Wow! It has been almost 3 weeks since we got back from our annual trip to Singapore. School started last Monday and we are trying to adjust to a new school timetable and get a routine going.
This year, our trip to Singapore was shorter than previous years because we could not afford to have Lexi (our black Standard Schnauzer) boarding for too long at the pet hotel. So we were in Singapore for just 24 days, instead of the usual 30 or so days. Plus we also brought Tobias’ best friend with us, which meant we did more touristy things, on top of having less time to see the usual number of family and friends.
It felt quite stressful while we were there and looking back, maybe we should have not done both shortening the trip and bringing an extra person with us at the same time, but i think we all did have fun in the end and we learned a bit about more about each other and our little island country while showing it to a new person.
Of course, we had lots of yummy food (it was quite enjoyable to introduce a foreigner to our unique food culture in Singapore) and lots of fun and laughter with our beloved ones. It was also great to have traveled there and back altogether, without the usual split where Walter had to come back first.
Here are some highlights of our trip in pictures (see captions for details):
Entertaining themselves while we wait for our flight.
The must-have shot when visiting the latest attraction at Jewel, Changi Airport
It’s been years since we visited the zoo.
Always wonderful to see animals in action.
Waterfall at Gardens By The Bay
Looking down from the top of the waterfall.
View of the Singapore skyline, with the Singapore Flyer in view.
Lightshow at Gardens By The Bay.
Watching my brother during Hair for Hope charity event.
Learning to throw an axe!
That’s a bull’s eye!
Waiting for our flight back to CH.
Yesterday was Lexi’s first birthday and we held a little celebration a couple of days before we left for our holidays.
She is now 1 year old and has been with us for 10 months now. We enjoy having her around a lot! Such a little joy but sometimes, just sometimes, she can be stubborn and not obey instructions such as “come here”, “stop”, “heel” etc… just because she was distracted or wanted to chase something or was just being a teenage dog. Yep, she has hit doggy teen years – sigh!
You can look back on when she first joined our family and at 5 months old posts. You will see how she has changed in her looks and size.
Here are a few photos from her first birthday celebrations:
A little over 3 weeks ago, i signed up for the Summer Writing Contest hosted by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. Submission dateline has come and gone. Now the waiting begins as the judges read and review well over 300 entries.
But the contest organisers have been wonderful in giving YOU, the reader of stories, a chance to vote for your favourite story. Not all the entries are listed because people could opt out of being listed for the Readers’ Choice Award, however, i have been told that at least 95% of the stories written for the Summer Writing Contest are listed.
So head over HERE to see a list of the stories and vote for your favourite. My story, entitled The Photo Album, is listed as the 16th story from the bottom of the list. Here’s a direct link to my story. i believe you only have till this weekend to vote. Please vote for The Photo Album if you like my story. Thanks very much.