We are in Singapore so that Pam can meet with her colleagues at TWR and Steve can get a couple of days R&R before heading back for a round of administration duties to wrap up the term. We had the privilege of witnessing the wedding vows of our friends Karen and Moaz on the weekend and headed out last night for a look at the Christmas lights along Orchard Road.

I don’t think either of us will ever get used to the idea of Christmas in the tropics. There is something almost surreal about strolling down the avenue in shorts and a light top in the early eveing when it is still plus 30 degrees and seeing Christmas decorations. We stopped alongside this enormous three story tree outside a Christian department store called Tangs and went inside to browse the ornaments. We have two tiny trees in our apartment in KL, but found nothing that small. They had Christmas balls the size of five pin bowling balls and peacocks that were even bigger, but nothing tiny. They do Christmas in a big way.

Everywhere you looked there were decorations and carol music on every corner. Store windows had displays of winter clothing and the Salvation Army were out with their kettles. Everything you would expect to find back home except for the palm trees, the shorts and the sandals, and the heat. Oh, for a little snow!