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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gone already

I think it is interesting the way that you prepare for Christmas, stress about what you will do for Christmas, worry about where you will be for Christmas, freak out that everyone important will be considered for Christmas and then it happens and it is over. Now all that is left is to apologise to everyone you missed on the day, clean up the glasses, wrapping paper and nut shells and hopefully get some sleep. Oh and I forgot to mention... count down for 365 days because it is going to happen again. I know it has been said by many before me but Christmas is hard work. Even for someone like me who has virtually no responsibilities to children or family (because they are so far away) and I do everything in my power to make it as easy and relaxed as possible, I still forget the vital Christmas obligations. Darian and I didn't even buy presents for each other this year because we left it to the last minuet and just didn't. Not to mention the friends and relatives I forgot to call on the day due to a little too much passion pop. Sorry by the way, poor form on my behalf but I have had a big year and to be honest Christmas caught me unaware. Normally I am much better organised! I have the cards written and the groceries and Christmas shopping bought and sent, mostly on time anyway. This year I just got back from overseas, lost the company laptop (whole other story) and am still coming to grips with my new and challenging job so I haven't had much time to do anything. Darian arranged the Christmas tree and we decorated it before Christmas day so I think all in all it was a success. For all of my complaining I really like Christmas, I turned up to work twice with a hangover and was let off the hook mostly because it is that time of the year and that is what people do. Everything is shinier, more exciting and colourful. A little melancholy because I miss my family like crazy this time of year but happy because it is nice to relax for the long weekend and think about how much we have achieved this year! It has been wild.

I am working on my new years resolutions. I wonder what next year has in store.

xox I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas

Love to all

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Back!

I think the last time I checked in I had only been in Singapore for a couple of days so I wanted to tell you about the rest of my trip! I went to Sentosa on the first Saturday of my trip. Took the monorail out to the beach and wandered around for most of the day. First impressions: Disney World resort under construction. So much stuff going on! First of all I had a coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (I know I should have tried somewhere more exotic but I missed breakfast because I was chatting with mum and dad on Skype and by the time I got to Sentosa I needed a coffee more than I needed to breathe!!) As I was drinking my coffee I could see a man hiding in the bushes. On closer inspection it turns out he was wiring Christmas lights. Not very safe in the rain (in my humble opinion).

I ventured out to the southern most point on the Asian continent by crossing a very long rope bridge. I sat on the edge watching the boats out at sea for a while. Singapore is strange like that... even the ocean is developing... buildings on land and ships/oil rigs just off the coast. In fact a great deal of land has been reclaimed so there are buildings in the sea too. Funny concept I think: Reclaiming land from the sea, taking it back like we were just leasing it to the ocean for a while. Next stop was lunch, giant Merlion and souvenier shopping and finally cocktails on the beach with my book until it was time to traipse back to the hotel. Nice day all round I thought.

Interesting observation of vegetarian food in Sinagpore. The term is used in a very general way because it can mean that you don't eat beef but pork and chicken is ok. Or that you don't eat red meat, just white. I do not consider myself a strict vegetarian (I am not a vegan and I think they are strict) but the girls inform me that I am. I don't find it terribly difficult: if it has eyes I don't want to eat it. The other problem is that for every meat product there is a "faux" or substitute. Like tofu ham or bean curd chicken or vegetarian beef-texture. In the end I just order what looks good, check with the store person "is this vegetarian" if they nod and say yes I order it and hope for the best. Better to fuss over which bangle to buy from the markets *giggles* I know silly priorities and all that.

I saw so much in Singapore! It was a work trip so I think that makes me very lucky that I got to see so much while I was there. I will upload photos as soon as I can.

So now I am back and it is back to reality which I have decided is not really very nice at all. Pain in the a** really. Do you want to play the ratherbe game with me? I will start (you will get the hang of it really quickly: I would ratherbe at the beach drinking cocktails. Now you go... Nice work! Told you you would get the hang of it.

Reality is demanding my attention so I will leave it at that for now.

Love to all!
xox
Jane

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Photos





Here are some sights I wanted to share (Sorry but I am not a photographer so you will have to bumble along through my blurred vision... can I say also that the humidity fogs up the lens so if there are some bad ones I am gonna blame that!)
I made a wish on a giant white beach ball... hundreds of them have been put in the water at Merlion Park. I will try to get a photo of them when I go back later next week.

There are two Merlions in Merlion Park. This is the smaller one and is quite pretty.

And this one is bigger. I am going to Sentosa tomorrow and I hear that there is an even bigger one there!

This was taken from the building where I work. The taxis are blue, yellow and red so from up there they look like toy cars.

I am going to bed now because I have a big day planned tomorrow. I will be all by myself which is lame but I will take some photos anyway. May as well make the most of being in another country by myself or not.

xox Love to all!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Merlion

I feel so tiny in this City! My plane (ok not my plane but you know what I mean) touched down in Singapore at 6.30pm (Singapore time... in Melbourne time that is about 9.30pm). The flight was not very long and with all the people in the terminal I still didn't feel like I was in another country until I walked outside. When I stepped out of customs, a smiling Singaporean guy with a card with my name on it was waiting for me (easy done!) to take me to the hotel. He was very friendly and did his schooling in Melbourne so I found him pleasant and chatty.

The first hint that I am not in Australia any longer drove past me as I was waiting for the driver to bring the car. A ute with an open tray packed with about 15 people drove past. Try driving out of an Australian International Airport with people sitting unrestrained in the back of a ute and see how far you get. Didn't look that dangerous maybe we are being to paranoid? I guess it would be a different story if said ute hit something. The other difference worthy of note was the humidity. Darian would hate it! On a scale of 1-10, Melbourne at its worst is a 2, Brisbane is about 5, Gladstone can get to 7 but I think this place could get to 10 without blinking. If you could breath underwater I think this is what it would feel like. The air is thick. Hard to explain! I quite like it and could instantly feel my skin softening.

I checked into my hotel with very little fuss, dropped off my bag and went for a walk (to find food mostly without success). I ended up back at the hotel where I ordered food at the Mooi Chin. Yum Watermelon juice and vegetable noodles. I have to make an effort to order something that I haven't had at home (I want to be adventurous... the worst that could happen is that I don't like it and even then I have learnt not to order it again). I did have a look at the "Western Cuisine" section just to see what was there... Ox Tongue? Who really eats Ox Tongue? I am absolutely not eating that... ever.

I have been here now for 3 days. I am here for training and have been learning heaps which is good... productive anyway. I can't help being super excited being in another country. I went to see the Merlion who is far larger than I thought he would be. One of the ladies from work took me for a walk to the aqueduct where it stands over the water. Yesterday I went to Orchard Rd shopping district. I think you could walk from one end of Singapore to the other without ever leaving the shopping malls they are so expansive and interlinked. Just amazing! I wish I had more money because I would have bought so much stuff!!!

Anyway I am at work now and the girls have just arrived so I had better go and learn some more.

Love to all!

Jane

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