August 12, 2014

Friday Night at Clarke Quay

We had a fabulous weekend! And boy, did we need it! The previous weekend was a write-off - Andrew was sick for several days. And the last two weeks have been rough as we are still adjusting to a new country. After loading myself up on cold medication, we managed to take in some of the sights and sounds of Singapore.


School ended early on Friday in celebration of National Day. This gave us plenty of time to get homework out of the way and meet Andrew at his office before we headed over to Clarke Quay. We spent the evening along the waterfront, eating, people watching and enjoying a river cruise. Madeline watched in awe as that round ball was shot like a sling-shot into the air. It was quickly added to her things to do.

I made them pose. They humoured me. Sorta. For a second.

 We hopped on a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River. Madeline recently finished a school project about bumboats. In the past they lined the Singapore River and were used to ferry both cargo and people from the ships in the ocean to the shore and the shop houses. You can see the shop houses in the back ground. Shop houses are just that -- shops on the bottom with a place to live above. The ones that have been restored are quite pretty and a definite reflection of Singapore's colonial past.




We took in the sights up and down the river. The Merlion.


We were able to catch a few minutes of the light show that happens nightly at Marina Bay Sands. This was added to Aiden's list of things to see. He's not quite the thrill seeker that Madeline is.

I think this is my favourite building in Singapore. Old Hill Police Station -- Singapore's first police station dating back to the 1800's. I just absolutely love the colourful shutters.

The river cruise was a fab way to spend a Friday night.



July 29, 2014

Our First Long Weekend


So here I sit, on a Tuesday afternoon. Trying to dry out from my quick dash to the store for some milk. And yes, I had an umbrella. I waited until there was a break, or so I thought! I made it there dry, coming back was another story. The rain just seems to come down sideways here. Seriously! I watched as sheets of rain moved sideways. I took a deep breath and made a run for it with the milk in one hand and my umbrella in the other. Things were going fine until I stepped in a puddle that was wa-ay deeper than it looked and lost a foot-flop. One foot-flop retrieved. One jug of milk bought. One drenched person. And to think that I walked under shelter most of the way. Thank goodness there's a small grocery store in our complex!

Yesterday, much to everyone's delight, was a public holiday here in Singapore. It was the celebration of Hari Raya (known as Eid in Canada) which marks the of Ramadan. Those who are Muslim celebrated with feasts, but for us the long weekend was simply some much needed down-time. We are slowly, but surely getting settled in. It's taking awhile. We knew it would. It's not a surprise or even unexpected. But oh do I wish the process would speed up! I think Andrew described the last couple of months best -- a bureaucratic nightmare (you can click on the link to read more). Tons of paperwork. Tons of sorting out. But we're getting there. The kids are now both in school. Andrew loves his job. Our stuff arrived. Our stuff arrived! I'm slowly, but surely making this place into a home and will soon begin to hunt for a job.

It was not an exciting weekend. And that is just what we needed. We hung out around the complex. Read, napped and watched TV. It allowed us to rest. To breathe. To feel renewed.



 We ventured out on Sunday to try a new church. St. George's. The inside was even more beautiful than the outside. The people were quite friendly and we found ourselves invited out to lunch afterwards.

 We ended the weekend with an evening swim. I don't think I will ever get tired of swimming under palm trees.

This weekend is just what the two homebodies and even the two adventurers needed.


July 21, 2014

Oh My!

Well, after a year (or more) hiatus, this little old blog is back! And this time in a new location!

The last several months have been a whirlwind. Somehow between March and May we managed to sell our house, pack up the kids and move from Canada to Singapore. More on that later...

With the good camera packed away, we managed to capture a few moments with our iPhones. I wish we'd been a bit better at documenting the process, but really we were barely keeping our heads above water at times. We are so thankful for all the family and friends that helped us along the way.
We started off from Toronto, flew to Vancouver and then on to Tokyo, all with little Sneakers in tow. Once we got to Tokyo, we said goodbye to Sneakers as he became checked baggage.

Many hours later, like 24 or more. So. Not. Joking. We arrived. Tired and a little worse for wear, but together. With just a little bit of luggage. If you are planning on coming to visit us, the travel will be worth your while. Promise!

And so after several weeks of living with just mattresses and a few chairs as a couch (Not a word of a lie. Most uncomfortable "couch" in the world. Even Sneakers wasn't impressed.) our shipment from home arrived.

I have never been so happy to see boxes! And the unpacking continues...

June 6, 2013

Double Digits

Last week, Mr. Man turned 10. 10! I think he will make a very good 10 year old.
He already has the video thing down. Including a must-needed-gotta-try-the-brand-new-game-before-bed session.

He celebrated turning 10 by playing lacrosse - his new found love. Who knew? This quiet, gentle boy loves lacrosse. His grandparents, aunt and cousin came out to cheer him on. It must have worked - his team tied the game - the first non-loss of the season. Go #12!


Fast forward a few days and one long list later to the ninja invasion.

Seriously. I wasn't joking. Ninjas. Five of them. Ready for some serious ninja training.

Foam swords=hours of fun. Hours.

In the land of ninjas, innocent balloons turn into water snakes.

That need to be taken out with ninja stars.




 And when the snakes are all gone. There is always another threat that comes along.







And when swords just won't do -  more weapons.


Tired ninjas taking a rest. On the roof of course.

Cake to eat.

Sushi to go.

February 23, 2013

Twelve!

Little Miss turned 12 on Valentines' Day. So hard to believe. She is growing up fast, but still ever so silly. Thank goodness!

January 7, 2013

Christmas 2012

We started by counting down the days. One day at a time.
Teeny-tiny boxes lined the window sill, marking off the days one at a time. For me the days rushed by, but I know the days moved slower for kidlywinks as they opened one box at a time, waiting and waiting.

The days rushed by until late one evening, past bedtime in fact, the tree went up. Chosen from the tree lot and lugged home in the van. Transformed with lights and ornaments new and old.

And always a reminder. A reminder of why we count the days - the anticipation of hope and peace wrapped up in a little baby. 

And come Christmas morning did at last. Christmas pyjamas opened on Christmas Eve and worn on Christmas morn. Pausing, much to Mr. Man's chagrin to take a photo by the tree.  

Gifts carefully chosen and wrapped were given to those we love. Unwrapped...

 ...and some enjoyed right away.


Two family Christmas dinners enjoyed by candlelight. 

The last of the sparkly decorations are now all packed away. 

December 5, 2012

November

November came and went. And so did my best intentions to post more regularly. This is it. A few blurry shots snapped with my phone to capture the everyday moments.
Days filled with basketball, homework, leaves and We Day. Days full of joy and some full of tears. 
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