20-22 August 2010. Singapore.
My trip to Singapore was a spur-of-the-moment thing: I thought I was ready to backpack the Lion City, so I booked my flight via Cebu Pacific’s 50% off promo. I invited a law school friend and warned him that Singapore was going to be a do-it-yourself trip, consisting mostly of foot travel and bus rides. The idea appealed to him. He left me to finalize the itinerary, however.
We arrived at the Budget Terminal of Singapore Airport on the morning of the 20th of August 2010; flight was about 4 hours. After going through immigration and foreign exchange, we took an airport shuttle, for S$9 each, to our hotel, Fragrance Rose, located at 263 Balestier Road.
Since it was way too early for our 3 o’clock check-in time, and since we did not want to waste what little time we had to explore the Lion City, we left our stuff at the hotel’s front desk and decided that Sentosa would be our first stop for the day.
To be able to get around Singapore, EZ link cards are a must. We bought ours at the 7-11 store a few meters away from the hotel, for S$10, with a S$5 refund. To be able to avail of the refund, however, you should surrender the card at the store where you got it. EZ link cards may be topped-up or reloaded.
There are really cheap eateries lining Balestier Road. We paid a mere S$5 for an early lunch on our first day since I didn’t have a hearty breakfast back home. Hawker centers are the place to go for good food that’s within the budget. They are open-air complexes and safe to eat at. Kopitiam are another option. They are indoor, air conditioned versions of hawker centers. They are what we call food courts back home.