It has been a year…

Yep, it has been a whole 365 days, give or take 9 or so days.

This time last year we were up to our eyeballs in the finer details of puppy training, which included toilet training! Oh my, i never felt so conflicted about training of any sorts; the need to be firm yet not so firm that the puppy starts to fear you which leads to an inability to understand the commands BUT you have to be firm enough that the puppy knows who the alpha is. However, we did find our way.

We have also been through much with our little doggy in the last year, she came down with a serious ear infection, followed by an eye infection, both of which led to us having to restart her vaccination schedule. A few months after, we were into her first heat. Then that unfortunate accident which led to weeks in the cone, many vet visits and much meds, leaving her with a shortened tail; but she’s still the cutest. Then it was testing pet hotels and leaving her for 3 weeks in the summer.

Now a year on, Lexi is firmly a big part of our family. We love her and she loves us. She is getting better at following commands and is toilet-trained (fingers crossed). We take her with us wherever we can and, clique as it might sound, can’t imagine life without her.

She is our furry little sunshine.

Here are 12 photos to summarise our first year together:

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Book Review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown…

Wow! It has been almost a year since i last posted a book review. i have been reading just not books and…

Confession: i did get stuck reading this Dan Brown book. Stuck as in it didn’t interest me enough to keep going at my normal reading pace. It took me a good few months to finish.

thelostsymbolDanBrown20190828Now, this is not the first Dan Brown book i have read. i have read two others and i quite enjoyed those. So i thought i would enjoy reading another one. i did, eventually, enjoy this one BUT it took a while for the story to get going. i remembered that Brown is usually quite quick to draw you in but for this particular one, at least to me, it seemed as if he took his time in setting up quite a bit of background and i felt it took too long for the action to really kick in. i was a third of the way into the book before it really hooked me. Truth be told, i almost gave up reading it a few times. However, i knew he was a good writer and plowed through to the “i-can’t-wait-to-turn-the-page” stage.

So we meet Dr Robert Langdon again, and he is once again caught up in a dark chase of some myth, which yet again, he does not truly believe in. But this time more is at risk; the life of his dear friend and mentor, Peter Solomon, and Peter’s sister, Katherine, as well as his own life.

i enjoyed how he drew on Masonic legends as well as an obscure branch of science, Noetic Science, entwining the secrets of these with important monuments in Washington D.C. The antagonist was a pretty scary character; a man so focused on his goal that he would do anything to get it. However, it was a goal based on his own interpretation of what this ancient legend claims to bestow upon the one who finds it. Such a single-minded man is frightening yet at the end, i pitied him because he was misled by his own desperate need to be recognised.

As always, the book is also filled with codes to crack and mysterious persons who help Langdon on his quest.

Would i recommend this book? Yes, if you like puzzles and mysteries, and don’t mind a bit more background setup at the start.

Have you read this book? Or maybe another Dan Brown book? Did you enjoy it? Care to share your thoughts?

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Our Summer Holiday 2019…

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):

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