It is Singapore’s National (Independence) Day tomorrow, August 9. This post is dedicated to Singapore. Taken from a popular and beautifully written song, “Home,” written for Singapore’s National Day a few years ago: “This is home surely, as my senses tell me/This is where I won’t be alone, for this is where I know it’s home.”
Happy Birthday, Singapore. I am glad to have grown up in such a wonderful country, and proud to call myself a Singaporean.
Here are some photos from our recent trip there, always surrounded by the warmth and love of our family and friends.
Marina Bay Sands
Gardens by the bay
Tool Benji to a “baby spa,” a place that essentially introduces babies to swimming. Being nearly 7months at that time, he was quite aware of being in a completely new environment and doing a new activity. He was so tense at first, whining and crying and needed lots of cajoling and assurance. But after about twenty minutes or so, he was able to graduate to a bigger tub and by the end of the session, kick his legs a little in the water, a sign that he was relaxing and enjoying it. I was glad too that my family: mom, dad, brother and sister were also there and got to witness this momentous occasion. At one point there were seven cameras/camera phones snapping away-kinda ridiculous but given the limited time everyone gets to spend with Benji, it’s understandable. 🙂
We are still having so much fun here. Benji just turned seven months yesterday. I sound so cliche but I can’t help saying that time is flying by too quickly.
It feels glorious to be home. Singapore has changed so much since I last visited just 13 months ago. Here is the city skyline that warms my heart and fills me with pride everyone I see it. Even though I had no part to play in Singapore’s current first world status and wealth, I couldn’t be more proud to be Singaporean.
Sometimes I feel somewhat sad that I won’t get to raise Benji – who currently is of Australian citizenship – in my home country because in all likelihood we won’t be settling down here. But I will share with him as much as possible about this great city state to help him understand and appreciate one part of his family’s history and roots.
It has been an amazing past week hanging out with my family and friends. Everyone loves a baby, and I’m lucky that three of my grandparents are still alive to get to see Benji. It’s really cool to get to see the different generations hang out. One of my grandmas teared when she met him; I know they were of joy coz I’m the daughter of her favorite son and to be able see the offsprings from his line is especially precious to her. Sigh.
I realize this is a rather disjointed post. So many thoughts are swirling in my mind; it’s hard to concisely and properly sum it all up in a short post.
Another 8 more days before we leave for Australia. Time, please slow down!
The longer I stay away from Singapore, the more I yearn to be back there. No matter where I live and how comfortable I am, I know I will never feel as connected to any other place than Singapore. Every time I land at the Singapore Changi Airport and feel the humidity envelope me, hear the broken English spoken, see the orderly streets, skyscrapers, tall buildings, big malls, and city lights, I get goose bumps for I know I’m home. Home to a place where I’m safe, where I grew up in, where my family and friends are, where familiarity reeks in every corner. I know that I can put down all barriers and just be. I know people get me and I get them.
I miss you, my Singapore, the one place I know I can truly call home. Anytime.
Happy National Day. May God continue to bless this little city-state-country.
yes, exactly one month from today we’ll be back in my hometown singapore! i cannot wait to see the fam and friends, soak in the humidity, fight the crowds, shop, and eat up all the yummy food on that island. people think i’m crazy when i say this, but i truly miss singapore. in fact, i have dreams to move back to singapore and set up a private practice there. we shall see!
the color coordinated us in singapore last year for our wedding! in changi (not that you could tell…).
Here’s a shoutout for a friend of mine who is not just a mom of two cute n bright kids and wife of a successful entrepreneur, but is also an entrepreneur herself AND a budding photographer. She has a passion for taking pictures of people, capturing great moments and reflecting precious expressions. In whichever country you are, do take time to check out her work @ http://zurinabryant.com! If you’re in Singapore and are looking for someone to take photographs of you, or your family, business, etc., there’s your photographer!
Photo taken off her blog @ http://zurinabryant.com/blog/
Thanks, Jams! The pic might appear a little fuzzy, but here is a clearer version.