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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!!!!”

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

February 10, 2013

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Happy Year of the Snake 2013. Whatever you choose to do, where ever you decide to be, BE HAPPY!

 

Things I often cook

August 28, 2012

Fried bee hoon.

Broccoli and stilton soup.

Chicken stew.

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.

Old is good

July 20, 2012

My Danish friend flew to Wales specially to visit me this week and stayed with us for two days. On the first night he cooked us a lovely meal of pan-fried salmon with roast potatoes and stir-fried vegetables. We spent the next day and a half visiting some sights in Wales, and he spent the last night chatting with R on the sofa till 1.00am! We have known each other since 2000 and last saw each other in 2005. Although it has been 7 years since we last met, and more than 12 years since we last lived together as flat mates, the chemistry is still there. There is something so nice about being with an old friend. There is no need to put up any pretences or defences, no need to waste time finding out each other’s past, we just picked up where we left off, comfortable in each other’s company. I think that is so awesome, wonderful and magical. Some friends you know, are for life.

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.

Favourite holiday moments…

February 11, 2012

Bali: Spent five wonderfully relaxing days here with R. Highlights of this trip include daily dips in our private pool in Ubud and riding in heavy rain to visit Mt Batur.

Reunion dinner: I make it a point to return to Singapore every Chinese New Year so I can sit down with the entire family to have a feast. This year we went to Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant on the 60th floor of UOB plaza. There were fireworks and WHAT A VIEW!

Chinese New Year: Lucien receiving his hongbao on the first day of CNY in his Chinese suit. The cheeky monkey has also learnt to say GONG XI GONG XI complete with hand gestures.

Sentosa: Left the boys at home and stayed for two nights at The Sentosa Resort & Spa with the girls. Ate, talked, fooled around, talked more, laughed, went on crazy rides in Universal Studios, ate more, talked even more then ended our time together with a spa session. Girly staycations will now be our yearly tradition.

Marina Bay Sands: Another two nights were spent at Marina Bay Sands with my family. Lucien went swimming for the first time, in the hotel pool on the 57th floor. My legs turned jelly after taking this night shot at the same height.

Home: There is no where else I’d rather be. Bye bye Singapore, see you again in June.