Living in Sing

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Well, I have had lots of requests for an update.  Here we go…

We are finally settled into our permanent housing located at the Four Seasons Park.  Yes, the Four Seasons.  I’m pretty sure there is only one season here…HUMID and RAINY season!  Nevertheless, we are in the Autumn building (my favorite season!).  It’s adorned with beautiful orchids in the lobby, which I love to see everyday.  On our first night in our new home we were awakened by Bobby (BTW – now going by Robert) at 3am.  “Mom, I think my bathtub is shooting out water?”  Dazed, I jumped out of bed (hearing an odd sound) to find my feet splashing down onto the floor full of water.  Panic set in…”shit, shit, shit”, I blurted out as I tiptoed through the water to his bathroom.  Each step I took, more panic set in.  Our home was like the streets after a hard Phoenix rain!   The bidet hose had busted and was shooting a very powerful stream of water onto the floor. I am thankful for two things:  1. Bill cut his trip short and had gotten in the night before   2. There are drains located in the bathroom and kitchen floor.  We swept water into drains and used EVERY towel we had to soak up all the water.  Back in bed by 5am and back up for school at 6am.  Next day all bidets were removed from our home.

We settled on the Four Seasons for it’s location, not it’s size.  It’s definitely smaller than we are used to, but the convenience of being in the heart of things is awesome.   We have tennis courts, gym, squash court, and swimming pool and are only about a 7min walk to the nearest MRT.  I’m definitely getting my exercise from walking everywhere.  We are still not certain about getting a car at this point.  Getting a taxi usually isn’t too bad and you can book one ahead of time.  The kids have a 45 min. bus ride to school that picks them up here at the Four Seasons.

Emily has already joined the crew rowing club here and had her first practice last night.  She seems to really enjoy her classes and her teachers.  Everything at this school is on the computer!  Google calendar, blogs, homework, you name it.  Such a great experience for them all and skills that they will use forever.  The best part is that every teacher uses these resources, so it’s very easy to find information.  Band is small here.  Not much else to say about that.

Billy is going to join the climbing club.  He’s pretty excited about that and really wants to do the scuba diving club.  I told him that we’ll have to see how the school work is coming along first.  Billy loves having the MacBook.  Again, the kids do everything on the computer.  The school provides MacBooks for middle school students.

Robert is signed up for soccer through ANZA (Australian/New Zealand Association) and that starts in two weeks.  Not sure if we picked the right one, but we will find out.  They both really like their teachers as well.  Just looking for the right friend groups and sometimes that takes a while.

The boys are headed to Malaysia on Monday for 3 days.  The school takes them on a trip called CWW (Classroom Without Walls) to promote team building, friendships, etc.  A month in and our kids are already headed to different countries!  I’m so excited for them 🙂

I’ve managed to join several clubs (American Women’s Association, ANZA, SACAC, and more to come I”m sure!).  I’ve signed up for a tour on Sept. 3rd in Chinatown called Mooncake Walk.  I’m so excited to take advantage of these tours around Singapore and beyond.  I’ve also joined a walking group that meets at the Botanic Gardens MWF.  I haven’t jumped into the PTA stuff yet.  The school is pretty far from here and I’m rather enjoying my free time to explore.  PTA might take a backseat this year…GASP!

Bill is a trooper.  He is juggling his new job, helping us settle in, and travel.  He seems to be enjoying his job and that makes us happy.

All is well here!  Miss everyone!

Singapore Dolny’s

Forty Two

 

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Forty two is how many days we’ve been living out of a suitcase.  We’ve enjoyed being able to spend many of those days seeing new places, relaxing, and spending time with family and friends. Being homeless is getting old, but the end is near and hopefully the next two weeks will fly by.

Our journey to Singapore began so smoothly. My dad dropped the kids and I off at the airport 2 hours prior to departure. Plenty of time to get our bags (9 huge ones) checked and through security. We sat at our gate waiting for our plane to arrive. I got caught up on Facebook, took a few pics of the kids, etc. Long story short, we were sitting at the wrong gate! I have never felt such panic as I did while running through the airport at 6:40 pm (flight departure time 6:40). I realized at that moment I could NEVER be a contestant on the Amazing Race due to my inability to run for more than 30 seconds at a time. I kept encouraging my soccer playing and cross country sons to RUN to the gate!!! As we approached the gate, four disappointed looking gate agents greeted us with the sad news. The flight had departed without us. Panic set in as we frantically searched for a flight to San Francisco to no avail. Luckily, we found a flight with 4 seats to San Jose that would get us there in time to “hopefully” catch a shuttle to SFO in time for our flight to Singapore. For 3 hours I sat on that flight going over in my mind how close the timing was going to be. Factoring in our late departure and being stuck in the back row of the plane, were we going to make it? How am I going to tell Bill that I stupidly sat at the wrong gate for two hours? My 3 amazing children were nothing but supportive and reassuring. “It’s ok, mom. We are going to make it.” Love these guys so much.
Got off the plane in pretty good time and a quick run through the terminal to the waiting shuttle and we were off to San Francisco. I asked our driver to please put the pedal to the metal, he obliged. It also helped that it was midnight and no traffic. Arrived at SFO airport in a quick 35 min. and ran to the Singapore Airlines gate agent who quickly checked us in. Phew! We made it. Now for the next 13 hours I could relax a bit and rest easy. Soon we’d see Bill and all would be right.

We arrived in Singapore last Thursday. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we spent looking at housing. It’s been a busy few days. We are slowly adjusting to the time change and with each day we are becoming less comatosed . We have put in a letter of intent for a condo at the Four Seasons. They are remodeling the facilities and therefore the rent is a little lower at the moment making it within our budget. We will send out that info when it’s a done deal. More to come…just wanted to let everyone know we are here.  Here are a few pictures of friends and family we were able to see before our departure.
Love to all!
The Dolny’s

 

 

Hard Decisions

By far the hardest decision we had to make with our move was what do we do with Molly. Going on 13 years we felt like she would not handle the move overseas well and the fact that she contracted Valley Fever in Arizona would prevent her from passing quarantine. As hard as it would be to leave her behind we felt this was the best decision for her. We found the most amazing family to take her and love her. Molly being the smart girl she was knew something was changing. The day the movers came she had a seizure caused by the Valley Fever. The Lawless family was still up for taking care of her in spite of this latest setback. After two weeks of constant care, love and no improvement they decided to put her down.
Molly was a blessing to our family and she will be greatly missed.
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Look See

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About a month ago, Bill and I went to Singapore for a “look see”. This was it…realization that THIS was going to happen, a move to Singapore for Bill’s job. What a great experience for our family…right? There is definitely going to be a learning curve. Driving, shopping, food prices, domestic helpers, and HUMIDITY oh my!
We enjoyed our stay and had the opportunity to look at some housing, did some sight seeing, and checked out the kids school. We didn’t find a place to live, but the company will provide temporary housing once we arrive.
Here are a few pictures from our visit, small island of Pulau Ubin, Gardens By the Bay, and shopping in China town.
More news to come of our upcoming Adventure!