Monday, October 30, 2017

Once Upon a Time, My Mom

Being faraway from loved ones is hard but it helps when my brothers and I receive an email that says: "I wish I could gather you all up in one big hug." One thing that doesn't change with time or distance is my Mom's way with words.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Silver Lining

Last night, I was having a hard time helping my daughter come up with a silver lining for the last minute cancellation of her birthday party due to being sick the other day. This morning, looking for something to eat with my coffee, I may have found it after all. 


LIfe in the Tropics

When you spot a leaf on the ground and remember it's autumn. #lifeinthetropics

Photo by Eliot

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Life in the Heartland

Life in the Singapore heartland plays out in its ubiquitous HDB flats managed by the House and Development Board. The breakaway drama Ilo Ilo which I finally managed to see also takes place in an HDB. The old people gather to play cards and drink coffee in the open area on the ground floor. Not unlike the open air caf├ęs in Italian piazzas.


Block 742 Tampines Street 72

Post Training Snack

Best part of accompanying my kids to camp during school break is that my son finishes his training before my daughter, so I can go with him to the nearby food court where he has a light morning snack of Char Siew Rice with duck. Not very Italian but perfectly Singaporean. Swimmers sure are hungry after training.
Tampines Street 72 Hawker Center

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sydney Days

Sydney, 10 years later. I was last here for my PhD ceremony at the University of Sydney and before that 14 years ago,  when we lived on lovely Elizabeth Street with a two year old in tow. This past weekend, I got to walk down memory lane... And because it was beautiful and breezy, in a sweater no less.
Bondi to Bronte walk (photo creds Eliot)

Humidity Doesn't Travel

Hair that stays straight for more than a few minutes is disconcerting. Until you remember that you are not in Singapore.
Bondi Icebergs Club, Sydney