It feels like my entire life is either spent working, taking my family grocery shopping (or some other type of shopping), or sitting in the waiting room at some doctor’s office. I don’t like this scenario…
Things were a tad easier several months ago when all the grocery shopping was usually handled during the week. Our nanny would take Jean and the girls shopping while I was at work, but she got pregnant and hasn’t been at work in over a month and was only coming once or twice a month for quite some time before that. Understandably, she’s pregnant and we didn’t expect that she’d work as long as she did while pregnant. Carolyn and the girls adore Elizabeth, but without her my few precious free moments each week are consumed by being stuck in traffic while going to JUSCO, Cold Storage or some other place for groceries, cleaning supplies or something else we need. We also end up needing to visit a doctor for something at least 1 or 2 weekend days a month and those appointments are always in Singapore, so that means hours in the car on those days as we trudge across the border at Woodlands.
I wish Carolyn had her own car. It would make things better for everyone. She’d be free to get the things she needs as soon as she needs them instead of waiting for when I have time (I don’t get home from work until 7-10pm almost every night, and I’m gone from home sometime between 5-7am each morning). For the girls it would be good because they’d get out of the house more frequently, and for me I’d have some free time that didn’t involve running errands. The freedom that having two cars in a family brings can’t be expressed enough, and we had no idea about how hard it would be having never experienced it.
We did decide to change some things around for next weekend. Carolyn and I both have doctor appointments in Singapore next weekend, so we decided to spend the entire weekend over there so we aren’t doing two border crossings in a single day.
In another 4 weeks we take off for Sri Lanka! We finally finished making all of our reservations, so we’re pretty excited about this trip. We hope it lives up to our expectations. I’m looking forward to some beautiful scenery, an amazing train ride with Zobug, some fun trips through the countryside in tuk-tuks, and enjoying tea the way it was meant to be enjoyed — sipped from a cup in the highlands of some exotic island at the plantation where the leaves were actually plucked.
A month after that we will be heading back to Borneo to visit the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. We previously visited the other Malaysian state on Borneo, Sarawak when we stayed in the capital, Kuching, and we also visited the micro-nation of Brunei on Borneo. Just two nights ago we decided to spend a weekend in Sabah since we can fly out of JB for peanuts and we’ve never been there. We’re hoping this time to see some wild orangutans!
One more month after that, August, we will be heading to Lombok for a weekend of relaxation. We’re looking forward to doing nothing but swimming with Zoe and Logan, and maybe some spa time or a cooking lesson.
We also plan on getting together the details for our next trip to the US before too much longer. We still aren’t sure if we will return in September/October, or just wait for December to return. We would like to make up our minds before the end of July so we can plan everything, so hopefully that’ll be the next trip we plan for. Other than that, the only other place we really want to go this year is to Burma. We plan on taking an 8-10 day trip to Burma, but that’ll depend on when we return to the US so we aren’t that close to planning it yet.
Here are some photos from the past couple of weeks, such as some recent grocery shopping trips, Logan’s first pair of shoes, visiting a doctor in Singapore last weekend, endless motorcycles at Woodlands checkpoint, a smashed up truck creating a jam on the Pasir Gudang highway one day this past week, and several of our girls: