I get a lot of weird medical advice here: “Don’t lift heavy things or your womb will drop. Then it will be harder to have babies.”
Our flight back to Singapore suuucked. The first part of the trip, the longer part, took even longer than usual- 13 hours. We had two inside seats and there was a man to my right and I always felt bad asking him to get up. I watched a few movies including Rio and What Happens In Vegas (both better than I expected) and read two magazines. In Japan we walked around and ate rice balls as usual, and I also bought another cute handkerchief- I’m starting a collection! On the second flight we had two seats to ourselves, which always makes a big difference. The downside is that the seats on this model of plane do not actually recline, they just kid of slide forward… so your knees are crushed against the seat in front of you. Alas. Back in Changi airport, immigrations was easy, customs was easy, I remembered to buy duty-free alcohol and we got McDonalds and took a cab home. Whew.
Surprisingly I was not jetlagged at all- just a bit sleepy the first day. Back at work, my new job as Kindergarten/Childcare administrator is still very loosely defined, but I am doing assorted things like designing book covers, organizing the Primary School library, and helping get the new Kindergarten rooms set up. I was delightfully greeted by Shanthi who gave me a bouquet of orchids! And I started out right by eating Singapore style and going out to lunch with her at Newton Hawker Centre (I had minced meat noodles, she had popish. YUM.)
Our new roommates moved in: Tori and Steven in one room, who are from Williamsburg, Va, and Evie in the other room, who is from Connecticut. They are really nice and we all went to Ikea together! Earlier Chris and I went to see Captain America with Tori and Steven and we walked to Sentosa via the new boardwalk and I introduced them to my favorite desert, Ice Kachang.
We are still hammering out our new lease, a horribly stressful process, but I just remind myself that it will be over by the end of the month. We also cleaned most of the apartment, which is satisfying. We’ll have a couple days of white floors before the dust begins to accumulate again.
Less than a week left in the US. :(
Things I am sad about:
-leaving my friends
-not knowing what my new job position will be like
-dreading the humidity
Things I am actually looking forward to in SG:
-my coworker friends
-really good iced coffee
-back to school shenanigans at NYU