Kids with kangaroo and joey at Crowdy Bay National Park, NSW

Here we are back in Singapore after almost a month in Australia, and it feels like we left yesterday. Amazing that the kids' long summer holiday is over and the routine starts again. They were bundled onto the school bus this morning at 7.50, which is a ludicrously early time as the journey should take no more than 20 minutes. It makes me a little angry to think that they have to put up with an hour's bus journey before their day begins, but there is no choice at the moment. They were happy to go thankfully, to meet their new teachers and to see their friends again.

It still feels strange to me to be starting their new school year in September, as my year always started in January. And to have a 'summer' holiday in Singapore is a little confusing too, as Singapore doesn't have a summer; it's always hot with just a dry and a couple of wet seasons.

I enjoyed the seasonal change in Australia. It was meant to be winter but the weather was gorgeous, for the most part. Even in Katoomba, which was a chilly 10 degrees, it was sunny and fresh. While we were there the fruit trees in my mother's garden blossomed and it was a joy to watch the garden transform into a fragrant home for the birds and the bees (literally). Unfortunately strong winds a few days later blew a lot of it off as well as made the daffodils drop. But all the same it was lovely to feel and smell Spring and to shed a couple of layers of clothing.

So what's been happening here in Singapore? The National Day Parade was a success I'm sure, the Baybeats alternative music festival looks like it could have been fun. How about Singapore Idol? Has that been embarrassingly mediocre? What did yo get up to in August? I'd love to hear


Anonymous said... @ August 31, 2009 at 1:49 AM

Welcome back! The Stunz family has been busy getting settled while you were enjoying your summer holiday. We've been on many local adventures and have had loads of fun making new discoveries, eating some wonderful local food, sweating ALOT and blogging about most of it. We even managed a weekend trip to Bintan Resort before our daughter left for the US for college. We were huge American Idol fans so we were excited to watch Singapore Idol. Watched it once and haven't gone back for more.

Milly said... @ August 31, 2009 at 2:24 AM

Hi Andrea, great to hear from you. I have just been reading your blog and it is so interesting. You seem to have settled in well and are enjoying the great food and everything else that Singapore has to offer. I will keep reading!

b&b dublin said... @ August 31, 2009 at 3:48 AM

Very interesting to read this blog, nice to share my views over here.

Jinghui said... @ August 31, 2009 at 6:29 PM

I missed my Aussie days !!

Katoomba is a very beautiful place ! I was there during one of the winter uni holidays for a day trip & it was awesome !

Hope to see more of your home pics !


Milly said... @ September 2, 2009 at 12:34 AM

That's very interesting that you visited Katoomba-yes it is a lovely place but too cold for my liking!

I have put some pics on Flickr, so do take a look :)

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