just a day in a new life

having breakfast by the pool, something we do pretty much every morning, poached eggs on toast or rice, while myles runs around having a blast and getting his feet wet.

these are the chicos that i couldn’t walk past. when i couldn’t find any that were ripe i have to admit that i wailed! the vendor took pity on me and dug through his boxes and gave me a ripe one for free!

I have no idea where in Singapore we are, except that we got off the train station at Bugis and started to follow the crowd, this is my first coconut since arriving in singapore (in friggin ages actually) and it was sweet, cool, and delicious. no hammock though. oh well, i’m working on it. also, myles loved the juice but not the flesh.

here is a human statue, he has a little toy bird in his hand that moves when he does the whole coming to life thing. Myles thought it was pretty cool. we ended up walking to Sim Lim Square, technology central, and little india for lunch and indian food. Great day all round.
waiting for the train, on the way home.


A dark side of Singapore

Have been hearing some heartbreaking stories of maid abuse. Not from reports, but first hand. There is a second class citizen population subjected to some appalling working conditions.

“I had a friend on the second floor. I was working on the third floor.  
During morning and lunch, I didn’t get anything to eat.  My friend often 
gave me food.  I would pull food up using yarn, my friend would help 
by pushing it with a mop.”

The gory details are in here: http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/singapore1205wcover.pdf

Fishing in Singapore (Its just like Zelda!)

There is a pond near our house that is pretty similar to the one in Mt Coo-tha botanical gardens and you can fish there (for a price)!

This miserable fish was sunburnt!

With the population of Singapore being so high, intensive living leads to intensive recreational fishing. Essentially there are subdivided ponds ranging from very large (1 acre) to very small (2m by 3m).
At the small end of the scale it could hardly be called fishing. For $45 you are given a rod, a bucket of live prawns and all you can catch in 3 hrs. The fish are BIG. Some guys were hauling in one every half an our or so.

Checking out the booty of our more successful neighbours

Once every so often an attendant will walk past one of the holding tanks full of full grown fish, dip his net and proceed to dump a few dozen fish into each fishing area.
Despite the odds being stacked heavily in our favour, we caught nothing after 2 hours of mucking around.

“Fish daddy! Big ones!”

Some moron (me) got the brainwave of emptying the bag of live prawns in the laundry bucket that we brought with us. They might has well have been grasshoppers! For the next 15 minutes, high pitch squeals of excitement could be heard for miles away as 3 children scrambled to catch all the ‘naughty’ prawns and contain them to the bucket! The only thing louder than the kids, were the locals. I don’t think they had seen such a spectacle in a long time.

The great (bait) escape
I have a prawn!

After 2 hours and 1 broken line from a fish that “ate the hook”, we were bored. But luck delivered. A giant red fish (don’t ask me what kind) had gone lame and blind. It was making its way miserably around the perimeter of the pond. The park attendant fished it out with a net and dumped it unceremoniously on the grass. Its final moments were spent being prodded with various sticks by 3 curious kids who also tried to feed it grass. We were told we could take it home. It went down a treat along with a Tom Yum soup made from the rest of the bait!

“Its popping like popcorn” said Myles  when carrying home the loot

Bringing home the bacon

love and hate about singapore so far.

of course i love that my family is here mummy, sister diana 9yrs old, brother patrick 8yrs old. i also love the food! have only been here for a day and a half and have eaten my favorite philo foods (thanx mum) and have also had BBQ stingray, steamed sea bass, lamb curry, spicy fish curry, kang kong stirfried, bean salad, mongosteens and ya pears. i’ve also noticed that there are no fat people, julz and i are yet to see someone who would be classified as obese, with all the food i’m eating, maybe i’ll be the first.

there are also so many things nearby, a shopping mall just accross the street, a man made fish pond for fishing, a mangrove walk, parks, a comunity garden and beaches all walking distance away, a place the same as wet and wild, a playground just outside our door, and a swimming pool just a bit further, another shopping mall and library, everything just walking distance.

i also love chinatown and little india.

that is all for now.

safe and sound

just wanted to let everyone know that we have arrived in singapore, got here in the wee hours of the morning, knocking on random strangers doors because i had forgetten that mum had moved within her apartment complex, walked through the door to find a note from my sister to ‘please wake her up with kisses’ which i was happy to oblige.

neither julz nor i have had a full nights sleep between us, but we have had a lovely walk through the parks and gardens near my mums house. myles meanwhile was the perfect flyer, sleeping almost the entire plane ride, even though i had to prop him up in his own seat for most of the journey, we are now all lazing around, myles has had heaps of food and is now getting a foot rub, spoilt brat. speaking of which we are getting my favourit philo food for lunch.

i’m just about ready to pass out. but i thought that i would let the world know first that not only are we safe and sound. we are happy.


So the banks have been notified, our real estate agent is now dealing with our problem tenants, our accountant is now up to date on our finances, the car has been sold, ALL the furniture is gone, the last rent has been paid, the last day has been worked (by me), all the meds have been picked up, last day of daycare has come and gone, the last okra has been plucked from the plant, the last box has been packed, the will and epoa forms have been signed, all the bags are packed.

Ready or not, here I come.