Thursday, January 19, 2012

A November rendezvous in Singapore

My last day in SIN was dragging my feet. I wasn't ready to go back home yet. But then I was running out of money, and of course, I missed my family in MNL too. So I woke up real early to fix my stuff, then headed out to the bus station at Compassvale. Carlo, my cousin Kate's husband, gave me instructions on the commute that I was about to take. I no longer had to take the MTR, since I was told that it would eat more of my time. I was actually nervous about taking the bus alone, given the heavy luggage that I had in tow. But then I had no choice but to stay focused for the whole hour's drive. But God was good, as he directed me safely to the right terminal! =D Yahoo for that!


So when I got cleared at the immigration area, I immediately bought myself some late lunch. There was a Kopi Tiam in the middle of the terminal lounge, that offered only a few food choices.


Anyhow, after lunch I went around the Duty Free area to shop for extra souvenirs... only to be redirected to this lovely confection store (which I was really avoiding). And soooooooo.... I finally got me this big bar of Belgian Chocolate (it was a Lindt product that I was constantly eyeing and contemplating on getting), and then waited for my final check-in. Then again, I easily got bored with all the waiting, so I went window-shopping some more.




Overall, my week long vacation was refreshing. It actually woke up the lazy version of me, as it was super hard to get back into work-mode. Then again, I needed to save up for the remaining trips that I had planned for the new year (so I shoved myself back to work!). Of course, I would never forget my usual travel expense sheet. I wouldn't be able to track all of my expenses if it weren't for my OC-ness! =)

You can open the link to my TRAVEL EXPENSE SHEET to check for the Universal Studios rate, the Kimchi dinner that we ordered at Holland Village, the H&M purchases that I made and more.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed tagging along with my SIN stories. Until the next one. Here's to a few more adventures for the new year! <3

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

30 comments:

Franc Ramon said...

Singapore's duty free stores are really  tempting.  I try to avoid the confections area too so I won't overspend though most of the time, something still find its way into my luggage.  =>

tauyanm said...

aww! i live just a kilometre away from holland village hehe.! sounds you really had fun here! x0x0! xx

Marie D. said...

You seem that you had a blast! :) A great post! 

Marlon Franco said...

Have you seen any tattoo shops in Singapore? Is it expensive?

Airra Pingol said...

I so love duty free! I remember gettin weird stuff and junkies whenever I go w/my lolo and lola :)

Stef Uy said...

i've just recently been to singapore and your pictures all look so familiar to me! haha :) budget terminal hello!
check out my post on singapore here! 








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claire rafols said...

Singapore is a nice place to visit. Hope we have the time and money to go there!

Swexie said...

Having a travel expense sheet is a good decision, I monitor my expenses as well. I usually save up for shopping money during my trips, a lot of good stuffs really catch my eyes when I'm travelling! 

Sining Factory said...

This is another reason to love SG. Yay. Ill be there this July 18 to attend SBA2012 on the 20th. :) Gala na naman! :) Noks Sosa I SiningFactory.com

Cai said...

Thanks for sharing your travel expense sheet Mai! Ok nga to keep track of your expenses! :)

Carmel said...

 I can very well relate to your nervous feeling of riding alone in a bus in a foreign country, nakaka-intimidate talaga. On my last day in Finland few years ago, my sis sent me off in a bus from their town to Helsinki airport - I was alone with my big luggage, and didn't sleep a wink, even if it was quite a long road trip, until I arrived safely at the terminal. I was quite nervous the whole time, even wondering if we already passed by the airport or if I took the wrong bus, lol.

Prayers really help esp. when traveling. It's heartwarming to read that you acknowledged God's guidance on your trip going home.

Mai_Flores said...

I know, right?! I did try my hardest but that Lindt chocolate was calling me talaga! I couldn't help it.. good thing I still had some loose change to spend. :P

Mai_Flores said...

Really? Sayang! Would have loved to meet you sis! :)

Mai_Flores said...

We did! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Oh, I didn't get to see any Tattoo shops during my stay there. Why? :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hahaha.. name one weird stuff that you got from the airport? :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hehehe.. indeed, Stef! :)

Mai_Flores said...

You will, Claire.. just plan ahead of time, so you'll also have enough time to save up. :)

Mai_Flores said...

True on the travel expense sheet! :) And yes, don't we all get mystified with a thing or two during our trips, lol! :P

Mai_Flores said...

Wow! I've been seeing that: SBA2012 all over twitter. What's it about? :)

Mai_Flores said...

Thanks Cai! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Glad to know someone other than myself who's also had to endure such a travel.. hehe! I'm sure we breathed a sigh of relief too after alighting at the right terminal.. coz I sure did! :P

Davao Base said...

We had lots of great memories in Singapore too! We're looking forward to visiting SG again soon. =)

Mai_Flores said...

Aww.. I actually want to go back! But I want to travel other countries first before I visit SIN again. :)

Che Ramos said...

 I've been seeing more of Singapore in my friends' photos and I keep on wondering when can I get there. i know the feeling of traveling alone. It was hard with my kids in tow.

Vonn David said...

Singapore is such a nice progressive place... thanks for the share

Mai_Flores said...

Hi Che! How is it to travel with kids, with just you around? :)

Mai_Flores said...

Surely! :)

Mai Flores said...

I'm checking your travel expense sheet now because we'll be in Singapore this October and we're first-timers! Thanks for sharing! ^◡^
Fashionmoto

Mai Flores said...

Go right ahead! I'm sure you'll enjoy Singapore as much as I did. I always do whenever I'm there to vacation. :)

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