Thinking on the Cold

For those of us who live in the tropics and enjoy (if you prefer, replace with a verb of choice) a whole year of warm weather, travel to colder climes is a treat.

It baffles friends why we choose to spend many a Christmas in London; after all, why go when it’s so cold and likely to rain.  Apart from visiting family which is always precious, we do enjoy cold weather so it is a welcome respite for us.  And the promise of snow at Christmas is exciting!

Just thinking of skating outdoors in the crisp cold while I look out the window towards another blistering day!

Feature Photo: taken December 2016 at the skating rink in front of the Natural History Museum, London.  In response to Daily Post’s Wanderlust.

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Bangkok’s Night Sky

Travelling is …

… family time

… new sights, sounds and smells

… the people

… the food

… a whole new world!

Feature photo: taken from Above Eleven, where we sampled Peruvian- Japanese cuisine and enjoyed the view.    In response to Daily Post’s Challenge: Wanderlust

Sisters, Sisters

Nothing gives a sense of security like sisters ….

This snapshot makes me smile, just like this song does.

Feature Photo: taken in Bangkok, 4 April 2017, of Older & Younger Daughters, by Loving Husband, as we were walking to yet another delectable meal.

 

Beautiful & Thoughtful: the gift and the giver

This lovely purple furoshiki is a gift from Older Daughter.  She returned from a 2-week tour of Japan with her grandparents last night, and this is the beautiful & thoughtful gift she brought me; purple is my favourite colour, of course, and the double-sided pattern is very artistic!  The furoshiki is used by the Japanese to wrap all sorts of things;  Older Daughter says it is for me to use as a backdrop for my food pics.

A mother’s heart warmed.

Glittering Grass

As I sit at my usual window spot at Starbucks, I enjoy the airconditioning which makes an overcast & muggy day pleasant.  As I daydream in the relative cool, I  recall a message from my aunt in London that temperatures had climbed up to 18 degrees centigrade yesterday! Unseasonably hot for them.

While we had bemoaned the lack of snow while we were in London in December & January, it certainly wasn’t 18 degrees.  And we did have a flurry morning, so we did get to enjoy some of the magic of winter. Continue reading “Glittering Grass”

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