Choi-Lai & Family

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Trip to Singapore

We made a trip down to Singapore together with my mum to visit my brother during the DepaRaya holidays from 2-6 November 2005. This was the first time I am driving down to Singapore. We started our journey early in the morning at about 8.30am and reached the Tuas SecondLink checkpoint at about 12.30pm. The drive was smooth and traffic is OK along the North-South Highway towards Singapore. Once we cleared the Immigration, I waited for my brother at the Singapore Raffles Club and Resort to lead us to his house in Seranggon Road (I am not familiar with the roads in Singapore)

Sandra with SKY

Once settled down at my brother's house, we had our lunch and everyone is so,so hungry that the vegetarian food were quickily taken up. By the time we finished our lunch and got ourselves cleaned up it is almost late afternoon. Today is free and easy, lazed around my brother house and the cousins catch up with each other (since they don't meet very often, maybe twice a year)
The children played football in the evening and also took the two dogs out for evening walk.

Justin with LEX

The next day we went to jalan-jalan at Chinatown, do some shopping and lunch around that area. Was raining for awhile when we are in the People's Park Shopping Mall. After the rain stopped, we took the MRT to Orchard Road and continue to some shopping at some of the malls around there. We called it quit before the 5pm rush hour starts. Took the MRT back to Kovan Station which is a 5mins walk back to my brother's house.

On the 2nd day of Hari Raya, which is not a holiday in Singapore, we went to visit the Singapore Zoo. It had been a long time since I visited the zoo, and this time with all the kids around the trip will be more exciting and meaningful. After getting the tickets, all of us start our journey walking around the zoo. The place is very well maintain and pleasant to walk around. Hats off to the team maintaining it as compare to the zoos in Malaysia (which is a bit under maintained)

The balance of the days before we head back to KL was to spend our time around the area where my brother stays, doing some shopping. On the 6th Nov (Sunday), we start our journey after breakfast and head back towards KL. After reaching the Tuas checkpoint, we have to clear custom/immigration and at that point I was informed that I did not purchase the AutoPass when entering Singapore. What?, I told myself. I thot when entering Singapore on weekends or public holidays one do not need to pay anything. So why should I buy the AutoPass when I do not need to use it. Anyway I was asked to go the the Land Transport Authority office to pay a small fine of S$50.00 for not doing that. What a Government.....its a FINE city for sure.
The officer was courteous processing the fine and also slow in doing it. She told me this is the first time she is doing it. Wah, you mean no one have this problem except me. Cannot one lah!!!! Anyway everything was done is less than 30mins, and after that we drive off straight towards north to KL.

Overall, this was an enjoyable trip for the family except for the small incident at the Tuas checkpoint when we leave Singapore.



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