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Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 , 0 Comments


bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise
Another Sunset Surprise
Gratefully sharing with you a short sunset chapter of my life here in Singapore, which of course, may or may not be so interesting to you, but probably the Padang sunset photos will do the trick and keep you company? So yes, on to our little spiel about my so-called “Singapore sunset”, while using a bit of Padang sunset photos, which I think is better and more suitable for what I am about to share? So confusing, so is my life right now, but no worries – on to our blog post, my friends!

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise

You see, on my birthday month, I’ve decided to travel to Padang – one of the many islands of the biggest archipelago in the world, Indonesia. I traveled there to do a bit of “eat, pray, love” kind of Julia Roberts moment, which, truth be told, what I was going through back then, was completely unrelated to what Julia Roberts was going through (but maybe it was more of the idea of testing if Indonesia has that power to transform you... does it truly work to do a bit of introspection in Indonesia?

So does it work, Indonesia? Yes and no. Yes, introspection works, and no, no matter where you are in Indonesia, you can do harness the insane power of introspection, and whether it is in Bali, or Padang, or Jakarta, it should work if you would want it to! So, yes, maybe this is a quite a long riff about why I would want to talk about my “Singapore sunset”, while using “Padang sunset” photos. What’s it all about, you may ask? Here goes…

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise

You know how much I love and am so attached to Singapore, so please believe me when I say that I mean well when I say that Singapore is a pain in the behind (at least to me). Singapore is notoriously known to be the most competitive economy in the world (hooray, yes!), and with that, you kind of get not only upsides but also super competitive downsides. Downsides that will not only rattle your core but scare the soul out of you. Mine happens to be related to ACTUAL down…sizing, which is, of course, a downside. I had to undergo a company downsizing for a multinational company. Just like a stereotypical downsizing exercise, wherein your boss suddenly transforms into a rebel, and you find out who your real friends are in the process. Easy, but not easy.

Nevertheless, that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Mine happens to be related to TWO retrenchment/downsizing exercises, from two powerful multinational companies who are game changers in their own rights, two different industries, and two surprising reasons. All not related to my work performance. Of course, this fact is hard to believe and digest, if you go through the particular process, especially if you are in the gradual progression of your career. The ordeal is unbelievable and the feeling is quite unshakeable. Sleepless nights, yes. Numbing feeling, yes. It’s true how it’s being overhyped on movies and TV series, but even more so in real life. But, still love Singapore, yes.

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise

But just like the Padang sunset, when I visited it, while I was on the brink of being extinguished from my second retrenchment exercise, there was a turning point moment for me in Padang. No self-pity, no drama, no negativity. Just pure realization amidst the introspection and rejections happening.

I was reminded of the fact that life moves on. It reminded me of how much traveling and seeing different sunsets from distinctive places can help vitalize one’s self and beliefs if you allow it to. It’s a simple yet powerfully reflective way to prompt you to rethink things through, no matter how life turns out to be. Despite all the palpable pain and numbing next steps that I had to go through to ensure that I land a new job in Singapore, I made my Padang sunset surprise a point to remember --- a daily reminder of how life moves on and how everything works out in the end. That I had to take the risk and err on the side of optimism.

Every sunset became a souvenir reminder of how I respond to setbacks and how the universe helps out in the process. Each sunset is a beautiful cue to never ever give up in life and in yourself. And with that, a new sunrise is about to unfold – a new job, a new chapter, new life is about to unravel, and I am deeply excited to share the wave of new beginnings here in Singapore, still.

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Goodbye Singapore, Take-Two?! Another Sunset Surprise


Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 59 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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