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Is the motherland still 'home'? 
1st-Jul-2010 07:48 pm

On this particular trip back to the motherland,
I found myself surprised at how much had changed
and that I was no longer familiar with the landscape.

Things have changed enough that I have started questioning
if I still consider the motherland 'home'.

It was a late start to the day, but the day before had ended late and we wanted to keep things a little easier on ourselves. If anything, I had a hankering for nasi briyani and opted to hold off hunger pangs for a late breakfast at Tekka Market. There's only 1 nasi briyani stall I'll get my kick from and there's nothing like it - everything's been slow cooked together, soaking all those spicy flavours and I just about die with every mouthful.

That's not to say I wasn't able to fit a stick of Old Chang Kee squid head with chilli sauce later. :P

And some Indian sweets as well.

We tried to get the shop assistant to describe what each sweet contained,
but her English was poor.
Instead she would break off a small piece
of what she thought we might like to sample.

We were going to have lunch with purence in Toa Payoh, but as luck would have it, she was too sick to meet up.

Instead we went into town and tried to walk to the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, but it started to rain heavily and we got stuck at Marina Square.

A late breakfast means a late lunch at Carl's Jnr. And a small one at that. Not that it mattered too much, but we did have to go over to sassystrawberry and HH's pad to give them their wedding present. Bulky presents to a wedding is a big no-no. And while we were there, she showed us this really nifty instant coffee brewer.

The SO was way too amused with it.

Then it was off for waxing @ Blush Wax in Orchard Plaza. raydance recommended the place after I lamented that the Strip outlet at Raffles City had disappeared. And the owner is very thorough. I was more amused that she had installed a DVD player beside the table, so clients could watch Korean dramas while hair was being removed.

raydance, the SO and I met starsthatshine and blue_meddy at Hong Kong Express in Far East Plaza to get manicures for the wedding.

The manicurist called the OPI green we chose "病猫" (sick cat) and we later learnt was a cow about it to friends who went there the next day.

By the time all 4 of us were done, it was really late and blue_meddy hadn't had anything to eat, so a quick stop at Old Town White Coffee and we headed our separate ways.

We on the other hand, had a late dinner at Upper Serangoon's Teochew porridge

7th-Jul-2010 11:33 am (UTC)
I love how eating is so engrained in asian culture. At the same time, it makes me feel fat T____T
8th-Jul-2010 08:55 am (UTC)
That's cuz hunger is the worst state to be in in Asia. But food is part of every culture; it just takes on a different form.

As for fatness, I hear you. It's something we've adopted from the Western culture of excesses that we need to learn how to control - ala just cuz we can doesn't mean we should.
7th-Jul-2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
I was wondering that myself. I call Malaysia, Singapore and Melbourne home. But are they? I went into Orchard a few days after I got back and had to stand and blink coz it kinda looked all different.

I drove into many wrong lanes and made wrong turns because I had forgotten how to get to places.

But then, home is where your heart is I think. And my heart is definitely in all these places, in varying degrees. So it will still be home, just with a slightly different meaning behind the word home at each place.

Also, I agree with the bulky present thing! I brought mine over the day before too so elsie and I weren't lugging that around on the day itself XD

Edited at 2010-07-07 01:38 pm (UTC)
9th-Jul-2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Same same, being confused and disorientated in your own homeland is extremely frustrating.

And yes to delivering bulky presents early. Saves your arms.
7th-Jul-2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Homeland... the term is dangerous. If you treat it like a thing, eventually you'll find that thing can only live on as it was in your memories.

Home is in the heart; you can always carry it with you.


Cheeze fries? Does the world learn nothing from America's mistakes?
9th-Jul-2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Never. This is America's legacy to the world. Thankfully deep fried Mars bars haven't made it to this part of the world yet. When they do, we are all doomed.
7th-Jul-2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
i have 2 things to say.

1. Change in Singapore is relentless. I sometimes wonder if home is here too, sans the fact that my family is physically in Singapore.

2. WHY did you girls go for a wax before the wedding, can someone PLEASE enlighten me?!?! what on earth were you suppose to wear for the Hen's party or whatever that you girls were up to that i don't know of?!?!?!

8th-Jul-2010 08:57 am (UTC)
You're absolutely right, change is relentless in Singapore. But is that change necessarily for the better? Or is it just another mechanism for the government to distract the population from the core issues of displacement and prejudices it refuses to address?
8th-Jul-2010 08:57 am (UTC)
Oh, and the waxing was just me wanting to tidy up. I've been to a number of baaaaaaaaad wax jobs here in Oz and am scared already.
7th-Jul-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
the cheesy fries look like it got briyani rice on them XD love the manicures!
8th-Jul-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Lol. That's cheese lah.
8th-Jul-2010 03:26 am (UTC)
I'd think home is anywhere you're with the SO.
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