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{Solo Travel} Singapore 2014 – Day 1: Walking Tour // Photo Diary

When I arrived in Singapore on June 25 midnight (June 26 early morning) and was on my way to Happy Snail Hostel, I was very pleased with what I saw — super clean streets and tall buildings everywhere! It made me look forward to the days ahead!

Checking in to the hostel when everyone was asleep and the sun was nowhere to be found was nothing like I imagined — no dark alleys and scary tambays. It was made easier by the instructions sent in by Mike, the hostel owner.

My ‘official’ first day in Singapore was spent walking around and getting to know the city. All the transportation details I originally wrote down were for buses, and I figured there’s a bigger chance I’d get lost by bus than by MRT, so I ditched the notes and just relied on Google Maps and the SG MRT/LRT map. A very big thanks to those two for guiding me everywhere! :D


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This & That (07)

The last few months have found me spending too much time in the office because of a mini-project we’ve been working on. But because it’s already finished (I hope), I’m feeling sort of free again! Here’s what’s been up in my life lately:

  1. It’s been ages since my friends and I went to a movie house to watch a, umm, movie. I wanted to watch something funny ‘coz the last time we were there, I cried a bucketful of tears. So we chose to watch Miss Granny. It was comical! But there was still a dramatic touch to it, so yes, I still cried.
  2. Food overload: Choobi ChoobiDing Qua QuaBarbecue BossUlli’s Streets of Asia. Celebrations are the best!
  3. One night, I dreamt of egg tart, and I knew I just had to find and eat one. So I did. I have a feeling I’ll be craving for more next week. :P
  4. Videoke nights are back! We were at Music One last Friday night to sing our hearts out. And for the 2nd time, I fell asleep. I lacked the energy for that night — either because I didn’t get enough sleep the night before or that I didn’t take an afternoon nap. Silly.
  5. Mumu‘s Blue Bell ice cream treat — Caramel Turtle Fudge and Tin Roof from Texas Creamery! Sooo good!
  6. Ever since I switched back to WordPress, I’ve been obsessed with adjusting some elements on my blog’s theme — fonts, colors, general appearance, etc… I don’t know if that makes me a detail freak. Does it?! o.O

Lately, I’ve been getting more ideas for my blog. I hope I’ll push through with them soon. But of course, I’ll have to clear my backlogs first. XD

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The Social Media Challenge

Let’s face it, social media has changed the way things work. Though it offers tons of tools that make things easier to do (like sharing of news, promotion of products, etc.), there’s still a downside to that, and it has something to do with our personal lives. For one (or three), some of us would rather scroll endlessly on Facebook than talk to real people, take scripted shots to post and gain likes on Instagram, or subtweet people on Twitter rather than approach the person concerned.

I’m not exempted from this phenomenon. There are times when instead of reading a book or finding new hobbies, I’d resort to sipping on people’s updates until I get so bloated with envy, then I’d feel a little insignificant in the end. Or I’d post an interesting life update to try to get people envious (I’m sure I’m not the only one), then I’d feel stupid in the end.

I figured this has to stop — at least for me. So for the whole month of August, I’m challenging myself to lessen, if not eliminate, my activities on social media in hopes of breaking this toxic habit and replacing it with more productive activities. I actually am not that active anymore (compared to before) when it comes to posting, but boy am I hooked on reading about other people’s lives! Don’t you think it’s high time we actually live and face the real world?

For this challenge, I’ve decided to just check/use my accounts when necessary (e.g. when someone sends a message, when I need to contact someone) or indulge on friends’ updates and whatnot once a day for a maximum of 1 hour. Let’s see. If you wanna join me on this, please feel free to do so! You may also let me know! :)

{ Social Media image source }

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The Happy List (01)

  1. Going out of the country for the first time!
  2. Getting to travel solo again
  3. Switching back to WordPress and gaining full control over the blog (and being able to access it in the office! :D)
  4. Serif fonts and their sans-serif counterparts
  5. Blocks of codes that actually work and do their job
  6. Closed tickets and solved problems
  7. Being able to work from home
  8. Seeing progress with the construction of our future home
  9. Productive meetings
  10. My understanding (and blogging) boyfriend! :)

My life, to no one’s surprise, mostly revolves around work. I spend the entire day in the office, and when I get home, I dedicate some time to complete my tasks for our small business. But despite all the workload, I’m happy that I still get to do these things — they’re actually things that I love. Also, I’m glad that I’m still able to appreciate the little things in life even though sometimes, stress gets the better of me. Oh well, expect more happy lists in this blog! :)

This happy list is inspired by Camie Juan. :)

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Singapore-Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Trip Preparations and Itinerary

I spent 7 days in foreign land on the last week of June, and I couldn’t be more happy about it, especially because it’s my first time to go abroad! On the first half of the trip, I was alone (yup, solo travel!), and on the second half, I was with Mumu.

My itinerary was pretty much DIY, but I had a few helpful sources (e.g. Tripomatic). I spent days researching about hostels, tourist spots, transportation, and most especially, how to go through Philippine immigration successfully!

This post contains personal experience and travel information. I’m putting this out there in case a first-timer (like I was) would need these basic details. :)

Airport Procedures

The schedule of my flight to Singapore was 7:55pm on June 25 (traveling for 3 hours and 40 minutes). I arrived at the airport 3 hours before the time of departure because I was readying for the worst (in case something happens during the interview with the immigration officer). The gates opened at 5pm, and I proceeded to the check-in counter. I already checked in online but I needed to have my boarding pass printed. Since there was no one behind the counter yet, I went to pay the travel tax (P1,620; only showed passport). When I already had the print-out of my boarding pass, I proceeded to pay the terminal fee (P550; showed boarding pass and receipt of payment for travel tax). We waited until the doors to the Philippine immigration opened at 6pm.


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