Home Ground

2021: The year I went on five staycations

Beach walks, bike rides and staycays have helped ground me to Singapore.

Low tide on Changi beach as the sun sets. Learning to love my country and its land - and shores. PHOTO: LEE LAY NA
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Like most Singaporeans, I spent 2021 within our borders, as the global pandemic made travel inconvenient.

I last travelled out of Singapore in January 2020, over the Chinese New Year, on a family vacation to Japan. We returned just as news about the coronavirus - it didn't even have a name yet - grew alarming. I've remained in Singapore for nearly two years now, which is the longest stretch I've been home-bound since I took my first flight, at the age of 18, to take up a scholarship to study in England.

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