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moving on

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2016-Happy-New-Year-Wishes

It is with a heavy heart that I write this final post, I’m certain you’ve seen it coming somehow. For months I’ve lost my blogging ‘mojo’. I’ve seen many bloggers before me go through it so it’s not unusual after all. I’ve been blogging for 4 years in total, however you might not find all my posts there as I’ve had to delete quite a few due to limited space. I have too many pictures in my blog, so I’ve moved to a different platform to share them. I find Instagram very convenient, so for those of you loyal followers you can find me there instead as glevum_rose. I don’t know what the future holds; I might return occasionally to blog, you never know. But for now I have to bid you a long farewell. I simply cannot find the time nor inspiration anymore to sit down in front of my computer to blog. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and followers, my blog is nothing much without you reading them. I would like to wish everyone out there a Happy New Year 2016, may this year bring you more sunshine than storms. Nonetheless, do not despair if caught in a bad storm, learn to dance in the rain instead! Wishing you all peace, love and happiness always. Take good care yeah! ❤

Let’s say goodbye with James Blunt…he expresses it so well, always! 

october leaves

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The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.
– William Cullen Bryant

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Picture taken today (14 October, 2015), during our scenic drive through the countryside, Autumn leaves are everywhere now in England!

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!
– Humbert Wolfe

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Have you found me on Instagram? A closer look into my life in England, mainly for fellow Easterners. Those interested can find me as glevum_rose.


Enjoy the song!

winter wanderings 2

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A thousand apologies! I know I have abandoned my blog, big time! I have been busier than usual ever since the winter holidays began last mid-December. We also had some guests staying over recently, and then my children came down with chicken pox one by one. Anyway, it’s never too late as they say, so let’s resume blogging! If you have read my Winter Wanderings post, you will recall I stopped just as we were heading into the buffet restaurant called Za Za Bazaar in Bristol (prior to that we visited The Bristol Science Centre). The Christmas atmosphere was apparent inside the restaurant, they had Xmas crackers on their tables, my little ones got really excited by it. By this time, however, my middle daughter was feeling a bit under the weather, she went a bit quiet. She couldn’t eat much either, poor thing.

The rest of us enjoyed ourselves, I especially liked the Indian selection out of their fusion buffet. Afterwards we had a little stroll by the harbour before heading to Papa’s office. My hubby was on leave but we popped by to say farewell to his lovely receptionist, who was heading back to Ireland after working in Bristol for 7 years. My middle daughter had befriended her for the past few months or so, it all started when she gave my girls notebooks and writing papers. My daughter scribbled her a thank you note and from then on they wrote to each other regularly and exchanged little presents too. The girls were tired out by the time we headed home, but they had a memorable winter’s day altogether. Right, time to bid farewell, I shall try to be back as soon as I can. It’s cold here by the way, 3c during day, -1c at night!

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pulling cracker with papa

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reading the message inside, she found a spinning top in her cracker

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her sister checking her cracker out slowly, she wasn’t feeling too well

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hmm, not quite sure what she was thinking about

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happy with her desserts

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my first round, Indian of course!

quite a good selection at Za Za Bazaar

good selection at Za Za Bazaar, halal options available

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view by Bristol harbour

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that’s Za Za Bazaar in view

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with my hubby’s receptionist, my girls very fond of her

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Xmas tree at hubby’s office

they had a memorable day!

they had a memorable winter’s day!

 

winter wanderings

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It is always lovely when my hubby is at home with us, especially at year end when he has to finish off his annual leave. We took the younger two to the At Bristol Science Centre, it’s a great place for hands on activities, you can check out their website here. They also had their ice rink on at this time of the year, so my girls had a go at skating too. We parents had to accompany them of course, it was a bit daunting really. I could roller skate awfully fast when I was young, but now in my 40s!? I ended hanging on to my little one’s penguin for dear life, she was the one who was daring enough to let go! 🙂

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another snowman (do read my previous snowman post) at the science centre, a cute one this time!

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the ice rink when it was empty

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time to get ready!

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make sure your boots are tightly secured

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off we go, papa with little ones

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that’s me, clinging on to my little one’s penguin

Phew! Glad that was over and done with. Next time they could go with their older brother and sister, I think. Mama and Papa are just not cut out for this ice skating stuff. So off we went into the Science Centre to explore the exhibits. The girls loved it, especially when their papa went around explaining everything to them. Science and Maths are his expertise! The centre’s huge, with many sections to explore, ideally you should spend the whole day there. But we couldn’t stay that long this time around, perhaps another time. I’ve brought my older ones here a couple of times when they were younger, but it would be nice for them to visit again, it’s suitable for all ages really. Here’s some photos I managed to snap away, couldn’t cover everything though as we had to move fast between exhibits in order to experience them all. We had fun!

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watching water freeze at chemistry corner

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papa having a go at the biology corner

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my youngest milking the cow at the food corner

sampling different tastes at food corner

sampling different tastes at food corner

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a bit of physics for my little one!

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Bob the Builder has a lovely new assistant

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happy to complete this far with papa’s help

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outside the planetarium on the top floor

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my middle one with Wallace and Gromit

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my middle daughter having a go at making cartoon clips from scratch

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they really enjoyed making cartoon images

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Shaun the Sheep!

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exploring the magnetic field with papa

Right, time for some food now! All the skating and experimenting has made us truly hungry. Hubby took us to Za Za Bazaar, this buzzing buffet restaurant is just across the Science Centre. I shall return soon with the next episode of our winter wanderings. There’s just too many photos here already, I think it’s best to break it up. Stay tuned for more ok! 😉

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off for some food!

fabulous totnes

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Always maintain a kind of summer, even in the middle of winter.

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

Summer always ends with good memories…

I was going through my summer holiday pictures and realised there’s quite a bit I haven’t blogged about. This is a good time I suppose, as we head further into dull gloomy winter. We took the children to South Devon again (after our Scotland trip) last August, we stayed at the same caravan holiday park. This time however we explored other areas near the English Riviera, including this historic place called Totnes. It’s a very beautiful old English town, full of quaint little shops. There’s lots of health stores too, much to my hubby’s delight! He even made another trip there before we headed home. There was also this costumes museum which my children really loved. The town has a bohemian feel to it; dads with braided hair, moms with colourful flowy skirts, walking around happily with their carefree children, all barefooted!

Well, I’ve put together some pictures from our trip below, I hope you will like them. I’ve also included a song at the end to match my mood, as I sometimes do. This time around it’s an upbeat Malay number from a romantic Malay TV drama I’ve watched online recently, Cinta Jangan Pergi. This 26 episode drama was screened in Malaysia early last year, but as usual I only caught up with the Malaysian scene much later! I give this drama my two thumbs up; certainly one of the best I’ve watched of late. Superb in every way, with a happy ending too. There ought to be a rainbow after the rain after all, right? Okay folks, till next time, take care yeah, and always find a reason to smile! 🙂

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Welcome to Totnes

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let’s explore the costumes museum first

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Jane Austen period costumes

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so lovely

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gorgeous

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lil ones wanna dress up too

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my youngest

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my Eliza Doolittle

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let’s explore further

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beautiful shops

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my son’s favourite

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my hubby’s choice

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shall we pop in?

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hmm, what’s not made in China these days?

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This one made in England for sure

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let’s find the castle now

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It’s this way Abang

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got side tracked by a lovely cottage

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Totnes Castle

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hungry now

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my 4 happy carefree kids

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let’s get some cheese to take home

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and some cakes for teatime!

flower headgears from totnes market as souvenirs!

flower headwear from bohemian totnes as souvenirs!

Have a good weekend everyone, enjoy this sweet song in my mother tongue, from a great Malay drama!