2nd trimester glee!

It’s been a long way coming. At 17 weeks, I’m at that twilight stage where the nasty pregnancy symptoms like nausea, vomiting and headaches are practically gone! My clothes still fit and I’m feeling super energetic. At times I forget that I’m pregnant, especially when the little bump isn’t that visible. Timing wise, it’s just perfect with Christmas round the corner. The last thing I want is to feel all lethargic and sluggish.
On hindsight, the pregnancy so far hasn’t been too difficult and I’m extremely thankful. I’ve also been traveling in my 1st trimester (5 destinations in 3 months) and all is good. At times like this, I needed divine protection and that’s what God gave me.

Here’s what I was up to for the 1st trimester:
Week 3 in Battambang, Cambodia

I was there with a team of youth and young adults to complete the painting of a school building we started building a year ago. In 2011 we laid the foundations of the school building and this time around, we returned to a 3-storey school block complete with windows, doors and classrooms. We sanded down the walls, painted grills and walls and travelled to local villages for Sunday services.

Week 5 in Penang, Malaysia
Took a bus to Penang for a work related project, stayed in a beautiful heritage hotel and walked the streets of Georgetown.

Week 6-7 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Another travel escapade with Terence, we had initially planned on biking to the outskirts of HCMC and staying with local villagers – but since we found out I was pregnant, we decided not to take the risk and retreated to less physically taxing activities like roaming the streets of HCMC, wriggling our way through the Cu Chi Tunnels and taking in the sights and sounds along the Mekong river.

Week 9-10 in Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

Was there for a work related assessment and I had to experience the place as a tourist and an assessor. There was a list of activities to choose from, among which are the notable climb to the Pinnacles and adventure caving which involved abseiling and repelling. I was aching to join in on these activities, but knew better that I’d have to wait a second chance to go back to Mulu to rough it out. Instead, this trip, I did a lot of walking, climbing stairs into caves and cruising down rivers on long tail boats. Amazing trip and amazing workout for a newbie pregger!

Week 11 in Singapore

Again, another work trip to attend a trade show and organize some events for on responsible tourism. It was an enjoyable trip with more walking, catching trains and having drinks at the bar on Marina Bay Sands overlooking cosmopolitan Singapore come to life at night.

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