Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Bleakest January Skies

Every time I find myself living through winter in France, I would always chance upon snow. The first couple of winters I had here, I had the unfortunate experience of having the worst winters that Toulouse had ever experienced in years. This January, according to the reports, Toulouse has seen the bleakest skies again after 45 years. My husband is starting to think I have a curse, or something.

The night of the super blue blood moon... it showed up for a while opposite of this frame... wasn't able to get a good pic.
 This winter has not really been that cold lately. But for the first time today, it snowed. While I am not a big fan of snow, I was able to appreciate it through the eyes of my daughter. She was doing a happy dance when I showed it to her this morning. After a while, she asked me if Santa Claus is coming to bring us presents because it was snowing. Kids are so cute.

Amazed by the snow
Still, I'm glad it didn't snow for too long. Hopefully, the weather will maintain its moderate winter temperature as in the past few weeks... and more sunshine, please!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Year, New Place... New Me?

Hi everyone! It's been ages since I last updated. Here's a quick roundup of what just happened during the last few weeks:
  • Quit my job in Singapore
Shopping vouchers, hand cream (coz I told them my skin usually gets so dry in Europe), and touching farewell notes from colleagues
  • Moved from our nice apartment with a view to stay for a week at an appart-hotel along Orchard Road with not-so-bad view also
Stayed for a week at the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites along Orchard Road, which is just a few meters away from our old place. Here in this pic on my last day of work, and last day in Singapore.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Last Thanksgiving weekend, hubby and I had dinner at l'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. We wanted to book the restaurant, which has three Michelin stars, but it was fully booked. L'Atelier, which has two Michelin stars, was not such a bad alternative with a more relaxed ambience and no less than sumptuous offerings in the menu...

Hubby's entrée -- Salmon confit on avocado guacamole with young vegetables flavored with turmeric oil

The hustle and bustle in the kitchen of l'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, awarded two Michelin stars by the Singapore Michelin Guide

We were seated in a very nice, quiet corner at the bar, where you can see the all the action in the kitchen. It was very interesting to watch how organized everything is, and how everyone is so busy cooking and preparing the meals. The room was mostly painted in black, with red highlights. The lighting reminded me so much of stage lighting, but instead of the stage, you have the kitchen and your food on spotlight. It's as if you are about to watch a very interesting performance.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Weekend Staycation at Capella Resort, Sentosa

While trying to get the most out of our last few days in the heat of the tropics, and our credit card's points, I had a good mind to book a weekend staycation at one of the luxury resorts in Sentosa Island. I chanced upon Capella while browsing amongst hotels on a web site where I could use my credit card points. I actually wanted to book the Constellation Room, which has an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the sea. But my option was limited to the next best thing, which is the Premier Sea View room, which was not a bad alternative at all.

One of the three gorgeous pools in the resort. They remind me a bit of the rice terraces in Ubud.


Waking up to this magnificent view of tropical paradise in our Premier Sea View room... just gorgeous!

The bathroom which looks out into the sea... so relaxing to have a nice bubble bath here.

Read on to see more pics and a bit of review...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Fun times with family on a post-birthday celebration at one of the best resorts in my home town, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar...



 


Full story and review of the resort on escapecapades.com.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Champagne Brunch Buffet at La Brasserie

For my birthday, hubby treated me to a surprise date for Champagne Lunch Buffet at La Brasserie of The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Seafood and Champagne at La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
And for this occasion, I'm making a short review of the brasserie...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Montréal

I've always imagined Canada to be very cold and very far away. When I visited it a few weeks ago, I was right about the "very far away" part, but not the cold. I did not know it's possible to get very hot there in the summer.

The Basilica de Notre Dame de Montréal... you have to go inside to really appreciate its history and beauty

Here are some of my favorite images from this summer's trip to Montréal...