3.5 lost days and 12 surprising discoveries

The best made holiday plans can be upset. Weather, short-staffed inn-keepers and unforeseen road closures can conspire to turn an itinerary upside down. Often the disappointment poisons the whole vacation. But, it only takes a pause to change our perceptions and save the day. In Queensland, we ran into road closures along the Gold Coast. Our hotel in Cairns … Continue reading

Caught in the rain!

Be careful what you wish for. Nothing is a perfect circle. That’s life. How we wished for rain the week before! A deluge of blessed beautiful water would put out the fires in Sumatra and  wash down all the smog particles floating in our air. It would put to rest our worries about the haze returning once … Continue reading

Easter – Now the green blade rises

We found a strangler fig growing in a corner of the bathroom, in a tiny space between the wall tiles and the frosted glass sun-roof.  From down in the shower stall it looked like one tiny leaf.  When we got the ladder and climbed up to check we found a full grown plant with 6 … Continue reading

HOW TO SING SINGAPORE BETTER – LET IN THE GATECRASHING PINOYS!

WE DIDN’T INVITE THEM   I’ve heard them practicing in the park from my study.  I’ve passed them on my walks.  I’ve kept them at a safe arm’s length. What they do on their day off is their business. I let them be, them and their singing… But now they’re in my driveway. “There some carolers … Continue reading

A SINGAPORE THANKSGIVING MENU

We don’t eat turkey …   Not because we’re vegetarians unfortunately. Unfortunately just because I can’t cook it well and our oven’s too small for the gigantic bird we’d need for all our guests.  Anyway for us, it’s the gathering of people that matterFirst things first – the people who’ll be there By and large boat … Continue reading

A Singapore Thanksgiving – Should we be content with small blessings?

This is a city of small blessings Some say this with disdain. But what’s not to love about buses and train systems that more or less work, even if they’re  stuffed to the gills; water that comes out of the faucet drinkable; drains that drain 360 out of 365 days a year. In November the rains … Continue reading

A Singapore Thanksgiving – The Monday before

It’s a boat person’s festival that’s why… When we lived in the US, it was a public holiday, an opportunity for far flung too busy friends and relatives to get together. With memories of the war and of hunger still stalking them, my husband’s people commemorated this American migrant feast with the solemnity of ancestral anniversary days. … Continue reading

Lunar New Year

It’s New Year again, the real one just after the stroke of midnight at the end of a Lunar New Year, when the moon’s disappeared to God knows where. This is when I step out, new clothes on (even to the underwear inside).  When I breath in, New Year morning midnight air all around.  And … Continue reading

If Dogs Can Say Grace…

My father has decided to say Grace after 50 years of not doing so.  The reason he’s started again is a video someone sent him of dogs putting their paws together before chowing down. If dogs can do it, so can he! Everyone knows that  dogs can be motivated to do almost anything for a … Continue reading