SINGAKU [Part 2]: Leaving a Trace in Singapore

Sultan Mosque
This was the last day in Singapore yet I haven't written about Bugis, an area where we stayed in. The name 'Bugis' sounds very familiar to our ears as it is one of the ethnic groups in Indonesia. We wondered whether it referred to that Bugis or another Bugis. After browsing, we found out that it is the very Bugis we know. Bugis people, making all the from their origin in Sulawesi to Singapore, was among the first communities settling down in this area. They were sailors after all. I didn't really see their presence here. But in fact, Bugis people is the biggest component forming Malay in Singapore. Here in Bugis also stands Singapore's biggest mosque named Sultan Mosque, a heritage of Bugis people who built it collectively. Some even sold their land to fund the construction. 

SINGAKU [Part 1]: The Swap in Singapore

 Welcoming Sculpture at Terminal 3 Changi Airport
There was a swap in the traveling party today as 4 persons left for home and 5 other persons joined the party replacing them. In other words, the tour in Singapore still went on but with different people. Before thinking about visiting the attractions, I had to do both taking and picking up people from and to Changi Airport. There were 4 different flight schedules so it made four return trips to Changi Airport in a day. Not so bad though as the airport was well-connected by MRT from town. But it was kind of boring for me to have same view over and over again.

Changi Airport is not only the among busiest airport in the world but also the best. Many things to see inside the airport, so it's better to come early when having a flight from Changi Airport. It's even provide free tour for those who transit more than 5.5 hours. This three-terminal airport is very comfortable from its check-in line with one line system to many entertainments inside such as free internet, box-office movies, video games, thematic gardens, and many more.

KUALASINGA [Part 3]: Singapore Full Day Tour

After being so tired walking around KL on the previous day, we obviously needed a proper rest. But the schedule insisted us to have an overnight trip. It was a right decision to choose a sleeper train with bed. All of us had a good sleep on board and felt refreshed when woke up this morning (though none of us taking a shower since yesterday!). It would have been a different story if we had taken normal train seats. The bed coach cost only less than 50 Ringgits per person. It was really cheap considering we did not need to pay for accommodation at that night. It was absolutely worth it! I was wondering when we are able to enjoy such a train in our country.
Singapore, the Garden City
Taking a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is actually faster than taking a train. It is because the train stops quite often along the way. But for an overnight trip, it will be bothersome if you arrive too early in the morning when everything is not ready for service. So being slow can be good in some cases.

The last train stop before Singapore was Johor Bahru (JB). The plan was to alight here and then take a direct bus to Queenstreet Bus Terminal in Bugis, just near the hostel we would stay at. But we made a mistake by proceeding to the immigration checkpoint and having our passports stamped there. So afterwards we were not allowed to go out to the town to take a bus. Despite our train tickets only to JB, we were allowed to board the train again which took us to Woodlands, Singapore. No need to pay for this, but still we had got a problem. Now I had no idea how to go to Bugis from the Woodlands Checkpoint. 

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