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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2nd Shot Done…

The husband and I have had our second Covid-19 vaccination jabs. So we now have 2 fully vaccinated persons in the house. After the first shot, the husband only suffer a little pain in his arm. I had more pain and felt more tired but it was ok. This second shot knocked me down with a high fever and lots of body aches and headaches, the day after having the jab. The husband who had his shot a few hours after me also suffered similar side effects. But we feel much better today so hopefully we are over the worst of it. In just a little over 2 weeks, the son would have his second shot and we would be a fully vaccinated household.

However, we still can’t afford to fly to Singapore to visit family because Singapore still requires quarantine in special facilities and multiple tests, even for vaccinated persons. To pay for all that for 3 persons is just too much for us.

It’s especially hard not just because of the length of time we have not seen family but more so because my dad has been in and out of hospital quite a number of times in the last few years and my mum has recently under gone cancer treatment. So we really feel the need to be with them!

There’s not much we can do about it. We just hope that soon quarantine requirements would be lifted and we can make it to visit family and friends.

Are you getting vaccinated? How was it for you?

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Another Mini Trip Across the Border

So Covid is still ruling the day, so to speak, and that means no flying anywhere for the autumn holidays. We had plans to meet some friends to enjoy some good Chinese food in a restaurant just a hop across the border, which gave us the idea to go a day earlier, drive a tiny bit further and explore a town we have not been to before. We went to Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

It’s a lovely university town and it made me miss my university days very much. We love the atmosphere and feel of the old town. The wonderfully modern glass covered university library stands out among the old buildings and yet it felt like it belonged. We walked past students gathering in groups, chatting and enjoying the open spaces, as well as an evening music/dance event. Of course, we saw students doing things only students would do, such as walking up the metal supports of an overhead bridge and sitting at the top to have a chat. The architecture of the old town is lovely and wandering around it was just enchanting.

Of course, we were in Germany so for dinner we went to a local brew house to enjoy a typical German meal. The food was yums and the beer was, according to the husband, good. The son tried a beer mixed with a sweet syrup which was interesting. The brew house is called Martin’s Bräu and it had a very buzzy ambience, and a long queue, however, it was worth the wait.

There is one downside to staying at a hotel with a pool and a spa during a pandemic; that is these facilities are closed 😦 But the hotel was nice and comfortable, and breakfast was good. Because of the current health and safety requirements, all the cold meats, fruits etc were individually plated and wrapped in plastic wrap, and we had to follow the arrows when walking through the buffet. i like the little glass containers the fruits came in.

Here are some photos for you to enjoy:

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