On Wednesday May 7th 2014, the adventure officially commenced.
After a restless night’s sleep and a frantic morning of last minute prep, 5 suitcases, a double pram, a baby car seat, 5 carry-ons and my gorgeous little family hopped into a mini bus bound for Sydney International Airport.
Following a quick coffee and chat with family members, we cleared customs and immigration before heading to the lounge where we claimed the dedicated ‘family zone’ filled with books, toys and beautiful oversized windows to watch the jets taking off.
I chatted with two other mother’s in the family zone, both on the same flight bound for Singapore. One of them was a native Croatian and offered some recommendations for our time in Croatia.
After a few minutes chatting with the other Mum and her family, we realised we had many things in common. They had also been expats in Singapore from 2006-2009 and we both delivered our babies in the same hospital. Then in some amazing twist of fate, we revealed our children’s birthday and both our daughters were born 2 days apart! We had been in the same hospital at the same time in Singapore, delivering baby girls. We even had the same Paediatrician and Anaesthetist. We were both in awe that we shared such similar experiences as expats in Singapore.
Finally, we boarded the flight and settled into the cabin which was only half full. Harriet was strapped into her car seat which was then secured onto her main seat. She had a bottle and fell asleep within minutes.
7 hours passed rather uneventfully. A few meals, a few bags of peanuts and glasses of Billecart-Salmon later, we landed in stormy Singapore.
Our serviced apartment is fantastic. With two separate bedrooms, a laundry, study and kitchen, we have plenty of room for the next 2 weeks. Located just off Scotts Road, we are within walking distance to Orchard Road, major hotels and hospitals and the closest MRT station is only 200m from the building. The pools are magical and consume most of the grounds around the 3 buildings in the complex. We welcome an afternoon swim to cool down in the humidity.
The first few days here have been slow ones. Lots of walking the local streets, eating local food and soaking up the nostalgic atmosphere of this amazing country.
We are adjusting to our new life on the road. I keep pinching myself that I am living my dream right now, travelling around the world with my favourite people.
The children are enjoying themselves immensely. The days aren’t crammed with many activities as we ease into this new life.
More to come soon from sweaty Singapore,