Singapore July and September 2012

Posted on Sunday, 23 September 2012

Finally posting these after so long! I went to Singapore twice recently - once during the last week of July for a leadership conference for Operation Smile (where I am an ambassador) and once during the first week of September to attend a seminar of sorts. Of course, as always, I managed to find time to do other things in between my fixed schedules. As for what those “other things” were… well, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

Anyhow, I’m going to take this opportunity to announce the addition of a new concept for my blog. You all know that I love traveling and taking pictures of my outfits, right? So why not do a project where I combine a little bit of both? I’m calling it MOFW, which stands for “My Own Fashion Week”. Basically, it involves me posting outfit photos for a week, featuring brands or online stores from the most recent travel entry. Expect some “MOFW: Singapore” entries starting tomorrow! I coincidentally accumulated gifts from some Singaporean blogshops recently, so what’s a better way to showcase them than to actually dedicate a week for them? I still don’t know what I’ll come up with, but it’s definitely going to be a fun challenge.

Now, on to the photos! I’m combining both my trips into one entry since some of my activities (i.e. shopping, lol) overlapped anyway. 

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The most convenient way to get to the city from the airport! I love that they have a train connected to one of the terminals, because it saves you so much taxi money!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

ONE°15 Marina Club at Sentosa, where I stayed for a night or two. The owner of this place is an active supporter of Operation Smile Singapore, and it was so nice of him to let us stay in this wonderful place.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The Youth Park in Somerset. We had a whole day carnival activity of sorts here, to raise awareness for Operation Smile. We even gave out flyers to people along Orchard.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

(EMODA top, Zara pants, H&M flats) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

One of my functional travel outfits. I usually wear super simple outfits and just make myself more bongga by doing my hair and make-up properly!

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I took a hop on hop off bus tour! So convenient because you get to see the whole city, and hear trivia about certain places as well.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The driver of the bus stopped the vehicle and started spazzing about these one-day orchids! Lucky I got to see them during my trip!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

With the other Operation Smile delegates from Indonesia. They were adorbs and I loved their fashion as well!

This was somewhere in Clarke Quay.

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Clarke Quay by night!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I represented Operation Smile Philippines with Louise, who you may all find familiar! She was on Junior Masterchef! We were roommates for a few days, and it was so fun because it was like having a sister!

But uhh, she is already an inch taller than me even if we’re 10 years apart. FML.

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Far East Plaza, along Scotts Rd. This is one of my favorite places to shop in Singapore. Here you can find a lot of dainty stores and popular blogshops that sell their own designs, as well as other stuff that are imported from places like Thailand, China and Korea. 

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

MAC Morange and Ruby Woo, two shades of lipsticks that seem to always be out of stock here in Manila!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I rode the MRT alone to Marina Bay Sands. One of the best things about Singapore is their transportation system! So tourist-friendly! 

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

TWG, where I have my afternoon tea and macarons almost everyday. Wish we had the actual tea salon here in Manila!  

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I had lunch at KRAZE BURGER while watching some kids ice skate.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Here you can find a lot of high-end brands, as well as celebrity restaurants.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

On a hot afternoon, silly me decided to pay a visit to the newest attraction in Singapore…

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Gardens by the Bay! Looks straight out of a movie or a video game, yes? It looks more surreal at night.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

You could check out the two cooled conservatories for a fee. The first dome I went to was the Cloud Forest. I actually didn’t plan on checking these places out until I went to Singapore again with my family, but silly me decided to come here when the sun was at its hottest. I immediately looked for an air-conditioned place, but eventually found myself dedicating a few hours just relaxing and enjoying the conservatories. Totally worth the adventure!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The Cloud Forest replicates the conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 metres and 3,000 metres above sea level. 

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You can check the different conditions out as you go up the “mountain”. They made it feel so real!

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View from above.

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Inside the “mountain”, there are also some sights to see.

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One of my favorite things in this conservatory was this presentation of what will happen to the planet if global warming worsens, at the rate that it’s going. The end of the world can just be around the corner, if we don’t do anything to save it.

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And then after you leave the projector room, you’re presented with this beauty. SAVE THE PLANET!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

After the Cloud Forest, I went to the Flower Dome…

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…where I took my time taking pictures of the prettiest flowers!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

One of the good things about going here during the day is being able to take good, naturally-lit and non-grainy photos! 

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My desktop wallpaper.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Highlight of the Flower Dome: this area with all these pink, red and purple flowers! Also, in this area, there’s a restaurant or an events space which I think would be so ideal for weddings!

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Baobab!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Next option for my desktop wallpaper.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I wish I had someone to take my pictures when I was here! I was wearing floral, and it wasn’t even on purpose!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The Singapore Flyer to the left.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Airport and shopping outfit! I can spend hours just walking, taking pictures and shopping here, so flats are a must!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Totally squealed when I saw this at ION. Baby G x SNSD = most perfect combination ever.

Lucky for us, these watches are already available in Time Depot! I already have the Yoona, Jessica and Sunny ones! 

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Man reading newspaper in front of Forever 21.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

CHANEL, I LOVE YOU!

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Those boots, I covet.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

LV shoes. I’m quite drawn to pointy shoes nowadays!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Valentino. Super cute and pink! Very reminiscent of Legally Blonde.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The most badass sweater that I’ve ever own. This one from Zara was such a steal! I love how it’s already so ornate that you could pair it with the simplest clothes and it would still make you look fabulous.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Glittery Aldo flats that matched the grainy floor. I’m weird for noticing these things.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

H&M COME TO MANILA SOON PLEASE! Ugh, I spend so much here every single time. But I’m also so happy that they provide tourist refund! <3

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

My favorite Topshop in Singapore. Even if they have Topshops in other malls, I still prefer to shop here! I think it’s the most complete one!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

On my free night, I had dinner with *the* Zhang Jingna, a.k.a. zemotion of deviantART. We had the nicest foie gras steak and the yummiest green tea cakes!

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And then there was Haji Lane, which I call like the Cubao X of Singapore. It’s every eclectic fashionista’s paradise. 

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Arm candy and Campbell’s.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Cute rings!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

What a wander wonderful store signage!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Cute mailbox, and the nicest cyan paint background.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Ugh, every place in Haji Store is calling out to me! So ideal for photoshoots.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Daintiest store in Haji Lane. I wish to live here.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Salad.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I saw this cat sleeping in the store and thought it was fake. A few minutes after it started jumping around everywhere! Sorry for taking your photo, Estee. From that look in your eyes, I know you are quite mad…

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Took the MRT to Bugis+ after Haji Lane because I haven’t been here before.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

OMG, Lowry’s Farm has a giant store in Bugis+! Well, I know they’re also available in the Collect Points in Isetan but this one is huuuuge! A must for those who love Japanese brands and Japanese fashion!

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Dinner alone at Novena, where I stayed for a few days. I spent 10-15 minutes walking to Ibis Hotel to the Novena station everyday! It was a refreshing sight because the area was filled with high-end condo buildings and hospitals. 

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But it’s really nice to have spend time in a foreign country alone, without any set schedule, without any one to bother you with work. This is my idea of a holiday!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

(EMODA top, Zara pants, H&M flats, Mango bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I cheat with red lips. It means not having to spend too much time on eye make-up. This is my no-fail way to make myself instantly presentable!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Singapore flags.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I CRY. IPPUDO IS IN SINGAPORE. Yes, you heard that right! I was able to experience Hakata ramen straight from the source in Fukuoka, so I was overjoyed to find out that they had a restaurant in Mandarin Gallery! The experience and the ambience were different from the Ippudo I tried in Fukuoka, but still good enough because I really missed being able to choose the noodles’ firmness! Never encountered a ramen restaurant here in Manila that offers barikata, etc.

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Ojii-chan, you’re making a really creepy face…

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Post-sunset view somewhere in the Marina Bay Sands area.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

The Louis Vuitton Island Maison. 

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

National Day was on August 9, but they were rehearsing fireworks a week or two too early. Managed to enjoy the whole show while on a bus to my hotel. Lucky!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

Night version of my shot of the Singapore Flyer and the Gardens by the Bay. Only thing missing here would be Avatars…

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Fashion Singapore

I’ve been to this country a number of times with my family (Universal Studios with them was so fun), but I don’t mind coming back here every so often because it’s so ideal for someone like me who loves cities (and shopping).

Love how everything is in English and everyone knows how to speak the language! I can’t speak Mandarin to save my life (My dad, my angkong, and ama speak Hokkien fluently, but my mom is Filipino so I didn’t go to a Chinese high school)… if I ever need saving in Singapore. It’s one place I’m sure that I’ll be 100% safe. Wish I could fly there every quarter or something. Someone give me blogging work in Singapore! 

But seriously, I hope you guys liked how I presented your country through my eyes and my camera’s lens! Can’t wait for my next visit!

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