29 March 2017

Working Out

I've been a bit more proactive about getting out and about and moving.  Apart from my weekly hike, I've taken to trying to keep up to at least 10,000 steps a day. I started last week trying to do laps around the track --part running, part brisk walking.  Josh decided to accompany me, which was really sweet of him.  It made all the difference.  He was my cheerleader.  I was originally planning to do only six laps, but ended doing 12.  That felt good. Really good.  (Especially because Chris came back with salted egg potato chips from his trip and we could not help ourselves and dug right into them.)

We've done it a few times since and our best record was 21 laps (me) and 24 laps (Josh). Josh felt so good about that that every other time we've gone; he was gunning to break his own record. 

I love our mother-son work-out dates. Beyond the fact that we're keeping fit, I love that I get to spend time with Josh. I love that we have philosophical discussions about everything and nothing. I love that he chooses to go with me over vegging out with a book.  I love that I'm learning stuff about him. I love being with him.

Singwa - Wed, 29 Mar 2017

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21 March 2017


Today is apparently the first day of Spring.  Hmmm. The weather has warmed up a bit, I have to say.  A good change from the cold and the damp of the past week.  Looking forward to wearing tees and shorts and flip-flops again!

Singwa - Wed, 22 Mar 2017

14 March 2017

It's been a busy, busy week last week. It's a busy week every week, but last week was busier than usual. 

A niece was in town. I hadn't seen her since she was 4 and was a flower girl at our wedding almost 14 years ago! She was here for a conference. Hard to reconcile the little girl with the young lady I saw.  She had a few hours free in-between meetings and we met up to have lunch and to have a walk around.  She's a bit of a photography buff as well and we had fun walking around and stopping by here and there to take pictures.

The Akela in Z's Cubs troop was leaving Hong Kong and we had a small (surprise) farewell party for her after our weekly troop meeting. We will miss her and her family. They are some of the loveliest people I've met.

Singwa - Wed, 15 Mar 2017

There was another farewell party on Saturday, after which Z and I went to attend (anticipated) Mass, because she would be missing regular Mass on account of her netball tourney starting early on Sunday.   

Z's team won their netball match on Sunday and they're in the semis (yay)!  Rushed back after the match to pick up hubby and J from church.  They then drove me and Z to school where we rode the bus with the Cubs troop for backwoods cooking at Clearwater Bay Country Park.  What a fun afternoon in a lovely park. The Cubs gathered kindling, twigs, big sticks and started their own fire and had a barbecue of sweet potatoes, corn, bananas, and chapati. After the fire was put out and things cleared away, the Cubs had some free play time and some of them flew kites. It was an amazing ending to a packed week!

08 March 2017

J has given up electronic gadgets for Lent. This is the third year he's doing this.  He loves his games, he loves tinkering on his notebook. I know how 'hard' this is for him. He could easily have given up on something that's easier, but in the spirit of sacrificing something that really counts, he again chose to give up electronics. I couldn't be more proud of him.

Because he's not glued to the screens now, the board games come out. So far, we've played Taboo and Pandemic.  I'm sure the other games will be dusted off and given their turn, too.

Singwa - Wed, 8 Mar 2017

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01 March 2017

Every time I pass by this street, I always stop. I stop. Sometimes I pull out my phone to snap a few. It's a street that's gone through a face lift; it's been gentrified. I kind of miss the old street with the old shops, but this 'new' street is pretty.  I'm not sure, but it seems that they have different lanterns up the whole year through.  They just make you go "ooh" and smile.

20 February 2017

I love rice.  I can survive on bread, pasta, pizza, and steak, but only for so long.  When I was in London, I was staying in Regent's Park, but I remember making the trek to Chinatown, because I was craving for some Asian food.  Trips back from overseas, time and time again, would find me heading straight out to get myself some char siew fan (叉燒rice with roasted barbecue pork slices). Yes, you can probably get the same in any Chinatown in different countries, but trust me, it's not quite the same.

A couple of friends recommended this little hole-in-the-wall near our place called 新桂香燒臘 (sorry, no English name). They specialize in siu mei (燒味).  The shop has two small tables inside that seats two each and a couple of tables outside on the street that seats three each. People mostly buy take-out; business is brisk.  

So far, I've tried their barbecued pork (叉燒), soy chicken (豉油雞), marinated steamed chicken (白切雞), and roasted pork with crispy skin (燒肉) --all mouthwatering, super yummy goodness.  Next up, I want to try their roasted goose (燒鵝), roasted duck (燒鴨), and the suckling pig (乳豬).  I have a feeling I won't be disappointed, going by the number of orders for these items when I was there last.
Singwa - Wed, 22 Feb 2017

What's comfort food for you?

15 February 2017

Game Time!

These days when it seems that the kids are glued to screens, I love it when they turn to board games instead.  Good, old-fashioned fun.

J & Z were playing Man Bites Dog and were cracking themselves up over the silly headlines they created.  They even decided to make additional cards to add to the pack to make even crazier and zanier headlines.

Singwa - Wed, 15 Feb 2017

What board games do you enjoy?

08 February 2017

After the last two weeks where I'd posted monochrome photos, I thought a bit of color is called for for this post.  Besides, I'd been bombarded with bright colors lately on account of Chinese New Year, so here's a bit of red to brighten your week.  

Singwa - Wed, 08 Feb 2017

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