17 January 2010

Here They Were

It is kinda related to the previous post, now I am talking about some tourist spots in Singapore I went when my family (finally) visited me on last end-year holiday.
1st Day
We're walking around Sentosa and Vivo City. Vivo City is a mall near harbor where the terminal going to Batam and train station to Sentosa. Other public transportation to go there are by bus (whose terminal is not too far away from Vivo City) and Cable Car which is closed right now since months ago until I don't know when. Taking Sentosa Express train cost S$3, you can purchase the ticket there in machines in front of the gate, or use your EZ Link card. There are another ticket counters near the gate, for purchasing any PACKAGE TICKET (they have some choices of attractions package) or SONGS OF THE SEA TICKET. We made a mistake at that time, by queuing that long line while actually we didn't want to buy package tickets. We only wanted to buy tickets of 2 attractions. So when we've finally reached in front of the cashier, they said we could not buy there and should go on the spot instead. What the eff!

2nd Day
We're going around Orchard (my favorite place in Singapore, don't ask), then headed to Mustafa for a while because Mom and Dad wanted to buy some perfumes. It is a 24 hours shopping center in Little India that sells everything and (people said) cheaper. In the evening we took river cruise to sail us along Singapore River from Clarke Quay to Marina Bay.

3rd Day
I was working, yes sadly. So on my lunch break time, I picked them up to go to Singapore Botanical Garden. They're walking inside there (one of the the places where your eyes can be free from seeing high buildings in this city) while I was back to work, and after I finished working we're going to Suntec City to see Fountain of Wealth.

4th Day
We went to Bugis Street, the largest street shopping location in Singapore where you could find cheap clothes, bags, and souvenirs. Near Bugis, we visited Kampong Glam area: Arab Street, Sultan Mosque, and Malay Heritage Site, where Sultan palace was located before English colonial came to Singapore (I'm not too good in Singapore history, CMIIW). Then in the evening we shopped in IKEA Queenstown.

5th Day
While I was working (again), the family visited Science Center (which I've already visited 3 times, as an Engineer I love that place), then at night we went to Orchard and ate my most favorite Indonesian food in Singapore: Ayam Penyet Ria.

6th Day
We're going to Jurong Bird Park, and then had New Year countdown in Marina Bay.

Different Perspective

Have you ever experienced this, when you saw people you know from distance, for example your colleagues who are on the same way towards office, but you were not in the mood for talking to them (for any reasons), so you just runaway taking another bus or hid behind, and when they discovered you and said hello, you said hello back pretend you didn't see them before. It is so poker face, and sometimes I did, but I hope I could minimize this thing happen again, because I want to be a nice girl, for everybody.

Okay let's move on, my post this time is actually about how we see things differently from others. When you've lived in one place for long time (describe yourself how long precisely the long time is), you might feel no special anymore, not like when you first time coming to that particular city. I've lived in 5 different cities so far, each time I moved I thought those cities were mystery. I didn't know where the hanging out place, I didn't know how the people spend their times, I didn't know what areas they're talking about, everything seemed blur and I was excited to know more and more. But the time goes by, we're trapped in our routine activities, commuting between home to office or on the way to anywhere else around the city feels no amazement anymore, we make ourselves busy with gadgets and books, not looking around and sightseeing. In one word... BORING!

One day I came to a blog post telling about her short visit to Singapore. My way of seeing Singapore is totally different than her touristy story. It happened also when I lived in Jakarta and Bandung before. My family from out of town were so excited each time visiting me in those cities. I missed that kind of feeling. So that day in the bus going home from office, I put aside my Blackberry, iPod and book, then stared to the window looking at the flats, apartments, trees, roads and people. Things that we'll miss someday when we no longer live here. Things that we'll regret someday why we didn't have a look when we lived here. We're (some people) focus on living in Europe and going around the world, maybe we can try to explore new places in our current city/country first that we haven't visited before. When was your last time you're being a tourist in your current living city?

Like the way baby/kids seeing things for the first time.

07 January 2010

Small Island in Bali Sisterhood

The long journey to get Gili Trawangan: 2 hours drive from Kuta Bali to Padang Bai Harbor, 5 hours by ship from Padang Bai Harbor to Lembar Harbor in Lombok, 1 hour drive from Lembar Harbor to Bangsal, parking the car and taking Cidomo to the port, and 45 minutes by boat to (finally) Gili Trawangan... is worth it. Easy to say that because I was not the one who drove the cars ha-ha. There is a faster and more expensive way to go there from Bali which is by a fast boat, but since we're 11 of us, it's gonna be fun just like we did, rent 2 cars together and experienced this longer trip.

03 January 2010

Jake January

I've just been blogwalking whole day and found many interesting blogs to read. One of them is offering this game called Piece of Me.

This month....

I like: that there will be another oversea trip for me. I am going to visit Kuching for 3 days. Where the hell is that, rik? Well, it is in Sarawak, one of Malaysia states in Borneo Island near Pontianak, Indonesia. I haven't gone there before, so I decided to just book the tickets when I heard about Tiger Airways promo last year. Amazingly I could get the tix only S$12 for both ways Singapore-Kuching. I repeat, 12 Singapore Dollars! It's like 8.55 USD or Rp. 80.375. So if I canceled going there anyway it was not so big deal to lose that amount of money. But I think I keep going. I am now inviting some travelers who are interested to go there together (love the rhythm) and contacting some travelers who are living there. Might this be an opportunity to meet new nice friends *crossfingers*.

I don't like: that... surprisingly I don't have anything to dislike about (yet).

I want you to know: that I have appointment tomorrow for applying Singapore Permanent Resident. Some friends of mine got rejected last year and might re-apply again 6-24 months (if they want to), but I hope mine is being approved.

I've planned: to start fulfilling my resolutions constantly (such as reading 1 book, watching 1 movie and cooking 1 recipe per week) and give myself a hard work in office. Work hard play harder!

I want to say to someone special: to BF, I.M.U.L.

It is fun. Visit Notes from the Toothfairy and join it.