Last June 21, 2015 I had the chance to fly solo. I was very nervous yet very excited! I guess, this is one of the perks of working in an airline. When I first received an email informing of my upcoming training in Singapore I was so thrilled to inform my parents about it. Since I’m their only child, their initial plan was to go with me. #clingyparents To be honest, I was ok with it but there’s a part of me that says “Please don’t go with me. You have to trust me that I can do this alone.” and I think God heard me that my parents suddenly decided to let me go, alone.
When I started telling other people (friends and relatives) about my upcoming trip for a week in Singapore, their first question was: Who are you going with? When I said I was going on my own, everyone’s just nodding their head saying “Are you sure you’ll be okay?”, “I can go with you if you want to.”, “Aren’t you scared?”. Everybody’s concern and I totally appreciate that but people who knows me well knows that I’ve been quite a champion at being independent. I felt that my mom was sad of the thought that I had no one to travel with. I told my mom that travelling alone doesn’t always mean you’ll be lonely and plus, I’d go to Singapore for training not for leisure. Ha ha I assured my parents that everything has been taken cared of by our company (accommodations, transfers, and allowance) so there’s nothing to worry about.
I started fixing my baggage the night before my departure. I was allowed to bring 30k for baggage and 7k for hand carry. I brought 5 footwear with me (1 heels, 1 flat black shoes, 2 flat ballet shoes, and 1 sandals). My mom was so worried that I might be bumped off from the flight due to excess baggage. However, when I got to the airport and had my baggage weight, it was only 11kg!
My flight from Manila was a Sunday and this was my “extra” whole day just for myself and the training started the following day. My parents together with our family friends, Tita Marilyn and Kevin brought me to the airport. My flight was at 7:30 A.M. and I had to be at the airport at least 3 hours before the flight. So after checking in, we ate breakfast at McDonald’s which is just inside the airport.
Day1: I had the chance to visit Singapore Airlines Office located at Orchard. I also took the chance to roam around the place.