Singapore Trip 2016

The Shopes at Marina Bay Sands

Singapore is still one of my favorite countries in Asia. I have not seen the whole Asia yet. I have been to around ten and I still keep coming back to Singapore.

“The story of Singapore is rich with twists, turns and triumphs” as stated in Singapore’s travel website: http://www.yoursingapore.com/ . Truly, this independent and progressive country is rich in history and culture.

This is some sort of a “throwback” post from just a few months ago about my visit to the Lion City.

We have stayed at two Swissotel Hotels. Thank you to my cousin as she was able to book our hotels with discounts! Wee! 😀 We stayed at Swissotel Merchant Court located near Clarke Quay and Singapore River. I love the quaint, vintage architecture of the hotel! When we arrived, some of the portions were being constructed. But, we were informed ahead of time. The attendants and receptionists were so helpful and courteous. We were accommodated at a Premiere Room (Corner Room) with a balcony overlooking the pool and Clarke Quay. Happily, we were given one of the newly renovated rooms. The view is just perfect for a vacation vibe. The bathroom is very spacious, clean, and has elegant interiors.

Merchant Court

The view from our room at Swissotel Merchant Court


Our stay at Swissotel Merchant Court comes with breakfast. There are variety of choices for breakfast – Asian, Continental etc. We all love the food!

Ready for Buffet Breakfast


Love Locks SG version at Clarke Quay


Our cousin Em and her fiancé Jeremy  are one of the best tour guides in SG! They bring us to unique and not so ‘touristey’ places. During this vacation, they brought us to Sentosa Cove’s Quayside Isle which is a place for gastronomic adventure with a wide array of coffee shops and restaurants. We decided to have lunch at Kith.


Quayside Isle View

Wealso went to Marina Bay Sands which I miss!


Thanks Jeremy for the ride! Best SG tourist guides ever


How can we skip Universal Studios Singapore?! There are new rides. But, I came back for the Transformers ride! We tried getting the VIP access this time so we have saved a lot of time by having a special queue!



 



For the latter part of our vacation, we stayed at Swissotel Stamford. This hotel is strategically located at the heart of the city with easy access to City Hall station MRT. It is also one of the tallest buildings in Singapore. It is also right beside Raffles City Mall.  I can say that the hotel is perfect for both business and pleasure because of the location. Our room gives a nice view of the Singapore flyer and the city.


City View from our Swissotel Stamford room


There’s a lot more to do in Singapore depending on the type of vacation and purpose of visit.One can have sidetrips to nearby towns, cities, and countries too. We did go to nearby Johor Bahru during this trip. But, will save that for a different post 🙂 

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Inspirational Story: The Boy in The Train

I was assigned to share a motivational or inspirational story at work. So I thought first of a theme different from what was recently shared by my colleagues. I came across a story from Moral Stories 26.com (article : http://moralstories26.com/father-and-son-in-the-train-story/ ) and thought it is good to share.

Photo credit : quora.com


Here it goes:

 

A father and son were traveling by train. Boy was 24years old. The boy was really excited and was looking out of window.

Suddenly he shouted, “Dad look trees are going behind..”

His dad smiled. There was a young couple sitting near by them. When they saw the childish behavior of boy they felt weird with pity for boy.

 

Suddenly boy again exclaimed, “Dad look outside, Clouds are running with us.”

Now seeing this again the couple couldn’t resist and said to old man, “Why don’t you take your son to Doctor?”

Old man understood and just smiled and said, “I did, We are just coming back from hospital. My son was blind from birth and there at hospital he had operation. He just got his Eyes and now we are going back to home.”
Moral : Don’t judge people before truly knowing them because everyone has a story and sometimes truth might surprise you.

 

My takeaway after reading this is that we sometimes assume things being said and done or even things we saw or hear without knowing the whole story. It is best to directly and politely ask, inquire, or communicate with the people involved instead of assuming that our interpretation of something is what it is actually is.

 

#GetBlisstified

I have always have these “personal projects” from time to time. I have them “on the side” of my student life before and I am having those now while working. More recently, “passion project” became a popular term. The website mindbodygreen.com defines it as :A passion project is something you work on (often outside of your chosen career path) that gives you satisfaction, happiness and puts you into a state of flow. It’s what you do to escape it all. Its your tiny (or huge) contribution to the world.

Thanks to (IG: originsph, simplemamaph, gratefuljarph) Photo by : Myra Ho


If you ask me, I have many! Yup, many passion projects in mind. But, one thing I wanted to pursue is to go back to blogging. Hence, this blog.

I asked a friend if she knows someone who is willing to teach me so I can improve my skills as a blogger. She referredme to Maggie of #littlewhiskph and Mommy Maggie Musings. However, she said that she felt I should be following one of her “mentors” and referred me to Martine De Luna’s blog : Make It Blissful .

As I was stalking Martine’s blog, I came accross this workshop that says : #GetBlisstified. It is a workshop facilitated by Martine and life coach Kimi Lu on personal branding, coaching, and pursuing your passion project. And I just knew I had to register. When I saw that I am free on the date of Sept 3, I texted my husband telling him I will attend a workshop and I feel that I need to. And come Sept 3, I was ready to get blisstified. I even tagged along my friend Lish (the same friend I mentioned earlier). She was free that day so the two fabulous wives (thats us! lol) went for a Saturdate with 20 other ladies with different but all equally inspiring passion projects.

Get Blisstified

Thats me! Photo by Myra Ho

The  bonus? We get to have the facilitators’ guidance for one whole year! You got that right, one year with these mentors and 21 passionate and dynamic ladies. I highly recommend this workshop if there will be a repeat just like on Sept 28! How can I forget that aside from the coaching and learning, we got some freebies and good food from La Creperie 🙂  Contact 0917 493 0733 if your interested to join the next run to be held at Earth Kitchen BGC. 

Food from La Creperie and Personalized Notebook from WishlistStudio

Journaling