I shimmied along Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road, full of wide-eyed wonderment. It was my first trip to Southeast Asia as a fully-fledged adult and I’d be damned if I wasn’t going to enjoy it. My three-day itinerary was packed full of so many amazing sights that there wasn’t even time for a nanosecond of doubt.
But, then I got distracted.
One minute I was a responsible adult headed for the culture-clad walls of the Ancient Civilisations Museum, and the next, I was a sweet-deprived infant starring at gumballs in a candy shop. I couldn’t help it. I tried to resist, but all attempts were futile. The glorious emporium of Orchard Road had lured me in with sweet-smelling noodles, colour-popping clothes and Hello Kitty bric-a-brac.
Photo Credit: Flickr- Andrea Lai
Rather than spending the rest of my time impersonating a shadow of my former self, I decided to give in to my inner-child. I skipped along the streets waiting patiently at zebra crossings (you can get fined, don’t you know); I cooed at all the animals of Singapore’s leafy zoo and I slurped down as many noodles as my minuscule frame would humanly allow. I piled my suitcases high with inane souvenirs and I marveled at plastic toys that had no purpose in life.
It was glorious.
But then, sadly, it was time to leave. My shiny new toy had been heartlessly prized from my loving hands by an overbearing parent. It was time to grow up and return back to reality (or back to England, at least).
Alas, until next time, sweet Singapore.
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