The 10th of Oct 2021 was my last day in Singapore and it was a crazy one. These were the events that lead up to my one way flight to Los Angeles.
I had a Covid booster appointment early in the morning at 9:30am. This was actually a surprise because I did not think I would be able to get the booster before leaving.
On the day before, I received a message from the Ministry of Health saying that I would be able to get the 3rd dose anytime from the next day onwards. I cannot believe the incredible timing and I am so relieved to be able to get extra protection before I leave.
I came back to my friend’s (caryl’s) place to have my last meal with her.
I started to get emotional because without her I would not have been able to focus on planning my trip and I am so grateful to have her as a friend.
I was looking at my air ticket that morning and I realized something looked really suspicious.
I have always thought that my allowance was one luggage at 30kg max. This applied to all the countries except the USA where they require 2 bags at 23kg each. I know I should read it more carefully.
I was planning to bring everything in the red luggage but I realized I could not and I started to panic. Another friend of mine (Adele) was going to send me to the airport but I realized that I needed to go back to my parents house to take a second suitcase.
Adele brought me to my parents house and my mum gave me the suitcase. She was crying, smacked me on my arm and told me to come back to Singapore. I felt a little bad about it but I know that I have to follow my dreams.
I went back to Caryl’s house to repack everything into 2 suitcases of 23kg each.
AND I had to say goodbye to her. I didn’t expect to cry but I did. I’m going to miss her soooo much.
Adele dropped me off at the airport and I said goodbye to her as well. I’m so thankful for her help throughout the day, without her I would not have been able to get so many things done.
I was queuing up to check in for my flight.
At the counter, I encountered some problems. The lady at the counter told me that I could not get into the country through ESTA(90 days visa waiver program) if I did not have a return ticket. She asked me if I was asked to buy a return ticket on the US side, would I be able to do so, and I said yes but I would rather not. She was satisfied with my reply and I was able to check in.
Zach, Brian and Andre came to send me off😭😭😭
I got on the plane and it was so surreal. Mostly because I think it is crazy that I do not know whether I will ever go back to Singapore.
This was the best flight I have ever taken!! No one was in my row, in front or behind me. I was able to stretch out fully and I actually managed to sleep – best flight of my life.
My last day in Singapore was action-packed. I had so many things to do that I did not feel nervous even though I should have been. IT was only when I got on the plane when I realized that this could possibly be the last time I’ll ever be in Singapore. It’s absolutely crazy, but I’m so excited. It’s a day I will remember for the rest of my life.