“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs
My first destination after checking in at J8 hotel was the Red Dot Design Museum. I bought a voucher from Klook for entrance to the Red Dot Design Museum, Gardens by the Bay, and the OCBC Skyway and I could only redeem the tickets to the garden from the museum. While I wasn’t keen on visiting the Red Dot Design Museum, I thought of getting the package that included it because I wasn’t going to pay extra. Perhaps they were promoting it so it’s probably worth a shot.
I took the MRT from Lavender Station (green line) and alighted at Bugis Station so I could transfer to the blue line. I then alighted at Bayfront Station.
From Bayfront MRT Station, I was pretty much lost already. My Google Map app wasn’t working well and I pretty much did not know which direction to take. So, I followed the signs around the stations (which was a huge one!) and ended up at Gardens by the Bay.
However, I could only redeem my tickets from the Red Dot Design Museum. So, I had to go all the way back to the MRT Station, taking a different exit than I did the last time. Then, hoping that my Google Map was taking me in the right direction, I ended up in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, where a kind man from the Customer Information Counter taught me how to get to Red Dot Design Museum.
The place was huge and had a lot of high-end shops with names I mostly couldn’t pronounce. However, I loved the ambiance of the place because it felt lively and not at all cramped.
On my way out, I first went to bask in the beauty of the bay in the very sunny weather of that day. It’s been raining a lot in Manila, so I badly missed the sunshine. It was also windy that day, but it felt very humid too. For that reason, I did not stay out long and went back inside the mall just to cool down a bit. Thank God for air conditioning!
The walk from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands to Red Dot Design Museum was not a short one despite being 5 to 6 minutes away. The sun was at its peak and I was still exhausted from my flight and lack of sleep the previous night. Thankfully, Marina Bay was such a beautiful sight to behold, so I still enjoyed that walk.
I was so glad when I finally got to the museum. The first thing I noticed was that they had a cafe, so I decided to buy myself a bottle of water because I was already parched at that point. The man at the counter was very patient with me because I struggled a bit with getting my Klook voucher. You see, the app was on my iPhone and my SG SIM card with the internet connection was on a different phone (my iPhone’s locked in as part of my postpaid plan). Thankfully, there wasn’t a long queue of people behind me who would get impatient.
Aside from the card that I would use to enter the museum, I also got a discount voucher for their cafe and another discount voucher for their shop. I used the discount voucher right away when I bought my bottled water and I was glad that they allowed it inside the museum proper.
The museum featured an array of masterfully designed works. I saw robots and gadgets like smartphones, fitness bands, and sports equipment. It’s a place where you can how far we’ve come in terms of technology and how much easier our lives have become because of it. But, if you’re not a fan of the works exhibited by the museum, you might get bored. That’s what happened to me, so I did not stay very long in the museum.
Will I recommend this place even if I got bored? If you’re someone whose line of study of career is around industrial engineering, robotics, or technology, you will love this place! I can already think of a few people who would surely love to go here. Since you’re not paying extra if you’re planning to go to the Gardens by the Bay and OCBC Skyway anyway, then getting the package from Klook is already a great deal. Besides, walking is good for your health, so you’ll benefit from having to go all the way to the museum to redeem your tickets.
Stay tuned for my next post about Gardens by the Bay.
Read my other posts about my first trip to Singapore!
- Trip to Singapore: Flight and Agoda Booking Mishaps
- My Cebu Pacific Flight to Singapore
- Arriving at Singapore: Getting My M1 SIM Card and Tourist Pass Plus Card
- Review: J8 Hotel and Shared Changi Airport Transfers (SIN) for Singapore Hotels