I expected The Pioneer Woman’s potato soup to be pretty good, but not actually perfect. I don’t peel potatoes (why get rid of the good bits) and I used shallots, cayenne pepper, and paprika instead her suggestions, plus I tend to be a bit maverick with the quantities of potato, carrot, and celery (this is what my life has become, I’m wild and crazy with vegetables), so I’d say her method of making a creamy soup is fantastic.

The proof? Neil says it’s as good as the soup we used to get at Black Angus in Singapore, and we both love the soup at Black Angus. And I made it in the thermal pot while Anne was napping, only finishing it off about ten minutes before I wanted to serve dinner. So it’s a winner all round.

Halina Paulette test roll part 2

The second lot of acceptable snaps from the charity shop Halina Paulette. As previously stated, there has been no retouching.

Ophelia, Old Town Gardens
Toddlers and manual focus don’t mix
Old Town Gardens
Light effect, Old Town Gardens
This might be my favourite shot from the roll
Old Town Gardens
More trees
Less-than-happy Anne

Halina Paulette test roll part 1

These are some shots from the first — and so far only — roll of film (Fuji Superia Xtra 400) I’ve put through the charity shop camera. I haven’t retouched any of them.

The Weighbridge Brewhouse, Paddington Drive
They serve crocodile, very sweet crocodile
Don't exit the training room, English Heritage
I’ve always found this hilarious
Faded yarn bomb, English Heritage
Age has caught up with the yarn bomb
Former Methodist church, Emlyn Square
Now a community venue for the yoof
Car park ramp, Farnsby Street
Oh, Neil

Silly people

My belief is that a lot of people in Singapore actually know that the economy has been inflating and slightly deflating an economic bubble for a long time. They’re the ones who aren’t buying shitloads of real estate even though they have the cash. I don’t know what the government will do when things start trending downwards, but with their stranglehold on all things policy, I’m sure they’ll find something to drag the country through. Not without casualties, mind.

Shakes head

What’s wrong with these two sentences?

A demographic study in 2012 by the Pew Forum found that that roughly one-in-six people around the globe (1.1bn, or 16 per cent) have no religious affiliation.

This makes the unaffiliated the third-largest religious group worldwide, behind Christians and Muslims, and about equal in size to the world’s Catholic population.

Of little faith: world’s most dangerous places for atheists


Mark Rothko, she ain’t

Due to my non-artyness, I’ve never really thought about letting Anne make her own art at home, aside from a bit of crayon on paper. Thanks to a friend’s suggestion, I got a plastic tablecloth and sat her in her high chair, thus helping to contain the mess.

(This also means not leaving her side with paints within reach.)

Excuse the laundry

I reckon I should hang on to these just in case she does end up being hailed the next Mark Rothko, so we can have a framed original of her early work. </end joke>


Cold, wet days are fun!


Then, if you keep falling over — once on your face — and your mum doesn’t bring a change of clothes, you get pretty soggy.

At least she could be zipped up in her stroller’s footmuff.