Cinderella & Her Pumpkin Kayak

Disney has it that Cinderella dressed up nicely and rode a horse driven pumpkin carriage to meet her Prince Charming at the ball. These days with rising water level as the result of global warming, she can no longer travel in a pumpkin carriage. Instead, fairy godmother has to make her a pumpkin kayak which…

Mid-Autumn Festival & Moon Gazing

It’s a time of the year when the Mid-Autumn Festival comes along. It is a time when family come together to have an evening feast and gaze at the moon.  Admittedly, this year I had almost forgotten about it until a reminder from Hayley a day before!  This year we didn’t have any great feast or mooncakes….

Prinsjesdag, Royal Cavalry & Den Haag

19th September 2017 was the Prinsjesdag of the Netherlands, which was translated as the Prince’s Day. It was an annual event full of pomp, fanfare and a day when the Dutch king opened the parliament in Den Haag (The Hague). Our day in Den Haag The weekend before the actual event took place the Dutch Royal Cavalry,…

Finding Hidden Gems in Little India, Singapore

A couple of weeks ago, Hayley and I happened to have an overnight lay over in Singapore on the way back from our holiday from Timor-Leste. Singapore is a country which we had visited quite a few times in the last few years, so we did wonder what else we could do. We decided to stay…

Christmas holiday with the horses

Hayley and I went home over the Christmas to spend time with the family. It was nice to catch up with people and join in the festivity. Before we headed off, we stocked with with winter long johns from an Uniqlo shop, thinking that it would be very cold. Surprisingly, it was one of the…

Merry Diwali and Happy Christmas to my Genie

Diwali, Christmas and Genie are three words that are not normally go together in a sentence. But it seems to work in the context of Singapore, a multicultural country where people of different ethnicity and religion live harmonious next to together. Who would ever believe Ganesha (one of many Hindu gods) would be hanging out with Jesus…

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

Last week was the Mid-Autumn Festival, which was celebrated across many countries in Asia (such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Vietnam). It was a time of catching up with family and friends to celebrate a good harvest. This year Hayley’s parents visited us in Hong Kong after their holiday in China. So, we took…

The Ghost Festival In Hong Kong

Last month, it was the Ghost Festival in Hong Kong If there’s something strange in your neigbourhood, Who you going to call, Ghostbusters If there’s something weird and don’t look good, Who you going to call, Ghostbusters So the Ghostbusters were called out and visited the Ghost Festival celebration at Shek Kip Mei. What is…

My cousin-nephew’s 100 day birthday

A couple of weeks ago, it was my cousin-nephew’s 100 day birthday.  So the family followed the Chinese tradition and had a 100 day birthday party (百日宴) on the Saturday night. Traditionally, the 100 day birthday symbolises longevity for the child. It is also the way to “officially” introduce the child to the family and friend….

A day of lions & minions

July 1st is Hong Kong SAR establishment day and marking the day when Hong Kong was given back to China. This year marks the 18th anniversary since the British left on June 30th 1997. A colourful lion dance After a morning of relaxing / “hea” (see Phil’s previous post for a definition of hea), we decided…