The last few Christmases have been really wonderful, especially with the coming of my precious daughter. For quite some time, the thrill and excitement of the holidays have really waned for me over the years. But through my daughter’s eyes, I am experiencing Christmas again as I have experienced it during the wonder years.
My dining table centerpiece pour Le Réveillon (Christmas Eve) — candles and candle holder from Crate and Barrel, some christmas décors from La France, courtesy of my mother-in-law
It’s also a great bonus for all the moon lovers out there that the full moon appears on Christmas this year, not since 1977, coincidentally my birth year.
May we all have a wonderful holiday season with family and loved ones.
I just came back fresh from the Singapore Airlines Training Center to experience how it is to fly the newest Airbus plane, the A350. They actually had an Open House a few months ago, in celebration of SG50. But we were back in Europe for the summer holiday at the time. Luckily, hubby has a friend who is an ex-pilot who now works for SIA conducting the Trainings for the A350. And he invited us to try it out today, along with a couple of hubby’s colleagues.
Our family would always visit Europe during the summer. For this year, the opportunity of traveling on the NewAir France’s La Première(First Class) flight presented itself right around the time we were planning our trip. This first class cabin was only introduced late last year! We were so happy and looking forward to the experience, especially since it will be the same time as our Fourth Wedding Anniversary. And indeed, it was, just as imagined.
To the uninitiated, Iceland frightfully sounds a lot like some piece of land filled with a lot of ice. Well, it’s not true at all. There are actually more ice in Greenland (its neighbor country, a bit higher in latitude) than in Iceland. Although, it is true that I specifically went there to see the ice, I went during the summer so I only had the chance to see them on mountaintops and cliffs, and melting on glacial lagoons, thankfully. Yes, glacial lagoon, you read that right!
You can see our crazy itinerary on the left side, and our driving path in blue on the map. We have actually spent almost 18 hours on the road, according to Google maps. It didn’t feel like that at all because we had plenty of stopovers at gorgeous sights along the way! 🙂
But it was not such a bad trip at all. Contrarily, I would say it was my best trip of all, to date. Iceland is just Amazing with a capital A. It has landscapes that boggle the mind and make you feel like you are in another planet. I mentioned this to my Icelandic friend, whom I visited while I was there, and she said in fact that the landscapes are more amazing in the highlands. Regretfully, we only visited the coastal areas, which have paved roads. We didn’t get a proper vehicle for rough roads and the highlands, unfortunately. She said the landscapes there are quite like the ones on the moon that there are actually astronauts training up there to get a feel of what it would be like on the moon. Is that Amazing or not?!
I’m not really in the habit of talking about being a mom so much, as I think it bores and annoys most people. I remember back when I was single, I thought about parents, especially new parents as smug, self-righteous and overbearingly annoying, especially when they are bragging about their kids and offering you unsolicited advice on how to become a good parent even when you’re not even a parent yet, or have no plans of being one.
For my daughter’s birthday this year, I decided to make a lemon cake. I’m very partial to lemon. I just love its clean, sweet smell and tangy acid taste. In French, they would call any sweet stuff with a citrusy flavor, acidulé. I really like this term. It makes the flavor sound even nicer and tempting to taste.
My very simple, but very delicious Lemon Pound Cake
I found this very simple, fuss-free recipe on the internet that I just watched a few hours before the party itself. How very convenient it is nowadays to learn anything at the tip of your fingers and at the convenience of your own home. The internet is really good for this.
My philosophy on being beautiful is to keep everything simple, and stay as true as possible to my natural look. I’m not a strong believer in make-up. Most of the time, it feels to me like wearing a sticky mask, or wearing war paint. Beauty should never, ever be an act of war. It should be effortless.
I do wear lipstick, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil almost every day. But all this is just to enhance what is already there and not to mask it. Besides, too much chemicals on your face is not very good at all. I prefer to have a beautiful, glowing skin than wear make-up to cover it all up. And so, we move on to what this whole blog entry is all about — skin care products. And we’re reviewing some.
First on the list is Purity by Philosophy.
On my hand is a travel size version I got as a freebie from all my purchases, the one in the background is the regular size that I use all the time
i would say that a lot about being pretty is a lot about how you feel about yourself. i mean, if you feel pretty and believe you are pretty, then, others will also see you as pretty. and no matter how much others say that you are pretty, but you don’t really feel pretty, then… it’s a pretty lot of waste of pretty.
now, i don’t always feel or think i’m pretty. there are just days when i feel totally drab and ugly. but it’s quite surprising though, when someone unexpectedly tells you that you look pretty. like, out of the blue. catching you out of your wits. especially if it’s coming from a stranger. and a woman. i just hope she’s not lesbian, though. the compliment just totally took me by surprise because it was so unexpected. i didn’t know what to say. it’s usually me who compliments others first. i’m quite generous with compliments. i don’t understand people who aren’t. is it because it makes them feel less privileged than the other person?..
it’s good to tell people how pretty they look, even if they don’t return back the compliment or they rarely give any. because talking pretty attracts a whole lot of pretty. and i say this pretty much out of experience. 😉