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It was quite early in the morning on the 23rd February when I realised that there was a voicemail message left for me while I was asleep. I dialed in to listen in and found out that someone was desperately wanted to speak to me urgently.
I thought that was a bit weird. Why would he want to speak to me so urgently when everyone I know knew I was travelling.
So I dialled the number. I got through and it was a friend of mine, Al, whom I’ve not met for a while in London. He broke the news that made me shiver. He talked about my best friend, Iveta Iravanian. She’s now dead!
I said WHAT! It was only less than 48 hours ago that we chatted on MSN and we even talked about her and husband flying down to the Far East for a quick holiday. She even said that she missed me and couldn’t wait to see me again.
I wanted to fly back to London immediately but I knew that I had several events that was arranged for me to speak at. The situation was made worst when I heard about how she died. I just couldn’t imagine it!.
A coach hit her and dragged her underneath for several meters while she was crossing a road in Victoria. I sat on the hotel bed, shocked and speechless.
I then called Iveta’s husband but every word he said was incomprehensible. I had to tell him to calm down. I was still in denial. It was just too much too think that your best friend passed away when you’ve only spoken to her a couple of days ago.
The news about the accident was televised on BBC and other news channels. I looked at the news on the internet and I couldn’t devour the content. I had to stop halfway through.
The video below was recorded and televised by the BBC to explain how it all happened.
It took me a while to really grasp the situation. I packed my bags and checked out. The concierge took my bags and I left for
a meeting at the other end of Singapore. After 2 hours or so, I came back to the hotel and grabbed my bags, called the cab to Changi International Airport for my next flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
I wasn’t in the mood to do anything. All I could think about was her.
The Singapore Airlines plane from Johannesburg landed very early in the morning at Changi International Airport. I think it was around 7.30-ish..
It was also lovely to see the sunrise at 34,000 feet before touch down. Beautiful tropical sunrise Unfortunately, I didn’t take out my camera for photos..Sorry…
Anyway, I’ve been to Singapore many many many many times. So, I know pretty much about the whole place. Not too difficult seeing it is just a small island
I took my bags at the carousel and left for the taxi. Those who wishes to get on the tube then all you need to do after you take your bags is to walk to your right and walk straight till the end. Once there, you’ll see the escalators taking you down to the tube. It’s pretty much simple. The underground will take you to almost major Singapore destinations so it’s very easy to get around.
I decided to get the cab as I had a ton of luggage with me. The idea of lugging my bags and all in the tube with the crowd didn’t seem to be a nice idea particularly when I had just got out of a 10 odd hours plane journey.
It didn’t take that long to get to the hotel. I was staying at Meritus Mandarin which is bang on Orchard Road – the shopping haven of Singapore.
I usually stay at the Pan Pacific but I guess I deserve a change. If you ask me why I like Pan Pacific Singapore, well, it’s all due to the lobby. It’s ever so big and gorgeous. I love the decor and the whole ambience. Rooms are not too bad either. You have my full recommendation
I got to my room and recorded this video. Please bear in mind that I looked really smashed on this video but you get all the best information. Hahahaha
I slept for like 6 hours after recording the video. I was really knackered!
It was still raining here in Orchard Road. My friend, Jo han Mok called me up to organise some dinner with his wife and friend. So that’s booked for tonight.
My stomach was already grumbling at this time. I decided to go down and walk around Orchard Road and try get something to eat. The crowd was almost double and the were police too. I asked the tourist police here and he said that there was going to a huge Chingay Parade celebration. Hmmmm now that’d be interesting to see
Anyway, I went to look for a restaurant to eat. This Chingay thingy will just have to wait till I feed my belly
Lunch was good. I had some typical Singaporean food.
I walked back to the hotel and the parade was about to start. The people were already packing up. Music was blasting. Here’s the video taken just outside the hotel on Orchard Road.
I wasnt there for long as I had to prepare for my friend’s dinner invite. So more food
Tomorrow, I’m off to Kuala Lumpur. Sorry guys, I had just one day in Singapore. Been here too many times. I may add more pics and videos on my next trip here