12 October 2011

Tampines: Just Around the Corner

The Arrival!

Yes! We safely arrived at Singapore! Yey!
And, just as warned, we arrived at this warehouse-looking terminal.
(Oh what do you expect on such a low fare!)
But still, it's really clean, operational and clear. Just imagine how great the terminal 1 and 2 looks like. They said it's really, really beautiful. It’s one of the top airport terminals in the world! We went straight through immigration, got our baggages, scanned them through xray, went out of the airport J

At first, I really can’t feel that I’m already in another country. But when I saw the customers in a cafĂ© in the terminal speaking Chinese, that’s when I realized that I could already drink water from the faucet. hehehe

The transportation!

There’s no one to pick us up, so we decided to get a cab. And yes, just like any Filipino tourist show’s riding in the front seat, I made a mistake to go to the driver’s side.  It’s because their driver’s seat are in the right side. In the Philippines, the driver’s seat is in the opposite side. With that, all the roads, even the escalators are in reverse.

Singapore: Forested Development

They are almost like a garden with concrete walls.  They have massive buildings but still they don’t forget to care for their environment. Almost everywhere you turn, there are trees. And their normal street birds are really different – mynas and pigeons.  I already knew I’ll have a very exciting vacation…until...

The Mishap!

We took the cab because we really don’t know where the address of the house is. So we’re talking to the driver and I, actually, can’t understand his English. We went round and round the blocks of Tampines until we decided to our known landmark, a primary school located near Tampines blocks.

It was really tiring because of our baggage, long walks, asking for directions. We’re literally lost in the city. It took us quite a while to find the address and to get to the house. Well, I got a bit familiar with that walk, that’s for sure.

But that is not the longest walk I’ve ever done in Singapore. J
Tune in for another posts on my Singapore Series J
Thanks for reading!

05 October 2011

Hello-Lah! :) (whatever that means)

I'm creating this entry on-board. Yep, in my first international flight.


Two Thousand and LATE

Check in - i did a web check-in, it's a new thing in Cebu Pacific Website. it basically let's you check in Online.  The good part is that we are not required anymore to be early in airport, just around 45 minutes before the scheduled flight. Preety cool, huh?

Payment - Travel tax was 1600++, Terminal Fee is around 750. haiiist, it's very expensive to travel. You're not yet leaving your country, you already have to pay these things. That's life. . . in the Philippines. I dunno if such exists in other countries.

Immigration - Ah yes, the secuiring personel of the country for criminals or the likes to be barred on escaping the Philippines. Actually, i thought i'd be stopped here because of my DOST scholarship. i really got nervous in this part of the trip. i was asked for the purpose of my travel. i just checked Holiday/Pleasure...PLEASURE? hehehe green. Sorry :)

Everything was a breeze. So we went to the Boarding corridor where all the gates are. We should be on gate 115. I thought, hey, where are all the people waiting for the boarding of our flight? the halls are almost empty. especially for the gate 115 part.

Then, the announcer radio went, "Waiting for the last passengers of Flight 5J 801 bound for Singapore, Mr. Aldrich Danan, please proceed to gate 115 immediately."

Turned out, all our co-passengers are already inside the plane!!! hahaha.

I told myself, "pag nakarating tayo sa boarding desk, they'll tell us, we're the last team to arrive!" [Ala Amazing Race]

I took a picture of the gate to the runway, i'll post it here.


And the plane is moving. . .well not that much. I thought i'm much faster than the plane if i run, so i'm wondering  why we're a bit slow...

Moments later, after some quick turns and curbs, we suddenly picked up speed. i was really eaten by the seat, it's that fast! Really Really fast and started to fly! Men, what an experience. I've seen buildings and houses and reads at the window. It was really COOL!!!

Stewardess' Dance
(With props)

When they (The Stewardess) are explaining all the thingy ma jing in the plane, it looked like performing, not demonstrating. they all knew the steps by heart (of course, it's their job), and it's entertaining to watch. . . ok ok, informative as well.


I thought of the movie Turbulence when it's announced that we're experiencing such.

We're entering several gigantic clouds, really massive and we start to shake, go up and down, sudden feeling of weightlessness (the one you feel in a roller coaster ride) and it's nerve-wracking!!!

. . .and fun at the same time :)
The Flush

After 2 fun and enjoyable turbulences (had fun?!), i went to the lavatory/ comfort room to answer to call of the river nymph

(corny!) you know what i mean.

So, i've noticed that my weewee is filling up the bottom side of the bowl. After i was done, i pushed the flush button. Whoa! it really sucks! As in really loud and hard vacuum sucks all the weewee from the bowl. I've kinda panicked and feared for my phone that it might go with the pee. Hehehe

Closer to God

If the lump of clouds is the same with the image we'll see when we go to heaven, whoa, WhattaSite!

It looks like cottonballs out of the windows. Really nice view.

For a moment, i thought the higher i go, the closer i get to God, but i immediately cancelled that idea thinking that it's inside the church that we feel closer to Him. [AMEN to that, brother!]

Current Events

As i'm doing this, we're going lower gradually to the clouds. It's like an ocean of cottonballs down there, with static waves.

We are near to landing.
Until my next post!

Bye! :)


Hey! i've on hiatus for 2 weeks here due to my vacation in SG. There's just not enough time to do all those tours and blogging all the experience. So, here i am, back again in the Philippines, to relay to you all my experiences and thoughts about my vacation in SG and everything i think about any topic in there.