Our First Weeks in Singapore

We’ve been up to a lot our first few weeks in Singapore.

First off, it was super hard for us to adjust to the time change. Our sleep schedule was way off! We often went to bed in the first few days around 6 or 7 pm and would wake up at 3 am! We have now adjusted for the most part, thankfully.

Until our sea shipment arrives we are staying in a furnished apartment. It has a nice pool and outdoor space, we are close to Orchard Rd.(lots of shopping), and close to a MRT station. Some of the cons are that the bed is super uncomfortable, I have only one skillet to try and cook meals with, and its just not ours. Hopefully our sea shipment arrives quickly and we find an apartment!

Here is what the living room and dinning room look like.

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First Impressions:We have quickly found that eating and shopping are some of the favorite things for Singaporeans to do. Everywhere you look there is literally a high end shopping mall or a food court/hawker stand. It’s pretty amazing and overwhelming at the same time.

Eating: In the first day here we made an attempt at a food court/hawker stand. We ordered some spring rolls and a hainanese chicken dish. Both were tasty, but when the food was delivered I was not prepared to eat with chop sticks! Taylor easily mastered this task, but I struggled. I forsee some practice ahead for me!

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The prices at the grocery store have blown our minds. Everything is imported which makes everything pricey. Some of our food choices will be changing! (A package of bacon is more than $20…sad day! Jeepers on the cost of wine!)

This can be found back in the States for about $10!

This can be found back in the States for about $10!

Tour: On our 3rd day here, Taylor’s company organized a city tour for us. We traveled around the city and up and down the east and west coasts. The tour took about 6 hours and helped us get an understanding of the city. We can’t wait until we have visitors because we were shown a lot of places that we can’t wait to explore more! On this tour we expanded our eating palate by eating at a restaurant named Zam, Zam(I believe it was an Indian/Middle Eastern restaurant, but I could by very wrong.) I don’t have pictures of our meal, but I believe we at something called chicken biryani(chicken, rice, spices), beef murtabak(this reminded me of a stuffed crepe in a way) served with curry that you dip it in, and another chicken and noodle dish.

IMG_1030On one of our stops on the east side of the island we saw this. It’s a water ski park, sans boat. My mind was blown. In the picture you can kind of see the pulley system track thingy.  Crazy!

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This is also from the east side of the island, where the “man-made” beaches are. It might be hard to see in the picture, but the water is full of cargo ships waiting to get in. In this frame, I bet there were 50-100 ships. No wonder it takes us 2 months to get are sea shipment, it sits out there for awhile!

Random: We have also spent a lot of time finishing the Visa process, setting up bank accounts, and navigating the transportation system(super clean!) and trying out some crossfit boxes. So far we’ve been to Crossfit Fire City and Reebok Crossfit Enduro.

Apartment Search: We started the search for our home while we are here in Singapore. The search process is a tad bit different than if we were getting an apartment in the States.  We have a Realtor who has found places for us within our requests and budget and schedules viewings for us. At each viewing the representative for the apartment we are looking at also needs to be present. It’s a hectic process and your time schedule can easily be thrown off if someone does not arrive on time. We’re still in the narrowing down process and looking for the right neighborhood along with the just right place.  Hopefully in the next few posts I’ll be able to share about our new home!

Lastly, my mind was blown and I have comfort that a little piece of home(Chicago) is here with us.

photo (21)GARRETT’S POPCORN!!! I would stand inline on Michigan Avenue and wait forever to get some!

We’re Off!

Two Sundays ago we started our next adventure and took off to live in Singapore. We had a long day of travel ahead of us. Taylor’s dad had traveled to DC to pick up Taylor’s car and say a final good bye. We were glad to have a send off and his help to take our luggage to the airport. Unfortunately, the rental car we had(a mustang convertible!) would not fit all of our bags.

All of our bags for the flight! Each checked bag topped out between 55-70 pounds!

All of our bags for the flight! Each checked bag topped out between 55-70 pounds!

Our first flight took off at 12:30 to take us to Tokyo. The flight was about 13 hours long. Taylor, having traveled to Asia before, knew what this long flight was like, but this was by far the farthest and longest I had ever flown. Thank goodness for business class! We had lay flat seats which kept us much more comfortable. Unfortunately, in our upcoming trips home we will not have the luxury of business class. Boo! On this flight I watched about 4 movies, a few TV shows and only slept for a bit.

Champagne for take off!

Champagne for take off!

In Tokyo we had a two hour layover that went pretty fast. The flight from Tokyo to Singapore was about 7 hours. By this time we were both exhausted. I watched one movie, we ate dinner, and we slept the rest of the flight. We arrived safely in Singapore around 1 AM we breezed through immigration and customs, grabbed our bags and went directly to the furnished apartment we will staying in until our sea shipment arrives with our belongings.

We arrived!

We arrived!

Two Hectic Weeks!

Before our big move we had two hectic weeks! Our lives consisted of sorting our apartment into categories(storage, sea shipment, air shipment, packing on the plane, and good will),stocking up on essentials to add to the sea shipment, selling cars(Yes, the shitty Chevy Mailbu was sold, I can’t believe some actually bought it!) and saying good byes. Our last week was spent in a hotel living out of suit cases as the movers came  Monday and Tuesday and we did not fly out until Sunday.

Here is some of what our life looked like.

Friday night of Memorial day weekend we had box seats at the Washington Nationals Game.

Our View

Our View

The rest of the weekend consisted of sorting. There are no pictures of this, because our place was an utter disaster!

We had a large Costco trip. We stocked up on toilet paper, paper towels, ziplocs, other kitchen stuff, medicines, shampoos, and other toiletries. Here is what our cart looked liked.

Costco Cart-filled to the brim!

Costco Cart-filled to the brim!

As a treat and fare well to DC we purchased a white chocolate capital building. Walking around Costco with that brought about conversation with others in the store!

Taylor, cutting into the chocolate Capital

Taylor, cutting into the chocolate Capital

The next weekend we flew home to Indiana for a wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and a great time to catch up one last time with our friends from Purdue. We spent some quality time at Harry’s, of course.  On Sunday, we had a big lunch at with both sides of our families at Lafayette Brewing Company as a good bye lunch.

The Purdue Gang

The Purdue Gang

IMG_1010The movers came and packed us up on Monday and Tuesday. We stayed in a hotel in our neighborhood the remainder of the week. We ate at some of our favorite restaurants, I finished out teaching for the school year, and Taylor wrapped up his final work.

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