Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

The last few Christmases have been really wonderful, especially with the coming of my precious daughter. For quite some time, the thrill and excitement of the holidays have really waned for me over the years. But through my daughter's eyes, I am experiencing Christmas again as I have experienced it during the wonder years.

My dining table centerpiece pour Le Réveillon (Christmas Eve) -- candles and candle holder from Crate and Barrel, some christmas décors from La France, courtesy of my mother-in-law

It's also a great bonus for all the moon lovers out there that the full moon appears on Christmas this year, not since 1977, coincidentally my birth year.

May we all have a wonderful holiday season with family and loved ones.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This One's for France

Warning: profanities



There is no way in the world we should hate back on hate and give back violence to violence... we should just carry on with our normal daily lives as usual.

And guard our smiles and laughter.

As one great writer once said, "The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A350 Flight Simulator Session at SIA Training Center

look ma, flying the plane with no hands! :D

I just came back fresh from the Singapore Airlines Training Center to experience how it is to fly the newest Airbus plane, the A350. They actually had an Open House a few months ago, in celebration of SG50. But we were back in Europe for the summer holiday at the time. Luckily, hubby has a friend who is an ex-pilot who now works for SIA conducting the Trainings for the A350. And he invited us to try it out today, along with a couple of hubby's colleagues.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Driving Around Iceland, Part 5: Reykjavik to Jokulsarlón

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As I have mentioned in my first three posts, I am writing about my trip to Iceland in reverse chronological order. And so in this last part of my series of blogs about Iceland, I shall be talking about the first part of the trip.

We were actually coming from Toulouse on the way to Iceland. And from Toulouse, we had to change planes in Amsterdam. We took Iceland Air from there. The flight was quite nice. We had some free snacks on board and there was an entertainment console on each seat, but you'd have to buy the ear phones, which I found weird.



Some slow shutter, moody shot of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lake, taken with an ND filter
We arrived around midnight and so were greeted by the midnight sunset above the Icelandic skies a few minutes before touchdown to Keflavik Airport. Everything was bathed in blood-red outside. It was otherworldly. I’ve never really seen the sunset from the plane before, much less, a midnight one! It was splendid... like a portent of things to come.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Driving Around Iceland, Part 4: Akureyri and the North

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continuing from my last installment, we were in Borgarnes (the west). from there, we headed up North towards Akureyri, which was about four and half hours' drive. as usual, we drove along the coastal areas. the paths were long and winding. the clouds hovering low over the cliffs, still. there were times when the roads were really zigzagging and steep. it would get all foggy and cold one moment, and then all sunny and clear and warmer the next.

the small city of Akureyri in the North -- apparently, the second biggest in Iceland, next to Reykjavik

Friday, September 11, 2015

Driving Around Iceland, Part 3: Borgarnes and a Bit of the West

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First of all, I would like to say that I fell in-love with our hotel in Borgarnes called, Ensku husín. The name of the hotel translates to "English House". Just look at how charming it is from inside and out:


This is the view from the restaurant

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Driving Around Iceland, Part 2: A Day in Reykjavik

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I’m actually starting this series of blogs in reverse chronological order because I want to save the best for last.

Our last day in Iceland was spent walking around Reykjavik (the capital city) with my Icelandic friend giving us a free tour and bringing us to a very nice and famous restaurant. It's a welcome respite to just take a relaxing walk around the city on our last day of touring around Iceland as we had been driving all over the country for the past days, all the while hurrying to see places few and far between.


First on our list was Hallgrimskirkja.  Like most Icelandic words, the pronunciation is entirely different from how it is spelled. I didn't understand which place my friend was referring to at first when she mentioned it, until she explained how certain letter combinations are pronounced a certain way, totally unlike the spelling.

Those linear columns are reminiscent of the spectacular basalt rock formations at the Reynisfjara (more about this later on)

Friday, August 14, 2015

The AirFrance La Première Experience

This year, the opportunity of traveling on the New Air France’s La Première (First Class) flight presented itself right around the time we were planning our family's yearly trip to France. This first class cabin was only introduced late last year! We were so happy and looking forward to the experience, especially since it will be the same time as our Fourth Wedding Anniversary.



Here is my amateurish review of some sort...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Driving Around Iceland, Part 1: Teaser Post

To the uninitiated, Iceland frightfully sounds a lot like some piece of land filled with a lot of ice. Well, it's not true at all. There are actually more ice in Greenland (its neighbor country, a bit higher in latitude) than in Iceland. Although, it is true that I specifically went there to see the ice, I went during the summer so I only had the chance to see them on mountaintops and cliffs, and melting on glacial lagoons, thankfully. Yes, glacial lagoon, you read that right! More about that later! :)

I shall be posting about the Ice in Iceland lastly in this series of posts because it is the part of my trip that is the most amazing of all. And I really like saving the best for last. For now, I just want to present the itinerary of our crazy driving trip back and forth Reykjavik (the capital city) -- going down South towards the Southeast (Jokulsarlon) and back again towards the West (Borgarnes) and then the North (Akureyri) and finally back again in Reykjavik. I have to admit, we didn't plan this trip well enough. We did not do a lot of research and just followed the suggested itinerary of our Travel Agency blindly.

You can see our crazy itinerary on the left side, and our driving path in blue on the map. We have actually spent almost 18 hours on the road, according to Google maps. It didn't feel like that at all because we had plenty of stopovers at gorgeous sights along the way! :)

But it was not such a bad trip at all. Contrarily, I would say it was my best trip of all, to date. Iceland is just Amazing with a capital A. It has landscapes that boggle the mind and make you feel like you are in another planet. I mentioned this to my Icelandic friend, whom I visited while I was there, and she said in fact that the landscapes are more amazing in the highlands. Regretfully, we only visited the coastal areas, which have paved roads. We didn't get a proper vehicle for rough roads and the highlands, unfortunately. She said the landscapes there are quite like the ones on the moon that there are actually astronauts training up there to get a feel of what it would be like on the moon. Is that Amazing or not?!

So I leave you hanging for the meantime, awaiting my series of posts featuring one of the most magical sights you will ever see in this world... Ciao for now! :)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Three Years at Being a (Not-So-Smug) Mom

my little kitten and moi
I’m not really in the habit of talking about being a mom so much, as I think it bores and annoys most people. I remember back when I was single, I thought about parents, especially new parents as smug, self-righteous and overbearingly annoying, especially when they are bragging about their kids and offering you unsolicited advice on how to become a good parent even when you're not even a parent yet, or have no plans of being one.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nepal of 2011

It was very shocking to hear the news about the recent earthquake in Nepal. Especially since it is one of my well-cherished travelled places.

What makes it so memorable is the fact that it was the last country I visited before I got married back in 2011. My soon-to-be-husband then and I went there as a last-minute resort, originally planning to go to Japan for Hanami (cherry blossom season). Unfortunately, tsunami struck right about the time when we were about to go there. It’s a good thing that it happened before, and not after, or possibly even while we would have been there.


This blog post is a tribute to the Old Nepal, with all the ancient architecture of its countless temples in all its awe-inspiring glory. Let’s take the time to reminisce with some of my old photographs...

The Boudnath stupa in Swayambunath temple of Kathmandu

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Festive Lemon Pound Cake

For my daughter's birthday this year, I decided to make a lemon cake. I'm very partial to lemon. I just love its clean, sweet smell and tangy acid taste. In French, they would call any sweet stuff with a citrusy flavor, acidulé. I really like this term. It makes the flavor sound even nicer and tempting to taste.

My very simple, but very delicious Lemon Pound Cake

I found this very simple, fuss-free recipe on the internet that I just watched a few hours before the party itself. How very convenient it is nowadays to learn anything at the tip of your fingers and at the convenience of your own home. The internet is really good for this.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend in Maldives

My family and I decided to go on a trip to The Maldives for the long weekend holiday. Here are some of the highlights of our trip:

The gorgeous view of the islands from up above:

The Maldives look like a beautiful abstract painting from above -- couldn't wait to land on one of those lovely blue dots at the first sight of them! :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Skin Care Products Review

My philosophy on being beautiful is to keep everything simple, and stay as true as possible to my natural look. I'm not a strong believer in make-up. Most of the time, it feels to me like wearing a sticky mask, or wearing war paint. Beauty should never, ever be an act of war. It should be effortless.

I do wear lipstick, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil almost every day. But all this is just to enhance what is already there and not to mask it. Besides, too much chemicals on your face is not very good at all. I prefer to have a beautiful, glowing skin than wear make-up to cover it all up. And so, we move on to what this whole blog entry is all about -- skin care products. And we're reviewing some.

First on the list is Purity by Philosophy.

On my hand is a travel size version I got as a freebie from all my purchases, the one in the background is the regular size that I use all the time

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Talking Pretty

i would say that a lot about being pretty is a lot about how you feel about yourself. i mean, if you feel pretty and believe you are pretty, then, others will also see you as pretty. and no matter how much others say that you are pretty, but you don't really feel pretty, then... it's a pretty lot of waste of pretty.

now, i don't always feel or think i'm pretty. there are just days when i feel totally drab and ugly. but it's quite surprising though, when someone unexpectedly tells you that you look pretty. like, out of the blue. catching you out of your wits. especially if it's coming from a stranger. and a woman. i just hope she's not lesbian, though. the compliment just totally took me by surprise because it was so unexpected. i didn't know what to say. it's usually me who compliments others first. i'm quite generous with compliments. i don't understand people who aren't. is it because it makes them feel less privileged than the other person?..

it's good to tell people how pretty they look, even if they don't return back the compliment or they rarely give any. because talking pretty attracts a whole lot of pretty. and i say this pretty much out of experience. ;)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Le nouvel an chinois

Cette année, on a décidé de rester à Singapour pendant le nouvel an chinois parce qu'on était trop paresseux de decider de quoi à faire et où peut-on aller pour les vacances.

This is how you make Spritz... first, some bubbly drink (prosecco or champagne, or this time, we had some cava from Spain)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Physio Pilates Experience

one of the torture machines at the physio pilates gym
ever since having a baby, my back has never been the same. during the first few months after delivery, it was extremely painful getting up in the morning. and it was always painful when i stay in a single position for a long time.

since then, i have always been taking physio, or when i was in France, going to the kiné.

here in Singapore i have tried going to the physiotherapist also. i have had a couple of physiotherapists in the same clinic, which is quite close to our place. my sessions were quite good but they seem to offer temporary relief... after the stretching and the massage, the pain would just come back again.

this time, i ventured into trying physio with pilates. and i was quite lucky to be able to find a french kiné. i never thought it would be advantageous to get a woman kiné over a guy one. until i realized that a woman is less restricted when it comes to touching your upper body parts to loosen the muscles, while a guy one would only touch your back and the extremities. :)

i have been taking the physio pilates for quite some time now. it has helped me a lot on improving my posture and working on my core muscles. the best part of it all is that i have also found out that i do not have a diastasis recti so i can now start doing more abdominal workouts. :)