Thursday, August 12, 2010

School Supplies, Stationery and Uniforms

We became Discovery College aficionados today. I am pretty impressed that in two hours you can be fully outfitted with uniforms, gym clothes, text books, paper, sketch books and who knows what else - all with the DC logo on it. Yes, even the loose leaf paper is logo-ed!

We cooled off at home with our four sets of uniforms, two sets of PE uniforms, our ton of other supplies; ate lunch (KRAFT mac and cheese with Oscar Mayer hotdogs); then set out for the rest of the STUFF! We had some difficulties learning paper sizes and binders etc. They also use a zipper pouch instead of portfolios like in the US. Three ring binders are also only two ringed and there were a couple other items that the women at the "Pen N Paper" had to swap out for us. (Try and get that service at Wal-Mart)

We'll be back out tomorrow to swap out Madison's bottoms. She ended up with pants, not shorts. We have to still get school shoes, mostly black or white. And the remaining four pouches, they only had 3 in a different style than the 4 we needed!

School starts Monday - don't know who' the most excited....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Singapore Saturday and Shangri-La Sunday

The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body comes from Singapore's ancient name back when it was a fishing village — Temasek — meaning "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".

The new casino mega-structure in the background with lots of Junior Olympic facilities below for August gamesWhat a fast weekend with our friends in Sing- we took a riverboat tour Saturday morning to see most of the downtown area, stopped for lunch then headed over to Arab Street for a little shopping. Sunday we went to the Shangri-La for tea and their brunch buffet. They serve over 150 different teas and I have to say we all found one we liked. We came home very stuffed, but enjoyed time with our friends from Scotland.

Things that make you say hmmm....

We went to see friends in Singapore last weekend. We loved the visit and ate way too much. I have a few pictures to share, but more importantly -Why does Polar airline fly to the equator? And
Why shouldn't you be able to buy more convenience items in vending machines?