JAKEB WAD­DELL’S SIN­GA­PORE DIARY

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A new chap­ter was writ­ten in Broome’s his­tory last week when the town se­cured its first over­seas flights in nearly two decades and to say I was hon­oured to be a part of it would be an un­der­state­ment.

Last Tues­day was the most ex­cit­ing day since I moved to this beau­ti­ful town 15 months ago, when a Silkair air­craft touched down af­ter fly­ing di­rectly from Sin­ga­pore.

And I was one of the 112 lucky pas­sen­gers who jumped on board Broome’s first in­ter­na­tional de­par­ture since 2001.

I had goose­bumps while walk­ing on the tar­mac, know­ing full well the amount of ef­fort and ded­i­ca­tion that went into achiev­ing these flights and the po­ten­tial they had to trans­form Broome’s fu­ture.

The jour­ney it­self was fan­tas­tic. The food was some of best I have ever had on a plane, I was com­fort­able through­out and the cabin crew were very po­lite — a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Sin­ga­pore it­self.

But the most en­joy­able as­pect was the four-hour flight time.

Aside from these trial flights, the only op­tion Broome trav­ellers head­ing to Sin­ga­pore presently have is to stopover in Perth, which can of­ten add up to 10 hours to a jour­ney.

In the amount of time it would have taken for me to fly to Perth, wait around at the air­port then even­tu­ally travel to my des­ti­na­tion, I had al­ready checked into my ho­tel, fresh­ened up and en­joyed a noo­dle box and Tiger beer.

The need for these flights to be­come per­ma­nent be­came very ap­par­ent to me.

I ar­rived at the Novo­tel in Clarke Quay at about 10pm and checked into a sen­sa­tional room that of­fered breath­tak­ing views of Ma­rina Bay and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

This would be the first of many mo­ments that left me in awe in the Lion City.

One of my high­lights dur­ing my four-day jour­ney was the mes­meris­ing Gar­dens by the Bay, which in­cluded the Flower Dome and Cloud For­est — places where it is

very dif­fi­cult to take a bad photo.

Vis­it­ing Sen­tosa was a mas­sive tick off my bucket list. I trav­elled to the is­land by Ca­ble Car to get a birds-eye view of the city and spent the day at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios and man­aged to jump on just about ev­ery ride.

Com­ing from Broome, the shop­ping was a lit­tle over­whelm­ing — mul­ti­ple shop­ping cen­tres over many levels, each with hun­dreds of stores, but I still picked up a cou­ple of fine out­fits in time for the first rac­ing round this week­end.

The food was al­most in­de­scrib­able. The best dish I had was Sin­ga­pore’s fa­mous chilli mud crabs which were sold at about $90 a kilo — but still worth ev­ery dol­lar.

Some of the best food I had was also the dumplings, noo­dles and buns sold at mar­kets in Chi­na­town, which I pur­posely swung by on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

The hu­mid­ity in the city was rem­i­nis­cent of the mid­dle of a Broome wet sea­son, which made walk­ing around a lit­tle tougher, but noth­ing I wasn’t used to back home.

Af­ter cel­e­brat­ing my birth­day on my last night on Fri­day with a few of the Broome crew, it was time to pack it all up and get ready to fly back.

There’s al­ways a tinge of sad­ness leav­ing a des­ti­na­tion that you have fallen in love with, but it was com­fort­ing know­ing that, again, home was only a four-hour flight away.

All in all, it was un­de­ni­ably a trip of a life­time, topped off with the fact that I’ll al­ways be a part of Broome his­tory.

The in­door wa­ter­fall at the Gar­dens by the Bay Cloud For­est.

A great view of the Mer­lion and Sin­ga­pore city from Ma­rina Bay.

Pic­tures: Jakeb Wad­dell

The view from my ho­tel room at the Novo­tel in Clarke Quay.

Seb En­nis, Kim­ber­ley Krenz and my­self at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios on Sen­tosa.

Chi­na­town mar­kets in Sin­ga­pore.

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