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Well, I have been posting a lot of travel stuff, but I have not really shared to you guys what I have been doing for my normal days in Singapore. So yup, this is what I am up to during the weekdays. I can’t wait for the weekend… beach, finally!
Last weekend, my father and I used the City Tours passes given by his officemate. It’s an open top bus tour at the city! There are many bus routes to pick, yet we decided to take the Marina Bay Sands/China Town/Arab Street route because I have been wanting to see Chinatown and Little India ever since. I didn’t expect that I will be seeing much (as seen in the pictures, hehe) and thought that it will be a simple tour-guided bus ride. It was really fun!
Chinatown. We’re lucky it wasn’t that crowded, and the traffic was light.
My father stayed inside the bus because of the slightly unbearable heat while I took endless pictures at the open top bus, yay!!
National Museum of Singapore. I went here last week! I am still drafting a blog and picking pictures to post because I took 100+ shots. The place is amazingly big and an afternoon was not enough to really take all the information. I learned a lot of things though! :)
I love the city so much, but at the same time, vintage places in the country are also exceptional.
There’s not much to tell since I did not hear many infos from the guide because I was busy taking pictures (oops), but as you can see the tour was pretty much more of the ‘old’ side of Singapore even if it’s known for technology and its amazing skyline. National Museum Of Singapore adventure is up next!!
I cannot say that I was a good and efficient leader back then , but I always try my best to be excellent and step up as long as I can. It has been a year since I was chosen to lead my batch. I can also remember the day (Miting De Avance) when I stood up to almost one thousand students, and quoted John Maxwell: “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” Truly, these words came to life in my own experiences. I have learned so many things from four years of doing the thing I love the most, serving.
Anyways, school campaigns are already happening in my alma mater. I will be very honest that I miss the stress, campaign blues, party list posters, endless meetings with the rector, classroom campaigns, more stress, etc. And because of this, I decided to make a list of the 6 things leadership taught me:
1. In leading, sacrifice is not a choice.
You always have to do it. Some people think that a leader is always being the hero of the story. We forgot the reality that most of the time, leaders are the ones who are hit the hardest. To aspiring leaders, once you have chosen to serve people, you have to start doing things for the greater good, not self-interest. It will be worth it, believe me.
2. The respect and authority cannot be earned by position.
Leaders cannot demand respect and authority any more than they can buy it. I think giving respect to others is the easiest way to get the same. We cannot gain anything that we are not willing to give. Authority goes hand and hand. It can be hard because you have to be firm with your beliefs and system.
3. Always have an alternative.
I learned this one from Father Gabby. As leaders, we are always asked to have a plan, but what we mostly forget is making the Plan B to Z. We have a direction to go to except that sometimes, things go wrong and that’s when having an alternative is needed the most.
4. Leaders cannot do it all.
It was awful that I have to learn this the hard way, but I know that I was also at fault. Honestly, there were times when I like to do papers alone to finish it faster, but as any other person, I got burned out after some time and realized that I need help. We may be appointed to lead, yet as leaders, we are also taught to divide and assign the work to others. We cannot do it all, and that’s A-okay.
5. Passion can take you far.
When things go wrong and not the way I wanted it to be, passion keeps me going. It makes me believe that it can still be okay.
6. Stressful but fruitful.
When work and plans got stressful, there were times when I really wanted to give up. Until now, I am just thankful that I did not because after all, the stress was actually worth it. The Seniors’ Org was assigned to make the yearbook and organise the Graduation Ball. We had so many plans for the our gradball, but it was never that easy. Issues, other did not want it and the survey results weren’t how it was expected, but we still decided to push through. The party was successful, and it was one of the happiest moments of my high school life, yay!
Travel Diaries: IKEA, Tampines
As we all know, IKEA is not a ‘tourist spot’, but since we do not have this (yet?) in the Philippines, I have been wanting to visit ever since! My heart has a small spot for interior design, furnitures and the like; however, I did not buy anything since I have no check-in baggage (cries) when I go back to Manila.
The other day, I had an overnight at my Tita’s place who works here (plus, she’s my closest). We planned go to IKEA the next day. She also loves the place and goes there whenever she is free. I just love the thought that I can sit, play and lie down everywhere!!! We got tired of roaming around, so we decided to have a snack. The food is cheap, but it was gooooooood.
We still have to go back there next week because Tita will buy the things needed for Ashira’s playroom. On the other note, I’m gaining a lot of weight since I got here and my legs are getting bigger (it’s freakin forming muscles). Ahhh, tiring, but really fun!!
Themes by The Little Mermaid, Kisty