bus services, MRT & LRT trains & remaining stored value can be refunded (in the ticket office) after usage.

I boarded the MRT going to Wink Hostel and asking questions from the locals helped a lot to reach the destination. I found Wink Hostel at Hotels.com and booked a female pod in a very low rate during their promo – P2900 (around 78 SGD) for 4days and 3 nights!Wink Hostel SingaporeIt’s located in the heart of Chinatown and the charming colonial-era building houses clean and quiet dormitory rooms. The owner was so kind and helpful as he directed me in the room and assisted with the maps. I love my space that comes with a locker and key card. Complimentary breakfast and daily housekeeping are also included so it’s all worth it!Chinatown Food Street SingaporeChinatown Food Street at night.Hainanese Chicken Rice SingaporeSingapore’s Hainanese Chicken rice.Solo Travel SingaporeDoing my homework as I’m not good in reading maps and directions. Haha!

DAY 2.National Gallery Singapore Another favour on this trip was learning that I have a good friend (also a high school classmate) who lives and works in Singapore. We met and had a good catch up after not seeing each other for years. I also met a local who helped me with directions, toured me on some famous spots and even treated me for lunch. I have no words.

Thank You, Sam & Maruf – for the kindness, hospitality, friendship, wonderful time, lovely treat and beautiful photos. You’re a blessing.National Gallery SingaporeNational Gallery SingaporeNational Gallery SingaporeNational Gallery SingaporeIn and outside National Gallery.1 SGD Ice Cream Sandwich SingaporeThe famous 1 SGD ice cream sandwich. Sooooo good!Merlion Park SingaporeMerlion Park at Fullerton.Merlion Park SingaporeMarina Bay Sands SingaporeMerlion Park SingaporeMerlion Park SingaporeSG travel diary part II and III soon!

5 Comments

  1. March Happy Thoughts
    November 10, 2017

    One of the good things about solo traveling is that you’ve got to know many people along the journey and it is feels so good. I am happy for you Jansell 🙂 You’re so brave! I am also thinking of traveling solo outside the country too (next time when I have enough time and money lol) and this journey of yours is an inspiration! Keep it up!

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    1. Jansell
      November 10, 2017

      Hi March thank you so much, all glory to God! 🙂 Maybe we can travel din together – soon? 🙂 Thank you for dropping by!

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  2. Judylyn Ramos
    November 10, 2017

    So much love on this! <3

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    1. Jansell
      November 16, 2017

      Thanks Juds! Hope to travel with you soon! 🙂

      Reply
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