1. The most bizarre rules of Singapore
In April 2019 I went to Singapore for the first time. What a difference with Malaysia! The roads are clean, there are sidewalks where you can walk as a pedestrian, it is safe and you are not allowed to chew gum. I have been here three times now and every time I fall from one surprise to another. With 5.6 million inhabitants and an area of 716 km2, this may be a small country, but Singapore certainly doesn’t go unnoticed in the rest of the world. Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay are the most famous attractions of this country. Besides the modern buildings, the delicious food, and the innumerable shopping malls, there are a lot of rules that the Singaporeans and tourists have to abide by.
In the blog ‘The most bizarre rules of Singapore’ five rather strange rules are described. If you don’t abide by these rules, you not only risk a hefty fine, but you also face imprisonment.
2. One year in Asia; it has been quite a year
On 16 February 2020, I had my first guest blogger on my website, Jeroen. After a year in Asia, we went through a lot. Not only did it take a lot of time and effort to arrange everything for the move and our visa, but we also had the opportunity to make a lot of beautiful trips.
Jeroen writes in ‘One year in Asia; it has been quite a year’ about the big adventure we said yes to, a decision we are still very happy with. Even though we had never made a step in Asia before the move, we didn’t hesitate for a moment to come live here.
3. Moving our stuff to Kuala Lumpur
On March 12, 2019, I wrote about all our stuff, which we have saved for years in the Netherlands, had to be moved to Kuala Lumpur. Finally, I could start using all these items, some of which I secretly didn’t like anymore. But before that happened, we first had to find an apartment in Malaysia.
In the blog ‘Moving out to Kuala Lumpur’, I wrote about the company that helped move our stuff from the Netherlands. Besides that, you have three options when it comes to renting an apartment. Occasionally it looks like a mess and it is certainly not the interior we would have chosen ourselves. Despite that, we are still very happy that we live in this apartment.
4. A cup of coffee in the Central Perk Cafe of the series Friends
In June 2019 I was in Singapore with Jeroen for the second time. After some searching on the internet, I found a café where I had to go to! For ten years we all enjoyed 236 episodes of the Friends series. Now 16 years later I regularly watch another episode where the six friends Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani, and Phoebe Buffay try to survive in the city of New York.
In ‘Cup of Coffee in the Central Perk Cafe of the Friends series’ Jeroen and I sat on the well-known couch in the coffee house where the six friends sat almost every day for a cup of coffee. While watching an episode of the series on screen, we enjoyed an iced coffee with the fantastic name: ‘Monica Geller, the one with Monica’s jam’. If you are a fan of the series Friends, this is a must-see in Singapore.
5. Help, we are moving abroad
September 2018 Jeroen returned from a week’s work in Paris. That same day I looked at an apartment in Tiel. After seven years it was, we thought, really time to leave the parental nest and find a place together. Before I wanted to tell about the apartment, Jeroen had some news. Do we want to move to Kuala Lumpur in early 2019…
‘Help, we are moving abroad’ is one of the first blogs I wrote on Lisa on Air. When I look back on it, I have to laugh a bit. We made a list of things that needed to happen and thought we’d be there. In hindsight, we had some stress now and then and our patience was pretty much put to the test.
It’s nice to see how the blogs are being read and also to read back from time to time. I notice that we forget things pretty quickly and then it’s fun and also useful to look back at what we have experienced this past year.