I’m not linking up with anyone. And it’s actually Saturday morning in Singapore. Double fail?
No way! It’s still Friday evening in the US!! And I’m (finally) sharing a blog post, after a week of blog-silence! So that’s a double WIN in my opinion. So let me ease back in by summarizing the last 5 days with 5 pictures for 5 Things Friday. [Am I supposed to be linking up with someone??]
Sunday: My parents arrived in the wee hours of Sunday morning. We finally got to bed around 3 AM, and when everyone finally woke up (at a much more reasonable hour of the morning!), we went for a hike at McRitchie Reservoir, and enjoyed a few minutes of breeze on the Treetop Walk.
Monday: We took a lengthy walking tour of the historical parts of downtown Singapore. Most of Singapore’s “historical” architecture is less than 50 years old, but we did the best we could. We started with the Dalí sculpture in the UOB Plaza and the Fat Pigeon statue by the river, then caught the other riverside statues, the Cavanaugh Bridge, and the Fairmont Hotel. After a quick glimpse at the Merlion, we headed across the river to the Esplanade, where we visited my cousin’s art exhibit, My Beautiful Indies: A Rereading, which will be exhibited in the Jendela visual arts space until Jan. 5 (Shameless Plug: Singapore folks, you should go! It’s free!).
We walked back around to the Victoria Theater and Old Parliament House which were, unfortunately, all covered by scaffolding and under construction. Dad was disappointed by the crappy photo ops, but I pointed out that things under construction are the quintessential Singapore! We assuaged him by having him pose with the Sir Stamford Raffles Statue. We continued on to St. Andrews Cathedral, past Raffles Hotel, and on to the National Museum. Whew!! However, all the photos of those escapades are on my parent’s camera. So I’ll leave you with this one, which captures how I’ve been getting in my workouts: By getting up extra early. No one misses me then.
Tuesday: Christmas Eve! We hosted KMN’s family for dinner, so spent the day in a place that my family loves to be: The kitchen! We cooked up a dinner of Asian mushroom soup, Adobo pork loin, roasted root veggies, and cranberry sauce. I, of course, insisted on the American Christmas tradition of a cookie plate:
Wednesday: KMN’s family enthusiastically welcomed our whole crew for Christmas Dinner. But before that, we enjoyed a pretty low-key Christmas day – baking pumpkin pies (to bring for dinner), enjoying a few gifts, and playing games.Thursday: We took a day trip out to Pulau Ubin, a tiny island that’s a 10 minute boat ride off the mainland. The main attraction for us was the Chek Jawa Nature Reserve, one of the few places in Singapore where the coastline is preserved in its natural state (sand bars, sea grass ‘fields’, and protected habitats formed by mangrove swamps). The easiest way to get around the small island is by bike. Everyone played:
So that summarizes our last 5 days. And now, we’re off for a few more adventures (YAY!) before my parents leave on Monday (BOO!).
What is your favorite (old or new) tradition in which you participated this holiday season?
I love when my whole family works together in the kitchen! Food is one of our love languages.
If you could hear more about ONE of these days, which would it be?
[Sneaky way to get a quick reader survey in there, eh? :)]
Should I be linking up with someone for Five Things Friday?