Rains, outings and funny beaches

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Remember I wrote a post with a happy It's-sunny-again feeling? Darn, it's raining in this wretched place again. I've been in room all day, not even stepping beyond my corridor to go to the canteen, managing lunch with damned Maggi. And now that it's dinner time, I'm wondering if I can even go out and find decent food.

It's been raining ever since I woke up at 7 in the morning and nodded off to sleep again. It was still raining at 10 when I switched off the alarm, in a vain attempt to wake up 'early'. It was still raining when I finally got up at 12 30, and ever since. How, really, how, can it rain in a place like this? My first December in Singapore, and the rains have been really pissing off.

Went to Sentosa yesterday to show my cousin around. We were ushered at 6 for the magical fountain laser show at 7 40. Gosh, the place was so crowded it looked like a cricket stadium in India during a ODI. Wily pushcart sellers sold ice creams at exorbitant prices which we were forced to buy out of boredom of waiting, for the simple reason the authorities wouldn't let us out of the arena. The show was good as usual, and was really nostalgic of my first month in Singapore, when our seniors took our entire batch to Sentosa.

Otherwise, the beach was as usual, useless. My cousin's first reaction on seeing the water was 'Hey, idhu thaengina thanni, beach illa!!' (It's stagnant water, not a beach!), and I couldn't disagree with her. There was the (I'd say fake) 'Southernmost point of continental Asia' where one 'island' was connected to another 'island' by a swing bridge (and below the bridge was the thaengina thanni) and we went there only to discover that technically, the southernmost point was another tiny island in the sea. Ok, I know I'm confusing - welcome to dear Singapore!!

Christmas eve's outing was a lot of fun. We first went to Boat Quay for dinner, then went on a boat in the Singapore river, seeing Singapore's 'sights' - the Merlion, Esplanade, you know, the usual touristy blah. Though quite ashamed I'm seeing it in my third year here, I was relieved I'd finally 'lived the experience'. After that, we were treated to amazing Haagen-Dazs ice cream - oh dear God, heavenly!!! I then went to a Midnight Mass for Christmas - my first ever. The church was extremely simple, and that was surprising! I had expected a more cheery, brightly decorated church, but this one was down-to-earth simple and sober. I listened to whatever was read out with not much idea of what was going on - but the nice thing was I could understand everything that was said for the simple reason it was in English! 'Twas nice!

Goodness, it's 8 pm already. Canteens would be closing down, and the rain shows no signs of stopping. My late night walk plans will be foiled, I know. I should find some dinner.
Oh yeah, belated Merry Christmas, guys!!

9 comments:

Juggernought said...

I can empathize about the rains.I used to love the rain until it came and ruined our city last year.Especially when you have plans to go out,it's pissing off when it's put off cuz of the rain.

And surviving on maggi?:) Spoken like a true blue hostelite!Anyway cheers, and rain rain go away!

kausikram krishnasayee said...

maggie sucks, top ramen owns :)

Hilde said...

my dear, you are not going home for christmas, how come? hope you enjoyed the festive season anyhow...my email is hilde.gudvangen@gmail.com btw. i trust no stalkers are reading your blog;)

see you soon!

Aravind said...

Aah.. it really sux when the rains ruin a holiday plan :(

Wish u a happy new year! :)

Rauf said...

I love walking in the rain, (only in a forest or Kerala) but not in Chennai, gets pretty messy. I was surprised when you said it rained in the morning of 26th, I was very much here and not a drop of rain, but as I read along, things cleared up. Nothing like a cup of coffee and a book in your hand and some music when it rains, of course if you have the power supply
which can dampen your spirits along with the rain.

Sweet blog it is.

Vani Viswanathan said...

juggernought,
Yup, it's bright and sunny today.. cheers!!!!

Mark,
No way. Top Ramen's curry sux!! Me loves maggi! :D

Vani Viswanathan said...

hi hilde!!
Yup, had a lovely time during Christmas.. yeah, no stalkers around, I hope! I'll mail ya soon!!

Aravind,
I know! :(
Happy New Year to you too!

Rauf,
A book, beautiful music, and a cozy chair could make your day when it rains, true!
Welcome here, thanks! :)

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