Sunday, 26 June 2016

Throwing ourselves into Singapore life

We've been back in Singapore for one week now so I thought it was as good a time as any for a new post. I have thrown myself into Singapore life and am loving it! 

Phil and I landed at 7am last week so had a full day together before he was back at work Wednesday morning. So, we did what most people in a new home do and head to IKEA to buy all the things we did (and didn't) really need.

Drinks trolley
Priority purchase

We also got the groceries in and have quickly learnt that we've been a bit spoilt in the UK. Back home, you can pop to Sainburys, Tesco etc and get anything and everything you need for a reasonable price. Over here, it is a bit trickier to find everything in one place so instead we are picking up odd bits here and there from different markets. There are a few Sainsburys-like supermarkets around such as Cold Storage, but it is so expensive so would quickly bankrupt us if we shopped there all the time. 

So far we've mostly been living off home-made Pad Thai (thanks to our Asia Scenic cookery class in Chiang Mai). We've been trying not to eat out too much this week but did give-in to the steak at L'Entrecote on Duxton Hill (same as the one in London's Marylebone), and a delicious Saturday morning breakfast at a place called Hatched in Holland V. Hatched is amazing - the whole menu is eggs served in a hundred different ways and it's great value for money.I think we will be back there next weekend.. and maybe the weekend after..

Brunch at Hatched
Sir Benedict
(AKA the best EB you will ever eat)


As I've not had that much to do during the days, I've kick-started my fitness by running through the Green Corridor (ok.. so I did only manage 4km but you try running in 31C and 70% humidity!), swimming, and trying out a local yoga class. I've also signed up to try another yoga class, kickboxing and touch rugby in the next week or two which I'm really looking forward to.

This week also involved getting the internet and gas up and running and our apartment is now starting to look a little more homely with plants and flowers around the place.

The Garden City, Singapore
Had fun fitting this in an Uber

The best thing about this week has got to be Friday night. I made a pal online through InterNations a few weeks ago and he invited Phil and I out for drinks after work with some of his colleagues and friends. It was so much fun, we all got on really well and I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more of them! 

It's only been a week, but Singapore is such a bustling and beautiful place I cannot imagine wanting to leave anytime soon.


Friday, 17 June 2016

3 days until I move to Singapore: a quick update

I have moved out of my flat, said goodbye to most of my friends and family, and started to pack my suitcases. It is now just 3 days until the move to Singapore and it is safe to say I am getting pretty anxious about it all now. Of course I am still really excited about going, but I've been having such a fun time back home the past few weeks that I know it's going to be that much harder to leave.

Anyway, the good news is that I have found myself a job! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had an interview when I was in Singapore... well I then had a second telephone interview and was offered the job! I start in two weeks and will be delivering all the events for one of the big international schools. I am pretty chuffed to have sorted something so quickly and am really looking forward to working again and having a new challenge.

I'd best get back to packing. I'm currently trying to fit my life into two and a half suitcases...