27 June 2017

This little creature below was one of the highlights of our trip to Australia last Christmas. Even before we left for the trip, the kids were all about 'cuddling a koala.'  We just had to make sure that that was part of our itinerary.  

What I love about how this experience was handled is that at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, they take care to educate the public about koalas, their care, their habitat, etc. It's not just a money-making photo op scheme.  The children came away with some basic knowledge about koalas beyond simply an experience of having cuddled one.


Singwa - Wed, 28 Jun 2017

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21 June 2017

Hurray for one-pot meals!  Josh and Zoe have been taking turns to make one meal for the family each week.  So far, we've been sticking with one-pot meals, which are easier for them to do. Josh did a fantastic job the week before with his cilantro lime chicken rice. We've modified the recipe a bit to use chicken thighs instead of breasts and added in way more cilantro than was called for.  This was so, so good, believe me!  The cilantro and lime combo was so refreshing and the avocado lime sauce was simply divine.  For sure, this dish is going to be part of our regular go-to menu.


Zoe's turn last week saw her make something similar --one-pot lemon herb chicken rice. Just very slightly different from what Josh made, but oh, just as yummy!  The aroma from the kitchen, as she was making it, was just heavenly.  The Italian seasoning and the lemony tang ...oooh. We all had second helpings (well, in Josh's case, thirds!); it was that good! 


Singwa - Wed, 21 Jun 2017

We got both recipes from Le Creme de la Crumb and it's fast becoming our go-to site for easy-to-make, super delicious dishes!

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12 June 2017

I have a ton -- a TON! --of photos to go through dating back from last summer.  These ones here were from our trip to Australia over Christmas last year.  We went to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Brisbane) and it was one of the highlights of the trip.  Especially for our kids. 

Apart from koalas, which we could pet and cuddle (under supervision), we also got up close and personal with kangaroos and other wildlife in a natural setting.  

This was my second visit to the sanctuary and I remembered that the last time I was there, an emu chased me around!  Although the ones this visit seemed to be less aggressive, I made sure to steer clear of them.  I was perfectly fine hanging out with these little pretty birds instead!



Singwa - Wed, 14 Jun 2017
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07 June 2017

Summer is really here!  I can feel it.   It's been unbearably hot, hot, hot these last few days. School is winding down, yet there's still so much going on, so much to do.

I watched "Screenagers" with both kids last night.  If you have children who love screens and you are looking for insights and good talking points with them about responsible usage, this is a good place to start.  We had a good discussion with the kids after the screening and it's going to be a continuing dialogue as we navigate through this interesting, interesting area. We didn't have as much (or any!) access to screens as our kids do these days, but this is the new reality; we are living in the electronic age. The trick is to find that balance between knowing your way around tech and using tech responsibly.


Singwa - Wed, 7 Jun 2017

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30 May 2017

What makes my bag big and heavy is that I tend to carry around a lot of what I call my "just in case" items.  Apart from the essentials (wallet, tissue packets, lipstick, pens, a scarf, etc.), I always have a water bottle .  I would also have my Moleskine for the jotting down notes and lists.  More often than not, there's also a book with me for those times when I have to wait for the kids or for when I take the bus.  Sometimes though, the book is a hardcover and is quite bulky and heavy, which can be a pain --literally! 

Then I discovered these pocket-size word search books and they're just perfect!  They're small, they're oh so pretty and they each have 100 word search puzzles.  I love word search puzzles; they're so addictive!

I get a few for myself and I got a couple for Zoe, too.  Some days, we just sit together quietly and do word searches, trading books when we get stuck, and get the other person to help look. 




What do you do to kill time while you wait around?

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22 May 2017

I'm a big fan of one-pot meals. What's not to love?  They're easy to pull together - carbs, protein, fiber in one dish; no-fuss, less to clean up.  

Now that the kids are older, we've decided to let the them take charge of one meal per week. What better way to start them off than having them do one-pot meals? We sorted through the recipes that I'd gathered and chose to make this one-pot creamy chicken bacon pesto pasta. (Josh was immediately sold when he saw the words bacon and pesto and parmesan in the recipe!) 

They both viewed the video and agreed that it was quite manageable and set to work. We'd modified the recipe a bit and used pancetta and fusilli instead of the bacon strips and fettuccine that the original recipe called for. We also did away with the salt and threw in a lot more coriander than was required.

This is what they came up with.
Singwa - Wed, 24 May 2017

We all agreed that it was really good. Though creamy, it was not overly rich and all the ingredients came together very well.  Josh insisted on having the leftovers for his school lunch on Monday!

Though they worked together on this one, the deal moving forward is to have each child be in charge of one meal per week. Easier and more efficient to have one person in charge each time. They have to pick the recipe and let us know what ingredients are needed, so that we can make sure to get what we don't readily have at home.  (Of course, the recipes have to be pre-approved, because if it were left totally up to Josh, he'd be mainly looking for recipes with Angus beef, truffles, bacon, pesto, and a copious amount of cheese - all kinds! - each and every time!)

What are some of your go-to easy recipes?

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15 May 2017

w e d n e s d a y



The pollution levels had been pretty bad last week. After-school (outdoor) activities had to be cancelled. Sore throats, coughing, headaches all around. Not fun.  Had to keep the windows closed and air purifier / air-con on all the time.


I still went out on my weekly hike, though. Maybe that was why I wasn't feeling so well afterward. Maybe that's also why this pretty butterfly wasn't feeling so well either.  It was probably injured; that's why it was on the ground and allowed me to get close enough to get a good shot. 

Anyway, it's supposed to be raining all this week. Hopefully we will have clearer skies and cleaner air after the rain.


Singwa - Wed, 17 May 2017

How is your week coming along?

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09 May 2017

I love having indoor plants.  If I have outdoor space, I would be filling that up with plants, too.  Before we had kids, we had a whole bunch of orchids (among other plants). Different varieties --some we got locally at flower shows, others we'd brought back from our travels to Bangkok and Bali. We had a couple of the less common kind.  We gave them all away shortly after the kids came (long story!), but we're definitely enjoying their presence in our home once again now that the children are older.

We have mostly phalaenopsis (moth/butterfly orchids) these days and an oncidium (a dancing lady orchid, which I got for only HK$10 --which is just a little over US$1!).   I hadn't really paid much attention before, but this year, they somehow all bloomed at the same time --all seven plants!  What made it doubly exciting is that at least two of the plants grew twin stalks of flowers (when usually you get only one single stalk). Maybe it's been the super humid weather, maybe I'd fertilized at just the right time, but whatever it was, I'm super thankful for the beauty these orchids bring.

They are such hardy plants and require minimal care.  Yes, for the most part of the year, they're just leaves and roots, but when they bloom... whoa!  What's more, the blooms last for weeks and weeks.

What are your favorite flowers?


Singwa - Wed, 10 May 2017


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