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Part 1: My First Solo Trip to Krabi, Thailand

Travelling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life changing experience of your lifetime. Try it at least once!

Watching the beautiful sunset at Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

Yes, I went on a solo trip to Krabi, leaving behind my 13month old son with my husband and family. Nope, I didn’t think it was even possible nor did I even think of the consequences. I am very blessed with a supportive family, who encouraged me strongly to travel solo – for some ‘me’ time and self-reflection for my future.

A picture with my son before I leave to the airport

So, off I went on a 5 days 4 nights trip to Krabi, Thailand – The Land of Islands or Hidden Paradise as it is known. I had booked the flight about a month back. Online check-in helps to save ALOT of time when you are rushing to catch a flight. All was well till I entered the transit area – felt a little nervous and worried whether was I doing the right thing and will I be able to survive alone, as I turned back to wave goodbye to my family. I was still nervous while changing currencies at the money changer as I was afraid of missing my flight. As I boarded my flight and sat down, I began to calm down and told myself that all will be well and this is what I really need at this time.

It was a smooth flight by AirAsia. I would suggest getting a prepaid card upon landing at the airport since it’s so cheap. I had pre-booked my airport transfer on the hotel website for travelling convenience and my driver was very punctual and efficient. I stayed at the The Verandah Hotel, an affordable 3 star hotel with beautiful Moroccan interiors, located just 30 minutes away from Krabi International Airport and 5 minutes walk to Ao Nang beach.

My beautiful room for the next 4 nights

I had a quick meal at Cafe 8.98 before walking along the streets to book my island tours. Being a vegetarian, it can be quite daunting to source for meals outside but hey, people are always nice enough to customise a dish for you if you ask them. For booking of tours, here’s a quick tip – set aside the last day of your trip for some shopping and R&R because, after all those island tours and activities, your body will be begging for a good ol’ Thai Massage. I booked a 7-Island Sunset Tour and a Jungle Tour to Emerald Pool, Krabi Hot Springs and Tiger Cave Temple.

First meal in Krabi – Pesto Penne

There are numerous tour companies along the streets which you can choose from, to book your tours with reasonable pricing. The streets are also lined with stores selling beachwear and other apparels, souvenirs, hair/ massage outlets and food! You’ll definitely be spoilt by the variety of food from different cuisines here. There’s also a Starbucks and MacDonald’s here if you need a quick fix.

The beach can get super crowded during sunset, so be there a good 20 minutes early to get a good spot and set up your cameras. You won’t regret this!

Oh, I need to mention that I’ve been directly latching my son and so, I had to pack my Spectra S1 breast pump with me on this trip (#BreastfeedingMumLife). I pumped every 6 hours and threw away the milk. Felt very sad to see my milk going to waste but had no choice. I made a courageous decision to travel solo and I believe I became a better and stronger person after this trip. I had a breather, was able to self-reflect and plan my life out plus my son was in good hands.

“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are!”

Part 2: Coming up in my next post. Stay tuned!


Childrens’ Day Special: A Letter To My Son

My happy, wild & free son

To My Dearest Viswamithran,

Amma & Appa love you so so so much! You may not understand what is happening today as you are being showered with cute little presents from your school teachers and family members. Today, we celebrate you, your sweet innocence, your inquisitive nature, your playfulness, your hunger for knowledge as you chatter away, the little tantrums that you throw when things don’t go your way, the very essence of your being.

Childhood days are the most precious and fun times of one’s life. They say, time flies when you are having fun. Well, before you know it, you’ll be all grown up into a young adult and fighting the battles that life throws at you.

Laugh out loud and let your imagination go wild. Play like there is no tomorrow. Run like the wind and be free. Do what your heart desires.

Getting older is inevitable, but growing up is a choice. Embrace your inner child, no matter what age you are.

Peter Pan

Cherish your childhood memories and never forget to embrace your inner child even after you are all grown up. Amma & Appa will always be there for you, creating happy memories for you to treasure and remember.

Lots of hugs & kisses from,

Amma & Appa

Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.

Walt Disney
Outdoor Experience

Changi Fire Station Open House Tour

Did you know that you can visit our local fire stations to learn what it takes to become a fire fighter, understand the daily operations of a Fire Station and learn more their equipment?

I accompanied my son for his school trip to Changi Fire Station on a Saturday morning and was pretty impressed myself, as this was my first time visiting a Fire Station.

The famous firepoles which are rarely used today

The full-time fire fighters on duty explained about the different types of vehicles (eg: Red Rhino) and the equipment used in times of an emergency. On average, they receive 2 – 5 emergency calls per day at this Fire Station and they have to beat the traffic to reach their destination within 8 minutes. That’s super fast!

Massively huge fire engine with a CPL (Combined Platform-Ladder) commonly used by firefighters to conduct external firefighting and rescue operations involving high-rise building

And in the midst of our tour, the siren sounded and some of the firefighters rushed off to attend to the call of duty. Hats off to our brave firefighters!

Our tour continued with an equipment demonstration followed by photo taking opportunities on the Red Rhino, the Red Scorpion (three-wheeler fire bike) and fire engines. Children will enjoy wearing the fire fighter helmet props and posing for pictures.

Riding away on the Red Scorpion

All SCDF’s fire stations, except those listed below, offer open house on every Saturday from 9am to 11am. The tour of the fire station generally takes about an hour.

  • Banyan Fire Station
  • Bishan Fire Station
  • Brani Marine Fire Station
  • Jurong Island Fire Station
  • Sentosa Fire Station
  • Tuas View Fire Station
  • West Coast Marine Fire Station

The best part is…it’s free admission for this open house. So, what are you waiting for? Head down to the Fire Station on a Saturday morning for an enjoyable time with your family.

For more information, click SCDF’s website here