Thursday, March 3, 2011

Singapore and the Lost Luggage

July 20-ish in the year 2009,

Few weeks before my flight to SG, I had already planned what to wear and what to bring during the trip. When we arrived at the Changi Airport; my mom, bro and aunt already got their luggage and I'm yet to see mine. Several minutes have passed and I have not spotted my bag. I thought of the unlikely, that it might have been placed in the other carousels. Unlikely but I thought to myself, it's not impossible. We searched the other carousels to no avail. I was ready to admit to myself that my luggage, with all my clothes in there, is really missing.

Hey Missie, that's not your luggage. :D
I felt almost shattered. I went there to have fun and suddenly I'm left with no clothes. I was bringing a plain black luggage that looked like everyone else's so I was positive someone might have mistaken mine for theirs. I'm partly at fault because I forgot to put a name tag on it. I didn't expect that boo-boo would cause such an inconvenience.

Having given up searching the carousels, I hoped to spot my bag among the throngs of people. If someone accidentally picked it up, I have to hurry and pray that whoever got it have not yet left the airport. I went past the exit and when I did not find my bag outside, I decided to re-enter and report my lost luggage to the airport officials.

But the lady guard won't let me in. I explained that I'm looking for my missing luggage and that she should let me in. She called two officials and they led me outside, past the railings already. We went in to a room on the side of the building, they asked for my passport and another government issued ID. After that, they escorted me back inside. We used another door which connects directly inside the airport.

Once inside, I noticed that there are only two luggage left on our flight carrier's designated carousel. One looked strikingly similar with mine. I was convinced that whoever owns that had taken home with him my bag. I told the airport officials we should get that luggage and search for any info about the owner so we can trace my bag. Of course, I was being irrational. I know that protocols won't allow them to do that. Anyway, to cut the long story short, I found my bag on a hidden corner. Someone took it from the carousel by mistake and didn't bother to put it back. Sheez, some people! Haha. Well, I didn't feel any disgust at all, I was just happy I won't have to put through "unexpected outfits" for the rest of my trip.

Btw, when I booked flights for me and my mom, I texted my bro and asked him if he wanted to go with us, he would be celebrating his birthday at that time and he just passed the Nursing Board Exam. He said yes so the following day, I booked his flight and guess what????? The RT fare was slashed down to just half the price. How ridiculous! I swear I spent weeks thinking about the money I would have saved had I not been so excited to book. How would I have known that they would have a 50% off promo after the day I made my bookings? Hmpp! Dagdag shopping money sana. Haha.

The city-state is a shopping mecca, so what better way to spend our first day than to shop. Though most of the time, window shopping lang. LOL.
at the Takashimaya Singapore
abou to munch on my super favorite Beard Papa's, the world's best cream puffs! :)

After raiding the malls, we headed to the Merlion Park where some of the Lion City's most recognizable landmarks -Merlion Statue, One Fullerton and Esplanade- are located.

BEBE love
The Merlion, SG's trademark symbol
Mother, where is the mini merlion?!? whaaaa!!! hmmm ok, it wasn't so bad after all because the Singapore Flyer was captured in the background. I'll forgive you on this one. Hehe.
The Esplanade. This is a theater, ok? a THEATER! haha. I know someone who referred to it as an arena. Please, this not an arena, ok? :) and be sure to pronounce the word correctly.  Please don't say "esplaneyd". I hear it mispronounced all the time. It's pronounced as "esplanad".  Just FYI. :)

The place was so crowded, I think they were preparing or rehearsing something for their Independence Day in August which was just a few days away. We went to Suntec City come evening and there I had my first Pepper Lunch meal for dinner. :)


This is also where the Fountain of Wealth is located.  What a very nice shot, eh? haha.  I was using here my very jurassic Sony Cybershot that was begging for retirement. LOL.


We went back to the Merlion Park to watch a lightshow
The mini merlion at night. Yay!! Finally! :) Congratulations, mother! hehe.



2nd day is Sentosa day. We just explored the island, we didn't go to any attractions.

on the cable car from Vivo City to Sentosa Island
Come, let's cross the hanging bridge!

so lady-like, am I not? :) hihi
the beautiful beach in Sentosa, so tempting!



One of the things that I really liked when I was in SG was the ice cream being sold on the streets, they are ice cream bars that you can eat sandwiched in two wafers or rolled in a colorful loaf. They looked so cute, I really had to try them. Haha.    
















To be concluded......... (I'm still busy. hehe)








Hugs and Happiness,

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