It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and am blogging from my friend’s laptop. Had some activities lined up for us (Church service, visits to the museum, casino, downtown ice skating rink) but none of them interested me much. I seldom enjoy the luxury of lounging around in two-week-old PJs anyway. Watched several episodes of 珠光寶氣 too.
We visited the supersized Grapevine Discount Mall at Dallas, Texas yesterday and I spent an unassuming 30 USD after weaving in and out of discount merchandise so well-churned that salespeople can’t be bothered to fold.
Am quite disturbed by the environmental consciousness (or lack thereof) here. The Marriott people just replaced our perfectly new and working stoves, refrigerators and TV sets with brand new ones. They’d also dump perfectly clean crockery into the perfectly-water-and-electricity-wasting dishwasher everyday. (Little wonder we paid astronomical fees for our rooms.) And the paper napkin dispenser in Grapevine made me scream. It’d dispense a mile-long napkin everytime the last one was torn off. I know Americans are big but I’m sure they do not have Yeti hands.
Oh and contrary to popular wide-eyed Singaporean belief, most retailers here do not charge for plastic bags. In fact, they give them out like they’re free. One cashier at Grapevine even offered me the clothes hanger.
Bad impressions aside, Americans I meet are generally friendly, smiley and warm. Strangers would say hi to me on campus and round the hotel. The customs clearance at Houston, Texas was surprisingly smooth and fuss-free. They say excuse me and thank you and how ya doin a lot here. They’re less in a rush than us Singaporeans. I don’t feel like an ‘alien’ here, and I feel comfortable and safe shopping alone in the mall.
I shan’t complain about the crappy food here. Still gotta stick it out for two weeks. I am going to march up to Sheena’s house and beg her mum to cook me curry chicken when I get back. Asians eat real food!
Shall upload photos when I feel like it!