Acclimatising to the Heat!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 04, 2012

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

We've had a lovely first week in Singapore. It took us several days to change our sleep patterns and acclimatize to the heat so we enjoyed just relaxing at home, playing table tennis, swimming in the pool and watching DVDs. We've done short trips: to the grocery store (check out the cost of veg!), to pick up Hannah from gymnastics, to take Kobe to the groomers, to Holland Village to remind ourselves of how delicious ice creams from Cold Rock are, and to Sim Lim Square food court to have the best naan bread we've found. The guy has balls of dough sitting ready and then rolls it out, flings it around to stretch it and then lowers it in to a big oven. They are so fresh and just melt in your mouth..delicious!
I had forgotten just how expesive food is here in Singapore. Fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy are all crazy prices - $6 for 2L of milk; $12 for a single lamb cutlet; 60c for a small lemon.

On Thursday as we drove in to town we noticed a haze hanging over the city. We later heard that that was due to forest fires in Sumatra and anyone with respiratory problems eg. asthma should avoid exercising outside. Apparently it is quite a common occurrence and although Singapore has complained about the impact of the fires on numerous occasions, it continues to be an ongoing issue, the primary cause being the burning of paddy fields.

On Friday, after having our first full night's sleep, we went to Jurong East Swimming Park which is a great water park that only costs $1.80 to get in. It has a wave pool, huge lazy river, water slides and swimming pools. Unfortunately we arrived later than planned and walked in to the last day of the local school holidays. It seemed that everyone had decided to go swimming that day and the park had even run out of the inner tubes that you needed to go on two of the slides. We still had a great time though and will definitely go back next week when the schools have gone back.

Michael and I went with Rebecca and the boys to play soccer for an hour with a few other keen families which was lots of fun. There were 3 or 4 adults playing and 9 or 10 kids and it was great fun. Michael and I did very well considering the heat!

On Saturday Rich and I caught the MRT in to Orchard Road.  It has been upgraded and extended since last time we were here and is the first time we've been on it.  The stations are spotless (as you would expect in Singapore), and the trains the same.  The carriages are joined but don't have interconnecting walls so you can see from one end of the train to the other.  

Orchard Road on a Saturday was as busy as ever and we wandered in and out of the shops and malls and even enjoyed the cooking demonstration which taught us how to make popcorn in a wok....brilliant!

Hannah and Zac had overnight stays and Rebecca and Robbie were out for dinner on Saturday night so Dan, Michael and I went down to the local shops and stocked up on chips, chocolate and fizz and sat and watched several episodes of the Adventures of Merlin series which we are all very in to at the moment.  Nothing like junk food to win the mother and aunty of the day award!

Sunday, Rich and I went down to Holland Village for a wander around the shops.  After lunch I went to watch Zac and then Dan play their club football matches.  It is amazing, coming from NZ where we play in the cold of winter to watch these kids racing around in the sweltering heat on astroturf.  Dan's game was played at a school where the pitches were on the rooftop of a 3 storey building.  It was easy enough to imagine a game of 'who can kick the ball over the nets on to the road below', although there are so many cameras and security men wherever you go, you probably wouldn't have much of a chance!

We've been here a week now and are feeling very chilled out, planning on starting to tick some must-do's off our list this week now we are more acclimatized to the heat again!
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Jo Souness on

The Intrepid Travellers continue to have an awesome time, Love Kobe dog, Singapore would be too hot for me but swimming pools oh so inviting.
Cant believe how much you fit into your days certainly making the most of your time in each city and what an incredible few mths for you.
We all well here just surviving the horrid winds that we get this time of yr.
2 lambs born last wk 5 ewes still to lamb.
Bevan and I fly to Napier 22nd attending our friend Janices 80th birthday looking forward to a few days break away from home routine.
Dogs having a fun time Jasper now part of Souness family you will be lucky to get him back we luv him.
Sue and Linda both well Sue getting plenty of teaching and Linda away to Dunedin this weekend to visit parents.
Bye for now
Love and God Bless Jo/bevan

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