Fun with Healthier Pancakes

I have been having a lot of fun making my breakfasts higher in protein, lower in refined flours & sugars.  As pancakes are one of my favourite foods (and not just at breakfast time),  it seemed like a good candidate to spend some time on.  Here are some of my experiments to make a healthier, higher protein, naturally sweet meal. Continue reading “Fun with Healthier Pancakes”

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Searching our Archives #2: the Beauty of Music

I have enjoyed visiting & revisiting re-posted posts on Blogs I follow.  They are reposted typically because they have a significance to the Writer, and having the opportunity to read it (again) is a privilege.

I am inspired to do the same; repost something from my archives, once each month this year. Care to join me and celebrate our Pasts together?  If you decide to join in, ping back to this post so I can find you.

Last month, I revisited the idea of Seasons in our lives.  This month, in line with my conversations about Beauty, I relook the role of music in my Life.

After the brush with pneumonia & the long ICU stay in May last year, it took a while to recover the ability to talk.  And sing.  As I struggled to regain control over my vocal chords, I promised myself that once I was better, I would do something more with my voice.  I have since begun singing lessons (with Mom & Dad).  Funnily & happily, the singing exercises have helped my running; using the breathing techniques I learn in our singing sessions, I can control my breathing better which translates into running faster & longer.  Once again, I am reminded of how precious music is.

Sunrise, Sunset

This is written in response to Daily Post’s Daily Prompt, Longing

There are times in my life when I feel an inexplicable sense that something isn’t quite right in the universe, a longing for something that I can’t articulate; this is a feeling that Loving Husband has termed my “existential loneliness”.  In these instances, the one thing that I turn to which helps soothe the persistent ache is music.

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Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome

I spent a happy hour exploring the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru  last week.  It is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates turned trendy by all the cafes and shops that have taken up residence.  While we visit to shop and eat here frequently, I haven’t taken the time to wander around.  It is amazing how different things look when one is not pressured by time or agenda; when we have time to stop and peer at fruits growing, to discover hidden gems. Continue reading “Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome”

The Changing Seasons: January 2018

Following  Zimmerbitch is an eye-opening experience: Su’s photography is spectacular and her insights astute.  She has recently taken over the curation of The Changing Seasons, a monthly blogging event that celebrates the changes in our world throughout the year.  This past December, my 30-Day Challenge was to take a Photo-a-Day.  I had so much fun thinking & reflecting on the month through photos so when I saw Su’s contribution to The Changing Seasons, I just had to join in! Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: January 2018”

Silence in Bangkok: Peaceful Morning Runs

Morning runs are one of my highlights when in Bangkok.  In a city where traffic starts to build up by 7:30am, we discovered this oasis some years back: Benjakiti Park (pictured above), where in a small space, one could run in relative silence, detached from the smog and traffic noises just beyond.  There are several such park oases in Bangkok: Lumpini, Benchasiri and Benjakiti. Continue reading “Silence in Bangkok: Peaceful Morning Runs”

A Pop of Colour: Lesson 9 Incorporating Colour

On my mind is how I want to bring Beauty to the world we live in.  I listened to a Ted Radio Hour episode called What is Beauty? and this is the question I have been pondering.  Would I do it through music? a poem? a kind word?

In Lesson 9 of Developing Your Eye, the discussion is about Colour and how its use can create different moods and arouse various emotions.  When used purposefully and well, I imagine one can make a mundane subject rather intriguing.  Would photography be an avenue for me to create the Beauty I desire to share? Continue reading “A Pop of Colour: Lesson 9 Incorporating Colour”

Searching our Archives #1: Celebrating What We Have Done

One of my favourite blogs, Miss Gentileschi at Art Expedition, reposted some posts from her archives.  I thought it was such a fabulous idea, that those of us who have not had a chance to see them would get to do so.

I am inspired to do the same; repost something from my archives, perhaps once each month this year.  To my delight, I discovered that my 1st WP posts were made in February 2016, so this is just about my 2nd Year Anniversary Month!  What fun!

Care to join me and share something with from your Archives to celebrate our Pasts together?  Once a month, for the year of 2018.

I picked this post Seasons Come, Seasons Go, as we enjoyed an extremely cool breezy few weeks – extremely unusual for Singapore.  It almost felt like we had a Winter!  I am reminded that as we go through different seasons in our lives, each one good or bad will eventually pass.  My challenge is to live in the moment, whether good and ill, embracing the seasons’ joys and challenges.

Sunrise, Sunset

Contrary to popular belief, Singapore does have seasons.  Perhaps not the traditional Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, but we certainly have Hot & Humid, Very Hot & Humid, Rainy, Hazy.

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Weathered, not Worn

Outdoor Chair

The effects of the weather and time can be harsh and unkind, very often resulting in wear & tear damage.  Teak outdoor furniture is one of those exceptions, where exposure to the elements lovingly renders each piece majestically beautiful.  Teak naturally contains silica, which makes it resistant to fungal infestations and the effects of water; hence, they can be appreciated with minimal upkeep.

They are an analogy for how I want to live on this other side of 50: I may be weathered, but I certainly am not worn.

Feature Photo: A much loved Teak Lounging Chair in our Balcony Garden.