Getting around.

We went to the Ministry of Manpower’s Employment Pass center today at Riverwalk. It was one of those must-do things on our list (kind of reminds me of all those official stuff we had to work on in Switzerland like health insurance and so forth).

While getting around in Singapore is great with the bus and MRT network, I must say that it was confusing to a degree. Bear in mind that Neuchatel was and still is small compared to Singapore, and everything was straightforward and simple. Here, the networks leave me befuddled to a degree. On top of that, I was to meet up with a forumer to get a preloved ring sling from her at Singapore General Hospital. So it was definitely time to get acquainted with the MRT network and try going around on my own.

Currently, getting around is bearable IF you’re staying along the same MRT line or near an interchange. Otherwise it can be a nightmare switching lines. For example, Riverwalk is just opposite Clarke Quay but because we’re coming from the East-West line, that meant getting off at City Hall and walking. By the time we made it to Riverwalk, I was nearly drenched and it was just 8:30am. Oh, did I mention that I was carrying Eva in our baby carrier as well? Geh.

After Riverwalk, Nil wanted to head off to the French Embassy near the Botanical Gardens to register himself and Eva. That required a cab and when we arrived, we were pleased to see that they were constructing the MRT stop for the new Circle Line. That means in future, should the need to go to the Embassy arises, it would definitely be easier for us as the Circle Line “joins” several networks in a, well, circle.

Later on, we split up – he headed on to City Hall whereas I got off at Dhoby Ghaut. I was, well, on my own then and didn’t go very far or to many places because of Eva & her feeding schedule plus I was quite tired already. Managed to survive the trip back in one piece since she started fussing a little somewhere near Paya Lebar MRT. She was hungry and had started sucking on the carrier. I like to think that while it’s great being able to take public transport, it can get a little tiring at the end of it all, especially when you’re hungry, thirsty and carrying around stuff (I don’t know how people who’re fasting do it!). Kind of reminds me of those times I took the minibus from Pasar Seni back to my house in PJ. We’d sleep on the bus throughout the ride…

At the end of the day, Nil and myself, well, you could say that we’re pro-public transport. If there is no need to get a car, we won’t. It’s an unnecessary expenditure and besides, cars do not appreciate in value. So pfft. It’s different in Lyon and KL where you definitely need a car to get around because the public transport sucks (KL) or everything is quite far (Lyon).

But for now, public transport is the word…even though it may sometimes be a little bit confusing. 🙂

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  1. Hi,

    Yes, hubby n I were lost in Raffles (I think ?) MRT bec it was bigger n has many exits. I am also in a blur when there’s an interchange involved. However, my family has told me that those problems will be ironed out in the near future. Things change so rapidly in SG. When we get there for a visit once every 2-5yrs, we hardly recognised the place ! It’s exciting, nevertheless, compared to our rustic life in NL.

    True abt the high maintenance of a car. I mean, when the wheels r on the road, there’s the toll charges, the parking fees n the guzzling petrol. Even when they r stationary at home, one has to pay the seasonable parking space. I hear my brothers lamenting abt the costs but they r addicted to the convenience. They always hv the excuse that mom needs a comfy ride ^_^ !

    Anycow, hope u n ur hubby r enjoying the expat life there.

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