Our condo, called “Gallop Green” has the most beautiful pool. Being a family that centers nearly all of our activities around a pool, swimming, or water, this pool was very appealing to us when we were trying to find a home here in Singapore. The kids took one look at it, and declared that this was the place for us. Gallop Green would be our home.
From our condo on the fourth (and top) floor, this is the view out of our living room window, as we look down on the pool.
At night, it is all lit up, with lights wrapped around the palm trees, making it feel very Disney like. It is just gorgeous. We use this pool all the time, as it is very convenient. It is 5 steps out our door to the elevator, then maybe 20 steps out of the elevator to the pool. All the time we say that we cannot believe that we live here. It is just dreamy.
As you can imagine, we like to look down at the pool. We are nebby, we are kind of spying on our neighbors, but also, we just like to look at the pool, see some of the birds flying around (there is a full yellow parrot and a white macaw here regularly). During the first week here, while the kids were at school and Trent was sitting on the sofa doing work stuff on his computer, I took a break from unpacking and looked out the window.
You can imagine my compete surprise when I noticed a monkey sitting on the edge of the pool! A monkey!! I screamed to Trent, who practically threw his laptop, and we stood there in complete shock watching this monkey, casually dipping the end of his long tail into the pool water and then sucking on it.
I could see Lim, one of the guards at our condo, walking towards the pool, ready to shoo away the monkey ( he had his phone in hand, taking a video ) and I screamed again, “NO LIM!!! Not yet! I need a photo!!” Of course, he couldn’t hear me, and I ran to get my camera, which was still packed away.
Trent couldn’t take his eyes off the monkey, and I was throwing things out of boxes, into the air, over my head, desperate to find my camera and attach the long lens. I finally find it, take the lens cap off, make a mad sprint to the window, just in time to see the monkey jump out of the pool!
Apparently Lim scared it, which made it jump into the pool, do a quick doggie paddle, and it jumped out of the pool, down the concrete, behind the building, and up into a tree. It was the most exciting thing ever!!
No, I didn’t get a photo, as when I took the lens cap off, it fogged up with the cold air conditioning air. What a bummer.
Trent and I giggled like school girls for about 10 minutes, and then we had to meet the kids at the bus stop. So we made a stop at the guard gate, to speak with Lim, who was also giggling like a girl. He showed us his video, which he was thrilled with.
According to Lim, it’s been nearly 3 years since the last monkey siting on Gallop Green property. They are seen quite regularly in the neighborhood, but not at our pool. Lim said that he had to scare it away, and do so quickly, because all of the school buses were due to arrive any minute. Usually the kids scream because they are so excited to see a monkey, which in turn makes the monkey scream, and then the kids get scared and scream even louder, and then the monkey could become aggressive. Lim also told us that if we ever do see a monkey again, not to smile, as showing teeth is a sign of aggression to them. Who knew!!
Anyhow, I wanted to share that story with you. I just cannot believe that we saw a wild monkey within our first week of living here!!
It sounds like you are very busy getting settled and adjusted. The pool is beatiful. Have you met any of your neighbors or other swim team parents? How is school going for the children?
I gave your name and info to a young women I met in Be In Health, Ga. She is Noth of Beiging(SP) doing mission work this year. Her name is Charlise Haire, so she may contact you.
Love and Peace,
Hi Aunt Vera! We are getting settled in nicely now. We have met a lot of the folks in our condo complex … turns out we are in Embassy housing, so many of our neighbors work at the US Embassy here. (Chief of Security, Chief of Communications, Lead Psychiatrist, and many many others). The rest of the folks here are from all over the world … scottland, new zealand, france, belgium, kenya, brazil, panama, australia. we love it!! the kids are getting exposed to people and cultures that they would never had if we had chosen to live where all the Americans live. The boys joined a local swim club as well, with all Asians. They love it as well. The Asian boys LOVE my boys, mainly because they are so big (Shane and Cale are like giants here), and because they are so outgoing. Maria is going to join a swim club that is mostly Americans, she wants to hang with the chickies from her school. She’s a normal teenage girl, so I pick my battles with that one.
I hope to hear from your friend. China is about a 5 hour flight from here, but Sing Air is cheap so maybe she’ll want a nice break and take holiday to Sing? She is welcome to stay with us, we have the room. We are doing the same thing with some of the US Military out here, they never get off the ship, and when they do, Americans take them in, feed them a home cooked meal, they get to swim in the pools, and then we take them around to some touristy things. If you hear from her, please let her know she is welcome here with me!!
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The monkeys are so funny and everywhere – they always made us laugh. Thank goodness you only had to make one run to IKEA. Maybe the weekdays will be better. I wonder if the meatballs are made of horse meat in Singapore? It really doesn’t matter once you get all that gravy and potatoes with them. Try the mashed potato machine at 7-11. it’s magic! Tastes like KFC. Happy Labor Day!