Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mrs Tan Tan's First Post!

Time passes in a jiffy. It's been more than a month since the Tan Tans got married.

It's gonna be month after month of changes as we relocate to Japan in a few days' time. We may be there for only one year, or longer if things pan out well. Our first jumbo box was shipped over the weekend - and a couple more will follow this coming weekend, just before we get onto the jetplane. Right now we're still packing, it's kind of challenging coz SQ has a pathetic baggage allowance of only 20kg.

I think this can be considered a sabbatical for both of us, as we take a pause in life to smell the roses. We want to do the things we've always wanted to do, but were too busy for. Talk about the typical Singaporean who has practically no time for nourishing his/her soul!

Few Singaporeans can understand why we're giving up our careers at this point, to live on less than half (or is it a third??) of the salaries we used to be getting in Singapore. I can totally understand this mentality- because Singaporeans are brought up in a pragmatic system - the more money equates greater success and therefore more happiness. But there are some things in life that cannot be bought with money, and that is self-actualisation and personal growth. We will be returning to Singapore, and I know for sure I will be back to the exciting world of PR in due course, hopefully as a better consultant. Few people love their jobs, and I am blessed to be one of this few.

Over the next year, we will be close to nature, we will catch up on our readings, learn new skills (especially Japanese cooking!) and attempt to better our Japanese. Of course, there will be times we'll be challenged out of our comfort zones, but this is part and parcel of living in a different society.

We thought this blog would be the easiest, and most convenient way to keep in touch with our loved ones and friends. So, stay tuned for more photos and postings, coming to a screen near you :-)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Seafood & Durian @ Sebana

12th July.. the Tan Tan went on a trip to Sebana (Malaysia) due to a craving for durians as one of the Tan Tan's colleague told him that her aunts' durian had fell. Thus, a trip was arranged within a week and a total of 23 persons went for this trip. However, the inefficiency of the processing counter in Singapore and the open bribery of the guard in Malaysia resulted in an hour long wait for the boat ride back to Singapore. hmmm..

Well, lucky it was a partially paid-for trip with my current boss paying for the food and drinks (inclusive of seafood, lobster and durians). THANK YOU BOSS! (Guess what, he was quoted in today's StraitsTime on Safe Deposit Boxes) We had lunch at "Good Luck" seafood which I would say was so-so other than lobster and the wild boar that was fabulous. The kids certainly add to the fun of the group.


The feast of durians and other fruits.

The grouchy aunt who became very very friendly after a while. The durians was great with yellow flesh and red flesh durians and the "bitter" white flesh with a capital "B"





Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Something nice... taken 4 years back

This is Tiffany. Mrs Tan Tan niece and she performs for us 4 years back . something nice to share with all of you

Friday, July 4, 2008

Sleep Test - Everyone pass that test.. I tell you why

Hi all,

Please do not be shocked to see the image below; I was not involved in any accident nor was I down with any major illness... it was just a sleep test that I went to.. the reason for that.. my ex-girlfriend (now Mrs Tan Tan) says that I snore loudly in my sleep. .

Well, I was having not feeling too well sometime the month earlier, took the opportunity to go to the polyclinic and at the same time, reported this noisy problem of mine . referral was made and last friday, I was checked into a delux air-con suite with en-suite bathroom and a 42 inch plasma hanging over me. . . .cool.. first time I stay in hospital with such a "high-class" room.

But sooner than I know, I was wired up. . it was explained that all these cables sticking out of me are meant to monitor my sleep and muscle movement.. now come the question!



IN AN UNFAMILIAR PLACE, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO SLEEP?


WITH ALL THESE WIRES STICKING ON YOU, SLEEP? hmmmmm

and the toilet for the night... no big dump... can only pee.. using (see illustration below)

Well, but that was quite and experience I would say... won't you? wahahahahaha

Result of the sleep test.... "unknown" as the appointment is later this month... hmmm.. (sorry Mrs Tan Tan.. you will still have to bear with my thunder every night)

Anyway, for those who are interested to cure their noise problem, all this test are deducted through medisave and hence, you need not really pay. However, it's better to get a referral from polyclinic to hospital, believe its cheaper that way.