6 May 2016 – French Bake Shop


Mon: avocado, one of my favourites, no matter if fruit or veg! Ellie has always liked it, then John and now Sophie got a taste and learning to like it too. First time ever such a small seed for me! Ellen from Tromsø reminded me that avocado is a fruit. Then the king of fruits for me here and the king of fruits for me back in SIN is the durian, both being creamy and tasty!


IMG_0793Tue: Rise Gourmet Goods & Bakeshop*****is called a Southern boulangerie, or French bake shop. Southern culinary familiarity melds with French flair using only the freshest, highest quality and mostly locally grown ingredients. Had the Beet Burger and it was out of this world. Those who know me also knows that I usually do not eat the bun from the burger, but this bread here was so fresh and good that I ate every crumb. The Orange Basil Soda hit the spot – refreshing and tasty. Appreciations to Debbie for this delicious lunch. Tkx to John for introducing Linn to this place.


Wed: beautiful cool morning after 2nights of rains and Happy Hump Day to all. Swept the driveway instead of using the blower for exercise and to hopefully slow down destruction to the environment! Ordered online 2meshed vests from Ebay and a backpack Arc Blast from Zpack – Weight: 21 oz/595g Vol: 45L, Load cap: 35lbs/16kg US $325!


Looks like the azaleas are on their ending days of blooming, but this bee like me seem to enjoy our tranquility with our own company for the moment!


Another day in paradise with perfect weather dry and cool – peaceful be alone to watch the sunset on the lake.

Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth…

cinco-de-mayo-in-new-jerseyThu: Cinco de Mayo=Fifth of May, commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla (1861-1867).

Celebrating this occasion with food from south of the border, refreshing frozen Margaritas, yummy tacos, guacamole and salsa. Also another good reason is to expose the children to different cultures and taste of foods.

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Above food pix downloaded from various sites – having similar food except not that kind of presentation! and with 5kids the Margaritas will be Virgin Margaritas. Not a fan or Margaritas, so had Blue Flour****made this for me:-)


My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn’t exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real – Ryan McGinley

2016 May Flowers

2 May 2016 – After April Showers


Fri: Linn was at a field trip with John’s class at SC State House, pix credit to Linn while Sophie was at another field trip to Saluda Shoals Park, pix credit to Elise. Being a hot day, chose to stay indoors in the AC and relieved that it is a case of been there, done that:-)



A pleasant evening swimming with John learning to drive the boat and Sophie knee boarding. Jeff had to test out and take pix of his new gadget for water skiing.


Poor poor James who fell on the kitchen floor and bumped his head badly, pix credit to Linn who stayed home with him so that he could rest. That too shall pass! Thank goodness for a pre-teen and teen with good cheerful senses of humour and a doctor on call… lol



Sat: congratulations Ellie – ran under 30mins for 5k. Awesome run for Girls On The Run. Way to go Linn for her full support thru’&thru. The other kids (James is back to normal, climbing, jumping and running around!) arrived in time for the finish. Located on the grounds of Historic CAE Speedway, a beautiful 9acres grassy Infield with 40acres of parking.


A few mins drive away is the Cayce Farmers Market with the most delicious boiled peanuts.



Lazy and relaxing afternoon by and on the lake with Jeff’s group from the Nicaragua Medical Team Project and their families.


Katy was performing with the Irmo Middle Honors Orchestra at South Pointe High School resulting in Superior and Top ratings. Congratulations to them – seldom time but did wish I could be in 2 places at 1 time! What a wonderful day. Pix credits to Julie Stephens and Katy.


Sun: Apr showers bring May flowers. Happy May Day and Labour Day (in many countries but the US) to all. The early morning heavy rains with thunder woke us all to get to church on time on this 1st day of May.



Rev Lincoln’s sermons at Shandon Baptist Church are usually educational and Jeff’s teaching at bible-class today was the main reason for my presence. Quite a different kind of church as compared to those attended in school days! But the variations of the basic messages are still the same  – do onto others as you would like others to do onto you! Yes that simple!

I looked in temples, mosques and churches. But I found the Divine in my heart – Rumi


May’s special dates:

1 May – Happy May Day/Labour Day

5 May – Happy Cinco De Mayo

6 May – Happy Bdays WONG Wai Kit & Jan SOSA

10 May – Happy Bday Andrew LAM

13 May – Happy Bday Susannah LAM

17 May – Happy Bday LAM Poh Chee & hurra for 17 mai

18 May – Happy Bday Helen VICKERY-YEO

23 May – Happy Bday Yasmine AMEEN

27 May – Happy Bdays LAM Sui Chang & Karen LIM

28 May – Happy Bday Vanessa LAM

30 May– Happy Bday Hans Kristian HUSTAD

Life With The FaBulous5

29 Apr 2016 – Is A Life Full Of Activities


Wed: late afternoon by the lake while Linn is at the track meet. Tkx to Cindy for pizza. Zuno loves playing fetch. Priceless expressions from the FaBulous5. Katy the teenage – help get me out of here. Ellie the pre-teen – hello, here am I. John the handsome dude – are you done with that camera? Sophie the princess – all I want for Christmas is my 2front teeth. James the baby – the sun is in my eyes:-)



Thu: believed to be the oldest house in CAE this 200yrs Seibels House is located in the heart of downtown historic district. One the most treasured buildings, the house was donated to Historic CAE in 1984 and adapted for offices and rental space. If you are willing to pay anything from US$1,000+ to 2,000+ per day, you can rent the ground floor and the gardens.



Lunched at Spotted Salamander****serving classic southern dishes with a modern twist. Deviled eggs, Crispy Pork Belly Salad (warm Carolina Heritage Farms Pork Belly, Cured Kimchi Apple, Candied Sunflower Seeds, over Greens with Sesame Vinaigrette), Croinuts. Creativity of the food, friendly service and have been told that the menu changes daily makes this place well-worth another visit. Opens only for lunch.

First shopping day back in the US and I go crazy, especially in the liquor store where the prices are more affordable as compared to that in SIN. Walmart is of course a must!

Thank you and bless this family and the taco salad dinner, amen! Am on Cloud9 with the FaBulous5 and their parents. Appreciations to Linn for the introduction to Moscow Mule – the name itself is an amusing combination, cow+mule=Vodka Buck (cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime and served in a copper mug).

Fri: TGIF and 12hrs behind SIN. Looks like I will be heading to meet up with AT hiking buddies for Trail Days 13-15May. Tkx to Wiggs who will be arranging accommodations and MoFo has kindly offered me a ride.

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Did not plan on this and did not have any intentions to go, especially after HiHill’s freak accident in 2013😦 The only time there was in 2008. Sometimes very strange things happen for a reason. What are the chances that MoFo’s fence repair email was cc to me by mistake, and at the same time I received Wiggs message asking if I will be at Trail days?????? Telepathy for some hikers:-)

One would like to know, for most people, being denied reliable telepathic communication, reach for the phone, which they feel is more reliable – Heinrich Böll


27 Apr 2016 – Here We Go Again…


Mon: got the last #36Bus to arrive at T1 by 0015hrs. Bummer that DL does not have early check-in and had to wait till 0300hrs to check in. Such is life when one lives on a budget and in additional, I prefer to be there when it is quiet, especially with all these lovely tulips on display for promotional SIN airlines flights to Amsterdam.



SIN-NRT: movie – Lady In The Van***a BBC production. Dep and arr on time after nearly 7hrs on flight. Had some spare yen from the last trip and time to shop. Like shopping in Japan – their presentations are always a feast to the eyes. Could not resist this mini Green-Tea set, JPY3,000 S$36 and my first purchase for a complete set! Now can still enjoy this tea ritual during quiet times in the US:-)



NRT-ATL: on schedule after 12.30hrs on a full flight. Watched 4movies, must document them as will probably not remember any of them by tomorrow!! Coincidentally, all 5movies were from different parts of the world. Journey To The Shore/Japanese – fell asleep here with this one. Magallanes/Peru, Mountains May Depart/Chinese, Room/USA. Not fair to rate any of these movies as I was not really with them.


ATL-CAE: remember just hearing the announcement that it might be a bumpy ride due to some local storm clouds, and the last I heard was that we were #3 in line for take off. Was sooo tired that I fell alseep before take off and only to be wakened by landing on this 1hr flight. Arr on schedule onto clear sky as the sun was slowly setting. Good to see Linn waiting for me and got back in time to say goodnight to the Fabulous5.



Tue: safe and sound after a tiring 30hrs ordeal. Such joy to see the family makes it all worth the while. Awakened to the lovely sounds of the birds after a good 8hrs rest. Lazed around unpacking and enjoying time with the family in their lovely home in the tranquil surroundings. Again difficult to get a family pix but I am not in a rush with 2months here and hopefully nobody will be traveling in the next 2 months!



Katy working on her project. Linn’s track team was here for dinner, a carbo-load before their meet. Jeremy, the young coach made a delicious mac&cheese. Nice to meet them – bringing back fond memories of the days she ran CC & track in LHHS when hosting those carbo-load dinners before a meet were a norm.


Always do your best and enjoy yourself. Don’t be upset if you don’t win, you’ve won by doing and simply not giving up – sharing with y’all one of the  of motto my life:-)

So Long SIN, KV & Family

25 Apr 2016 – Until We Meet Again


Sat: shopping at Plaza SIN to show Christine Spotlight where she can compare the prices of the crafts and tools there to that in the UK. And, no it is not cheaper here in SIN and I know for sure that they are not cheaper than the US, as a matter of fact much more expensive.


Lunched at Kopitiam using my card for the 10%discount. Found some cute wooden signs for the grandkids at ArtsFriend.


Appreciations for dinner at Paragon Crystal Jade Golden Palace (翡翠金阁)****hosted by Les&Ivy. More fine dinning with another voice from Dublin days – Helen Hooi who is also visiting SIN with her husband, Thomas.



Excellent wines with yummy food – my favourite is the bamboo clam. Dinning with Les, one is never in any lack of food! Had to doggie-bag my lamb-chop and noodles, but will certainly be a good lunch tomorrow!! Thus ends this 3days of gourmet fine foods and vintage wines. To KV & family, safe trips to us all until we meet again.


Sun: packing and laundry, my least favourties on the list, but has to be done and will feel much better after the luggage is checked in. Am not sure how others pack, I seem to leave everything out so that I can see what I am packing with me. Sometimes it is sooo overwhelming to see the chaos that I need to close my eyes for a cat- nap.


After traveling like this for over a decade, one might think I am used to it but I still dread the packing and the flying across the oceans, especially when it will be 25+hrs before I get to my destination!

2400sw_white_frontdaypackhero_stuffpack_frontThanks to Calvin@CC for these Hyperlite Mountain Gear. Stuff Pack weighing 0.28lbs/4.4oz/125g. Load capacity: 5-10 lbs/2.2-4.5kg.   Vol: 1800 cu in. (30L)

2400 Southwest (white) weighing 1.79lbs/28.6oz/811g. Load capacity: 20-40 lbs/9-18kg. Interior vol: 2400 cu. in. (40L)

The white one will be my hand-luggage and the Stuff Pack will be folded inside the white one. Still wish to go out and grab a backpack, a tent and disappear for awhile where I can be with Mother Nature.

Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends – Richard Bach

KV Lee & Family

23 Apr 2016 – Welcome to SIN


Thu: welcome back to SIN KV&Christine, Caroline&John and Kenny. Has it really been 9yrs ago they were in SIN? But then I met up with them on 2013 before my UKc2c hike. KV holds a special place in my heart as he is the only non-family member who visited me in my lonely and lost 1960s boarding-school days in Dublin/Ireland.


Appreciations to Les&Ivy for chicken-rice dinner (one of SIN signature dishes). The local fresh fruits are always refreshing way to end a meal. KV is enjoying this whiskey practically personalized for him:-)


Fri: beautiful contrasting of old & new skylines. A morning at Arab St area where Sultan Mosque the revamp is finally done. Here is some interesting info which many are not aware that the bottom of the golden dome is made of glass bottles and the history to that –



On the way to the Malay Heritage Centre saw this man holding a pigeon and was wondering what was happening. He then asked if we had a pair of scissors as the poor bird had its legs caught all entangled in some strings. Went around to try to buy something to cut, no luck but kind people in one of the stores loan me their scissors and the bird was free to fly again.

A short drive and lunched around the east coast area and to show how the 83% lives here in HDBs before tonight’s fine-dinning hosted by Les&Ivy for KV&family (Godmanchester/UK) and Catherine&Lee (Kuantan/Malaysia).


ME@OUE****a location with a view on the roof-top and food to die for!


Squid-Ink Croissant – my favourite.


Sashimi platter, Red Lobster with chili sauce and man tou, Dark chocolate Moelleux, best lave-cake tasted.


OUE Bayfront ground-floor lobby with these sculptures do make me think that DIET is to DIE without the T. Who am I trying to kid?? Not only being a glutton but also being greedy and weak for good food, champagnes, wines and whiskeys and not forgetting good-looking men, in that order – hahaha. Life is good…:-):-):-)


Katong V

20 Apr 2016 – On East Coast & Marine Parade Rd


Mon: Welcome back to SIN Catherine & Lee. Lunch & coffee at I12. Can never get enough of the East Coast and glad to see that the Red House is coming along and looking forward to its completion. 1923-2005, then The Red House Bakery. And soon this Red House Project will house 42 residential units and five retail shops. Do share if you have old pix shopping there!


The former Paramount Hotel is now East Village Hotel in KatongV with access on both EC and MP Rd.



The lobby is influenced and inspired by the Peranakan culture with a very contemporary touch.


If you can still play games like 5 Stones & Chapteh, let’s get together and have a go at them:-)



The halal dinner buffet spread at Katong Kitchen***has a wide variety, including nasi ulum, and for me the durian shot glass was my favourite and had 6 of them – yummy yum yum:-)


Tue: educational and interesting 9-part docu-series to watch with an open-mind. Have watched bits and pieces of it , so happy now to be able to all of it. Believe it or not but much of is logical and common sense!!

Tkx for dinner with Jo & family


Wed: the temps today is predicted to get above 35. Get such a headache when not in the AC and dreading it when I have to go out!



An invitation to participate at the NDC in a treatment outcome research study concerning the survival of endodontically treated cracked teeth – a 10yr review was accepted 2weeks ago. Treatment+X-ray costing S$131.07 was waived and also S$20 cash paid out for transport. The sky opened up while on the dentist chair but cleared when the ordeal was over. Helped to cool down the weather a little. All in all it was a good Humpday:-)

Going to be real busy the next few days ahead with KV&fam visiting from L’don. Looking forward to catching up and also looking forward to seeing the grandchildren after the weekend.