Sometimes, I use this space to talk about weird, annoying, or frustrating things I’ve discovered about living in Singapore. But the truth is, I love living here. And I love it for many, many reasons. But tonight, as I actually work on a serious (and probably controversial) blog post (not this one, another one), here is one of those reasons:
At 7:04, I tossed my wallet into my purse and stepped out the door.
I put on my shoes, took the elevator downstairs, walked three blocks, and had this made up fresh for me in about 3 minutes (no, I did not call ahead), and for $5 SGD ($4 USD):
Then, I walked a block and stopped at one of the local supermarkets. I picked up some necessities, and some soda water (for diluting my lime juice – which is practically a necessity):
With groceries in tow, I walked home. I took the elevator upstairs, removed my shoes, let myself into the apartment, set down my bags, and checked the clock. It was 7:22.
I was born and raised in a relatively rural area (that is now, sadly, nearly suburbanized) – and I love the solitude of life in the country. But I do appreciate the convenience, efficiency, and eco-friendliness of being able to get dinner and groceries, without ever setting foot in a vehicle, in a mere 18 minutes. [Where I grew up, 18 minutes would get us very close to pulling into the parking lot at the nearest grocery store.]
Furthermore, there are 4 gourmet ice cream parlors within a 5 minute walk from our front door. Shh…Do you hear it? You do, right? One of them is calling my name, right? That’s what I thought! Catch ya’ll later, dudes! 🙂
We keep open boxes of tissues in four rooms of our apartment. How did they all manage to end up empty in the last 24 hours?
[Apparently, we distribute our tissue usage very equally, over both time and place.]
Can you do any errands by walking (or cycling) where you live? Do you?
What’s your dinner plan for tonight?