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Eat, Explore, Play, & Shop at Singapore's Changi Airport


I was never excited about airport layovers. From my previous experience, it meant boredom and long waiting hours. But that's not true anymore in our most recent travel, not with Singapore's Changi Airport.

The four hours we spent at Changi Aiport last January (2019) was the most entertaining airport stopover we've done so far.

*If you are traveling and transiting in Singapore from now onwards, continue reading until the end to know a secret.
As I was saying...we quite manage to do a lot of things even with limited time since there were plenty of things to do at this airport. There's no way for any traveler to get bored here. You just have to go and find it.

The first thing we did was to enjoy more of Singapore's delicious dishes. You got that right. We ate to our heart's content.

EAT


Singapore Food Street located at the 3rd level Changi Terminal 3 transit area is a 1960's themed food court and a haven for foodies like us who want to savor more of some of the most famous Singaporean dishes before leaving the country. 

We enjoyed for the second time around some nice and comforting laksa


Hainanese chicken rice and


roasted duck served with noodles.


At the Singapore Food Street counter, you will be given a loadable card you can use to purchase your meal. You can refund any unused amount later. After food, we didn't waste any time and directly went to...

EXPLORE & PLAY

The first butterfly sanctuary we visited was in my province in the Philippines. Prince had no recollection of it since he was still so little back then. We had another chance to show him these wonderful creatures when we were at Changi Airport's Butterfly Garden.


It is the first butterfly garden in an airport. The garden has a tropical design (open-air) with lush landscaped vegetation and 6m manmade waterfalls. There are about a thousand butterflies from about 40 species in this butterfly garden. It was such a delight just to be around so many different colorful butterflies.




Changi Airport has loads of art pieces scattered in different parts of the airport.

Did you know that right in the middle of Changi Airport Terminal 3 transit area is a Crystal Garden?



Being showcased are 12 spheres of artisan dandelion glass sculptures in various sizes, comprising 1,735 Bohemian glass components which are all hand-blown with different finishes.


Another notable art piece is the Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin. The sculpture symbolizes cross-border alliances among people and cultures. We also have one in Dubai at the Burj Downtown area.


Not sure this is an art piece or not but the kids played and enjoyed watching their coin traverse the colorful artsy passage.


Transiting at Singapore's Changi Airport is one of the best travel decisions I've ever made. Not only it is fun and fulfilling but also rewarding. Including our 12-hours layover from Dubai to Manila in December.

SHOP

Changi Transit Rewards give each transit passenger an S$20 which you can use for shopping and refreshments.

To redeem your voucher, proceed to the iShop Changi Collection Centres situated near the GST Refund counters in the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3. Present your passport, boarding passes and e-ticket(s).


We shop just before our scheduled boarding time. Each of us bought something we really like. A memento of Singapore that we can keep and take with us to Dubai.

The voucher is valid for one-time use. It is accepted in most of the shops. Ask if you are unsure. Otherwise, use it for one-time access to Ambassador Lounge* at Terminals 2 and 3 for up to two hours

*Lounge usage includes showers with basic toiletries, light refreshments, free flow international reading materials, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi.

We didn't have enough time to see other attractions which give us more to look forward to when we visit Singapore again. But can you believe all these in just four hours? 

Over to you, how do you usually spend your time during airport stopovers?

Thank you for reading. As promised, here's the scoop.

*While writing this post, I learned that Changi airport is currently running a promotion that if you spend S$50 in a single receipt you will have 1 entry into a draw of 1 Million Singaporean Dollars and S$200 or above with 100 chances. 

*This post is not sponsored in any way. We are just sharing our own experience and what we know of Singapore's Changi Airport promotions. We wish you the best of luck.

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