Saturday, December 9, 2006

Our 2006 Vacation… and its in the Lion City!

This was our first entry on our first attempt to blog as a family. Since we're consolidating our accounts with Google, we're moving here!

With the largest Merlion in the City-State at the
background, we pose for a souvenir at Sentosa Island. Tired but we enjoyed the
place a lot!

Yes, our first formal vacation this year was at the Lion City of Southeast Asia, the small but proactive city-state and “fine” city of Singapore. The kids enjoyed our holiday–the third for Nique (her first was in Cebu City, when she was 1 Dei was pregnant with Nira), the second for her siblings! But it was a special holiday for our youngest daughter, Nel who was spending her first holiday outside the country (well, relative to our adopted home-country for now–Thailand).

We’ve got some hiccups in the location of our hotel but the remedy was to go out as early and as regular as possible. It was indeed great as we enjoyed Sentosa Island during the first day. We can’t get enough of the relatively OK bird show at the Sentosa Park so we hit the road for Singapore Zoo on the second day, which was also awesome for the kids but was rather exhausting for us. So, we decided to take it easy on the third day and took the MRT to Orchard Road. We knew that Lucky Plaza in Orchard Road was a famous hang-out for Filipinos but we never expected that they would so many!!! And you can buy Philippine delicacies like Chippy, Nova and even Philippine pre-paid cards!!! That’s the only time we discovered the Filipino Restaurant, as if craving, we just ordered some dishes although we usually have Filipino dish at home, courtesy of the “light” of the house–Dei.

The fourth day we raced to Jurong Bird Park where we bump into other Filipino tourists! and who says that Filipinos abroad only work for the money, they are also there to spend some hard earned one for a worth earned vacation! Fifth day, we opted to take it a bit slow before we leave Singapore. We went to Esplanade Park and visit the Singapore River for our last souvenir.

One of the funny thing that happened during our stroll along the Singapore from photo shoots at the famous Merlion landmark in the area, a Japanese mother and daughter approached us. I thought they would ask us to take their picture but they asked us if my daughters could join them for a photo opt! especially my second, Nira! Well, she was really adorable to anybody who sees her and was a willing model as well (we could as well charge tourists for that!).

A last trip to our hotel to pick our luggage and we were off to the Airport. Back to reality for all of us but it was a good long weekend!

1 comment:

Jim said...

Ayie was the first one to comment on this. Thanks! Mare!