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semi-overcast 81 °F

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 14:35 Archived in Singapore Tagged night

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