Going on Vacation


After a long long time, I am back in my blog. My work schedule was killing me, and now that it is December, things have finally eased off. And that brings me back to my blog.

So how have things been….we are nearly at the end of another year, and there have been so many memorable happenings this year – the latest being the death of Nelson Mandela.

In India, on the political front, we have the BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) battling out in the Delhi elections, and drawing the battle lines for next year’s Central Government elections. And since elections are around the corner, the ruling party (Congress) is determined to make a fair showing of its prowess (!) during the past 5 years, and trying to shape up for next year.

On a personal front, we are going on a vacation!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! We are going to the little Indonesian island of Batam for a week – to chillax.  Our trip starts on Sunday and we’ll be back next Saturday, spending Christmas there.

If the hotel has wi-fi, I’ll be providing daily updates of our trip. If not, I’ll come back and give the updates.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

 

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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 😦

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.