Kris Aquino takes on Singapore

Ask actress, TV host Kris Aquino why Singapore is one of her favorite destinations when traveling with sons Josh and Bimby and she has a very short answer: "Theme parks."

Wearing a printed, wrap dress from Diane Von Furstenberg that she got 40 percent off from the Great Singapore Sale, the actress graced the press conference of Singapore Tourism Board (STB) for a special week-long presentation of the Lion City in her morning show "Kris TV."

"Now that I have Josh and Bimby, I choose our vacations based on theme parks," Kris enthused.
"Two years ago, when we first went to Universal Studios, Madagascar was not yet open and Bimby was still too small to ride the daring roller coasters so I promised them we'll go back. So when we went back a week and a half ago, they got to try everything. They were so happy they can literally live in Universal Studios. So I think for parents like me, a major factor why we would choose Singapore is Universal Studios," she continued.

The number of Filipino families scattered around the theme park during their visit was a testament to Kris' travel tip. "I felt like I was one of the mascots sa dami ng nagpa-picture na Filipino tourists; that's when I realized Filipinos are really getting more prosperous because they can really afford to travel in big groups of families. That's good news for all of us," she shared.
Aside from spending the whole day in theme parks, Kris, together with her sons, and the whole "Kris TV" crew discovered that there are so much more to see in Singapore than just Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and Sentosa.

"Gardens by the Bay was really something else, you have to see that. I think as we get older, that's when we get to appreciate plants and flowers. Beautiful!" she quipped. "What's nice about the garden was that even if it was hot and humid outside, when you go there, it's enclosed cool because they maintain the temperature at 22 degrees Celsius."

The gang also rode the Singapore Flyer, the world's largest Giant Observer, tried the Singapore Cable Car Ride, and experienced the Duck Tour, a land and water adventure tour to see the best of Singapore.

Hawker food haven

According to Kris, while her kids couldn't get enough of the theme parks, she, on the other hand, couldn't get enough of the food. "The foodie in me really, really enjoyed Singapore," Kris expressed.

The STB team, headed by area director for the Philippines and Brunei, Sherina Chan, took Kris and her team to Tiong Bahru Market, a wet market that houses some of Singapore's best hawkers, to experience Singapore local life and sample the local food Singaporeans normally eat every day.

"Tiong Bahru Market is a food paradise," Kris said. "The food was so delicious yet affordable. We spent SGD 4.00 for a whole meal per person. So that's only R140.00 and you can have Hainanese Chicken Rice and Prawn Noodles already. Super busog ka na with that. Another Tiong Bahru must-try is the Kaya Toast (coconut egg jam on toast) and it's only R40.00 when you convert."

Kris opined that some Filipinos have this impression that dining in Singapore is very expensive. She said if tourists eat in restaurants, hotels and theme parks, it is really pricey. But if they go to the hawker food stalls, their money will go a long way.

"Too bad Josh was on a diet and Bimby just eats chicken and rice," she joked.

Shop, shop, shop

If there's only one place that Kris could visit in Singapore over and over again it would be Kinokuniya Bookstore in Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya.

"It's an entire floor filled with books. It was so heavenly. The books are arranged in such a way that it's so easy to find what you're looking for and they have a complete selection. I can spend a whole day there. I even told them, 'Iwan niyo na lang ako dito maligaya na 'ko."' she mused.

At the presscon, Kris showed the press some of the things she bought during the trip. She got a handful of travel books from the Lonely Planet Special Collector's Edition and a non-fiction book entitled 'Crazy Rich Asians'. She also hoarded the Singapore Black Pepper Crab Spice that they tried at the Jumbo Seafood Gallery restaurant in Clark Quay. And lastly, a Chanel perfume.

"To be clear, I paid for everything I bought," she said laughing. When asked how much she was charged for excess baggage, Kris candidly retorted, "Next question!"

To sum up their trip to Singapore, the actress said the experience lived up to all her expectations. "I really, really enjoyed the vacation. I think we can call it a working vacation because at least everybody gets to see what we got to experience. And the kids were really happy. When my kids are happy, I'm happy," she ended.

The Kris TV week-long Singapore special airs on Monday, June 24 on ABS-CBN.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Indonesia informs drug convicts of execution
    Indonesia informs drug convicts of execution

    Indonesia said Saturday it had officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, prompting an appeal from United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to spare the prisoners and suspend the death penalty. A Frenchman also on death row for drug-related crimes was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta. The eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where …

  • UN chief urges Indonesia to spare drug convicts from execution
    UN chief urges Indonesia to spare drug convicts from execution

    United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Saturday to spare from impending execution a group of 10 death-row drug convicts, most of them foreigners. "The Secretary General appeals to the government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the execution, as announced, of 10 prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes," a spokesman for Ban said. Earlier Saturday, Indonesia said it had officially notified eight foreign nationals convicted of drug crimes -- from …

  • AFP monitoring deployment of Chinese seaplanes in Spratlys
    AFP monitoring deployment of Chinese seaplanes in Spratlys

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is adopting a wait and see approach amid reports that China will soon deploy seaplanes to further strengthen its maritime claims in the disputed Spratlys. Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, spokesman for the military and commander of the AFP Civil Relations Service, said they have yet to ascertain the real purpose behind China’s continuing aggressive moves in the region. “We will wait and see before coming up with an official stand,” Kakilala said when …

  • US eyes access to Phl bases in 8 locations
    US eyes access to Phl bases in 8 locations

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington’s next phase in its Asia “pivot,” deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia “pivot” has already seen US Marines rotating through the …

  • Washington bucks China’s aggressive actions
    Washington bucks China’s aggressive actions

    Short of condemning China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea, a senior US military official said Washington does not support any act of coercion and bullying. “We don’t stand for coercion, bullying and aggressiveness,” said Brig. Gen. Christopher Mahoney, assistant US military director for  Phl-US Joint Balikatan Exercises 2015. At the sidelines of this year’s joint military exercises’ static aircraft display held at Clark Air Base in Pampanga, Mahoney told a media briefing that …

  • ‘Giving Bangsamoro police control is constitutional’
    ‘Giving Bangsamoro police control is constitutional’

    The proposed grant to the chief minister of the envisioned Bangsamoro region of operational control over police forces in the area is consistent with the Constitution, a senior administration lawmaker said yesterday. Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. of Dasmariñas City in Cavite made the statement to allay the fears of his colleagues that the proposal, contained in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), would violate the Charter. It is clear in the proposed BBL that the Bangsamoro police will be part …

  • Noy off to KL for Asean meet
    Noy off to KL for Asean meet

    President Aquino will arrive here this afternoon with Manila hopeful of support from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to achieve peace and stability in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as well as economic prosperity and inclusive growth among the people in the region. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Jose Eduardo Malaya III said that with respect to the dramatic developments in the South China Sea, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman had called for the early …

  • Madrid Fusion Manila reignites Pinoy appetite for great food
    Madrid Fusion Manila reignites Pinoy appetite for great food

    After months of preparation and hard work from both the government and private sectors, the future of food is finally here in the country’s capital. Madrid Fusión Manila opened its doors on Friday to an international delegation who eagerly awaited the discussions of some of the most renowned and revered names in the culinary world. Madrid Fusión Manila is a historic gastronomic event marked by talks and exhibitions that showcases Spain and the Philippines’ shared cultural heritage, as well as …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options