I arrived in Singapore exactly 2 weeks ago, and exactly one week after P. The third semester was already in full swing when I arrived so my first day in Singapore was a poor welcome of, ``Here`s your house key, have a nice day!``. I was also not prepared for the fact that P had absolutely no food in the house and it was a public holiday and so every shop and restaurant in the city seemed to be closed!! After snacking on nothing but leftover airplane almonds and water for most of the day, I was going crazy and so when P finally got home at 10pm he ordered pizza delivery! Not a great intro to life in Singy.
Our apartment here is great! Especially compared to the tiny home in Avon we endured for four months. It is large and spacious, and even though we share it with another couple (K and M from Greece), it feels like our own. Luckily we have air conditioning because it hovers around 30 degrees every day!
During that first week in Singapore, I saw P an average of 30 minutes per day. Definitely a shock after long leisurely lunches and dinners together in Fontainebleau, but I recovered from my jet lagged happily by the pool and caught up with the few friends that came to Singapore from Fonty as well. There was a Buddhist festival during that first week and so me and some of the partners from Fonty explored Chinatown together!
This is a picture of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the newest monstrosity to grace Singapore`s skyline. From a structural engineering point of view, it is incredible (as I am told by P), but I can`t help but be weirded out by this and a dozen other wacky changes to Singapore since I was last living here in 2004!