Forms, Tests, Fly, Tests, Quarantine, Tests…

While we have done short trips across the border in the last 2 years, we have not done any long-haul travel at all. What this means is that we have not gone to Singapore to visit family and friends for 2 years! Sigh! We miss them all.

Why have we not gone to Singapore? The title of this post says it all. Because of the Covid-19 entry requirements. In 2020, there was so much uncertainty and quarantine requirements. In the first half of 2021, there was a 21-days quarantine requirement, even for vaccinated individuals.

Why are we going now? Well, they have reduced quarantine to 14 days. We don’t think they will reduce it further, at least not in the near future. The Son really wants to go to Singapore and if we don’t take this opportunity with the 3-weeks school break, then we will have to wait till next summer. So the Husband said maybe we should just go, even if we need to quarantine.

A negative Antigen Self-Test. We hope our pre-flight PCR tests will also be negative.

The last 2 weeks was a sort of rush to find out if we could get everything organised to go, deciding if we take the government allocated accommodations or look for our own, asking for permission for the Son to get 2 days off school to make the trip worthwhile, booking flights and accommodations, filling in forms, booking test slots etc… I have to give a shout out to that very informative Facebook group called Moving to Singapore – Quarantine Information, Advice and Experiences. They are such a helpful bunch with good advice.

So after all that, we are going! We opted to find accommodations which gave us a kitchenette and washing machine with a little living area, rather than hope that we will get allocated more than just a tiny hotel room for 14 days. This is just for the Son and I. The Husband has a project at work so he will fly out a week later, which means he has to quarantine by himself, so he will take the randomly allocated quarantine accommodations. We will compare experiences at the end of it.

Usually, we don’t pack any food when travelling to Singapore, except for chocolate gifts. But this time, with quarantine, i have had to think about things like bringing sauces, oils and condiments so we can cook, while we try to get online deliveries of groceries which we have been told takes at least a couple of days.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to meet our friends because Singapore has tighten measures for this period and only 2 persons can eat out together (provided they are vaccinated or have a negative test), only 2 unique persons are allowed to visit each home in a day. But this trip is really about seeing family; my parents have had some health issues and my father-in-law is getting on in years.

Wish us luck on our travels and quarantine!

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Beautiful Views and Arrows

For a second summer, we have had to forgo our annual visit to Singapore because we simply can not afford the Covid quarantine requirements which, in July, included a 14-day hotel stay, multiple PCR and ART tests. And we have to multiple each costs by 3. Oh, not forgetting if we have had to quarantine for 14 days, it would mean we would spend all 5 weeks in Singapore which would mean extra nights for our dog Lexi at her pet hotel; more costs. All that costs is more than the costs of the flights!

So we stayed here for the summer holidays and just did a few things around the house. We had a couple of days away in Vevey and Morgins which was lovely. It is in the French part of Switzerland and has a very different atmosphere to where we are. Being on the huge Lake Geneva surrounded by mountains meant beautiful views and a more relaxed feel.

We also spend an afternoon on an Archery Hunt in the mountains of Morgins. They placed various foam-animals in the woods and you had to hike to find them and have a go at shooting them. It was good fun and i would recommend it to families with pre-teens and teens. It was also a dog-friendly activity, as long as we kept Lexi behind us when we took shots at the targets.

Here are some photos from that short break we took:

How did you spend your summer holidays? Hope you had an enjoyable time wherever you were.

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Lexi’s 3rd Birthday

Yep, she’s 3 now! i think in doggy years that 21 years old! So according to all the doggy books, she should be well settled and grown into a mature, calm adult dog. That’s what they say… BUT… she’s still her stubborn, funny, dirt/rubbish/poo-eating standard black Schnauzer self… LOL…

We love her anyways!

She was treated to a doggy birthday cake which was so big i gave it to her for 3 meals! Lexi had cake for breakfast, cake for dinner and then cake for a second breakfast. She loved it, especially the whipped cream bit!

For presents, she was given a big bag of new doggy chicken snack; she absolutely adores chicken, which dog doesn’t. She got a new soft toy in the shape of an octopus; it’s called Octi. And a new bright green ball to chase and fetch.

i will have to say that there is one way to tell that she’s more grown up. She was happy to sit for a photo so we have a nice photo of her with her cake and presents this year!

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