Gong Xi Fa Cai!

February 20, 2015 | Drawn, Personal, Singapore

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone who celebrates!

Gong Xi Fa Cai

We’ve got a 4-day weekend here this weekend in honour of CNY, and it’s been BLISS. Don’t get me wrong, now that I’m not working I can hardly tell what day it is, let alone whether it’s a weekday or a weekend.. but it’s been really nice to have more than just a quick weekend to hang out with Dave and our little man. It’s such cherished, relaxed time and I’m loving it. Every weekend should be like this I say!

I hope you’re all having a lovely long weekend, or have a great weekend coming! Gong Xi Fa Cai :)

PS. In a bid to get better at drawing, I set myself the task of illustrating something for CNY.. and above is the result! Our family, and the goat I wish I owned haha :)

Kenya Pt. 5

October 31, 2013 | Personal, Photography, Travel

The last Kenyan post, I promise! :)

It’s been a longer series than I’d anticipated – it’s hard to believe we were actually only away for 2.5 weeks! There was just so much packed into that time, and you’ve now seen the photos to prove it hehe.

And just to give credit where it’s due – many of the photos below were taken by my talented Dad. Thanks Pa :)

Kenya_22Our next stop (after the Kakamega Forest) was at a working farm called Kembu. It was magical! I won’t go into too much detail, but we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves there, wandering around the farm, hanging out with the dogs, and chatting to the cows and horses. At night, we’d all go out with our torches and scour the hedges around the farm for chameleons. We weren’t all that good at finding them ourselves, but the staff were all too happy to help :)

They also had a local knitting cooperative there called The Kanana Knitters who knit and sell gorgeous soft toys in their shop and overseas… definitely worth a visit!

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After leaving Kembu, we headed up Mount Kenya to Castle Forest Lodge, a lovely B&B perched on the mountainside. We couldn’t see Mount Kenya for the fog unfortunately, but I’m sure it’d be spectacular when it’s visible! As you can see from the photos below, it was a bit cold and wet, but still gorgeous!

Kenya Pt 5.

Our last stop before heading home was a very special one to us – we went back to the village where we’d lived 16 years ago. We’d all been looking forward to it I think, to see what we remembered, and what had changed. We visited our old school (the kids were all on holidays, but the school itself looked very much the same)….

Kenya Pt 5.

… went back to our favourite local restaurant (T.Tot Hotel) to see if their Samosa’s are still the best in the world (they are)…

Kenya Pt 5.

… Took a walk through the markets, and did some basket shopping (unfortunately many of the shops we remember from here are now closed)…

Kenya Pt 5.

…. and we got to go back and visit our old house. We didn’t expect to get so close to it, but the lady who now lives there remembered us, and didn’t mind us coming in for a look around. The house still looked the same, but understandably the yard and surrounds had changed quite a bit. It was a little bit sad to see that most of the things we remembered from there had now gone, but it was still such a joy to even see it again at all.

And just for the fun of it, we did a jump shot ;)

Family Jump

And so we ended the trip on a really special note, coming full circle from a time we’ve all remembered and cherished. Needless to say it was very difficult to say goodbye to Africa again, and to my family. Until the next big trip! ;)

And in case you missed them, see the previous Kenya posts here:  Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  Part 4.