Friday, 14 June 2019

Midsummer 2019

Last night it was time for the traditional Midsummer celebrations here in the sandpit, organized as always by Annica and Peter. This year the party was held on a yacht sailing out from Yas Marina.

Drinks and nibbles, blue and yellow balloons, flags, music and dancing - and the Midsummer pole of course, which this year had got a new "dress" and was looking greener than ever!

This year the party people came from a total of 14 different countries! So much fun!

And my trusty flower wreath is still going strong..!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Yes, in the livingroom

Yes. Yes, it is a new gadget. Yes, it is in the middle of the living room. Yes, it is mine.

This is how I get exercise done at the moment. Or more accurately, it's actually about the only movement I do at all each day...
It's getting hot out there, there is no way I can walk outside at this time of the year. And I just don't make it to the gym, I just don't. So this is the solution, for now.

I have pledged to myself to get on it for 5 km a day, every day until we leave for summer holidays. So far I've done 5/5 days. So far so good.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Beautiful breakfast

Today I was invited to one of my tour guide colleagues, Termi, for an end-of-season breakfast. We got treated to such a feast! An abundance of crêpes, croissants, cakes, bread, fruit and juices, mmm!

We are a super international group, today Estonia, Germany, France, Dominican Republic, Italy, Belgium, Canada and Sweden was represented!
As always super lovely to meet up with these girls outside of work and get a chance to chat about both work, and other things.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

The Jewel

We made sure we got picked up by our driver in good time on our departure day, because I really wanted to get to the airport early to have a chance to explore the latest new craze there - the Jewel Changi Airport.

The Jewel only opened in April this year. This stunning glass and steel dome is the home to gardens, attractions, restaurants, retail, playgrounds and more.

The centerpiece of it all is this Rain Vortex waterfall which drops 40 meters from an oculus the size of a bus. It's the tallest indoor waterfall in the world.

Some of the attractions weren't open yet unfortunately, we missed getting the full experience by four days. You will be able to hike the 4-storey high (indoor!) Shiseido Forest Valley, with more than 900 trees; bounce on nets at the Canopy Park; get lost in the largest hedge maze in Singapore and walk amongst the clouds on the Canopy Bridge, suspended 23 meters off the ground.

Here is a snapshot of the Petal Garden which is situated on the top floor. It looks like it will be a space full of creative flower displays.

Matt, Luca and Ashley came to see us off so we had a last beer at the Tiger Street Lab, the only place in the world where you can try seasonal Tiger brews.

Bye bye Roses and thank you for this time!

Across the border

To end our trip this time we went just across the boarder and into Malaysia for a few days, to visit our friends the Foxes in Johor Baru. We've seen Jason a few times when he has been through Abu Dhabi with work, but it had been six years since we saw Maki and the kids last. Time sure flies!

They live in a really lovely spot, surrounded by green, green, green in every direction. So nice to be back in the jungle, with all the familiar smells and noises.
The kids stayed in the pool nearly all day, only came up for food.

On the second day we went to the club house in their compound, the Balé Club. The boys went for a round of disc-golf, Jason's new hobby, and the girls had a swim in the pool. 2-for-1 pizza night made for an easily organized dinner!

Level 33

On the Monday Misuzu wanted to take us to a favourite place of hers with great views of Singapore, Level 33 - the World's Highest Urban Microbrewery. Just the place for Nathan!

Great views over the Marina Bay from here!
The skies were super dramatic when we arrived, but luckily we had time to grab some panoramic photos before the rain came.

Cool views and awesome food.

Then the rain and the fog rolled in, and everything outside the window disappeared! I loved it, I miss weather! Yes in general, but also these amazing thunderstorms in particular.

In the evening Misuzu hosted a BBQ at their place, more food, glorious food... I so miss living next door to Misuzu, ha ha!

Good people - good night!

Brunei boys.