In Singapore – Week 2

I am nearly at the end of my second week in Singapore…..and probably at the end of my life as well.

Have you seen the PSI (Pollutants Standard Index) for Singapore? It is now at a record 371 (and anything above 100 is unhealthy and above 300 is hazardous) !!!

All this is due to the burning of vegetation in Sumatra to clear land cheaply. Imagine what the situation would be like in Indonesia and Malaysia now!

Malaysia has already shut down schools, and SG has recommended that people stay indoors, drink plenty of water, cut outdoor activity and immediately go to a hospital if anyone feels unwell.

And my friends tell me this is a yearly occurrence in Singapore, but never has the haze been so bad. In fact, last year it never crossed 100!

Just my luck to be here this year to witness an epoch-making event 😦


Galaxy, Galaxy, which art thou?

A few weeks ago, I was pointing out the moon and the stars to my Little One. Once he had mastered those creations, I moved on to a more abstract concept – the galaxy.

To start off, I asked him, “Do you know which galaxy we are in?”

And his confident answer –  “Yes, Samsung Galaxy.”

That’s the power of advertising!

Tea in Singapore

Now that I’ve been in this Island City for a week, I already know what I really want from back home – a decent cup of Tea!!

The hotel where I am put up has the most outrageous (well, outrageous to a tea-addict like me!!) teabags in the room – Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Peppermint Tea!!!  Of these, English Breakfast is tolerable if I add a minimum of 3 teabags in a cup.

And for breakfast, they have Lipton Yellow Label teabags – again, tolerable with at least 2 teabags. But they never have hot milk and water….it’s almost always lukewarm (probably ‘coz its too close the aircon) and I gag nearly everytime I try to drink the tea I make. Imagine drinking cold milky tea! Bleh!

Thank God for the Teh-Tarik centre near my office….atleast they have a fairly decent cup of tea – Teh-Halia being my favourite (that’s ginger tea for my non-Malaysian speaking readers). The tea in office is another story – they have this huge vending machine – a Hot and Cold Cup Machine – which lets you decide how much sugar, milk and concentration you want, but even after setting it all to the highest setting, all I got was a sugar-water syrup.

Coffee and Milo seem to the beverages of preference here in Singapore – being available in all shape, colour and size. And I detest coffee. Milo is okay, but how many times a day can one drink chocolate?

Is it just me who is facing this problem in Xing? Does anyone know where I can get a good cup of tea (sans me making it)?


In Singapore – Week 1

Been quite some time since  I published any musings here in my space. And there’s a reason – a quite life altering change in my life – I have been transplanted to the Lion City – Singapura. Arrived here last week Sunday.

Since Hubby and Little One are arriving next month, the first thing I needed to do was to find a house, and then to find a school for Little One. I am glad to report that the house part is taken care of – found a house on Monday, and should be moving in within the first week of July.

As for the school – now, that’s more troubling than the house. Little One has never been to a school, or any such structured environment. Whether to put him in a proposer school or a Kindergarten is something we are worrying about. If I were to go for a Kindergarten, then they have openings only in January 2014. Plus all the schools are closed now, since the summer vacation in Singapore is during June.

Well, that aside, I have been to Bugis Street for a good dose of street-retail therapy. And there were 4 exhibitions at Singapore Expo Halls, three of which I visited. The book exhibition was expecially good, with all kinds of student textbooks and guide books available at lowered prices. Bought a couple of colouring books for Little One. I was too tired to walk to the next one, and I had a bad case of shoe bite.

And today has been quite relaxed, with me doing the laundry and watching the Chinese serial ‘The Guest People’ on Channel 8, and two Tamil movies.

But I miss Hubby and Little One dreadfully 😦

And with that I leave you folks….wait for my next update.



Soaking up Life


A typical day in the life of a working woman like me consists of lots of clock-watching, cursing the time, running around and more hurry trying to get things done. Wake up early in the morning, start the preparations for breakfast and then iron the dress I need to wear for the day. Then handover my kid to the maid, and get myself out to get a bus to work.

Of course, there is the luxury of getting an air-conditioned Volvo bus – if I am on time. However, by the time I walk the 1km to the bus stop, I am drenched in my perspiration. And then there is the sweat and smells to be faced in the bus. All this before my work day has begun.

At 5pm, I hop on a bus again, tired and dying to get home, and there’s the 1km walk back. By the time I am home, I am a sweaty mess with soaked clothes that I can literally peel off my body. Then I have to start up dinner, while playing with my kid, and get the clothes washed which is a 2-3 hour job with all the soaking and washing and rinsing. Then feed kid and Hubby, and finally have a bit of rest.

And that is when I really wish I could haul myself – clothes and all – into a washing machine and come out fresh as a daisy. Or even pour myself into a nice relaxing bath. A day like this could soak up anyone’s enthusiasm for life.

Now, I live for the weekends when I can wake up at any time and do whatever I want, without all the hurry-worry of modern life. That is when I soak up life to the fullest. Time passes slowly during a weekend, allowing me to savour every little flavor it offers. And this equips me to face the next week, armed with the knowledge that I have a beautiful weekend coming up in 5 days.

This is a post written for The Surf Excel Matic #SoakNoMore Contest conducted by Indiblogger.