Monday, April 28, 2014

Today (Yesterday, Actually)

Quite a productive day today! We went to:

Bricklane Market
Spitalfield Market
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Thames River
Big Ben
London Eye
Hyde Park Estate

Ate fish and chips, lamb skewers, churros and a salt beef sandwich at the market. And finally had the dinner at Colbeh that +3 keeps telling me about. So yum.

It was a good day. Lots of walking, taking the buses and train around. Cold weather and sunny skies.

We're off to Edinburgh in a couple of hours so better try to get some sleep now.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

London Calling

We are in London! I'm still in bed so excuse me if sentences don't string together very well. Hehe.

We took an Emirates flight from Singapore to Dubai, which stopped over at Colombo. It was a rather uneventful flight, although I have to say I had higher expections of the in-flight service (a smile is free!) and food. In-flight entertainment was excellent, and kept us entertained in between dozing off.

The transit at Dubai International Airport was also fairly painless. We had a salad and smoothie at Giraffe, one of the cafes in the airport. This made up for the meh meals we had on the plane (too salty- need to remember to book low-salt meals instead).

I found these tiny bottles of nutella there as well, which made me a really happy girl. Heehee.

Our flight from Dubai to London was also pretty good, and we managed to catch a couple of movies. We had better food and a more smiley cabin crew as well.

Landed in London and headed to the cafe to have a cup of coffee. Took the Picadilly Line to Covent Garden (actually the stop after, but I forgot what it's called), dumped our luggage at +3's BFF's office, and walked around.

I think we covered Covent Garden, Chinatown, Soho, Trafalgar Square.

Had a burger at Meatmarket at the Covent Garden Market which was so yummeh. Also had a pistachio gelato but I don't remember where we got it.

My first impressions of London- I like it. The buildings are beautiful, there's a certain buzz in the air of a city that is sure of itself and is not trying to impress. The weather is gorgeous as well, cool and clear blue skies (apparently I'm lucky).


Friday, April 25, 2014

Foodie, I Am

So we're off tonight to London, and already people are sending me links of things I need to do when I'm there. Actually, more specifically, food I need to eat.

Am I so predictable?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Two More Sleeps!

.. And we will be in London! Yippie! So excited!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Because I'm Lazy

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had a tonne of draft posts saved. Here are some of the headers, let's see if I'll finish them any time soon. Haha.

Gratitude - a post where I start talking about the things I am thankful for
Bored - a random rant about how bored I am in the office
Friendship Life Cycles - where I ponder about how some friendships come to an inevitable end
I Love iHerb - about my new favourite online site
Music - I rediscover my mp3 player and reintroduce music on my commute
Losing Trust - how I feel about some people in my life
Baked - talking about baking the lemon poppy seed cake

Hmm now that I have summarised the draft posts, maybe I don't need to finish them up after all.

I'm The Luckiest Girl In The World

Hehe these were the lyrics to a song I made up randomly yesterday. We had a long weekend (Happy Easter!) and what a wonderful time we had. Three day weekends are the way to go!

On Thursday night, we had dinner with the parents and ate the lemon poppy seed cake that I had baked. Was discussing with CH on whether we would feel any of the side effects of consuming poppy seeds, but I felt nothing. +3 on the other hand, slept like a baby when we got home, so maybe...

Slept in on Friday, went to the shops and bought luggage for our trip (matching luggage too - hur hur so couple-y). Popped by the temple and had a late lunch at the Platypus Kitchen. I have to say, lunch was disappointing. It was a far cry from the last time I had dinner there with CH a couple of months ago - the portions had shrunk and it felt like eating ordinary pasta. No wow factor at all. I don't think I'll be going back there again!

Had a lazy Saturday, went to the TCM to stock up on meds, bought some stuff from Marks & Spencers and Spotlight, and watched a Game of Thrones marathon (trying to catch up!). +3 cooked a really delicious sayur assam which makes me salivate thinking about it. Slurp.

Sunday was productive. We did grocery shopping at Meidiya, ate ramen at the basketball ramen place, packed and folded all the clothes in the cupboard (yay for the clothes folder) to make space for my stuff. Also started packing for our upcoming London trip. Whee!

All in all it was a good weekend. Five more days to our holiday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Updates, Updates (Random Stuff, Of Course)

I've been rather lax about updating this space, mostly because I usually start a post and then get distracted and subsequently forget about it. I have so many draft posts about this and that which I really should get round to completing.

Anyway, other than buying a house, the other major thing that's happening is our upcoming trip to London. Nine more days!

I have to admit, though, that in the mad excitement of buying our new place, we kind of "forgot" about our holiday. Which I guess is a good thing, because now I'm not obsessing about finding THE perfect B&B to stay in. Hehe.

But now that the countdown is in the single digits, I can definitely feel myself getting more and more excited about the trip. The sting of writing such a big cheque for the option to purchase our house has also somewhat subsided, and I'm feeling less stingy about how much money I want to bring. Lol.

I'm also excited to meet +3's BFF, whose place we will crashing at when we are there. With all his best buds all over the world, it's not so easy to get to meet all of them! (I need more international friends too!)

And the food! And the markets! And we are going to Edinburgh! And the Isle of Skye! We might even catch a musical!

Also in unrelated news, I baked a Lemon Poppy Seed cake yesterday. Unfortunately my first batch of cake batter was made using salt instead of sugar (never assume!) but luckily I had enough ingredients for a second batch. It was sosososo yummy. I also made a lemon glaze that made everything come together so well. Happiness!

And I'm going to be an aunt soon! Yes, I know I'm already an aunt to my brother's three beautiful children, but now my sister is expecting. Whee! Her due date is in early June, but I think I may only be able to visit in Jan next year.

As part of the baby shower, +3 and I sponsored an MMA cage for Baby Wei, as well as some matching apparel for her careee as an MMA superstar. Lol.

Mmm I think that's about it! Family is well, love life is going strong, work is good. I'm blessed and always so thankful for it. Now to enjoy the long weekend.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Random Things I Miss About My Ex Workplace

1. Colleagues who are taller than me
2. Good looking colleagues (both male and female)
3. No bad smelling colleagues (none that I knew of at least)
4. Proximity to lots and lots of good food
5. Two hour lunches

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time Warp

It's one of those days in the office where time is crawling by ever so slowly.

I had a lunchtime class from 12-1pm, and then had a nice leisurely lunch after.

I cleaned up my desk (a major feat, considering how many piles and piles of stuff I managed to accumulate) and now can actually see my table's surface.

I cleared out my cupboard and got rid of all the old work samples that are not needed anymore.

I surfed the net.

I chatted with people.

And still, it's not yet time to knock off work.