After two long pandemic years, my mom and I finally took a trip out of town! #Travel #Vacation #Singapore
PLUS, we finally got to visit Gardens by the Bay –it was under construction during our last SG family trip.
Read here: The Best Thing About Singapore (Is Everything) – 2012 Family Trip
A Last Minute Vacation
My clinic duty ended around 7PM the night before our trip –I had precious few hours to go back home to the south, pack my luggage, and also sleep. This made a lot of karmic sense given how spontaneous the trip was. My mom and I only decided to travel around August (around the time my sister also went on a trip to Singapore with friends). And I only booked our flight two weeks before (and yes, the price may or may not have been excessive). It’s fine. We made it there and back again. And we had fun, which is the important bit.
I tried to keep a travel journal throughout the entire process of deciding to go to SG then booking a flight to going abroad, but along the way I realized how fast everything happened. I lost the plot. Thankfully, I had enough brain cells to keep taking videos (and enough energy to edit them months later aka just now).
Date with My Mom
Our SG trip was really just a series of sit-down meals, photo-ops, and lots of walking. This aimless kind of itinerary is really the vibe when you’re in a lazy mood.
See you, Singapore!
I’ll always admire Singapore for their urban planning and green architecture. How great must it be to have the luxury (and integrity) to prioritize the environment, tourism, and economic footprint in one go? The public transit was still easy to access and navigate, places seemed more walkable than ever before (despite the INTENSE heat), and there was no shortage of greenery to be found.
There’s also something to their pride as a state –maybe blessed by something like natural geography or by its people’s strength, Singapore rose from being a British colony to one of the world’s biggest economies. Our journey through the National Museum of Singapore proved that their pre-colonization to contemporary history is filled with direction, industry, and foresight. Their art, culture and technology developed from and are developing a distinct national consciousness.
Maybe it’s easier to maintain that magic discipline when the entire population fits the land area of the greater Manila area…
In any case, I’ll probably be back to admire Singapore some time in the future (but hopefully next year I’ll be crossing the Pacific for a much longer, better-planned trip).
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Fantastic! Great that you managed to return to SG after a while haha! :D If I may ask, what were the requirements you submitted prior to your flight?