Sunday, 13 January 2008

My experiences in the lion city - Singapore # 1

The city of Singapore is a gastronomic delight, a shopoholics heaven, a perfectonists dream come true, a land of multilingual people and diverse culture.

I spent a weeks time in this lion city and at the end of my trip I'm truly enthralled with the way the city works, its people and what it has to offer to its tourists.

I reached Singapore on the 5th of Jan and returned on 12th Jan.

While planning for the trip a lot of my blog friends, people I know had all told me that there would be lot of stuffs to shop for and you will be confused but I was always wondering that its all going to be the same stuff... clothes, gadgets, house hold items et all . But the minute I entered any shop , I was so dazed with the amount of varities they have in each thing be it the shop houses , malls or the Singapore's very own Mustafa.

I have planed to divide my Singapore experience into 7 parts initially where in I will be writing about my each days experience and later on if there is something exclusive to share that would follow the 7th post :)

I started from Chennai on the 5th of Jan (Saturday) by Jet Airways. Thou' it was mentioned that our flight was a Boeing737 we got the new A330. This is how the business class looks

We opted for the economy one, it wasn't bad either .. A few views from the flight

The in-flight entertainment

View of the Chennai city from the flight

View of couple of islands before nearing Singapore

View of the Singapore harbour

Sky View of the Singapore city

We reached Changi airport at around 5:45 pm on 5th Jan and it took us about an hours time for immigration, baggage collection et all before we were out.

In the entrance of Changi airport arrival hall . The airport looks so huge , it is a mall in itself . Changi airport has got three terminals the last one terminal 3 was inaugrated jus' a few days back on 9th Jan 2008.

We checked in at hotel SHA Villa (Will make a separate post about it later)

After an hours rest, it was around 8 pm, we headed to Little India for dinner and had masala dosa( the one in pic)

After which we headed to Singapore's very own Mustafa shopping centre. This place here is a 24 hour shopping mall . It is actually didvide into 2 different malls . The serangoon plaza closes by 11pm and the Mustafa centre is open 24/7 isn't that awesome . So, every night we were here atleast 5 nights and believe me we haven't finished seeing the whole store.. Its so huge . Thou' its divided into 2 plazas , both of them are equally huge and incomparable...

Got back to the room at around 1am .. Thats how my first day went by :) It is very short compared to the other days as we hardly had half a day time to explore...

More to come.. I haven't started writing in my travelogue yet might take a couple of days I guess :)


Kuttibalu said...

That was a short and sweet travelogue. Your shopping spree started from day 1.. that's nice.. Nice shots too.


Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Kutti balu

Thank you! Yup, my first day turned out to be very short as we reached Singapore only in the late evening and Mustafa was the only 24 hr. shopping centre so we headed straight there after dinner :)

whAt A LiFe said...

Hi shalu

Glad that u r back. So must have had a wonderful time in s'pore. Looking forward to more post abt ur experiences there.

P.S. Thanks for the wonderful award that you have given me. I truly appreciate it. :)

Drama Div@ said...

i went to mustafa too. with my travel buddies (can you imagine, we walked from arab st to mustafa, arghh...) but obviously it's not my cup of tea... i dont like it...

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Shanthini akka

Im glad to be back to the blogsville too. Looking to share me experiences with all of you , but its jus' the lack of time that's taking me quite a while to post ( have my college re opening soon - thats the reason)

@Drama diva

OMG! that should have made you tired already even before entering Mustafa :( . Hope you enjoyed your shopping :)

Vasanthan said...

Ur planning is go gd. you started the shopping on day one! Did you have any problems finding vegetarian food? i hope not.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Enjoyable guided tour..THANKS !!