Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 1, Realities, and the Merlion Park

Stepping into a new land will have you finding where you can be at peace. And you do it relentlessly just to have you grounded, that you’re finally in a place that had you imagine big things, denying the worst version of them.

When we (alright, I was with a co-risk-taker!) arrived in Singapore on September 11 almost midnight, the excitement became more real. You heard me right, I was thrilled, excited, and oh well, it was mission accomplished for a first international flight. There was fear of endless discouraging possibilities at the back of my mind, but entertaining such thoughts would never help. The ultimate perennial optimist that I am.

No time for drama or anything that would impair a good shot. So, I did my assignment, as if I was on a deadline and preparing for the final exams in college. I needed to refresh my mind anew, becoming a typical student. Honestly, I was somehow cramming (not a friendly word). Because when I was still in the Philippines, I had less time studying. It was less of a priority than work responsibilities to anyone who’s leaving a job. I had to finish things first. I only knew the struggles that I had to go through. Sweet remembrance! To anyone who’s Singapore bound, put your best foot forward.

On September 12, our official first day in Singapore, we went to see the original statue of the country’s very own sea legend, the Merlion at the Merlion Park. Half-lion, half-fish, it roars under the sea (smiles). Anyway, it’s homing to be welcomed by Singapore’s national symbol. Thanks, it had me grounded, at peace, and acknowledged my circumstances. It made it less dismal, the fact that I’m anchored far away from home.

Merlion Park: The Merlion has been erected as a symbol to welcome all visitors to Singapore. It was formally installed at a ceremony on 15th September 1972 by Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the Prime Minister.
Merlion Park: The Merlion has stood as a symbol of Singapore as well as an icon of welcome to visitors since 1972. It was formally unveiled at this new vantage point on 15 September 2002 by Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Sculptor: Lim Nang Seng


  1. i like your pictures esp. the first one. :)

    "Stepping into a new land will have you finding where you can be at peace."

    the best line in the entry.

  2. I am just a stranger in an unfamiliar land. I have to rest my worries. :)

    Thank you Cindy! I appreciate it! :)