Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My Singapore Sling - A mixture of awesome experiences

My second time in the city of fines proved to be a more memorable one since it was ignited by my passion to travel through with travel group. Together with my sister Angie and my eldest nephew Louie our dream trip was filled with lots of beautiful memories.

We started out our day by checking in at the prestigious 5-star hotel Carlton Hotel Singapore located at Bras Basah road. The hotel is very accessible to almost everything since its near Bugis street which is famous for souvenir shopping and lots of other stuff, plus right in front of it is Raffles mall where you can eat at its numerous food courts, shop at its many branded stores and have starbucks coffee.

Being a member of our unique travel group has its many perks and when we checked in we were greeted with lots of gift items. A box of chocolates, a purse of straps and bag tags, a merlion souvenir icon and a bottle of wine complete with wine opener.





During our first day at the Carlton Hotel we simply took advantage of the time to relax by dipping at its nice pool. The weather was great and the 15 meter pool  was just right for some laps for a little bit of exercise.


Our second day brought us to one of the biggest attractions in Singapore - the Gardens by the Bay, Bay South. According to Trip Advisor, Gardens by the Bay is the number 1 attraction in Singapore and as I witnessed it I was amazed with everything I saw.

Our Singapore journey was very informative thanks to our very accommodating and pleasing Singaporean our Tour Guides Chris Tye and Glenda Wu.  Not in this picture is another cool guy Frankie Tang who was also nice and friendly.


Our trip inside the Gardens brought us to the Flower dome which made me think again on what I have studied regarding flowers which by far outnumbers the flower species I know by 10,000 to one. The only thing I can think of is that this garden most probably is how the Garden of Eden would look like today.




Not only that, there are so many other things that you can see just like this flower arrangement pictured above. Do you think the composition of this flower looks familiar? It is because these flowers are made of lego blocks. 



After our sumptuous lunch we went to the west side of Singapore to visit the Jurong Bird Park. Here is our International  Travel featuring Chinese Mainlanders, Malaysians, South Koreans, Americans, Taiwanese dream trippers and us. We were around eighty six in our group.


The highlight of the Jurong Bird Park trip was the 3:00 pm Bird show. The show was something i have never witnessed before because I have never seen birds respond to what the emcee was telling them.  The 30 - minute show had so many birds fly to the audience, engage with each other and walk around as dictated by the emcee. It was a truly magnificent way to see how the birds were showcased in this event.

Day 3 of our dream trip had us  join an exclusive trip to one of the icons that represent Singapore - the Merlion.  Half Lion and Half Fish your trip to Singapore is not complete without a picture at the Merlion park. We were joined by hundreds of tourists taking different kinds of pictures at the two Merlions in that Park.
My nephew was so happy  to be part of this trip which is his first international trip. I was telling him that he was so lucky that his first trip abroad was with our travel group because all the trips that he will have in the future will never compare to his experience with us.

Here is another photo of the Merlion and the very imposing facade of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. Although its my second time to see this awe-inspiring hotel, just looking at it makes me happy to be part of our wonderful travel group.


Our last visit brought us to the Singapore's Chinatown for a look at the another attraction - the Buddha Tooth Relic temple. At the same time the Chinatown marketplace was just around the corner and some little souvenir shopping in that area. 

This Tang-Styled Chinese Buddhist temple in Chinatown gets its name from what the Buddhists regard as the Sacred Buddha tooth relic.

Our trip ended with a party at the Orchidville Gardens. We were treated with lots of performers and most of our travelmates performed as well. The food was also great as they served a famour Singaporean dish - the Singaporean Chili crab. There were unlimited drinks and most of all unlimited happy memories brought by this wonderful trip. 




The most important memory for me are the friends that I gained from different parts of the world which was made possible because of this one of a kind travel team. So if you want to travel around the world in style - Join our travel group. PM me for details since I will most probably be busy planning our next trip.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sir Mhel,

Can we have more of your travel blogs? Nakaka-inspire po kasing bumiyahe and I learn a lot of tips from your travel blogs.

More power to you!

Mhel Garrido said...

Thanks..more travels ahead..enjoy magtravel..ubos lang ang pera hahaha