The change of pace has been noticeable. Whisked away from London in some style on BA ( a windfall trip first class), I find Singapore surprisingly cool and pleasant. There’s a stiff breeze on our 11th floor balcony, and my plants are swishing and swooshing while the sunbirds chirp a merry greeting several times a day. The orchids have sprouted great long flower stems and I can admire them as I sit on my chaise longue, reading my friend Sarah Helm’s harrowing story of Ravensbruck death camp, If This Is A Woman. At times I weep from the gratuitous cruelty of this untold story.
Meanwhile I am back to yoga, meditation, healthy eating and cooking. I have been experimenting with some Ayurvedic dishes like kidney-cleansing kichadi, Chinese sitr-fried pork and some Ottolenghi for spice-shy guests. I have also been doing quite a bit of writing and research on cancer-related issues on my living with cancer website – take a peek for delicious recipes and the rest! Next week, back to acupuncture.
We have been busy at the movies too – see my reviews of The Imitation Game and Birdman on vickyatthemovies. Big Eyes will join it shortly.This leisurely pace of life encourages us to plan the year’s outings – we have just added a long weekend diving in Lembeh, Sulawesi, in April to an otherwise packed schedule of skiing in in Japan in Feb, seeing leopards and tigers in India in March, a Swiss easter, and then a trip to Dali, Lijiang and the recently re-named Shangri-La on theTibetan border in May.
Sunday is a day for an outing so today we wandered round the Botanic garden admiring the recent installation of the Ju Ming sculptures that we first saw in Taiwan.
February 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Great life !
February 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm
February 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm
I was thinking about you and Ross today as we are in Les gets, I wondered if you were still in chattel, but see you have departed. So meeting for lunch at the goat village will have to wait! Dumping snow here,
Today it snowed all day , googles on and more forecast.
So pleased to hear you have been given the all clear, the relief must have been immeasurable.
Lizzie keeps me posted!
Where are you going to in India for tiggers. March is an excellent time, let me know if you need any assistance as I’ve been doing the North for 3 years.
Love to you both
February 2, 2015 at 12:13 am
Good to hear from you: do you have a place in Les Gets? i know so many people there…We are going to Reni Pani in Satpura with our friends who live in Mumbai (she has been there lots) and she arranged it. The all clear is only for three months – I have to be checked quarterly for the next four years so its a long haul, but with every check the odds improve. SO jealous of you in good snow, Ross will be in Champery this weekend, but I not until Easter. It was shocking at xmas. Vx