On Monday I found out how to use the MRT and overcame a massive fear, I also got to spend the day with Sally who very kindly showed me how to use the MRT and therefore let me overcome such a giant fear. I’d been spending a quite a bit of time around the house and had started to think this whole move malarkey was pretty boring. It consisted of me cleaning the house and walking Daisy around Medway. (Well duh Sheila, those things are boring. What’s not boring is getting out of the house and exploring). At the Christmas Party we had the most people come and chat to us since the pot luck dinner. Along with all of the kind well-wishers was Sally who very sweetly enquired not only how I was doing, but what I had been doing. (Possibly a very clever trick to make me prove I was doing fine and getting out of the house). When Sally found out I hadn't been out and about beyond my local Fair Price she immediately set about planning something to keep me busy.
Well Monday came around and we walked to the local MRT station, which in my case is Dover. It’s quite a walk away which is why Mark got the car, but it is close enough if I don’t have shopping. We have to walk through the Singapore Polytechnic which I had checked out on Google maps. On seeing the path there I thought I wouldn't even dare to venture out, but Sally showed me a really easy way to get into the station.
We’re on the green line and had decided that for our day out we would go to Vivo City so we only had to switch once onto the circle line. I’d already been given a card to load up from Claire who I had gotten chatting to at the pot luck dinner, so I didn't have to pay the $5 for that. I only needed to top up my card and get going. It was really easy and so well signposted I wonder what I had been so afraid of. I love seeing everything out of the window on my part of the green line and it’s definitely helping me to orientate myself around this place.
When we’d gotten to Vivo City Sally showed me around and explained that it was set out like three interconnecting circles which she assured me would mean it would be more difficult for me to get lost. We then grabbed a coffee and chatted before having another look around and then lunch at the food court downstairs. I tried to order chicken rice, but think I got something completely different. Oh well, I guess I need to do more than point in future! Whatever I had was really delicious and did have chicken and rice as part of it, so I guess I couldn't go far wrong. The whole court is amazing and I can’t wait to take Mark there for a very cheap feast.
On the way back Sally said she would show me the Cold Storage at Fusionopolis which isn't too far away from us by car. We got off at One North and walked round to the shops and as Sally had organised for her husband to pick us up and take us home, I was able to get some heavier things I didn't really want to get without Mark.
I don’t quite know what was so frightening about the MRT, but I assure you it is super easy to use. It’s so quick, cheap and there are so many signposts around it makes me wish I had gotten out ages ago. I can’t wait to jump on and see where each stop takes me!