Mother & Daughter Adventure: Singapore, Part 1

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School is finally over for Aryanna and I just finished working on a project for ten straight days. It’s time for a much-deserved vacay!

What better place for mother and daughter bonding time than a trip to Singapore! Wooooohooooo!

Thanks for bring the girls to the airport. Goodbye boys!

Aryanna and I are all packed up and ready to go!

Fly Cebu Pacific! Spend less on airfare = More shopping and adventure!

We flew via Cebu Pacific. When flying in Asia, budget flights are King.

We arrived Singapore hungry.

Our tour guide Josephine from the Singaporean Tourism Board brought us to Singapore Food Trail.

When in Singapore, eat Hainanese Chicken Rice! This was cooked perfect!

My new favorite dish: Black Pepper Beef. I believe I ate 3/4 of the serving. PG lang ang peg.

We tried the Fried Oysters with Egg but it was way to oily for our liking.

Special Prawn Noddles

It’s the world’s largest observation wheel. Standing at a stunning 165m, Singapore Flyer is the height of a 42-storey building – that’s some 30 metres taller than the famed London Eye. Taking a flight on this S$240 million wheel is a one-of-a-kind experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

Time for our mother and daughter adventure!

The Singapore Flyer is the best ride to take when first arrive Singapore (and after eating a full meal, haha!)

I’ve ridden the Singapore Flyer many times and each experience is different, especially now that I’m with my daughter Aryanna. It was her first time in Singapore and it was a good first ride seeing the beauty of Singapore.

Enjoy Singapore Flyer by yourself, with friends and loved ones.

Step into the Journey of Dreams – a brand new attraction at Singapore Flyer, and be awed by an engaging multimedia showcase that provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Singapore Story and the iconic Singapore Flyer, and extend your experience onboard the scenic flight on the Flyer, taking in amazing 360° views of Singapore and beyond.

Aryanna liked the interactive videos. She was in the zone. I had to force her to stop playing. Grabe.

Get a visual 360° feast of iconic and historical landmarks and views from the Marina Bay to the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place and the Padang. There is no other place in Singapore that offers these breathtaking, magnificent day and glittering night views.

Aryanna enjoyed the magnificent cityscape of Singapore.

What a beautiful city! No pollution and beautiful, clean landscape.

Get lucky! With Singapore Flyer’s 28 capsules and each capsule’s maximum capacity of 28 persons, the evident figure of 28 means “double prosperity” or “easy to prosper” in Cantonese.

With 3,332 panels of 42 varying shapes and sizes of spectrally selective glass, the Flower Dome is like a giant puzzle!

Next stop, Gardens By The Bay!

There are several attractions at Gardens By The Bay but Aryanna and I decided to concentrate on two areas: The Flower Dome & Cloud Forest

Supertree Grove.  These unique trees of up to 16 storeys in height can be found all around the Gardens – twelve at the Supertree Grove, while the remaining six are placed in clusters of threes at the Golden and Silver Gardens.

As you enter Garden By The Bay, you are welcomed by these man-made Jurassic levelz Supertrees. Whoa!

How the Supertrees work

Did you know?

The Supertrees are embedded with environmentally sustainable functions like photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy.

Supertrees are made of four parts: reinforcement concrete core, trunk, planting panels of the living skin, and canopy.

While waiting for our guide Josephine to get our tickets, photo ops na!

Kalerky, lalaki ng langgam sa Singapore! LOL

Learn about the lifecycle and pollination of the baobab and banksia trees or the role of animals in the plant eco-system on the multimedia screens. Have hands-on fun playing with the interactive wall and discover how the little things we do affect nature. Great for kids and adults!

Welcome to the Flower Dome!

Spectacular and innovative in design, it is one of the icons of Bay South Garden. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments. Stop and smell the flowers in the colorful changing displays of the Flower Field, which reflects different seasons, festivals and themes.

Enjoy a cooling and leisurely stroll through the Flower Dome and experience the eerie profile of the baobabs, surrounded by fascinating succulents. Immerse yourself in the spectacular view of the Marina reservoir skyline, as you embark on your journey through the Mediterranean Basin, South West Australia, South Africa, Central Chile and California. You’ll discover amazing plants and flowers from different corners of the globe, and you’ll be amazed by how different parts of the trees are used in daily lives across different cultures.

Generation “Instagrammers”

Did you know? The world’s largest columnless greenhouse, the Conservatories’ glass sits on a steel grid that acts like an eggshell.

Aryanna and I were lucky to visit the Flower Dome when we did as they had set it up in preparation for Easter Sunday. Check out the festive Easter garden!

Air is cooled at the lower occupied zones through chilled water pipes in ground slabs, while warm air is vented out at the top.

My lovely daughter sitting inside the Easter Pagoda. Todo avail ka lang, Aryanna!

Beautiful blooms!

Aryanna and I were welcomed by the spectacular man-made waterfalls inside Cloud Forest! Nabasa lang ang beauty namin dito! Keribelles!

After a leisurely walk and 10,000 photos at the Flower Garden later, we hopped over to the Cloud Forest.

Refresh yourself in the mist of the waterfall just as the plants in the Cloud Forest! High in tropical mountains, these plants would absorb the abundant rainfall, releasing the water gradually to create a constant, long-lasting supply for the land beneath them – supporting even more plants!

Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist; entirely different from the Flower Dome. A 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000-metres above sea level.

Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

Lost World Take a walk up to the highest point of the mountain, which replicates the cloud forest vegetation at around 2,000m above sea level. This is where you can also enjoy fantastic views of the Marina Bay waterfront. Look out for carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and the Venus Fly-catcher, against a carpet of delicate ferns and moss.

Sometimes getting lost means…

Finding paradise! Very Avatar lang ang peg nito.

Planted Walls. The mountain has been densely planted with a mixture of fascinating orchids, delicate ferns, colorful bromeliads, dazzling begonias and menacing carnivorous pitcher plants. All of these are epiphytic and live on top of other plants in nature, requiring little substrate and are perfectly adapted for growing on vertical walls.

If you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down. Aryanna and I were not afraid.

Meet our lovely guide Josephine! She’s brilliant! We also have the same taste in food and furniture!

Agate ba kamo?

On top of the Cloud Dome mountain you will find the largest Agate! Tingnan ko lang kung kaya ‘to ng coffee table n’yo.

I love this area that’s at the back of the waterfall! You could hear the thunderous sounds of the waterfalls but feels calming at the same time.

Open air area on Boon Tat Street Lau Pa Sat Festival Market 18 Raffles

All that walking made us hungry. And when in Singapore, eat hawker food!

Our guide Josephine took us to Boon Tat St. for dinner located in the Central Business District of Singapore. Yes, it’s located right smack in the busy streets of SGX Center. Roadside dining is possible in Singapore because there is no pollution in the city. You can eat and breathe fresh air at the same time. I only hope for this in Ayala Avenue.

According to Josephine, we must try the satay and coconut rice.

Ah, ganoon? 15 sticks of chicken and 15 sticks of pork satay and extra rice please!

One of the best grilled prawns I’ve had but the most difficult to eat too! Lakas makagutom nito! Haha!

Sinong nakadami? Let the satay sticks be the judge!

What. A Day.

It was filled with fun adventures and yummy food trips with my daughter. What a great start to our vacation!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, tune in for Part 2 of our Singapore escapade!

For more information about Singapore, click here.

Follow my daughter Aryanna on Twitter and Instagram: @aryannaepperson

Comments 12

  1. Hi ms. Jenni love ur blog about sg! Im a pinay married to asingaporean chinese so it makes me happy when pinoys come visit sg and like the food. Just to confirm sgx should be in raffles but the one labeled on top is bedok interchange food center which i think is a different place 😉 boon tat st. Based on the pic taken is at raffles place which is the cbd area and bedok is quite far from it. Just a feedback. 😉 more power to u ms jenni! Im a fan! Ur daugther is very pretty also 😉

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  2. Hi ms jenni im a pinay married to a singaporean chinese and it makes me very happy whenever pinoys blog abt sg and its food. Just a feedback boon tat st based on ur photo is in raffles area which is the cbd here in sg. Bedok interchane food center is way far away from raffles although both are in the same mrt line. I am an avid fan of u and ur blog. Keep up the good work. Ur daughter is gorgeous by the way 😉

  3. Correct me if im wrong but the photo is taken in lau pa sat festival market which is right smack in the cbd area just across the sgx centre 😉

  4. Hello! I just want to ask: what’s the brand of the blue bag that Aryanna is toting around? It’s so pretty! 🙂 Thanks!!

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  5. hi Jenni
    mind asking the contact number of your tour guide in sg? my family will be needing one kasi when we go there this july.big thanks

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      Her name is Josephine Wee of Singapore Tourism Board. I don’t have her contact no but you can probably get in touch with STB.

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