I came early to enjoy the beautiful city
since it’s such a long flight, and ML and Kyle are in
7pm, and enjoyed a great soba salmon salad and beer at the micro-brewery in the
great Changi airport. I casually walked
up to my gate, only to find my flight wasn’t there anymore! After much confusion, I realized I read my
connecting flight time wrong – it turns out 20:00 is not 10pm!! Arghh, I missed my flight! Thank god
they got me on the next flight out at 12:30am.
I had to practice the Power of Now to not totally stress out.
And the Power of Now was right. The stress was totally in my head. Whether I stressed or not wouldn’t make me
get on the flight I missed, nor would it help my chances to get on a future
flight. Staying calm, using my mind as a
tool (e.g., go to Singapore Airlines desk and ask politely for help), and
accepting the consequences (in this case it was good – “Please wait 2 more
hours in the lounge Mr. Tien”) was the best way to handle the situation.
I arrived in
noon. My room has a view of the
(pic 1)! The helpful concierge Shane
directed me to The Rocks for lunch. I
enjoyed a great gyro at Dare (to eat responsibly, is their motto) café on a
cool but sunny day.
Then I walked through the flea market and
watched in amazement as Darren Germain spray-painted incredible “space
art.” I asked him to make a custom one
for me – pic 4 shows him with a blank canvas above a similar spray-painting,
and pic 5 is the finished product. See
this YouTube video to get a sense of how he did it. It was awesome!
Cravings covered, I took the monorail
through its entire loop – about half an hour.
It shoud’ve been a nice view of the city centre but it was raining. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable (my practicing
the Power of Now?).
I then walked over to
anything. Hungry, I walked back to
Harbourside but didn’t find anything to my liking. I walked around to the other side of
– my back started hurting by then.
During the walk, I saw that The Dark Knight was playing on IMAX! It was sold out for the night, so I bought
tickets for tomorrow. It’s going to be
awesome! I finally settled on Blackbird
Café for some fish & chips, but it was disappointing. If I’m going to eat deep fried food, it
should be really really good!
Rather stupidly, I walked all the way back
to Shangri-La, stopping in Max Brenner’s chocolate bar for some soy hot
chocolate to give my aching back a rest.
Whew, what a jam-packed day! The advantages of traveling alone.