1. We moved in last thursday and the 115 cardboard boxes that were packed from our Singapore home were delivered on the very same day. It was chaos and madness to see cardboard boxes all over the place. Fortunately, we have a garage where we could dump most un-opened boxes and settle at our own slow snail pace.
2. With 3 days of moving inn, we had 3 of J’s ex-colleagues (a bengali girl, a chinese guy and a vietnamese guy ) come over for dinner as they were visiting their UK branch office. After some crazy planning at a just being arranged kitchen – I managed to cook Peas palau, Chicken kurma and Chicken fry – which they relished and gulped up in no time – after all the english bland food they were having here 🙂
3. M’s school admission came through at a school that is at a 1/2 an hour walk from home as two of the other schools we’d applied for are Full Capacity (We are applying 9 months late as we just moved in) Now, the 1/2 an hour walk will seem impossible during extreme cold weather conditions in a few months from now and we have decided to re-apply to another school which is at closer proximity which we hadn’t considered initially as it was a newly started school. Now, with no choice left we look at the benefits of the newly started school and claim that with low class strength – M is bound to be getting individual attention 🙂
4. The initial hiccups of settling down are too strong – like for Ex: A hair cut for J and M – J went hunting around for a barber shop in the locality we’ve moved in and returned back without finding one. Later he found one close to his office and got hit hair cut. The next day when discussing the barber visit informally with colleagues he realised that he was the only one getting a hair cut done at a barber shop. Everyone of his colleagues do it themselves in their homes and save that whopping 15 Pounds ! So , there you go hereafter – introducing the barber of the home for J and M – ME (terrified look ) !! My regular once a month parlour visit to get a basic eyebrow threading and upper lip-chin done is to be far forgotten 😦
5. Living in Europe requires a lot of discipline !!! J’s repeated words. When I land here in Europe I realise that life in India or Singapore – is relatively so easy and simple as compared to here. Most people have a misconception that life is WOW when they live in the US or UK, but it’s factually not so. Life in the US or UK is a struggle – no domestic help, public transport is scarce and you will have to be equipped with too many life skills. However – Every place has it’s very own +’s and -‘s.
Co-incidentally had M’s School admission form in my hand while I saw ” University of Cambridge “. Clicked the picture with a wishful hope he will one day get into this world famous university 🙂