Indie Singapore: Free walking tours of the Lion City

My brother has been living in Singapore since 1996, and I have been visiting him and his family since 2000. During that first visit, we made rounds of the tourist attractions every weekend. The next time I went there was in 2006, when I started traveling. Singapore has changed a lot since then, and in every visit, I try to do something touristy in between trips to my favorite places and meeting up with friends.

Indie Singapore Free Walking Tour
Wei at the start of the tour in Chinatown

Through the years, many of my friends have moved to Singapore to work, so most of my days are spent catching up with everybody. While most of my friends there are Pinoys, I have also made some Singaporean friends online, either through the forums, my doll collection, or through this blog.

Wei and Jo wrote to me years ago, asking about their itinerary for the Philippines. I was more than happy to help them, and we met up when they were in Manila. They are such a fun couple, and I always loved meeting up with them in Singapore, because they take me to discover new places that I would might have given a miss.
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Touring Changi Airport

One of the things I’ve always loved about going to Singapore is Changi Airport. In all my trips there since 2000, I’ve mostly used Terminals 1 and 2. When I last flew out of Singapore prior to my trip last July, there were wooden board all around Terminal 1. Renovations of the terminal have already started then, and this year, the transformation was completed.

To say it was impressive is a gross understatement. It was freaking AMAZING.
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Holiday mode at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa

They said that when you want something and keep thinking about it, the universe gives you what you’re asking for. It was the fourth week of May, and I just realized just how big a commitment I signed on when I agreed to do PHL360°. I needed to take a break, at least for a while. Then came an e-mail bearing the best news.

Rasa Sentosa aerial shot
Aerial shot of Rasa Sentosa courtesy of the hotel

“Would you like to spend 4 days and 3 nights at any Shangri-La property around the world?” I’m paraphrasing, but basically, that was the content of the email. I was beside myself with joy, and I had to read the email several times, going through each word with care, to be certain that I did read it right the first time. I did, and I was now faced with a tough decision to make: which Shangri-La property?
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Snapshot Singapore: Rasa Sentosa

The invitation came last May, and I’ve been so excited for this trip since.
The invite was actually for any Shangri-La property anywhere in the world,
but since I have to shoulder the cost to go there, I knew I had to pick a
hotel or resort in Southeast Asia.

I’ve decided right from the start that I’d stay in a resort, and not a
hotel. Shangri-La Resorts are more casual than the hotels, and certainly
more laid back. It is designed for relaxation, and that’s what I intend to

(This post was written by the poolside. There is free wi-fi throughout the
entire resort. Definitely #lovingthemoment)

Last meal in Singapore: nasi lemak at the Ponggol Nasi Lemak Centre

Read about this place from Kenny Sia‘s and Carls Palma‘s blogs. Kovan was actually pretty near my brother’s place, so I figured I’ll try it out since I’ve been craving for nasi lemak.

This one is a make your own nasi lemak, where you can put as many or as little viands with your rice.

The rice is so good. You can really taste the coconut cream. If you don’t like spicy food, no need to worry because there’s plenty of non-spicy choices. Definitely worth the SG$6.50 price tag and 30 minute wait.

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