Have you ever wondered to do something extraordinary on your birthday? Doing what you really want may require you to move out from your comfort zone. The question is are you willing to take that leap to achieve what you have been dreaming of.
It has been almost a year since I made an impulsive decision to give myself a challenge which was to do something which I haven’t done before. That was to go on a trip by myself. It would be a birthday getaway to remember, my first international trip to Singapore. My intention why I picked up Singapore among other countries in Asia was because of two reasons. First, it is known as a safe country. Second, I was eager to meet once again my Chinese friend in Singapore. I was uncertain how could it be realized but I wanted to push myself. Full of self-confidence, I clung to the belief that I could do whatever my heart and mind say I could.
Few months before my birthday, I decided that I should get a passport. I used the internet to get some information on how could I have what I need. Thankfully, technology made it easier and more convenient to get an application for a passport. While waiting for it, I did more research on some tips on traveling alone to Singapore. I spent deliberate attention on the do’s and dont’s not only while staying in Singapore but also when I am already in the airport.
Both excitement and fear were my emotional companions thinking of my first international trip. I, myself, a woman would travel alone for the first time in a country which was miles away from my family. I just took some time to pat myself on my shoulder as a reminder that everything would be okay. If anyone could travel alone, then I could do it as well.
My spirit lifted up when I already received my passport after a couple of weeks. I learned how to save money and use time wisely. I worked harder than I worked before. My Mom thought it was a waste of money but I was a stubborn creäture. I had made up my mind and no one could change it, not even my family.
My boyfriend, Steven, could not agree with my idea to travel alone. Just like my mom, he was too worried about my solo trip abroad. My decision made him fly from Korea to the Philippines on the exact day of my flight. He anxiously asked for my mom’s permission to allow him to go with me on the trip. My mom who has been always a worrier felt relieved that there would be someone who would watch over me. I know I am old enough but my mom always looks at me like a baby. I could not describe clearly how I felt after that. It seemed more special than any birthday I could ever have in my life.
Everything happened all of a sudden from thinking of having a solo trip to an unexpected couple trip. All happened in a surprise and I could not contain my happiness to such gift. I am not invincible. I was scared too when my flight was already approaching. On the other hand, I would like to test myself. I was just elated that Steven has always been there to support me. He has been the person who thinks of me first before his own.
We spent three days in Singapore enjoying each precious moment together from Singapore Universal Studio, Jurong Bird Park, up to the famous landmarks. It had been a trip filled with various waves of emotion—fear, anxiety, and fun-filled excitement.
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