It’s 9:29 AM. I am writing this at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia airport. My flight back to Manila is at 6:30 PM. I’m so early. Haha!

For the past five days, my friends and I roamed around Singapore and Malaysia.

Our primary purpose for going to Singapore was to attend our Singaporean friend’s wedding. Coen is a guy I met at the Toastmasters International Convention in Kuala Lumpur on August 2014.

Since then, we became friends. Everytime he would go to the Philippines for work or leisure, we’d find time to catch up. So when he invited me to attend his wedding in Singapore, it was a no-brainer for me. I said yes despite my usual busy and hectic schedule back in Manila. 

I went to Singapore with my friend Alex, who’s also a friend to Coen, together with Alex’s mom and fiance.

We spent 3 days in Singapore and 2 days in Malaysia.

With all the walking and touring and sight seeing that we did, I discovered a lot of things about myself which I would like to share with you.

Here are my realizations and discoveries.

First, I prefer to travel in comfort and a bit of luxury. I don’t mind booking a hotel that is a bit pricey compared to the other hotels as long as the hotel I’m booking is near the areas I want to go to and as long as the hotel gives me a comfortable and relaxing experience.

Second, I like to take it slow and savor the experience moment by moment. If there are 10 tourist attractions to see in one day, I prefer to go to just a few of them so I’ll have more time relax, walk slowly, reflect on the beauty of the place, chat with the locals, and breathe the goodness of God. 

Third, if I have to choose between saving time or saving money, I’d choose to save time.  Taking the MRT and the buses in Singapore and KL are fun, more economical, and part of the tourist experience, but I prefer to take Grab or Uber to go places if these will save me time and energy. 

Fourth, I’m such an introvert. I enjoyed going places with my friends. They were fun to be with. But in between trips, the introvert in me would crave for those times where I can be by myself and recharge.

Fifth, Universal Studios Singapore offered so many interesting rides. But writing or talking in front of the camera or in front of a group was more exciting to me. 

Sharing with you some of the photos during the trip.


Time check. 10:05am. It’s still a few hours before my flight.

Let me now head to the massage center to have a relaxing foot massage.

Do you love to travel? What were your realizations during your travels? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I wish you success and happiness!

Sha Nacino
Author & Speaker
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Sha Nacino is one of the most sought-after Filipino motivational speakers in the Philippines. She is the bestselling author of the books Money&Me, Mission Happiness, plus 7 other books. Sha is the founder of The 90-Day Book Writing Challenge where she helps first time authors write their books. She also writes for Bo Sanchez's TrulyRichClub newsletters. She regularly gives talks on Personal Finance, Happiness, Purpose, Success Principles, etc. If you wish to invite Sha to speak in your company or events, visit or email her at

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