30.10.10

While you were sleeping

I was pretty excited when I woke up this morning, because we were finally! going! to get broadband! in our flat.

(Brief recap: I ordered broadband service from Sky as soon as my flatmate and I moved in in late September. The first appointment they gave us to set up the phone line was in early October, which seemed reasonable. This was later summarily changed to 19 October. Sky takes 10-14 working days after the phone line is working to activate broadband. Grrrrr. Times like this, I miss Starhub, despite their recent cock-up with terminating my Singapore broadband subscription.)

I don't function well without coffee, so I dawdled over making said coffee and thought I would catch up on Twitter on the iPad to wake up ye olde brain, before I attempted to set up the wireless router and check if the broadband service had in fact kicked in. As luck would have it: updating my Twitter timeline sucked up the last gasp of the prepaid 3G data plan on my iPad.

So with only half a coffee in me, I set up the wireless router. Surprisingly, everything worked.

(Living in London for two months has taught me to temper my expectations of service standards, as you can tell.)

And then, in my email inbox, an honest-to-goodness surprise: my travel article "Three Perfect Days --- Singapore", published in February 2009 in United Airlines' in-flight magazine Hemispheres, picked up the "Best Singapore Experience Story --- Print" at the Singapore Tourism Board's Singapore Experience Awards 2010 (my name and story title are buried in the Word document link in Annex A).

Woo!

Woot, even!

Woo woo!

I found out a couple of weeks ago that my travel story had been nominated, but I didn't think much of it at the time because, you know, who knows with these things.

I have no idea if I get an actual prize for this, or merely a shiny piece of paper with a Singapore Tourism Board logo. But hey: award-winning travel writer about Singapore. Or something.

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