Brazil!!!

Went to a bank event on Friday night to watch Brazil trounce the Netherlands. Our survey to readers had come back with most of them favouring Brazil to beat Argentina (or, in some cases, some other team). At the very least, Brazil, win or lose, was the country most often picked for the final match, but what happened in the end is that Brazil lost in the quarter finals!!! Throw that survey out the window. But it was good fun with my colleague, meeting strange bar people, eating good food, drinking whiskey, and ending up in a bhangra place in Clarke Quay. Fun!

Saturday Naoko and Zen and I wen to Little India.  First we had lunch – Naoko had some sort of samosa dish, I had naan, and Zen had a rocket thosai!  Then we bought Adidas running shoes for myself, and a soccer ball (and ball pump) for Zen. We also bought peacock feathers, which they say scare away geckos. Let’s see if that works. But at least now we know the truth – you can buy anything in Little India.

I had another tough bus ride – I caught a bus quickly at 5:00 in Little India, but on the ride home, traffic got thicker and thicker. And we never seemed to pass the blockage. I was one hour and fifteen minutes into the bus ride at a point that should have been only 15 minutes into my bus ride, and I just wondered if we’d get anywhere at all. So I got out of the bus and just started walking. Thirty minutes later, I was at Sixth Avenue and I saw what it was – a pedestrian bridge had collapsed, and they had diverted traffic while they solved the problem. Crazy!!!

Zen and Naoko came back from Codomo Club, where Zen studies Japanese. Seems that his Japanese really has improved after a month away. Congratulations Zen! Had a nice roast chicken dinner. Great!

Sunday I did a lot of work for my company, but in the afternoon we went to softball practice. Actually, it was one hour of practice and two friendly games against another team in the same league, they are called First Choice. The Coconuts played well – in the first game they tied the other team, but in the second they won by a single point! It was the first time they had won against another team! Zen had a bit of action, playing outfield in the first game, and catcher for most of the second game. At bat, he mostly walked to first base, but earned a few points for the team. The weather was super mild – overcast and not hot at all. Also, since the kids were playing, there was little for us to do, so we didn’t need to run around and exert ourselves.

Great view of Singapore from the New Asia club, atop Swissotel Stamford

Great view of Singapore from the New Asia club, atop Swissotel Stamford

Zen and his lunch - rocket thosai

Zen and his lunch - rocket thosai

Broken down bridge stops traffic

Broken down bridge stops traffic

Broken down bridge stops traffic (another view)

Broken down bridge stops traffic (another view)

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