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)


Monday, February 10, 2014

Singapore '14: Day Two

Also known as:
A. The day we got on the wrong bus
B. The day we wished we had a lot of coins
C. The day we went to Universal Studios at 5pm
D. The day we cursed the phrase, "WHAT LINE?"
E. The day it took us 3 hours to get home
F. The day Ana realized her passport was missing

The day started pretty normal. It was Lunar New Year and most of the stores
were closed, so we did our research the night before about which ones would be open.

Tess and Daffy got ready before anyone else and headed out to check if
Sweet Talk (the place with really yummy Milo bubble tea) was open.

Mickey, Trachea, and I got tired of waiting for them to come back,
so we headed out to go find them at the bubble tea place and they weren't there.
We figured maybe they got sad that it was closed so they went straight to
Ion, where we were planning to go for a bit of shopping (according to research,
a few stores over there would be open on New Year's day)

I left them a text asking them to meet at Muji at around 12:30.
We went to Art Box and spent money on useless things, as per usual.

12:30 came, and no reply from Tess or Daffy.
We decided to go look for a place to eat, and there was nothing in Ion.
Texted Tess and Daffy to meet at Wisma, where we headed next.

I saw that Food Republic's light was on upstairs so I thought there would be food.
We get there and it turns out only Din Tai Fung is open, and probably only
for people who made reservations. This is what we looked like while
waiting for Tisha and Daffy:

They finally appeared, and since it was hot out + we were lazy (mostly lazy),
we took the train to Somerset.

The Food Republic there was open, and there was a place
 that looked really yummy, but it wasn't. :-(

A Milo Dinosaur totally made up for that, though!

We shopped a tiny bit at Somerset, then walked to Cineleisure
while Tess and Daffy took a look at H&M.

Most of the stores there were closed again, so we just hung out outside
while waiting for Mickey to buy some food at McDonald's.
(I got a new yoyo! It says "Shit Yeah" and it's adorable)

Mickey asked me to take this. I don't really get the point.

Mickey asked me to take this too.
This was so spicy, omg. I have no idea how he finished it without crying.

Tess and Daffy met up with us and wanted to go back to the hotel.
The laziness was kicking in again, so we went looking for a cab.

No one would take us because there were five of us,
so we gave up and headed to the nearest bus stop.

To this day, I don't understand which bus goes where.
Tisha probably felt the same so she decided to step inside
the next bus that arrived and just asked the driver straight
if his bus was going to stop at Scotts Road, and he said yes.

At first we were just waiting to see the familiar streets near our hotel,
but on each stop we got to, we realized we were going farther and farther from
where we were supposed to go. Panic set in at first (especially from Ms. Trachea
who I have realized is the panic queen), but then we just made fun of it all.

Here is Tour Guide Tess and the different sites she showed us
until we circled Singapore and got back to the hotel. =))

The moment we stepped on hotel ground, Tisha totally changed her mind
about taking a rest and asked us if we were game to go to Sentosa. =))

One cab ride later and we were at Universal Studios at 5 in the afternoon!

We had a dinner planned with our parents at 7pm, so we agreed
we would leave Sentosa at 6:30pm. If we'd gotten there by cab in
15 minutes, then half an hour was a lot of extra time to get home, right?
(We found out how wrong we were at 6:30pm, but that's for a bit later)

We got there in the middle of a parade, and I got to see a dinosaur!

This guy's supposed to be the mummy.

The first ride we got on was The Mummy ride nga.
I was so chill about this ride, I swear. I thought we'd all be laughing,
Omg we should have gone on it a second time

The next ride was the Jurassic Park ride, the one with the water.
It was pretty lame. Trachea kept on insisting that I would get super wet and
my phone wouldn't survive if I didn't put it somewhere safe, so it ended up in
my underwear. :-| There was a family who was on the ride with us and they
looked at me really weird after I did it.

The Transformers ride was the perfect ending to our Universal Studios day because
1. It wasn't scary aka no one's soul got stressed and
2. It was very windy so we got dry from the Jurassic Park ride

It was 6pm when we finished. We had a few more minutes to walk around,
and we found some Sesame Street friends talking on the stairs.

Also found the turkey leg place where Carlos ate a few years back!
(Is this even where you ate that turkey leg? Or was that Hong Kong? Ambot)

There was an adorable guy whose parachute got caught in a tree!
(Which movie is he from?)

We also found Po near the entrance. I ran up to him and asked Mickey to
take our photo, but then I realized we had to pay to get a picture and there
was a long line behind us. Oops.

We were all very happy and satisfied when we decided to go home even if
we only got to go on three rides. That happiness did not last long. DUNDUNDUN.

First, we headed to where the cab dropped us off.
We saw the line and quickly decided to get on a bus instead.

Just for the people who don't know - In Singapore, you have to give the
sakamount of coins to a bus to get a ride. They don't take bills.

On the bus ride line, we took out all our change and combined them.
It wasn't enough for all of us to get home and since that was not an option,
Tisha started running off to different shops to ask if they could break her $2 bill.
No one would say yes, so then she tried to buy a drink from a vending machine.
None of the vending machines gave change - they were all sakamount machines.

At this point it was already around 6:45pm, and we were all stressing.
Tisha texted Miko about the easiest way to get home, so Miko told us to get on the MRT.

MRTs are usually on the last floors of malls, so we got on an elevator
 and went to basement 2. We found nothing there!

We went back up to the lobby and asked a dude where we would find the MRT,
and that's when he told us that we'd have to ride the monorail into the city
and THEN get to the train. We ran to the monorail and saw a giant line again.

This time we decided to stay because there was no other way to get back home.
Finally it was our turn, and we finally got to Vivo City.

When we arrived (It was already past 7pm), I got a call from Dad and he
told us to just get a cab home. I remembered where the taxi stand is at Vivo City
from our last trip so we went there and found... Another line.

Did not want to line up again, so we went down to the MRT station.

The ticket booth had... Another line. We were so tired na at this point when suddenly,
an angel came to us and said, "There is another ticket booth with a lot less people on
the other side, I think you should go there before people find out about it!"

(It was actually a random girl who came up to us. THANK YOU, RANDOM GIRL!)

What could have been another half hour of waiting turned into 5 minutes.
Tess and Daffy sat down while we bought 5 tickets to the Orchard stop.

We were rejoicing because all we had to do now was get on a train and sit down
until we got back home!!!

Tsk, tsk. Mickey! Don't stand in the middle! People have to pass there, y'know.
When we were waiting in that exact spot, I saw a sign that kinda said,
"Easier route to Dhoby Ghaut upstairs." I asked them if they wanted to go back up
to get on a different train, but no one wanted to move anymore.
(Giant mistake.)

The train arrived, we got in, we sat down. We were so thankful for the seats that it took us a while
to realize that it was 27 stops to the train where we would change routes to get on the Orchard line.

Thankfully, there was a stop in the middle that would let us change trains to the red line,
and we got on it so it was only a few stops to home - This is a very relieved Mickey.

We got home at 9:30pm. We didn't make it to the family dinner, so we just got
room service. Longest day of the whole trip!!!

It didn't end there, though. When we got home and I fixed my things,
I found out my passport was missing. But that's for the next post!