April 22, 2011
“Bucket List # ___ : Treat the family to an out-of-the-country trip – ✔”
At last, one of my wishes just finally came true. I was able to bring and treat my family for a vacation abroad. Well it’s good that I am working here in Singapore, at least it gave them an excuse to visit me here. I’ve been planning for this ever since but it took me almost a year to bring them here since I want to make sure that I’m financially stable first before anything else.
Why April? Because it’s my Dad’s birth month and this is my perfect treat for him for his coming of age (Hello-welcome-to-20%-discount-world-of-senior-citizens) day. How exciting could that be!? First out-of-the-country trip together for the family :). I’m really grateful to God for giving me this chance of a lifetime.
My family stayed at my place for 5 days. Darwin and I picked them up at the airport on the first day. I was late because I went out on a drinking spree with friends that morning. I’m so excited and happy seeing them at the airport, I almost can’t believe it. Am I dreaming? No! They’re really here, safe and sound.
Upon arrival at Singapore Changi Budget Terminal, we took a cab and went home first to rest. Later in the afternoon, we went to Chinatown and Clark Quay. It’s a simple day for family bonding — walking around, food trip, sight seeing and catching up on each other’s stories. We went to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown Street and Clark Quay. I brought them to Song Fa Bak Kut Teh for dinner. Everyone loves the pork ribs soup, they want to go back!
For the 2nd day, we went to Sentosa Island in the afternoon then walk along the city bay area during the evening. It was a scorching hot Sunday afternoon at Sentosa, so it was really tiring especially for my oldie parents. I have them try the skyride and my Mama dearest was so scared that she didn’t even bother opening her eyes during the entire ride. She was really funny. “Anak ayoko tumingin takot ako.” Hahaha!
After the skyride, the youngsters (Darwin, Lester (brother) and I) went for the Luge. As always, 1 ride is not enough.
After Sentosa, we took a bus going to the city area. I brought them to Makansutra Gluttons Bay area for dinner so they can try the delicious Singapore food there such as chili crabs, cereal prawn, seafood and a lot more. Everyone was so full that we can barely move.
Before going home after the dinner, we sat along the benches to rest while enjoying the nice evening view of the city. It was a long tiring yet happy day for the family.