Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Goodbye to foggy to Vancouver and hello to the year of the ox

We are leaving for Singapore tomorrow. The 19 hours 40 minutes plane journey will be a pain... but it will be good to see family and friends again. I have definitely put on some weight over the Christmas and new year period, and with all the eating out over the past 3 weeks with the brother-in-law's visit. Somehow I don't think the Chinese new year festivities is going to be conducive for weight loss... Ah well, time enough for that when I get back.

I leave you with a few shots taken when we were up in Grouse Mountain over the weekend. It's been incredibly foggy for the past 10 days or so, which has kept the city quite cold. What we did not expect was how warm it was up in the mountains! It was completely clear blue skies and bright sunshine but all that thick fog covered the Lower Mainland such that none of that sun could get through, which explained the temperature inversion we had - less than 5 degrees in the city, and about 15 degrees up in the mountains! It was a very strange sight to see the blanket of fog over the city, when we looked down from the mountain, with only a few skyscrapers poking through the fog.

The city through the fog
Foggy view of the city
Gondola

We are definitely looking forward to warmer weather in Singapore!

I certainly hope to maintain at least one of two postings here a week while we are away, but replies to comments and emails will certainly be sporadic. With new restaurants to check out in Singapore and Hong Kong, I am looking forward to bringing you more tidbits of culinary interests (if not actual recipes). To all who are celebrating, happy Chinese new year! In the year of the ox/bull, I am sure I won't be alone in the hopes of a bullish year ahead. Cheers!/Gan bei!/Yam seng!

12 comments:

Flying Lily said...

Have a wonderful trip! Hope it is magical and includes some memorable meals.

Ben said...

Happy New Year to you too, Nilmandra. I envy you. How I wish I could just go back for CNY in Malaysia. The last time I celebrated CNY in Malaysia was 10 years ago. Have a safe journey and eat as much as you can ... shed any weight gain later in spring!
Ben

Nik said...

Happy New Year and have a safe trip! Thanks for posting those pics. They are beautiful and have made me feel all warm in the heart! :o) Were you up skiing?

Su-Lin said...

Ooh, have a good trip! I'm kind of hoping you'll partake in some banana leaf rice while you're out there as it's one of my favourite things ever!

VeggieGirl said...

Wishing you safe travels and lots of fun!!

mycookinghut said...

Have a safe trip! I wish I could go home and celebrate CNY!! Maybe next year!

Little Corner of Mine said...

How great! Have a safe, fun and full trip home!

I love the pictures you took on the ski resort, breath taking!

Nolwenn said...

Have a nice trip and excellent moments with family & friends :)

We arrived in Vancouver around ten days ago and didn't really saw the sun yet !

noobcook said...

Hope u have a great vacation in Singapore! Have an ox-picious and happy niu year too! =D

tigerfish said...

Happy Chinese New Year!

Mrs Ergül said...

Welcome back to Singapore! What a sight! Thanks for sharing the photos!

xin nian kuai le!

Kevin said...

Have a great time! It sounds like fun!

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