So I planned for a trip down memory lane. It was totally unlike what I had in mind. There were so many changes to the place where I used to live.
One of the most major change I noticed was the diet. This is what the local high street fare is now. No more the local chippie (fish and chips) let alone the Chinese take-away (although I am told that the Chinese fare shop is still around albeit the other end of the road!)
It’s kebab, naan, samosa, and the like. There was only one butcher selling pork in the local market and the clothing stores contained an amazing array of beautiful sarees, punjabi outfits and similar cloth which could be sewn up into colourful displays of the culture now more prominent. It’s enlightening. It’s more affluent. It’s a new east end of London.
Back at our friends’ home, it’s the usual English fare – bangers and not mash, but a typical Yorkshire pudding. The vegetables are boiled and they hold their natural taste without the added rich spices that one would find the neighbours using.
I thought I would be re-visiting the place I called home for more than a decade. Instead I found myself in a totally different world and life despite the familiar road names. This is turning out to be a real holiday – a home away from home!
At last we make the long flight to our holiday destinations! The first of two wonderful destinations, we land at London! It’s been years since I have been here; I am really looking forward to my time.
It’s summer time, so the hours are longer. That means we get to go for a walk after dinner.
Our friends take us to visit the place where the London Olympics were held. What an amazing transformation! The whole place is unlike anything we have seen before.
This is where the rowing competition was held. It looks so serene and beautiful. The place is redeemed.
All around I see flowers, cheering up the place.
This is not the east end of London I knew. What joy! I am thrilled that there has been so much development for good. What’s more, the old structures have not been left to disrepair. The stadium is being renovated to house the local football team, West Ham. The swimming pool and arena is being well used by the residents. New and more upmarket shops are opened in the nearby shopping centre. There is so much life!
It’s a great start to the holidays and I am looking forward to more.
But first, now, it’s time to hit the bed after staying up for so many hours….
One thing that will happen when I go for my holiday away will be that I will be missing a very important wedding. I know, I know – if it’s that important, why would I miss it? Well, it’s because I had booked this flight before the wedding date was confirmed! Important though, because of the people involved – Hubby and I are quite close with them, having gone through much with them. I have to sigh. Nothing can be done…
Let me tell you about this wedding. It’s going to be the most amazing one. The colour scheme to begin with is not the usual white, cream, silver, blue, or even pink. This will be themed in fuchsia, no less! Not only fuchsia, but the other colours are white and purple. Reminds me of the actual flower!
The planning began ages ago, as most wedding are apt to be these days. The couple have spent a lot of time looking for the perfect outfits, the right photographers, the best wedding and dinner venues, and of course, the absolute must-have-one-of-a-kind wedding favours. They have looked at shops and stores, and even online. Actually, there are amazing items on offer online. For instance, look at this site; I mean, check these out, great prices! I am certain that I will be missing a really special event indeed. But I am thankful that I will nonetheless have something uniquely beautiful given to me to commemorate this day.
One of the things I shall really look forward to is to see when I go on holiday is the wonderful display of flowers. The bursts of colours always put a smile in my heart. I am always amazed at how creative God is. Large and small, soft and hard, single coloured hues or an incredible combination; the ever-changing size and shapes transform the landscape and views.
I can hardly wait! (This photo was taken from my previous holiday to this part of the world six years ago!)
We are going to Europe! Sooooo looking forward to that! We are already arranging to meet up with friends, some of whom we haven’t met for over THIRTY YEARS. Traveling at this time of the year will be so nice. The long flight is not something I look forward to, but at least it’s in reasonable comfort and I will have wonderful company in my Hubby.
This is going to be SUCH fun! Stay tuned for more updates….
After being so used to a good and entirely-set-up-for-my-personal-convenience computer, it was a dreadful time to be without. I felt like a nomad at the best of times, a scavenger at my lowest, trying to get into a computer which would do what I wanted it to do, at the speed and functionality I was used to. That’s when I realised how much I took things for granted. So thankful for backups! I was able to access my files somehow.
So how did I de-stress? I ate, yes, but more important to me is music. Music soothes the wild beast, and indeed the wild beast in me is soothed! So my favourite way to unwind those coiled up muscles and tensed up ligaments is to stick on some beats headphones and lose myself in some good music. Uplifting lyrics and music will take me to another plane for a while. And as I work on second, and sometimes third, class computers, I am serene…. Hahaha!
I have been incapacitated for weeks! No, make that months! Unable to access this site due to no fault of my own – the hard disk died.
Worse, when it died and I sent it in for fixing, the people there did not send my order request off so I had to wait even longer to have the parts delivered for my computer. I had to really bite my tongue when I found out! How can that possibly happen to a reputable and well-established company. Worse, it was the manager himself who made this mistake. What an omission! It was quite depressing to say the least…
I can hear you say that I should have an alternative access…! Too late… Lesson learned!
Anyway, I am B-A-C-K! And raring to go!
I bought a new bread maker. So I decided to give the old one to my helper.
Before passing it to her, I decided to test it out. I knew the stirring wings were a little dodgy – stiff and wouldn’t come off easily. So I decided that I should have a go and show my helper how it could be used.
Lo and behold, in the early process of mixing the dough, the wings snapped!
So I ended up having to mix by hand!
Never having done it before, I had to go online to figure things out. Resting and waiting for the dough to rise…
Later, I gingerly put the mixture in the other oven.
Then to my horror, when I came back, I found that my helper had turned it off by accident! When I checked online, everything said that half-cooked bread could not be re-cooked….
But it seemed such a waste. So I decided to experiment.
Later, when it came out, it seemed all right. A little hard crust never hurt anyone. The question was, “What about the inside?”
Got the bread knife out and voila! A little dense, but hey, not bad for trial and error!
First to greet us when we get home.
Always keen to go for walks with us.
Alert whenever someone new comes.
Runs away when strangers approach her.
Barks at even the little children.
Doesn’t like unfamiliar cars.
Considers motorbikes the enemy to be chased off the premises.
Yes, meet my nine-year old canine named Sprite.
First the older one fall ill. It’s confirmed – he has dengue fever. Off I rush to go and nurse him for a few days. He is so weak that when the platelets begin to rise, I bring him back home to recover. He has lost so much weight. Initially he didn’t even have energy to drink, and he lost his appetite. Thankful that he is now recovered though he is still below his weight before he fell ill.
Not long after, the second one comes home for holidays, and on the second day, he cuts himself while playing frisbee on the beach. Three stitches later, he has to slow right down, even use crutches a for a few days, and has to have Momma nurse him in a different way – daily dressings!
Wow what an eventful time my two Arrows have had! Momma has been quite stretched too. But thankfully, all’s well that ends well.