Being in Singapore is like being in the world of dreams. The illusion seems to start right from the Changi airport itself, which is one of the best in the world. Even a week is not enough to experience all the wonders of Singapore. I wanted to experience the spirit of Singapore, meet the locals, see them in action, travel how they travel. Thus we decided to travel on a budget. We stayed at a budget hotel, travelled via public transport, interacted with many locals. It is one of the safest and most tourist friendly places that I have ever been to.
We booked our flight tickets around three months in advance for Singapore. We were able to get quite some discount on the tickets. For stay, we decided to go for a budget hotel and stayed at Hotel Fragrance - Emerald. The rooms were small but perfect for a couple or a family of three with a small child. There is no scope for an extra bed though. The hotel room was very neat and clean. Location wise this hotel is quite good as well.
We arrived at 9pm in the night. The Changi airport is a tourist spot in itself. There is a butterfly garden, sunflower garden etc, these make for good photo taking opportunities.
Firstly we bought the Ez Link travel card from the airport. This card works on the entire MRT network (this is Singapore train) as well as in buses. The minimum recharge value is $10, one can get further top-ups done from any MRT station.
We decided to take the Singapore MRT train (Mass Rapid Transit) to our hotel. It would be a good idea to download the app - Singapore MRT Map 2019. This app has the complete MRT map and is very easy to use.
We had to run to catch the last train of the day. Our stop was at Kallang MRT station. From here our hotel was a 10 minutes walk. The hotel staff was really nice, we had a really quick check in.