A few weeks ago, I went on a quick trip to Singapore. Yes, it was JUST ME – no kids and no husband. I was only there for a few days, but oh man, I crammed so much in.
The most outstanding and toe-wiggling-exhilarating part of the whole trip was that I could go throughout my day and make decisions WITHOUT having to consider anyone else!!
Forgive my lameness. But that was huge for me. HUGE!
I could wake up at any time I wanted. I could eat anything I wanted. I could GO and DO any god damn thing I felt like doing, in my own freaking sweet time.
So the first morning? I woke up at 6am. Because each day was MEANT TO BE LIVED YO!
I saw the sunrise over Orchard Road and listened to the sounds of a city waking up.
I went downstairs for a swim and did 12 laps.
Then I had a shower, and spent 30 minutes styling my hair. Talk about indulgence.
I went down stairs and ate watermelon and croissants for breakfast. And I didn’t have to share.
It had been 3 hours since I woke up and I had not spoken a word to anyone. Oh the bliss.
By 10am, I went to join some friends for an EMS training session. EMS stands for electro muscular stimulation, and it involved me putting on a suit which delivered electrical impulses to activate my muscles. It’s like a weight session at the gym without any stress or impact on the joints.
That’s right, I got electrocuted so my muscles will look bigger! It was pretty intense and it felt very weird (bordering on distressing). But I left the studio feeling pretty good, as if I had done an hour of weights at my regular gym.
Then my girlfriends and I went for coffee and morning tea, of course.
We did a bit of window shopping, of course.
We went to get a full manicure, pedicure, and gel nails. It was a total girl party.
We did more window shopping.
Sat in another café.
Oh and we squeezed in a neck, back, shoulder and feet massage, just before dinner.
When I say “squeezed in” it actually took 45 minutes… and you know what? We just POSTPONED DINNER. Which is something you can’t do when you have small children.
After the heavenly massage, we wobbled blissfully over to dinner at Holland Village. And we chose the noisiest and most NOT kid friendly restaurant we could find.
Unfortunately after that, my girlfriend had to leave. It was 10pm after all and she had to get up at 6am… to look after her kids.
But me? I was a single lay-dee that night. Uh huh, that’s right, you know what I mean. My night was just beginning!
So I caught at cab to Raffles City and joined some other girlfriends at the end of their dinner.
Check out the view! 70 stories up!
They were dining at a restaurant called Jann, and having a ridiculously expensive degustation and they kindly included me in for the last course – dessert!
Oh my, it was a gastronomic spectacle. There was smoking dry ice, rosemary chocolates, peanut brittle salted caramel spoons, fluffy marshmallow coconut cubes, they all had super fancy names… and it was all so delicious.
I also had an after-dinner coffee to wash everything down. I know! Caffeine at 11pm! Naughty me!
Then we headed over to Club St to meet other friends for drinks. I got the impression that it was THE cool place to hang out these days. The place was a little street where each end of the street was closed off to traffic, and all the people just flowed out of the bars that lined the street creating a huge, heaving crowd. I felt like I was in a club, but we were outdoors.
It was a fun! I drank some champagne! I got hit on! I talked over really loud music until I lost my voice! I met some cool people! I caught a cab and went home at 1am! Go me!
I got to bed by 2am, and I had to be up again at 6am, to catch a bus to Malaysia.
Phew. It was a huge day.
Sure, I missed my husband and I missed my boys.
But at the same time, it doesn’t happen often, so I lapped it all up and enjoyed every single hour of my day.
Stay tuned for my adventures in Malaysia :)