Of all the many trips the family had gone for, the most recent one to southern neighbour Singapore was the most eye opening for the kids. I can’t really recall when was the last time I took Farah to the island, but for Nissa this was her first time there. Truth be told, Singapore has never appeared in our top five choices of holiday destinations. Reasoning to that was simple; why bother paying for goods and services with an exchange rate of 2.4 when we could get the same things back in KL at a much cheaper price and be paying in RM.
I must admit I was wrong. Yes, Singapore has abundance to offer. Besides the year end sales, the Christmas lightings and decorations at Orchard Road, the small island had provided my girls valuable and learnable qualities about life. They saw for themselves how different both countries – Malaysia & Singapore are, and most importantly, how convenient life can be if one bothers to get things right at the very beginning.
What the girls saw from the time we entered Singapore, from the Immigrations check point at Tuas to the purchasing of the auto card, to driving on the highways – AYE and ECP, to riding on the metro system, to the site seeing, to the little shopping that we did, everything spelt H-A-S-S-L-E F-R-E-E and C-O-N-V-E-N-I-E-N-C-E. Mom here had a tough time catching her breath replying Farah’s questions which came up at almost every other kilometer - “kenapa this...” and “kenapa that…”, “why in KL it’s not like this….” and “how come in KL it’s not like that….” In the end, I told her to make a list of the differences and perhaps have a discussion over coffee on what she has spotted.
And when we finally had that coffee, I shared with them the little knowledge that I got from my reading about the building of the Singapore nation and how determined they are at becoming world class in a lot of things they believe in. This is something that we could learn from them and something we should sincerely strive for; unconditioned by rewards, fame promises and glamour.
A few weeks have passed since our quick holiday down south, but looking back now, I am glad we did the trip. Never mind those butterflies in my tummy caused by my unsureness of my ability in doing a lone holiday; a trip sans the assistance of the men in the house.
It was girl power that got us through. Girls…you deserve a pat on your backs. Nothing beats that accomplished feeling and the experience, I must admit is priceless.