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An ode to Sundays
An ode to Sundays

For the past couple of months, we’ve started taking our dinners out on Sundays. One of our favourite things to do is pack a huge cooler box full of cold drinks, juices and the ingredients for a good gin & tonic, along with a basket full of food and head to a spot at the more »

Hello?
Hello?

I haven’t been here in ages and I’m just wondering if anyone even visits anymore… If you’re a reader and you’re out there, leave me a note. I’d love to see if this is even worth resurrecting!

Year of the reunion 
Year of the reunion 

When I first came back to Singapore in 2001, I was gutted in so many ways. I had left so many loved ones who had pretty much been my family whilst I was away. They’ve never left my heart and I have to say I’m pretty thankful that work has taken me back to the UK more »

Best photo app discovery 
Best photo app discovery 

This photo was taken this morning as I was walking to catch my bus to work. The morning light was lovely and I attempted to take a photo with my iPhone 6s, but it didn’t do the moment any justice Original shot: I was recently introduced to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a free app from the more »

There’s something about Melbourne
There's something about Melbourne

It just gets me every time. The outdoors, the lifestyle, the friends and family. I was so happy to get back home to Singapore and to sync my chope into a good bowl of Bak Chor Mee… But still, memories of many a barbie, the sun, laughter and beer o’clock had me daydreaming. But we’re more »

Goofing around 
Goofing around 

These two are so much closer these days, it makes my heart smile. Nothing Cheers me more than seeing them love each other, making jokes, goofing around and giving in to one another…  Most of the time anyway!

Just a little reminder
Just a little reminder

It’s so easy to fall off the wagon and to become a sloth. This photo is a little reminder that: 1) I have a new helmet and need to use it more than just the once.  2) My bike is pretty sad and lonely. 3) I always have a swell time with my mates when more »

Togetherness 
Togetherness 

so we may not have had a very good week or so what with mycoplasma making its rounds.. but you know what, at least we got to spend some quality time together before the next week rolls in. I felt very present this weekend – and that is most important to me these days.

Pretend
Pretend

Our 4yo has such a little healthy imagination :) Here she is having a doll house picnic using the blanket if her doll’s bed. So cute.

First thing
First thing

I got on the mat first this morning for a fresh start to the year. But everyone wanted to join me! Both kids got on and followed the video and the I even had the doggies on the mat at one point. Needless to say, it was not as productive as it should have been. 

Looking Ahead in 2016
Looking Ahead in 2016

54 minutes to 2016 and I thought I’d quickly pen down some thoughts about what the year has brought me and how to look ahead. 2015 was a big year. There were a lot of revelations and many, many learnings. I’ve never ever been able to look back on resolutions with full confidence of saying more »

Getting more out of life #newhashtag
Getting more out of life #newhashtag

Just a little over a year and a half ago, I went on that amazing pilgrimage to Vancouver and found a new riding ME. I swore that I’d have a new perspective. I promised that I would take more time to appreciate life and give thanks. I said I would do everything humanly possible to more »

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…. Definitely not the Singapore experience of Christmas but you know what? We do have a pretty unique one still. Every year in December, the torrential rain comes and batters the streets. Some may not like it but I absolutely love it! We get more »

What a different a year makes 
What a different a year makes 

Time has really flown by this year. I can’t believe it’s time to think about resolutions again! The one thing I will say is more than ever, I love being a mom. It is the one thing that is on my mind each and every day. And it truly is a blessing. 

Beauty in a glass 
Beauty in a glass 

Sometimes all you need is a bevvie after work.

She bikes. She bikes. 
She bikes. She bikes. 

12.12.15. The day our first little one – my little bug – took off on first wheels like a little champ. She’s wanted to ride for awhile now but never stuck at it long enough to really go.  This Saturday afternoon was a gloomy and wet one, and I fell asleep myself whilst trying to more »

By the Sea
By the Sea

We’ve been making more of an effort recently to spend time as a family – that’s right, with the Longbottoms too. So we did a picnic by the beach which was honestly the nicest family activity we’ve ever done together! The doggies got to run, Rosco swam his little otter legs out, Sally tempura-ed in more »

Picture post on a Monday 
Picture post on a Monday 
Getting over the inertia 
Getting over the inertia 

It’s been something like five years since I felt like someone who’s been active. People always assume I’m very fit and it makes me laugh since I’ve hardly been doing anything since the kids came along. Yes, I bike but it’s more for the thrill than for fitness and I don’t get out there long more »

Our journey by Lightedpixels
Our journey by Lightedpixels

Over the years, we’ve been very fortunate to have friends who have watched us grow and who have supported our journey. But one friend has actually documented that process in a beautiful way that we’ll never forget. What makes me even happier is that no matter how old we get, the little ones will always more »

Conversations in the car
Conversations in the car

Naomi is telling us about a fantasy that her friend Genevieve has. Me: Do you know what Mummy’s fantasy is, Nae? Nae: (curiously) What, Mummy? Me: (totally embellishing) My fantasy is that Daddy takes me on an amazing date with lots of flowers and presents and that he tells me I am the most amazing more »

Picture post: There is love
Picture post: There is love
Thoughts of a working mum post sabbatical
Thoughts of a working mum post sabbatical

It’s been an incredible three months.  The past 90 days have been spent doing things I’ve not had the time to do – recharging, recalibrating and just generally thinking about how to live life better. I’ve been to the bank, I’ve re-organised our home life, I’ve spent a heap of time with our girls, I’ve more »

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