Backpacking Crusade : Start of Starts

Slept on three seats, amazed by Singapore’s night view, I’m thinking of a harbour tour and issues at the other side of my brain. When your head is splitting, take a walk. I thought there was a special line but this walkalator accelerates your walking distance and briefly takes with you, your hand carry luggage. Any citizen deserves this convenience 🙂

walkalator
same rules apply, stand on the right, walk on the left

Gah. How do I even start this. It was as if this should happen to me. It was a trip with a friend initially but due to some unfortunate circumstances, I didn’t realize I was on my way to becoming a solo traveler! That’s right I have one big cotton bag and a small leather backpack. Let’s push through with this minimalism!

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going back to my love for editing photos

I’m exhausted that I had to deal with the problems of how and when should I return to Manila. It was an itinerary for a multi-city MNL SIN BKK MNL that became a MNL SIN round trip. I was walking around Changi Airport Terminal 2 looking lost. Not totally – I remember most advice to spend the wee hours enjoying the view. Most stores are closed but it’s Christmas and we know that businesses extend hours.

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many people sleeping around the Enchanted Garden

This is also my first trip out of the country and a perfect time to try my new cameras out! As a responsible adult, I went to look for the money changer first to replace all my Baht and Ringgit bills to the powerful currency.

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no falling in line but what am I going to do without an address to go to

As I was preparing my first Asian itinerary, there was a foreshadowing as if what I ONLY need to bring with me are tips and advice when travelling in Singapore. Instead, I found myself writing a mini itinerary before heading out to daylight. Took a dump was on the list plus brush my teeth (my basic reset mind and body functions) and finding the cheapest flight back home.

Not a fan of drinking wine but wine cellars and stores stun me. There was no wooden aroma yet smoothly the visual is #DonJoseGoals.

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I will need this 360 view to show you the wine library at the Changi Airport T2:

After looking around I went on to the terminals with free internet access. My carrier automatically connected me to its partner telecom, SingTel which costs a thousand peso a day (whew). It’s my first time and somehow a form of insurance for emergency purposes.

I browsed for the cheapest accommodation and Hostelworld popped up. A deposit of 4.60 SGD was needed. The last transaction of my BDO credit card 😐 (You know how banks ask you kind of forcefully where and when you lost it when your cancelling your credit card. I then recalled it was in the airport after receiving my statement of account). I also texted my friend living in Singapore so we can meet up. That was around 3AM. No response recalling Manila and Singapore is lying on the same timezone. I tried to take a shuteye while I charge my phone. We all lay on the floor.

By 4:30 the line at the immigration got thicker. Tough competition as immigration officers one by one opens up a new line. I was asked to go back to the line because I did not state the address where I am going to live. A tourist for a 5 days, I wrote the hostel’s address. I suffered so much from inconsiderate people like the guy with a Malaysian passport who used his built to cut me in the line and a few old ladies saying that I have to start falling in line again when the immigration officer told me there’s no need. Seriously, who are the first time traveler here?

PS: It looks like you can provide any address. Not sure if the officials do a random checking. My constant worry was to pay a hefty fine.

I grew lonelier with all these families surrounding me. Australians, Indians, Chinese Nationals. Literally me against the world.

Next: Finding myself a pod

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