Monthly Archives: October 2016

Dear Daina…a series

I have this friend, who at times knows me better than I know my own self. She is a loyal companion, a confidant and a fine example of fortitude for all who have the joy of crossing her path.

My life and career have afforded me the opportunities to travel. By no means am I jet setting around the world on the regular, but I do get out and about from time to time. Her life and career have afforded her the pleasures of remaining closer to her home. We live vicariously through one another’s life.

She is my encourager. And she says to me journal; write it down and send me pictures.

Dear Daina,

It is 3:30 am and I am wide awake. After a carefully planned out sleep schedule so as to avoid jet lag as much as possible, I am wide awake on Monday morning at 3:30am. Good thing though, because it gives me a few minutes to share a little of my sights.

Travel was an experience in and of itself. To say anxiety levels were high about the distance and length of time I would be crammed into a tube in the sky is an understatement. However, I found that flying business class is a different world. Not enough to make me want to do this on the regular, but it was bearable. Do you know how many movies you can watch during 22 hours of flight time? ballpark…10,621.

Let me tell you a funny story, reminiscent of a scene out of Pretty Woman. The only difference is that I am not in a fancy hotel room because I am a woman of the night invited by a lonely man. Other than, pretty much the same. A simple girl from humble means found in a rather opulent hotel room. Got the idea?

I finally walked through my hotel room door at 2:20am. It was pitch black and I was less than “with it” after my journey around the world. Let’s just talk about technology for a moment…I searched for no less than a half hour for light switches. I simply wanted to be able to see where I was putting one foot in front of the other. Thank goodness for the flashlight app on my iPhone. There was this gadget on the wall near the door and I finally decided that maybe Singapore or this hotel was more advanced in technology than any previous stay at your run-of-the-mill Marriott Courtyard or Homewood Suites. The room key was magic! I slipped it in and located a cleverly hidden master panel inside the fake drawer front of the bedside table that provided all of the lighting options a girl could ask for at the tip of her fingers. Every light bulb in the room pretty much has its own button with dimming capabilities for each. Sheer drapes up and down. Blackout drapes up and down. Needless to say I spent another half hour just playing with them because, you know… my inner child just needed to come out and play for a bit.

Yesterday I made up for all that sitting time with an entire day on my feet.  It was a bit of a global adventure that started with breakfast in a French restaurant, lunch in Little India, an afternoon stroll through Chinatown, and finished in Marina Bay after a quick trip to the SkyPark at the Sands Hotel and Casino.

More to come on this my friend. But for now I will lay my head back down and try to sleep before the alarm rings loud and I must get shifted into a work mindset.

Much love and big hugs!