I finally had the chance to travel again after 2 years. The last place I was able to visit before I found out I was pregnant was Singapore and it’s amusing that it’s also the first country I visited after I gave birth.
We originally wanted to go there to visit my brother last Christmas season but tickets were too expensive so we just decided to postpone it until we find a seat sale promo. Luckily, Cebu Pacific had one early January so we impulsively bought tickets and in a few weeks time, we found ourselves bound for Singapore just in time for Chinese New Year!
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It was Skye’s first trip abroad and our first time to spend Chinese New Year in Singapore. Since we are visiting during Chinese New Year week, my brother advised us not to expect much since most stores and restaurants are most likely closed during our stay. Even though like 70-80% of all the establishments are closed, it wasn’t as bad as I expected. We were still able to enjoy and tour around but of course, we have limited choices — in terms of stores to shop for pasalubongs and places to eat (since most restaurants, cafes, and hawker stalls are closed also) and super crowded tourist-y places.
Since the incoming year is year of the Money, we were greeted by super pretty Monkey displays at Changi Airport upon arrival.
We stayed at my brother’s place since his landlord was so generous to accommodate us in one condition, our cook Sinigang and Adobo for him. We arrived there around 1AM and waited for my brother’s shift to end and met with him at his condo’s lobby.
DAY 1 — CHINESE NEW YEAR’S EVE. Our official day 1 started the next day and we planned to got to Singapore Zoo, but since there was a slight delay on our part (Skye threw a tantrum on our way and we have to get off the train to calm her down and feed her and put her to sleep which took us quite some time) we arrived an hour to tour the entire zoo so we chose to go to Night Safari instead.
Chinese New Year won’t be complete without dragon dance!
Night Safari was fun (but too dark to appreciate everything though). At some part, I was really scared because it felt as if something was watching your every move. The trails were really tiring and hot especially when you’re carrying a sleeping toddler but I enjoyed the tram so much. I really like the idea that some animals were not caged but divided but bushes and the tram can actually pass-by besides crossing animals. (Though it can be pretty scary for some animals like laughing hyena and the lions).
We also planned to spend the rest of the CNY eve at either Chinatown or MBS area to watch the fireworks but Skye doesn’t like really crowded places thus resulted to another tantrum. We were able to reach Chinatown around 11PM and planned to stay there until a little past 12 but Skye cried so hard we have to leave 30 minutes before the fireworks started and that pretty much wrapped the first day of our Singapore trip.