Sunday, September 27, 2009 ;
We're back home!
Since our arrival at Changi Airport till now, it's not even been a month yet, even though it seems like a long time to me.
We left Tianjin in a hurry indeed, having to leave behind a lot of belongings. We gave so much stuff away, to church friends and the ayi and our friends.
On the day of departure itself, 2nd Sep, lots of people were great help to us. H, my ayi, a church friend B, were all around, thankfully. H helped to look after my kids in the morning, my ayi helped with cleaning and B helped with moving things to the rented MPV that we're taking to the Beijing Airport.
Then we had a meeting with the landlord and housing agent to hand over everything and get back some of our rental money and deposit.
The actual departure was really a whole lot of mixed emotions. We were so relieved to finally settle the packing and the house rental handover. We were happy to be setting off for home. Yet, we are sad to leave our dear friends.
H sent us off, and I'll miss all the grocery shopping and countless other adventures with her.
The flight home was so enjoyable. The SIA plane was only half full, because it was a weekday and it wasn't a peak travel period. The kids had lots of attention from the stewardesses and stewards and we got away with ultimately overloaded excess baggage as well.
When we reached Changi Airport, we had several surprises too. We didn't expect anyone except Vijay and my in laws to be there. Because they are the ones picking us and our luggage up.
But we had church friends, a whole bunch, and other friends too. Thank you, we are very touched! It was a great welcome!
Over the next few days, reunions and gatherings were of course scheduled.
With family... Dh's side. This shows the kids and their cousins. They were taught how to set up a FB account by their older cousins and how to play something called "pet shop" on FB.
My niece saw me peering at the game and asked if I had a FB account. I said yes, and she asked me if I played "Pet Shop". I said no. She asked if I played other games on FB. I said, "err, no".
She then eyed me incredulously and asked, "Then why did you set up a FB account for??!!??"
It was so funny...
Then my sis and bil treated us to a super delicious seafood dinner at Long Beach. This dish you see here is the Alaskan King Crab, chilli crab style. It is absolutely heavenly, and till now, DH is still dreaming and drooling over it. We loved eating the fried mantous with it. Yummy. My parents didn't go, my dad had gout. Their loss.
Oh yes, I need to mention and emphasise that Singapore is such a food paradise that we have not eaten any particular dish repeatedly but still haven't exhausted or tried all the stalls or restaurants within 1km of our apartment!!! And it's almost one month.
Yeah, we haven't needed to eat fast food! Can you believe it?
There are McDonalds', Long John Silver, Subway, KFC, Burger King, Coffee Bean, Starbucks etc etc at Jurong Point, but we haven't had the chance to patronise these yet!
I used to love dining at Haagen Daz specialty restaurants and enjoying the icecream fondue at Andersens last time. I had to travel to Holland Village last time to eat at Haagen-Daz, but now it's at JP and I haven't gotten round to dining there!
Why? Cos there are still so many other yummy eateries that we haven't had the time to reach these yet.
Ahhhh, I love having all these choices. Never having to worry, "What should I eat for my next meal?" anymore.
We've had lots of fish and chips and grilled fish meals though. From Manhattan Fish Market to Fish and Co to Jack's Place.
We've had steaks (good and average ones), and lamb chops and great Italian food.
We've had laksa, fish ball noodles (all kinds, bee tai mak, bee hoon, yellow noodles, kway teow type), fish porridge, char kway teow, fried carrot cake, BBQ stingray, satay etc etc.
We're looking forward to a lot more!
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow