Travel Virgins: Jersey Boys, River Cruise, and the World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel

When I visit a place, I want to get to know it. I want to connect with it and know its story. So when a friend and I had a chance to go to Singapore (it was both our first out-of-the-country trips), we had a very specific itinerary.

We didn’t spend the day at Universal Studios. We didn’t go to Sentosa or the Night Safari. We didn’t stay long inside the malls or ate frequently at restaurants. Aside from watching Jersey Boys at the Sands Theater, we mostly stayed outside in the streets.

We visited the Singapore Art Museum. We went church-hopping. We went on a river cruise to tour the city. We ate duck, tried the local coffee, dined at street-side food stalls, roamed the local markets. We went up the Singapore Flyer to see the entire city’s majesty. We hardly asked anyone for directions. Instead, we relied on maps and our map-reading skills. We did get lost a few times, but it was still fun. Getting lost in a foreign country was a very important experience that we will treasure.

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at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

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Crossing the street, going from Clark Quay to the Asian Civilisations Museum

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Bibliotea Exhibit at SAM

one-dollar ice cream

One-dollar ice cream

char kway teow

Char Kway Teow we bought at Chinatown

jersey boys

I waited two months for this show!

gardens by the bay

Gardens by the Bay as seen from the Singapore Flyer

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Singapore Flyer. Yikes

clark quay

Early morning in Clark Quay. Almost completely deserted

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Singapore’s financial district

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Shell-shaped conservatories of the Gardens

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Panoramic view of Marina Bay. Seen here are Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and Singapore’s financial district.

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Panoramic view of Clark Quay

 

It was all very magnificent. So that’s how it feels like to visit another country. So cool. In three days, I’d already ticked off two things from my bucket list—watch a Broadway show abroad and conquer my fear of heights (Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world!).

I want to go to Thailand next and play with baby elephants. 🙂

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