~ botanical garden again ~

11 November 2006
sunny, hot and humid

today, instead of the usual Sunday, we went to the botanical garden with Koda and have breakfast there.

on the way there, we had a small argument with our cab driver. as usual, ari called for a cab. getting cab for Koda has the same routine: other than telling the call-center person where to pick up and where to go, we also tell them that we have “big dog on a leash”. yep, koda is a big dog. small dogs are the size of Jack Russel Terrier or smaller.

the cab came in, and when we open the door to enter, the cab driver squeal, “no, no big dog!”. he kept saying that the dog is too big, and if it was a small dog, he’d be okay. and we kept saying to him that we told the taxi operator that we have a big dog. so, supposedly, if he doesn’t want big dogs on his car, don’t take our order.

what we don’t understand is that on his screen (where he receives orders and all), it is written “LARGE DOG ON LEASH”. so i said, “but it says “LARGE” dog on your screen. you should know that we have a big dog”.

that shuts him up. despite bad driving, he became very nice to us. does that mean he didn’t read? or maybe he doesn’t know that “Large” means “Big”? i think Singapore taxi driver should learn English, at least those terms used on their communication with their operators.

anyways, despite the super hot weather, koda enjoyed her walk.

koda @ botanical garden

koda @ botanical garden

after two hours of strong sun and crazy humidity, all the sudden large dark grey clouds moved in. the wind picked up and it feels like we’re going to have long and heavy rain. we immediately called for a taxi, which — thank god — much nicer than the previous one. as soon as we got home, heavy rain pours for at least 4 hours.

i can never tell how the weather would behave lately…

~ comment (8) ~

oh looks like a beautiful day :)

grace | 12 November 2006 - 03:59 | reply

you were lucky that you could see the rain was coming, so you didn’t get wet.

Mimi | 12 November 2006 - 08:35 | reply

hihihi! cerita tentang taksi itu loh lucu banget! Tapi… ya memang tukang taksi disini memang aneh2… Got scolded twice… Dan gue nggak tau salahnya apa… Moody kayaknya ;)

cynthia | 14 November 2006 - 02:06 | reply

yea .. what’s wrong with singpore taxi driver. One time they refused to take my family back to sentosa island hotel. Botanical garden sounds like fun, I’ll go there next time around.

Hope all is well!

emon | 17 November 2006 - 04:00 | reply

can you let your dog off leash in Botanical garden? Turns out we’ll be living pretty close to the garden. maybe Koda and Libby could meet there one day.

We used to have a beagle and the cab drivers always insist that he’s a “big” dog. I think the only good thing about HK is that you can pay 5 HKD and bring a dog, no complaints from the driver.

Lynn | 22 November 2006 - 11:41 | reply

you live close to the garden! yay! we do too, that’s why we go there all the time.

well, according to the park rules, dogs has to always be on-leash. i saw a few people have their dog off-leash, but i think you may get fine if the staff finds out.

the West Coast Park still have their Dog Run open, where you can let your dog run around freely within the designated area. i’ve never been there, but we’re planning to bring Koda there one of these days :)

thalia | 23 November 2006 - 10:40 | reply

koda looks so happy at the garden! and boo on the bad cab drivers. i hope you will show photos of your belly soon! :)

winnie | 23 November 2006 - 03:38 | reply

aww, thank you! the belly doesn’t look much different than the usual. i’m hoping it’ll have somekind of bulge within the next two weeks. and i’ll definitely post some belly photos :D

thalia | 23 November 2006 - 10:45 | reply