The city is stunning….no matter how often you visit. It is easy to understand why people from all walks of life (including our youngest son) are proud to call this home.
We took in the Botanical Gardens (free!), museums, beaches, the Aquarium and all of the sights and sounds that we could explore during our limited time there. Richard even got a chance to watch some professional golfers in action (including Canada’s Brooke Henderson)!
I had also planned to make this a ‘foodie tour’ (I ADORE Asian food). Unfortunately, my stomach took a HUGE DISLIKE to our very first meal (food pictured below) and did not recover until five days after we returned home. Rice and ginger ale were my mainstays for this trip…but otherwise it didn’t slow me down. (And if you know Huiman Cheng, please let her know that I actually ate congee…several times!)
I had already known that when it is ‘your year’ in the Chinese Zodiac, you typically go through ‘the pain of rebirth’. But seriously, “no lucky star to guide me”? And “only determination and hard work will see me through”? Doesn’t the Chinese Zodiac know that I am retired? Although Richard’s year ahead was predicted to be ‘full of bliss,’ it is also supposed to be a challenging year for Dragons. Creighton (youngest son) was not amused!
There are numerous amazing side trips within a reasonable distance from Singapore. If taking one, don’t leave your common sense behind and don’t expect the new location to operate as smoothly as Singapore. I had done my research ahead of time and planned the buses that I would take once we arrived at our new destination (Cambodia). Somehow, I let myself get talked into taking “a deluxe VIP express bus” from an Airport Tout. (I know, I know!) And you guessed it…there was NOTHING ‘deluxe’, NOTHING ‘VIP’ and NOTHING ‘Express’ about the transportation that was provided! Richard found the experience fascinating. Despite my best efforts to sleep through the whole ordeal, I was exhausted. (We were the only foreigners on the bus and shared the full 7.5-hour ride with a live rooster…and other entertaining characters.) A word of caution, we now have ENDLESS ‘trip stories’ to tell!
We are lucky to have good friends all over of the world (many of them in Singapore). When true friends get together, no matter how long they have been apart, the conversation effortlessly continues just where it left off…as time and miles melt away.
And the ABSOLUTE BEST part of the trip? ‘Son time!’
Being able to see our grown son in his world, witness his successes, experience his passions, meet his friends and girlfriend…and just hang out together was magical. Rekindling those moments of wonder and play was heartwarming. Reliving milestones (remember your first official name sign on your work desk or door?) brought back fond memories. Our hearts continually swelled with gratitude that this respected, thoughtful, compassionate human being, setting out to make a difference, is someone whom we have watched grow and develop since his childhood. How could you ever want for anything more?
It was an amazing trip. And a few days after returning home, we began planning our next one!