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Finally, the turmoils of working overseas started hitting me. Today is officially our 4th month here and we can’t help but realize how fast things went. A few months back I was just happily doing my routine paper work, bullying all the staff and eating my mama’s home cooked meal. And now we’re here, out of our comfort zones and struggling to adapt. Doing your own laundry and cooking your own meal is not fun at all especially when one has to deal with all the stress from work and not to mention from colleagues. I now have a new job. It’s not something that I like, but it’s something I can live with for the moment. I repeat, for the moment. As if I have a choice. It’s a far cry from my previous job which almost prevented me and H from seeing each other due to the conflicting schedules. Now is so much better with the regular office hours that I so longed for! Next year I want a 5 day work week job that would not make me feel like dragging myself to the office everyday. I now proclaim the previous statement as my official birthday and Christmas (and whatever occasion that would require a wish) wish rolled into one. Blessed are those who get to enjoy what they are doing, and yeah, get paid for it.

Anyway, some realizations; first off, racial discrimination is still lurking around the corner. There are still those who thinks their race is superior to others when in fact it is not. Totally not. Enough said. Second, I would never want to work for the service industry ever again. Just this afternoon I had a chat with a former FA and she told me how the service industry just drains out all your energy especially when you have to bear whiney passengers, and in my case customers. We shared the same sentiments, plus the fact that you always have to work on public holidays when everyone else is relaxing. Third, I thought I would never experience home sickness but I was wrong. Up to now I still miss all the stuff I had back home, especially the people around me. I am now wondering on when I will get over this phase. I hope very soon because melancholy sucks. Fourth, my H is very husband material and I am so pleased. I already knew this right from the start but living with him makes me appreciate him more.

Looking forward to bestest days. šŸ™‚

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As I browsed through The Straits Times today, I saw this section wherein Singaporeans get to voice out their opinions on current events and what nots. I can’t help but think that they are like whiney babies ranting on shallow stuff. One lady was complaining that her child came home one day from school exhausted and all (something to that extent) because her child did not know how to type, and then retorts to saying what does SG’s government (Ministry of Education) doing about their education system?! Well let me tell her about a shitty education system that is of the Philippines wherein 60 students or more are cramped in one small room with no proper ventilation with 3 (or more!) students sharing on one dilapidated book which is so outdated it was probably published in the 80’s. An education system wherein teachers are forced to FORCE their students to buy their snacks for “recess” from them just to compensate for the low salaries given by the government, no wonder the College of Education in most universities is the least populated, nobody wants to be a teacher anymore. When the time comes that Singapore faces that kind of education system, then by all means she has the right to whine.

Another one complained that admission tickets for popular tourist destinations in the country are being offered on sale to locals just because the number of foreign tourists dropped. He even added that in other countries, admission tickets are sold on a lower price to locals as compared to foreigners. Yes I get the point, it would be nicer for the government to give priority to locals for the admission tickets to popular tourists destinations, museums, etc. to raise nationalism. But to blurt this all out in The Straits Times? I mean, the most popular newspaper in Singapore gives you a chance to voice out your opinion on ANYTHING that concerns you the most and you complain on not being given a discount in entering sentosa or jurong bird park? Not the most wisest thing to complain.

What more will these people think if they are to live in the Philippines? I think they won’t be able to function well and just complain on just about ANYTHING that seems minor (and normal) issues to us. They are so used to everything to be almost perfect that they fret at simple shortcomings of their government. Being a little bit appreciative won’t hurt.

It’s been more than a week and the only local food that I’ve tasted so far is chicken rice which I thick is overrated. Next time I want to try Bah Kuh Teh and hokkien mee. I’m not really a fan of Chinese food but I want to try the local food so there. We haven’t been to any tourist spots YET, probably this week we’ll go someplace where tourists flock. We’re going to be hitting 2 birds with 1 stone on this one since I plan to go in for walk in applications on hotels and restaurants (I’m still gathering the guts).

On a different note, let me give you an insight from a first time traveler in SG. First thing that I’ve noticed (and loved) here is how efficient their transport system is. It really is well thought of, well planned and really impressive. Well of course, considering Singapore is such a tiny tiny country, they wouldn’t have that difficulty in planning such as compared to doing this kind of transport system in the Philippines, but still, it really is impressive. There are 3 kinds of public transport here; trains, buses and taxis which by the way is really expensive. Even as first timers here we never got lost (thanks to gothere.sg).

We’re also having a hard time here understanding the locals due to their “singlish”. Most of them, especially at hawker centers and retail stores, have thick Singaporean accent to the point that you wouldn’t distinguish if they are speaking in English or in Mandarin.

Convenience stores and supermarkets are also conveniently located. We often buy our food (every two days or so) at nearby supermarkets and we are always in pambahay outfit since it’s just a few blocks away.

Of course, as cliche as it gets, Singapore is really clean. But the cars are right hand drive so when we cross the streets, we have to look to our right first since vehicles will be coming from that direction. People here are also very disciplined.

One thing that’s exciting is Singapore has several “exit points” aside from air transport, which makes Malaysia just a bus ride away. The place we are currently staying in is just a bus ride away from Malaysia, so in case we get tired of Singapore we could check out the Petronas Towers. I also heard that you can visit Indonesia by riding a ferry boat. We’ll see.