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A Coming of Age Trip

March 25, 2016
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I can’t travel without plans. I’m a bit of a control freak. So when we flew to #Singapore without anything in mind except for Laneway, I was scared. For the first time, I am travelling without pre-booked tours, without pre-arranged services. Finally, I am really traveling.

I am as nervous as I am excited to go onto this trip. This is my first trip out of the country without my family. I had to make sure I was able to print out everything I need, that I have all my gadgets and tools with me. It was close to paranoia.

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When we arrived in Singapore, it’s as if butterflies in my belly had turned into mighty dragon flies swarming in panic! The first trip outside Changi airport was the hardest, and it deserved an uber booking (just because we don’t know where to go haha).

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The next day, we explored train stations and rode buses (and the wrong ones). We got lost, we ran out of cash, we walked for hours, we asked locals, we met Pinoys working there, we got drenched in rain in a town we don’t even know of. It was an awesome experience, which I’ll never trade for any.

During our last few days in Singapore, we got to somewhat familiarize ourselves with the districts and the train routes. On our 3rd day, we’re confidently riding buses and trains, going from arts museums, hawkers and to shopping areas.


It’s like when you’re 12 and you get to understand the world. That “Ahhhhh” moment? That’s what I felt. I felt liberated, well, not from any prison. But from my fear of traveling in a place I’m not familiar with. This is definitely my coming-of-age trip as a traveller. A late bloomer, but nevertheless, very much eager to travel!

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