We have been here about six days now, and It’s been interesting, I’ve noticed a few things.  There are malls, and then there are sort-of-malls.  Women’s movements are restricted, yet ironically there are more options for them to choose from than men, although, a woman can forget about exercise (Amore Fitness would thrive here).  They don’t socialise through clubs, under the shroud of darkness, but the young socialise in malls in a sort-of shroud of darkness.  People really don’t head out til past 5pm when there’s a larger gap between prayer times, and then finally no more prayers scheduled for the rest of the evening.  It’s dawned on us though, we won’t be one of those people because the kids wind down for bed at about 6pm, but then, perhaps that means we will be avoiding crowds then.

We’ve been using Uber to get around, and after six trips I’m pretty satisfied with the service so far ; the cars are clean, the drivers are polite.  How did I find out about Uber..?  Oh my, I can’t even remember, from one of my internet trawlings no doubt, but thank goodness I did!   Read More →

Dan Dan Noodles

It’s been raining and we haven’t eaten anything chilli-fied at home in ages.  I thought it’s time to put the chilli hiatus on hiatus just  for a day.  Enter…Dan Dan Noodles!

Okay, let’s be honest.  I didn’t know they were called Dan Dan Noodles until I googled “la mian spicy chilli oil, peanuts”.   Read More →

I’ve been really busy the past few weeks preparing for this trip, hence my silence on the blog.  I’ve found, since having children, I have rather little brain space for anything else with the addition of any new projects, on top of the daily grind of cleaning, cooking, counselling, dhoby duties, librarian, nurse, you get what I mean.  Or I could just be making excuses for myself.

As I sit here in the hotel room typing this, my three year old is next to me with the flu and demanding I tag her in a game of tag.  It’s very hard to think in full sentences, but I will try. Read More →