Nana and Jeanne Anne Update

Today, we have an update on my  Mom and Jeanne Ann’s wonderful adventures in Singapore! (Also an Addy update on the bottom!) It was absolutely wonderful to have them both here to experience Addy’s birth, help us at home and of course experience a different culture. We are so grateful for all of their help. I’m not sure how much of a vacation they had because we kept them busy around the house and then out experiencing Singapore. It was really hard to see them leave. I bet they will be needing a vacation from their vacation!

Here is a breakdown of their stay:

They arrived early morning Tuesday jet lagged and tired from their travel delays. I let them take a quick nap and had them up early for a doctors appointment. Afterwards, we headed to Dempsey Hill for some shopping and lunch. We came home and they both crashed napping and lounging around.

On Wednesday we attend a coffee meet up and walked around Orchard Road. We came home for lunch and then they headed out for a a sightseeing adventure. They took a Singapore River Cruise.

Orchard Road-ION Shopping MallIMG_1774

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Thursday was the big day! They were waken up early to the excitement that they need to get dressed and ready we were heading to the hospital. To pass some of the time waiting they were able to head the Singapore Botanical Gardens to explore. They picked up some lunch for Taylor and then it was about time for Addy’s arrival!

Nana-to-be and Nana

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Friday morning they stopped by our room for a quick visit before they headed off for a tea workshop. They went to Yixing Xuan in Chinatown for the tea and had some small bites along with their tea. The Tim Sum items were: Kwantung Dumpling, Crispy Vegetable Pancake, Vegetable Spring Roll, Siew Mai, Har Kow, Chicken with Minced Prawns, Fried Rice. After their tea, the came back for a short visit with us at the hospital and then headed home to relax.

Saturday they helped us return home and settle in as a family. We celebrated our birthdays with a homemade banana cake with cream cheese frosting and a bottle of champagne.

Sunday was a low key day around the house.

Monday was a holiday in Singapore, but they ventured into Chinatown for some exploring.

Tuesday was a super busy day for all! Mom and Jeanne Ann escorted Addy and I to her first doctors appointment. We all ran some errands together and had our first lunch out. In the afternoon, they headed to Arab Street for some shopping. Jeanne Ann bought some awesome scarves!

Wednesday morning was spent lounging around the apartment and they headed to the pool. Later in the afternoon they explored Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands. Their evening night cap was spent at the top of Marina Bay Sands at the Chocolate and Cheese Buffet Bar. They loved it!

Garden by the Bay
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Thursday morning I sent them on errands to the Tiong Bahru Neighborhood. They explored at the wet market, looked at a temple, picked up some treats at a favorite bakery(Tiong Bahru Bakery) and stopped at the butcher(Foodie Market) to stock our freezer before they left. For lunch Addy and I took them to Din Tia Fung for dim sum. It was delicious!  We continued with some errands around Orchard and then Addy and I headed home, but Nana and Jeanne Ann had other plans. They headed to the  Peranakan Museum and Postal Museum for some exploring. Later in the evening our good friend Colin came over for a taco dinner! (Geesh! Writing their day out made me tired!)

Din Tai Fung Lunch
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Their last full day in Singapore was spent around our condo. They enjoyed some pool time and relaxing. I had them help Addy and I with a big grocery shopping run to stock us up before we left.

I captured Jeanne Ann in Purdue Gear! Addy loved this!

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Mom could not escape the post office!IMG_1781

How mail is delivered in Singapore, could you imagine her on one of these?!?2014-10-08 14.43.04

Saturday morning they grabbed a taxi and 3:30 AM and were headed to the airport for their flights back. Addy, Taylor and I were super sad to see them leave and we miss them both a lot!

Like my questions in my first guest blog post, here are some new ones for our guest (Taylor even helped write some of these.)

1)  When you first hear Mary&Taylor were moving to Singapore, where did you think it was?

M: I was unhappy and happy at the same time. Happy because it sounded like a great adventure for both of them and unhappy because it was so far away. I also had to look Singapore up on a map because I was unsure of where it was.

JA: I actually knew where Singapore is because I teach with a woman from Malaysia.

2)  How was the jet lag?  Is it as bad as its cracked up to be?  What’s the best way to deal with it?

M: I really think the jet lag was awful . I just wanted to sleep but Mary would not let us . I did what Mary said in I regards to sleeping because I thought she knew best. After being here a few days I adjusted.

JA:  Jet lag is every bit as horrible as people say it is. We arrived at the condo as Taylor was getting ready for work-about 5 am. We slept for a couple of hours and then got up for the day. By 7:30 pm I was practically incoherent. I’m pretty sure I was sleeping between blinks. Unfortunately this didn’t get better for a few days. Neither did waking up at 3 am. My suggestion: sleep!

3)  What climate in the USA would you most compare Singapore too?  Why?

M: The climate here reminds me of Florida-hot and humid.

JA: Singapore’s climate reminds me of West-central Indiana during the dog days of summer when the heat is 90 and the humidity is 98. Walking feels like moving through molasses and sweat is instantaneous.

4)  What’s the deal with driving on the wrong side of the road?  (Seriously, whose the better driver?)

M: I could drive with the steering wheel on the left side since I do it for work. I’m unsure if I could actually drive the car on the right side of the road. The cab drivers do an excellent job but they do scare me. As of today we have not driven with Taylor or Mary.

JA: Driving on the opposite side of the road is interesting and scary. Taylor negotiated the traffic to and from the hospital very well. We go on an outing with Mary later today, and she says she is an excellent driver.  We’ll see.

5)  What’s been the coolest thing you’ve seen in Singapore?  Most surprising?

M: The best thing about being in Singapore is the birth of my first grandchild Adelaide Lucy. I’m very surprised how well Mary has done after giving birth. She has been very active and acts like it was no big deal giving birth. I’m very proud of both Mary and Taylor for their excellent parenting skills .

JA : Adelaide Lucy. Also the variety of cultural influences on food, clothing and architecture is pretty astonishing. Most surprising? Singapore has deceptive hills. They don’t look like much, but sometimes walking up in the heat after a long day is a bit of a challenge.

6)  If you could change one thing about your Singapore experience so far, what would it be?

M: I was unprepared for the hill outside the the apartment that you have to climb down to the grocery stores and then climb back up to the apartment with the groceries.

JA: I would want to spend just a couple more days. I feel as if there are more sights to see and culinary opportunities to take advantage of that I will miss.

7)  What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen/experienced so far?

M:At the pediatrician office with Mary and Adelaide is was strange to see children clinging to their “mothers helper” after a shot instead of looking to their mother for comfort.

JA: Well, I never thought I would see McDonalds being delivered by scooter or high end vertical shopping malls with the same stores within four or five blocks of each other, or such a mix of haute couture, traditional dress, and casual wear in the streets. And such high heels!

8)  What’s been the best “Asian” eating experience that you have had?

M: The best food experience that we have had was at the Marina Bay Sands eating at the chocolate and cheese buffet!

JA: The steamed dumplings from Din Tai Fung were wonderful. The fried rice was pretty awesome, too, Mandy.

Final thoughts:

Mom: I am very sad to leave Mary, Taylor and Adelaide here in Singapore. I can’t wait until they “hopefully” come back to the States. I’m sure they won’t be living in Indiana, but anywhere in the States is closer than Singapore.

JA:  This trip has included many “firsts.” Being here to share Addy’s first days and Taylor and Mary’s first days as parents has been very special. Other “firsts” have included first international flight, several dining “firsts” and cultural “firsts.” I look forward to sharing many more of Addy’s firsts and visiting her wherever Mary and Taylor’s life adventures take them.

Addy Update:

Addy2ndweekTime is flying by, we can hardly believe its been two weeks already!While it has been hectic(more on that later!) we are all doing well. Today, we both had check-ups and everything looks well!

Loves: Eating, sleeping in her car seat/stroller, napping on your chest, tummy time with her giraffe from Nana

Weight: 8.7 pounds (I did say she likes to eat!)  photo (13)

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