TRAVEL DIARY: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE

We intentionally picked Monday to go to USS because we figured that most of the tourists will already be gone since the Grand Prix is already over and its a weekday so most people are at work. I must say that it was a good choice, the theme park is not that crowded when we went. Hooray! I bought our tickets in advance and took advantage of the Mastercard Promo Discount (20% off).

We wake up pretty early to be in time for the opening of the theme park. We wanted to cover a lot of ground. Excited much lang talaga kami!
The very expected shot with the USS globe :)
The theme park is divided into categories: Hollywood, Madagascar, Far Far Away, Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci Fi City and New York. We checked out most of the attractions in each category. My favorite part of the theme park would be Ancient Egypt :p.


JM and I at Madagascar
Feeling princess haha :)

I love the golden USS globe.

Amazing show!

Did I say this is AMAZING? Haha

My favorite photo of us. I liked the Revenge of the Mummy ride, daming surprises!

This is the OH-EM-GEE look.

Was not able to ride this one, JM did and he super enjoyed it:)

Since we wanted to save on some things and lunch is pricey inside USS,
we went outside to eat at KFC. Super near lang:)

Photo with my favorite chocolate in the whole wide world!





After USS, we decided to watch the Songs of the Sea. It was good but I did not enjoy it as much as I was expecting. For me, you can skip watching this.


Excuse the super blurry photo.
It was a happy day for me and JM, we enjoyed our USS experience very much and wanted to go back again - and again :)

TRAVEL DIARY: A DAY IN SENTOSA

Since the Singapore Grand Prix is during the night, JM and I managed to squeeze in some city tour during the day. One of the places that we visited is Sentosa Island, probably the most famous attraction/go to place when in Singapore. 

How to get there?

There are different ways to go to Sentosa Island, visit this site for more info.

We opted ride the MRT from Chinatown to HarbourFront and went to the 3rd floor of Vivo City to ride the Sentosa Express (SGD3). You only have to pay once for the Sentosa Express, once inside Sentosa Island you have unlimited access to use the train to bring you from station to station.

Aside from the Sentosa Expess, you may also use the bus and the tram inside the island for easier travel. The island is not that huge but it would be a sacrifice for your feet if you walk from one point to another :).

What to see?

There are a lot of things that you can do in the island and a lot of things to see and discover. Here are some of the places and activities that we did.

Universal Studios Singapore is inside Sentosa Island, but we spent one whole day inside the theme park so I'll share this story in a different post.

Aside from the famous Merlion that spits out water, there is a larger Merlion statue inside Sentosa. 





Luge and Skyride! Be sure to get the ticket for 2 rounds of the Luge :) 





We spent at least an hour people watching on the beach. 


On the way to the Southern most point in Asia. 


Going around Resorts World.


Me and the Sentosa Express :). 


At around 3pm, we went back to the City to catch the qualifying round of the Grand Prix.

TRAVEL DIARY: FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX IN SINGAPORE

JM and I had the chance to watch the Singapore Grand Prix 2011 live! We've been planning and saving up for this trip for 8 months. I am not a big fan of the Formula 1 but JM encouraged me to watch a few GPs before our actual trip. It was oo-kay for me, but when I set foot inside the actual event my heart was literally pounding --fast! Everyone was on cloud 9! The energy was infectious. 

The Singapore Grand Prix lasted for three days. The first day for practice (Friday), second day for the qualifying (Saturday), and the third day for the actual race (Sunday). We were on the Cebu Pacific's first flight to Singapore on a Friday morning (5am), we were already up by 2am! My advise is to be in Singapore a day before the GP for you to familiarize yourself around the place first and to get enough sleep.

Luckily, my parents are already in Singapore (for vacation too) before JM and I arrived so they fetch us from the airport with my dad's friend and they accompanied us to the hostel.

We were seated at the Bay Grandstand. This shot was still early so there are still unoccupied seats.

Some of the people behind making this GP very successful.

New love life. Jenson Button. 
It was hard taking decent photos from where we are because of all the "heads" haha.
The zoom zoom factor was unbelievable!
They let us walk on the race track after the race! 

Excuse the messy hair :)
I was not expecting that I will enjoy the race as much as I did. It was all worth it and made me want to go back again and again.

Wondering where we stayed to catch some snooze?

Since we spent almost Php8k/each for our GP tickets (bought from Red Rock Travel), we wanted to save on other things. We opted to stay in a hostel instead of a hotel. After hours of hours reading hostel reviews we decided to choose A Beary Nice Hostel situated in Chinatown. It was a good decision for us because the bed costs only SGD30/night (roughly PHP2k/night for the two of us) such a steal and it comes with free breakfast (cereal/toast/jam/coffee) and free wifi plus it was super near the mrt. The only downside is that you have to share room and bathroom with other backpackers, surprisingly these did not became an issue at all. The other backpackers were very conscious (no noise or whatever) of other guests and the room/bathroom is always kept clean. Although, if you are traveling with your family this is not an ideal place to stay.

Stay tune for my other adventures in Singapore :)