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Filipino American Expat in Singapore

An important and meaningful item on my bucket list is to be able to bring my parents to Singapore for a tour. The Lion City means so much to me as a sign of personal independence. This is the city where I made a living for myself without an allowance from my parents. Ever since I got a good offer to stay and work in Singapore, I have always wanted to pay back my parents for all the support they have given me all these years.

Okay enough na the senti!

Neil and I picked them up at Changi Airport on Friday. For the first night, I wanted my parents to see our HDB flat in Bishan. So we took a cab from the airport and settled down at the house.

Neil prepared breakfast for everybody this morning. By breakfast it was more like steamed rice with spam and corned beef. I showed my parents the TV channel that I work for.

The itinerary for the first day:

  • First MRT Ride: Bishan to Dhoby Ghaut
  • Walk to the National Museum of Singapore to visit the Singapore History Gallery
  • Lunch at Wee Nam Kee (United Square). Take train from Dhoby Ghaut to Novena MRT
  • A quick pictorial at Chjmes (old church turned into a bar-resto conclave)
  • Check-in at Carlton Hotel and rest
  • Try Garret’s Popcorn (those free samples only at CityLink)
  • Walk to The Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, Merlion Park, and The Fullerton Hotel. Pictorial along the mouth of the Singapore River.
  • Try Pineapple Tarts at Mr. Bean (at Raffles Place MRT)
  • Mom’s Shopping at Orchard (Forever 21 at 313@Somerset and H&M Orchard Road). Pictorial in front of Ngee Ann City.
  • Dinner at Menya Musashi (ION Orchard). Tried White Cha Shu Ramen.
  • Mom’s shopping continues at Forever 21 at ION. Neil buys my mom a few gifts in advance of her upcoming birthday.
  • New SingTel SIM for my parents so I could contact them. (Passport and IC registration required as usual)
  • Popeyes Louisiana Chicken for take-away.
  • Parted ways with parents at Orchard MRT

The day in photos.

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