Craig Cameron is from Aberdeen, Scotland but he now lives with his wife Lisa and three children in Singapore. He works for VAM, and is Mohan’s switchover. That is Craig works for a month here then Mohan comes in for a month and then they switchover. Craig is in his early 40’s and shaves his head bald. Which makes us look like the odd couple when walking down the street, as my hair has grown quite long and I now have a respectable pony tail out back.
Craig is a kind man and as I told him tonight at our regular beer meet, he’s no trouble maker. Actually I used the word “shit disturber” but I didn’t know if I should use that in the BLOG. We spend a lot of eating times together. He and I often share lunch of a CTM (chicken tikka masala) with rice, nan bread and a sweet lassie. Actually, we eat that almost every day. And it’s beer for dinner, although Craig has a soft spot for Vodka and Pepsi.
Over the past many weeks we have shared our many stories about our family and travels and the things we have come across in our lives and it’s been a real pleasure to get to know him. I hope one day I can visit both him and Mohan in Singapore, the city where they fine you $250 for spitting.
How to Transport Eggs and Make an Omelette
I buy my eggs from a cart vendor on the main street. They cost 3 rupees an egg. At 42 rupees to the CDN dollar, you figure it out. The vendor puts my usual order of ten eggs into a small black plastic bag and then into another for safe keeping. I put the plastic handles of the outer bag around my chin strap of my helmet, allowing the eggs to hang down below my chin. They transport very safely like this as I manoeuvre in and out and around and up and down in traffic. Once home I then go into the kitchen and remove my helmet and the eggs fall to the marble floor because I forgot they were there. This is the second time. Because they were in a second inside bag the collage inside stayed in place and I managed to pick out all the shells and then make a big omelette with tomatoes, onions and garlic, which I ate over a few meals.
What I Eat At Home
Lots of fruit: I always have a watermelon in the fridge along with mangos and sometimes apples and other fruit of the season. I keep tomatoes and cucumbers and potatoes in the fridge too. Onions and garlic are on the open shelf. I have Poppers, which we call Pappadums, ketchup (of course), Marmite, chutney, rice, soy stuff, and a variety of soups and ready to make noodles packages. I keep cashews and peanuts to much on. I have only one can of tuna and one can of sardines left that Craig brought me from Singapore when he came a month ago. Mohan, who will be returning promised to bring me some canned crabs. I like to mix these into the noodle packages and also add the veggies to it as well.
I drink lots of water and like to mix this mango drink (Maaza made by Coke) into the water for flavour. When I can find them, I buy these little boxes of Rose Flavoured Lassies which I also mix 50% with water, as they are too thick and sweet on their own. In Barmer they make a special local lassie which is more like thick yellow custard with its own particular spices added. And then there’s chai and coffee (the powdered kind). On the street I drink freshly squeezed orange juice (the oranges here are green) and when I can find it, I buy a fresh coconut and drink the water/juice in it. At weddings, and at restaurants I eat the regular Indian type foods and in the Indian tradition of eating with your right hand only. It’s messy but think of all the cutlery that doesn’t have to be washed. Once you eat this way a few times you will understand why all restaurants here have sinks by the entrance/exit. You wash in and you wash out. And as I mentioned above, I eat CTM and sometimes some mutton or fish. Fish is rarely found in the desert, apparently they have trouble swimming in the sand.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.