Saturday, August 20

My Random Saturday

Hello, world.

A break from my travel stories once again, something personal. I was watching a few videos and started becoming emotional. I have always wondered where I am into forgetting you and how we once were.

It's true, I have been able to move forward - move forward in a sense that I don't spend my nights lying on my bed crying anymore or staring into the sky but I think I have just mastered the art of running away from it. Running away from whatever is causing me to be sad or sulky. I have learned that feelings do pass, and even the feelings you had when you had those memories, may it be happy or sad. Although it doesn't and will never change the fact that no matter how hard you try, you will miss the good times - how he brushes your hair out of your face on random moments of the day, how even if you are seated away from each other on the bus he manages to assure you that he's there, or how he gives you the hug or kiss that you want wherever, whenever he deems it makes you feel a little better. I miss the normalcy - the feeling of being normal and still being together. I miss how I used to tease you, show you my happy dance, or be annoying, and it will still be the same. I miss how you look at me like I am an adorable piece of creature who came out of the sky. I miss how I message you whenever I don't have an outfit in mind therefore obliging you to choose from options. I miss how you always assured me that whatever is happening, you are there. It didn't matter what situation I was in, even if you don't have the perfect solution, I don't feel scared knowing that every single thing might mess up but you won't.

I mean, seriously, how can people have relationships, watch it break down, be gone, and be okay? The thought that this person who used to be an important part of your Sundays, your weekdays, and every single day, won't be available to witness how amazing you have been. It makes me cry sometimes knowing that I have matured, I have become this responsible person at work who never misses a single paper work or deadline, and you are not here to witness all of it. I know you'd tell me you are proud of me and that I shouldn't think of it as something you did or helped me with, and that it's all me but those are even the remarks that I miss the most. I miss every single moment, dear. I don't know when or how but time will come and it will all be better (without the running away).

Saturday, August 6

A Peek Into My Singapore Life

Hello, world!

After 5 months of no-show, as I have been healing my broken heart and trying to find my continuity from what has happened, I finally realised that it's time to start writing again! Of course, not of my own personal life but my travel stories. I am totally behind!

As I recall, my last entry was about our third and last day in the Bicol Region. After that trip, I was off for quite a while with regards to traveling since I had a short break from working for 4 months. Then I went to Singapore to find my luck here and tadaaaaaa, I found myself a job after two months of searching!

Now, I'll share some of the beautiful places I have discovered in Singapore as I lived here for the past 1 year and 11 months (counting down to my second anniversary on the 29th yay!!!). It has been a roller coaster ride to be honest. I have heard a lot of people say that deciding to work overseas is an easy way out but as far as I am concerned, it's not that all easy. Thankfully, Singapore is a very beautiful and small country with a reliable mode of transportation (bus and MRT lines), great places to discover, and an amazing diverse culture which makes it really fun to be in! Not to mention, an overload of Chinese, Malay, and Indian food that is all the more of what makes it freaking exciting.

When visiting Singapore, it's a must and let me reiterate, A MUST to try the 1 dollar ice cream! It's not exactly 1 dollar now, it's 1.20 but it's still worth a try! Most of the sellers are aunties and uncles and the ice cream is definitely good irregardless if it's paired with wafer or bread! You can see a lot of this along the streets of Bugis (the famous cheap pasalubong finds) and Orchard with all the high-end malls lined up.

As long as you see a red or yellow stall like this, be sure to queue up!
When I was still looking for a job, I often go out to unwind and clear my head with all the worries. My favorite spot was along Marina Bay and Fullerton, where you can see a full view of the Marina Bay Sands on one side and the buildings full of lights on the other. It's such a beautiful place where you can just sit, talk with a friend, and relax. I always tell my friends who visit that whenever I was feeling a little down before, I go to that place to remind myself that I am in a fantastic place and that's a fact that I shouldn't take for granted.

1) In front of Fullerton Hotel with a view of the Marina Bay Sands behind
2) One of the unique benches along One Fullerton
3) A view of Singapore Flyer from a distance
4) While walking along the pathway from Merlion Park
It's such a shame that whenever I go along Marina Bay and Fullerton, the Merlion (as in the lion symbol with gushing water) is always under maintenance. But anyway, we get to catch good food nonetheless! Just a walking distance from Merlion Park and Esplanade Mall/Theatre is Makansutra Gluttons by the Bay where fewer stalls are available as compared to Lau Pa Sat and Chinatown but nonetheless, the food is amazing! This is always on my list when I tour friends around!

1) Our favorite BBQ chicken!!!
2) Home made iced lemon tea - trust me this is soooo good although sugarcane is better
3) Yang Zhou fried rice
4) Bulalo from Gerry's Grill
As it is referred to in the caption, the first photo is our favorite bbq chicken! IT NEVER GOES AWAY ON MY LIST. It's pretty common but it's really good and it's the perfect distracter while you wait for your other food as the queues are often long and it usually takes 5-7 minutes to cook. Aside from that, their home made iced lemon tea never disappoints. I like it since it's not too sweet but not bland either, it's just the perfect blend! Although after a while I have discovered that there are even more amazing things on earth like the sugarcane drink with lemon which is to die for, as how I often describe it. The fried rice is also mmmm!!! I love how Chinese stalls make the perfect fried rice. It's tasty and I can eat a 4 dollar plate by myself! And yes, there is Gerry's Grill in Makansutra - a touch of Filipino food! You know, when in some days you feel like you're missing home! It's equally good but nothing beats the one where you truly belong.

I'd end here today and show you more in the coming weeks! As I said, there are a lot of places to discover and it's not enough to put it all in one entry! Don't forget to hit comment box when you visit so I'd know you were here!

Happy travels!