Singapore- Clarke Key
Alex and I spent the 4th in Singapore. It was a whirlwind trip, but worth it! We love going down to Boat Quay/Clarke Quay, having drinks, dinner, walking along the river. I was literally “taking shots in the dark” when I took these photos- I wish I had taken better ones! All the colorful lights along the river are captivating, and it’s such a festive atmosphere.
And, Mexican food! It’s such a luxury in Asia, and Singapore does Mexican food really well. In Malaysia, I find most “Mexican” food has been Asian-ized, and the salsas/sauces are sweet. But the place we went to in Singapore rivals places in the States, and the margaritas were made from scratch, just to my liking (without the added sugar!)
The margarita went down really easily– then the bartender put two tequila shots in front of us, “on the house!” Alex is sick, so I had to take one for the team. Boy, am I not used to taking shots!
- I enjoyed lots of green smoothies this week- like my chocolate chip mint smoothie. I just don’t get tired of it! If you haven’t tried it yet, put it on your “must” list. It’s magic.
- We arrived home from Singapore in the afternoon, and rather than making lunch, I wanted to make something for us to snack on- I made a Greek Salad Layered Dip from Olena at iFoodreal. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t expect Alex to like it so much! We devoured it- and the little (tiny) bit that was left over, I put into a pita for Alex’s lunch today. Olena’s is much prettier than mine- I threw it together in a hungry-mad-dash after our 5 hour drive. I will definitely make this again and again.
- This caramel vanilla hazelnut milk had me running out of my way to buy hazelnuts this week. I haven’t made it yet- but holy yum!
- And this Feta Fiesta Kale Salad on Cookie and Kate is a must-try– picked up the kale this morning!
- These Grain Free Nutty Coconut Bars are right up my alley- perfect travel food, since I always need snacks/simple meals with me whenever I go anywhere!
- My yoga studio started offering spinning!
- If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I love watching Ted Talks at the gym. This one by William Li was really good food for thought. Our food choices affect us in so many ways other than our waistlines. I’m excited to see what comes of the angiogenic “scale” — would be really interesting to see as far as food combining goes!
- A good article on unhealthy foods being advertised to kids. We are really doing kids a disservice by creating “kid food” (that is something we made up- there is no such thing as “kid food”– kids eat the foods they are given!). And the advertising world should really be restricted on what they are allowed to target at kids. Children are easily manipulated, and are a great target. No wonder 18% of kids 6-11 years old (that’s 1 in 5!) in America are obese.
- On that same note, this is a great talk by Ann Cooper, who runs the school lunch program in Berkely, CA, on what’s wrong with school lunches. An issue I think all parents should fight for! It’s your child’s well being!
- These girls are always great inspiration in my workouts! Lovely photos. Makes me want to go do planks for like 5 hours.
- TS Camera Enterprise is a new camera shop in Publika (in Kuala Lumpur). I’ve been there several times the past 2 weeks to buy things for my camera. Each time I go in, the shop owner Faizal is incredible helpful. He is willing to order things if he doesn’t have them, and has great knowledge on options available. He has given me a mini photography lesson each time I’ve stopped by. If you’re in KL, check it out the next time you need something for your camera (he even has mini-tripods and wireless remotes for your phones to help you take better selfies!).
- I love the photography tips Ashley does on Edible Perspective. Her photography tip this week was on making edits in Lightroom. Hopefully it will help me improve my photos more, because right now I often just default to the “auto correct” settings when I edit my photos!
Have a great Monday!