[July 23-26, 2015] Though I’ve been to Singapore multiple times, my latest trip was special because it’s the first time for the whole family (yes, Papa included!) traveled out of the country. This was my treat to our parents for their silver wedding anniversary and an advance birthday celebration for Mama.
I was responsible to book our plane and bus tickets, reserve all our accommodations and plan for the trip. Since we only have a limited time to travel and Mama wanted to see most of Singapore’s “tourist” spots and for me to see the infamous Petronas Tower, I had compressed our schedule through this itinerary:
Day 1 (July 23): Manila – Singapore
1:30 – 5:00 PM – NAIA Terminal 3 to Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM – Check-in/ Rest at Cozy Studio Apartment, 303 River Valley Road (http://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/3822245?eluid=0&euid=9e739204-da83-8834-b646-c005afaa628e) – First time to try AirBnB and we got a sweet deal! <3
6:45 – 12:00 MN – Train to/from Doby Ghaut MRT Station to Woodlands MRT Station; Dinner at Tito Edwin’s house; Sleep. Tito Edwin is Mama’s youngest brother who lives in Singapore along with his family. We had a free dinner treat of authentic Thai food!
Day 2 (July 24): Singapore
7:00 – 10:30 AM Wake Up; Breakfast at River Valley Road; Merlion Park
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM– Vivo City; Sentosa Island; Universal Studios; Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 PM – Back to unit; rest
4:00 – 11:00 PM – Haji Lane; Bugis Street; Gardens By The Bay; Sleep.
Day 3 (July 25): Singapore – Kuala Lumpur
9:00 – 11:00 AM – Breakfast and souvenir hunting at Bugis Street; unit photo shoot! <3
11:00 – 8:00 PM – Checkout at Cozy Studio Apartment; Lunch; Singapore to Kuala Lumpur via Golden Coach Express Bus (http://www.easybook.com/). Our travel to Kuala Lumpur is at 1:30 PM, but we left the station already past 2:00PM. We had also waited almost 1 hour at the Malaysia- Singapore land border. All-in-all, it was a verrry long trip. I believe it was better if we just take a flight from SG – KL to maximize our stay in Malaysia, but then again, the trip would be more expensive.
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM – Check-in/ Rest at Regalia Residences (http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3506876?eluid=6&euid=06a2e516-f76d-6391-fa46-369757c0517a). Wong KS was a very friendly host, he even waited for our late arrival before he checked us in. He left water bottles, biscuits and instant coffee at the apartment for us to consume. He even had different maps provided. I just love his unit, plus the condominium itself have infinity fool at the 37th floor, restaurants, gym and study area.
After a few minutes of rest, we had our dinner at the Hemisphere Restaurant and Bar at the 37th Floor of Regalia. We celebrated with steak and drinks, a very special dinner for my parent’s 25th anniversary, exactly July 25. We then went to Petronas Towers since I want an up close photo of it at night.
Day 4 (July 26): Kuala Lumpur – Manila
6:30 – 8:00 AM – Swimming at 37th floor. We really woke up early (yes, we only slept 4 – 5 hours that night) so we can experience the pool before we go out for souvenir shopping.
9:00 – 2:00 PM – Breakfast and souvenir buying at the Central Market; Lunch; Check-out. We had rented a private van for the airport transfer. Forgot how much we paid them though.
3:00 -4:30 PM – Travel from Regalia to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 2
4:30 – 6:30 PM – Waiting for departure
6:30 PM – 10:10 PM – KLIA Terminal 2 to NAIA Terminal 3
Below is the list of our fixed expenses:
Manila-Singapore via Cebu Pacific* ————– Php 9,229,92
Travel Tax (Php 1,620.00 x 4) ——————– Php 6,480.00
Terminal Fee (Php 750.00 x 4) ——————– Php 3,000.00
2 Nights AirBnB – 303 River Valley Road ——- Php 13,003. 95 (EUR 249)
Singapore-Kuala Lumpur via EasyBook.com — Php 2,992.29 (90 SGD)
Kuala Lumpur- Manila via Cebu Pacific* ——— Php 10,520.74 (MYR 739.04)
1 Night AirBnB – Regalia Residences ———— Php 3,551.28 (EUR 68)
Total ——————————————————- Php 48,778.18 (Php 12,194.55 each)
*With 15KG baggage allowance and travel insurance.
Other expenses include food, transportation within the city (taxi and train) and souvenirs. In total, I believe we spent a total of Php 60,000 (Php 15,000 each) for the trip. NOT BAD for a dual-city family trip!
All-in-all, though our muscles hurt from all the walking, we really enjoyed the trip! We are looking forward to more family adventures. Next year, it is already my sister’s 18th birthday (time flies so fast! I’m old!!!). She said she doesn’t want to celebrate it with a party, I wonder where she wants to go? Hope she meant travel for the four of us! :P
That’s it for now. <3 always, Irene