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Lisbon

November 4, 2014

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This was probably one of our best family holidays. Every element of the holiday turned out to be perfect, which really was quite a feat! Weather (most important variable which can make or break a holiday!), was absolutely stunning. We arrived just in time (at the end of October) when the city was experiencing an unusual heatwave. It was 26C everyday with sunny blue skies. At night, we turned on the fans to cool us in bed. What bliss. Because it was no longer tourist season, we had the wonderful summery weather without the crazy crowds! At many tourist attractions we visited, there were less than 20 people. We stayed at a very gorgeous AirBnb apartment on a street dotted with convenience shops and affordable restaurants. Eating out was cheap and food was always good. We had fresh seafood every day. The boy was very well-behaved throughout the 5 days and really was a pleasure to be with. He’s at an age where he is able to appreciate the surroundings and enjoy different sights and attractions. It also helps that Lisbon is so staggeringly attractive. Everywhere you turn there is a photo opportunity. The place has a real rustic charm. There was nothing pretentious, and ways of life are still quite traditional and old-school, which I find really appealing. My husband asked me last night, “So, do you want to go back to Portugal?” And my answer was loud enough for my whole street to hear. “YES!!!!”

Sunny side up

July 31, 2012

My favourite food is egg. I love eggs whichever way they are cooked. Scrambled, fried, omelette, hard-boiled, half-boiled, poached. When I was little I would always ask my grandmother to cook me a fried egg. I would say, “Please make sure the yolk is ‘wobbly’, Grandma!” Grandma can no longer cook now so I make my own fried eggs these days, always with the yolks still runny, just the way I like it. But Grandma’s eggs, fried over high heat in her carbon steel wok over a charcoal stove, always taste the best.

Word hard. Be nice.

June 17, 2012

I saw this poster in an office unit next to ours when I went in there one day to borrow some milk. I instantly thought: WOW! those are such simple words but they make all the sense in the world! It reminded me of All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. I couldn’t stop staring at it or thinking about it so I went to do some research on the poster and found out it is by Anthony Burrill. He also came up with some other slogans but I think this is still my favourite. Well what can I say apart from: this Anthony guy dishes out some pretty good and sensible advice. Absolutely awesome stuff. If only everyone thinks like Anthony!

Best of Jubilee concert

June 14, 2012

I went on YouTube to find out why so many people are criticising Cheryl Cole’s awful singing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert last week (yes I can confirm it is rubbish) but instead unearthed all these smashing performances by Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and Jessie J. They all sang live in front of a HUGE crowd at Buckingham Palace. I know there are a number of videos here but please take 20 minutes to watch them – you won’t regret it and will probably end up dancing around the room like I did.

In the Cotswolds

May 1, 2012

We went away to the Cotswolds for a few days last week. The weather was pretty lousy – rained two days out of the three we were there but on Tuesday we were lucky enough to have a whole day of sunshine. We made use of it by taking a long walk to Lower Slaughter, which is a gorgeous village near to Bourton-on-the-Water, where we stayed. The honey-coloured cottages, the mini-bridges and shallow rivers made a beautiful backdrop. Travelling with a young child (especially a naughty one!) was quite stressful, and the wet weather made things more difficult, but we all tried our best to make the most of it. What was the best thing out of this trip? I have become a more confident driver and stopping to allow a group of ducks to cross the road was a really cute experience.

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2011

Yesterday I spent four hours in town by myself, checking out the winter sale. I spent an hour (ONE HOUR!) in the Cath Kidston store, armed with £90 worth of vouchers. Everything was on sale. I looked through every part and every corner of the store, touched everything and soaked in all the prettiness, and took my time to choose gifts for myself and friends.

When the cashier told me all the items I had put in my basket rung up to £75, I said, “So much? Surely that’s not right, is it?” She went to get her manager and we checked all my purchases. Apparently, it WAS right, I did bloody well spent £75 and at that point I wished I could have dug a hole to hide my big-ass embarrassed face. It was a LONG time ago since I have spent so much in a single receipt, apart from when we go food shopping.

Right after I left the Cath Kidston store, I went straight into the Jo Malone shop and blew £78 on cologne and a candle. Spending so much money evoked a lot of guilt but I decided what the hell I should treat myself at least once a year. I’d planned on getting these for myself for a long time and I experienced what I can only describe as a wonderful cathartic release from the girl who normally only ransacks the sale bins.

The sales staff who served me took care and attention in packing my purchases: getting the right-sized boxes, stuffing it with black tissue paper, wrapping the the boxes with beautiful black grosgrain ribbons so expertly they came out as perfect bows. Her level of customer service reminded me very much of Rowan Atkinson in Love Actually, except of course she was a lot better looking!

As you can see, I’ve hidden my purchases in my drawer so my husband doesn’t find them.

Don’t tell on me!

Happy 2012!

Ah Beng in the making

December 7, 2011

I learnt today that you are never too young to ‘zhng’ your car! See example by Lucien.