Yipee it’s Singapore!
Belonging to a middle-class family, we all grow up with this one dream “Ek baar to abroad jana hai”. My dream came true this year. Ridiculous as it may seem, but I was genuinely excited. I with my “partner in crime” headed to this city of dreams on 1st June. We booked our package through MakeMyTrip (after loads of research of course!)
I would love to spare the other details and transport directly to the gorgeous view of this stunning island. As I peeped through the aeroplane window – all I could see was a piece of land enveloped in a green quilt. Stunned by its beauty, I only wanted to keep flying atop. After landing at the Changi airport, we headed to Grand Roxy Mercure. Great property, this hotel was as good as it was depicted online.
According to itinerary set by MakeMyTrip, our first destination was Night Safari. Brimming with excitement, we headed to this place. I was taken aback by the Fire Show, Tramp Rides, Unchained Animals and an experience of a lifetime. The buzzing insects, well-kept animals and the jungle like feeling enveloped us. We passed through pitch dark lanes looking for animals. Each one in the tramp would clap and shout when seeing an animal move, eat or come close. Oh, what a ride it was! Not to mention that the areas were very well maintained. Each animal was kept in accordance to his habitat and was looked after with extreme love and compassion.
The day two tour included Universal Studios. A huge fan of animated characters this part of the visit was something that I was looking for with desperation. A land of cute cartoons, fairytale characters and the world full of fun and frolic. If I set to elaborate this day, then it would take a few more thousand words. I would like to sum it up with just one word – Whooaaaa!
Later part of the tour included Sightseeing, Sentosa Island and Jurong Bird Park.
On the Singapore City Tour day, we decided to explore the city by ourselves. We took a bus ride to the Metro Station, and from there we headed to Raffles Place. A cluster of magnanimous buildings that housed prestigious banks from all around the globe. From there we walked towards Merlion Statue. After passing the renowned Fortuna Bay, we saw the tiny version of the original architectural marvel – The Merlion Statue. Right opposite to it was Marina Bay.
All I wanted was to witness was the view from the 57th Floor. Though we were tired and exhausted, we could not hold the excitement to reach onto the top floor. The number of kilometres we walked cannot be tracked. All I remember is that my legs were hurting hard and my desire for reaching the top most point was pulling me.
The view? Mindblowing or I would rather put it as – MINDBOGGLING.
What do I elaborate on? The Water Show by Spectra, the ultra clean Sea, the play of lights or the pleasant air. Each moment spent there got engraved in my heart and mind. As we transcended back to the city, I was already making plans of coming back.
With a fabulous cable ride, the tour to Sentosa gave us a chance to explore the S.E.A. Aquarium. One cannot keep a count of the aquatic species present there. The crystal clear water, blue lights, elaborate description accompanied each of the amphibians. I was awestruck at every step.
Singapore was full of surprises, and the Jurong Bird Park was no less. The beautiful bird shows, talking parrot, vultures, eagles, ostriches and owls were exemplary. You can never imagine how talented our feathery friends are.
Apart from these places, the Duggal couple (that’s me and my partner) explored the beaches near Sentosa Island, Little India, Mustafa (how could I miss the chocolates), and Clarke Quay (OMG! the disastrous Chicken Teriyaki Pizza).
My first trip abroad was great! I would love to get back to this spellbinding country again (to visit the Henderson Bridge of course).
How was your experience? Do let me know in the comments section below.
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