I’ve been back from Florida for just about 10 days now. Where has the time gone? Oh, here:
It’s been a great (although busy and not-so-restful) week! But before I talk about all the fun we’ve had, let’s go back to Florida. My trip involved care-taking duties and people who deserve privacy, BUT – I did dig out a few photos that I can definitely share.
Let’s start with my phone. I didn’t leave the house much while in Florida, so I didn’t really need a local phone. I could easily pop my iPhone onto the wireless network at home, and I wanted to make sure all my phone use, messages, etc. came in via the household internet, not through roaming wireless ($$ international fees $$). Whenever I turned on the phone, it seemed to be random chance whether iMessage connected first to the household internet, or first to a roaming network. I puzzled about this for a day before realizing that removing my SIM card was the easiest solution. (duh) But that SIM card is tiny, and I did NOT want to lose that sucker. How could I keep it safe and secure for the next 2 weeks? AH HA!!!! Check out my ingenuity:
But it worked like a charm, and the SIM card stayed safe and firmly attached until I landed back in Singapore and popped it in. What I lack in tech-savvy, I make up for in creativity.
I also took advantage of my time in the US to indulge in some of my favorite-but-harder/more expensive-to-find in Singapore foods. Notice the first exhibit to the right. Bagels – especially good bagels – are actually pretty hard to find here. They are more an exception, though, and I should be clear: We can get most foods here. But I often shudder at the cost. It’s not that we can’t afford to pay $5 for a small container of cream cheese, it’s just that I KNOW the same thing would only cost $2 in the US, and I’m stubborn. So I enjoyed a so-so bagel with delicious cream cheese for breakfast one morning. I won’t lie, though – I was still dreaming of a Bagel Station Everything bagel. Or a Black Russian bagel (pumpernickel with raisins and walnuts). Or a good old Plain bagel. Yummmmm…… Sussex County peeps, we’re going for bagels when I’m in NJ later this summer!
Mexican food and its ingredients (tortillas and chips, cheddar cheese, salsa, beans) are also expensive. So one night, at my request, we made this:
With limited time and no access to gym/other workout facilities, running and impromptu circuit workouts became the staples of my exercise regime. I’ll talk more about this in another post, but suffice to say that I managed to get this on my first day out:
Singapore weather is quite hot, but often overcast. Florida at this time of the year can generate some pretty strong sun, and with a breeze blowing off the river, I can easily forget how intense the rays can be. Don’t tell my dermatologist, OK?
And how could I turn down post-run pizza? And since Florida is largely populated by snowbirds from the northeast, it was even pretty passable, NY/NJ style pizza. I’d have opted for extra mushrooms in lieu of pepperoni, but my vote didn’t carry too much weight. It was still tasty enough for me to enjoy fresh, then again on the reheat for lunch the next day!
And with that, I think I’ll bring this post to a close. I’ll share the second half of my photos, plus a little more about my “vacation” training very soon. [Edit: Find them here!]
What’s your favorite bagel flavor?
Anyone else rock that super-wide Garmin tan? Anyone else anticipating the release of the svelte, petite Bia GPS watch?
[As a Kickstarter supporter, I can’t wait to get mine!]