Good Mornings for a Wednesday (October 2) – Movement Labs

Good Mornings for a Wednesday (October 2)

In case you’re a new reader, “Good Mornings” posts are basically my version of a random photo dump – and a quick-and-easy way to give you some tiny snippets from my every day life. Β Enjoy!

Tomatoes Home From London

As a New Jersey gal, I’m a tomato snob.

I think the tomatoes in Singapore are fairly tasteless.
But I died and went to Farmer’s Market heaven in London!
Everything looked so fresh & delicious,
We overbought.
I packed the extras to take for plane snacks,
Tied up in the hotel’s freebie shower cap!

Holly Cow!One of the last things I did before moving to Singapore….

…was run Ragnar ADK
Our team included 3 Hollys from Rochester.
Thus, “Holly Cow”.
The team (down to 2 Hollys) reunited to race this past weekend.
I cheered from a far: “Keep MOOOOOOOving!”
Do you have any idea how deep the cow/running punning can go?

Ice DessertsShaved ice.

Shaved ice is quite a popular dessert out here.
This one was an east-meets-west variety:
Shaved ice with various flavors/toppings.
The chocolate banana at the bottom is mine.

Double-watching it

Does the time go twice as fast because he’s wearing two watches?

Library AdvertisingLove.

What? Me? Β Giggle my way through the library?

Bits Eats WatermelonA new family member (temporarily) joined my parents in June.

She’s adorable,
Albeit needy.
And she loooooves the end of the watermelon.
She takes a small bite, then moves slightly to the side,
And takes another bite –
Eating it just like you and I.

What’s the strangest shaved-ice topping you spot in the photos above?
[There are too many weird ones to name in such a brief post – so take a guess!]

Thought of any cow/run puns yet?

Anybody want an adorable, needy little Yorkie?

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  1. Amy October 3, 2013 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Awe, the Yorkie is great! So cute. I am actually not a fan of shaved ice. I know, I know, but ice cream is just so much more satisfying!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      I’m totally with you, Amy! This particular treat was *better*, since I could get mine with chocolate and other desserty things on it. But had I eaten the one topped with sweet potatoes and fruits, I wouldn’t wanted a second (“real”) dessert! I do like shaved ice as a cooling treat when I’m overheating, but just don’t try to pass it off as DESSERT. [I feel pretty much the same way about all Chinese desserts.]

  2. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama October 3, 2013 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Best shaved ice I’ve ever had was in Hawaii with ice cream at the bottom! YUM! My daughter could not get enough, and who are we to deny her?!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      Iiiiinteresting! I’ve seen it here sometimes with soft serve on TOP. I think that mixing the two is a bit weird, honestly. Either keep it icy and let me call it “not really dessert” (even though here it is often served with sweetened condensed milk poured over it), or keep that watery ice out of my ice CREAM.

      But hey, to each her own! =)

  3. Kristen L October 3, 2013 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Love the team name! Ragnar ADK must have been beautiful! The little yorkie is adorable. πŸ™‚

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      It was pretty gorgeous – although I’ll admit, we spent a lot of our time cheering, finding gas, or sleeping… But we also hung out in the ADKs for an extra day, which was GORGEOUS!!

  4. Grace October 3, 2013 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Shaved ice: where did you get those? I’m still a fan of good old hawker centre ice kacang. The standard combination of toppings (sweet corn, red beans, palm fruit, jelly bits and evaporated milk) is nice and my local stall will add mango or durian for an extra dollar.

    That Yorkie is adorable!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      They’re from Bing Bian at Millenia Walk. Quite a mix of Eastern & Western toppings (although more Eastern/Chinese), as you can see.

      I’m pretty chin chye on shaved ice, honestly. Sometimes I’ll eat an ice kacang because it’s cold and refreshing, but generally, I prefer a more American (less jello and vegetable-filled?) dessert. πŸ™‚

  5. Allee @ Griselda Mood October 3, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    If you’re giving away Yorkies, I’ll take one. Our dog has diabetes and needs insulin twice a day so maybe a cute little lap dog could help balance all of the animal crazy in this house.

    Also, I don’t think I’ve ever had a shaved ice + topping concoction before. Now that I know it exists, I may have to hunt this magic down.

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Oh, Allee, Bits (that’s her name) is her own brand of crazy…I’m not sure she’d balance anything. She would distinctly ignore your dog, though. She has no interest in other dogs – only in humans who give belly rubs.

      Shaved ice like this is pretty much an Asian thing…I don’t know where they’d have it in Rochester. Ah, well…you’ll just have to come visit. And as I’ve said before, it’s *usually* topped with jello and fruit and such, so I consider it “pre-dessert”, and feel completely justified in having “real dessert” after. πŸ™‚

  6. Jules October 3, 2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Aw man, that dog is so cute eating watermelon! So it would seem that my BF’s parent’s dogs are not the only dogs in the world that eat fruit! Since when are dogs getting to be so freaking healthy?

    P.S. Love the Holly Cow puns! πŸ˜€

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      She also eats lettuce (if it’s on a sandwich). *ahem* My parents don’t feed her sandwiches, but her previous owners did.

      She has also recently taken to eating mulch and grass, much to my parents’ dismay.

  7. Shoe October 3, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

    OMG LOVE the library poster! I’ve never met a dog that eats watermelon, so if she doesn’t mind an old, grumpy, blind jack russell terrier, she can come and stay with me! (kidding, also)

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      She is kind of in search of a new home, but unfortunately…she’s an American dog. Also, she’s waaaay too interested in strangers (and the belly rubs they give) to fit in out here, where dogs basically act like cats: Not a second glance at the humans. I run past folks walking dogs all the time, and I’m still maazed at how little the dogs look/care/flinch. Bits (her name) is definitely a, “Oh hi! I know I just met you but would you rub my bellllllly????” kinda pup.

      And I’m a bit sheepish on the library sign…especially since you like it. The photo is actually a bit blurry. But I’ll admit to trying to be covert, since taking a picture of a random bulletin board seems rather weird.

  8. October 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    The Yorkie eating the Watermelon is priceless! How sweet πŸ™‚
    I’d love to run a Ragnar. There was a little bit of an opportunity that I thought I’d have, but it fell through. I’m planning to make it happen at some point. They sound way too much fun to pass up. Three Hollys! That’s funny! In my classrooms right now I have multiple students in multiple classes (though sometimes the same class) with the name Taylor, Jessica, Kaitlyn (various spellings), and Alexus.
    This is random… but I always think of you when I drive by DQ after your little thing about the Blizzard πŸ˜‰

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Swing through and have one for me now and then, would you? πŸ™‚

      Be patient – Ragnars are popping up all over, and growing in popularity – you’ll get into one eventually. Good fun, for sure! πŸ™‚

      The weird thing is all three of us are used to being the only Holly. We’re also all relatively fast runners who know each other – but workout with different groups. And we all lived in Rochester for a time. There was one morning when two of us met to cheer for a local race, and runners kept coming by yelling, “HI HOLLY!” We both kept thinking, “But…who is that? I don’t know that person….OH WAIT. YOU know that person???” Anyway, the whole thing was good fun. But as a Stephanie, I suspect you’re pretty immune…

  9. Sarrilly October 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I love your Good Mornings posts! πŸ™‚ Always so much fun in the randomness!

    What do they call the shaved ice (if there’s a name for it besides “shaved ice”) out there? In Korea, it’s bingsoo. I like the kind with fruit and mochi (usu. there’s ice cream included too) but I have a general problem with the dish because when the shaved ice melts it gets all WATERY. So you have to eat it *extra* fast unless you want cold soup!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      I think with all my long-windedness, I also appreciate a day when I can just relax, write a few words, and let the photos speak for themselves. [This isn’t something I’m usually good at, need to practice – alone with photography…ooops?]

      It definitely melts super fast out here! The most traditional kind of shaved ice out here is topped with evaporated milk, rose & pandan syrup, sweet corn (yep, kernels of corn), some several kinds of “jelly” (super firm jello), red beans, and sometimes some other fruits and called “ice kacang” (pronounced “kah-chahng”). But there are other variations, and this was at a shaved ice “bar”, where we could choose our toppings, or choose a set of toppings.

      I’ve seen it topped with soft serve out here, in a few places. To me, that’s really odd. Two different kinds of dessert. [Namely, shaved ice isn’t dessert. Ice cream IS dessert!]

      • Grace October 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

        What? No! Shaved ice IS dessert. Dessert for the lactose-intolerant, maybe. I bet to KMN’s eternally cross-culturally flexible mind, it is dessert, too. πŸ™‚

  10. Sophie @ life's philosophieie October 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I just stumbled upon your blog by reading your comment on Mountain and Miles… I saw Singapore and flipped! I grew up there (lived there for 13 years) and my parents are still there after 20 years. It’s my home! There are obviously a lot of people who live in Singapore but I love that I found your blog and can live vicariously through you!!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      Now I’m flipping, too! Love meeting someone else who ‘gets’ all the Singapore things. πŸ™‚ I don’t know how deeply you read, but I was born & raised in rural New Jersey, met my now-husband in college in the US, and we lived there until a year ago (almost exactly) – when we moved to Singapore (my husband’s home country). It’s been a crazy ride, but I love it. Of course…drop me a line if you’re ever home visiting! And for now…I’m glad I can help you love on Singapore, even from a distance.

      Heading over to check out the Philosophie thing now…. =)

      • Logan @ Mountains and Miles October 4, 2013 at 1:14 am - Reply

        Such a small world.

        I have no cow-puns, but I’m kind of sad about that. I’m just too tired to be creative. I think it’s the post-lunch slump.

        I’ve really been wanting to do a Ragnar. I’m thinking of doing the DC (or another one close by) one next year and making it a work team so that we can get NG to sponsor us, ha. They sponsor people for charity races all the time, soooo maybe I would have to incorporate that.

  11. greengirlrunning October 4, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    If wearing two watches will make me go twice as fast then maybe THAT’s why I’ve been running my races slow! Only one watch πŸ˜‰

    Very cute little watermelon eater! My dog doesn’t eat fruit unless he’s with my in-laws’ dogs who eat persimmons, apples, pears… any fruit that falls off their trees- then my dog has to show them he’s cool and eats the fruit too πŸ™‚

    Team Holly Cow –LOVE that!

  12. Sheila October 4, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

    One looks like candied carrots!

  13. Kate October 4, 2013 at 5:52 am - Reply

    This whole post is just so happy!

    I hadn’t heard of shaved ice as a dessert (ok, maybe I had, but not with toppings!). Can I have some?

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Come visit, we’ll go at it like gangbusters. Lots of varieties to try….

      [OK, the ice is all the same; the toppings vary.]

  14. Meagan October 7, 2013 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Hmmm overabundance of tomatoes from the London farmer’s market… good use for a freebie shower curtain πŸ™‚ I’ll have to file that one away. Huh I’ve never considered toppings on shaved ice, before.

    Cow pun (it will probably make you groan): Instead of a sign that says “you’re all crazy” (which I have seen numerous times at longer races), a sign that says “You’re all udderly ridiculous” and then has a picture of a cow on it!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly October 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      There were LOTS of “udderly” puns! Actually, there are lots of puns on the back of the shirt. After finishing up this 50K reporting nonsense, I’ll have to include a photo of the back of the shirt in an upcoming post. Because…We also have nice calves! =)

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