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Come 27 December, we will be leaving for a week-long roadtrip (our longest ever!) driving thousands of kilometres to the northern part of Western Australia. It is something we always wanted to do because we haven’t explored much of that part of Western Australia known as the ‘Coral Coast’ except for our last Christmas camping trip at Jurien Bay. Some places I am really looking forward to visiting are:
- The beautiful landscape of the rugged outback Kalbarri
- Getting up close to the dolphins at the World Heritage listed area of Monkey Mia
- the must-visit Shell Beach
- the Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
- hanging out and chilling by our campsite which is metres away from the beach…bliss..
This is our fourth year in Perth now; and we are fortunate to make at least a trip back to Singapore to visit family and friends every year. This time, however, I decided to take note of what we did, who we met and what we ate. So this is how our recent Singapore trip looked like:
Thurs – Day 1
Breakfast with Liz @ Jalan Kayu – roti prata and teh-o ice
Coffee with Liz @Forty Hands, Tiong Bahru
Lunch with Liz @ Zion Road Hawker Centre – fried fish head noodle, Nasi Padang
Dinner with family@ home – steamed fish, soup and veggies
Coffee with Becky @Starbucks, Holland Village – Peppermint Mocha Frappucino
Fri – Day 2
Breakfast @ Holland V Hawker Centre – Mee rebus, vegetarian Beehoon, soya bean drink
Brief shopping @H & M, Orchard Road where I bought a dress and two tops
Lunch with CS’ family @ Far East Plaza – Thai food – fried fish in sweet and sour sauce, stir-fry kang kong, beancurds on hotplate, prawn omelette
Unexpected stopover at Far East Plaza where I spent almost two hours in one shop and bought six dresses in one go!
Dinner with family @ Crystal Jade, Holland Village – handmade noodles, dumplings
Coffee with Pris @ Coffee Club, Holland Village – drinks, chocolate and banana tart
Sat – Day 3
E only – Lunch with Esther @ West Coast Mall – Japanese food – raw octopus and sashimi, sushi and fried mackerel
CS only – Lunch with Arthur @ Bugis – Nasi Padang
Attended YAYP church service at Grace 1, Tanglin Road
Dinner with Huiyi & Joey @Dian Xiao Er, Vivo City – herbal roasted duck, broccoli with mushrooms, sliced fish, double boiled chicken soup, spinach with salted eggs in broth, pork belly
Coffee with some young adults @Jimmy Monkey, Buona Vista – raspberry mint tea, chocolate molten cake
Sun – Day 4
Breakfast @Redhill coffeeshop – chee cheong fun aka steamed rice roll, glutinous rice, rice cake with preserved radishes
Lunch with Rach & Hann @Ikea – chicken wings
Afternoon tea with Huifen & gang @Jimmy Monkey – raspberry mint tea, chocolate molten cake
Family dinner @home – porridge – curry, veggies
Coffee with mum and bro @Coffee Bean, Holland Village
Mon – Day 5
Breakfast with mum and younger bro@Holland V – Beehoon with spam and fried egg, fish ball noodles
Lunch with family – Japanese buffet @Kuishin.bo, Great World City
Brief time at Great World City – played arcade games with the brothers and nieces and I bought three pairs of shoes from Tangs
Visited Garden by the Bay @Marina Bay with family
Went prawning at East Coast Park with family
Brief shopping time at Anchorpoint – CS bought 2 shirts fand a pair of shoes
Dinner with family @Alexandra Village Coffeeshop – string ray, hor fun, spicy egg plants, shell fish
Tues – Day 6
Breakfast @ Holland V- minced pork noodles
Lunch with David & Yihang @Maxwell Food Centre – Chinese Rojak, Ngo Hiang, Popiah
Quick visit to Sia Huat @Chinatown – a wholesale kitchen supply store
Afternoon tea with David @K.Ki inside Little Drom store, Ann Siang Hill – iced peppermint tea and basil infushed chocolate cake
Dinner with Liz, Cheryl and Carol @Long Beach Seafood, Dempsey Road – chilli crabs, pepper crabs, veggies, rice
Wed – Day 7
Breakfast with Kieran @Alexandra Village coffeeshop – soon kueh, glutinous rice
Lunch with Jon and David @Central Mall, Clarke Quay- Japanese ramen
Visited Cats Socrates @Bras Basah where I exercised lots of self-restraint and bought only a bag, three paper mobiles and a post card….
Coffee with Jon and David @Starbucks, City Hall – White Chocolate Cranberry Frappucino
Dinner with Lionel and gang @home – sukiyaki steamboat
Thurs – Day 8
Breakfast with Ronald @ Jurong West – fish porridge, wanton noodles
Lunch with Pastor George @home – roast duck, century egg porridge
Coffee with Becky @Starbucks, Cathay Cineleisure – White Chocolate Cranberry Mocha & Toffee Nut Frappucino
Dinner with Jen Chong @Paradise Inn, 313 Sommerset – steamed pomfret, black chicken soup, wasabi prawns, veggies
Coffee with Jen Chong @Starbucks, ION – Toffee Nut Mocha Frappucino
Fri – Day 9
CS only – Lunch and movies with family
E only – Lunch and shopping with Melody@Carl’s Jr, Vivo City
Dinner with family @home – salted egg yolk butter crayfish, tom yum soup, steamed fish, veggies
Coffee with Huiyi & Joey @Starbucks, Holland V – Toffee Nut Frappucino
Sat – Day 10
Breakfast with former neighbours and the kids @Holland V – Mee Siam, Yong tau foo noodle
Lunch with Liz @ Holland V – claypot rice
Tea with CS’ family @ Terminal 1, Changi Airport – Polar pandan chiffon cake and famous curry pie
Noteworthy facts –
Unforgettable dessert – molten chocolate cake served with berry compote and vanilla ice cream@ Jimmy Monkey
Most extravagant drink – birds nest soup by mum
Best meal – Japanese buffet @Kuishin.Bo
Dish I will be relishing for a long time to come….Chilli crabs with steamed buns at Long Beach Seafood
Regrettable moment – lost my Starbucks water bottle and found out that Starbucks isn’t selling any at the moment…heart pain…
Best investment – the Ipad which made travelling on the plane a much easier task to endure – most of this entry was typed on it!
Most treasured momentos – drawings done by all our three nieces given to us
Best memories – Spending time with both our families, in particular our nieces – Ruth, Megan and Mazel
By the end of our trip, we had caught up with 47 people (families not included) over 22 catch-up sessions!
Yesterday I woke up earlier than I usually do on Sundays to spend some time reading God’s word. I was also the emcee for church worship service later and had wanted to prepare myself for that.
I had what I thought was a good time with God. Lately, I think I am learning to read God’s word simply for what it’s worth. Not trying to “apply” it to any situation I am facing. Not trying to “read” into the Bible what it could be saying to me. Just simply reading His word for its own sake. No hidden agenda of asking God to show me direction, grant me revelation or give me signs. Not that any of these is wrong, of course. But I think I am learning to simply enjoy God for who He is as revealed in His word.
And that was what I did yesterday morning; had a great time and thought I was ready to worship God in church later. I was about to leave the house, took one last look in the mirror and that’s when I noticed a small tear at the hem of my skirt.
Arrgh…I sighed or rather, growled. “I am going on stage later and the whole church is going to notice the tear!” I debated whether I should change but time was running out, so I wore the skirt.
“It certainly didn’t take you very long to lose your focus on Me, did it?”
But by the time we arrived in church, I was over it. So I decided to share that little episode with the church to encourage them to leave aside whatever may be on their mind that morning, and focus on worshipping God. Yes, I showed everyone the little tear at the hem of my skirt on stage!
I am a happy girl today. During my lunchbreak, I found this gorgeous glass dome cake/cheese stand in the opshop. And on my way back, I decided to pop into a secondhand bookshop to try my luck to see if I could get hold of Bill Bryson’s “At Home” and I did!