Mr Toad becomes a luvvie

We’ve just had Dress Up As Your Favourite Book Character Weekend at school, and we all took it extremely seriously. I had my Professor McGonagall costume imported from England (thank you, Anthony) and then spent hours in front of the mirror working on my role. The stance was very important – But the facial expressions…

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Cockroach in a coma

  What do you do when you suddenly realise that a cockroach the size of a fist has materialised from the cloth you’re carrying and is crawling across your decolletage? Well, if you’re anything like me, you scream, drop the cloth and jump around like a demented dervish until the creature flaps its wings –…

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Hurrah for the Rotating King!

Today is yet another holiday in Malaysia … I think they have more public holidays than any other country in the world. Today’s holiday is in honour of the Installation of the Rotating King.  I’m just hoping he can stand still long enough for them to put the crown on his head. The installation of…

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I’m no purist, but …

… tulips in Singapore? I’ve always wanted to go to Holland to see the tulips, so it seems ironic that the place I get to see them is in a specially cooled biosphere in Singapore. But the crowds loved them – and some people dressed up specially for the occasion. Or tried to have an intimate…

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Singapore Botanic Gardens … so much more than a collection of plants

I have never been to a garden before where every plant was screaming – ‘Take my picture!’ ‘No mine!’ ‘No mine!’ it has the National Orchid Collection With little orchids Medium-sized orchids And orchids as tall as a house. And this is as close to a selfie as I’ll ever get Me in the orchid…

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You either love it or you hate it

Did you know that Marmite is very popular in Malaysia? It’s used in Chinese Malay cooking, where they make  Marmite chicken or even better – Marmite prawns –   I’m sure that even Marmite haters would be converted by just one of these luscious little mouthfuls … it’s practically an umami-overdose, if such a thing…

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