Backpacking Malaysia and Singapore
My last day in Singapore was the one Ruby and I were so excited about. That was the day we visited the Harry Potter Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. The exhibition was brought only to selected countries and they chose Singapore as the destination in Asia. Other cities that the exhibition visited were New York and Australia. To read more about my experience at the exhibition, kindly visit my separate review.
Okay, so back to my story. We woke up late on our last day in SG since we were so tired from all the walking the other day. We shared the usual breakfast served at River CIty Inn. During our stay at River City, we paid 26SGD per person/night at the mixed dorm room. The rooms were very clean. I really liked the bathroom and the pleasant ambiance of the common area. We also rented lockers to store our valuables but everything else, we left in our beds. The tourists were nice and most of them return late at night. Aside from renting lockers, you can also rent towels. They also sell some beverage and noodles if you are so tired to go out. River City Inn is located at 33C Hong Kong Street Singapore 059672.
We asked one of the staff if we can leave our things after our check out time because we still plan to visit more places. The lady was kind enough to assist us with our bags. We told her that we will get our bags in the afternoon.
After checking out, we headed directly to the Central Mall to ride the train going to Marina Bay. What I forgot was that, we were suppose to alight at Bayfront Station because it is nearer Marina Bay Sands than the Marina Bay station. We had to walk far under the scorching sun. I was really pissed off because we were close to the starting time of our HP exhibit tour. Good thing the view was nice and we were able to get there on time.
Aside from the Harry Potter Exhibition, the Andy Warhol Exhibition was also happening at the ArtScience Museum. The museum is very visible and distinguishable from afar because of its unique architecture. We hurriedly went inside the exhibit and returned an hour after. It was one of the most magical moments of my life. I love you, Harry Potter!
Marina Bay is a nice place if you want to unwind. The view of the buildings and the river was very relaxing. It was also fun to marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Louis Vuitton store and of course the Marina Bay Sands. We did not go inside MBS anymore since we did not have enough time and we’re not planning on playing at the casino anyway. Haha! We just sat for a while to chat and rest before finally deciding to have lunch.
Right after visiting the museum, we went to the Marina Bay Shoppes for lunch. We saw the Rasapura where they are offering variety of cuisines from different countries like China, Japan, France, Italy, and even Philippines. It was a familiar feeling seeing our native food again. We opted to buy the popular chicken rice at the SG food station. Our meal costed 10SGD complete with rice, chicken, soup, and drink. Jella and Rhan also bought cakes from Au Chocolat which is located at the second floor of the Shoppes.
It was already past 1PM so we went to the bus stop to wait for the bus going to Bugis Street. Another very convenient factor about SG’s transportation system is that it has Bus Service Information board in its bus stops where you can find the bus numbers and their routes and schedule. We waited for a while for the bus to arrive. The buses were very spacious and the travel was so much fun. The traffic was light and the roads were not congested. It was a swift travel from MBS to Bugis.
Finally, it was shopping time. We hurriedly went inside Bugis Street Market to buy our pasalubong. There were many stores inside where you can buy different souvenir items like t-shirts, magnets and keychains, watches, bags and apparels. I was able to take home one watch for 5SGD, 3 tshirts for 10SGD, 18 keychains for 10SGD and 2 pairs for earrings for 7SGD. You must be good at haggling to get low prices from the sales ladies. We even met a couple of Filipina salesladies. After going almost through all the stores, we stopped by a stand selling fruit juices for 1SGD. It was very refreshing especially with SG’s hot and humid temperature. I bought melon juice for 1SGD only.
We also went to the Bugis Junction which is a bigger and higher end mall in front of Bugis Market. Rhan bought a wallet from the department store and we bought bags for 2SGD only at Cotton On. Yehey for the Great Singapore Sale (which happens every July).
It was getting late so we went back to River City to get our bags. My things doubled from what I had before I left Manila all because of pasalubong. We went out and looked for a cab to take us to Changi Airport.
It was still early for our check in time so we ate in a Chinese restaurant first. We also took our time to freshen up and to fix our bags to avoid getting excess baggage. Changi Airport has weighing scales which is very convenient for travelers.
While waiting for our flight to Kuala Lumpur, Ruby and I went to the lottery area where we won a gift certificate worth 10SGD. We also had our favorite desserts in a cafe near the piano area. Changi in itself is an experience because of the stores and the amenities inside. There are shops of different chocolates, alcohol brands, perfume, clothes, shoes and toys. You can also buy Singapore souvenirs from Discover Singapore. Changi is definitely the best airport I’ve been to. One thing I did not like about it? No free unlimited wifi. Haha!
We boarded our plane at 11PM and we arrived at Kuala Lumpur at 12MN. From there, we waited for our plane back to Manila.