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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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”

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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Big: Lesson 7, A Point of View

Adopting a different point of view is not particularly easy for me: I find it uncomfortable and somewhat messy.  I have come to appreciate, however, that if I persist with the experience, it is often eye-opening & enlightening.

It hasn’t been so long ago since I was in a coma in the hospital, just about 7 months ago.  There is now a teenage girl lying in a hospital bed, daughter of my classmate from years ago. She was admitted more than two months ago under circumstances not unlike mine.  Except that the cause of her illness is not known.  She continues to fight for her life.  We wait each day with bated breath for news of an eyelid movement, leg twitch, or an improvement in a vital sign. Continue reading “Big: Lesson 7, A Point of View”

Christmas Baking: Brownies & Blondies

We have spent the past couple of weeks baking tray after tray of Peppermint Brownies, Cranberry & Chocolate Chip Blondies, and Ginger & White Chocolate Chip Blondies.

One of my greatest challenges preparing for the season is gifting: picking out meaningful gifts for our loved ones.  We are typically gift as we go folks through the year, so attempting to focus lots of gifting in a short span of time often proves to be extremely demanding.  So when we found that we enjoyed baking these Christmas brownies and blondies, and our friends & family enjoyed receiving them, we were just thrilled to bits! Continue reading “Christmas Baking: Brownies & Blondies”

Solitude: Lesson 6 Rule of Thirds

I haven’t been to this part of the MacRichie Reservoir trail in over 20 years.  Walking over a foot bridge at the golf course which the trail traversed, this little beauty caught my eye.  I enjoyed a moment of solitude as I breathed the cool morning air and listened to the fountain a little distance away.  Enjoying a piece of quiet during this traditionally busy season has given me some time & space for stillness, amidst the mad baking, present wrapping and voracious eating! Continue reading “Solitude: Lesson 6 Rule of Thirds”

Connection: Lesson 5 Tag Your Photo

I love bridges.  I’ve set eyes on some iconic beauties: the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, USA), London Bridge (London, UK), Pont du Gard (Nimes, France), the foot bridge in Monet’s garden of water-lilies (Giverny, France).

Though not as grand or as famous as the above mentioned, Singapore has its share of lovely bridges: Henderson Waves, Helix Bridge, and a lovely series of pedestrian bridges across various points of the Singapore river. Continue reading “Connection: Lesson 5 Tag Your Photo”