My First Singapore Experience: 1 New Country, a Ton of New Blogger Friends

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2015 is to travel more and boy, was I in for a surprise when I was told by migme earlier this year that I was chosen to be part of their first #migup of the year in Singapore! In case you haven’t heard of migme yet, it’s a social media site that brings together bloggers from all over the world. It’s really cool because you get to talk to like-minded people and share your blog posts with them there. Plus, you get to join contests and meet all sorts of cool people in person through trips such as this one.

The migup in Singapore involved bloggers from six different countries: Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Anton Diaz and I were the ones invited to represent the Philippines and it was a ton of fun!

It was my first time in Singapore that weekend and when I got there, I decided to take a solo excursion around the city, mostly involving walking, food, and more walking. It was the kind of therapy I desperately needed at the time.

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The next day, I finally met my beautiful doll-like roommate, Carmen Lo of cameragirlcarmen.pixnet.net, as well as the rest of the bloggers invited to the migup:

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After an extensive tour and a sumptuous lunch at the hotel, we set off to tour two of Singapore’s newest attractions: Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands. Gardens by the Bay has actually set a Guinness World Record for being the Largest Glass Greenhouse in the world.

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Inside the greenhouse, there are 9 different gardens where we enjoyed checking out the unique plants and vivid floral displays from 5 different continents around the world. Throughout the year, Gardens by the Bay has 6 different ‘chapters’ of displays planned out, and we were lucky enough to be there to see the Asian Tales chapter, which will be up until March 8, 2015.

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The Asian Tales chapter focuses on the Year of the Goat with a wide variety of gorgeous Dahlias, my new favorite flowers, thanks to this trip. The other chapters to look forward to this 2015 include Tulipmania, which will celebrate different fairy tales through Tulips and Hyacinths (March 20 to May 10, 2015); Nursery Rhymes, which will feature famous nursery rhymes through Lupins, Delphiniums and Alliums (May 22 to July 19, 2015); SG50, which will showcase Orchids for Singapore’s 50th birthday bash (July 31 to September 13, 2015); Japanese Folk Tales, which will focus on the folk lore of geishas and samurais (September 25 to October 31, 2015); and Christmas Toyland, which will celebrate Christmas stories through Evergreens and Poinsettias.

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I would highly recommend bringing a jacket when you go to Gardens by the Bay, though, as it can get quite cold throughout the greenhouse, especially by the waterfalls.

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If you aren’t afraid of heights, I would also recommend walking through the bridges at the Supertree Grove. While it can get a bit scary when it’s extra windy, the view is extremely amazing. You can look one way and enjoy the gardens from above or look another way and enjoy a science fiction-like view of the city.

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Speaking of views, you can also enjoy a stunning full city view of Singapore from the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands’ Skypark:

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The day ended with a sumptuous dinner at Carnivore, a Brazilian barbeque specialty restaurant in Marina Bay Sands: – See more at: http://discover.mig.me/2015/01/27/six-countries-one-awesome-global-bloggers-migup-in-singapore/?isLoggedIn=1#sthash.5X9ldYvU.dpufIMG_2347

To end the day, we enjoyed a delicious meat-filled dinner at Carnivore, a Brazilian barbeque specialty restaurant at Marina Bay Sands.

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How it works? You can enjoy an unlimited salad bar while waiting for the waiters to walk around with different types of meat cooked in different ways, so you can enjoy your favorite meat cuts just the way you like it. I love mine Medium Rare, and they got it just right.

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Top tips: try not to overdo it at the salad bar or drink too much, so you won’t get full too quickly. After that, we followed up with more conversations and more shopping before we fell asleep. It was definitely a very memorable trip for all of us as we were able to enjoy great attractions and make new friends from all over the world – and that is what migme is all about.

Why not join the global community and get to know new people yourself? :) There will be more migups lined up for 2015 in different countries and cities, and you could be a part of it, too!

A massive thank you to Changi Recommends, Marina Mandarin, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Carnivore and migme for having us. You can read more about Changi Recommends here and more about Marina Mandarin here.

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