not too spooky or creepy

We didn’t have Halloween growing up – it is not a Singaporean tradition. But by some strange turn, it is now one of our family’s favourite holidays. There is no TrickOrTreat-ing, just themed food & dressing up.

I cannot do scary. Whether it is a faint heart or an over-active imagination, it has been this way for as long as I remember. I had nightmares for months after my first and only horror film at aged 13. As a young adult, I had to leave the cinema after 20 minutes of Sea of Love (1989), which is not even a horror movie.

But if your children want to dress up like pirates & fairies, eat ghoulie cupcakes & blood splattered sausage rolls, one has to say, Sure! Let’s have a party.

How are you celebrating Halloween?


Loving Husband spotted these cuties and took the Feature Photo at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve last week.

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Creepy hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent

Rural Charm

One of my greatest joys when travelling is to explore the lesser trodden places (read: less touristy spots) during my morning runs.

Came across this whimsical sight in Ipoh a month ago, along the less explored parts of the Kinta River.  Upon closer inspection, it looks like the owners of this vegetable patch decided to repurpose the door. Maybe they had a sense of humour too.

This is my contribution toJanuary’s Photo Adventure: Rural hosted by Little Pieces of Me.

The Changing Seasons: October 2019

Highlight of my October is Younger Daughter & Grandparents’ (plus Me) Trip to Tokyo. We had 5 nights at Tokyo Disney Resort, 5 nights in Chiba (千葉市 Chibashi).

I haven’t been back to Japan since 2007 so was feeling a little apprehensive over my lack of the language. A Friend who visits the country several times each year assured me that that I would be fine, and after all, I was going to The Happiest Place on Earth (and she wasn’t referring to Disneyland).

Shortly upon arrival, I was reminded of how gracious the Japanese are – immigration is the most orderly and courteous I’ve encountered ever. I found this true throughout our visit as we encountered a variety of service people and folks on the street who were eager to help despite language barriers.

And of course, starting our trip in Tokyo Disney Resort was an easy way to ease ourselves into the swing of things.

Chiba-shi is the capital of Chiba prefecture.  It afforded many conveniences without a big city feel. Running through the smaller streets gave me a chance to discover havens of greenery & beauty.

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