Freya and Bloom

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It’s new! It’s exciting! It’s finally up! K-gal’s webshop has some of the most unique, interesting stuff out there. She has painstakingly taken many many months (or was it years K?) to scout for indie artisans around the world and their creations, and putting it together all by herself.  The end result is a delightful mix of fun, quirky, handmade-with-love crafts that you probably can’t find elsewhere.

Happy shopping!

S.O.S

A wonderfully kind group of people had come together to rescue 80 very uncared for and some very ill breeding dogs. We are trying all our best to help in various ways,  by giving monetary means or time.  Please check out their updates and wishlist here.

If you have any of the items to donate, please contact us, and D-man and I would be more than happy to arrange collection from you kind souls.

*We understand not everyone might have the means to donate, but spreading the word is a way to educate people about buying puppies and creating demand for such unnecessary cruelty.

The Oxygen Theory

Apologies!!! Aunty Scroogey has not been able to write as frequently as she wanted to these 2 month, because of tax filings, work commitments and such. It was just about 2 days ago that she managed to catch her breath a little from running a backlog of errands.
8th March was International Women’s Day. To commemorate this day (even though it has passed), Aunty is for once, going to write about a woman-related topic – The Oxygen Theory. What is The Oxygen Theory?
I’m sure you must have watched over and over again, when you’re in the plane just before it takes off, the demonstration given by the air crew, of what you have to do in case of emergency – where to exit, how to brace, how to put on the oxygen mask, etc. And you might have noticed too, that the instructions if you have an accompanying child, is to attend to yourself first then to your child. The reason is simple: if you are not able to last long, you won’t be able to take care of your child well.
As women, we often place the needs of our family before that of our own. Aunty Scroogey herself is guilty of this too sometimes.  Which is why, it is important that we plan our finances well, which brings us once again back to the topic of adequate financial planning. While setting aside for the children’s education, we also need to make sure that we have enough to fall back on during the later years, amidst inflation and escalating medical costs.  Indeed, it’s not easy being a woman trying to juggle so many things together. Give yourself a pat on the back, sisters!
Applying the Oxygen Theory closer to home, let Aunty Scroogey ask you something, and let yourself answer the question with 100% honesty. How often do you feel that getting rich is evil and wanting to have more money is dirty and greedy? The fact is, The Aunty herself used to think that way too. Until one day, she realized that there is a limit as to how much you can help the poor when you remain poor yourself.  Granted, there are people out there such as Mother Teresa who are poor and are still able to help the poor. But not many of us are like her, with no dependents nor possess the ability to ignore retirement plans. If your money doesn’t come from ill gotten gains, and it wasn’t obtained at the expense of some other people, I do not see anything wrong with wanting to have more so that in turn, many more unfortunate people benefit from your generosity. This too, is an application of the Oxygen Theory.
Live well,
Aunty Scroogey

Apologies!!! Aunty Scroogey has not been able to write as frequently as she wanted to these 2 months, because of tax filings, work commitments and such. It was just about 2 days ago that she managed to catch her breath a little from running a backlog of errands.

8th March was International Women’s Day. To commemorate this day (even though it has passed), Aunty is for once, going to write about a woman-related topic – The Oxygen Theory. What is The Oxygen Theory?

I’m sure you must have watched over and over again, when you’re in the plane just before take off, the demonstrations given by the air crew, of what you have to do in case of emergency – where to exit, how to brace, how to put on the oxygen mask and etc. And you might have noticed too, that the instructions if you have an accompanying child, is to attend to yourself first then to your child. The reason is simple: if you are not able to last long, you won’t be able to take care of your child well.

As women, we often place the needs of our family before that of our own. Aunty Scroogey herself is guilty of this too sometimes.  Which is why, it is important that we plan our finances well, which brings us once again back to the topic of adequate financial planning. While setting aside for the children’s education, we also need to make sure that we have enough to fall back on during the later years, amidst inflation and escalating medical costs.  Indeed, it’s not easy being a woman trying to juggle so many things together. Give yourself a pat on the back, sisters!

Applying the Oxygen Theory closer to home, let Aunty Scroogey ask you something, and let yourself answer the question with 100% honesty. How often do you feel that getting rich is evil and wanting to have more money is dirty and greedy? The fact is, The Aunty herself used to think that way too. Until one day, she realized that there is a limit as to how much you can help the poor when you remain poor yourself.  Granted, there are people out there such as Mother Teresa who are poor and are still able to help the poor. But not many of us are like her, with no dependents nor possess the ability to ignore retirement plans. If your money doesn’t come from ill gotten gains, and it wasn’t obtained at the expense of some other people, I do not see anything wrong with wanting to have more so that in turn, many more unfortunate people benefit from your generosity. This too, is an application of the Oxygen Theory.

Live well,

Aunty Scroogey

Bossaball

It’s a combination of volleyball, football and music, played on a giant inflatable balloon and trampoline. A-gal does fancy gymnastic stuff so she totally loves it. Apparently anyone can play and you don’t need prior training. Just so long you don’t throw up on bouncy inflatables like me, and am not afraid of a flying ball coming at ya. Check it out here.

I think A-gal’s a natural at sports. She’s getting ready for..

a somersault…

then she does a cartwheel..

She can also do volleyball serves…

and she touches her toes on the trampoline..

just because she can!

Definitely a happy sports.

Sweet Potato & Edamame Croquette


The easiest croquette ever. I mean ever!
The amount of edamame to use simply depends on how much sweet potatoes you’re making. A quarter portion of edamame to sweet potatoes is a good gauge. No condiments are required as these crispies have the sweetness from the sweet potatoes and the saltiness from the edamame beans. I used 3 Japanese purple skin sweet potatoes here for 2 persons. Delish!

Just peel and steam some sweet potatoes till they are soft. Cooks faster when you cut them up.

Then peel open the edamame.

Such funny hairy peas they are!

Mash up the steamed sweet potatoes and mix the edamame into the sweet mash.

Roll and mould the mixture into patties and fry them on a pan of hot oil. Be careful to turn down the heat as the patties brown very quickly.

And you have now these little sweet smiley sunshiney faces!

Shanghai

Well, well, look whose here, people! *swaggers into the room*

I am back! You must have missed me terribly, haven’t you?

Hello? hello?

Anybody out there??

Yooooohoooooooo…….

*crickets chirping*

Anyway, this trip to Shanghai had been quite amazing. I had the funnest time I ever had with the girls, ate the best pizza in Asia..

(the zagat rated Kitchen Salvatore Cuomo), and learnt more than I ever did in a short week. Shanghai charms like she always had, with her old..


and her new..

(a Gaudi wannabe?)

K-gal and I also found quite a few interesting indie designer shops at An Fu Road.

Among them this cute, whimsical cafe named after the owner’s daughter, Mia.

We visited the gallery when we had time..


before immersing ourselves in plotting for world domination.

Until I met him, who took my heart away…

But unfortunately, I couldn’t handle this amount of cuteness.
And so I ran back to..

where my heart really belongs.