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2010 Singapore and Kuala Lumpur - First Day in SG

In the early months of 2010, Air Asia and Tiger Airways offered a promo fare going to selected Asian countries.  Jun, Bea and I excitedly visited the respective websites and was able to book online for the 3 of us to Singapore via Tiger Airways for only P11K, then, via Air Asia, to Kuala Lumpur for only P4.5K; and back to Manila for another P4.5K.  Our total airfare of P20K was almost a half cheaper compared to our Cebu Pacific airfare in going to Hong Kong and Macau in 2008.    

Tiger Airways terminal was located in Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark, Angeles Pampanga that time.  As part of the airline's service, they regularly provide a Philtranco Bus Transit for a hassle free daily Manila-Clark-Manila trip schedules linked to the departure and arrival of their flights (P300 per sector per person).  However, we decided to bring our own car so that we may have the luxury of checking out what's new in Clark later after our vacation.  DMIA has a secured parking lot where we left our car for four days at P300  only.  As I thought that it would be required, I brought a xerox copy of our car's Certificate of Registration but the parking cashier/attendant didn't mind to ask for it anymore.

At the airport proper, a waiting area with seats was located across its main entrance as passengers would only be allowed to enter the lobby when it's already time to check-in.  As we set foot,  I begun to understand the reason for having a waiting area outside the building.  DMIA has a very limited space compared to the roomy  airport terminals we have in Manila.

Bea helped me in paying our travel tax (P1,620/pax for adult and P820/pax for child) and terminal fee (P650/pax) by falling in-line while I prepared our other documents.    

Bea enjoyed her lunch of tapsilog in the Departure Lounge where a variety of food carts were located.  She was in high spirits and in all smiles while we patiently  awaited for our boarding time.  

Inside the Tiger Airways plane,  Bea was seated beside the window as she always has a good time looking down the surroundings as we flew up in the sky.  She brought notebooks,  papers and colored pens to scribble all her thoughts during the entire flight.         

After almost 4 hours or so, we arrived on time at the Budget Terminal of Changi Airport.  I recalled the advise of my Ninong to bring an ample amount of US dollars just in case I would be asked to show money as most Singaporean nationals were not too receptive and warm to visitors coming through a low-fare airline. While on queue, it was a big sigh of relief when Bea and I, as well as Jun in the other counter,  passed the immigration officers without any hassle and question.  From the exit of the arrival area, we went straight to the line of taxi cabs.  We spent SGD30 for the Airport-Sentosa route.


In going to Sentosa, we passed by the Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel.  The newly built and introduced, Marina Bay Sands Singapore was likewise upclose when we passed by the Bayfront Avenue. 

Seeing the arc of Sentosa  presented more excitement and room for anticipation.    

We were booked at Siloso Beach Resort inside Sentosa.  The resort was located in Siloso Beach, the heart of the gimmick and fun with the beach front clubs. Our room has a bay-window where we were able to see the white sandy beaches of Sentosa.  Bea immediately posed beside the window for her souvenir photo.=)   

After bringing our things into our room, resting for a while and changing our clothes, we went to the Beach Station area via the free tram ride . We caught the last show for the day of the Songs of the Sea (SGD10/pax).     

Oscar, a lion fish, narrated the love story of the sleeping princess and the man with a golden voice.  Aside from the animated characters like Oscar, there were also live casts dancing and singing by the beach.  Bea's attention was captured by the show's creative choreography of special effects, pyrotechnics, flame bursts, lasers, water jets and computer graphics.

As stated in their website, it's a rain or shine masterpiece and spectacular show.  Unfortunately, rain started to drizzle while we were watching the show.  Plastic/disposable raincoats were readily offered and available at SGD2.00 each. It was a bit uncomfortable but the show itself was nonetheless worthwhile and very impressive. 

We ended our night by eating our late dinner at the Koufu Food Court in Palawan Beach also inside Sentosa.  Bea tried and liked their noodles with heinanese chicken.    

For flight bookings:
Air Asia
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Clark Civil Aviation Complex 
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines 2023

Tiger Airways
Tel: (63 2) 884 1524 

For hotel accomodation:
Siloso Beach Resort
51 Imbiah Walk Sentosa
Singapore 099538
Tel : (65) 6722 3333
Fax : (65) 6722 3322