AngMoh and DengLang were pregnant with their first child. Well actually it was what they called their precious one as she was conceived shortly after a miscarriage. Only to find out later some people call their ‘next’ baby conceived and born healthy immediately after a miscarriage a ‘rainbow baby’. There’s a whole other story that comes to mind, for another post, in relation to finding out we were pregnant with our rainbow baby. We’ll save that for another post.
As very active and physically fit couple, they didn’t have the mindset that pregnancy should slow them down. Or at least, AngMoh, being extremely stubborn by nature wanted to keep moving and doing things as per their ‘nornal’ as much as possible.
Of course, AngMoh stopped drinking coffee, had already stopped drinking alcohol altogether a year or more before getting pregnant and she stopped riding on the back of DengLang’s motorcycle (KTM) despite how fun and convenient it was to get around in Singapore.
Back to the ‘as normal as possible’, we wanted to take one more trip and explore a new place before giving birth. Also, later to learn this is typically called a babymoon, and best to be done in the second trimester. Being in Singapore the lure of so many places to explore with just a short 2 hour flight away is definitely hard to fight!
At 34 weeks they had booked a flight to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and were excited by the food they were going to experience and explore. AngMoh had never (and spoiler alert – still has never) been to Taiwan. They board the plane. Got through check-in, through security and through boarding with no concerns, questions or eyebrows raised. All other passengers had boarded as well.
Before they pulled from the gate for taxi and take-off, a flight attendant stopped and asked if AngMoh was pregnant and how many weeks. They replied honestly of course, and produced a letter from the doctor for proof of number of weeks. However, the letter did not help their case as it actually stated AngMoh should stay in Singapore due to a lack of immunity against a particular disease. They were asked to leave the plane and told they could not fly on this trip.
The airline, Scoot, was kind enough to provide a flight voucher which DengLang and AngMoh could use another time and at a later date.
Stay Tuned for Part 2…. the story obviously continues