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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.

 

Velocity

Today we explored our "home mall," Velocity. This is the one attaced to Novena station, the closest MRT stop to our house. They have a bead store (!) and a scrapbook store (!) and just to sweeten the deal, a Hello Kitty store :-) Also bunches of clothing stores with super-cute stuff, hair and nail salons, and as usual, more eating establishments than you can shake a stick at. I'm beginning to think the hard part is going to be convincing myself to stay home and work instead of exploring!


We started our trip at Ion Orchard, because the MO needed to talk with Singapore Air and they have an office there. While he was getting his frequent flyer stuff straightened out, I found this:


Ion Orchard Waterfall


Next was Newton, hoping to have lunch at the Hawker Centre there, but it was shut down for CNY. It wasn't a total bust, though--we walked across one of the overpasses for the first time. I know, it's a basic thing, but I thought it was neat. Singapore really does seem to be set up well for pedestrians, or at least this part of it is. The island may be small, but still we've seen only a few areas.


Next time we drive somewhere, though, it might be easier, because the MO found a GPS at Velocity. I think it's a good purchase, because driving on the wrong side of the road while flipping through one of the map books they use here sounds like a recipe for disaster for sure. Just for kicks, here's an idea of what the roads look like:


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That right-angle intersection at Scotts and Orchard? Purely accidental. Won't happen again, I assure you! Name-wise, it's worse than "Peachtree" in Atlanta. Whole areas will have all the roads named the same, with only the suffix (Ave, Dr, Rd, etc.) or a number differentiating them. And the practice of switching road names at intersections abounds. (Witness Scotts = Paterson, fer example.) All in all, it makes for some confusing navigating.


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