Monthly Archives: November 2012

Chasing flowers

We went to Singapore’s Botanic Garden today and it was beautiful.  There’s not a lot of wild nature left in this big modern city, so it was great to encounter tiny snippets of über-green jungleness here and there.


Before we even began exploring the park, and while Elliot was asleep, we visited the food court and I ordered my first laksa since leaving London. So good.

I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but Elliot is OBSESSED with flowers (and butterflies, and ceiling fans) so he was pretty much in heaven when he woke up from his afternoon-nap-in buggy and found himself surrounded by these guys:

And his day got even better when we located the National Orchid Garden. When faced with something as important as an orchid garden you have to apply your most serious facial expression, leaving no doubt as to your status as the world’s youngest flower connoisseur:

Right until someone makes you laugh…

We also discovered where Danish swans go, when they flee from the cold, cold winter:

When we exited the gates I kinda noticed the dark skies gathering above us but chose to ignore them. We were still on a mission as I wanted to visit the main outlet of Australian food emporium Jones the Grocer, know for their great coffee.

And if there’s one thing we should have learned about Singapore the hard way by now then it’s: never ignore dark skies or you’ll get drenched.

So half and hour later we found ourselves, soaked to the skin, but sipping coffee and beer while enjoying the sound of the pouring rain.

And now we’re at home, Elliot is sleeping and we’ve got our feet up. Sam is fiddling with his new iphone and I’m waiting for two new episodes of my  favourite series (Girls) to begin.

Lazy Saturdays don’t get much better than this. Hope yours was/is going to be great too.

Christmas decorations at Orchard Road

Yesterday was a bank holiday, so Sam was home and ordered me to take the day off from toddler wrangling. My first impulse was to hop in a taxi and go window shopping in Singapore’s shopping district around Orchard Road.

I had a great day buying absolutely nothing (2 iPhone covers don’t count, do they?) But I did pick out the perfect wallet in Bottega Veneta (one day you will be mine *rubs hands together*). I also found a great Antipodean coffee place (more about that later) and finished off a perfect day by watching a not too bad horror movie (Apartment 143, if you really want to know).

Here are a few of the wacky decorations, it’s so strange seeing them hang from the green leafy trees and hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.


And the baubles in SP are of course sponsored by Visa.

Hot update

I know, it’s been a while. And things have changed a bit since I last blogged. In September we packed all our London belongings and went to Denmark to spend a few weeks with friends and family before hopping on a plane to Singapore. Sam is now working for ILM and we are going to spend the next year here.

And here’s the proof: Elliot and I, freshly arrived:

And here I am pouring my new favourite drink, pearl milk tea, (so yummy, more about it later) down the front of my dress. Apparently jetlag makes you really clumsy.

What more is there to say. Oh yes, they have Cheetos here. And it’s hot and humid and their cheddar is really crap. But hey, they’ve got gazillions of flowers, fans and butterflies, which makes Elliot extremely happy.

I hope to be posting more regularly now as we’ve set up a Tumblr blog where we’ll post quick updates and photos for friends and family ( and I’ll redirect the posts here.

Hopefully I’ll find the time to write longer posts for the blog too. I doubt that they’ll be about second-hand shopping though as this city is pretty hopeless when it comes to that (I’m still in shock after my encounter with the local thrift shop *shudders*).  But who knows, I might still have some second-hand treasures hidden in my humid closet 🙂


Elliot checking out our local playground.