The Sakya Muni Temple (Temple of a Thousand Lights) is well worth the effort to get there.
It was built entirely by a Buddhist monk wno came to Singapore from Thailand . Inside the temple you will see a huge seated figure of Buddha. It is almost 50 feet high and weighs over 300 tons.
Don't worry, it's safe! =)
There are a lot HDB (Housing Board Development) Flats in this area and you should walk around and bask in the ordinariness of a typical Singaporean day.
You may alight at Serangoon Station and explore around....Look at the different designs of the flats, order a Teh O (Tea) at a neighbour coffee shop.....
Don't be afraid of getting lost, there's always the cabs around and most of the Singaporeans can speak English. Feel free to ask for directions.
As i have mentioned in one of my Singapore travel tips, I can never get enough of this crunchy and fragrant snack! They comes in pale yellow or orange colours. And it carries the aroma of spices....onions, cumin, curry and dhal!!! It's simple irresistible....It comes in small stripes or round pieces.
You can find them along Little India. It's pretty common. Sometimes the cafes or restaurants will sell them in small packs. Be careful to check it's air-tight if not, it will not crunchy and tasty.
In the morning, take the train to Serangoon North-East Line Station.Look out for the sign 'Serangoon Central" & exit accordingly. Walk straight towards the bus interchange. Continue walking and you'll see this big coffee shop, S11 @ Block 204.
I like this coffee shop because the food is good and prices are reasonable. Hmmm, let's see, for breakfast, you can order Roti Prata, Bak Cou Mee (Noodles with Minced Pork and fishball) or the local Peanut Pancake.
After bkf, explore this neighbour centre, there're a lot of little shops around. =)
After which, walk back to the MRT station & walk towards the direction of Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre (15 min walk). Check out the small Crocodile Farm besides this shopping centre. Free admission.
From this farm, you can walk down to Kovan MRT station, where it's a heartland shopping mall. Have yr lunch there at Sakae Sushi or Thai Express.
Oh yes, choose a high HDB block & take the life up. See the view, it can be nice!
Across the road is the Chinese Leong San See Temple (Dragon Mountain Temple). The temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy. It has elaborate wood carvings and clay sculptures on the roof.