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Aigh... Crazy Climates

weather: cloudy
outside: 0.2°C
mood: amused
Okay, lookit.


If the temperature in your local geographical region does not go below 15°C/59F, then I don't think you should be allowed to call it "Winter" where you are. You should be required to call it "Summer Number 4" or something. XD

Don't tell me about having to bring out the longer shorts.

While I'm at it, someone please explain to me why department stores in SINGAPORE (32°C/89.6F, 95% humidity) sell parkas with fur trim hoodies and wool sweaters. Is that just for comical effect? To amuse us tourists? What? We did think it was hilarious. =)

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ducks
Nov. 30th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
I think it's probably for people who want to go abroad to go skiing, or is living abroad etc. We found the same thing in Hong Kong. We actually found this great Columbia store with super cheap beautiful jackets, hats, scarves, ski gloves etc etc all winter gear. We asked the sales guy why on earth would they have this in Hong Kong, and he replied because of HKers from abroad (like us) and for people who go skiing. Although having big jackets in HK is probably more justified, since there is a large ex-pat population, and well as people visiting from mainland China. But still, PB and I thought it was comical.

How long did you stop over in Singapore? We are having a stopover there on our way to Australia next year. What is there to see/do there?
bride
Nov. 30th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
We had 8 hours, so we left the airport and went out with my Mother-in-Law's cousin. He took us shopping and took us out to a few places, then to dinner.

There's actually quite a lot to do at the ChangI Shopping Centre Airport (under "ENJOY") if you're only going to be there for a few hours. The whole airport doubles as a mall. XD

We flew on Singapore Airlines, so there was a brochure with suggested itineraries of what you can do at the airport depending on how long your layover was. The other flights going through ChangI might have that same brochure.

The public phones in the airport are free if you're calling a local Singapore number (don't bother using your cell phone at the airport if you're calling someone in Singapore =D).

There are free internet access terminals there. We were there at ungodly hours, so it wasn't busy. They have wireless access if you have a wireless enabled laptop or something.

I hear there's a gym, massage therapy and other stuff, but we didn't go.
sophia
Dec. 1st, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
The public phones in the airport are free
i think it's only inside..the restricted/need a passport and flight ticket to get in area only..
but it's been years since i used a public phone so maybe that has changed

sell parkas with fur trim hoodies: yah we need to travel too, you know :P
sophia
Dec. 1st, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
but right not i haven't bought anything, and i hope i don't freeze to death in taiwan with my existing clothes before i manage to buy something there (if needed....)
bride
Dec. 1st, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure we'd cleared customs already at that point, but I wasn't the one who made the phone call, so I don't really know either...

we need to travel too

Haha, yeah, I understand what you mean. It's just funny to think that anyone can freeze in Taiwan though XD
sophia
Dec. 1st, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
is it hot in taiwan? :P

8-18celcius!
ducks
Dec. 1st, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Great information!!! Thank you. I will definitely check out their website. We are also taking Singapore Airlines (from LA to Singapore) and I'm looking forward to it. I heard the service there is amazing. And was that where you got online? We will definitely bring our laptops (we always do!) so I want to take advantage of mid-air wireless and airport wireless. :D
bride
Dec. 1st, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
I'd heard about "the amazing Singapore Airlines service" too, but truth be told, their in-flight service was nothing special.

If you're not leaving the airport, then you don't have anything to worry about with disembarkation forms, but we didn't really appreciate that they only handed out the forms half an hour before landing. The forms are in English only. For a country that brags up and down of being multi-lingual in Chinese, English and something else (I forget what), you would think that they'd have at least Chinese as well on these things.

Three of us had to fill in the disembarkation forms for a party of 7. And the table trays have to be up for landing, so we couldn't use it to write on.

And the Husband's Aunt was upset at them shoving our carry-on suit bag (for the formal wear for the wedding) in the overhead compartment when they announced that they could have those hung up properly in their closet storage. They speak Chinese, it's not as if they didn't understand what his Aunt was asking.

Realistically, there's a lot of competition, so I don't think the other airlines are that far behind, at least in Cattle Economy class.

And the smoothest landings I've felt were still with Canadian Airlines' pilots.

*shrug* They got me there, they got me back. In one piece. In the end, that's all you'll really care =)
pne
Dec. 1st, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
For a country that brags up and down of being multi-lingual in Chinese, English and something else (I forget what)

Malay, I think?

And I think that Tamil is also spoken in Singapore.
bride
Dec. 1st, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil... when I'm not too lazy to Google =)
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Nov. 30th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
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kaseido
Nov. 30th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
Then I'm clear to say it was !!47!! Monday morning!

I had to wear a *jacket*!

(I bask in the waves of your pity)
bride
Nov. 30th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
Ha =) I'm thinking that I'll need to ask my Mother-in-Law to bring back a mask thing because the air is so cold =P
kaseido
Dec. 1st, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
*blink*

I have now been to the supermarket *four times* and left without the Hello Kitty alarm clocks by the checkout.

I'd credit strength of character, but it's really just the certainty that </a></b></a>allie'd kill me...
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katie_ah
Dec. 1st, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
If you can figure it out, maybe you can tell me how to start working on solving why the people in Hangzhou were wearing long underwear when the day's high/low has been around 18/10 for the past week or so.
sapientmusings
Dec. 1st, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
At least three of the local students here in HK commented last week that I was "strong." I was perplexed by quite what they meant - they pointed out I was wearing a t-shirt and that it was "cold" out. Sure enough, I had a t-shirt and they were bundled up in jackets and long sleeved shirts. Hell, my roommate even had four layers on that day.

The temperature? 16C. PERFECT weather, not cold...
yueni
Dec. 1st, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
While I'm at it, someone please explain to me why department stores in SINGAPORE (32°C/89.6F, 95% humidity) sell parkas with fur trim hoodies and wool sweaters. Is that just for comical effect? To amuse us tourists? What? We did think it was hilarious. =)

XD I always did find that rather bizarre, even when I was living there. I assume that it's for people who want to travel abroad.

=P You're the first person on my flist who's been to Singapore who isn't a Singaporean already. *finds that amusing for some reason*
razorw
Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
If the temperature in your local geographical region does not go below 15°C/59F, then I don't think you should be allowed to call it "Winter" where you are.

Agreed!. Though, winter doesn't officially start until the snow starts falling, and sticks around...
bride
Dec. 2nd, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm proud to say that that means we have winter here in Vancouver for the first time in years =)
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