Hello, it’s Pooh-san here.
This is the final day, Day 3 of my Singapore travelogue.
Breakfast at Tiong Bahru Bakery
Once again, I had breakfast at Funan mall this morning. This time, I tried Tiong Bahru Bakery, a bakery I had heard of before but hadn’t tried until now. The bread was quite substantial, and I was completely satisfied.
There are many cafes and restaurants inside Funan, and a good number of them were open in the morning, which was very convenient.
After checking out of the hotel, I headed to the Novena area. It’s just two MRT stops away from Orchard and is known for its concentration of hospitals and medical institutions in Singapore. It’s also a neighborhood with many Japanese expatriates.
Although it’s not a touristy area, it holds special memories for us as we used to live there. I was curious to see how it was doing, and it didn’t change much. It brought back a lot of nostalgic feelings, and we enjoyed exploring while reminiscing about places we used to visit.
There are quite a few Japanese tenants in the shopping malls, so we didn’t have any trouble finding familiar products. One new addition since our time there was the opening of Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. We were already full, but we couldn’t resist trying it. It was delicious, just as we remembered.
Dining at City Hall
Back in City Hall, we had a light meal with some acquaintances. CHIJMES is still as beautiful as ever.
Visiting Jewel at Changi Airport
It was time to head to the airport. We decided to take the MRT to the airport, which takes about 30-40 minutes from City Hall.
Although we had some time before our flight, we wanted to explore “Jewel,” a commercial complex within the airport premises.
Jewel was built after we left Singapore, and it has become one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore with numerous tenants. One of its major attractions is the indoor waterfall cascading from the ceiling.
The space is like an indoor garden with abundant vegetation, creating an atmosphere that doesn’t feel like an airport.
At night, there was a regular light show, and the waterfall changed colors according to the music, which was a lot of fun. On this day, there was also a Disney collaboration event taking place.
There had been quite a bit of Disney promotion leading up to it, so I wondered if I would ever have the chance to visit Disneyland.
We ended our visit to Jewel by having chicken rice at the food court. It was surprisingly delicious and ranked high among all the chicken rice I’ve had before. It was a pleasant surprise.
Scoot TR 808, Changi to Narita
Our return flight was Scoot’s night flight, and we arrived in Narita the next morning. Spending the night on the plane was a bit tiring. I haven’t tried it yet, but next time, I’d like to fly in a business class or a flatbed seat.
Impressions of My Singapore Trip
I had a wonderful time on my long-awaited overseas trip to Singapore. The excitement was high, and I truly enjoyed every moment.
Singapore left an impression of being a country that had emerged from the pandemic earlier. Everywhere I went, there was an open and liberating atmosphere.
It was also great to reunite with friends whom I hadn’t seen in a long time.
While Singapore is a delightful country for travelers like me, I also learned that foreign workers face significant concerns such as rapid inflation and stricter visa regulations. Many are considering returning to their home countries or relocating to other nations.
However, I also realized that there are plenty of opportunities for highly skilled individuals. Some companies even offer salaries in the tens of millions of dollars, which shows that the country is still thriving.
I hope to become someone who can live in Singapore someday and take advantage of these opportunities.
With the pandemic behind us, I look forward to exploring various countries in the future.
It was an incredibly enjoyable trip.
Thank you for reading this far.