It’s been a while since I’ve last written a post, and it’s primarily due to the fact that it’s scorching hot. The weather is making me really sluggish and I just want to take bazillion naps throughout the day. That, and I had been traveling to the land of the Merlion – Singapore.
We stayed in Singapore for 5 days. However, on our first day since we arrived in Singapore at 7PM, we didn’t really get to maximise our first day so to speak, as everyone was dead tired from the long flight (3 hours from the Philippines to Singapore).
On our second day, our first full day in Singapore, we had an early start. After eating breakfast, we immediately set out to go explore the city.
As we were staying in Novotel Clarke Quay, our hotel was, literally, besides the famous Clarke Quay – its streets are littered with various bars and restaurants, most of which only opens at night.
As you can see in the above photo, Clarke Quay was pretty much a ghost town when we went. There were not much people milling about.
Fun fact: Clarke Quay is pronounced as ‘Clarke Key’.
Most of the exteriors of the buildings that can be found in Clarke Quay are very colourful. Here’s a close-up shot of some of them. Near this area is the G-MAX, where you bungee jump in the reverse direction.
Also, Big Brother is always watching you. B}
You can also take a boat ride from here. You can also see the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark from here.
Crossing the bridge as we were off to Central to take the MRT. You can see our hotel (Novotel) in this photo. Funny thing, as we were going to the entrance of the MRT, there was an announcement that said that there was a power failure, and thus, somehow, we found a way to walk to Chinatown.
I was actually surprised that we can walk from Clarke Quay station to Chinatown.
Again with the Big Brother thing. Hello CCTV camera.
Some of the merch that you can easily spot when you’re in Chinatown. It was so hot that I wasn’t really feeling up to taking photos.
Traditional Chinese clothes. I think they’re sold cheaply. Still, if you’re in Chinatown, look around for the 4 for $1o (Singaporean dollars) deals that they have for t-shirts. I also spotted one store selling 5 t-shirts for $1o, but I think the quality of the 4 bundle is better.
As you walk along Chinatown, you might end up seeing this. This is the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style. You can actually go inside, but you have to leave your shoes. Also, if you want to bring your camera inside and take photos, you can do so, but for a fee.
lol, I wasn’t sure if it’s okay or not to take photos of this, so here, have an awkward shot.
I think this one is much better, an improvement than the other one, but still. It’s not that good. I didn’t bother trying to take a better shot since I just wanted to go in where it was cooler. Anyway, this is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. It is quite near to Sri Mariamman.
You can burn incense sticks here.
Inside of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. At this point, I was still unsure as to whether photography is allowed or not. Anyway, when we went, there seemed to be a preparation for a conference or something.
The walls were lined with these mini Buddhas.
This large statue can be found in the next room.
Had to take a photo of this as I’m a year of the pig baby. Look at that cute pig!
The little details.
Again with the miniature Buddhas.
At this point, I bumped into another person with a bulkier camera than I, so now I’m 101% sure that it was okay to take photos so.. Here, a better photo!
It was quite fun to look at all the different statues. In fact, I noticed that all of them seems to be holding different weapons.
Going back to the next room, also there’s an alternate exit there too, so you can leave that way.
Year of the Rabbit warrior.
The back view of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Sort of funny but not really story (I just want to share it, haha): So, here I was, gawking at the huge temple, when suddenly, a girl approached me.
Girl: “Can you take my photo?”
Me: “Of you?”
Me: *takes photo and shows it to her*
Girl: “Thank you.”
Me: “No, thank you.”
\dies of awkwardness
I don’t even know.
Located near to the Temple is a tourist center. We bought tickets for Night Safari, S.E.A Aquarium, Universal Studios, Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Gardens by the Bay here. Their ticket prices is much cheaper than if you are going to buy in the venue itself (for example, USS adult tickets go for $68 here, $7 cheaper than if you buy in USS).
Again we go back to Chinatown, as we’re going to take the MRT to Little India.
This made me laugh a little.
Vibrant and colourful Chinatown.
Entrance to the MRT to Chinatown.
We went to Little India to see this temple. Can you guess what it’s called? Well, never mind. It’s called as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, and it is a Hindu temple.
When we went to see it, it was still close. Apparently, it opens at 4 PM.
Hindu Temples are very detailed, especially the roofs. I think that you can spend hours just looking at them.
See what I mean? Very detailed.
A colourful building in Little India.
It sort of reminds me of the ancestral homes that can be found here in the Philippines, albeit, this one is much more vibrant than the ones that can be found here.
Anyway, from Little India, we went back to Clarke Quay via MRT. We went back to the hotel to rest for an hour and then we went out again to go see Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands Skypark. I’m going to write a separate entry for that one though, so stay tuned for that. 🙂