Month: December 2012

Throwing In A Skydive With The Unpacking

The Saturday a fortnight ago was special. We had just moved into our new apartment for two days, workmen were still fixing up stuff here and there, and I scooted off to Sentosa because iFly was doing a never-before (and likely never again) schedule of real tandem skydives over the island, and I had been invited to jump out of a helicopter as the passenger of a tandem instructor with 6,000 jumps under his belt. It was the most exhilarating experience anyone could possibly have over Sentosa or over Singapore for that matter. I mean, who gets to take a break from unpacking boxes of household effects by jumping out of a helicopter from 10,000 feet? For that, I have to thank Lawrence Koh of iFly for planning and convincing what must’ve been 20 odd government agencies like the Civil Aviation Authority, NEA, STB, MDA (make sure Miyagi doesn’t say “fucking cheebye” when he jumps or else we will have to censor him) to allow for such an historic event. Mr Ashley Smith, my tandem …

Merry Christmas From A New Home

It feels really good to be in a new home, and one that is long term and free from the whims of landlords and ever-increasing rents. Without actually giving away our address, we’re happy we’re in relative seclusion where night time temperatures are actually several degrees cooler than the rest of the island, and where WE HAVE MONKEYS! From our kitchen window a couple of days ago, we saw a lone monkey – our security guard says he’s a lone ranger – climb into two terrace houses via open bathroom windows, roll around on sofas, carpets, and come out onto a balcony with a pack of cigarettes, sampling each one (chewing, not lighting up) before throwing them all over the place. The windows of all the houses were shut the next day. So were ours, because when I went to the bathroom the day before, that same monkey had startled me so much with his silhouette on the frosted bathroom window I had forgotten that I had needed to use the toilet. There’s still some …