Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
Ten years ago, Tutubi first set foot on Singapore soil in a company-sponsored training. He was able to roam around the squeaky clean city, walking alone from Marina Mandarin, away from his officemate who preferred to go shopping, without a definite walking tour itinerary. He came upon various heritage buildings and structures including the statue of Stamford Raffles near the river, the Asian Civilizations Museum, Cavenagh Bridge, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court and the Arts House
Only on the years after his first trip did he realize that he somehow retraced the path that Jose Rizal took on his first day in Singapore, his first foreign trip and stopover en route to Spain to continue his studies in medicine in May 1882. He was only 21 years then and visited Singapore 5 times.
These are the places Rizal saw on his first day in Singapore in May 1882 as described vividly in his diaries mostly in the Bras Basah district
the Cavenagh Bridge that Rizal crossed. Open only to light vehicles. Notice the ice cream vendor too (Photo taken in 2015)
St Andrew's Cathedral on St. Andrew's Road that Rizal described as a “Protestant church in Gothic style" in his diaries/ travel journal is like blogging in those days (Photo taken in 2006)
The Parliament Building, now the Arts House, that Rizal mistaken as "the Palace of the King of Siam" with an elephant monument. The elephant was actually a gift from the King of Thailand (formerly Siam)
Sometime ago, in recognition of Singapore's role in Philippine history, the National Heritage Board of Singapore installed a historical marker near the Asian Civilizations Museum
Jose Rizal stayed at Hotel de la Paix on Coleman Street, demolished in the 1960s, now occupied by The Peninsula Hotel. On the second day of his stay, he visited theSongapore Botanical Garden, a future destination of Tutubi
In November 1896, Rizal passed by Singapore on the way home to the Philippines as a prisoner. His brothers petitioned Singapore authorities for a write of habeas corpus which was denied. He was executed by Spanish authorities on December 30, 1896 in Luneta, now part of Rizal Park in Manila.