cross at the light

My 21 year old Conscientious Daughter waits at traffic lights and will not cross before the Green Man appears even if there are no cars on the road. I find this very endearing as I will jaywalk in a heartbeat. This behaviour gives her a considerable amount of consternation, especially if I am dragging her along with me.  Much like how I feel when my Flamboyant Father pulls me across a traffic-laden Hanoi road because (he assures me) “the cars and bikes will avoid us”.

Traffic crossings –  zebra crossings, pelican crossings, toucan crossings – are these suggestions or imperatives? I guess depending on whether we are in Singapore, or in Hanoi, or in the UK, there are different levels of compliance and expectations for motorists as well as pedestrians.

What is it like where you live? How is the best way for a pedestrian to cross the road?

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Cross hosted by Deb at TravelWithIntent.

Feature Photo is taken at the pedestrian crossing connecting Orchard Gateway across Orchard Road.


Banana Walnut & Date Cake

Is this a banana cake or banana bread? I’ve done some reading and I don’t think there really is a clear divide or definition. Whatever it is, this is a wonderful recipe, taken from Anita Bean’s The Runner’s Cookbook, which is healthier (on account of the wholemeal flour, lower amount of brown sugar and vegetable oil) moist, tasty, and it keeps for a long long long time. I freeze mine and take it out over a few weeks  to refuel after my runs, or to enjoy with my cup of tea.

  • 125g wholemeal plain flour
  • 125g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 100g dates, chopped
  • 100g walnut pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
  2. Line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Place the flour, baking powder, oil, Greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla & eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add bananas, dates and walnuts.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and level the top.
  6. Bake for 60 min or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. If not clean, bake for a further 10 min. Leave in the tin for 15 min, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Discovering Art Brut at the BACC

I am not an articulate art enthusiast; I like what I like and often can’t tell you why. I don’t always know or understand the artist’s intent, or the technical aspects of a work, but simply respond on an emotive level.  Having said this, I have learnt that discovering some background and context does help frame a piece of work and helps me to unpack it, and ultimately to appreciate it better. Continue reading “Discovering Art Brut at the BACC”