Aug. 8-22, 2016
Peoplescape of Singapore
GPS waypoint: 1°17'02.5"N 103°51'34.7"E
Fleeting and Far in Between
Unlike Ubud (Bali, Indonesia) where my peoplescape was one of a fast-turning revolving door, Singapore was more fleeting and far in between. Singapore is not a backpacker destination where spontaneous social interaction is expected and anticipated. The local culture doesn't lend itself to that and the visiting travelers are not the types you see sleeping on bunk beds in mixed dorm rooms. The few people I met however, were enriching and promised continuity in the not so distant future.
mosaic of Singapore's fabulous people
It was welcoming to see Eunice again. She was pretty much my anchoring peoplescape for Singapore. We had good bonding over yoga in Ubud, and Singapore seems like picking-up from where we left off. She gave me a welcome loot-bag with food and a spare Metro card upon my arrival in Singapore - wow, how thoughtful. I'm not used to this. Already, the immigration incident seemed like a lifetime in the past with her around. It was just wonderful and reassuring to be with Eunice again. Over coffee at a few cafes and over a sumptuous dinner at the.twenty.cavan, we talked, laughed, shared and talked some more. She even invited me to take the trip with her back to Malaysia to her hometown, Kluang to spend the weekend with her folks and siblings. In Kluang, our friendship spanned 3 countries in only 7 weeks (Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia)! What I thought to be a fleeting coffee chat with her during my Singapore visit proved to be a deepening friendship. It was an unexpected surprise I relish. She has taken on the non-corporate path in pursuit of her bliss. I share with her my affection and merits.
It's not everyday I meet a traveler from the Philippines, let alone a female solo traveler. Pia and I got along well, hanging out in coffee shops to chill and share stories. Like most of my friends who decided to follow their bliss, Pia also resigned her job to take her chance on the open road. We continue to touch base and I'm sure our paths will cross again. I am looking forward to it.
Katharina and I had a 2-minute conversation at the Coziee Lodge before she checked out and disappeared. It was a fleeting talk but promising. We connected again in Facebook and spent time by the pool/food court and talked yoga, blogs, traveling, reality as we manifest it and the bright future up ahead. We were full of optimism. She left to do her first Vipassana. I can only hope our paths cross again. Stay well Katharina...my best goes with you.
Another traveler from the Philippines, I met Paolo at Meadows Hostel while he was attending a course to upgrade his skill as a barrista. As a cafe owner of 528 Ilawod Cafe in Legazpi, Bicol (close to Donsol where you see the whale sharks), he's keen on upping his game - something I admire. He's young and forward-thinking. I'd be curious to see what he'll accomplish in the next 5 years.
My detention blog at Singapore's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority took traction and trended. As of this writing, it has over 443 shares and 1,200 Likes on Facebook. I was flooded with emails, PMs and comments largely by the Singaporean community who appreciated my position on what happened. One of them, Kerry, a soon-to-be chef, wanted to meet up...and we did, having her as my breakfast guest at Pinnacle Hotel. We covered a lot of ground in our marathon talk. With the internet's global reach, I am able to connect with people that would not have otherwise happened in an analog world. I challenged Kerry to come up with a signature dish...and having me as a dinner guest when that happens.
PauPau and Garnet
They are a mother and daughter tandem. I didn't know them but we had common friends in Cebu in the yoga circuit. We met up in Facebook and decided to meet up in person at Bugis. We had more common friends. The both of them are into yoga and I taught yoga for 7 months in Cebu. When I visit Cebu again, I'll have one more studio on my list where I'll just surprise them.
I'm stoked at the people-aspect of traveling - not so much the numbers but the quality time shared. Traveling by yourself is far from being lonely, contrary to what most people think. Some even mistake my domain name as 'theLONELYrider.com'. Since I travel alone, I have no social crutch. I'm free to talk to anyone and discover possiblities of human connection. This has been part of my peoplescape as I continue my journey. Even if the interaction only gets a 24-hour shelf life, if whatever purpose it serves has already been served, then it's good to be grateful and continue moving on. The next magnificent life is just around the bend.
Little India - Little India is the main tourism hub in Singapore. Friday and Saturday nights become animated with the night market
Chinatown -colorful and animated with Chinese ware shopping, sumptuous street food and hawker-style eats, try Ah Balling Peanut Soup
Orchard Road - upscale shopping and glitzy night life
Arab Street - backpacker dorms, shisha smoking with Middle Eastern atmosphere
Singapore Zoo - experience the night zoo, S$38
Fountain of Wealth - at Suntec City, largest fountain in the world (Guinness Book of Records in 1998), shop-til-you-drop
The Southern Ridges - best trekking trails in Singapore extending 10kms through lush forest canopy. Bring water, sunscreen and a hat
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery - biggest Buddhist temple in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands - Singapore's most iconic building and most expensive at US$5.5B. Imagine a surf board on top of three skyscrapers
- Arcadia Hotel - stylish, modern, urbane, cool and confident. Jalan Besar district
32 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209201
+65 6718 0700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 1°18'42.0"N 103°51'41.1"E
- Pinnacle Hotel - newly renovated, central location near Little India and MRT
270 Jalan Besar #01-01/02 Singapore 209019
tel: (65) 6499 8999 | (65) 6499 8996 | 1°18'37.1"N 103°51'31.2"E
- 7 Wonders Hostel - backpacker community, sleeping capsules, free wifi, complimentary breakfast, live English Premier League, dining, motion sensor lighting, alfresco outdoor sitting area
257 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208930
tel: (+65) 6291 3774 | 1°18'36.2"N 103°51'29.8"E
- Meadows Hostel - newly opened, all new and clean, backpacker capsule beds, central Lavender District location, 24/7 compli tea and coffee, wifi, compli breakfast
7A Hamilton Road, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore 209178
tel: 6298.1323 | 1°18'40.2"N 103°51'38.0"E
cafe, tea house and restaurant
- Mini-Life in Singapore August 8-22, 2016
- Peoplescape of Singapore Aug. 8-22, 2016
- Discovering the Neighborhood Cafes of Singapore Aug 8-22, 2016
- Biological Cell Regulation (BCR) Therapy at Chang Wellness Aug 16, 2016
- Getting my Xiaomi Redmi Note3 Smart Phone Aug. 9, 2016
- A Roof Over my Head in Singapore Aug. 8-22, 2016
- 2-Hour Detention at Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority August 8, 2016
- Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Mar 23, 2015
- Life Hacking in Singapore Mar 22, 2015
- Exploring More of Singapore Feb 21 - Mar 22, 2015
- Power Yoga Class at Yoga Inc., Singapore Mar 21, 2015
- Touring Marina Bay Sands Mar 17, 2015
- The Singapore Magic Mar 16, 2015
- Singapore Yoga at Yoga Inc. Mar 8, 2015
- Singapore on a Shoe String Feb 20, 2015
- Things to do in Singapore Oct 20, 2013
- Singapore Girl July 21, 2013
- Lee Kuan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos Jan 26, 2003
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