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… 🙂
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!
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.
magnificent afternoon view
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!
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!
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?
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.
I have been a believer of my country’s awesomeness but I love being a tourist and I fancy travelling out of the country. Nengkoy (my mom) in her exasperated demeanor would often tell me that I don’t have kayamanan (investments, wealth and assets) because according to her my kayamanan are the experiences I gained out from my travels out of the country. So when I checked on the list, there have been six countries that I have already personally visited out of the 26 countries listed.
In each of the destinations I go to, may it be out of the country or within, I always make it a point to bring home with me a memento. A “delicious” budget traveler like me cannot afford to buy exorbitant souvenirs like paintings, crystals or even silver spoons so I would settle for the cheapest. That would be a ref magnet! So, without further pomp and circumstance, here’s a look at the treasures of my adventures:
malaysia "truly asia"
morocco "land of the setting sun"
vietnam "timeless charm"
hongkong "best place, best taste"
Availability of ref magnets in tourist destinations bearing the name of the city or country as a simple memento is an indication that such place or destination is a tourist hub.
Anyway, referring back to the list, I still have a long way to go in covering all these countries. I still have 20 more countries to go to visa-free. However, I noticed that Macau is not included in the list. It’s also visa-free…
macau "a world of difference"
I do not have investments and Nengkoy is correct. I may have zero assets, humongous liabilities and mediocre net worth but the experiences and wisdoms I gained out from these travels are priceless.
I will no longer wonder why The Lion King (Musical) won seven Tony Awards in 1998 including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. I, Nengkoy and a few of my relatives were able to catch and watch it in Sands Theatre inside the stunning Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
It was actually the event that gave me the reason to journey back and revisit Singapore. True enough the spectacular theatrical experience never disappointed us. For a moment a sense of guilt came over me that the other members of my family weren’t there to enjoy the amazing and awe inspiring performance. How I really wish that I can bring everyone there to see the glorious colors, breathtaking effects and enchanting music.
Aside from the spellbinding music and unbelievable visual stimuli of the set design and costumes, what I particularly like about The Lion King is the simple story line. It is lighthearted and never preachy. It does not attempt to move you to tears nor be subjected to an emotional roller coaster ride. But ironically, the show nearly moved me to tears and gave me a delightful emotional roller coaster ride. I was happy! It is nothing but pure fun, genuine giggle and overwhelming enjoyment that would be best felt and experienced with the members of your family.
When the ensemble waved goodbye and the curtain went down right after the show, the uncontrolled words I uttered were… “I’m blown away!”