On my last short yet meaningful traveling trip, me and my friends did try to explore as much as we could within the budget we could afford. And actually these are how we ended up:
After safely landed in Changi International Airport, we went straight to our booked apartment at Pacific Mansion, River Valley Close. Surprisingly, just like what my fellow friend, Hana Anjani, the one who helped me found the apartment said, this apartment is really close to Orchard Road. Took only about 15 minutes walk to reach Orchard Road yay! Then after having a short break, we went to Merlion Park just to enjoy the sunshine along this well known tourist spot.
Then we bought a one way ticket of the boat that available just beside the merlion statue, with Clarke Quay as our destination (quite affordable, costs SGD 3 each). We choose Clarke Quay because it was a quite far destination so then we could enjoy our journey along The Singapore River, just to take a look at its surrounding. Anyway, Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay where you could find a lot of night clubs and restaurants with great architecture and interior, my favorite spot of course!
What we found along our journey at Singapore River
Arrived at Clarke Quay
Me in front of a restaurant
I'm wearing: Dress (Unbranded), Jeans Jacket (Unbranded), Bag (Guess), Sandals (Unbranded)
Bunch of colorful and beautiful windows as the restaurant's exterior
After wandering around Clarke Quay for quite long time, we decided to walk where our feet take us. Then we found this Fort Canning Park near Clarke Quay.
In front of Design Singapore Council
We walk and walk along River Valley Road, enjoying our surroundings, capturing the beautiful architecture until we accidentally found gallery and church at Hill St and Coleman St.
Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
Armenian Church of St Gregory The Illuminator
So, after got tired walking and wandering around, we took a taxi to Orchard Road to just do a little window shopping. And for me, I want to got my favorite bubble tea at KOI (you could find KOI store at Lucky Plaza) and of course, everybody's favorite SGD 1 ice cream on bread!
Honey Bubble Milk Tea
I know, this one is ice cream on wafer hehe, I was too full to eat bread
We spent like five hours at Orchard Road. Walking from one mall to another, just do a little window shopping and of course breathing in my favorite Kinokuniya book store at Takashimaya. Lots and lots books are always able to take my breath away! After we broke and did the last shopping at H&M, we walked to Killiney Road and found this Vietnamese restaurant and it turns out to be quite affordable and delicious! Too bad I forgot the exact price, but I remember each of three of us had to pay for about SGD 19 for our shared food.
73 Killiney Road
Some kind of grilled fish, tofu, and soup
And, that was my first day at my last Singapore trip. Not a fancy holiday, I know. But it was quite satisfying and unforgettable. To travel alone without parents, without enough money, we're forced to make the best decision about where to go, how to go somewhere, what to eat, and what to buy. Well, travel not only teaches us how to see, it does teach us a bunch of other lesson we could never get in school.