6 Instagrammable Places in Singapore

Saw a lot of posts about  instagram worthy places in Singapore and I decided to create my own list too.  Here, I listed 6 places we found that you can insta-G plus some directions on how you can go there.

1. Marina Bay Sands

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Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

How to get there?

By MRT:

Marina Bay Sands is linked directly to Bayfront MRT station (CE1, Exit B, C, D, E) along the Circle Line Extension.

By Bus:

The following bus routes serve Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Marina Bay Sands MICE:

Bus numbers: 97/97E, 106, 133, 502/502A, 518/518A, NR1 (Available on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays), and NR6 (Available on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays).

2.Garden’s by the Bay

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How to get there?

By MRT:

  • Via Circle Line or Downtown Line, alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)
  • Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
  • Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay

By Bus:

  • Via East-West Line, alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15)
  • Take Exit C and head towards bus stop no. 03223 located at International Plaza, Anson Road
  • Hop onto bus no. 400 and alight at bus stop no. 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive

From Marina Bay Sand:

Walk across the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B).

3.Universal Studios Singapore

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How to get there?

By MRT:

  • Take North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station.
  • Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.
  • Walk straight till you see Chili’s Restaurant on your right. Turn right and head towards the Universal Studios Globe.
4,Ibis Style Hotel at Macpherson

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How to get there?

By MRT:

Head to Terminal 2 and take the train to Paya Lebar MRT interchange via the East West line Green towards Joo Koon MRT. Transfer to the Circle Line Yellow towards HarbourFront MRT, alight at Tai Seng or MacPherson MRT station and follow the signs to the hotel.

5.China Town

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How to get there?

By MRT:

Chinatown is a station on North East Line and Downtown Line, it depends where you’re coming from but you can take either of the two lines and alight at Chinatown station. Head to Exit B and walk towards Chinatown Complex, the temple is right outside the complex.

By Bus:

Bus numbers: 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961#, 970 and CT1 (Alight at bus stop B05039)

6.Haji Lane

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How to get there?

By MRT:

Get onto the East West Line and get off at Bugis Station. Or you can also take the Downtown Line and alight at Bugis Station. Head to Exit B, from there, you have to walk 5-10 minutes to reach Haji Lane.

Happy Travels, Instagrammers! 🙂

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”. – Michael Palin

5 Reasons why swimming with the Butanding is the best thing to do in Cebu

Whale shark or Butanding (commonly known in Filipino) is a slow-moving filter-feeding animal that is considered as the largest fish in the sea, measuring 40 feet or more.  These sharks have very wide mouths which can reach nearly 5 ft. wide and can contain up to 350 rows of teeth. The head is flat and the eyes are located near the front of its head. While these sharks aren’t known to attack humans some speculate that a human could get caught in its large mouth, however even if this were to occur the throat of a whale shark is fairly small and it would be impossible for the shark to consume a person. These shark has even been said to be fairly friendly and playful with divers and may even let a diver hold on for a ride. (facts from whalefacts.org)

Here in the Philippines, there are several places you can go to-to experience whale shark watching/swimming.

So when I planned my Cebu and Bohol trip last June, I made sure to include this in my itinerary. I didn’t regret to do so cause it became the highlight of my Cebuhol Adventure.

Overwhelmed by my experience, I decided to write my top 5 reasons why swimming with the gentle giants is the best thing to do when you go to Cebu.

1) Whale sharks are completely harmless so there’s no need to be afraid of them. They are filter feeders meaning they consume food by swimming towards it with their mouth open engulfing the prey that enters their mouth. Plus, they don’t eat humans!

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2) Gentle giants are truly gentle and friendly. Swimming and snorkeling with them is an amazing experience. Again, no need to be scared of these creatures. But, if you are too afraid of the giant fish then you can still watch them from the boat.

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3) You’ll enjoy it even if you’re not a professional swimmer. Besides the boatmen will guide you and will even help you to have that instagram-worthy photo with the whale shark.

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4) Swimming with the Butanding makes me appreciate more the beauty of the underwater world. For me oceans are deep and magical and there are still a lot of things we need to see and discover.

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5) It is one of a kind experience that you shouldn’t miss! An adventure you wouldn’t forget and definitely worthy of your bucket list.

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Hopefully, these 5 reasons will inspire you to try this adventure when you visit Cebu.

Sharing with you my #niknakztraveltips when swimming with the whale sharks.

  • I would suggest to go there early to avoid the crowd. It is open from 6 AM to 12:30 PM.
  • You have to pay P500 for 30 minutes encounter with the whale shark and P300 for whale shark watching. Foreigners have to pay for a higher rate. Snorkeling gear is free.
  • But, if you have your own gear then you better bring that with you if you don’t want to use snorkeling gear that has been used by others.
  • Whale shark watching is well organized by the local town people. Listen very carefully to the do’s and don’ts when swimming with the whale sharks. Compliance is a must.
  • Don’t bother to put sunscreen when you go there, you’ll end up removing it because it is not allowed to put sunblock when you swim with the whale shark.
  • You can rent an underwater camera if you don’t have one.
  • Enjoy the moment! It is really scary at first but once you’re in there you will feel amused and amazed by the gentle giants.

How to get there?

  • Book a plane ticket to Mactan, Cebu with Air Asia, Cebu Pacific or PAL.
  • From Cebu City, go to South Bus Terminal and take a Ceres bus going to Oslob.
  • In our case, we stayed in Seafari Resort in Oslob and they take us to whale shark watching area. Only 5 minutes boat ride from our resort.

Thank you for spending your time reading my first entry here in my blog. Happy Travels!

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carrolll, Alice in Wonderland