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Spent time with family in Copenhagen without a hefty price. (Have a family vacation without spending too much money.)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Added on 7 Jan 2017:
Here is an idea. I spent half an hour in Copenhagen with my family without leaving the comfort of the living room.

I see so much of the world from my armchair and I just love the (missing) price tag. Don't they say it is the company that matters?
AK, you are terrible! Bad AK! Bad AK!
Some time ago, I suggested to my family that we should have "stay-cations" which basically is to have vacations in our home country of Singapore and that was what we did for Chinese New Year. There are so many things to do and places to see in Singapore. Well, at least I think so.

"Stay-cations" are less stressful and they can be just as fun as vacations. In fact, I found the "stay-cation" we had this year a lot more fun and comfortable than the vacations we had in Japan a year or so ago.
CNY in Universal Studios, Singapore.

The old folks are familiar with things in Singapore and they didn't have to suffer discomfort in their joints from the cold of winter. So, it was very comfortable for them which I thought was a big plus. We didn't have to worry about their health as much.

We decided to take the MRT to visit the different attractions in order to feel what it is like to be a tourist in our own country. There is much to be said about the efficiency of our public transportation network that is good. Well, the MRT didn't break down on us, luckily.

Did we go to a resort? Nope, this was in Botanic Gardens.

At the end of the day, we went home feeling happy, having enjoyed each other's good company which is what really makes family vacations meaningful. It is about spending quality time together as a family.

We didn't have to bother with packing and unpacking of luggage. We didn't have to bother with checking in and the clearing of customs. We didn't have to bother with foreign exchange. We didn't have to bother with language issues.

Of course, a big plus about "stay-cations" is the cost savings. We probably spent less than 10% of what we would have spent as a family if we had chosen to vacation in Japan even with the much weakened Japanese Yen, for example. So, I was spending a bit more freely in those three days. I let my hair down, so to speak.

A few nights ago, after dinner with a friend, I decided to go for a brisk after dinner walk in the Marina Bay area. There were people walking, blading, jogging etc. I could tell that probably more than half were not Singaporeans. I really felt like a tourist in my own country again.

Here are some photos taken with my phone's camera that night:

Very beautiful. We should enjoy our own country more often. It doesn't cost us much to do so.

Try having "stay-cations" instead of having vacations from time to time as a family. I am sure you will discover the many benefits of doing so for yourself.

(23 August 2016):

Taking in the sights, I enjoy long walks which usually last about an hour around Marina Bay at night. Quite beautiful, don't you think so?

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E H said...

If every potential tourist to SG thinks like you and ditch plans to visit us, I think we are doomed liao.

AK71 said...

Hi E H,

LOL! Aiyoh, I blog for a Singaporean audience. Don't scare me hor. -.-"

E H said...

I am sure your blog stats will remind you of the various countries where your readers hail from...other than Singaporeans.

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