With husband and two kids having the time of their lives in Sweden, I felt a bit lonely and decided, encouraged by husband, to go away for the weekend. And so I did. To Singapore. Standby ticket in my hand, anxiously waiting, would I get a seat or not (I do strongly believe that I am getting too old for this kind of excitement) until the very last minute when they call you and you literally have to run to the gate, forget about shopping, you are lucky if you make it to the ladies' room before take off.
Seven hours later, landing in Singapore, my home for two and a half years! The taxi ride to my friends' place was a trip down memory lane, the familiar condos, Parkway Parade, the shopping center where I spent most of my time, sometimes I was there up to three four times a day (mainly cause we lived just next door to it). "Our" condo, still white and shiny but looked slightly older... the road we walked every morning to my sons school, the hotel where we stayed for over a month before we found our own place.... Yes, it was indeed nice to be back!
I stayed at my dear friend A's house, a beautiful apartment on the East Coast with sea view! Admired all the ships waiting to get into the harbour to off load their goods, enjoyed some rain and thunder.
I spent Friday at Raffles City, some shopping and Dim Sum for lunch with another dear friend. Bus back to Parkway and coffee at Coffee Bean, like so many times before! Just being able to hop on a bus felt like ultimate freedom! You don't need a car in Singapore, with the buses, taxis and MRT, fantastic! Friday evening was dedicated to Clarke Quay, the massive place by Singapore River with its restaurants, clubs, bars, pubs, you name it! Strolling around, watching people, enjoying the breeze.
On Saturday, I and dear A took the bus to Orchard for some more shopping, but ended up on a bench outside Forever 21, just chatting and laughing and in the evening, we had the greatest sushi meal at Big Splash Sushi Tei, wonderful.
While living in Singapore, I wasn't too crazy about Hawker food. A Hawker center is a place with lots of different little food stalls, mostly Chinese but also Malay and Indian food. It is cheap, fast and has its charm! After two years away from Singapore, I miss the Hawker centers and therefore, made sure to have some Laksa before I left.
Departure past midnight on Sunday morning, again anxiously waiting by the check in counter before my seat was confirmed, made it last minute and landed in Dubai seven hours later.