En Route: Singapore

June 12, 2015 Filed Under: Abbey, En Route, Personal, Worldly Whereabouts 5 Comments

EnRouteCover-SGJune 11, 2015 | 9:51 PM

Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 806, bound for Manila

Current concern: how to come out alive in the coming months.

I’ll admit this trip wasn’t an escape from life. In fact, it was scarier – because I felt that even if I’m miles away from home, work keeps calling my name. But, I digress.

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If I could spell out my 4-day Singapore trip in one word, it would be: WALKATHON. I am not kidding. 


Since Monday, I’ve been walking at least 7km throughout the city. And the funny thing is, it wasn’t on purpose. Let’s just say my bus commuting skills boil down to zero (gosh) and while I’m pretty familiar with the SMRT, the places I plotted out on my itinerary this time around were apparently far away from the stations (most of them required a lot of walking, at least 900m). Silly me, I still have a lot to learn.


On the brighter side of things, I like walking (except for the humid weather) because it keeps me aware of things that rarely cross my mind on normal days – such as the intersections of roads, busy streets along temples, and quiet alleys filled up with bookshops and cafes. There is also that feeling of not knowing if Google Maps is actually taking me to the right direction that both excites and scares me. But then again, when you reach your destination – a different kind of fulfillment transpires. (For some reason, I felt like I was Dora the Explorer and I figured out my way – thanks to the [Google] map, LOL)


I promised myself to visit one cafe every day this time around, so I ended up at Shop Wonderland in Haji Lane, Group Therapy in Duxton Road, and Wild Honey in Orchard Road. Each of them was a different experience; so I can’t compare. But I loved having to spend afternoons slowly and peacefully – something I never get to do back at home.


Most days were pretty hectic, though. I visited my recurring favorites – Basheer Graphic Books, Art Friend, Kinokuniya, Typo…and then went on to uncharted places like La Salle College of the Arts (dream school, agh), Holland Village, and Upper Thomson Road.


Singapore has and always will be my favorite country, and hopefully soon – my second home (uhm, soon). How this place is efficient in basically EVERYTHING really makes me want to live here. Getting to have lunches and dinners with friends also kept me in tune with life and things outside work. I met up with my batchmate and close friend Peter (whom I haven’t seen since my last trip to SG – during Life in Transit), my blog reader turned friend Chloe (whom I first met this time last year – can’t believe she’s leaving for Europe soon, huu), my childhood friend Arielle and my “achi” during the trip, achi Diane (whom I stayed with).
I spent half of this trip alone – and it was a far cry from last year. It feels so different now, the way I am more aware of my surroundings and the way I sort out my thoughts and make decisions. If anything, this has helped me reconnect to the person I’ve become, and for me, that connection is most important – I’ve yet to fully know myself, to be honest, but this is a start. And I’m only hopeful that this will be the first of many more reconnections with myself.
PS Sharing a photo diary soon! I brought my SLR so I really made sure to take lots of pictures – just like the first time I started to blog about my travels. :)

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5 Responses to “En Route: Singapore”

  1. Betina Duenas
    June 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I can’t wait to see your photo diary! It just makes me more excited to visit this July! :D

  2. Abbey
    June 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Posting asap! Ooh, enjoy! :)

  3. Pauline
    June 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Abbey! Gosh, I now wish I could have invited you for coffee while you were here! There are still lots of hidden gems to explore on this tiny island. You’ll come back, yes? :)

  4. Abbey
    June 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Pauline! Aww, sad to hear! Yes! Will definitely be back. I’ll let you know :)

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