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.
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:
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
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.
Older Daughter collects Linguistic Objects: brochures, magazines, snapshots of interesting signs. She snapped this one yesterday, at Optimist Coffee, a little coffee stand outside the LRT station at Ampang Park, Kuala Lumpur Continue reading “Lemons for coffee”
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”