Soloing Singapore (May 2014)

May 30, 2014 Filed Under: Travel Journal, Worldly Whereabouts 3 Comments

I spent a week earlier in May traveling and exploring Singapore – alone.

Okay, well, not technically alone (my cousin lives in Singapore), but most of my days were spent going to unknown places all by myself, with only a bunch of maps and directions on hand (and occasionally leeching free WiFi on the streets) and a hunger for discovering new places.

Booked my flight via JetStar last October and spent my free time researching on three key things: art, books and coffee. I know how Singapore’s art scene is bustling – and so are the cafes in the country, which is why I decided to pay a visit. That, and to be honest, my “summer” has been pretty toxic and I just needed to escape for a while.

I’ll let most of the photos do the talking. :-)

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BooksActually is officially my favorite bookstore so far. I can only wish my room looked this pretty.

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Koi Bubble Tea is a must try in Singapore. A+ milk tea!

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So much art stores everywhere in Singapore. This one’s in Chinatown and the brushes were a steal and of good quality.

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Cafes everywhere. Everywhere, literally, on almost every road.

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With my tour guides on weekends and holidays! So grateful to have met these people. :-)

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Haji Lane happiness – colorful buildings, amazing street art, vintage stores – and this glorious socks display!

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There were so much lessons I’ve learned from traveling alone, and I guess the key takeaway was to always be fearless in whatever way possible. I’ve gotten lost lots of times, but that didn’t stop me to keep going and exploring. My social skills have been tested to the highest level (I can casually talk more in English now, lol) and I’ve met so much kind people along the way (the store clerks were super accommodating, especially in Bras Basah). Singapore is a safe country, so I was sure I wouldn’t get into any harm. Either way, it also pays to always be careful with trips like these.

Moreover, I’m super grateful my mom gave me this opportunity to travel alone (#gradgift). I’m going to say this out of my love for travel and trying new things, but it really pays to set aside solo trips even just once in your life. I came home feeling fulfilled and super accomplished, and at the same time very much inspired and happy. It’s like I gave myself a chance to breathe more, and to further appreciate life in a better light. :-)

Have you been on a solo trip before? How was your experience? Let me know!

Abbey

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3 Responses to “Soloing Singapore (May 2014)”

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