Showing posts with label Singapore once more. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Singapore once more. Show all posts

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sepanx

Raw, unedited picture from one of my lunch-time Xtendbarre sessions... doing my pre-Barre stretches here.

Early this year, I lost my favorite Xtendbarre instructor. She went back to Brazil (I think it's her home country) all of a sudden. She didn't even manage to say goodbye to her students. I really loved her classes because first and foremost, her workouts are always the perfect balance of strengthening and cardio. She really has a good flow, and her workouts are always varied and never boring. It sometimes verges a teeny bit on the sadistic, though. I would tend to avoid her classes when I'm feeling really tired and sore for some reason. She can be really intense. Not a lot of people appreciate her classes... which makes me like them even more because I hate crowded classes. This is why I only take classes at lunch time. She seemed to be always very strict and formal and never relaxed. But it's not really her personality that I loved, it was how awesome she was at being an instructor. I totally owe my cellulite-free legs and tight buns to her!

During the last few sessions I had with her, I was quite surprised to to discover that we share the same love for 80's music. I guess we're about the same age. Had I known she was going to leave abruptly, I would've approached her for that 80's workout playlist with "The Neverending Story" theme in it.

This week, I'm losing yet another favorite Xtendbarre and Pilates instructor. I not only love her classes, I also love her personality. She just always seems sweet and always in a good mood. She even gave me a hug today on our last class together. I'm glad she said goodbye before going back to the U.S. It wouldn't be so nice to get the same heartbreak I had with my moody Brazilian instructor leaving without giving us closure.

Oh well... I guess it doesn't really matter that much coz we're also moving out of Singapore anyway... very, very soon.

P. S.
For those who do not know "Sepanx" is the short term for "Separation Anxiety".

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Romantic Lunch Date at Rhubarb Le Restaurant


Rhubarb Vanilla Ice Cream at Rhubarb, Le Restaurant

There is nothing more pleasantly distracting than a surprise romantic lunch at a Michelin-starred French restaurant on a busy Monday. Hubby chose a cozy restaurant called, Rhubarb, Le Restaurant. We figured the owner must've been really obsessed with this plant, which a decade ago would've been something very unfamiliar to me. I now know for one that Rhubarb Pie is one of my husband's favorites. And I quite like it too, for its tangy and citrusy flavor. We tried the restaurant's Rhubarb Vanilla Ice Cream at the end of a three-course lunch menu, and found it deliciously refreshing, especially with the popping sugar bits.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Unicorn Theme Birthday Cake

Although I promised myself I would never again organize a big birthday for my daughter, I just couldn't help but do it again this year. This time around, I tried to keep the size of the party a little bit smaller than last year. I also tried to do less stuff so I wouldn't stress myself too much. But what I always fuss about the most is the birthday cake. I just think that it's very central to the celebration. It's what the celebrant and the kids attending the birthday party really look forward to. I wanted to make a special cake for my daughter for her birthday but I just became really busy this year to do it all from scratch. It was a very lucky coincidence that I stumbled upon this cake decorating workshop where I can take home the cake, and that the workshop fell on the day right before my daughter's birthday party.


Believe it or not, the workshop took five hours (half the day) to finish. Prior to attending, I was wondering why it was that long, but during the workshop I immediately realized, it's not really enough time to do everything, actually. I had fun decorating this cake, although it was a lot of pressure to make it look really beautiful and not mess it up because I'd be using it the day after for my daughter's party.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekend Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore

The holidays came and went just like that... just like 2016.  And since the start of the year, I have been ever so busy with work, etc. But now, I finally found a weekend to write about the previous weekend when we had an opportunity to stay at Raffles Hotel. I had been waiting for a long time for this. It's such a magnificent and historical site that I wouldn't want to miss checking out, especially since I have been living in Singapore for a really long time now.

The magnificent facade of Raffles Hotel along Beach Road

Read on for more pics and video of the Courtyard Suite that we stayed in...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Art at Curate, Resorts World Sentosa

Hubby and I decided to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary a bit earlier than usual this year. He told me about this restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa called, Curate. I immediately checked it out and found it interesting.

food for thought :)

They regularly invite Michelin-starred chefs from all over the world for a sampling of their artistic cuisine. This particular weekend, we went for a lunch menu prepared by two-Michelin starred chef, Guy Martin of France. He is quite famous as he has a TV show called, Epicerie fine on TV5Monde (the French cable TV network) that we regularly watch on weekends.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Les Misérables in Singapore - A Review (Sort of)


image from: http://www.loket.com/lesmiserables/

So, I was able to watch Les Miserables by myself last night. This is the second time I was able to see it onstage. The first time was in London many, many moons ago.

I remember that cold, rainy night in London. I was so excited to see it. I totally enjoyed the performance. The most memorable of all was the little girl who played Cosette singing, Castle on a Cloud.

Anyway, about the show here in Singapore... first thing I noticed was that the stage looked much better than the one in London, which might be due to the fact that there have been significant improvements in technology over the past years. And that the Esplanade Theater is much grander and bigger than the one in London.

I regret to say that I found the stage actors lacking in energy and expression. From where I was seated (which I thought should be the best seat in the theater), I could not see their facial expressions (see below pic of seating plan) but their gestures and the feelings in their voices should be apparent to all the viewers no matter where they are seated. For some reason, I just didn't feel it enough.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Strawberry and Pink Theme Birthday

This year, for my daughter's birthday, I decided to exert a little extra effort for her party. We never really hosted a real children's birthday party before because hubby and I are both lazy when it comes to organizing events. But I was thinking that our daughter is now at an age when she will really appreciate having a birthday party with her friends.

I have shared some useful links at the bottom of this post to make my site more useful to parents planning to hold a birthday party for their kids.

Strawberry and everything pink theme

Friday, April 1, 2016

Les Misérables in Singapore

While browsing for events to keep my daughter occupied during her upcoming two-week school break, I chanced upon Sistic's ad on Les Misérables. I have always been a big fan of this show because I have always been a big fan of Lea Salonga.

Les Miz in Singapore! :)

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, 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. :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

French/Schengen Visit Visa for Spouse of French Citizen

My family and I are planning to have a three-week holiday in France and visit some Schengen Countries at the same time a few months from now. Since my Titre de séjour has already expired late last year, I now have to get a visit visa from the French Embassy here in Singapore. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered how fast and easy it is now for me to get one, being a spouse of a French citizen.

Here are the procedures:

First, you prepare the requirements listed in the downloadable document that contains the list of the required documents you need to furnish the embassy: passport (orig and photocopy), IC (orig and photocopy), re-entry permit, passport-size photo, your spouse's passport or ID card, your spouse's birth certificate and livret de famille.

Fortunately, we already have all the required documents since they were also needed when I applied for the Titre de sejour while I was in France.

Then you need to fill-in the application form which can also be downloaded from the web site.

Next, you schedule for an appointment, which can also be done online. You have to remember that the appointment slots are quick to be taken. When I logged on to the web site in April, the next available slot was already for the month of May.

You go to the embassy on the date of your appointment and at the time that you have chosen.

They will then take your fingerprints and take a photo of you for the visa, after which, they will give you a receipt and a claim stub where the date and time when you can claim your passport with the visa is written. Mine was after four working days! I couldn't believe how fast it is! This is quite extraordinary for the French Embassy!

And the best part of it all is that it's valid for FOUR years and it's FREE! :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

An Evening With John Cleese

i've been a big fan of Monty Python ever since i was introduced to this movie, with this favorite scene:


what's so funny about it is the silliness of the dialogue and behavior of the characters, bordering on cartoon-ish. it reminds me so much of the times i was watching silly Bugs Bunny cartoons when i was a kid.

we felt a bit scammed when we realized this  row of seating is the most uncomfortable and awkward in the theater, despite being so near the stage, and not to mention, expensive!

last night, i had the luckiest time of my life to be able to see John Cleese perform live here in Singapore. he talked briefly about his early life, family and a lot of funny anecdotes in the span of his works and career.


some random fan

he mentioned that his early inspiration for writing comedy are children's programs. in fact, some of the members of the Monty Python were writing for a children's TV show before they started collaborating together. i guess that is why their type of humor appeals to the silly and those with an overindulgent sense of the ridiculous.

the show was delightfully entertaining. i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. literally (due to the awkward seating placements of the theater) and figuratively. people were laughing from the very first line, and it didn't feel at all like two hours had passed when he said his last.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pidgin Bar and Restaurant

last December, we've taken our visiting in-laws to the Pidgin Bar and Restaurant at Dempsey Hill for lunch. the place has a lot of rave reviews all over the internet. so we decided to give it a try.


first impression: the ambience was very relaxing amid the surrounding greenery. and i just love the colonial architecture that gives an old-world charm to the place.



they also have very interesting dishes on the menu. as mentioned in the reviews, the place offers a refreshing fusion of local and western dishes.

some finger food for appetizers

we were not disappointed with the appetizers either. they all tasted as good as they looked.

something mighty meaty for hubby

salmon confit for me

frog legs!

the mains were all superb too.

free dessert for everyone to share... i was already full but i still managed to sample this one too. very delish!

luscious chocolate ice cream

i don't really remember what this is. some berry-flavored gelatin, i guess.

crème brulée

even the desserts were heavenly.

the service was excellent and the price was reasonable and fitting for the well above average dishes, and excellent service that the restaurant offers. the staff were very friendly and we never had to wait too long for the dishes to arrive. we're definitely going back for more.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Introduction to Painting Class

ever since i can remember, i have always been on the lookout for painting classes. as you know, i have quite a bit of experience with drawing, as i love doing portraits in charcoal or pencil. but with painting, i always get a bit apprehensive. not only because i find it quite difficult to render color on paper, but also because i'm scared to go in a class where all the other people have already had the skill and experience beforehand. yeah, i hate being judged. especially for my art work. so, do be gentle with me in the comments, now. :)

but then, last week, i felt quite lucky to stumble upon this painting school that organizes classes for people who have never ever painted in their lives. and they even offer a discount for this introductory class. what's more, it's a mere fifteen-minute walk from where i live, which is just perfect!

my class began really early in the morning. i decided to bring along my baby and her nanny with me since it was quite a pleasant early morning walk on the way to the school. we got there really early, so we even had some extra time to sit and enjoy the pleasant park where the school is located.

there amidst the greenery is my art school

such verdant and calming ambiance. who wouldn't get inspired to create some art work surrounded by all this greenery?

with a lovely little café

they even have a cozy little café inside. it was unfortunately closed on Wednesdays.


can't wait to color up all that stark whiteness

this is how my set-up looked like.  you can see my blank canvas, and farther up behind is the still life subject of a collection of things in different shapes -- a cube, an apple and a banana. they were all illuminated on the upper left corner with a yellowish light from a tiny desk lamp.

before sitting, the teacher first told us how to use the materials. we were made to choose between oil and acrylic. i chose oil because i thought it's easier to manage than acrylic since she told us that acrylic dries up quickly. this is how i looked like after the session. right before cleaning up everything. so happeeee!!!

the mix of colors on my palette has taken the form of a mandelbrot set.
and this is how my palette looked like. can you imagine how a lot more difficult it would have been had we used more colors? we only used white and green, actually, because we were just working on the different shades, tonality and gradation of colors.

you would think that having just two colors to work on would simplify everything. it was not the case at all. i kept getting lost all the time, trying to find where one shape ends and where one shape begins. it's a lot lot different from mere black and white sketching and drawing, which is definitely more straightforward than painting.


our teacher, explaining and giving some pointers on how we can improve our paintings

here, you have the results. can you guess which one is mine? :) 



the semi-finished paintings of the whole class

mine is actually second from the left in the above pic. i thought i screwed up the entire painting at first because i started my painting using a mix of white and green colors. it's because i thought i should begin from lighter to darker. it turns out to be just the opposite... but i managed to make the corrections.

i really think my banana was the best and most realistic-looking than the rest of the class. and it was in the most challenging position from where i was sitting. unfortunately, i didn't have enough time to work more on my apple and cube. i don't know why i got so fixated on the banana... probably because i tend to work on the most challenging to the least... which is not always a good idea.


please be gentle on me with the criticisms... it's my first time. ;)

and here it is again up-close. i really liked painting. i totally enjoyed it. makes you forget about everything else and makes you feel like a kid again. i'm just a bit turned off with the mess and the smell of the turpentine. and it also stings a bit on the skin. but well, don't we all have to do some sacrifice and suffering, all in the name of art and beauty?

and of course, i had to do a pic with my chef d'oeuvre. :)