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