After 12 years, finally I got the chance again to visit Singapore. This is the second time I visit the well-organized and well-pampered country. And, as expected, Singapore still fascinates me like the first time. With its wonderful city sight and... delicious cuisine! This trip really made me love Singapore even more, because I got to see, visit, and try things that I have never got to from my first and long-long-time-ago trip. This trip was actually work related--this time for Singapore Tourism Board--but yet it's super fun and I didn't even feel like working! (Not to mention that I wanna do it all over again!)
This time, I got the chance to stroll around the city and Sentosa Island for three days and two nights. I've also experienced so many must-do things in Singapore: from bodylifting at iFly Singapore, to tasting Peranakan cuisine at True Blue. Basically things that I've never done before. Turns out the rather small country Singapore has so many things to offer! It's even worth a journey in a country that's bigger than Singapore. Yet I still fell head over heels for the night-life around Orchard. I think Orchard Road is the only place that I've visited before. As a city girl, I really love to see that vibrant part of the city.
But one thing that seemed to be different from this latest version of Singapore is that it becomes more crowded. When I first visited the country around nine years ago, I think the country's less swarming than today. And when we hit the main roads of the center of the city, there would always be traffic jam. Like it's Jakarta all over again! Our tour guide said that Singapore does become crowded, resulting traffic jams on almost all of its main streets. Well, I thought it was only me who was bothered by the traffic, because the last time I visited Singapore, I rarely used road-trip transportations. I only tried riding the public buses and MRT, so I almost never experience the traffic on Singapore main streets.
So, again, this trip isn't really feel like working, because I got to experience new things, which almost all are totally different from the last time I visited the country. My favorite one is bodylifting at iFly Singapore, where I can experience indoor-flying. It's really like jumping out of a plane for parachuting! It's quite disappointing, though, to not being able to get any documentations on that great experience. Well, I wasn't ready to pay more for the video, although now it seemed like not getting the video was something that I still regret. Another favorite (ugh, I really suck at choosing favorites) is visiting the ArtScience Museum. I was really fascinated and in love by all the work of arts.
I wanna thank all the nice people from Singapore Tourism Board and Edelman for the great opportunity and wish them all the very best. Especially for Mas Satriyo and Mbak Gracia, the best travel companies that I couldn't ask for more. Three days and two nights are sure such a short time to spend. Can't wait for my next visit to Singapore!
Photographs by Ruth Vania Christine and Satriyo Pamungkas