And the sun rises

It was raining most of yesterday; not terribly surprising for London, but it was the heaviest winter rain I’ve ever experienced in my various London visits.

Younger Daughter and I were braving the pelting drops as we hurried home after a visit to the Natural History museum; umbrella and mostly rain-resistant coats did not spare us from being soaked.  An hour later, Older Daughter reported sleet when she was making her way to an orchestral concert.  We heard later that evening more than 100 flights were cancelled at Heathrow Airport on account of the weather.

And yet, the morning dawns dry and bright, almost like yesterday never happened. 

May the sun rise for you wherever you are.

Feature photo taken this morning at 8am from my bedroom window.

Lord of the Dance

As we greet the Christ child, we sing one of our family favourites: not a typical Christmas carol, but one which we feel reflects the joy of the occasion.

“I danced in the morning when the world was begun

And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun

And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth,

At Bethelem I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever  you may be,

I am the Lord of the Dance,” said he.

“I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,

I will lead you all in the Dance,” said he.

Text: Sydney B Carter, Music: Shaker melody

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

Light one candle for Love

In these few days leading up to Christmas, with the mad crowds, tragic happenings around the world, frantic preparations to celebrate the occasion, I wanted to take a little time to remember why we do it all: 

because of a child, 

a baby born from hope, 

to bring us peace & joy, 

in the name of love.

Christmas tree outside Kensington Palace, London.

What are you anticipating this season?

The 4th candle is lit. For love.

Pussy Cat Pussy Cat Where Have You Been?

We are off to London today!

We will spend the next 7 weeks with our family, celebrating Christmas, New Year and then Chinese New Year before we head back to Singapore.

Some of the things we are looking forward to:

  • revisiting Brick Lane & our fave food stalls there: Vegan Ethiopian cuisine at the Boiler House Food Hall , many many bagels & challah at Beigel Bake. Then to finally check out Dark Sugars, which up to now, we’ve only pressed our noses up to the glass
  • oogling at the Lush Flagship Store
  • slurping many many milkshakes at Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • spending time with friends & family in & around London

It will be a busy couple of months .. we fully intend to enjoy it all!

Blessed Christmas to you!

Photo taken on 20 Dec 2014, St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Light one candle for Joy

Younger Daughter and I had a mini-break this past week in Kuala Lumpur.  Older Daughter was at a Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) Camp the past week, and had some time off on Thursday and Friday; so we decided to travel over a few days earlier before our planned weekend trip.

The camp culminated in a performance at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas KLCC on Sunday.  We also attended on Saturday a performance by the Singapore National Youth Orchestra & the Singapore Children’s Choir.  These performances were part of a Youth Orchestra Festival.

It was wonderful to watch these young people from Singapore & Malaysia making beautiful music; a reminder that music brings so much joy to those who create & perform it, as well as to those of us who are in the audience experiencing & appreciating it.

The third candle is lit.  For joy.

Light one candle for Peace

The second week of Advent.

December brings about eclectic emotions: the closing of the year, looking forward to Christmas; farewells, parties, packing, planning.  All these bring my preferred zen existence grinding to a halt.  All of a sudden, there is so much to do & it feels like there’s not enough time to do it. Continue reading “Light one candle for Peace”