I had my first day at LucasFilm yesterday. Information overload! We had an intensive orientation, that continues over to the first half of today (I'm writing this at 6:30am... we've been passing out by 8:30pm and waking up around 5am due to jetlag). We learned all about the history of the company, got to watch some sweet videos, then the run down on all our medical plans/vision plans/dental plans, how the company runs, all the department heads, a cool tour and meet & greet. It's amazingly well run, I'm very impressed. They have cleaning staff basically non-stop keeping the place perfect. They have free photography/sculpting/life drawing classes every Wednesday nights which I'll try to take advantage of from time to time. My desk (which I haven't really been able to work at yet) is in a corner of our glass building and I can see planes taking off and landing. I sit beside Robby! We went for lunch across the street where they have a food court and a few restaurants. I had a huge Indian meal that I couldn't finish for $5. Overall it was a very good first day, everyone was super friendly and accommodating. It was nice meeting Meiting, the recruiter I'd been speaking with for weeks. She was very friendly and cute.
We are staying in Chinatown, as I think I've mentioned, and work is by the airport. It's about 55 minutes on the MRT (mass rapid transit) which is basically exactly like the skytrain. It's very well run, very cheap, and goes all over the city on about 7 different lines. I bought a pre-paid card so I just tap it at the gates upon entry to the station and again upon exit and it charges based on the distance. Teen walked me to work because I'm horrible with directions. We made it fine, the only semi-confusing part is about a 15 minute walk from our apartment to the skytrain station. It's in the middle of downtown, quite busy, and the streets aren't laid out in perfect grids like Vancouver. They wind around, and it can be difficult to find places to cross. On the way home I got completely lost. I had no map, no cell phone. It was like the olden days. I started to have a semi-panic, but then managed to find a place to get a map. With about 20 minutes of wandering around trying to find a place to cross a street, I finally got onto a road I recognized and back to Chinatown. Le sigh.
Teen and I went for dinner down the street from work, we had this yummy mutton curry with rice and... sort of vegetables. Also a cheese roti, which was delicious. One thing that's hard about Singapore is they DON'T EAT VEGETABLES. I love vegetables. I see them in the market, oh yes, but never do they make it to the plate. They give you like three tiny pieces of pickled zucchini or something. Then about 90% more carbs than you need, and the rest meat. Everything has been really tasty though. I got Teen to get some carrots and tomatoes so I'm gobbling them at home. I'm gonna try to find a more western place today, it's been a lot of Asian soups and curries so far.
Other things I've noticed:
- People DO j-walk. A lot. Probably because there is no where to cross the street!
- I saw two sets of lesbians on the train home yesterday. One looked at me and I got uncomfortable.
- It's way nicer when the clouds cover the sun.
- People are obsessed with the merlion.
So I'm gonna head off to work! I'll keep you guys updated on the strange land of Singapore. I miss you :(
PS - I changed the BG Ellery! I agree, it was hard to read.