2 weeks ago I packed my bags, hopped into the front seat of the car, belched along to the words of all of the oldies in my moms (really good) playlist and visited a new country. Singapore. We were extremely warmly welcomed by the incredibly sweet people there; like seriously, every one is so friendly there! I love it. It was quite a spontaneous trip so we didn’t really have a hotel booked or any fixed plan of what were were going to do. Purely out of luck (and the help of two extremely helpful and sincere guys) we managed to find our way right into the heart of the city, bright lights flashed, teens smoked in little groups, traffic buzzed and so did the streets. This seemed to be a good area to stay seeing as it was right in the heart of the city so we went in search of a hotel, after some searching we found one that was in the most perfect spot; surrounded by restaurants and 24-hour open foot massage places hahah, heaven. So we settled in to our hotel, showered after having been in the car almost all day, got ready and headed out for a late-ish dinner at this quaint little pizza place, so we sat and chit chatted over pizza and lemon water then decided to go up to bed. After we got up to the room at 11 something pm I ended up watching Tyler Perry’s Temptations (for like the 4th time) I was super tired by this time so I really don’t know why I chose to watch a movie and get two hours less sleep sleep. sigh.
I woke up the next morning to a nudge on my shoulder and the words ‘Sarah if you don’t get ready in 5 minutes you’re gonna miss breakfast’. I ended up missing the breakfast times but managed to sneak in and grab a bowl of coco crunch before they cleaned up the buffet fully. Not such a hearty breakfast but you get what you get right? We came to the conclusion that there was no more time to waste and that we should just head straight out into the city to explore, my mom found out there was a Lululemon store in Singapore and got really exited and kept saying that it was ‘the Mekka of yoga clothes’ so we head off into the city in search of her magical store and ended up spending like 3 hours there when we did find it. (sigh again). It wasn’t too bad there though the staff was so super friendly and helped me pick out the nicest pants for my body and what not. After we had figured that out, however, we talked about yoga and energy for about an hour. After the frickin’ blue moon we spent in that store and we were finally done and my mom and my brother decided to go back to the hotel. Joyce and I wanted to explore more, so we did and head off.
Singapore City is a really nice place. Because everyone is so nice, and the vibe is great. We passed a bunch of interesting people, got lost, asked for directions, and got froyo with oreo’s and kitkat. we both weren’t too successful shopping wise but I did manage to pick up a top from pull and bear, a new concealer, and some hello kitty stickers and birthday cards hahah. After (not enough) time we waited for my mom and Johan at Starbucks on a table shared with a really sweet lady with whom we conversed about almost everything you can in 20 minutes. I love having conversations with strangers.
When they finally did come, we took a walk down to little India, it really felt like India, full of little bazaars and shops selling little nicknacks, silver jewelry, bindis, flowers, authentic sweets, hari krishna mixtapes and so much more. We parked ourselves at a little roadside restaurant and ate Murtabak and drank milo ice (because what else would I drink?). When in little India getting henna is like the most tourist-y thing to do, plus it looks really nice hahah, so I walked just across the road into a little saloon that offered it. I picked out a design and yet another lovely Singaporean made conversation with me while decorating the back of my hand. She told me all about her childhood and growing up as an Indian-Singaporean and how she started doing henna. It was really inspiring and I’ve made a mental note to learn how to ‘henna’ as beautifully as she can.
After exploring Little India for a while we thought we’d go up Singapores main attraction the Marina Bay Sands hotel to look at the view but our extremely chill taxi driver talked us out of it by saying that you can go to fancy hotels anywhere in the world and that culture and people and city life is much more interesting. He had a point so we agreed and decided to go to China town instead. He said something else that I’ll never forget, not sure how he got to the topic but he started talking about how all humans are united and how we’re all one and that if something happens to the sun or moon we all die together, he also talked about discrimination and about how it doesn’t make any sense. I told him that I liked the way he thought and he said very sweetly ‘Thank you Sarah’. Such a cool guy, don’t think I’ll ever forget him.
We didn’t spend too long in China town but it was long enough to walk around and admire the architecture and all of the little buddhas, jade sculptures and little waving cats the roadside stalls were selling, after that however, per recommendation of our lovely taxi driver we walked down a couple of roads to ‘Boat Quay’ where we had dinner had a place called ‘Marco Marco’ where we all drank lemonades and then walked under the moonlight along the lit up river and tall Singapore skyline. The nightlife in Singapore is great so it was such a nice experience walking through it seeing people eating dinner with their dates, sitting at bars drinking their beers, and socializing noisily with their friends by the river.
By this time it was almost midnight but if you can get a foot massage at 11 something pm then why wouldn’t you??????? So on we went, back to our hotel area to one of the 24 hour open foot reflexology massage places where a nice guy whose name I was going to ask for but forgot massaged my feet. I asked him if touching peoples feet all the time ever got gross and he said yes and told me in bad english that some people had feet like burgers hahaha. The massage actually really hurt and I’m not sure if it was because my feet were just really stiff or just because I didn’t tell him to not press as hard. Either way the next day my feet felt so. good.
A woman who worked at the massage had seriously some of the best energy ever, after every one of her clients she hugged them and said ‘god bless you’ she told my mom that we had a really magical family and that we were special she also told me that I look really grumpy and that I should smile more hahah. The night ended late but I slept like a baby after all that walking and that massage.
The next day I missed breakfast… again… Surprising right? Then packed up my stuff (which I never even unpacked) checked out of the hotel and drove back to KL.
So I decided to make a video of my trip, hence why there aren’t that many pictures. I’m new to this so no hate I know I suck hahahaha