Although it only seemed seven days, yet I knew inside that each day would stretch itself to accommodate every hour, and each hour will ensure that each minute counts in the only seemingly traditional 24 hour clock. I know this and am saying this with experience, the clock moves with a different pace in different parts of the world. It’s fixated nature and absoluteness is a hallucination! That’s exactly how I feel whenever I travel. I am generally a very home loving person and enjoy the shelter of being cocooned in my territory, enjoying my space, ensuring everything within my range, all activities controlled and of course peace.
Not that I don’t enjoy travelling, in fact I actually do, and am very curious about the world around. However it does come with a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. But I guess the feeling of no longer having charge of my days and nights, not having any schedule to follow and of course the fear of depriving myself controlled peace does give me a measurable amount of anxiety.
Nevertheless despite all odds, relying on the evens; we (me, my husband and my son) set to our voyage of seven days to Singapore. Taking connecting flights via Bangkok we reached the magical Sentosa Islands excited and anticipative. Sentosa Islands is the main attraction of Singapore and covers the entire glam and fame of the animated, fantastical version of the television and the cinema.
So we reached The Sentosa Islands, unpacked, and went straight to the sea aquarium. The splendour of the aquarium, the world of fish, the variety, the species, and the magnificent setting was a pleasure for the eyes, especially the giant tunnel through which one feels actually a part of the deep blue sea.
Now fate hasn’t always been as simple and straight especially in my case. I may not be a great fan of a roller coaster ride, but honestly for that part; life doesn’t really care and keeps on testing my limits and keeps on pushing me further. The day would have ended on a smooth note had I not started feeling the sharp irritation in my throat by the night. I could feel the prick and pain. So here I was the first day fallen severely ill due to a sore throat. I had a fever of 102 throughout the night and that was just the beginning…
The next day relying on a few mild doses that I had fortunately decided to carry in my bag at the nick of time, we went to the much hyped about Universal Studios. Known as the kingdom of fantasy, glamour and entertainment, Universal Studios lived up to its name. From the streets of Hollywood, the castle of Shrek, the classic Jurassic Park and the contemporary Minions, Universal Studios covered the universe of characters, animation and excitement. The theme park was a massive setup and every detail painstakingly covered.
Nevertheless the usual traffic of people on the rides and long queues took a great deal of toll on my health and I could feel the temperature of my body constantly rising. I seemed to be in a dilemma all the time. On one hand I never felt like missing on the fun and excitement while on the other hand my illness sapped me off all my energy. The same thing repeated in the water park the following day. Bouts of vomiting, food aversion and extreme pain in my throat played havoc to my mood of vacations.
We explored the city the last two days and found not only Sentosa Islands very beautifully landscaped but also the entire Singapore very attractive, green and progressive. From the malls to simple walkways, the city was kept prim and proper. One would hardly see even an idle piece of paper lying on the floor. It was remarkable how the people along with the government of Singapore have jointly collaborated to maintain their country so immaculately and perfectly. From discipline to education, manners to the rights of people, there was a lot to learn there and this I did as much as I could in my 7 day trip to Singapore.
Some pictures I took:
I love this click of mine