Taipei Travels: Our adventures in the land of street markets and night lanterns

Unlike our Tokyo vacation of 2016,¬†our itinerary for our Taiwan trip was rather vague and open-to-change. We figured that, since the boys were not coming along, we had more¬†freedom to flex and make up plans along the way. I had gotten some recommendations from friends on places to visit, since it was my first time to Taiwan, and hubby had only ever been there on business¬†trips before. Thanks to their suggestions, and the invaluable GoogleMaps, we managed to navigate ourselves around the city pretty smoothly for first-timers. ūüėČ

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Flower magic with Bloomen

I’ve been wanting to learn the art (and science) of floral arrangement for a while now. Ever since I started making my paper blooms for Dottieshop, I found myself struggling with how to position blooms together, whether in a small bunch or a bigger bouquet. Thanks to a friend, I discovered Daryl and Hema, the amazing couple-team behind home-based florist Bloomen!

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Squiggle Doodle

The littlest has been really getting into¬†drawing and doodling,¬†to my great delight and excitement. Unlike his kor kor, who pretty much fell in love with all things art before the age of two, little D hadn’t shown much interest in drawing or colouring until¬†very recently, having preferred the messy free expression afforded him by his finger paints instead. So this is quite an unexpected but welcome surprise!

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One Terrific Sister Act

Queen of Angels Choir

Sister Act, the five-time Tony-nominated smash hit is in town! Crime, faith and a whole lot of dancing nuns – there was something for everyone, and as David commented at the end “So much glitter! I like the glitter best, mummy.”¬†While Daryl declared, “I like the pretty one, mummy. The pretty lady with the big curly hair.”¬† Read more

Caught in the Act

Among all the movies I watched as a teen, Sister Act certainly stands out as one to remember. It was fresh and fun¬†and sweet. I loved the music, the dancing, and how the irrepressibly charming Deloris Van Cartier breathed new life into an uninspired choir and discovered the power of friendship. Now, almost two decades after the movie first came out, Sister Act¬†the Musical is coming to Singapore for the first time, and we can’t wait to watch it!

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The green, green grass of Home

I’ve always wanted a little home garden. But four dead basil plants, one wilted dill and two sagging beansprout cups later, I admitted defeat. Yup, even that wretched taoge plant didn’t survive my hands… I was simply NOT born with a green thumb. And so I gave up my home garden dream, and settled to admiring pretty pots¬†in cafes and such. But last year, the boys brought home a pretty succulent in a glass jar from one of the flea markets that we visited. And surprise surprise, that little thing has been doing mighty well, and is still thriving as I type!

Emboldened by this “success”, I was quite excited when Masons Home Decor approached us to review their newly launched Terrarium DIY kit. Why not, I thought? And of course, the boys were thrilled to get their hands dirty – quite literally.

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CHICAGO || Prison break

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin. The stage is set for the return of award-winning Broadway and West End musical CHICAGO, bringing audiences back to the decadence and grit of the 1920s. Back to the ‚ÄúJazz Age‚ÄĚ of society, an era of bootleggers and booze, when sensational headlines were rampant and a revolution in morals and manners was on the rise.

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A rush of Adrenaline!

Cirque Adrenaline most definitely lives up to its name! We were treated to a smorgasbord of death-defying feats all served up in perfectly sized (c)hunks of six packs¬†and exhilarating action. Heh.¬†The boys said “Wow!” so many times that I lost count. And my own heart might have stopped beating at least a couple of times during our¬†2+ hours¬†in the Marina Bay Sands MasterCard Grand Theatre.

Here’s presenting some of our favourite acts from the night!

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