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Waiting For Last 2 Injections Into Ligaments & Pondering On Food Costs

on September 27, 2020

I am filled with trepidation and fear.

I hate waiting for any medical procedure.

Both Drs Boey and Lui have seen me and Dr Lui need to figure out what new antibiotics to take should I get any infection to avoid my limbs getting swollen again.

I prefer procedures get done immediately when I am told so that I will not overthink, as the process is done!

I will be out of Bates tomorrow and back to the work grind. I did no stop working though.

Planning for meals will be a challenge and groceries as well. Thankfully I am eliciting help from friends.

My brother who lives in HK had a dinner comprising Taiwanese spicy noodles in soup with a side of dumplings at an affordable HKD 44 or SGD7.80!

Eating out is a steal compared to the time one takes to cook and fire up a stove, get groceries, drive, pay for parking and spend time cooking. I would need 3 hours to get groceries, driving, parking and returning to store and pack things away.

But I am old fashioned in that I prefer to eat whatever goulash I rake up than eating out. Besides, I do not like eating out alone. My food menus are really inedible by most. This will be fodder for another post!

I love dumplings, pork dumplings and for this to be part of HKD44 set is really a steal!

When I learnt of how reasonably priced cooked food is available in HK, I grimaced at the high cost of living in Red Dot. Our hawker food is not cheap.

A bowl of noodles can cost $5.50 to $6 a bowl and a side of dumplings will cost the same. So I would have paid SGD12 for two items which is about right here.

Just the other day I bought donburi pork belly rice bowls at Ume Sushi at $8.90 a bowl. Nothing in there just rice, 4 slivers of soy sauce pork belly slices and pickled cabbage.

I now understand why expatriates shun living in Singapore these days as rent, car, food, private school tuition fees adds a toll to their salary package. With the economic hard times, most are hired on local packages. It is tough to subsist here.

For me, it would be cheaper to doggie bag food home as my weekly groceries for one person is about $100 (about USD73 a week) excluding detergents and solvents for household cleaning which would set me back another $100 to $150 (USD73 to USD108)

My grocery list is not extensive, simply pork , fish veggies and fruits. If I am one who love crustaceans or seafood like shellfish and molluscs, then it would cost me more.

It used to be that I find USA standard of living high or UK or Hong Kong but these days I am seeing how much cheaper it is to live in USA, UK, Hong Kong, Australia or New Zealand. But I would hazard a guess that cities like Perth or Sydney or Tasmania will still be pricey.

As they say, the world spins, lives change and economic standards change.

Yes, we all need to work hard for our money to sustain the lifestyle we need and I don’t mean champagne and caviar dreams lifestyle of the rich and opulent. Just a simple life for Garfield and I. LOL!

Tomorrow night I will be in my own bed with my inanimate furball!


10 responses to “Waiting For Last 2 Injections Into Ligaments & Pondering On Food Costs

  1. Cathy Cade says:

    I know what you mean about your food menus being… unusual. The bonus with living alone when I was between husbands is that I could invent whatever meals I fancied throwing together – things I would never have offered anyone else.
    My second husband is a boring eater, (unlike my first, who was in catering). This one doesn’t like anything green (except peas) and won’t try anything he hasn’t eaten before (as a child, that is). So we don’t often eat the same thing, which means I’m back to my weird dishes made up of ingredients that need clearing out of the fridge. 🙂

    • My first husband knew instinctively that if he hadn’t had it before he didn’t like it. It took me seven years to get him to try tuna-noodle casserole. It’s a wonder he ever got off mother’s milk. The Squire, on the other hand, is a joy to feed! If I ask him what he wants for dinner, he will pull a random cookbook off the shelf, flip open to any page and point. “Why don’t we have that?” And not once, in 46 years has he accused me of trying to ruin his stomach!

  2. glad to know you will be out soon. food costs are high here too. i thought Singapore prices were cheaper when i was eating out there.

  3. jackcollier7 says:

    Feel better very soon. ❤

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