A 3D2N adventure with the 5th grade students from School of Life Lebah Putih in a multi-racial society of Singapore.
URTravelearner does facilitate schools to conduct their Learning Journey. This time, we collaborate with School of Life Lebah Putih. This trip had already been planned since 9 month ago. We provide several themes and itineraries to choose as well as train the students on “How to Travelearn”. Here is the story of our Travelearning to Singapore... enjoy!
We started the day very early in the morning. The Travelearners had already gathered at 2.30 am and ready to go to Adisutjipto International Airport, Yogyakarta, to catch a morning flight to Singapore. Before we go, we had a short briefing and prayed together.
Our sleepiness was outweighed by our excitement. Instead of sleeping, the students were talking to each other about their vision of Singapore along the journey to the airport.
As we arrived at the airport around 4.30 am, we did Shalat Subuh alternately as someone had to look after our bags. While waiting for others to finish the morning prayer, a lady approached us asking several questions to start a conversation. She happens to know School of Life Lebah Putih from one of the national television channel.
You may watch the broadcast here.
We had breakfast afterwards. It seems that the portion was too big for the girls... As a Travelearner, this would be a great chance to learn how to share with others. The girls then decided to give some of their meals to those in need.
Soon as the check-in counter opened, we went inside and checked-in.
Bring a small bag to carry your passport, boarding pass, money, phone, etc. so that you can easily take it
out and put it back
the whole process
of check-in to
Besides the boarding process, we learned to be thorough when checking the documents and keeping our belongings in the crowd.
Yaay! We finally arrived at Singapore!
It took about 2.5 hours' flight from Yogyakarta to Singapore.
The students were so amazed by the facilities of Changi Airport. There were water drinking stations in front of every toilets here.
Moreover, the gardens and artistic ornaments, such as the Kinetic Raindrop, add the aesthetic value of the airport.
On top of that, it is nice to see the students who have filled in the form correctly helped the others who have not finished yet.
This card will then be teared apart by the officer, half of them was given back to us. We have to keep it carefully as it will be asked by the immigration officer when we leave Singapore.
There is a rule in Singapore for travelator and escalator where the left side is for standing and the right side is for those who want to walk.
Before queuing at the immigration counter, we learned how to fill in the immigration card. Our facilitator helped to make sure that the Travelearners have filled in all the required column with the right information, using capital letters. Some needed to rewrite the information on a new card 2 to 3 times until it is correct, but that was okay since it is part of the learning process.
"It is okay to make mistakes, as long as we learn from our mistakes."
In this trip, we experienced being a local citizen who uses the public buses and trains as their daily transportation.
We bought the Singapore Tourist Pass at the Ticket Office, Changi Airport Terminal 2. It is a pass for unlimited rides on Singapore's public transport. We have to tap in the card on the reader when starting a journey (boarding) and
tap out when it
Today is Sunday. We chose to ride the bus instead of MRT as usually it is less crowded during the weekend so that everyone can sit comfortably. Moreover, this allows you to see the sight of Singapore. The students were on stand by with their camera soon as we boarded the bus, capturing the scenery as well as the cool cars that pass by our bus.
[How to ride Singapore's public transport]
What if you lost your belongings on a public transport?
Don't panic! Keep calm and make a report via call or email to the transport company as soon as possible. Another (faster) way is going to the lost and found office at the last stop of your bus or train.
After dropping our luggage at the hostel and having lunch, we went to Chinatown Heritage Centre. It is only a 5 minutes' walk from our hostel.
As we step inside the building, it felt like we travel back to the Chinatown’s early days in the 1950s. It recreated the original interiors of the early Chinese migrants’ shophouse in Singapore where every object tells a story, providing an insight into their hard works, struggles and sacrifices, aspirations and disappointments, love and
joy. This story can be listen-
ed through the multimedia
devices that were given to
each one of us.
Here, we traced the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers who left their village in China to escape famine, floods and unrest, and came to Singapore with the hope of seeking a better life. Most of them settled in the south of Singapore River, giving birth to Chinatown.
At the end of our visit, we realized that some of the things that were recreated here can still be found in real life in Indonesia…
This reminded us with what Prof. Muhammad Yunus have said, “One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like.”
Our second destination is Kampong Glam. In URTravelearner, we emphasize on the people whom will we meet at the designated places, and what we can learn from and contribute to them.
“It’s not where you go it’s who you meet and what you can learn from and contribute to them.”
We went to Malay Heritage Centre to meet Mas Solyh, a Singaporean citizen who is quarter Malay, quarter Chinese, quarter Indonesian, and quarter Arabic. His great grandmother was still a relative of the Sultan's family who lived in Istana Kampong Glam (Malay Palace in Singapore), which was now become Malay Heritage Centre.
He told us about his personal stories of being a Singaporean with multiple races background, which was then related to the history of Singapore's multi-races society.
The various races also bring divers culture that blends in Singapore, such as in the case of language, Singapore has four official languages: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English. The interaction of people who speak primarily with those languages has formed a colloquial language called Singlish (Singaporean English), which mixed the vocabularies of English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, and Tamil.
Shalat (praying) at Sultan Mosque
Since we were at Kampong Glam, we should try the Malay-Indian food! We went to Zam-Zam Restaurant and tasted the mutton and beef murtabak, chicken biryani (Indian rice), teh tarik (pulled tea), bandung (condensed milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup), and Milo dinosaur or Milo tabur (a cup of Milo over ice with powdered undissolved Milo added to it).