Sunday, June 1, 2014

Singapore '14: Day Four

 I have decided to finally post this because I have free time today and because 
Tisha has another tour video from Art Fair and I really want to post it na!

Okay, GAME.

On our last day in Singapore, I had a lot of things on my mind -
I shall type them down in order of importance:
Hindi ako nag file ng leave sa trabaho omg
B. Will everyone get to go home except me?! 
Omg will I get arrested for not having an identity
C. What the hell am I going to do alone at the airport when 
they all leave?! (Oooh - probably go to my favorite kid store)
D. Huhuhu... Secretly bitin ako sa shopping
E. Could my passport possibly reappear in my life today?

Our (Mom, Dad, and Ana) flight home was earlier than everyone else because
I had work on Monday and I didn't want to be absent (This was way back when 
I was obsessed about being a responsible professional!)

We were planning to leave at noon for the airport, so Kuya Leo 
helped me file a police report early that morning then straight to
the embassy to get a travel document so I could fly home!

(Thank you Kuya Leo, it was very nice of you to help me out!!!!)

Filing a police report in Singapore is very fast and hassle-free - I'm not saying 
lose your passport in a different country, ha! I'm just saying if it ever does happen 
to you, you'd be really lucky to lose it here instead of anywhere else =))

 Since everyone was super efficient, I was done with about an hour to spare.
I met up with the gang so I could try to shop one last time before leaving.
Trachea and I went to the top floor of Cineleisure where I met two super 
kyot store clerks who let me take their photos.

With 20 minutes left, we all ran to Top Shop across the road. Didn't get to 
look at much because at the 10-minute mark, Dad called my phone and 
told us to go back to the hotel so we paid and started running again. 
Made it back to the hotel exactly on time and left for the airport

This lady drives us to and from the airport often. She wasn't the one who drove us to
the hotel when we arrived, so this was my first time to see her in a while. She still
has that one strand of colored hair in a pony tail like she's always had, haha!

When we got to the airport, I was pretty nervous because all I had to help me go
home was a piece of paper with a stamp on it and I didn't know if it was going to 
convince them to let me on the plane. I could tell Dad was a little worried if it would
work out too, tapos suddenly Tito Jimmy and Auntie Doris appeared! 

They said they were there to make sure everything would go smoothly.
Turns out there would be no problems at all! They called me to the immigration
counter on the side, looked at the police report and my travel document, then let me through!

Omg thank you. I could finally breathe after that! I went straight to my favorite store
to look at books and other nerdy things

Hi again, Abuelita!

If any of you are wondering what my favorite store in Changi Airport is:


Here's a cool photo of Dad with a mohawk


P.S. No, I never found my passport - We still don't know if someone took it or if our room
had a weird black hole that took passports, but please learn from me! Passports straight into
the safety box in your hotel rooms when you get there!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Singapore '14: Day Three

Also known as:
A. The day I thought I'd never get home to the Philippines
B. The longest day of the whole trip take two
C. The day I finally got to go to Haw Par Villa

Pero I ended the last post with me realizing my passport was missing, so let me finish that night first.
I was fixing my things that night when it dawned on me...


Tess, Daffy, and Mickey quickly got up and helped me look for it.
We checked everywhere, okay. Under the bed, under the sink, under all the couches,
in drawers we never opened before, in drawers we never knew existed, in each of our bags,
 in the safe (where I should have put it in the first place),

Panic started to sink in when Tess suddenly said,
"What if it's in Mom or Lola's room?"
To which I said,
"My key card works for all our rooms..."

So down the hall we went in our pajamas and hotel slippers...

Everyone was already asleep when we snuck in, so we didn't turn on any of the lights.
We used Daffy's phone light to find Mom's suitcase, then we started making kalikot. (To no avail)

When my passport wasn't there, we went next door to Ate Diday's room.
No passport there either, but Tess did find some bread and Nutella.

I asked Tess and Daffy to get me up the next morning so I could tell my parents
about the passport early. I didn't want my passport issue to kill my plans with Camille,
a friend of Ina's who I met only once before she left for Singapore to study!

Eh since I was worrying the whole night, I fell asleep really really late...
Tess and Daffy wanted to kill me the next morning cos my alarm was ruining their sleep time.

When I woke up, I went straight to my parents' room where I finally told them
what was going on. No one got mad at me (WHEW) but they did call housekeeping for a last check.
They were like the FBI in their suits, and check out that amazing flashlight the lady's holding!

That guy in the photo asked me, "Why did you put your passport on the table?"
Ate Diday wanted to say "Uh... That's what a table is for?"

I was super late for my meeting with Camille pero she was super nice about it.
When she found out kasi na I was going to be in Singapore for a few days,
she offered to take me wherever I wanted to go and I wanted to go to Haw Par Villa
and she was super game because she's super nice about everything jdkfjhksdfg
This is Camille YAY!

We had lunch and then it was off to Haw Par Villa!
Tess and Daffy take selfies everywhere


Okay so I was super kaduper excited to be here because my Ate told me about it
and after doing some research and seeing photos of the place, I knew that
I NEEDED to see it for real at least once in my life!!!

This is Tess breaking rules as usual :-D

Camille told me that the caretakers kick people out before 6pm.
As in they make sure that no one else is inside the premises
by the time it gets dark. Why kaya? Ooooooooh

Trachea and the lolo welcome you to Haw Par Villa...

Guys I will never be able to fully express how excited I was when we walked in

Errr. This is us about to walk into hell,
so if you guys hate blood, please stop reading this entry. LOL.
(The horse and the bull on either side of the gate are the guardians!)

Extra note: The walkway we were standing on used to be a river long ago,
and that tunnel used to be a whole dragon! (You enter it's mouth and go through its
body then it poops you out when the exhibit is over)

Chinese hell is a bit like Dante's inferno.
Everyone gets put into one of the ten courts of hell,
and then they get punished depending on the sin they committed.

These photos don't need captions anymore. Enjoy them nalang!

Hello! After the hell exhibit, we walked around and found a giant sumo wrestler.
Tess and Daffy got to climb him with no problem because:
1. They are both gifted with height
2. There were no guards to tell them off

This photo shows how hard it is to climb the sumo wrestler without the height.

We changed places because Tracy said it was easier over on her side,
and she was right! I can now say I climbed a sumo wrestler

Tess, Dafflescia, and Trachea gave up because of the heat and left.
Camille and I didn't mind the heat so much, so we stayed behind.

There were adorable animals who acted human,

Giant scary god heads with hair that needed shampoo-ing,

The Goddess of Mercy on a lotus flower,
(Does anyone watch Gensoumaden Saiyuki?)

Really wild mermaid parties,

Human-headed crabs,

Guys who needed to shave really badly,

Friendly turtles,

Sanzo (also from Saiyuki),

Ana witnessing a fight between Goku and Nataku,
(I'm not kidding, look for me. I'm next to the referee)

And turtles who decided to have a reunion under a bridge.

My Dad called me while Camille was taking a bathroom break and
he told me that I had to go back to the hotel because I had to fix passport things.

I left Haw Par a really happy girl, though!

Camille stayed in Ion while I organized my life with Miko, Dad, Kuya Leo, and Uncle Lawrence
(who gave us angpau - it WAS Lunar New Year nga naman. Thank you very much Uncle Lawrence!)

After the passport stuff was done for the day, I went to get Camille and invited
her to have dinner with us. They served us Yusheng (am I correct? I just Googled this)
and taught us how to do the "Prosperity Toss"

Camille and I took this photo for Ina because it was her one request.
I quote, "your mission: take a picture together forming a heart in a nice place and send ina"

Miko and I took Camille to the MRT station and we passed by this along the way...

After saying goodbye, we went to Miko's place again,
this time to build his chairs. (Building drawers is more fun)

And then finally back home!
(Where Daffy and Tess were watching the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills -
they advise you not to watch the first episode, but the rest are funny na daw)