05 December 2017

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We occasionally have game nights.  One of our favorite games is Taboo.  We had started with parent-child pairings, but once the kids discovered that they were more successful if they team up with each other (instead of with a parent), it's now always us vs. them.  They somehow always manage to beat us.  It's like they have their own unique language!  J is excellent at giving clues and Z great at getting what he means.  They have their own secret references to things.  Maybe not so secret; maybe we're just not young or hip enough.  Hmmph.  We tell them that we're just going easy on them whenever they win. They smirk and go, "Yeah, right."
 

Singwa - Wed, 6 Dec 2017

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29 November 2017

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Why is it that as the year winds down things get so busy?  A good kind of busy, though.  Also, with the nicer, cooler weather, getting things done is just so much more pleasant.  We stilll have a couple of weeks to go before the schools break for the holidays.  There are stilll drama rehearsals, scout meetings, piano lessons, netball practices and tournaments.  There is the Christmas pantomime. We've done one school fair last week; one coming up this Friday.  Grandparents are arriving for a visit.  Some Christmas gifts ordered and sent out; quite a number still to get.  


How is your end-of-the-year prep shaping up?


Singwa - Wed, 29 Nov 2017


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21 November 2017

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Lists.  Are you a list-maker?  I am.  I love lists. I do monthly to-do lists. I make lists of books that I want to read, of books that I think my children will like (and should check out). I make lists of projects that I'd like to tackle.  I have lists of various resources that I think might come in handy.  It gives me an odd sense of satisfaction whenever I can put a check against an item on my to-do lists.  


Singwa - Wed, 22 Nov 2017
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14 November 2017

Elevator Etiquette 101:  Let the people inside the elevator get out first before barging in.  May I add, too, that while waiting to get in the elevator, we should stand to the side, so that we are not in the way of the people walking out?  Common sense, common courtesy, no? 

*off my soapbox now*

What's your pet peeve?


Singwa - Wed, 15 Nov 2017

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07 November 2017

There's this place here in Hong Kong that I'd heard was used in one of the scenes from the Transformers 4 movie. I haven't watched any of the Transformers movies so I can't tell you exactly which scene it was.  What intrigued me so much about this place, though, from photos that I'd seen, was how you can capture in one single shot how densely populated Hong Kong is.  These are apartments in an old Hong Kong estate, built somewhere in the 60's.   This place has that old Hong Kong feel to it the minute you stepped into the courtyard.




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31 October 2017

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The temps have dropped.  We are in the low 20's (Celsius) now and for me, this is the best time of the year here in Hong Kong.  Bye bye humidity, bye bye sticky, yucky hot weather. Hello, cool crispness; hello, hiking weather!  


My friend and I finally resumed our weekly hike last Tue.  We logged in over 22,000 steps!  It felt great to be active again.   It was nice to know that I was still fit enough not to be huffing and puffing during the hard part.  It was lovely walking the familiar trail.  What was not lovely, let me tell you, was me dancing a jig each time I thought (and did!) I'd accidentally stepped on some huge worms on the path!  


Singwa - Wed, 1 Nov 2017

Wild berries along the trail


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24 October 2017

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We had a lazy day last Friday, owing to a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) day at the children's schools.  We did not have anything planned, but just decided to go to the beef brisket noodle place that Josh loves, which, conveniently, is just across the street from my favorite bubble tea store.  My mom was visiting last week, so she came along, too.  Afterward, we all walked down to the library where Zoe picked up a few Nancy Drew books.  

I never noticed that right outside the library were these statues of children reading.  Zoe saw them and quickly plonked right down and started on her book. I had to call her away, because I had a few more errands to run before we headed home.


(Hmm, maybe she should start a Nancy Drew book club? There's this site called Paperless Post and she can start sending out invitations to her friends.  Do check out the site. I've been browsing and am amazed at the beautiful stationery they have, some from designers like Kate Spade and Oscar de la Renta.  As the name suggests, these are 'paperless.'  Apart from invitations (be it for various parties, get-togethers, etc.), you can also send birthday  cards, holiday cards, save-the-date cards, thank you cards.  Check it out!)

Singwa - Wed, 25 OCt 2017

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17 October 2017

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Vancouver is the square root of negative one.  Technically, it should not exist, but it does.

~ Douglas Coupland


Singwa - Wed, 17 Oct 2017

Downtown Vancouver at night

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