We’ve been here for 2 months now and we’ve had several questions asked of us and no shortage of questions asked by us. Here are just a few.
Frequently Asked Questions asked to us:
Q. Is it as clean as it’s said to be?
A. Yes. We see small pieces of trash often but it does not stay there long. Street sweeper trucks and guys sweeping up dead leaves out of the grass are common. As far as we can tell, the cleaning guys and escalator repair men have the best job security in Singapore. Sadly, people do litter. I guess they don’t get caught, though, cause there are strict fines.
Q. Do you like it there?
A. YES! It is a great place to live. Most people are friendly, especially some of the taxi drivers, but they give you your space too. The food is amazing and there are plenty of choices to eat and shop and play. The opportunity to travel on this side of the world is very nice. It is a great “entry level” foreign assignment.
Q. Can you drink the tap water?
A. Yes, or at least we do. Some people choose to drink bottled and some boil their water but our water tastes fine and we have not gotten sick yet. Singapore gov’t says they have very strict water purification standards so we’re hoping they’re telling the truth. It is highly recommended, though, that when you travel outside of Singapore you should not drink the tap water.
Q. What’s it like driving on the “wrong” or left side of the road while driving from the “wrong” or right side of the car?
A. Weird, but you get used to it. It’s strange to drive and have all of the extra car space to your left. The taxi drivers are fearless and people kind of drive wherever they want. For the most part, though, everyone is courteous. Horns honk but we have not seen any road rage yet. It’s kind of the “every man for himself” mentality on the roads and the sidewalks. We have only seen one wreck so far and it was the motorcyclists fault. Those people are insane! It wasn’t bad and he got back up right away.
Q. (from people in Texas) What time is it Singapore?
A. 13 hours ahead of Texas. We basically live in the future.:)
Q. (from people in Texas) What is the weather like there.
A. Warm and humid year round. Really just like where we came from on the Gulf Coast only no mosquitoes to speak of and there will be no seasons. Only hot and humid. We hear there are 3 “cool” days in December and everyone should take off work then.
Q. (from people in Singapore)Where are you from?
A. Texas. If they don’t understand this we have to tell them America or the U.S. Some have never even heard of Texas. But those who have ask the following:
Q. Does everyone ride horses there?
A. No. Q. Are there saloons in Texas? A. Yes but not like in the movies you’ve seen. They are called bars or clubs now.
Q. Does everyone carry guns in Texas?
A. Nope. Lots of people have them but they cannot carry them in holsters on their hips anymore ready for the draw. (unless you’re a police officer)
Q. Have you seen and felt armadillos?
A. Yes, I’ve seen them but no I haven’t felt them. That would be gross since they’re typically smooshed on the road.
Q. What do you miss the most.
A. The people we love and seeing them face to face and our dog, Bella. I, Andrea, personally miss my liquid coffee cream and my good hairspray. There are other things we might miss like good deodorant but we brought a lot of that with us. We also miss Target.
Frequently Asked Questions by us:
Q. What is that smell?
A. Either Durian or body odor. Both odors are very easily recognizable.
Q. How much further do we have to walk? A. For at least 2 more years.
Q. Why can’t we take a taxi???
A. It builds character and it costs too much. Save it for special occasions.
Q. I just paid what for that?
A. Yep. The cost of living is quite high here and we have paid way too much for some items. However, bargains are definitely to be found if you don’t mind shopping where the locals shop.
Q. Why don’t they put a/c’s in the kitchen? This is usually asked when we’re cooking and sweat is dripping down our backs.
A. Typical Chinese cooking (smoke, oils, etc.) will ruin them as that moist and fragrant air circulates through the system. Most people leave their doors/windows open and are used to the heat. We are not there yet. We are very fond of our air conditioning. Of course, I type this before we’ve received our first electric bill so this may be changing very soon.
Q. What is in this?
A. Don’t ask, just eat it. We have medicine at home. (which we haven’t had to use one time, btw)
Q. How do I plug this in?
A. Very carefully and then step back a little and squint your eyes before you flip the switch just in case.:)
Q. What was that noise and why is there a puff of smoke?
A. Ummmm…… I guess I plugged it in wrong.
We hope this has given you some insight to our life here and that you’ve found it humorous. We find things to laugh about daily and have found that laughter is definitely good medicine. We like it here in Singapore very much and are grateful for this adventure we’re on but we will never get over how much we miss our loved ones and Texas.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I’ll tell you what I know – which may not be much.