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They really like me...

I'm headed back to Singapore

On Monday, 13 February 2012 my office director told me the Singapore office was in need of additional assistance and was asking if members of the original band of eight would be willing to return for another 6-8 week stint. My answer was an immediate 'Yes'!! I don't know who, if any of the previous group may be returning. I have fielded questions from employees in other offices around the U.S. about what to expect, so am pretty sure not all are returning.

I have filled out and submitted the official paperwork; however, my official departure date from the U.S. has not yet been determined.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to return, as well as the advance warning. In 2010 we had less than a week between notification and departure to make arrangements and get packed.

As I am somewhat familiar with my surroundings, as well as the work culture of the Singapore office, I think my comfort level will be much greater than the last time around. It's not that I was particularly anxious then - it's just that now I already have answers to some of the questions I had then.

I've been making lists (To Pack, To Do, To Buy, To Have Done, etc.) in a notebook over the last few days. That notebook has become my constant companion. Today I opened up a small suitcase and began filling it with some of the smaller To Pack stuff, just so I can feel like I'm getting something done.

For those of you who may be interested, my original Singapore blog may be found at www.uktvlr.travellerspoint.com.

Posted by uktvlr 16.02.2012 14:04 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Still waiting...

...and waiting and waiting...

As of 5P (CST) this evening I still do not have a departure date for Singapore. I have a sneeking suspicion that when I do get that date I'll be in true 'hurry up' mode. Sort of the reverse of 'Hurry up and wait' - I'm doing 'Wait and hurry up'!

To keep ahead of the pace I went clothes shopping yesterday. Since I have the time I want to take a better selection with me in the hope (futile I'm sure) that I won't get sick of those clothes during the duration of my stay. This time around I'm thinking more separates so I can combine them in to different outfits.

I'm not a clothes horse by any stretch of the imagination; however, I do want to look nice, and be comfortable. The outside temps can range from 85 - 100F with corresponding heat indexes. To counter that the indoor air-conditioning can often feel arctic in nature. So, one has to dress for both (as well as the almost daily rain shower).

I'm wondering, can there be such a thing as too much planning?

Posted by uktvlr 21.02.2012 15:05 Archived in USA Tagged packing Comments (0)

I now know when I'm going...

...still waiting on when I'll be back.

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This past Thursday I got confirmation that I need to be in Singapore the weekend of March 3/4. That means I'll probably be leaving the U.S. on Thursday, 3/1/12.

I had already had this upcoming week scheduled as vacation time. Good thing!

Now all those lists I've been making will start getting their workout! I've got the folloiwng lists going right now:

  • To pack (4 separate ones - clothes/shoes/toiletries/miscellaneous)
  • To buy
  • To do
  • What gets packed where (Large suitcase/small suitcase/carry-on bag/backpack)
  • Mom & Dad (Things for them to handle while I'm gone)

Pretty soon I'm probably going to have lists of what I want to accomplish each day until it's time to leave. By Thursday I'll be ready to get on the plane and put all of it behind me!

Posted by uktvlr 26.02.2012 12:19 Archived in USA Tagged packing Comments (0)

Things are the same...

...yet different

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The same – about 24 hours travel time; different – Business Class. WOW! A much more pleasant way to pass that time. Sleeping in a seat that stretches out to lie flat. I don't know who pulled what strings, or what travel gods were with me, but I certainly appreciate it!!

The same – housing location; different – the view. I can see the Singapore Flyer without having to crane my neck. And, there are a couple of structures within my view that weren't there before. For instance, I don't yet know what the humpback structures by the Flyer are.

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The same – construction 7 days a week just outside my window; different – only the building. (I can practically see the whites of the crane operator's eyes.)

I'm off to do some more exploring with my work partner on this trip (Randall), yet another thing that's both the same and yet different.

Posted by uktvlr 03.03.2012 19:29 Archived in Singapore Tagged singapore flyer Comments (0)

Getting down to business

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As I write this it's 6:00 AM on Tuesday, 06 March. Yesterday was our first day of training on the reservation system used by CWT's AsiaPac office. I have worked on it before; however, that was 2 years ago, so the refresher is welcome.

Training hours are 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM. I never thought I'd say it, but that's a bit late for me. In the States my regular work hours are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. It made for a long day yesterday, especially when I hit the jet lag 'wall' about 2:30 PM or so.

Randall & I made it to class on time yesterday morning. This old brain of mine remembered how to get to the office building where the training took place. (I can't tell you how much of a relief that was.) We allowed ourselves plenty of time, which was a good thing as, even at 8:45 AM we had to let a packed train or 2 go by before we could get on.

Lunch yesterday was at a place called Salad Stop. They had a number of pre-defined salads along with a version of make your own. I chose the later – my idea of what constitutes a salad and the local idea of the same thing differ radically.

We were given an hour and 15 minutes for lunch, so Randall and I scoped out what was available in the shopping center adjacent to the office building. Found a branch of the grocery store we'd been shopping at near our hotel. Prices there were cheaper than we'd already checked out (a box of Cheerios was only 10.70SGD vs. 12.40SGD. Even converted to USD that's still about $6-7 a box!!).

After work there was the comedy of errors that was me trying to top of my MRT (train/bus) pass. Went to the ticket window – they only take cash; the ticket machine takes cards, just not mine; 8-9 ATM machines in the lobby, none had the logo on the back of my debit card. I went ahead and used one (no telling what THAT service charge is going to be!!) Then, it was back to the ticket window and the cash payment to top up my card – finally!

The evening was drizzly and overcast, so I had to ditch my plans for the pool. Will try again tonight after work.

After dark last night I got clever with my camera and tripod and took this picture of the Singapore Flyer all lit up for the night.

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Pretty cool, eh?

I leave you with an oddity of the apartment/suite I'm in. The drain in the bathroom shower randomly has water flowing through it (I'm on the top floor, so it can't be coming down from anywhere). Consider the consequences of the sound of running water on the psyche/body in the middle of the night. I'm just sayin'!!

Posted by uktvlr 05.03.2012 14:35 Archived in Singapore Tagged night Comments (0)

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