Yeap, the title was inspired by the Postal Service song.
We’re back from holidays! As you are reading this post, which I wrote in a small coffee shop in Singapore, DR & I are on our way flying back home to Jakarta. How was your holiday? Hopefully yours was as great as ours. Well, whatever your definition of great is.
If you asked me, this holiday has been pretty uncommon. I spent an entire week off from the Instagram world as I chose to have more quality time with my parents at home. That includes taking naps at my parents’ bed (yeap, I felt like a 7 year old boy all over again), laughing at Dad’s jokes and having my Mom taught me how to use a washing machine since we were maid-less. It was indeed a pretty simple holiday, yet definitely a heart-filling one. The perks of doing nothing and lazying around got me all refreshed and probably gained me some weights.
I thought that was the best part of my holiday, but then I realized that something better was actually waiting for me around the corner. As the holiday was ending for most people in Jakarta and some of my friends were flying back to Indonesia, I, on the contrary, had the privilege to fly to Singapore for another week of holiday.
Honestly, I was a bit clueless on what to do within this 5 days trip. I mean, shopping used to be one of the top things that I look forward to do whenever I visited Singapore. But, that is before Ikea, H&M, Uniqlo and some other brands can be found in Jakarta. Cafe-hopping or “hipsterish-kinda-place-hopping” was also scratched off of my list as I had tried almost every “happening” place that Google could recommend to you. From Pasarbella to Maxwell Food Center, from Wheels Yard to Plain Vanilla Bakery, from Books Actually to Littered with Books. Trust me, this is not a humble brag.
Gratefully, a friend of mine, a young rising architect in Jakarta, told me to go on an architectural trip in Singapore. He gave me a complete list (I can share it with you if you just leave your e-mail address at the comment box below) to all the architectural gems in Singapore. Once I checked out the itinerary and Googled the images, I was wow-ed. It never occurred to me that Singapore would be filled with some of the best buildings in the world. I always thought that their buildings are just nondescript and unassuming.
DR & I didn’t get to visit all the buildings, but we managed to visit at least one of the best. It was The Pinnacle flats, which turned out to be the best flats in the world. If you’ve been reading our posts, you would know how much we love climbing to high places just to take good photos. The Pinnacle offered us just exactly what we love. By paying 5 SGD, we got to climb to the Sky Bridge, located at the 50th floor. I personally think that it is such a brilliant move by the building management to open the Sky Bridge as a touristy spot.
The best part of being up there, besides the fact that we got to see an uncommon view of Singapore, was that we had the whole wooden-decked sky bridge just for us. I cruised from one spot to another using my penny board. If you have limited budget to stay at the Marina Bay Sands and swim at the Infinity Pool, this one would be perfect for you. I have experienced both, and I personally think each place has its own perks, but if you’re looking for something that is more “wallet-friendly” then The Pinnacle it is.
Once we were done with The Pinnacle, I was so hungry I decided to walk blithely to Maxwell Food Center and have the famous Gordon Ramsey-Approved, Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Sadly, it was closed when we got there. On our way to find the next good meal to satisfy our craving, we stumbled upon this one alley around the area that was just too good for a photo opp. Our backpacks were immediately put down on the pavement as we rushed to take some photos.
Well, don’t worry about finding this particular alley, because you could find PLENTY of them in Singapore. Go explore around Tiong Bahru and Ann Siang Hill on foot, and you’ll find some Instagram-worth ootd spots.
Chinatown was the closest place that we could find to have a nice lunch. After a plate of chicken and pork rice, we continued our exploration by strolling around until we find ourselves at the People’s Park Complex. It was a complex of flats and market with interesting color that pops out a culturally-rich yet conservative vibe. The kind of vibe that you would normally spot on Hypebeast’s feed. No kidding.
There was a car-park building just behind the People’s Park Complex, and of course, our instinct automatically took us to the highest level. We were not sure whether we can go to its rooftop or not, but voila the door to the rooftop wasn’t locked. Luck was definitely on our side.
So there we were, having another empty and open wide rooftop just for us.
A little traveling tips from me: pick your travel buddy wisely. I prefer to travel solo than to travel with the wrong companion. Gratefully, DR is not in the later category. We had some of the best talk about life, dreams and purpose out of this trip. Some of them involved a long conversation until 4 am in the morning.
More stories from this trip are still queuing on the line in our drafts, which we will share to you in the upcoming weeks. But in the meantime, as our holiday has officially ended, wish us luck so that we could come back stronger and sharper to deal with the reality that could sometimes be quite a punch in the face.
So when weakness turns my ego up
I know you’ll count on the me from yesterday
If I turn into another
Dig me up from under what is covering
The better part of me (Incubus – Dig)
Write to you later,