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Firefly Review – Episode 4: Destination Singapore

“Singapore offers experiences that are captivating beyond words”.At least that’s what written on the cover of my Singapore Guide Book. Some people call it great tourism branding but I just call it one heck of a good country to visit. I love KL, I love Malaysia but if I need a good weekend breakaway far from work and other daily stuff, I would choose Singapore definitely!

The only thing I hate about my many trips to Singapore is the traveling. I used to travel by bus and I’ve tried those executive/VIP express busses and it’s comfortable but the journey takes approximately 5 hours. That’s 10-hours for a return trip wasted being on the road out of 48-hours of weekend. And one way fare is RM90 in average!

(An old photo of me… don’t laugh!)

So when airlines start to offer low fares for flights to Singapore I was excited to have more options to spend my weekend in Singapore. Just recently Firefly has joined the fun and begins its flights to Singapore from Subang which offers me the best way to maximize my weekend in Singapore.

Yes!! no more 5-hours bus ride to Singapore or 1-hour drive to LCCT/KLIA. It’s only 15 minutes drive from Shah Alam to Subang and after a short 70 minutes flight, I’ll be in Singapore! And thanks to a well-planned schedule for Firefly Subang-Singapore flights, I can now leave Subang very early on Saturday (07:50am) and come back very late on Sunday (10:35pm) to maximize my weekend in Singapore and still get back on time for work on Monday.

I’m already planning my next 2D1N weekend breakaway trip to Singapore and here is the itinerary. Feel free to use it the next time you Firefly to Singapore 🙂

Note: Some of the photos used below are very ‘classic’ photos of mine. I know I look funny when I was younger (some say I still look funny now! Hehe), but try not to laugh too hard.

SINGAPORE 2 Days 1 Night Weekend Break! By AzuanZahdi.com

Day 1: Saturday

0600: Wake up early, grab your backpack and make way to Subang SkyPark.

0630: Check in at Subang SkyPark; enjoy a cup of coffee at Starbucks which opens early.

07:50: Enjoy a comfortable ride with Firefly’s ATR72-500. Start your day with a choice of juice/coffee/tea with free muffin!

09:05: Arrive in Singapore and breeze through the comfortable and efficient Budget Teminal Changi. Clear through immigration and customs within 20 minutes.

09:30: Board the free shuttle where you can shuttle conveniently between the terminal and Changi Airport Terminal 2 where you may access the MRT trains and public buses at Terminal 2 to connect to the city. Alternatively just get a taxi!

10:30: Take the MRT to Bugis Station. Visit the Arab Street or Kampong Glam area famous for its mosque, kampong style buildings and Zam Zam Murtabak! Have your brunch here. Try Murtabak, Briyani and Tulang!

12:30 : Make your way by MRT to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station and take a 5-mins walk to National Museum of Singapore. Enjoy the beautiful collection of arts and history relevant to Singapore. A good place to chill out under the hot midday sun.

14:00 : Check-in to any hotel that suits your budget, take a nice shower and a short rest. There are many hotels available in Singapore. One of it being the Grand Mecure Hotel

15:00: Enjoy the nice views of Esplanade and Merlion Statue, two nice icons of Singapore.

16:00 Chill out at Singapore Flyer. Get into the 30-minute ride and enjoy the view of Singapore!

18:00 Time to do some shopping, famous for its cheap electronics, visit Sim Lim Square or Funan IT Mall. Make sure you visit various forums on the Internet prior to the visit to get the right price for you to bargain!

20:00 Enjoy the evening with a visit to Clarke Quay, enjoy the nice boat ride, dinner and unwind at any of the clubs for a great Saturday Night Fun!

23:00 Make your way to Little India and enjoy Mustafa Shopping Center. You can stay as long as you like as it’s a 24-hour shopping center and enjoy a variety of Indian food for supper!

Day 2

0900 – As early as possible, take the cable car to the Sentosa Island. It’s a nice way to reach Sentosa as you get to enjoy the thrill and view from up above 🙂

1000 – Beat the crowd and get yourself queue up for these 4D attractions:

1100 – Enjoy my personal favorite activity in Singapore – The Luge! Once is never enough!

12:00 Once you’re at Siloso Beach after the Luge ride, enjoy the beautiful and clean man-made beach. A good place to have lunch as well.

13:00 Take a walk around the beach area, discover the Southern most point of Asia and walked through this nice bridge to get a good view of Sentosa

14:00 Leave Sentoasa and head straight to Orhard Road. It goes without saying. Shop till you drop! Have late lunch at any of the shopping malls there.

18:00 Take a break from shopping and enjoy this delicious ice-cream wafer.

19:00 Leave Orchard Road and head towards Newton Food Centre, enjoy a variety of local food. I highly recommend TULANG!

20:00 Make your way to Changi Budget Terminal via taxi to catch your flight. Don’t worry about excess baggage as Firefly allows 20KG of free check-in bags. That’s more than enough for most people! Even if you exceed the limit, the charges are competitive so do not worry too much 🙂

21:00 Have your dinner at the Departure Hall of Budget Terminal. Lots of good choices 🙂

22:35: Leave Singapore with lots of fun, memories, photos and shopping bags! Ready for a trip back to work or to the clinic for MC the next day 🙂

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Firefly is offering flight to Singapore via Subang started on July 1. Believe it or not, it’s only RM88 to Singapore for JULY ONLY! So, hurry up and grab those tickets now! Now you can spend your weekend shopping at the Great Singapore Sale 2009 affordably!

For more reviews on Firefly, click here.

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10 Comments

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  3. wm July 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    why do we have to take the cable car ‘as early as possible’ to Sentosa Island?

    • azuan July 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm

      WM: Misha is right, there can be quite a long line to buy the tickets and get into the cable car. Of course you can also use taxi, bus, Monorial straight to the island.

      I’m surprise you did not comment about my old photo. Just like those “Before and After” photo for weight management programme hahahaha

  4. misha July 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    i guess to skip the long annoying line…

  5. wm July 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    hahaha. you look the same, actually. hope that’s a compliment! LOL! 😛

  6. Vijay Singh July 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I just came back from Singapore. I did most of the stuff you’ve mentioned here. Maybe you want to consider adding Singapore Night Safari and Bird Park. Excellent place.

    Also be careful of some retailers at Sim Lim. It is a well known tourist trap.

  7. Ng... July 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Fireflyz is more expensive than what i get from other budget airlines.

    • azuan July 13, 2009 at 9:25 pm

      Mr Ng, Firefly Airline offers competitive rate and just like any other airline it has its own fare system. On some flights on certain days to a certain destinations you will see that an airline will sometimes be cheaper or more expensive than the competitors. It’s all about finding the best deals for us consumers 🙂

      Having said that, i’ve been on Firefly flights where it’s cheaper than competitors and that is even before i factor in the expensive taxi ride for me to get to KLIA/LCCT 🙂 All the ebst to you in finding the great deals.

      Mr Vijay: Great that you enjoyed your trip. How was Firefly on your trip? I purposely left out Night Safari as i find it time consuming for a shopping trip. Maybe on the next trip

  8. Ng... July 14, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Yeah but it would be nice to have fixed ticket price so easier for people to plan their trip.

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