The last time I visited Singapore was nearly two years ago, when I stayed with my best friend in town for a few days on a short summer getaway. It was somewhat a farewell trip, a few months prior to her moving to Adelaide. My trip this time was almost spontaneous, considering everything was booked only two weeks before. I actually had a lot of conflicted feelings about leaving right before my exam, but after a string of particularly challenging weeks, I simply needed something relaxing to look forward to. Plus, it’s my birthday and that should be good enough excuse – no pun intended.
I’ve always loved the energy of the city – the dynamic mix of cultures, ideas, and histories – sparklingly savvy with a touch of old school. From the bustle of Orchard crossing to the off-the-beaten track neighbourhoods of Haji Lane, the city is a cultural melting pot – a blend of old-world and new architecture. I intentionally left my schedule open, to accommodate for those leisurely afternoons that I’m usually too busy to enjoy. I was able to arrange a spontaneous meet up and watched Batman V Superman together with a couple of friends, and going to church for the Holy-Week Mass. But the highlight of the trip I must say was the casual afternoon picnic we had at the Singapore Botanic Gardens to celebrate my birthday. The weather cooperated wonderfully and we just sat down by the lake for hours – finishing our chips and boxes of orange juice. I truly wouldn’t have spent the day any other way.
I anticipated the typical post-vacation letdown to hit as soon as we got on the plane back to Jakarta. But gladly, that wasn’t the case. The quick getaway has helped me hit my reset button, and I came home with a renewed sense of energy and positive vibes. I wish I never had to end it, but here’s a glimpse of our 4 days in Singapore.
My window seat series no. 33
Evening spent after movies with friends, waffles, and a few glasses of wine
Old-town buildings featuring beautifully broken walls
One of the many vintage boutiques in Haji LanePlaying tourist for the day, from one vintage shop to the next
View from the indoor garden of Singapore National Library
Orchard bound after a Good Friday Mass where we basically shopped till dropped
Look who barged into the room & showered me with kisses right when the clock strikes 12
My first bizzare wish-list as a 20 year old: Have Jollibee for breakfast
The charm of Chinatown that is impossible to miss
Strolling around the park trying to find the perfect picnic spot
H&M dress, Kate Spade pouch, Bonia vintage wrist watch, Vans Canvas Authentic (True White)Chocolate ganache cupcake for a birthday cakeThank you for the cupcake, and for eating them too. I’m lucky I got left one bite.
I don’t know how you guys do it, but thank you for putting up with me for the past 20 years. One of my absolute favorite spots at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Hanging out at Changi before flying back home