I have always been an attention seeking girl, especially when it comes to celebrating my birthday! Oh my, oh yes, the possibilities of having some free dessert (thank you Fairmont Singapore!!), having happy birthday sung to me, and getting attention wherever I go – such wonderful bliss!
Well, that was until I got attention in a different way, one I’ve never experienced before.
I’m blonde and fair, and I don’t draw too much attention when I walk about in Vegas (my favorite place to celebrate my birthday) – we’re (blondes are) pretty much a dime a dozen there. But since we are travelling now and I chose to celebrate my day in Singapore, I had to experience some of the “must sees” there, which included a visit to Little India (for some authentic butter chicken – yum) and to Chinatown.
I have never been a visible minority and so for the first time in my life, I got the opportunity to be stared at, and to have photos taken of me, as if I were some sort of weird novelty. It was bizarre, and a bit unsettling. However, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to stand out and be unique. The entire time I just was thinking about the song from Sesame Street ‘one of these things is not like the other“. LOL
Overall it was a wonderful birthday, with lots of sightseeing and riding their fantastic MRT (rail) system all over the city. I really love Singapore, and I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. Of course Ange’s birthday wouldn’t have been complete without a quick visit to check out the Marina Bay Sands as well (yes, including their casino – no jackpots but I did score a free shirt!)
Since my Singapore birthday was technically only December 20 in North America, I decided I would be celebrating it as my ‘Asian birthday’, and that I should also celebrate my ‘real’ birthday the next day; seemed only logical, right? The next day (December 22) was the day we boarded the ship. I must admit that it was pretty exciting once we got on the ship because there were lots of opportunities to see new things, and to drink free champagne. There were some raffles and I won $100 gift certificate for the spa, and I was also gifted a free bottle of champagne! It was super fantastic, and I loved every second of it – till the hangover the next day! LOL
I feel very blessed that I have been able to ring in my new birth-year, and the new year (hello 2015!) on the road – or on the water now too I guess. I hope all of you reading are able to realize your dreams this year as well! Happy 2015!