Thursday, 21 February 2013

Laundry blues....

Yesterday TJ's godfather found the laundromat within our apartment block... I think it was the domestic side of him that sniffed it out. He strutted through the door and proudly announced, "Your building has clothes dryers!". As I quickly ascertained, where there are dryers there are washers... And sure enough there was a huge laundry room next to the car park. We can be forgiven for missing it as we had no reason to go down there and it was only because TJ's godpa was driving us for yet more seafood (yummy) and wine... Which is hideously expensive... That we had any need to venture into the basement. However, we can't really complain, for the past two weeks other people have done our laundry for us... And they did a great job!

I can't believe that we are nearing the end of the trip. It's been amazing. Brilliant to see so many friends and family and this year the kids seem to have taken it all in their stride. No complaints, no moaning, no strange silences, they just got on with being on holiday. The change in them is so noticeable, this year they just seem to belong... Both to us and to each other... There is a very different dynamic, which really works. Although Papa did comment that he kind of liked it last year when they sat quietly watching everyone and everything... This year, they are 'real' little kids... Tearing around, exploring, chatting to our friends about their lives, school, pets etc.

Yesterday, the children coped really well, they had a long swim after breakfast and then went to lunch to meet a lovely friend before moving on to meet TJ's godfather for a drink before moving on yet again to meet their 'special' aunt... She couldn't agree to be a Godparent as she is Buddhist, but she will always have a special place in the boys' lives, and at the moment that is as the green mutant ninja turtle... (Due to her constant carrying of a backpack)...  But they sat and chatted to everyone, Lea was in her element holding court and discussing her favourite animal. At one point she sang her new song for everyone, to the tune of 'twinkle twinkle', she had written a song about her favourite animals at the zoo... We loved it... I'm not sure the taxi driver was so enamoured after the fourth rendition on a ten minute journey... TJ ran around... A lot... He likes that.

It may sound a little cliched, but I think this year we have come to Singapore as a family....

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