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You may notice a distinct lack of mosquitoes in Singapore. How can that be? Isn’t Singapore in a tropical environment? Aren’t mosquitoes suppose to thrive here?

If you miss the little blood suckers you can come over to my house. There are always a few in the backyard. Mostly, the population is controlled.

I get regular notices of mosquito fogging being done in my neighborhood. The notices warn to stay inside. After being home during one of these foggings, I understand why.

An ominous cloud floats toward the house. The smell gets stronger until I run into the back room. The smell starts to dissipate and I wonder how much poison I have absorbed. I think “why didn’t I make plans to just not be at home right now?”

Mosquito truck

Mosquito truck fog

Oh, the mosquito truck. Being from the swamps of Texas, I am familiar with these monsters. My mother would make us all stay indoors for a few hours when the mosquito truck came by. For me it was cutting into play time. For my mother it was a reassurance against mosquito related annoyance and disease.

Things weren’t the same for her generation. I heard tales from my aunts and great aunts that as kids they would all run outside to dance and jump in the cool thick white cloud. The story was told with humor and nostalgia.

Did anyone see Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life? There’s a scene in the movie where the boys chase behind the mosquito truck. When I first saw the scene, something in my head clicked and I knew what the aunties spoke of.

Photo not mine

Photo not mine

I ran across this post by another blogger through a google search. Apparently, yes, the DDT truck was a Texas thing. Scary to think what used to be “good for you.”

It’s scary to think what parts of our everyday life now we will later find out are poisonous.

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Looking up in Tanjong Pagar

Looking up in Tanjong Pagar

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Dear Whole Earth Singapore,

I love you.

xx Laura

Whole Earth

Whole Earth

I was taking a graphic design short course in Tanjong Pagar when I found this vegetarian place that specializes in Peranakan and Thai cuisine.

A main with brown rice after tax and service charge was $24, so it’s not particularly cheap. It is, however, healthy and delicious with nice interiors. I even experienced good service.

Penang Redang

Penang Rendang

Brown Rice

Brown Rice

If you are a vegetarian but have always wondered what some of the classic Asian dishes taste like (hello shark fin soup), you must go here. My penang rendang was made of pan-fried mushrooms and had an amazingly meaty texture with the perfect blend of spices.

I took a look at the dessert menu and passed in favor of a green tea ($1.50) at the nearby divey but vegan Loving Hut. Excellent tactic as tea to go at the nearby western coffee stands was $4-$6. People, it’s just hot water and a tea bag I’m after.

Loving Hut

Loving Hut

I figured I was on a roll so the next day I gave Loving Hut a chance.  This was a much less exciting experience. The vegan ocean burger was, shall I say.. disgusting. The lemon ice tea was full of sugar. Why do people pre-load sugar? I really wish they would stop. Singapore does indeed have a sweet tooth that I am missing.

In summary, in two days I had good vegan food and not so good vegan food near Tanjong Pagar.

OMG I just found out that you can get Whole Earth delivered.

Whole Earth is located at 76 Peck Seah St (Tg Pagar MRT Exit A) 

For Reservations:  Tel: 65 6323 3308    

Open Daily.  Operating Hours: Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm (last order at 2:30pm) Dinner: 5:30 to 10pm (last order at 9:15pm

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Last month, Petroleum Wife nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

very-inspiring-blogger-award

My thoughts went in this order:

  • OH MY GOSH That is so cool and so sweet!
  • Oh wait, you mean I have to do something? What is this, a chain letter?
  • Oh, OK, this is actually pretty cool.  Petroleum Wife’s list of other nominees is a gold mine of talented authors and a really great way to build online community. Some of these blogs I just can’t stop reading.
  • I like this. Who can I nominate?

There are some rules that go with the award. I’m not good at rules, but I’ll try my best to follow.

The Rules

1.Display the award logo on your blog.
2.Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.State 7 things about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 bloggers for this blog and link to their pages.
5.Notify these bloggers of the nomination and the awards’ requirements.

7 Things about myself

1.) I started blogging in 2007 with an Austin, Texas based food blog. I loved it! I met so many friends and learned so much about food and cuisine.

2.) I have a degree in aerospace engineering but currently work as a freelance writer and yoga teacher. Writing and yoga are two major passions of mine.

3.) I’ve lived in 3 different countries: The U.S., the UK and Singapore. I’m defining living as spending 6 months or more somewhere. I’m still trying to come up with a new blog name after my last move!

4.) A flight “home” to Texas takes 24 hours.

5.) I put the word home in quotes because I struggle with the concept. Where is home? Home is where you hang your hat. Home is whenever I am with you. I try to live by the concept that home is underneath your feet.

6.) I believe in authenticity and vulnerability

7.) When I exhibit such qualities in #6 online, I start to have dreams that I am showering in public naked. Quite a variation of the showing up to school naked dream! For some reason, it doesn’t really stop me.

Whew! I got through all 7. I hope I don’t start having those dreams again. Now for the important part, the nominees! These are in no particular order other than categories. Some of the blogs cross over into multiple categories, but eh, I tried.

15 nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Expat and travel blogs

1.) Petroleum Wife, of course!

2.) Look See London

3.) Continental Drift

4.) Sifting Through… Expat Edition

5.) New Mexico to Italy

6.) Tale of a Trailing Spouse

7.) Sherbert and Sparkles

8.) Running Obsessive

Singapore-based blogs

9.) Simple and Gay Forward

Food-ish blogs

10.) Trans-Planted

11.) The Feminist Kitchen

12.) The Particular Kitchen

13.) Kristen Loves Wine

14.) Boots in the Oven

15.) Zao Body

Music and technology

16.) Martin Cahill

OK, so I listed 16. I told you I wasn’t good at rules. Seriously though, I could have gone on forever.

Anyway, there they are. Go check them out.

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I love a trip to Little India in Singapore. The area is so colorful and different than the rest of Singapore. You often forget that you are on this tiny island all together.

We had our first visitors in September and they wanted to check the area out. With the food and the visually stunning temples, this was not a hard sale for me. Here is a small collection of photos I took that day.

Temples, temples and more temples…

little india 1

temple

little india 3

little india 2

Beautiful shophouses

shophouses

Am I the tourist or is he?

tourist

Locals shopping for groceries

local shopping for bananas

Who can resist a coconut stand?

coconuts

British girl Amy’s first coconut.

chris and amy coconut

I think she liked it.

amy coconut

Note: Sunday in Little India gets very hectic. It can be overwhelming. Plan accordingly.

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