my journey to health and well being via exotic destinations

in which I shop for essential items



View from my kitchen

Day 5: now worked out what I am missing; no, essential items are not replica bags and designer clothes (all of which would be nice but not available here – they are all the real thing and cost zillions).

After 3 days of getting into the new routine: swim 1 km in 35 mins, read my book for an hour, and then for the rest of the day read through mum’s letters in chronological order – now up to 1942 and she’s just been commissioned and  is on a boat but all the interesting bits have been cut out by the censor! – decided to go on first major expedition ON MY OWN.

This is quite easy in truth – Great World Serviced Apartments has nifty FREE shuttle bus that goes to Orchard Road, Mecca of shopping, every 30 mins, and returns in a loop. It deposits me right outside Tang’s Department store (est’d 1932) where the kitchen equipment is in the basement.

Yes, dear reader, I am ashamed to say that this blog risks becoming rather food-oriented (fellow blogger Janet will be impressed my my devotion to housewifely duties, even in Singapore, while she struggles in civilised France to do the same…).

ImageEssential items for a foodie like me boil down to: wok (amazingly flat did not have one); single Bodum cafetière; small egg-size milk saucepan; Kenwood automatic chopper for making own fresh red and green Thai curry sauces and chopping coconut for Keralan curries (these require chopped flesh, not just milk); lime squeezer; garlic press; and four mugs – again only two terrible thick ones and I must have bone china for my tea. Wonderful Tangs had most of these on offer, so I felt a very good housewife indeed. Decided not to get the cute godlfish dinner service though…

IMG_1023Virtue not rewarded as greeted by the 4pm sharp monsoon downpour with thunder and lightening and got wet waiting for the bus. Wah! (new expression which makes me sound quite acclimatised, don’t you think?).

Food highlights have been delicious Thai green prawn curry cooked by me; and last night’s trip to Spize, 6 pm to 6 am local diner where we feasted on seafood nasi goring (Indonesian fried rice) and squid in a hot sauce, with belacan kangkung (water convolvulus with dried shrimp and shrimp paste), washed down with a half litre of sharp fresh lime, all for S$30.

Other news: it looks like neither of us will get visas for India: they changed the rules three weeks ago and as Ross does not have a work permit here, and as I am only the ‘accompanying spouse’ with no official status, it’s looking tricky. Down to the High Commission first thing tomorrow. It’s a blow for Ross as it’s part of his job to go there in 10 days time! I have to say ‘I told you so’, as I suspected you had to apply from your country of residency but no-one ever listens to me…

Author: vickyunwin

I am a writer and traveller. Our darling daughter Louise died on 2 March 2011, aged 21 ( and I started writing as therapy. We never know how long we have on this earth, so I live for every November 2013 I was diagnosed and operated on for a malignant soft tissue sarcoma in the calf, followed by 6.5 weeks of radiotherapy, so am embarking on a different kind of journey which you can follow here. I also have another site with my blueprint for health and well-being.

8 thoughts on “in which I shop for essential items

  1. Dear Vicky, Hard to believe “no one ever listens to me!” Enjoying your travels. oxo

  2. Does a lime squeezer count as a necessity? Can’t you just use your hands?

  3. Love the goldfish dinner service!! Almost a shame not to get it!

  4. Hi Vicky, I adore he goldfish dinner service too! would love your Keralan curry recipe, sounds amazing. Hope all goes well for India, could you courier passports to UK, and then get someone to drop in there for you, or post?

  5. “fellow blogger janet” ecstatic to be back in capetown and about to sign five month lease (nov to march) to live here in 5 star hotel suite :-). So you mustn’t worry that I am buried under Marseille depression as I haven’t blogged for a while – am just having fun
    Regarding “essential items” I am with tommy on the lime squeezer 😉
    Can you do some drug prevention stuff out there I wonder? – yours is such a powerful story and surely kids in Asia are blighted by this problem… Xxxx

    • This is most exciting…have you found some work to do in the summer months of the sunny south? Squeezer is proving most used item in the kitchen as its lime juice w everything down here. I think drugs here are a capital offence so not a big problem, in many ways its part of the change…Enjoy! XXX

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