Enjoying the Garden City of Singapore

In each of the time that I visited Singapore in the past, going to the famous and tourist-infested Night Zafari has always been part of the itinerary. And in each time of such visit, this planned route never transpired and took place.

Maybe it is because I am not a fan and not fond of visiting animals in cages. Maybe it has dawned in me somewhere in my nutty unconscious that I really don’t enjoy seeing animals in asylums. Maybe for me, the experience of going to a zoo is like witnessing fauna as refugees. Yeah, I have been fascinated and been to lots of natural history museums around the planet that feature primates and other zoological beings but these I presumed died prior to being preserved or taxidermy-ied.

In my most recent visit to captivating Singapore with Nengkoy and few members of my family, I again failed to visit the Night Zafari (I really don’t know if such a place still runs and exists). And ironically, my foremost reason why I wanted to visit Singapura this time was because I wanted to see not the animals but the P.L.A.N.T.S!

something to marvel about! look at how small those people above!

don’t go chasing waterfalls… 🙂

magnificent dome!

pleasant!


Gardens By The Bay is a 100-hectare botanical garden located right in the heart of the city. It is so huge, we basically stayed in the area to marvel about the beauty of the plant kingdom the whole day yet still (and of course) failed to see and smell the entire nature park. Something awesome about this place is that it is so fresh and modern-day. I guess ultra-modern people of the planet now no longer wants to see creatures of the animal kingdom inside a cage!

I never had appreciated plants this way before! The eco-domes called Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest were like fantastic paradises on earth! Getting around the area was so pleasant. The best part is that there is no guilt feelings building up inside your inner being because there is no person or animal that has been hurt during such a fun and marvelous experience.

Good thing I failed to bring a bowl and a salad dressing during our visit, otherwise, I would have made a scrumptious green & blossom salad out of those plants!

lovely!

posing…

At hindi lang ako ang presko sa lugar… alam na!

Remarkable Fairmont Singapore

While renewing my membership with Accor for another year, I remember that I have yet to blog about the last hotel I stayed at using my Accor membership.  Let me then feature Fairmont Singapore!

Located at the upscale Raffles City complex, Fairmont is so luxuriously impressive.  And like what its website states, “there is no better way to enjoy Singapore than to stay in the heart of it all”.  Location, service and comfort are the three major considerations on my recent trip to Singapore.  Reason behind it is because I am with Nengkoy who at her old age (yet still travels) requires impeccable attention and assistance.

super nice!

luxurious!

super comfy!

toilet selfie

magnificent afternoon view

nengkoy…

Everything went so well during our stay in Fairmont.  We arrived early in the hotel yet the check-in was quick, friendly and efficient.  The room was really fantastic and its amenities were remarkable!  I particularly love the Le Labo Rose 31 perfume body lotion as well as the soothing bar soap.  The bed was so soft and comfy I actually miss it now.  And by the way, the Nespresso machine inside the room was really a big plus!

The room is huge yet stylish and classy!  We enjoyed and loved everything in Fairmont.  And during our short Singapore stint, we would actually want to go back early to our appointed room after some short sight-seeing adventures of the city so that we can further enjoy the comforts of Fairmont.

posing at the lobby!

 Fairmont Singapore is indeed highly recommended!  I love it!

Nag-mamayaman ako dito!

Impressive Singapore

Except for airport layovers for a couple of times, the last time I was in Singapore was more than five (5) years ago. I never had the wanting of getting back because I thought the Singapore I saw was already at its peak in terms of beauty and modernity. I thought that Singapore was so progressive that it can no longer move upward. It seems then that it has nothing to go but down!

beautiful…

gardens by the bay…

view from our hotel…

magnificent view at night

But my recent visit to the city state with Nengkoy proved me wrong! It is even more beautiful, more modernized and more progressive! This place on earth even made me so sad and so envious for my poor and lagging-so-behind country. I am so surprised and flabbergasted by the astounding features of this modern country that I even went beyond appreciating it. I was so positively impressed that I was literally already uttering something negative like “I-so-hate-Singapore!” Hahaha!

me at chijmes… old yet look so new…

Now, I wonder how Singapore would be like five or ten years from now…
Pucha! Ang ganda talaga! Pinas! Anyare?

Nengkoy: The Unstoppable Traveler

I am old.  But when I grow very old I wanna be just like Nengkoy.  Now at her eighties, Nengkoy can still afford to travel the globe.  Though there are quite a number of things now to consider when she goes out of the country – load of medicines to bring, permit not to undergo x-ray due to her pacemaker, wheelchair access, facilities and services that needs to be coordinated and a lot lot more – Nengkoy still is unstoppable.

Let me post the latest photo of Nengkoy which was taken from her very recent Singapore weekend adventure.

at fairmont singapore lobby…

May pinagmanahan…

Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson

Me and my sisters had a surprise long-weekend getaway for Nengkoy (my mother).  We went to Passion Made Possible, Singapore!  We unfortunately had a red-eye flight that requires us to arrive in Singapore around 1:00 AM.  Considering that it would only be for a short period of time until we check-in in our chosen hotel and me being an Accor member, we prompted to have our first night in an Accor budget hotel.  We decided to head to Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson.

usual ibis-style kind of a hotel hallway…

simple yet functional…

super nice… super clean… super comfy…

Our decision to stay at Ibis Styles at Macpherson area of the City State was a surprisingly pleasant experience.  Present Macpherson is like the city center of Singapore ten or fifteen years ago.  With the fast paced development in this part of the planet, I will not be surprised that after another 10 years, the seem-to-be suburb Macpherson section will be like what the city center now.

comfort indeed!

love the orange color…

our room number 2…

This Ibis Hotel branch in this part of commuter-belt-Singapore was exuding with fineness.  The room was surprisingly big for an Ibis-type of a room.  Its impeccable cleanliness, unsullied orderliness and warm service merits above average distinction.  Moreover, considering the bargain price of their rooms, the complimentary buffet breakfast is more than what I and Nengkoy would consider simple.

I have always been a fan of the Ibis hotels’ modern, minimalist and contemporary colors and designs!  Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson made my fondness towards Ibis to simply linger on.

Simple pero nays!

Love Rules

Here’s one beautiful thing today!

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Love Rules! #loverules #neonlights

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Love rules.  Love over rules.

Got this material from my previous Brooklyn Museum visit.  Have a lovely day today everyone!

lab ruls!

 

 

Found LOVE at Blagden Alley

While trying to get ready with my next out-of-the-country adventure, I decided to transfer my recent travel photos to my external drive memory bank.  I noticed that there was one place in Washington that I failed to feature in my blog which I deliberately went to so as to experience, smell the area as well as get some awesome photos.

How can I forget the LOVE mural at the Instagram famous Blagden Alley?Or is it my subconscious telling me to temporarily miss it and only be aware again in time for the celebration of Pride Month this June?  This unique and eye catching piece of art is by Lisa Marie Thalhammer.  It is an LGBT-rainbow colored piece which communicates the simplest yet universal message of inclusivity and acceptance. Whatever it may be, let me then chronicle this little piece of experience that I had when I happen to see this meaningful and awesome street art found at Blagden Alley in Washington DC. At least through this street art, I can really say that I did indeed found LOVE in DC.  I hope next time its the one true thing!  Hahaha!And by the way, let me have this opportunity to greet everyone a “Happy Pride”!

Pumapag-ibig sa bwan ng Prayd!