“After I got back to Singapore, I was under quarantine because one of the passengers was a confirmed COVID-19 case and I was a close contact,” she stated.
“My flights were being cancelled (at first for one or two months) and then gradually, the whole year,” she stated. “So it was just a sad period for me.”
Each time Malaysia prolonged its MCO, the household had to grapple with disappointment as plans for a reunion had been dashed.
Despite this, she and her dad and mom remained hopeful that they might quickly see one another once more.
When information of the Singapore and Malaysia VTL broke earlier this month, Ms Cheah pounced on the alternative to go residence.
“I had been wanting to go back for a very long time and so, when Scoot launched its first VTL flight, without hesitation, we bought the tickets straight away,” she stated.
However, simply 5 days earlier than she and her daughter had been due to fly to Malaysia, Ms Cheah contemplated scrapping their journey plans.
“The (COVID-19 travel) guidelines were not very clear, so I wasn’t exactly sure if my baby would have to take a (polymerase chain reaction) test,” she stated, including that she had been instructed by KLIA that each one passengers together with infants would have to bear the check upon arrival.
“I didn’t want to put my baby through it because she is so small and young, so we actually almost wanted to give up the flight,” she stated.
Speaking to CNA, Ms Cheah’s husband Luke Loh stated he was additionally involved about his spouse and baby taking the journey, as he couldn’t accompany them due to work commitments.
“When I saw the requirements (that babies will also need to take PCR tests), it was a bit tough and sad knowing that my baby would have to go through this. And my wife would be alone travelling too, so she has to carry all the luggage,” stated Mr Loh.
“But because my wife hasn’t been back in nearly two years and my parents-in-law haven’t met (the baby), I told my wife to just go ahead with it and not to give up,” he stated.
“I knew it was going to be tough but luckily, it’s only a one-hour flight back and anyway, my wife is strong.”
In the finish, they determined to go forward with their plans.
“I really missed home and wanted to introduce my baby to my parents and relatives as well,” stated Ms Cheah.
“My mother also said since we have gone so far, why not just go ahead with it and we’ll see what happens next.”
At the departure gates at Changi Airport on Monday, Mr Loh bent down to kiss his daughter goodbye earlier than wrapping his arms round his spouse to give her a hug.
As the couple exchanged phrases, Mr Loh may very well be heard saying: “I’ll miss you guys, I wish I could go back with you.”