The Singapore Chronicles: The Amazing Race

We had quite an adventure yesterday after learning about the strong typhoon in Manila. There were no advisories from Cebu Pacific. Their website didn’t say anything, no one’s answering the phone from their offices here, and we can’t get through their offices in Manila. So to play it safe, we rebooked again to the Wednesday early morning flight to be sure.

The problem was our hotel room. We cannot extend because they’re already fully booked. So we went online and found a nice deal at the Swissotel Merchant Court in Clark Quay. We booked it for two days and bid adieu to Albert Court.

This new hotel is way better than the old one. The reception people were smiling when they greeted us, which is not the case with the previous one. We were waiting for our turn to check in and there was already someone from the staff who approached us and asked us if we need help. Wow! You can really see that they’re doing their CRM assignments.

This trip is turning out to be an Amazing Race of sorts, with all the bookings and transfers. It’s nice but I don’t want to go through it again.

Yesterday was train day for us. Since the hotel’s a few meters away from the Clark Quay station, we topped up our MRT passes and traveled around the city through this. We went to Orchard to meet up with Karen and Jobelle, then it was off to Bugis to check out their street market (which is like our Greenhills tiangge – nothing spectacular), and then back to the hotel for us to rest. We heard the 6:00 p.m. mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd along Bras Basah road and walked to the City Hall MRT to go back to the hotel.

Because the plan was originally for a two-day trip, I only brought a limited number of clothes and an extra set just in case. So last night, I did the most macho thing to do – wash my socks and underwear in our hotel room’s sink. I wouldn’t say that it was a pro-caliber wash but I think I managed to clean it nicely. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow when I wear it.

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