When another colorful double decker came, I rushed to the bus door and waved my hand.
23.08.2011 - 07.09.2011
Singapore, August 23rd 2011
In order to safe my fare traveling around Singapore, I took this "Singapore Hop-on Hop-off" bus. I booked this ticket through Air Asia.
There are several colors and types of buses. Each color has its own route.
But once you pay, you can get on and off any bus. I didn't know that all these buses were from the same company and was right for me to get to Sentosa Island. I waited at the bus stop near Concorde Hotel as stated on my voucher. I waited, waited, and waited... for the right bus. On top of that, beyond my expectation, buses in Singapore seemed to just swift away, without even opening the door, if no one stands on the end of the bus stop. I spent approximately half an hour sitting at the bus stop, perplexed.
When another colorful double decker came, I rushed to the bus door and waved my hand. The door opened. I showed my voucher, the bus attendant welcomed me with a big smile. So I stepped in. At last.
It turned out that I had to exchange my voucher at their counter at Suntec City and then get on another bus that goes Sentosa Island Loop. All the colorful picturesque double decker I had been seeing at the bus stop near Concorde Hotel apparently headed to Suntec City. I actually hadn't have to sit for half an hour at the bus stop. Luckily still, I wasn't late for the bus to Sentosa Island.
A friend said that this bus looks like a toy bus.
This is part of the deck. Half of the seats had shelter over and the other half was totally under open air. I choose to stand under the open air. I wanted to feel the Singaporean breeze over face.
During the entire ride, a guide on the first floor would explain, in English, about the places we passed by. There's a speaker on the second deck, so you can listen also while sitting there. You also can plug an earphone here to get the translation of other languages. It's fascinating that the button for "Japanese", above the word 日本語, is torn. It seemed that too many Japanese tourists have been here -- and many of them don't understand English.