On Sunday we decided to pop up to Singapore for one day trip. As I said in my Departure Day, Singapore is only 45 minutes away by ferry from Bintan and the port is here in Lagoi. It is very convenient to take a day trip to the country. The ferry costed only SGD 68 per person return so off we went!
I must tell you December, especially at the end of the month is typically monsoon season. That means, the ocean is rough and any trip through the ocean is not really recommended during this period. If you have sea-phobia or always get sea sickness whenever in a boat this is definitely not for you. However, regardless the unfriendly wave Singapore was too close to miss out!
We took the first ferry, leaving at 8.30 am. Singapore is one hour ahead so we reached Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at around 10.15 am local time. It was a bumpy journey, but K and little A were so excited. Luckily none of us got seasick that morning!
An interesting thing happened as we waited for the bus to take us to the MRT station. We didn’t have small change. We only have Singapore dollar in 50 notes. But there was this Indian guy, so nice of him, he took us all inside the bus and was prepared to pay for all of us. It was a quiet morning and we ended up getting a free ride. I should have asked his name before he left us in MRT station (we traveled together up to City Hall station).
Since we didn’t have too much time we decided to just wander around Orchard Road. Apparently Christmas hasn’t left the popular road as it was indeed still felt Christmasy there with all the gorgeous decors along the way. I didn’t take so many pictures during this trip because I was too busy keeping eye on the boys. They really loved to walk faster than us!
We walked all the way to the Sommerset, in between took a peek in a fully jam-packed Asian Food Court, and decided to set lunch for Yakitori in a small Japanese restaurant (I forgot the name).
Afterwards, while surfing around the mall J got himself a pair of Dockers pants, which was 50% off. It is very hard for him to find his size in Indonesia. Even some International high-street brands who would have had his size overseas don’t have it here (I am talking about his work pants not jeans). He is very tall and skinny. Even to look for a suite that fits him is a challenge because most of them will fit the body but too short on the sleeves. The same goes with the pants.
From Sommerset, on the way back to the ferry terminal we decided to explore the Citylink Underground Mall from where I got a pair of flats.
Overall, although we didn’t visit too many places and ended up only around Orchard Road the trip was actually amazing according to the kids. They have got a complete mode of transportation experience such as a ferry, a bus and a train (MRT). K and little A couldn’t stop singing “today is a special day, I am happy..happy..happy…”. My heart felt so warm listening to their voice. It is indeed very simple to make children happy, don’t you think?
Going back to Lagoi with the last ferry, which was 8 pm, was quite uncomfortable experience for J and I (and for most of the ferry passengers). At night the sea was even rougher than daytime. We tried to catch some sleep as the ferry started to move. However the further the ferry sailed away the rougher the wave was and I could feel my tummy had turned into a giant food shaker, it shook everything that has been digested inside. After 15 minutes unsuccessful sleep I woke up feeling so dizzy. I quickly grabbed a plastic bag and started the ‘jack pot’. I looked around and most of the passengers, including J, were also doing the same thing. The cabin crews were running back and forth distributing more plastic bag, collecting the used ones filled with vomit, and distributing tissue paper. It was vomit chaotic I must say!
Even once we got back to our room I still got nausea that I straight away crashing on the bed.
Oh yeah it was one of interesting trips so far!
Read about our experience in Pasar Oleh Oleh the day before and stay tune for more Year End Holiday Trip Series 2013!