The next port of call (POC) for the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) after Thailand is Singapore. Right off the bat, I want to say that it’s my third time to visit the “Red Dot.” SSEAYP in Singapore was a bit different from the rest of the POCs because of the schedule.
Also, although it was my third time in Singapore, what made it different was the homestay. Mary is a writer and a collector of unique Chinese antiques. Her home is a goldmine for vintage items.
I also learned new things about Singapore like its housing and political system, family ties, and many others.
On our first day, we went to the Carnival event at the Expo. We had our homestay matching on the same day. My homestay buddy is Noiy from Lao and our host was Mary. She lives in a flat, the most common form of housing in Singapore.
The first thing we did was visit Gardens by the Bay to see the super trees. I had a few good shots of the trees at night during the Rhapsody, a short lights display featuring the giant trees in Singapore.
The next day, we went sightseeing to Haw Par Villa. I was very intrigued by the Ten Courts of Hell and the many Chinese stories.
Ah, the fun part – EATING! I love the chicken rice! We looked for one of the most popular Hainanese chicken rice vendors and it did not disappoint.
We then went to Chinatown and walked around the city. After the tiring walk, Mary took us to a really nice café. In the evening, we went to Orchard to see all the Christmas lights.
Our third day in Singapore was spent for social activities by Solidarity Group (SG). My SG went to Pertapis Children’s home. We had a lot of fun interacting with the kids. Afterwards, we went to see the iconic Merlion and Marina Bay Sands.
I’ll leave this entry short because it’s 3 AM as of the moment. More updates on the next POC as soon as I reach Japan or maybe back in the Philippines. Ciao for now!