After a quick and simple breakfast, we were ready to explore a little bit of Singapore. This trip was supposed to be a backpacking adventure but since the backpack itself cost so much money, we decided to start our own way of traveling. It is called luggage dragging.
First stop of the day was The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. In order to save money, we decided to use the public transport. Lady Luck was on our side today. Amazing how the MRT was almost empty.
It was not hard to get to the Marina bay area from Bugis. It was straight forward. It was a bit of a walk from the MRT station to the Shoppes. Nonetheless, the dudes did not complain. The city skyline impressed them and well, they were enjoying their cuci mata session.
It was after we finished cam-whoring, the dudes noticed an Angel* sleeping peacefully on one of the benches. My theory is that he passed out during the F1 party the night before. Either that, he was so tired, he just wanted somewhere to nap or sleep. And well, being flamboyant as ever, of course the dudes took a photo of him.
Before the dudes do anything more, I dragged them away from the sleeping Angel and led them into the shopping area where I longingly look at the Chanel store… From afar. I can’t afford anything at the moment. I must detox from shopping.
We didn’t do much there. Just walked around and adored all the big names. The dudes had a jolly good time taking photos of themselves while I tried really hard to ignore Chanel.
Before meeting Teh Kah at Marina Bay Sands Sky Park, we had lunch at the food court.
In a nutshell, the food court is alright but slightly expensive. I had a chicken shish kebab with hummus and shared a plate of roasted chicken rice. Teh Kah said it is one of the best chicken rice in Singapore but I still feel that SCR’s chicken rice is the best, ever! The irony is Singapore Chicken Rice or SCR is a Sarawakian born company. Hehehe.
After lunch, we went up to the Sky Park. The bummer was that not all of it was accessible. The pool and garden area was closed for a private function. We were given choice to go for the evening tour but since we had a flight to catch, it was impossible. Whether we liked it, we had to go then and then.
The dudes didn’t complain, so everything went well even if we only got to see the observation deck. Initially I suggested Teh Kah and the rest of the group to try Ku De Ta but the price of drinks and food were sky high!
There was nothing much to see or do with the two areas closed, so we went to accompany Teh Kah have lunch at the food court at the Shoppes. She had the chicken rice, which she loves so much. I am sure there is no chicken rice as nice as the one you get here in Asia in Auckland, New Zealand.
We said goodbye at the entrance and from there, we made our way back to the MRT station. Unlike yesterday, we decided to try using the MRT to get to the airport. First, it was cheaper and secondly, since we had time to kill, the path not taken seemed attractive.
We are forever grateful and thankful to God almighty for we arrived at the Budget terminal just on time. The moment I started to queue up, we were already called out by the Tiger Airways staffs! Phew. The journey from Marina Bay took almost an hour. When I realized how late we were, I was on the brink of crying. Who would want to miss their flight? Anyway, after we got off the MRT, we had to take a transfer bus from Changi to the budget terminal.
We had just about enough time to use the toilet and buy sweeties before it was boarding time. The moment I was seated in the plane, I quickly dozed off. Dave captured that moment in the photo below.
The flight took one hour and thirty minutes. The weather got a bit nasty as we approached Phuket and 20 minutes prior to landing, there was a harsh series of turbulences, it almost felt like a roller coaster ride. Because the cabin crew ran out of Thailand entry form, we had to fill in the form last minute and that resulted in a long wait for the immigration. It took us almost an hour to go through immigration and get our bags.
Poor Elysha, she waited for us at the arrival lounge for over three hours! When we thought the journey was over, we were mistaken. The van ride from the airport to the hotel took another hour plus and well, the driver dropped us off at the wrong hotel. Instead of Sugar Palm Karon, he dropped us off at Sugar Palm Kata.
Famished, we went out in search of dinner after settling in our rooms. Since we were already exhausted, we went to the first Thai restaurant we came across. It was called Up Seafood, Karon Beach.
Here are the photos of our supper:
Simple and really beautiful.
Nothing special about this dish but it was decent.
Not exactly spicy, the guys were a bit disappointed.
I had better before, this was a bit boring. Meh.
I LOVE THIS DISH! It was ammmaaaahhhzzziiinnggg! Mmm…
Reminded me a lot of umei. Lovely taste but it was not the best lah. Very citrusy and when they said it was spicy, they weren’t kidding.
Before we went back to the hotel, we bought a few necessities at a close by shop. It was after we bought our things, it suddenly rained heavily. We rushed inside and bought a rain coat each.
After we put on our rain coats and ready to brace the rain, it suddenly stop! Not a single drop. Nada. The odd thing was when we were about to take it off, it rained a little. Fearing there might be another unexpected shower, we went ahead with the rain coats on.
And the whole of Phuket town laughed at us as we made our way back. Oh, the embarrassment! Hehe. While in the van, Elysha and I discussed about going for a massage and well, we actually did! Just next to our hotel was a massage parlor. The aunties were really friendly and oh, their massage was divine! The best part is… One hour Thai Massage only cost us 200 Baht or RM20!
Thai Massage is like being assisted at a tough yoga session. A lot of cracking and stretching involved but it felt soooooooo good!
And if it wasn’t for the massage, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the sleep on the firm mattress.
I will blog about the room soon, for now, too tired!