Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A First

Last night I dragged Justin and the boys out to get a library card. But, I had forgotten my passport. And the library doesn't take cash or credit cards, only EZ Link or NETS cash card. I didn't have enough on either of those cards to pay for the foreigner membership and fees ($53).

So, today I decided to do that while the boys were at playschool (we call it school, but really they just do arts and crafts and dress up like fire fighters and play with other kids).

I needed to top-up my EZ Link card in order to have enough money on it to pay for the membership, so once I got off the bus at the library I looked around for a 7-Eleven. Because where else would you think such services are offered?

The first stop left me still needing a top-up machine, so I started walking to the nearest MRT station (a 5 min. walk, a local assured me). I was almost there when I spotted another 7-Eleven that had top-up services. Sweet! I wouldn't even have to climb the steps of the station in the blazing heat.

"I need to top-up my EZ Link card," I told the attendant.

"How much?" she asked.




And she looks at me like I've just grown another head. (For those not in Singapore, EZ Link cards are our public transportation cards, what we use to pay for bus and MRT fares).

"Most people just ask for $20 or $30 top-ups," she told me.

"Well, I need to get a library card that costs $53 and the library doesn't take cash."

"I think you are the first person to ever ask for a $60 top-up."

I'm blazing trails here, people.


And on a completely unrelated note, when I got the boys from school, Levi had something stuck all over the top of his shirt.

Me: "Levi, what's all over your shirt?"

Levi: "I pick my nose."



Jessie said...

I made three different trips to the library before I could get a membership. I think I ended up paying with a check. But now I pay a couple overdue fines here and there with my ez link card too.

David once bought plane tickets at 7 11 because then he didn't have to pay the online booking fee.

Who'd have thought? Good thing 7 11 s are everywhere. Good memories

Melanie said...

Ah, the lovely things about Singapore!! I love how people looks at you like you have 3 heads! Miss you :-)

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

I love you sharing the things about how different life is there. I am amazed at how much you walk. Makes me feel a little lazy!

What is it with boogies? We have had some funny things like that lately. Kate told me she wipes them on her wall. "Like dis, momma."

Thanks for the great idea about framing Sarah's note. I saw that post and never even thought about doing that. Love it!

LP said...

Okay, so this is random, I saw your comment on BooMama's Three Amigos post. How on EARTH do you find Dr. Pepper in Singapore???? I was in Russia and Ireland for several months a few years back, and the first Dr. Pepper I had when I got back to Texas? BLISS. Is the Dr. Pepper in Singapore "real" Dr. Pepper? Because I found a "Dr. Pepper" in Belfast once, bought it, saved it, because I needed to savor that treat when I had time to sit down, by myself with a good book, and when the big moment came? It was not the tasted vaguely like something that might imitate the real thing, but it was not the same. Not even a pale imitation...So if you have real Dr. Pepper, I am so glad for you!!!!! --Lauren

Erica said...

Oh, how grateful that makes me for the little things. It's funny how a very ordinary thing to us can be so "outrageous" to others...ha!

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