The cancellation of a museum visit was not what we desired but we needed to respond to some unforeseeable situation. However, the surplus of time in the morning meant we could explore more at the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck - SkyPark. And that was quite a good wrap up of the country's green and modern cityscape. The SkyPark was built at 200 metres high and shaped like the front of a large ship. We could see all the famous landmarks of Singapore from there. Our boys were all busy finding the best spots for photos or selfies or trying their last effort to spend the remaining money on drinks, ice-cream and sourvenirs up there.
Before the airport, we had a brunch at Lau Pa Sat, which was a perfect place for local food. The children were getting nosier and nosier towards the end of this journey, but who could blame them? They are children, they are boys, the trip was stimulating, and after all, they were noisy in English only.
The five-day-four-night exploration in Singapore has brought us serious learning from local schools, friendship with Singaporeans, knowledge of the history and success of Singapore, an experience of their national spirit, and importantly, a chance for our boys to be fully emerged into an English-speaking environment (I suspect that many of them also communicated in English in their hotel rooms!).
We are thankful for the great weather, the healthiness of all of us, the smoothness of traffic, the professionalism of our tour guide, the hospitality of Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) and Fairfield Methodist Primary School, the amazing talent of Ms Mary Ann Tear's drama team, our boys' high involvement in all of the activities, our leading teachers' great care and helpfulness, our school's support and last but not least, the trust from the parents.
Headmistress Mrs Lam gave a perfect end to this journey by showing up at the Hong Kong Airport when we walked out to the Arrival Hall. Surely, Ying Wa Primary School creates endless unforgettable memories in our children's hearts, but this trip for our senior boys should deserve a very special place in their childhood which should be remembered and looped for many many years. At least, it is the case for me.
Dr H C Lee