Journey to Maldives

Here is the 1st night on our 6nights-5days Maldives trip.

After all the preparations we’ve made,  the long wait is finally over!

snorkeling gear – ☑️

swimsuit – ☑️

sunblock – ☑️

GoPro – ☑️

Money – ☑️

I had 950SGD, (I changed 250sgd to 175usd somewhere in Bugis street and the remaining 700sgd to 498usd at Arcade Money Changer, near Raffles MRT. So far, they offer the best exchange rate when you need to change your money to other currency. (we couldn’t see any money changer that offers SGD or USD to Maldivian Rufiyaa). So I had a total of US$673.00 with me.

Pictures before our 6:50pm flight

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The Maldivian Gang

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(L-R) Ben, Toms, Kuya Derek, Ate Lilian, Cho and Nomarie

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power couple

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:))))

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obligatory passport selfie

while waiting at the boarding gate.

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Toms

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i hate yelloww

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Ben

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watta pose 😛

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the excitedssss 😛

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with my friggin’ seatmate 😛

Boomerang-ing before take off

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traffic

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fly highh

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cheers

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embarkation card

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I wasn’t able to get some sleep during the 5-hour flight because my other seatmate slept like a caveman, snoring loudly all over the plane! (exagge. haha!)

We arrived past 9:00pm local time (Maldives is 3hrs behind SG time).

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arrived safe and sound

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first step in Maldives

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excited

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mandatory photo

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groufie

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Money changer available just right outside the arrival area. I changed my 200usd for 3,000MvR

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Maldivian Rufiyaa

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport; it’s not like your usual extravagant airport as what you imagine when you hear Maldives, but I think it’s okay. It’s like our domestic airports back in the Philippines.

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There has been a miscommunication from Beachwood Hotel that made us stay for almost 2 hours at the airport. Pictures while waiting:

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Hotel personnel picked us up at around 11:00 pm local time. (1am SG time)

Their means of transportation here are mostly speedboats. Elegant speedboats.

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Not our speedboat tho. haha!

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our not-so-elegant speedboat. haha!

It was a rough 1hr boat ride but we arrived safely.

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Kuya Derek and Cho with a local

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I didn’t get any pictures of our hotel room or even the hotel lobby when we arrived 😦 We were welcomed by the Filipina receptionist, ate Isha, who was kind enough to admit their mistake.

Our original flight is 12 February to 17 February, but last August, Tigerair sent an email informing us that the time of our flight was moved (originally 9:20am) to 6:50pm. We have options to re-book our flight 7 days before/after prior to the date FOR FREE. Since the nearest holiday is the Chinese new year (February 8&9, and the price is waaay expensive), we grabbed the chance and changed to 5-10 February. Good thing we didn’t need to file leave also. 🙂

We informed the hotel regarding the new flight details, and they also confirmed before we pay for the down payment. So technically, it’s a mistake on their end. For the compensation for our inconvenience, they promised to give us 2-spot snorkeling activity, and they booked us at White Sand Lodge (cheaper rates compared to Beachwood Hotel)

After the long tiring day, we finally had a little chitchat in our room, discussed what we’d do the following day and went to bed at 1am local time (4am SG time). Bangag lang, jetlag pa more! hahaha

 

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Goodnight from me and my roomiesss

Expenses for the day:

5sgd-meal at McDonald’s Changi Airport

4sgd-100plus water at the plane

 

 

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