Friday, 20 January 2017

Millennnial?

The other day I was listening to an interview about millenials with Simon Sinek and it really got me thinking about how many weeks I must have spent glued to my phone, my laptop or the TV when there is so much more I could be doing.

It isn't really a new years resolution, but I'm now trying to come home after work and play the piano, swim or paint rather than lying back and scrolling through various news feeds on my phone, looking at other people's lives or wondering how many likes I might have gotten.

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a painting set, so I've been trying it out and am quite proud of my recent attempts:

Lion, acrylic

Buddha, acrylic

I'm also exercising again and Phil and I have been trying out another one of our Christmas presents in the pool...


Fins
Fintastic

It's been great coming home and achieving something instead of looking at a screen. It probably helps that I'm doing dry January as well, so there's no temptation to go out and guzzle cocktails.

The next few months are going to be a but nuts - we have decided to stay in Singapore for at least one more year so Phil is on the look out for a new job and we are also starting to think about finding a new place to live.

I love this flat and will be really sad to leave, but if I stop for a minute and think about it - we've been so bloody lucky to have lived in this place at all!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Blink and you miss it

With all the excitement of Christmas, I realised it's been ages since my last post.

It was so good to get home and catch up with friends and family.. and of course my gorgeous dog! Early morning walks on the common in the dark with woolly hats and wellies. Cosy nights in with friends, wine and cheese. Pub lunches, ice skating, board games and port.


Christmas walksMy love


Polaroid pals
Polaroid pals

It was all too quick though. And before I knew it, Phil and I were on a plane and back in Singapore.

Thankfully we've had a relatively chilled start back at work and a couple of visitors from the UK passing through to see us which has eased any blues we might have had.



My friend was in town for just a few days, so we planned a weekend soaking up the culture and getting active. (This is the guy who ran 32 marathons in 36 days last year!! Don't even..)

On Friday night we headed over to Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks for some art, music and food. I'm not really into contemporary art, but the live music and set-up they have for their evening open house is pretty cool, so definitely worthwhile checking out.

Gillman Barracks
Art After Dark

As it's Chinese New Year coming up, China Town is buzzing with activity at the moment. The annual international Lion Dance competition took place on Saturday so after an afternoon of dragon boating, we bought our $10 ticket and headed over to see what it was all about.

Not having done any research beforehand, I didn't really know what I was expecting - but it certainly wasn't two acrobats in a lion costume carrying out jaw-dropping manoeuvres and jumps between small raised platforms! Tak a look at the video:


Our final day with my friend saw us pack a picnic and walk the Southern Ridges trail. Starting at Mount Faber, walking over the Henderson Waves, along the Canopy Walk and over to Hortpark. It was a bit of a novelty finding a decent hill in Singapore so I'd recommend it to others who want to get away from the bustle of the city on a weekend. 

I didn't take photos of the walk, but did manage to get a shot of the Bell of Happiness at the top of Mount Faber!


Bell of Happiness
The Bell of Happiness

It's always so nice having friends over and I love that everyone who has visited so far has fallen in love with Singapore just as I have. My folks are going to be in Singapore in just a few weeks an I can't wait!