Business Trip to Singapore

Last week, I had to wake at a God forsaken hour of 4am to catch the first flight out to Singapore, my birth land. It has been more than 10 years since I last visited the plastic city known for it’s lion head and still remember very clearly how that visit went. We weren’t married yet then…..

I suppose I should really bring the kids down for a trip since there is much to do for kids in Singapore and it’ll be fun.

Anyway, back to my business trip – so much planning went into it as I had never had a business trip in more than 10 years!!! Do I bring the iPad or the laptop? Do I bring a jacket? Do I wear high heels? Do I bring spare shoes? Do I bring spare clothes? Do I bring snacks? Do I bring an extra bag? Do I bring extra cash? Do I bring extra make-up? Do I bring the ipod? Ladidadida………..

Believe it or not, I wore a pair of high heels that weren’t very high but because I wasn’t used to walking in anything else but err….slippers, I thought, better bring a spare pair of flats JUST IN CASE. And because of that, I carried not one but 2 bags to Singapore. A handbag and a laptop bag where I threw in the spare flats for good measure, all wrapped neatly in a shoe dustbag. Heh.

By the time I boarded the plane at KLIA, my feet were already hurting…….just think about it – Drive to KL Sentral, walk from parking lot to ERL Train. From ERL Train, walk to International Departures Lounge. From International Departures Lounge, walk to MAS Business Lounge. From MAS Business Lounge, walk to Boarding Gate. From Boarding Gate, walk to plane. Ouch-Ouch-OUCH!!!!

But because I didn’t want to change and then change again, I told myself, let me go meet those Singaporean Government officials first, THEN change when I can relax once and for all. At least I got a foot breather on the plane.

But when we arrived at Singapore, it was walk to the baggage and immigration, then walk to the taxi counter, then walk to the taxis, then because we were early for the meeting, we decided to walk the streets of Little India to have a bite except that none of the restaurants were open at 1030am. More side walk walking in FerraFuckingGamo low heels in search for anywhere where we could just sit and give my feet a rest and wanting to pee in a grotty side walk coffee shop with sweat drenching my poor, poor navy silk DVFs and I was BITCHING with white tissues glued to my face because they’d automatically stick as my face became the backdrop of a sweat waterfall……

So. Not. Cool.

It reminded me of my birthday last year when Paik Ling made me walk in super high biker chick heels in Bangkok……

When it was finally time, I found myself at the client’s office and excused myself to freshen up for 10 minutes. There was not much I could do with the red wet face as I was so HOT that the sweat just continued to squirt out. There was NOTHING I could do about my drenched navy DVFs and decided to wing it as the wet look. At least I was wearing a bra. Heh. And as for the pain from the Ferrafuckinggamo’s? I just had to grit my teeth and SMILE my biggest megawatt smile. My hair looked like shit too, certainly not freshly coiffed from A Cut Above. SIGH. So un-Singaporean……

See? Still smiling!

Anyway.

Meetings aside.

Changi Business Lounge.

They had chairs with those feet massagers and after the whole morning in Ferrafuckinggamos, I switched to my flats but still, the pain was there despite the 5 plasters (with bright coloured Mickey Mouse illustrations) on my foot and surround. Those massage thingies called out to me and I thanked God I’d worn stockings.

After 15 minutes of having my feet squished, the lounge lady approached me and asked if I would like to have a full body massage instead and relax. Wow. Really?

She escorted me into the room where this awaited me.

Oh.

I was hoping it was a 3 hour spa kind of thing with REAL HANDS but nay…….

Maybe in First Class eh?

Nevertheless, I enjoyed having my body squished and squashed by those Osim chairs.

Rule Number One for ANY Business Trip? Travel prepared.

Bring a spare pair of comfy shoes. Bring a spare change of clothes. Bring a hair brush and your make-up. Bring a laptop. Bring all your necessary chargers. Bring anything you think you may need in an emergency – like a bed.

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5 Comments

  1. hahahahah love your description of shoes! For business trips, you’re NOT meant to be walking around. Should have taken a taxi to a Starbucks closest to meeting place and stay put (even though bored to death but got free wifi mah!) until meeting starts. Also, wear flats next time and switch to heels prior to meeting lah.

  2. your stories are very entertaining! what happen to your little terror? did she go with you or hubby babysat?

  3. Definitely a mini-makeup kit in the bag to freshen up. A pair of ballet flats and then quick change before the meeting is also a good idea.

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