One thing I learned after my second day in Singapore is: if you don’t know your way around here and plan to get around by bus, don’t do it unless you sit and count the stops until your destination. The buses here don’t announce the next stops, and since I’m still clueless about the roads around here, it’s pretty much get off by intuition, which might not always go so well.
My plan for today was to eat in the food court next to the hotel before I head out to the center to shop and “explore” the city. I went out around 11 am and it was so hot that it felt like I was walking around in a sauna. Since the food court’s sitting places are outside, there’s no way a person like me that can’t handle hotness well can eat there. I then decided to go to a more central place in order to eat breakfast. After walking for a while, I found a bus station and apparently there was a bus that went to Chinatown. I though there would be a lot food to eat there, so why not check it out. Of course I did not know that the buses here did not announce the next station. So while the bus was driving around I had no idea where I was. I simply thought that when I’m in Chinatown I’ll probably see a lot of lanterns and such, so I can get off when I see spot those stuffs. My stomach however, did not allow me to wait until I could confirm where I was. I was soooo hungry I felt like dying so I jumped off the bus when I saw Mc Donald’s. I did not end up having my breakfast there since I was apparently next to a center. Every center here has a food court in the basement, so there’s no problem finding a place to eat. Although took a while for me to realize it, but I was seemingly in Chinatown. It was pure luck! lol, who knows where I would end up being if I kept waiting for chinese stuff to appear ? (I don’t even know if they would appear or not :S).
So what do you do after you filled up your stomach? Explore Chinatown? Well, although that was my plan,I pretty much gave up after 10 min or so. The warmth totally killed me, and it didn’t help that everywhere I walked all I could smell was fried and oily food. I have to say I don’t have much appetite during the days I’m here, so it just made me feel like throwing up. In the end I, I ended up at Orchard Road. Like yesterday I could not buy anything today either.
I don’t know if it’s because of my nephew’s influence that I suddenly got the thought of taking the bus home instead of the MRT which I’m more comfortable with. (He really dislike the MRT and says that the bus is much better). Anyway, I ended up taking a bus that would take me to Lavender, the place where I stay. Once again I had problems with the bus stops and ended up getting out on a random place. I was afraid the bus would drive to far, and that I might end up in Geylang. Since it was night I didn’t want to take a chance of sitting on it longer. I ended up 1 station away from my planned bus stop, it was 300 extra metres to walk home. Not the longest road ever, but I think I’ll stay away from the buses for awhile for now….
After a 15 hours long flight tour, I finally reached the destination where I’ll be staying for the next couple of months – Singapore. The flight was not the best I had, but it wasn’t the worst either. The first flight from Oslo to Bangkok went fairly well until the last hours. There was some turbulence which made be feel nauseous. I thought I would feel better after we landed, but it did not help when the first thing I saw when walking into the toilet was a women throwing up. She even threw up on the floor! It made me feel like throwing up myself, but in the end I still managed not to. Except for some nauseous feeling the rest of the flight went well.
After landing at Changi Airport, going through the immigration check, getting the baggage what’s left to do is to find your way to the hotel. You can always take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, the fare I heard is around 20 – 40 $ (singapore) which is about 200 norwegian krones. It’s not that expensive if you compare it to the price you pay in Norway. Due to the extremly hot weather, I almost ended up doing it because I simply just coudn’t take it anymore. However, I managed to find a Shuttle Bus that apparently will drive you to any hotel for 9$. It was only me and another lady at that bus, so basically it was pretty much like a taxi.
After resting at the hotel, I decided to “explore” the city. I can’t say it’s easy to find the way around here (at least not where I’m staying). I had no idea where I was, and every street just looked like each other. After walking around for 30 min, I managed to find the MRT station I looked for and managed to get to Orchard road where I ended up staying for the rest of the day. Except hanging around beauty stores and buying beauty products, I simply had no mood to shop due to the hot weather. You get sweaty, everything feels sticky, you feel ugly so everything you try on seems bad.
Since I did not manage to sleep much during the flight, I was totally exhausted when returning to the hotel. Though I still did not sleep until the clock was about 1 a.m. Anyway what can I say about Singapore so far? It hot, way too hot here =_=
Difficult? You bet it is! Everything takes twice, or even thrice as long time to do! Walking up or down each staircase is like a battle between life and death. Luckily, I can now apply some weight on my operated leg. That makes me able to just use one crutch and walk sloooowly around. I can’t imagine how I would survive if I didn’t manage to do it.
After I found out that I had ACL rupture, I keep thinking if only I didn’t do it, or if I had done that instead, maybe I woudn’t be in the state I’m in right now. However, no matter how much I regret things, it won’t change the fact that it’s torn. The important thing is to accept the truth and move forward right? Then again, things are always easier said than done. Imagine what it’s like to be told that you won’t be able to walk, or won’t be able to do something you once were able to do again.. ever. It won’t be easy to accept. Fortunately, it’s not like I won’t be able to walk again. In a few days, or weeks or even months, I will be able to walk properly and slowly do things normally again. It might take a long time, but I will get better, unless something unexpected thing happens of course.
Last year I managed to rip one of my cruciate ligament at one of my martial arts training. It was supposed to be a self-defense course and I managed to hurt myself.Kinda ironically right? I visited a chiropractor and a physical therapist after the accident. However it wasn’t until this spring that I was told I had a cruiciate ligament rupture. After half a year of waiting, I suddenly got an operation date. It was this tuesday, 7.15 in the morning. Normally you can return home a few hours after the operation. Though in my case, I was too dizzy and felt like vomiting every time I turned my head or tried to sit up. The nurse told me it’s common when you get too much morphine. So in the end I had to stay overnight at the hospital.
I’ve returned home now. I don’t as much pain as I expected. Hopefully I’ll be able to recover soon 😀
Mousse :D. It was supposed to be a yoghurt – mango mousse. Well, I kinda managed to overwhip the top part the first time, so I had to redo it, but I decided to use strawberry instead. I’m glad I used strawberry, because the canned mango didn’t taste good. I’m going to make another mango mousse when it’s mango season. I’m sure it’ll taste much better than the canned one =.=.
So how did it turn out? I liked the yoghurt base, but was a little disappointed with the strawberry top. It was too creamy for my taste. It’s not really suprising considering the fact that I had to use whipped cream in it, but I didn’t think so much about it when chose the recipe. Next time I’ll just have to make sure to find a recipe that’s less creamy 😛 Didn’t turn out that bad,at least it’s edible and the bottom was good 😀
Cooking is one of my weak points. Although I’m still not very good at it, I’m better than when I first came to Trondheim. Well, I basically had to learn how to cook, otherwise I woudn’t have anything to eat. Since most of the time I cook for myself, I don’t like trying out difficult recipes or trying out things that requires a lot of ingredients and time. I disliked cooking before and just liked to eat. I still like to eat instead of cooking right now, but unlike before, I think cooking can be fun, especially if you do it with family or friends.
This is what I made today, I sort of
followed was inspired with this recipe.
I actually made something similar last week, the main thing about the recipe is just the sauce, but it’s almost like teriyaki sauce, or maybe it is teriyaki :S (was to hungry to take a picture, I just ate everything up :P). Anyway, today I made it with with chicken clubs instead.
After two hours of lecture in the morning, I had two hours free. Instead of reading in the library, I went to Rema 1000 to buy ingredients for my dinner. While I was in the store, I received a message from SIT bolig that they were going to shut down the electricity for one hour starting at 11 a.m. The clock was around 10.25 when I saw the message, which meant I had around 30 minutes to finish shopping, head home and cook some food. I was hungry, and I had to use the oven. Fortunately, I made it, I even had 5 minutes of spare time until they shut the electricity.
It was kinda freaky when there was no electricity in the house. The house was sooooo silent. I mean, when there’s nobody around I feel like it’s quiet, however the refrigerator and other things still make some noise. Now on the other hand, it was dead silent. Kinda like an abandoned/haunted house. Nobody was home too, so it was a little scary. But I left like 5 minutes after the electricity was gone, because I planned on reading a little before the next lecture though.
Picture for the day: I really hate the weather here now. It’s like a combination of snow and rain …ugh. (bad quality because it was taken with my phone. Was too lazy to bring out my camera to take one picture XD)