I settle into seat 12D onboard Singapore Airlines’ flight SQ256 bound for Brisbane and let out a content sigh. Our second #squadSQ adventure has come to an end and I can’t help but reflect on all that’s happened over the past 18 days. It has been a trip filled with good friends, great food, a healthy dose of adventure and lots of laughter, perfectly capped off with one final SIA Business Class experience.
In Paris, we ate our weight in baguettes and croissants, marvelled at works by some of history’s greatest artists and braved one of the hottest days ever recorded. In Hanoi we dined in the same humble restaurant graced by Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain, explored one of the world’s most ancient capital cities and sheltered from a tropical storm.
Our last few days, however, are spent in the humid, tropical climes of Singapore, a place I was once lucky enough to call home. We kick things off as we have so many times before, with a delicious meal. Except, this time, we’re sitting high above Singapore on the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford at SKAI Restaurant. It’s the #squadSQ reunion and it feels so good to see our friends again. We go around the table, excitedly sharing all the highlights and funny moments from our various adventures including a crucial missed ATM moment, $220 laundry mishap and Braxton Hicks contractions.
Full and ready to explore, the whole #squadSQ heads to Gardens by the Bay, eager to make the most of our Singapore Explorer Passes with a visit to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. As the sky turns a pretty pastel shade of blue, Matt and I stake out an ideal viewing spot with Kate and Olly from KO Travellers to watch the Supertree Grove light show, followed by a healthy dose of dumplings at Din Tai Fung.
The next few days fly by and we manage to pack in breakfast at PS Cafe at Dempsey Hill, a cable car ride to Sentosa, visits to Universal Studios and S.E.A Aquarium, an unforgettable degustation at Cloudstreet and the most incredible National Day experience imaginable. Like I said, I can’t help but reflect on all that’s happened over the past 18 days.
Nestled into my Business Class seat, it’s hard to believe moments like these are actually part of my life and, amazingly, my job. It feels like not so long ago Matt and I were in our old careers, struggling to find meaning and happiness in our lives. Now, we’re surrounded with wonderful people, incredible experiences and a sense of fulfilment neither of us thought possible.
Being part of #squadSQ holds so much meaning for both Matt and I. It’s a reminder that anything in life is possible, no matter how far away or hard it may seem at one time. It’s a source of connection and endless love and support from our #squadSQ family. It’s a deep sense of joy, achievement and wonder as we have the privilege to do what we love in different parts of the world and, hopefully, inspire others to have their own adventures too.
Dinner service complete and my delicious vegetarian vegan meal devoured, I hold my cup of Silver Moon tea in my hands. The TV is playing the last episode of Mr. Mercedes, a series I’ve been binge-watching throughout the trip. I snuggle into my blankets, recline my seat and sink lower into it, stretching my legs out in front of me. I close my tired eyes and, as the sleepiness comes, send out one final, silent thank you for #squadSQ, the people who make it possible and all the goodness it brings into my life. It’s hard to believe moments like these are actually part of my life.
Check back soon to follow the squadSQ adventures from the beginning.