It started as the most convenient train ride I've been. Singapore's MRT is the same as Hong Kong's when it comes to organization, size, comfort and speed but less crowded. However, as we approach the end of our trip following the MRT's yellow-labeled Circle Line, the luxury turned to confusion.
We are on our way to Marina Bay Sands from Novena station which is just two blocks away from our hotel. After two train transfers, we boarded the red-labeled North South Line to the Circle Line. When I'm in Asian big cities, I always look forward to riding the train. I love deciding routes on where to alight, how many stations to travel and which direction is better to save time. It's like your own larger-than-life, reality show-inspired maze game which you can't experience, unfortunately, in Manila. But that time, I kind of wished we rode a taxi instead.
Lost, walked, found and worth it. This is the stunning view of the Marina Bay from the roof deck of the Marina Bay Sands.
In 2012, the Thompson Line is not completed yet. It would have been a quick 6-station travel from Orchard to Marina Bay. During our Singapore trip two years ago, we need to use the Circle Line and the Circle Line Extension which boasts a subway connecting station that is so huge you cannot afford to commit a mistake. Walking from one end to another will absolutely eat up time and energy. We got off the HarbourFront station and we were hoping we could walk our way easily to the platform for that final train to the Marina Bay station. But easy wasn't the case.