Friday, 14 October 2011

Nī hào...

This cute box arrived yesterday :-)  I will set aside some time today to enjoy the 'opening ceremony' and will be reviewing the products within...little bit excited about the very first Bellabox
"Wǒ bù dǒng hán yù"...but I'm learning!  I'm only on my second 'Chinese Made Easy' lesson and it is so much fun - I'm loving it.  Of course, yes, it is soooo difficult but my teacher is fab and makes it relevant to how I can practice day to day (courage required!)  It's not really 'necessary' to speak Chinese here in Singapore...English/Singlish is spoken and understood island-wide but for those trips around China it will come in useful.  Anyway, for the last 4 years I've been saying "I would really love to learn mandarin" so here I go.  Apparently, one of the traits of my star sign which is Gemini is a love for and success with languages ;-)  I agree with the love for! 

Living in France for a total of 9 years definitely developed into a success with French.  Without French I would not have had such great friends or amazing experiences there...I promise to do a topic about living in France and the French language and people (bien sûr les noms changés pour protéger les personnes concernées :-D Yes, you'll see living in France wasn't always with a smile but I did have lots of smiley times ;-)

They say music can alter moods and talk to you...I totally agree with this.  Everyday, twice a day, I walk my lovely dog and pop in my iPod - it is filled with a real mix (Take That - with and without Robbie, Rihaaaaaanna, Cold Play, Eminem, Cheryl Cole, Air, Ke$ha, Enrique, Taio Cruz, Pulp and other crazy choices) with the iPod on shuffle the music really does 'set' my day.  A song that is really making me smile right now (constantly on the radio), I will find it on iTunes, is Enrique featuring Pitbul ...I like it ;-)

Zài jiàn - later...

kisses 'n' smiles from me xx ;-)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Sunshine 'n' smiles on a rainy day...

Rain, rain go away... Today, has been so wet and grey (North of England weather).  I was rained in at the MRT station with no umbrella.  The wind was blowing, the rain was lashing at my bare legs and sleeveless arms, bit chilly was the rain, so I found the outside vent of an air con unit was pleasantly warm ;-) of course I had to smile at myself being huddled there, keeping warm and dry.

Tropical storms...they seem to come out of the blue (sky), or so I thought.  Just yesterday, listening to the radio in the car the weather guys announced a storm 'a brewing' "expect heavy rain and localised flooding between 8.35 am and 9.50 am" they said.  Sure enough at exactly the time predicted 'the heavens opened'.  We British love to moan, groan and generally converse about the weather! ;-)

So, from rain to sunshine....I've found a great garden/plant store near the boys' school and have decided to have a 'grow' with sunflower seeds.  Sunflowers are my favourite, favourite flowers they look like big smiley faces ;-) really hoping they grow up nice and out for photos of my little seeds a growing!

Recently here in Singapore the papers, radio stations and tv news have been talking about an ad down on Orchard Road.  Apparently, someone, decided this ad was 'too much' for the Singapore audience and it has therefore been suspended.  It now seems it is in the process of being taken away.  However, it caused such a stir that everyone was either on the Internet desperate to see it or heading down to Orchard Road catching a glimpse before it disappeared!  I so totally had to smile (and giggle a bit) today as a Singapore news station questioned "if it was in fact a planned publicity stunt?"!  Of course, it doesn't take a genius to work out that it more than likely was planned to attract attention - bravo to their marketing team ;-)  I dare not post it here (I don't want suspending!) but my link may take you down there...what do you think?  Not a bad body, hey?

Lastly, SHOES, a girl's best friend ;-)  I smiled while reading a magazine today...a 'self-confessed' shoe addict states "I feel inadequate without my shoes".  Erm...well, I love shoes but would not go quite that far ;-)  I do though, feel extremely happy stepping out in my Jimmy Choo shoes and I do actually clean the soles when I arrive home :-D  Don't we all have strange addictions?  Shoe addiction makes me think of a couple of my fave movies Confessions of a shopaholic and The Devil wears Prada ;-))

kisses 'n' smiles from me xx ;-)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Ah yes, Sentosa made me smile...

The first weekend of October my husband took me to Sentosa.  We had intended to go a little further afield but, as this was the first time to leave the boys at home we decided to play it safe and rest close to 'home'. 

When we lived in Singapore previously (2000-2004), Sentosa was very much a run down poor neighbour to the City of Singapore.  Over the last 6 years though Sentosa has had extensive renovation and (painful but fantastic) facelifts.  The last 'big' thing to pop up there was Universal Studios in 2010.  Now, Sentosa is the fun and 'disney land-ish' neighbour to the city!  I really do not mean that in a bad way - I love it ;-)

Our 1 night 2 day stay on Sentosa was just perfect.  A little known fact is that 'Sentosa' translated from Malay means 'peace and tranquility'.  For Jason and I, our stay was exactly that (with a little romance included) ;-)

However beautiful it is to sit on the beach and enjoy a glass of chilled white wine, I would say the Sentosa planners have missed something.  Remember the Trueman Show?  The painted sky and clouds out in the distance?  Well Sentosa needs one of those painted scenes to hide the ships sailing in and out of the busy port.  As just about everything is man made or out of this world there I would have expected someone to have thought of this! 

A few other Sentosa 'things' that I am absolutely loving are ifly - (world's largest wind tunnel for 'sky diving experience) check their website, it is totally amazing and I so want to do it (with the kids, of course) and even without a 'true surf' on the calm sea the Wave House can offer a super amazing surfing experience here is a pic I took while we were looking on in amazement...

I cannot finish on my talk of Sentosa without mentioning a couple of quotes from the details on their map..."a wide variety of food ranging from sandwiches to coffee",  "whether it's for a delicious, wholesome meal or a tasty snack, you'll find what you're looking for here" and "Discover the history of Singapore Cable Car - featuring THREE generations of cable car cabins". 

Sure, there is truly something for everyone on Sentosa ;-)

So, while my husband has been away (for the last 6 nights - and counting) I have not felt great!  Strange how much I rely on him just to keep me smiling and on the straight and narrow of life!  Everything has been wrong, my weight, my face, my wardrobe, my hair...Today though I got out of bed, straightened my hair perfectly with my GHDs and put on a fab 'visiting the bank manager' outfit.  I felt great and got the bank problem sorted (maybe I'll blog more about banks and their relationships with expat wives on another day...) 

But yes, I was going somewhere with, hair and feeling good!  I, and I'm guessing most if not all women and guys, do not feel good if their is a disastrous the last couple of days I've gone from wanting it all chopping off, wanting it dying blond, wanting it wavy/curly (with this humidity could be difficult).  As said though, today, with my perfectly straight and a lovely shade of Rhiaaaaanna red, I felt like 'the only girl in the world' ;-)  Here is a pic of a style I crossed 'on t' 'tinternet' today which made me smile;-)

As I sign off for today, only one more sleep until my wonderful husband returns and my boys have only 1 'n' 1/2 days at school until October break...what shall we do for 17 days (!) and where shall I take them?  Of course I will talk about family fun in Singapore and keeping the kids entertained (and doing homework) in the next couple of weeks blogs...until then,

kisses 'n' smiles from me xx ;-)

Monday, 10 October 2011

What made me smile today...?

This morning started with a tropical storm.  Rain absolutely 'siling it darn'!  I drove my boys to school and was reminded what a privilege it is to have a car here in Singapore - passing the queues of people all waiting (in no particular orderley fashion) for those 'rare' taxis.  I did feel for the people as I was reminded of the time I was without a car...My boys were at summer camp, we took a taxi to school intending to get another taxi to get myself home.  Then the rain came!  I started to call a taxi with no success, began to walk in the direction of home with the intention of flagging down a taxi - again with no success!  I got to the point of no return (!) having walked so far that to get a taxi would be just silly.  Therefore I had walked around 5km, in the rain, chuntering to myself and questioning 'why we did not have the car'!  I still had to smile that day - I couldn't help to think the exercise would have done wonders for my 'arse' :-)

Of course, as tropical storms do, this morning's blew itself out and by lunch time we had 32 degrees with blue sky.  Very nice!

I also smiled at a website of handmade and vintage items (one of a kind items).  They sell some lovely pieces.  I love their handmade jewelry section and had to be very strict with myself to not order (at least not today).  Lovely, lovely items.

Since hearing about the Glossybox in the UK, I have been waiting for the Bellabox to be launched in Singapore.  Finally, Bellabox was a go go on the 1st October!  Today my payment has gone through and posting will begin tomorrow.  I shall post and review when it arrives - I soooo hope I am not disappointed...!
Supermarket!  No-one smiles at the supermarket?  But me, this morning I went to the supermarket with my helper Aileen.  I had to smile at how fast we were finished and how much less I spend when she is with me.  I do not feel the need or rather am not tempted to pick up anything other than what is on the list.  While at the supermarket I smiled at a baby holding a Dragon Fruit - the baby was absolutely fascinated by it...Dragon Fruits really are unusual looking things - although, if I remember rightly they are not too impressive on the inside (taste wise).  I shall buy one and let my boys review it... 

This evening, after dinner, I snuggled up on the settee with my boys.  Last night we watched a double episode of Dr Who 'The Family of Blood' (their choice) so, this time, it was my choice.  My favourite, favourite Dr Who of all time is 'Blink' or 'Weeping Angels'.  It's got the right amount of scary in for the boys and I love the super storyline.  My only grumble is that 'Blink' is a 'Doctor-Lite' episode!  But anyway here is a pic of my favourite Dr Who - David Tennant...just look at that smile ;-)

Putting David Tennant aside now....Lastly I must mention I have only two more sleeps until my husband is home.  He's been away on business in China since the middle of last week :-(  I so totally missed him during last weekend.  The weekend previous, we had spent a romantic night away on Sentosa - we had a lovely, lovely time.  More about Sentosa tomorrow after I upload and (of course) edit my pics.

kisses 'n' smiles from me xx ;-)

Sunday, 9 October 2011

beginning the blogging

I've emailed emails, I've chatted on Skype, I've tapped and sent sms, I've emoticonned with im and my status on FB has been updated with photos and links.   Now this blogging business is 'my' new thing! :-D

Sometimes it might be funny, sometimes it might be interesting, sometimes it will be boring but 'mostly' it will be true ;-) It's about life as I live thoughts, my feelings, my dreams and my wishes.  Always wrote with a smile and posted with kisses xx 

I'll enjoy writing it, I hope you like reading it. 

Follow me on my journey.......

kisses 'n' smiles from me xx :-)