Surviving Singapore with Php 5,000 Pocket Money: Ready, Set, Go!

It is my first visit to Singapore and I must say that I’m loving it! And, uhm, that’s saying something ‘cos I haven’t seen much of it yet. :)

I picked Peach up from Tivoli at around 3:30 AM so we could head together to the airport. We were supposed to meet at 3:00 AM but I have just finished packing my stuff then and Peach was only starting to do hers. Yep, crammers we both are. We were already laughing at our antics as soon as she hopped on the cab. This is gonna be a crazy one!

We arrived at the airport with enough time to grab a bite after paying for the travel tax and terminal fee and checking in. We were supposed to eat at Tapa King but food was going to be served after 15 minutes; so I opted to go to the gelatto place nearby. They sold solo pizza for 99 bucks. Sweet!

While savoring my cheeseburger pizza, I heard the boarding call from Cebu Pacific so I knew I had to hurry up (while Peach was being very chill that made me grateful because she wasn’t stressing me out). After downing the last bite, Peach was like, “Where are you going? They haven’t called us yet.” “Dude, they already did a few minutes ago.” “What? I didn’t hear!” as she quickly picked her stuff. “I like traveling with you. You’re very alert.” Haha! Angge, did you hear that? :P

The plane Cebu Pac flew us in was kinda big, not like the usual ones I’m accustomed to riding at. We were seated at one of those seats with extra leg room (score!) and I didn’t know that airlines usually charge extra for those until Peach pointed out how lucky we were. She said, “We must have done something good.” Oh yes, we are friends.

Truth be told, I was just really grateful that we had enough space to get some relatively comfortable rest. I had been awake for about 20 hours so I guess you get my drift. :)

We arrived at Changi Airport unscathed. And, I immediately looked for a wifi connection to check if our Executive Director has sent the list of activities so our finance team could start working on our proposed budget.

Changi

After downloading the file, Peach bought a gift for our host for two days, while I looked around.

Changi Airport

Then, we withdrew money in SGD.  I had previously deposited Php 5,000.00 to our joint account (yes, we’re friends like that) so she just gave me the equivalent in SGD.

Changi Airport

Then, we walked our way to the MRT to take the train that would get us to where Ogilvy Office was located and where we would get the key to Peach’s friend’s condo unit. You see, angels helped make this trip beautiful. :)

At the station, I bought an MRT card and was initially loaded with 7 SGD. Since Peach said that I had to get at least 20 SGD on to my card, we tried the machine that would let us do so and inserted 5 SGD initially. The guy from behind us was so kind to explain that the machine only accepts reloads of 10 SGD at the minimum, unless you are a student. He also said that the 7 SGD load on my card was already enough for 2 days. So, fine, we cancelled the transaction and thanked the mister. :)

MRT

Upon arriving at our station, Peach and I enjoyed the walk to the building of Ogilvy. I would just burst, “I’m in Singapore!” every once in a while. Haha! To which Peach would just laugh. She gets it that I really love traveling and discovering new places. I love my friends. Have I mentioned that? :)

While waiting for her friend, Joseph, from whom we would get the key to the condo, Peach asked me to buy us lunch. We ordered two burgers and one large fries that we would eat as soon as we’ve settled down. And, because I really had to go online soon, we took the cab this time to Derbyshire.

And, the place is posh! Peach’s friend, Jeremy, was so kind to let us use his place for a couple of nights while he’s in the UK. His place is on the 22nd floor with a beautiful view of the city from the balcony. His place was pristine clean. Until of course us two slobs invaded his sanctuary. Don’t worry, Jeremy, we’ll clean up before we leave. :)

Derbyshire

So, I got to coordinate with our finance unit and my boss, with this as my workstation for the day. Sweet, eh?

Derbyshire

And, after getting it that we wouldn’t make it to the deadline, I took a nap and gave myself some slack. I woke to the sound of Peach coming in. And, yay, she brought goodies with her, too! We had Movenpick ice cream – the best I’ve ever tasted, no kidding – with this as our backdrop. Cool, right?

Derbyshire

And, you know what’s cooler than that? I’m experiencing this life and Singapore with such an awesome woman who will forever be my friend, no matter what. :)

Right now, Peach is taking a nap while I get to write about my crazy lovely day. On Jeremy’s balcony. With this behind me. :)

Yes, I love my life. :)

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I visited Singapore with my friend, Peach, from January 31 to February 4, 2014.  And, most of the entries in this series were written while I was there.



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