Saturday morning, my brother drove me to Bandung International airport that has been renewed. It looked better, thanks to Ridwan Kamil for that. It was short flight and it was faster than ii was planned. I arrived in Changi airport around 11 am. I was waiting for Kimberley my Singaporean friend who has been waiting for my coming for 7 years. She gave me two butterflies shaped handmade soap as my welcome gifts. We took train to go to bugis street and found 5 foot way inn to check in. We walked around Arab street and saw Sultan mosque. I saw people sell batik too, hey that belongs to Indonesia
We took train to haw par villa. If u knew tiger balm, my grandma favorite balm, the owner made this park to educate people about Chinese culture. Since i born and rose in Chinese family, all things in this garden look familiar to me. They had diorama for hell, what are punishments you would get in the hell. It was scary. Then they were diorama how people live their daily lives as farmer and their homes. They belief in god and goddess and animals. Some famous stories that i watched when i was little like White Snake legend and Monkey King. Several virtue values about love, friendship, family and money. It was great reminder to treat others well.
We headed to geylang art market and had Indian food snack and Japanese takoyaki ball. We made matching henna on our left hands. It was cool even though it was a bit itch in the first half hour. we said goodbye, she went home and i took train to orchard. I saw McDonald and grabbed one apple pie, my favorite one! Yummy and i finished it right before i got to Singapore tourism board. There was uncle Steven who helped me out and made itinerary for next 3 days. I rushed to Clarke quay and met zac in star buck, ready with his green tea, my favorite drink.
We walked to quay side restaurant and ordered crab pasta. It was delicious and what a beautiful evening dinner in riverside with lights. We went to marina sand bay and enjoyed laser show titled ‘wonderful’. It was ended with our favorite song, What a wonderful world. Lets call it a day!
In the next morning, i was so confident about my reading map skill coz i was better than Kimberley yesterday. I wondered why the neighborhood looked different, i said to myself i could not notice it last night. I keep walking and saw some elderly house and realized i might take wrong turn. I met little girl and she said i walked to the wrong direction. Oops. She told me to walk to the nearest train to get to St Andrew cathedral, my first destination.
I arrived in the church and attended half of the service. It was father day, they sang songs about father. I cried a lot every time i sang. I got swollen eyes after church and thanked i brought my sunglasses so nobody could see them. I walked to Armenian church and fort canning park after entered the wrong place. I saw some people had picnic there, a father played saxophone for his baby and some girls took pictures of them. What a relaxing place to be on Sunday. I kept walking and stopped in civil defense museum.
It was cool place where i could see fire trucks and little history about singapore. The most entertaining one was trying the hose to extinguish fire and watched how they helped people. I walked to train station and waited for meitry and angel, my college friends who work there. we had salad for lunch, we shared about our healthy lifestyle and our challenging as well.
We walked around orchard and got free apples to be traded to apple cider. Meitry was so excited we went to the place and ordered french fries and got 2 bottles of cider each of us. We ended with full and gas tummy. We had window shopping before we said goodbye. I went to ion art and ion sky. It was incredibly beautiful scenery from 55th floor. I would appreciate more if not only skyscrapers that i saw. Since its Singapore, that’s the only thing they had. Unfortunately, i never heard back from christian my high school friend, so i headed to Clarke quay again.
Tonight zac and i had Japanese food for dinner. Then we tried Singapore flyer, it was sad they closed down before we got in because of bad weather. We walked to marina square and saw left over of balloon museum. Ah.. bad decision, i should come here first because they had extremely beautiful balloon artwork in a maze! I just saw some of them.
The next day, i went to harbor front and bought ticket to batam at batamfast. People said it took 45 minutes to get there but i got 1 hour. finally i arrived in other part of indonesia. It was long line in immigration office. I walked out and found public transportation to get to my next destination. None of my friends’ friends were available so i guessed it’s my adventure time. I hopped on the blue public transportation from batam centre and stopped at simpang balaerang.
It was the first and longest bridge that Habibie, former president made for this island. They also had ex Vietnam refugee camp in galang island. I wanted to see that. I found a group of batak people who helped me with this. There was a guy that i called tulang (uncle, batak language) who willingly to drive me there, became my guide and cameraman. He drove 80km/hour in really empty road. Almost no other vehicle but us there. i hope he is good guy and would not harm me.
We saw first bridge, it was nice and i could see villagers and sea. What a calming scenery. The more we drove, i could see different landscape, plantation such as banana, dragon fruit (according to him), chili and tomatoes. I saw rocks along the way and some construction, they might want to build houses there.
Finally we arrived at ex Vietnam refugee camp. We saw their wooden boats, hospital, red cross, youth centre, dorm, house and prison. They had museum as well and i fell on the stone. I had quick lunch there and headed to catholic church and Buddhist temple. Clock is tickling. I had to catch up my boat at 2.30. we drove back and saw bunch of monkeys on the road. We saw boat with some figures, i thought it was station of the cross. We found the way in and looked unfinished station of cross on the big boat. We went to peaceful Buddhist temple and headed to batam centre.
I was glad i did not late and slept on my way back to Singapore. I lost my belt and did not fill the immigration letter that kept me a while with immigration officer who asked me why i went in and out. I was tired that time but still had time to buy things for my mom and Kevin before i met zac.
I rushed to Clarke quay and forgot where was the book bazaar i wanted to see yesterday. The sunset was great but i was unhappy coz i forgot things. Zac finally arrived and we went to garden by the bay to see laser show. It was wonderful, lights everywhere, they had classical music and we laid down on the grass and watched the show. We took train to Singapore flyer and it was successful ride on the tallest Ferris wheel 165 meter above sea level. We could see Singapore lights from above, so pretty.
We took train to harbor front for last destination Mount Faber Park but it was way too dark to hike so we ended did not continue the path. In the next morning, i woke up and straight to train station, although i missed the train but i made my way to Mount Faber Park. I hiked by myself and had no idea where was the canopy walk. I kept walking and saw some people were jogging and rode bicycle. I saw Singapore cable car, small merlion and historical mural, spots for binocular to see Singapore and i found sign to go to Henderson wave.
I decided to go there and realized that i just started the walking trail, but i had no time. I wished i could walk through all the trails. There was only one mrt station nearby which was the one i got off, so i should calculate time and i thought i wouldnt be enough to go there and back before i headed airport. I walked back to hostel and met my new Indian friend, Amrik. We went to Little India.
I had prata and lemon juice. It was great. Amrik ordered batura, puff pastry which is also delicious and i drank hot tea. I love Indian food. I bought biryani rice for lunch but i missed naan since they made it at 11 am. I got on mrt and met baby who was interested in me. While we were communicating, there was Singaporean guy who paid attention on us. We talked until i got off at tanah merah. I continued to airport and explored to terminal 1, 2, 3 with Swedish guy. We saw orchid garden, butterfly garden and made black and white portrait. Thats short silaturahmi trip in singapore