Monday, April 21, 2008

Laura's dual hemisphered journey

I am going to China (for a course) by way of Sydney (for an interview) for a fun 18,000km of South-Notherly travel. Nihao, mate.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Kuala Lumpur

After an entire month without leaving our island home, Barry and I needed a break. So, we took a bus trip! KL is a 5 hour bus trip away, and yields very similar food, but cheaper shopping. Here are some pictures.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Life in the Wild

The above represents not only the wildlife of Singapore (ID card shown for scale), but also the pace at which my job search seems to progress. My days are filled with cover letters, webs searches, ironing, networking and confusion. Here are some of the important questions I face:

1) Will I end up living on the street, or perhaps locally, in the jungle?
2) Can I get excited about, say, importing olive oil from Spain? Elevators? Turbines?
3) Has anyone ever read a cover letter, in the history of human resources? Except maybe to make sure the applicant put in the correct company name?
4) Why are some companies' recruitment processes apparently designed to inflict maximum pain on the applicants? Please paste your CV in this web form, one line at a time. Our seventh round interviews will be a full day event. Sadists.
5) Is "Boatloads" a good answer for "Please provide your expected remuneration package."?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Beverages of Singapore

While wine in Singapore is not cheap, we drink it anyway due to its important health benefits. In addition, there are novel Chinese (ginseng wine, ginger rice wine, harsher concoctions), Japanese (the world of sake), Korean (herbal liqueurs, soju) and Singapore (tiger beer) alcoholic alternatives, as shown. The favourite is umeshu, which is a plum sake reminiscent of late harvest wine.
This blog entry requested by Jason.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Snow in Singapore

How can this be?This week was my school's Canada week. We had snow, t-shirts, quality beverages, hockey fights and franglais!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Hawker Centre

Singapore is famous for its Hawker Centres, which are food courts selling very cheap and delicious food beneath apartment buildings. There are two of these within walking distance of our house. Above is BBQ Stingray, below is Indian Dosa (thosai), which is comes in many flavours and is one of the staples in my diet.