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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03 May 2017

It's a public holiday here today... Buddha's birthday.  Hong Kong used to celebrate the Queen's birthday, but after the handover of the territory back to China in 1997, Buddha's birthday has replaced the Queen's birthday as a public holiday.  I'm happy that they didn't simply do away with the holiday, but instead opted to replace it with a different one.  Haha, we love our public holidays!  (Hong Kong has a total of 17 public holidays in a year.) 


Do you have a lot of public holidays where you live?


Singwa - Wed, 3 May 2017

We went out for a hike.  It was hot, though not as hot as it could be in the summer, but hot nonetheless.  I love that we get to spend time (outdoors) as a family. I love that I get to do one of my favorite trails with them.  Most of all, I love that the kids are outside and away from screens.

26 April 2017

We've been experiencing a bit of cooler weather this week. Not cold enough to get out the winter stuff again, but a definite respite from the heat and humidity.

Because rain had been forecast for the week, Z's Sports Day at school had to be postponed. My friend and I decided to go hiking instead. Instead of our usual trail, we opted for a shorter, more scenic one this time.  I love this trail (Leaping Dragon Trail, then onto Pottinger Peak, and ending up in Big Wave Bay), were it not for the steep climb at the beginning. 


Singwa - Wed, 26 Apr 2017
I've done this one quite a number of times before, but in the past, I'd be breathing heavily minutes into the hike and I would need to stop several times during the climb to catch my breath. This time, though, I kept waiting to feel out of breath during the climb, but surprised myself by not feeling labored at all.  All the laps around the track and all that walking in Singapore helped tremendously!

Now I'm even more motivated to keep this up.  When the weather gets unbearable to do laps around the track, I'll have to switch to the pool instead.  Go, me!

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18 April 2017

Well, hello!  Sorry for being missing in action last week.  We've been up to quite a bit since my last post.  Hubby had a business in Singapore and me and the kids tagged along.  We were pretty much on our own the whole time as Chris was really busy with work.

Singapore is very much like Hong Kong and it's not our first visit, so we felt very comfortable going around on our own.  We did a LOT of walking, averaging over 17,000 steps every day that we were there! 


There were a few things that I needed to get during our visit. Top of the list were these Irvin's salted egg chips. It took us four visits to the shop before we were finally get our hands on a couple of bags!  All the previous three times we were there, they were sold out. The following day, we decided to go as soon as we knew they would be open (at 10am) and even then, there was a long queue already.  

These chips are "dangerously addictive" (as it says in their packaging). In a way I'm kind of glad we don't have them here in HK yet or else it'll be too easy to get my hands on some and overindulge!



What do you think? Would you want to try them?

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05 April 2017

Scouting Fun



The kids were away at the District Scouts camp this weekend. Unfortunately for Z's troop, who left last Fri, it was pouring and super cold. They had to pitch their tents in the rain. Their night hike had to be cancelled.  Luckily, the weather cleared up and it was such a beautiful day on Sat, which was when J's troop arrived.  


Singwa - Wed, 05 Apr 2017

The grounds were still wet and muddy from the day before, but that didn't stop all the Grasshoppers, the Cubs, and the Scouts from getting on with all the activities planned for that day.  There were over 20 troops from all over Hong Kong. The Grasshoppers had their own activities.  The Cubs and Scouts from different districts were grouped into patrols to work together at different activity stations.  It was really great to see the older Scouts lead and mentor the younger Cubs.  There was a scavenger hunt; they caught bugs. They did first aid and learned different ways to get a fire going. They practiced a variety of knots and had fun running through an obstacle course (with some members of each patrol having certain handicaps to make it more challenging).  

Singwa

The Cubs had a sponge fight. Additionally, the older Scouts went rock-climbing and were challenged on a high rope course, which, according to J, was the highlight of the camp, even though it was a bit scary.


Singwa


I love that both J and Z enjoy scouting. Even though both are with different troops, there are occasional district-wide events where all scouts come together for different activities. They get to meet Cubs and Scouts from other troops and make new friends and learn from each other. How fun is that?

Were you a Scout growing up?

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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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