wonderful series which goes by the name I travel. We met during UBC challenge and I enjoyed most of her posts and even doodles
she makes. I spend a long time on her blog and never get bored!Do check
out her blog for more such interesting topics every week!
thought, why not be a part of it. I wrote this post after a long break. Hence I
lost track of details 🙁 This is the second part of my honeymoon trip post. The
first part is about our
holiday in Malaysia!
We started for Singapore in a starmart bus on the 4th day morning from Genting
Highland of Malaysia as per our itinerary. We had tasteless south Indian
breakfast early in the morning in one of the restaurants of Firstworld hotel!
Lack of proper food and lot of roaming around made me feel little sick and migraine
attacked me the night before and I was feeling bad thinking I may not enjoy
Singapore. The luxurious, comfortable bus with massage chairs which were as
spacious as couches relieved me and I stared out of the window at rain droplets
as we moved on. I switched on the massager and felt heavenly. Rain, the bus,
clouds and hills were soothing. I didn’t feel like wishing anything else in life!
|Fog at bus stop-Genting in the morning|
|Singapore is at the Southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
We reached Singapore in no time. It took 2 and 1/2 hrs.precisely but the drive
was so heavenly that I didn’t want it to end. I made some Indian friends in the
bus among whom one exclaimed that her Chachi’s daughter looks exactly like me.
Where ever you go in the world it always feels good to see intervening Indians
:). It feels like home!
was in Mustafa Center. As and when we
checked in we tossed luggage in the room and hunted for an Indian hotel in
Mustafa. Food is very expensive in Singapore. We had Hyderabadi Biryani (which was not exactly Hyderabadi) on
which we spent 700-800 Indian Rupees .I was not tracking expenses as I was too
tired but remembered to get the dollar conversion done as soon as we entered Mustafa.
One dollar == 39 INR, it was. We were offered free paapads with green chutney
which I munched on restlessly as If I just arrived from a drought area!
we were on our own for that half day. We roamed around electronic shops and
some local shops. We brought some local goodies like laughing Buddha key chain
and a wall hanging which was extremely cute and which as per the age old belief
brings good luck to any home. One more unique thing we bought there was a
chappal key chain. Key chains are in the shape of cute slippers adorned with
shining stones. They are also good luck charms as per Singaporeans. We were happy to sevSarwanabhavan and Anandbhavan
hotels of Delhi there. Mustafa was totally INDIA. Its lot better than the Little
India of Malaysia!
discuss on buying a Sony/Samsung LCD TV (32 inch) as those were at the cheapest
possible prices one can pay. Next day morning our cab was waiting outside the
hotel and we rushed after gobbling some upma and drinking some tea. The cab
driver kept on boasting about Singapore and theor life and how fast everything
progresses there unlike India. He showed us the “KRRISH” building. It
is the building where Hrithik jumps in Krrish but as stopping there was not
allowed we took pictures from the moving Cab!
|The Krishh Building|
irritate me in 15min. Unlike the Christopher of Malaysia this guy I guess was
born and brought up in Singapore, so he doesn’t know how much India progressed
or changed. When he showed MLCP (multi-level car parking) and told – You wouldn’t
have seen this in India Imran in a high pitched voice shouted that there are
100s of these in Gurgaon and 100s of such malls too. I too shouted, “We have
MLCP in our office”. He replied, “Oh! Is it? Good. Good!” Thank
heavens he didn’t brag about Singapore and complained about INDIA not being
sophisticated after that.
where Brahmanandam behaves similarly saying “PARIS
is like INDIA fast forwarded for 50 years” and learns a lesson later when a
thief steals all their bags.It’s a ROFL scene and I was controlling my laughter
wheneverMehmood spoke. He showed the clear roads and said – “Youwon’t find any
beggar here like in India. “Clean roads. No beggar.”He stressed. “I wished the
coffee which he was drinking from a plastic cover using a straw spills on him!”
this unique style of having tea/ coffee anywhere else. I remembered having seen
it in Hangover2 where people in Bangkok also drink it in the same style. Imran
asked him – “Is this the way you drink coffee here? He proudly nodded and
then said, “Some of the Indians say it’s bad.”
may lead to cancer and it’s not hygienic. In our country we never drink a tea
if it gets cold.” We added. He thought to be silent for the rest of the drive
other than just guiding and mentioning the history and importance of few
places. He then took us to some memorial built in the memory of warriors which
was not that fascinating. It was just a tall tower with names engraved on it.
We took photos around and entered the cab in 10min.
Our next stop was “Merilion park” . Its
name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. The fish
body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called
Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents
Singapore’s original name — Singapura — meaning “lion city” or
“kotasinga”. To know more go to wiki->Merilion. Actually Merilion Park has a great view in the
night but due to lack of time, as we have only one and half day for Singapore
as per Itinerary we had to wind it off in the morning.
Flyer on the way for singapore city
The below image shows Merilion park (night view)- This image made me tad sad when I saw in friends’ albums. The below one is googled.
|So, we cursed our travel agent and Mehmood for giving us stipulated time where ever we went. Nevertheless Merilion was beautiful even in the day time. Check the snap shots below|
|We took many photos in different angles in and
around the mysterious Merilion – which felt like the heart and pride of
Singapore City! History of how the city evolved is fascinating. You may want to
google and know if interested. We were happy at Merilion and spent more time
than the allotted minutes to us.
loved but shall discuss in detail in my next post soon.
|Imran at Chinese temple|
|Beautiful Chinese Temple|
and the songs of
the sea which was extremely beautiful and a memorable experience. This
altogether has to be written as a separate post, hence stopping now. Sharing a
glimpse of Sentosa and the beach there below. More details about it in my next
post :- ) . A visit to Sentosa is a must if
you ever visit Singapore. We spent very less time in Singapore. We trusted
Welfare holiday package but arguing and getting things done at a place out of
India was little tough. I don’t think it is easy even in India.
|The wish tree at Sentosa|
to find out the details of the travel agents and package clearly, do some R
& D and never plan a trip in a hurry! I certainly wish to visit Singapore
again in leisure and explore the rich flora and fauna there and also spend a
long time at Sentosa, visit Universal studios, Bird parks and experience the
flyer and also visit Merilion in the night and enjoy the night life at
extremely beautiful! My favourite click at the airport is shared below :- )
|The laughing Buddha bought for luck 🙂|
I spent a lot of my childhood holidays in Singapore as my maternal grandparents lived there. Haven’t been for a while and I believe it’s changed a lot. Singapore was always fun but then we didn’t see it like a tourist so it was very different. Nice Afshan. I hope you will visit again. I know I want to.
wow really ! That is so cool Suzy. I am sure you can write about Singapore experiences better than me 🙂 would love to read.
Ya I will for sure visit once again but not sure when that once again will come 🙂 !
Ya do visit once
Thanks for reading Suzy
Lovely pics Afshan!
And massage chairs in a bus for so long !!! I WANT *throwing tantrum*
LOL @ The driver boasting of how his place is better.. I am sure there are many more people like that.. If only they boast of the right things
Ya. Every place has its pluses and minuses. He told many things which I skipped for now 🙁
The massage chair was wowww- I slept like a baby . Hence I wanted the journey to go on !
Thanks Hrishikesh for reading
I have never been out of the US but this looks amazing
Thanks for the comment Katherine 🙂
Singapore is a great place to unwind and relax and people are friendly and helpful too. If possible you should pay a visit !
Thanks for the lovely pics of Singapore.
I loved your shot of the Krrish building the most.
Thanks for reading my post 🙂 Yep that was clicked from a moving cab
I stayed in Singapore in the mid 80s with friends who lived close to Orchard Avenue. Loved the place with its happy poeple and wonderful displays in the shops. Thanks for sharing.
wow , then I am sure atleast one pic would have taken U back to those days. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by Francene.
Great selection of pictures 🙂
Thanks for dropping by Sophie 🙂
Hope u enjoyed it
Massage chair. ..that must have been wow. Was quite a descriptive post. Enjoyed reading it. And great pictures too… you looked lovely.
Thanks Sheethal 🙂 Good to see a comment/ compliment from ya !
YA massage chair seems to be the prime attraction of the post. haha
Great trip you have.
Very nice travelogue 🙂 and I absolutely liked the parts about Mehmood the driver! 😀 😀
haha ya even if it was irritating then the memory makes us laugh loud 😀
Thanks for dropping by Vaisakh 🙂
keep in touch
Lovely pictures and travelogue. I have never been out of the United States in my life but you took me on a lovely tour…and I thank you! ♥
Touched by ur comment Kathy 🙂 I am glad that U loved the post
Thanks a bunch for dropping by
That’s a trademark Afshan post….detailed. I love the pictures and it looks like a great place to have a holiday. Thanks for bringing this, Richa!
Thats such a cool compliment Kajal 🙂 Tough to list out all the details no ? I forgot many here 🙁
Thanks a lot for dropping by
That is one detailed travelogue. 🙂 Brought back memories of my trip to Singapore/Malaysia in 2001. Reading this makes me feel good that we covered a lot even though we had our 2 year old and 4 year old along with us. 😀
Good that u covered a lot even with kids. If I go again I will make sure to spend leisurely in Singapore 🙁
Thanks for dropping by Jyothi 🙂
Afshan you know something…some how merlion was a big disappointment for me. Maybe because I reached Merlion after a week’s tour of Singapore.
After a week’s tour? Didnt get u ? but a week in Singapore must have been so good na ?!
Anyway Thanks for dropping by Sugandha
Nice post, nice pics, loved the narrative as well. What a fitting end to the “I travel” series
Thanks Jairam for appreciating 🙂
Thanks for droppign by
Beautiful pics Afshan 🙂
Yes that is true Hema 🙂
Superb post and pics Afshan 🙂
True they are very pretty!
The fun in the trip is visible in your writing and the pics. Hope you get to visit the place again.
She does wishes to 🙂
your most welcome to my blog
Sure sure 🙂
That’s a wonderful travelogue. Singapore is on our must travel list!
Same here Shilpa 🙂
nice tour of the Lion City. and loved the colourful pics. I too love afshan’s writing.
Ah massage chairs — I could use one now. 🙂
That was a perfect tour to Singapore. Loved the pictures and yes, on international trips one often ends up with one or the other person who tries to downgrade our country. I’m glad that you gave it back to him. 🙂
Nice and expressive tour post. A must visit place I believe. Thank you Richa and Afshan 🙂
Very nice travelogue 🙂 and I absolutely liked the parts about Mehmood the driver!
Great trip you have.