Ill in Singapore

Yes, as the subject line states – we, meaning Tobias & myself, (Walter is already back in Switzerland),are both ill now.
i had strange one-off symptoms since the 2nd week we were here & then got the full-blown flu a few days ago. Last night, Tobi had a high fever & cough, so we visited the doc today. He is on meds & was doing better (thot still slight fever) till dinner time. He was happily eating & had almost finished his dinner when he coughed too hard & threw-up his whole dinner. Sigh! He was cleaned up & given a bottle of milk & then some rest time & then meds & then off to bed he went. He’s sleeping now & fever has subsided, which is good. He seemed so much better after throwing up – my mummy says it’s cos all the phlegm he had in him had mostly been expelled along with the food he threw-up. Let’s pray so & then he’ll be well by the morning.
Myself?? – well, i’m on the road to recovery already so it is ok for me now. i have not been so ill since … i think about 1 1/2 – 2 years ago. It is great having my mummy around to help out & say reassuring things like: “He’ll be better now that he has thrown up.” Thank God for Mummies!!
i remember when Tobi was seriously ill for the first time – it was scary watching a little person throw-up so much stuff – it was like a fountain – oops! i better not get too graphic with the details of how ill he was – but i have learnt from that & am now better prepared when he becomes ill.

On another topic, i’m highly frustrated with airlines & their booking systems – i won’t say which one – most people who read this know that we fly this airline all the time – so are very loyal customers! i would think that has it rewards but… & they are normally a great airline to fly with …well,… the whole story is as follows:
We had to book my ticket separately from Tobias’ as mine is a redemption ticket & his a commercial paid ticket – so mine booking was done over the internet & his had to be done over the phone as he is a child under 2 years. At the time of booking, we could not get both tickets to be confirmed for the same return flight. We rang & consulted the reservations office in Zurich – the lady said that cos our intended return date is a little more than a month away, she was quite confident that if we went on the waiting list then, we would be able to get the seats we wanted. So we did. But now it seems that we can’t. i have called & have also visited the office personally – they have red-flagged our case & concerns but can only reply on Monday. & we were told on Saturday that the earliest confirmed date of departure we could get was 19th March & that there was nothing from now till then!! They are booked solid for the next 2 weeks!! That’s just not believable!! Not only that – if i wanted to change my departure date, i had to do it by Monday for my ticket & that there maybe a penalty fee to change Tobi’s!!! SIGH! We have things we need to get back to in Switzerland!!
Now we are just praying really hard that we get good news tomorrow afternoon that we can both fly out of Singapore on 3rd March 2006!

1st entry from Singapore

So it has been about 2 weeks since our last entry – what has happened since??
Well, we landed safety in Singapore – to nice (or not so nice, depending on your point of view) hot & humid weather. We were told it was mild the day we landed so that was good. To date i think there hasn’t been much rain – we’ve only encountered a couple days of rain & even then it was just for an hour or two.
So what have we been doing since we landed? – Getting used to the weather & the hustle & bustle of the Singapore life – people always seem to be going places & doing stuff. We relaxed & spent time with family & friends. Lived the last 2 weeks at my in-laws place, which is just a 5min walk to the beach – miss the sea & beach so much – it was good.
Tobi took a much longer time to adjust to the time zone & weather here this time round – so it was a week of cranky baby & tough time getting him to sleep at night. But all better now!!
Tobi’s fav phrase whenever we go out is :”Sit taxi?” – mainly cos that’s how we’ve been travelling around the island. The buses are a major problem, especially if one has to manage on one’s own, with stroller, bag & toddler! This baby-unfriendliness is something that needs to be looked into. So cabbing has been the way to go. We have done the MRT (for non-singaporeans, that’s the Mass Rapid Transit – which is the similiar to the London Undergroud, except much simpler) a couple of times & a bus. Aiming to travel more by trains & buses now that we’ve moved to my mum’s which has a train station nearby.
Another thing we had to get used to was a new pastor at our home church here – he’s not completely new to us (or at least to me – i’ve heard only good things about him from members of his previous parish). He has also been in the ministry a long time now – serving in 2 other churhces before this one. i have’t yet heard his sermon (was at Little Lights – children’s church – the last 2 weeks) but i hear from Walt that he is good & funny too. It felt strange to not see that familiar face at the front but i guess that’s the way things are – change is the only constant!
i think that’s it for now. There may be more daily details in the next entry as i now have access to a computer all the time, which has an english keyboard, set to english.(the last 2 weeks was with only limited access to a computer with a german keyboard, set to english – so it was too confusing to type long stuff on.)

In 12 hours 35 mins we fly

Tomorrow at 1215, if all is on time, we takeoff from Zurich Airport & head towards Singapore – the little island where we (at least 2 of the 3 of us) were born.

Tobias has flown so many times in his little life – i think definitely more times than me before i came to Switzerland. Each flight with him has been so different – he grows & changes all the time.

Tobi’s 1st Flight
He was about 10weeks old – of cos we were so nervous, wondering if he would be ok on such a long flight (12hours), wondering if we would get any sleep, wondering if he would cry the whole time … etc … BUT as it turned out it was the easiest flight to date!! He was really wide awake during the 1st few hours, listening to the airplane sounds & stared at the ‘no-smoking’ light above his bassinet for quite a while. But he eventually he got tired & was walked to sleep & went on to keep pretty much to his feed & sleep pattern for most of the flight. & of cos he stayed in his bassinet or in our arms all the time.

Tomorrow’s flight would be Tobi’s 15th flight (i think i counted correctly)of his life of 20 months! & he has flown to 4 different countries!

i think it became a lot more work to fly with him when he started to walk & then he wanted to walk up & down the plane. But i must say he flies really well, compared to a few other kids i have seen & the horror stories i have heard.

The most difficult flight to date would be the one at the end of last year to London & back. The timing was just at his nap-time & i thot great he would sleep on flight – but no, the flights (both there & back) were delayed & so he got overtired running around the waiting area & then did not want to sleep & was screaming to walk around, which of cos was a no-no on a budget airline flight (no room at all!).

Well, people say it gets better from here on, as kids start to be interested in more than walking & can be reasoned with to a certain extend – let’s pray so!

Next post would be from Singapore.