I am finally back from my short trip to Asia!
As some of you may already know, I went on a trip to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore with my long distance boyfriend who lives in Sydney. We had so much fun being in each other’s company and created so many memories on this trip. This trip really differed from our last trip to Australia and Hawaii because Asia was much more fast paced. There was less down time for us to just relax and there were a lot of unexpected incidents that lead to some changes in our plan. Nevertheless, we grew as a couple and faced new challenges together which turned out to be a positive experience overall! I especially loved taking Brendan around Hong Kong, which is the city I was born in, because it is a place that resonates with me. I spent most of my summers there as a child at my aunt’s place and so it just feels like home every time I go back. The fact that it was Brendan’s first time in Hong Kong made it even more special.
People are completely right when they say you won’t know what it feels like to be in a long distance relationship until you are in one. It is like this roller coaster of emotions from the day you are reunited with your partner to the day you are separated. I have quickly developed a love/hate relationship with airports. The feeling you get when you board that plane after counting down from months to weeks to days is a mixture between excitement and nervousness. It was such a happy moment when we finally got to see each other again in person after talking over the screen for months. It didn’t take us long to settle in to our normal couple routine and everything just seemed to flow seamlessly where we left off.
The last few days leading up to the departure were bittersweet. It was sad knowing that there would only be a few more days until we would be separated again. However, it also meant so much to me that I got to celebrate my birthday with Brendan on our last day in Singapore. We explored the Gardens by the Bay in the afternoon followed by an intimate dinner at an Italian restaurant in the evening. I could not have asked for a better birthday.
Saying goodbye never gets easier. Because Brendan’s flight was departing a lot later than mine, I had to enter the departure gate first. It was such a struggle to leave his side and as I slowly walked inside the gate, all I could feel was emptiness inside. If only I could turn back time to the beginning of the trip.
It has currently been 3 days since I have returned and I’m gradually adjusting back into life in Vancouver. I still reminisce our memories from the trip but I know that there are so many other trips to look forward to in the near future. On the brighter note, I am excited to share some of my experiences on this recent trip with you all in my following posts. We visited so many breathtaking places and had the most amazing food. Brendan has also booked his tickets for the next trip so we have already restarted the countdown for June. Next stop…Vancouver!