Travel

{Travel} Throwback Thursday: Singapore

In October 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Singapore on a work trip. It was a truly incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience to literally travel across the world and spend a week in a culture so completely different.

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I did spend most of the days stuck in conference rooms for meetings, but we did take the time to explore. The coworkers I traveled with and I were most interested in the food (obviously!).

I tried a lot of new things. First up was Kaya toast and coffee for breakfast on the first day. It was almost like a peanut butter sandwich, but with kaya jam instead of PB! This was from Ya Kun Kaya Toast.

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I was also fascinated by this to-go coffee mechanism.

Another breakfast creation was ramen with a fried egg. Not sure I’d eat this for breakfast every morning, but it wasn’t bad. This came from a spot in an outside food court. That was an interesting experience as there was produce and even meat hanging out for everyone to see. I’m not sure how I felt about that!

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I wish I would have snapped a pic of the dragonfruit juice I drank. It was very milky, but pretty good.

One food item that none of us liked was the fish ball soup. Yes — fish. ball. soup. Gross.

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It was a fascinating cultural experience to step into convenience stores and see the food they sell there — it’s so different from here!

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One of my favorite experiences, though, was going to the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel and being in awe of the view.

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Click here to see more photos from the trip!

Overall, this trip was a significant life experience for me — on many levels. I’ll always remember the long flight from DC to Tokyo and then Tokyo to Singapore; the food; the people; and the lessons I learned there. It was during this trip that I actually decided to start looking for other job opportunities. I was surrounded by people who sacrificed time with their families to climb up the corporate ladder, and I decided I didn’t want to do that. And from what I’ve experienced since then, you don’t have to. You can have a fulfilling, successful career and balance it with family, friends and other passions. I’m thankful for the job that took me to Singapore, and all of the experiences that I had there, but looking back I know I was meant to take this trip for a more important reasons than just business.

 

 

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