Monday, August 28, 2006

Tropical Storm Ernesto

Tropical Storm Ernesto possibly coming to Wilmington! Maybe in about 5 days time!!
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....Hmmm...that doesn't sound too good....I'm supposed to take my driving test then! (For those of you who don't know, I've been terrorising the Americans for the past week as a learner driver). Seems like I gotta stock up on my emergency rations, waterproof torch (heng I brought my dive torch eh?), fill up the petrol tank and pack an emergency bag with important documents. Argggghhhh....will cross fingers...

The rain here can be pretty amazing... On the day we brought my car home, it was absolutely torrential. More water than any monsoon storm I've seen in Singapore or Malaysia. Roads were flooded. People were floating about on air mattresses on the street. One poor freshman drove/floated into a fountain. I'm just glad I stay on the 3rd floor...

Monday, August 14, 2006

Notes from sunny Wilmington

My first post since moving here! No photos yet, as I'm still waiting for my internet connection to be set up....It's so popular that I need to wait a week for the 1st available installation slot. Well, how's it been so far?

Weather
When I first arrived, the weather was freaking hot. Like, lie on the pavement and get slowly cooked and die kinda hot. Stay indoors all day drinking iced drinks kinda hot. Man, I thought I wasn't going to make it through the summer...and you thought the African savannah was hot!

A couple of ginormous thunderstorms (strong winds, lightning sheets, powerlines down, fire engines rushing around..) later, things are actually looking up! The temperature is going down! I can stroll around campus in the late afternoon and enjoy it! Hmmm...I never noticed all the flowers before.

The sun is still scorching though.

Food
I had totally forgotten what American proportions are like. Even Eric has difficulty downing everything on his plate, so can you imagine?? We wasted quite some food on the first few meals before I finally believed how big the portions get and starting sharing plates with Eric. I keep darting disbelieving glances around the restaurants like- Man, I can't believe that each of them is eating a full plate by himself/herself! And we're the only pair sharing food! Either a lot gets thrown away, or Americans have some kind of super distendable stomach that expands on command during mealtimes.

More in a bit...