Still 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.
Bad 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!I 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!It’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 at night.Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken rice.Doing my homework as I’m not good in reading maps and directions. Haha!
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.In and outside National Gallery.The famous 1 SGD ice cream sandwich. Sooooo good!Merlion Park at Fullerton.SG travel diary part II and III soon!