Our recent 5-day holiday in Singapore was much anticipated. For one, it would be the first time for us to travel outside the Philippines as a family, and, it was also Vito’s first international trip. We had deferred travel plans abroad, due to several reasons. However, this year being our 5th year married (and with plans to try for another baby), we figured it would be a good time to take an out-of-the-country trip. We could think of no better place than Singapore, where my husband and I both spent a good amount of our growing up years.
The last time I was in Singapore was over a decade ago. Most of my travel since then was locally, around the Philippines, with a few trips to Hong Kong (my other childhood home). We were debating whether we’d go to Malaysia, Hong Kong or Singapore, but with Vito in an animal-loving stage, we immediately thought that the Singapore Zoo would make a most ideal field trip. Why not make a whole vacation out of it.
And so we did.
Back in the Lion City
My family was posted in Singapore after spending five and a half years in Hong Kong. My father (who was then an investment banker specializing in bonds) brought us to Singapore in the summer of 1990, and we remained there until July of 1994. Since then, we’d gone back for vacations, but it wasn’t until we were married that Ton and I were able to go as a couple. We were more than excited to show Vito the beautiful in which we’d grown up!
We took the last flight out on January 11, which was a Cebu Pacific flight.
It’s a good thing Vito’s not fussy. He didn’t mind the flight at all.
The flight to Singapore from Manila was all right, albeit the small plane. (Call me spoiled, but I like 747s, at least, for international flights, LOL. Pat, you know what I mean?)
We arrived past 1 AM. Vito slept for the entire flight, but we had to wake him up when we arrived. Good thing Changi Airport has Combi baby seats on wheels, so that we didn’t have to carry our sleepy boy to the immigration area.
When you see signs like this in the comfort room, you know you’re in Changi Airport:
We arrived at our hotel around 2 AM, which was fine since we had already pre-booked and paid. The Parc Sovereign is a brand new, mid-range hotel in Bugis, which is often known as the shopping district for electronics. Just a stone’s throw from Little India and a few streets away from the central business district, Bugis has always been a lively, busy town in the center of Singapore. It was also right next door to the La Salle School of the Arts, a place I’ve wanted to see for some time now, and right beside the courtyard Albert Court Village Hotel, a picturesque spot that makes for a pleasant tea time.
We got room 523, which was an Executive Double with a nice and roomy king-size bed — perfect for the three of us, since Vito still bed-shares with us from time to time. (They do have a Family Deluxe room, too.)
We were able settle down at 3 AM for a much needed sleep, though we had slept a lot already in Manila prior to the trip.
More on our first day back in the Lion City … in my next post!