I'm late in posting this morning. I have a confession to make. I spent a good hour reading about the recently divorced local celeb couple. I can't explain why I'm fixated on the hows and whys of their split. It's like a soap opera that I can't resist.
Seeing the bitterness unfolding and resentment slowly creeping in even though they had proclaimed to be good friends just weeks ago reminds me of my bad old days. Maybe I am just curious to see if theirs match up to mine but really, enough is enough! Time to move on folks!
On to something else more realistic. I'm not happy at all to find out that we're living in the 10th most expensive city in the world. No wonder I've been wondering if there's a hole in my pocket as I made yet another trip to the ATM machine. I withdrew $100 on the way to work yesterday and was left with $2 today. Where did it all go? $50 for SK to top up his Transitlink card, $10 for his pocket money and the rest went to YK for his transport and allowance this week.
Now I know why $100 that used to last me a week can't even last a day now. Singapore's getting too expensive to live in. I'm not even counting the ERP charges that get deducted stealthily out of my cash card everyday.
Even growing vegetables at home is proving to be expensive. I spent another $10 on garden soil yeterday and paid $1.50 for 20 butterhead lettuce seeds. YK was shaking his head when he saw me lugging in 5 bags of soil. "It's cheaper if you buy your vegetables from the market you know."
He's quite right. But the satisfaction of eating your own produce is priceless! My last batch of lettuce had a strange bitter taste, yet I savoured every leaf like it was gourmet food. Only a gardener will understand.
I'm in a lettuce-growing phase. This week, I sowed four different kinds of lettuce seeds just to see how they fare against each other. YK gets worried when he sees me pottering around the garden too much. He hopes that I'm not neglecting my core business, the one that has been providing for the family all these years.
"Of course not", I assure him. "But one mustn't stop looking for other opportunities too. Who knows what you can find if you start digging?"