When I visit a place, I want to get to know it. I want to connect with it and know its story. So when a friend and I had a chance to go to Singapore (it was both our first out-of-the-country trips), we had a very specific itinerary.
We didn’t spend the day at Universal Studios. We didn’t go to Sentosa or the Night Safari. We didn’t stay long inside the malls or ate frequently at restaurants. Aside from watching Jersey Boys at the Sands Theater, we mostly stayed outside in the streets.
We visited the Singapore Art Museum. We went church-hopping. We went on a river cruise to tour the city. We ate duck, tried the local coffee, dined at street-side food stalls, roamed the local markets. We went up the Singapore Flyer to see the entire city’s majesty. We hardly asked anyone for directions. Instead, we relied on maps and our map-reading skills. We did get lost a few times, but it was still fun. Getting lost in a foreign country was a very important experience that we will treasure.
It was all very magnificent. So that’s how it feels like to visit another country. So cool. In three days, I’d already ticked off two things from my bucket list—watch a Broadway show abroad and conquer my fear of heights (Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world!).
I want to go to Thailand next and play with baby elephants. 🙂