SSEAYP in Singapore

Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Singapore

SSEAYP in Singapore

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.

SSEAYP in Singapore

I also learned new things about Singapore like its housing and political system, family ties, and many others.

SSEAYP in Singapore

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.

SSEAYP in Singapore
Gardens by the Bay from afar

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.

SSEAYP 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.

SSEAYP in Singapore

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.

SSEAYP in Singapore

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.

SSEAYP in Singapore

SSEAYP in Singapore

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!

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