|"One day kid, this will all be yours..."|
It's your parents' fifteenth anniversary and they've decided to take you along with them on their dream vacation (as if they really had a choice). At four hours away, the Maldives, are a mere skip and a hop from Singapore. And, if your Mom lets you watch TED on the plane, they seem even closer.
Here are a few tips which might come in handy:
DO pack snacks. Your parents may have bought the 'breakfast only' deal.
DON'T assume you'll be having lunch (see above)
DO take the seaplane from the airport to the resort.
DON'T drink juice right before you do.
DO try canoeing with your little sister.
DON'T rely on her to paddle.
DO remember sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and oreos (those are for your Mom).
DON'T expect to buy them on the island. They only sell sarongs and expensive jewellery.
DO expect the baby pizza to be indeed meant for a baby. And yet, still cost $20 (US not Singaporean).
DON'T assume that just because water costs as much as coke you'll be getting coke.
DO try snorkeling. Just not with your mother.
DON'T bring your homework. They'll really expect you to do it.
DO look for dolphins.
DON'T expect to see any.
DO try a fast ride on the banana boat. Even if you fall in, the Indian Ocean water is warm.
But, most importantly, DON'T get lost on the island. You could get heatstroke before they even realize you're gone.
(Published in Expat Living, May 2013)