Archive for March 2009

WAGs’ night out

March 30, 2009

Through Facebook, I got to know two Singaporean girls who are married to Welshmen and living in Wales. On Friday, we met and headed to the Chinese supermarkets in search of Asian food items.

Kris, who has been living here for a 10 years, showed me where to get Singapore’s DoDo frozen fishballs and ready made carrot cake while Sher, a Malay girl pregnant with her first child, introduced me to Brahim’s range of cooking sauces. I also picked up a nice bunch of kang kong and a big bag of choi sum.

We then headed to Bali, a Malaysian/Singaporean restaurant famous for its over-zealous waiter, for some authentic sambal prawns, vegetable curry and sago with gula melaka, as they offered me good advice on the process of obtaining my spouse visa.

It was lovely being in the company of fellow Singaporeans and and to be able to exchange experiences about our Welsh partners. I laughed when their jaws dropped with envy after I said we mainly have seafood at home, because both their husbands refuse to eat anything with creatures from the ocean.

After our meal, we tried to find a nice cafe to have a cup of coffee before catching our trains home but unfortunately at 2030, the only places which were open were pubs and restaurants.

Peering through the glass windows of a lifeless Starbucks, Kris lamented, “It’s during times like these that I wish I was home, where we can go to a quiet place to have some coffee.”

Walking through crowds of boisterous men and skimpily dressed young women in their high heels ready for a night out, I suggested going to the coffee lounge of a newly opened hotel. Only a stone’s throw from the crazy mobs, the place was completely deserted and the waiter looked almost relieved to see some customers.

There, we were finally warm, relaxed and over cups of coffee, we reminisced about home.

Ribena tree

March 27, 2009

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These beautiful flowering red currant shrubs not only look good, they smell wonderful as well. It’s like walking into The Body Shop each time I stroll by these trees with sweet berry scents.

You siam, mee siam

March 26, 2009

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Guess what we had for dinner last night? I whipped up some lovely Mee Siam, complete with Sambal Chilli and plenty of crunchy beansprouts and fresh prawns. Alright, I confess. I used premixed sauces, but thank god they were invented! The tangy spiciness was such a wonderful change from the mild flavours we normally eat and it was so satisfying for me. Even R surprised me by having second helpings.

Glass pop

March 24, 2009

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Created some pop art inspired images with my glassware while thinking of what to use them for. Loving the colours!

True blue

March 23, 2009

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Very excited about my beautiful turquoise jug and glasses I got from the local thrift shop. What can I do with them?

Italian Fayre

March 23, 2009

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Love doves

March 22, 2009

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This pair of doves love to sit in a tree on a lovely green patch of grass across my house. My 86-year-old neighbour tells me, “They’re courting.” So sweet.