12 December 2014

Sam Smith: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

A beautiful beautiful cover of my favourite Christmas song by Mr Sam Smith

11 December 2014

Bali Love Part 2

Coconuts & Coffee at Watercress Cafe
I was lucky enough to escape to Bali recently to have a quick weekend girls getaway with my friend  Andrea.  I was child free and we have similar tastes in fashion and food so it was fun exploring a few new places I haven't been before.   We visited some old favourites but to add a few more places to my earlier list:
  • Watercress Cafe - gorgeous setting, great coffee, excellent food - the corn fritters were a winner. 
  • Cornerhouse - great casual food in a bistro setting
  • Merah Putih - beautiful Indonesian food

We stayed at the L Hotel which was a great little find c/o the folks at Luxe Nomad.  The L spa next door was great for massages.  

21 November 2014

20 December 2010

It was our wedding anniversary yesterday and I can't believe it has been 4 years already. I was looking back on some of our photos from the day (courtesy of the wonderful Todd Hunter McGaw) and was just thinking how so much has happened and how we've been through so much.  Love you Mr - the little Miss and I are so lucky to have you xx

From Mothers to Daughters: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I recently saw this post titled "From Mothers to Daughters: Do as I Say, Not as I Do" and I wanted to share it as it was a nice little reminder for me and I hope it is for others too.

Prompted by an article in the Atlantic titled "the Confidence Gap' (which is also an interesting read), Kathryn Sollman writes,

Too many professional women hold themselves back from the big promotion or raise and too many others believe they made an irrevocable choice to leave the workforce. All wish much bigger career achievements—and more confidence–for their daughters... 
In my view, however, there is a big disconnect. I see this spectrum of women—those who work in and out of the paid workforce—in my community, at my child’s school and in my professional work. All of these women encourage the utmost confidence and achievement in their daughters—but not in themselves...   
It would be hard to find a woman in my personal and professional circles who isn’t encouraging her daughters to be as good as—or better than–the boys. Speak up in class. Don’t be shy. Run for student government. Be the captain of the team. Be the editor of the newspaper. Get the best grades possible to get into the best colleges..... 
And while you’re at it, make sure that you hold yourself to the same high standards. Both mothers and daughters need to continually build and refresh the confidence to reach, stretch and achieve their personal definition of work+life fulfillment. It takes lifelong tweaking, and a belief that there’s never an age or stage when your ship has sailed.

I have experienced the 'confidence gap' many times in my life and have felt like a fraud whenever I have been promoted or taken on more responsibility in my career...just waiting for people to realise they made a mistake!   I know this isn't just an issue for women so I think we should all remember to back ourselves more and go after what we want. Read the full post here 

27 October 2014

Grub Noodle Bar

The Mr and I made a quick little escape on Saturday night to check out Grub Noodle Bar.  A few friends have been recently so I was keen to have a taste.

Aiming to be a late night supper joint, the noodle bar is only open nights and there are only 2 main dishes, laksa or beef noodles.  But these are special noodles. You get fresh soft egg noodles accompanied by a gorgeous beefy broth - there was so much flavour!  The beef goodness comes in the form of minced beef, beef balls and your choice of beef cut eg brisket, rump, sirloin or ribeye. There was certainly no shortage of meat and all for under $20.

They also have a range of starters if you are feeling more adventurous.  We had the Hokkaido Scallop Tataki which was well balanced, fresh and citrusy and some pretty off the charts good Chicken Drumlets which were coated in curry leaves, garlic and sesame seeds.  I am still dreaming about that chicken.

I definitely recommend Grub Noodle Bar if you are looking for good food and a casual night out.

24 October 2014

to the weekend...

I can't wait for the weekend - there is so much to look forward to!  Saturday is chockers as we are taking the little girl to the zoo in the morning, then off to a little boy's birthday celebration and date night with the Mr.  Sunday means family skype chats, breakfast at our favourite cafe with friends and a chilled sunday afternoon in a park or by the river.  

Happy Friday!

16 October 2014

Summer wonder

I can't wait to get back home for our Christmas holidays in December - one week in Brisbane and one week up at the Sunny Coast.  This beautiful short film celebrating Summer and 40 years of Country Road makes me miss home!

14 October 2014

A cynic's guide to green smoothies

For a while now I have seen a lot written about green smoothies and to be honest I didn't get it.  

I read interviews in beauty and celeb blogs and there was always some reference to green smoothies as part of a morning routine. Instagram and social media were flooded with images of folks traipsing around with their green smoothies and eating raw this and that.  I thought it was all a bit over the top and just some food fad.

I was a cynic to say the least. I am a food loving, coffee and wine drinking girl who likes to eat bread, rice and all the stuff you aren't 'meant' to.

But a few weeks ago I started making some changes.  For most of this year I have been feeling run down, tired, was getting sick alot and just feeling 'blah'... My iron, zinc and vitamin levels were way down.  I had previously put it down to just being busy and stressed with work and life but something really needed to change.

My time off between jobs gave me some time to get back into exercise.  I also have a few friends who recently made some lifestyle changes including eating cleaner, going paleo, cutting sugar etc with positive results.

So I was inspired to give some new things a go.  About 3 weeks ago, I started making green smoothies every morning and started eating a little 'cleaner' and I feel so much better!  More energy, clearer skin and I have lost a little weight.  I think one positive decision naturally leads to others (ie if you start the day with a healthy choice, it will likely affect your other decisions during the day) so I definitely recommend it!

A few helpful links are below if you want to try out a green smoothie (and despite what you read you do not need a $1000 blender - our normal cheap one works fine).

I have only used one recipe so far and have adapted the Glowing Green Smoothie (recipe in the links above).  Except I don't buy organic and just keep it pretty simple by adding anything green I can get my hands on that is not super expensive (eg kale, lettuce, spinach, celery) and add apple, pear and banana.  For sweetness I use a mix of water and coconut water/juice and some almond milk,  If you have some mint lying around add that too as it makes it extra yummy.   We chop ingredients the night before or you could do a big batch on the weekend and freeze it.

For parents, the little Miss loves these smoothies too which to my delight has increased her vegie intake as she is currently in a 'I don't eat anything green' phase!

24 September 2014

150 new cafes in Singapore

You may have seen from some of my previous posts that Singapore is benefiting from the opening of a load of 'third wave' cafes which very much pleases this coffee loving girl.  

However I was surprised to see that 150 new cafes have opened in the last year.  I know Singapore is foodie central but that is pretty insane! Check out the full listing on Daniel Food Diary.  So many places to try and not enough days! :)

My coffee at an old fave, CSHH 

23 September 2014

He for She

You may have already seen this (as it is has garnered lots of media/social media attention) but I encourage you to watch it if you haven't already.

Emma Watson delivered a brilliant speech a few days ago on feminism and a new UN campaign that has been launched to promote gender equality.  She asks both men and women to take action.
“The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating….If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too, reclaim parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves."
Moving and Inspiring.  More on HeforShe here.


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