Flashback Friday Moment of The Week: 11/21/2014

by Just Juan

So later on this evening, I’m making my way to Savannah for my official debut into the city as I skipped it during my infamous “What The Heck Is In Georgia” tour back in the July 2005. It’ll be a quick little weekend getaway for me…in on Friday evening, out on Sunday morning. These kinds of trips with quick turnarounds always excite me because I usually find myself doing a whole lot on Friday night and all of Saturday, leaving just a breakfast and the acquisition of a postcard for Sunday morning as I make my exit. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: the Singapore trip.

How I first came across this moment? I first came across the thought of visiting Singapore in August 2012, about 2 months after I moved to Seoul. I was going to be celebrating my 28th birthday in late October and Singapore was always a place of interest to me. So I booked a trip as part of the week I took off to celebrate my birthday. Thanks to Travelocity and one of my good travel associates, I was able to get a good deal on a flight and hotel for my 3-day, 4-night stay. At my usual frenetic pace, I found myself all over the city doing some sightseeing while immersing myself into the Singaporean culture. I’ll probably cover the specifics of the trip in a later travel post but I did ride on a bumboat, try my hand gambling at the Marina Bay Sands, and get some shopping done on Orchard Road. Oh yeah, I kinda went on a date while I was there, too…with the Singaporean flight attendant from my inbound flight.

What it meant to me then? In the moment, that trip was easily Top 5 of all-time…and I’ve had some notable international trips. I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to spend my birthday in a place I could enjoy myself without the pressure cooker that was South Korea…especially being active duty military at the time. I felt totally comfortable there…almost as comfortable as I felt in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

What it means to me now? Looking back on it today, that Singapore trip exposed a different side of myself…a way more relaxed side of myself. The whole “I’ll sleep when I die” vacation mantra that I have: it was made for trips like the 2012 Singapore trip. I’ll never forget that foam party I went to on my birthday. That was the best night of the year for me. It was a great trip, overall. I’ll have to get back there pretty soon.

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