Monthly Archives: July 2015

Home and Travels

My little nephew calls Kris, Uncle Kris Kris or sometimes Uncle Kiss Kiss when he’s feeling cheeky. At 3 years of age, he’s cheeky a lot. His eyes gleams with cheekiness. I miss him and his mama so much and I cannot wait to go back in August. I miss family and friends. Smartphones are a life saver, because of all the free apps I get to speak/text and/or get shown videos almost everyday. Its less time consuming as an actual phone call/Skype and I get to be a part of their lives on a daily basis. Best part, I get to choose to partake in only the good parts! No drama filters to me because I’m so far away. #winningcombo.

I’m already missing Vancouver. I miss having my husband around mostly! Holding hands and enjoying each others company. The moment we stepped into NYC, he was on full on work mode and has been literally working nonstop. I do miss him from time to time. I miss having dinner together without him checking on his people on the west coast who are still at work. I miss eating breakfast with him without him only having 15 minutes to shower and dash out of the door for his breakfast meeting at 8am. At the same time, I’m also very happy and proud of what he has achieved for himself and I understand that sacrifices need to be made to get the things he/we want. But, I just miss having him around. Perhaps tho because he gives me so little full attention, that it makes what little time we have so even more wonderful!

When he reads this, he will probably instinctively go, THAT’S NOT TRUE! I guess our definitions of being with one another defers a little. Him watching TV (usually piew piew movies) and me reading on my kindle at 1am at night on the same sofa doesn’t qualify. Neither does eating dinner together while he replies to work emails qualify. However, I do recognize that he just simply does not have enough time of day to finish all the things he has to do. Hopefully in a few years tho, he can reap his rewards.

I dream of the day we can float around the Caribbean /Mediterranean /Europe/ Asia on a (RENTED!) catamaran and enjoy life a bit. He will enjoy the sailing part and I’ll enjoy the calmer (relative to a sailboat) boat ride and shore excursions. Maybe, someone will invent an anti seasick pill that actually works, so I can enjoy the sailing part.

I dream that we can backpack to the 7 continents on a RTW tickets and go explore a little bit more nature.

I dream that we can eventually own a cosy and non chi chi home. (Lately tho, I’ve seen how it can be more of a hassle being a home owner and have accepted that rentals for our situation is actually a smarter option.)

For for all these collective dreams, I have to be patient and let him do this thing! #EventuallyTheySay! #Patienceisavirtue

Back to reality after 7 wondrous days in Vancouver + VI

We just came back from a terrific holiday from Vancouver and Vancouver Island. I think this might be one of the best holidays we’ve ever been too. I do think all our holidays get better and better tho, perhaps its due to the recency effect.

Its the first real holiday that Kris has embarked on since he started his business and we’re both super happy that the great team he assembled practically held the fort while he was away. Which is a big big deal if you’re in the tech business IMHO. I know that he probably has thousands of emails to answer BUT its a great feeling to know that he as assembled a dependable team! I’m so proud of my hubby!

We had a 2 small hiccups involving our car rental but nothing money can’t solve. This leads me to think that perhaps car ownership, like home ownership is not as idyllic as it seems. Thus, I’m very happy with our rental situation. In Vancouver, the houses are so cheap compared to what you can get in NYC. Kris and myself both had serious cases of Vancouver-Housing lust when we realized how much a pretty apartment at the waterfront cost. Maybe, Someday, Hopefully!

Everything was great there, from the clean air (mostly, coz of the forest fires North of the City), crisp water, SUPER clean streets, mostly friendly people and how wonderfully close to nature the city was. British Columbia is like a wonderful first world city + National Park all rolled into one. One cannot help but feel so happy and carefree there!

I cannot wait for my next visit back. Usually, I’m always looking forward to going home no matter which country I visit. Nothing like home sweet home after living out of your luggage. This time, however, I almost told Kris to go home on his own, while I continued trooping around. I didn’t of course, but it crossed my mind!

I visited some old friends, who migrated to Singapore some 7-ish years ago and it was great to see them both so happy and settled. I think Canada is a much better place for them than Singapore was in many ways. They were very kind to me for the 2 years that I knew them and one never forgets the love and kindness from people, that made happy memories in your life.

I have thousands of photos to process, so I’m just going to leave you with one photo for now. Not my favorite per se, but will do for now! A picture of fat lazy seals lounging around. A couple of miles south were 2 orcas that were hunting for food, too bad they didn’t discover these yummy treats. Kris says I’m cruel, but hey I’m realistic (food chain!) and was hoping for a national geographic moment!




Vancouver, 2015

I cannot believe 10 years has lapsed since I last came to Vancouver!
Vancouver ignited my wanderlust: the deep desire to want to see more beyond the shores of my tiny little Singapore.
I attribute my few short months in Vancouver in 2005 in whetting my appetite for travel and for (gasp!) dating and then marrying a foreigner.
It has been a great 10 years and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the blessings in my life.

Look at how gorgeous this city is? It’s only taken by my IPhone! I think Kris is falling in love too, the air is so fresh my brain is slightly hurting at the transition. It is so clean everywhere!


I wish I could put in beautiful poetry or prose how happy my heart feels to be back in this city, but I’m lazy and want to go to Revolver Coffee for breakfast, Bike to Stanley Park, Visit UBC’s campus and then go to Richmond Market for Dinner!
So instead, I leave you with a mental image of my heart bursting with happiness and take off to explore the streets with my special man. I’m at my happiest when I’m exploring the world with him!