Pitch, kits, and boots

 

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Soccer has been a big adjustment here in Singapore.  Aside from all the new terms (pitch, kits, and boots) the training is not near as demanding as in the US.  I signed up Robert for the ANZA (Australian New Zealand Association) soccer club hearing that it was one of the better clubs here in Sing.  He plays on a recreational team and he also tried out and made one of  the competitive teams.  Some key differences are practice (not mandatory) and parents (too nice).  For the recreational team all 6 U14 teams come together for a joint practice once a week.  So far, Robert has been one of about 15 kids that actually come to practice.  The competitive team also practices once a week, but as a team.  Needless to say, it’s hard to expect much improvement when practices are not mandatory and only once a week.  As you can see in the pictures, Robert is having a blast and in the end that’s all that matters.  Could hanging around  all these nice, positive parents be rubbing off on me?

Mooncake

 

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The first thing my good friend, Tammy Hansen, said to do when I got to Singapore was to register with the AWA (American Women’s Association).  I’m so glad I did.  I went on my first “local tour” on Wednesday, the Mooncake tour in Chinatown.   Below is a youtube video on the legend of the Autumn Festival.  Long story short, a guy shoots down 9 moons and was rewarded with a special potion that his wife drank and she floated up to the moon.

By the way, mooncake is not something I would ever consider “cake”.  Its not sweet like cake and is very dense.  Didn’t quite care for it, but did try 3 different kinds (lotus with an egg yolk, date, and regular lotus)  These cakes are made with lotus seed paste (lotus seeds stewed in water and then mashed into a paste) and also red bean paste.  Not a big fan, but they look really pretty.

The fruit in the pictures is called a Pomelo, which is like a sweet version of a grapefruit.  It’s very popular at this time because of the Autumn Festival.  Anyone know why that is?  It resembles the MOON!!! 🙂  This fruit I would definitely eat again.

I loved this tour and am excited for my next one…the US Embassy!

Miss everyone, but enjoying our adventure 🙂

Kathy