Category Archives: Singapore

What an adventure (SE Asia)

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1 idea, 1 baby, 1 husband and wife, 2 backpacks, 2 daypacks, 1 buggy, 6 months, 25 weeks, 176 days, 175 nights, 6 countries, 55 destinations, 70 temporary homes, 67 guest houses, 2 friends houses, 1 tree house, 525 meals, 12 planes, 66 taxis, 11 cars, 22 buses, 17 coaches, 14 ferries, 7 MRT journeys, 6 4x4s, 23 local minibuses, 6 speedboats, 8 tourist buses, 2 rib boats, 3 x cycle rickshaws, 1 tourist boat, 4 trains, 1 horse and cart, 3 motor rickshaws, 14 sky trains, 5 underground trains, 1 canoe, 1 small wooden boat, 1 jeep, 2 tug boats, 6 long-tail boats, 38 tuk tuks, 10 saangthaew , 1 elephant, first 2 baby steps, 9 new teeth, 2 baby haircuts, 19 new words, 1 happy toddler, 1 new job, 1 new life…

…a backpack, a buggy, a baby 

1 BIG adventure.

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Heathrow Airport aged 11 months, day 4 of our trip in Tioman, a toddling chap on China beach and 18 months old at the end of our journey.

Traveller’s karma (Singapore)

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I believe in Karma, traveller’s karma – a destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.

Those of you in the backpacker / traveller space will be aware of websites such as ‘couchsurfing.com’. It’s a volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travellers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice. In short, if you have a room, space for a tent in your garden, or even a couch, you can offer it up on the site for backpackers. In exchange, you have access to a worldwide network of free accommodation ready for your next backpacking trip. No money exchanges hands and providing you have a good experience, whichever side of the fence you’re on, everyone’s a winner.

Over the last few years we’ve helped out a number of fellow travelling friends and friends of friends. In St Albans our lovely Aussie mates came and crashed for a few weeks whilst they got acquainted with the area and subsequently decided to stay and found work. In Mumbai our friends friend from America completed his 3 month backpacking trip around India with a 4 night break with us, complete with guided tours and lots of good food (the poor guy had lost over 13kg during his trip and looked in desperate need of being nourished) and on another occasion a friend of a friend crashed with us for a night on her way back from Goa.

Backpacking with a baby around SE Asia - Singapore

Kiwi Dan

I have to say that over the last 2 months we have received a huge amount of generosity from our friends in this part of the world, even more generous as we now come with a baby.  We can no longer claim to be the guest that “you won’t even notice we’re here”. If we’re here you’ll know about it, particularly if ‘the boy’ is teething or leaving a trail of destruction with his newly found walking skills and inquisitive hands.

On arrival in Singapore, our friends from Mumbai, Dan and Susie, very kindly let us stay with them, on not one, but two occasions (on arrival and post Tioman island). They had the bum deal as not only did they have to share their flat with a backpacking baby novice, but also a baby suffering with jet lag AND a bad bout of teething!

More recently, a few days ago in fact, our friend Jan and her hubby Howie made us very welcome in their home in Singapore. Over the course of a few fun packed days Jan and ‘the boy’ struck up a firm friendship and bath time, playtime and meal time duties were assisted by his new friend.

Backpacking with a baby around SE Asia - Singapore

Jan and 'the boy' say "cheers"

In Ubud our friends Jo and Sven flew in from Perth for a holiday. Jo a seasoned backpacker (we met in Australia and backpacked around Western, Central and South Australia together) appreciating the budget constraints of backpacking long-term generously treated us to two top-notch meals.

Backpacking with a baby around SE Asia - Singapore

A night out in Ubud (spot the buggy!)

So there we have it – travellers karma.

Thank you Dan, Susie, Jan, Howie, Jo and Sven. If you’re ever in our area our door will always be open for you. Which area, we don’t know, but hopefully in the next few months we’ll find out….

Top tip of the day:
Today’s top tip is going to be given a blog post of its own entitled ‘lock up the limes’….

Lady magnet (Singapore)

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Friends who have been to SE Asia had mentioned that the locals love to play and interact with Western babies, but until we arrived we had no idea to what degree.

We stayed with friends in Singapore and after a day walking around Chinatown we met Dan later that afternoon at a bar of his request – Hooters!!

Like father like son...

In normal circumstances I’m sure my other half and Dan would have had little interaction with the scantily clad ladies (or that’s what they would have told me!), but bring a baby into the equation and hey presto – you have a lady magnet. ‘the boy’ enjoyed being walked around the bar with his newly found lady friends and at one point we had a small crowd of ‘Hooters girls’ cooing and giggling with him. If only the men could bottle what ‘‘the boy’ had!

Tip of the day:
Do not allow your husband to use your child as a lady magnet!

Who turned up the heat? (Singapore)

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It’s our second day in Singapore and so far so good. ‘the boy’ slept for 10 hours on the flight so we can’t complain. Only problem is his body clock is all over the place so he wants to stay up until 1am – not ideal.

Singapore is hot sweaty and humid and ‘the boy’ is feeling it. He’s a sweaty baby anyway, but turn up the heat and remove the breeze and he’s perspiring all day.

We head to Little India on the MRT and unlike the London tube every station has a lift so it’s easy to navigate with a buggy. The sights, smells and people remind us of our time in Mumbai.  We find a great little vegetarian thali place full of locals and ‘the boy’ sampled his first Indian dishes.  He liked it.

A much needed crawl around a park

The only issue we had during the day was that ‘the boy’ was getting very hot strapped into his buggy for long periods of time. We found a park and let him roam around for an hour or so. In hindsight we should have taken a sling out with us so that we could break the day up for him between sling and buggy.

Tip of the day:
For city sightseeing pack a sling in your daypack to give your baby chunks of time out of the buggy.