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Christmas at the K’s

missyrisc : December 27, 2012 8:43 pm : Entertain, family, food, Forgotten Pleasures, Lifestyle

The Christmas season amplifies our lives. Feasting, gifting and countless amount of celebrations surrounds us during the month of December.

The same applies to Christmas at the Khanashat’s (aka the K’s). Last year, we spent Christmas in Mr. K’s hometown, Lebanon. This year, however, we have decided to celebrate in Singapore instead.

But that does not stop us from the Christmas feasting and gifting. Food at the K’s is a big deal, and no Christmas feast would be complete without a roasted turkey and log cake. Since my father-in-law is a Lebanese chef it is felony to him if we do not get a good spread of food.

The spread was almost surreal, you really wouldn’t expect this kind of spread in a Singaporean home, you’ll only probably get it in a restaurant. But hey, this is at the K’s, and anything could happen. Take a look at the short video clip that I put together and you’ll see how pampered we are. (p.s.This is my first attempt using my new camera with Adobe Premiere Pro, so please be lenient on the quality, will you?)

Roasted Christmas Turkey for Dinner at the K's
Lebanese style roasted turkey with chestnuts and rice for Christmas Dinner at the K’s

Amidst the feasting, unwrapping of presents, games and watching endless Christmas movies, I felt the warmth of family ties and of course the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who made all these possible.

So, how did you spend your Christmas?

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Vintage Glamour Bridal Shower

missyrisc : December 17, 2012 5:16 pm : Decorate, DIY, Entertain, food, Lifestyle, Spaces

Colourful macarons displayed on vintage dessert trays. DIY environmental friendly drink containers made from re-purposed snapple bottles
Colourful macarons from ET Artisan Sweets,  displayed on vintage dessert trays. DIY environmental friendly drink containers made from re-purposed snapple bottles

A few weeks ago I hosted a vintage glamour bridal shower for my dear friend Charmaine. Bridal shower parties are not as popular as hen nights in Singapore. Singaporeans tend to have a tendency to enjoy making your friends look silly; like wearing a tiara, and asking strangers for autographs and getting really drunk in clubs, than showering them with gifts and bonding over good food and drinks in a cozy setting.

My fabulous girlfriend Charmaine is one girl that prefers a warm and cozy setting. I was very privileged and excited to host my first bridal shower tea party. The thought of having an estrogen filled house of dainty teacups, delicious cupcakes and macarons is all too exciting.

That aside, the most important aspect of bridal showers is the celebration of a new chapter of a bride-to-be. The gathering of her best buddies makes up a big part of her life and offers us a retrospective view of her growing up years as a single. Such is the beauty of bridal showers, the laughter and female bonding amidst the food and wine, is what sisterhood is all about. All of us enjoyed ourselves tremendously and it was touching to recount our times with Charmaine.

What was your experience as a bridal shower host? Do you prefer having a hen’s night or bridal shower? Or would you like both as a bride-to-be?

Hand made poms poms set a cheerful backdrop for photos and adds a quirky feel to the party. This was the dessert table. The cupcakes were displayed on collapsible cardboard cupcake trays which are incredibly beautiful. Vintage books as decor added to the theme of the party.
Hand made poms poms set a cheerful backdrop for photos and adds a quirky feel to the party. This was the dessert table. Cupcakes from Twelve Cupcakes were displayed on a collapsible cardboard cupcake tray from Celebrate Heaven which is incredibly beautiful. Vintage books as decor added to the theme of the party.

The table settings was full of lace and doillies, peppered with accents of pink and orange. Finger sandwiches and savoury pastries were served on tiered trays.
The table settings was full of lace and doillies, peppered with accents of pink and orange. Finger sandwiches and savoury pastries were served on tiered trays.

What is a tea party without beautiful dainty teacups?
What is a tea party without beautiful dainty teacups?

The table setting was an overload of lace and doillies, peppered with pink and orange accents. Little finger sandwiches and savoury pastries were served.
Can you spot the Singaporean traditional kopitiam teacups?

A celebratory toast with the bride-to-be's favourite alcoholic beverage is a must! Cheers!
A celebratory toast with the bride-to-be’s favourite alcoholic beverage is a must! Cheers!

 

Charmaine opening her "goodie box" gift from us.
Charmaine opening her “goodie box” gift from us.

 

 

Us going crazy and wacky, taking a group photo with the bride-to-be.
Us going crazy and wacky, taking a group photo with the bride-to-be.

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Through the vision of the concrete eye

missyrisc : December 16, 2012 2:18 pm : Forgotten Pleasures, Lifestyle, Spaces

Peeking through architectural details of the neighbourhood
Peeking through architectural details of the neighbourhood

Mr. K and I live in a HDB (Housing Development Board) apartment with 3 bedrooms. For the uninitiated, most of us live in government aided housing in Singapore. During our nation building years since 1965, many of our fore fathers were relocated from their farm houses (aka “attap houses”) to government aided housing built by HDB. The nation has since been peppered with highrise apartments ever since, an important step to ensure adequate housing for everyone.

Some say apartment living makes you want to head outside more than spending quality life at home. I guessed that is why you will see cute seniors roaming around in my neighbourhood, chatting and having coffee with their neighbours.  I choose to disagree that we cannot have quality life in the comfort of our tiny apartment.

One of the neighbourhood cats lazing in the sun
One of the neighbourhood cats lazing in the sun

In fact, life in and around of our apartment is what this blog will be heavily based upon. Along with some of my adventures out of the country in South East Asia and other electic parts of Singapore, most of the content would be centered around what is considered “home” to me.

Whether it is where the coffee lingers or what ancient card games the old ladies are playing at the void deck of my block, I hope to capture some facets of how apartment living in Singapore can be fun and interesting.

Do you live in an apartment? Do you find living in one enjoyable?

Vintage Car spotted in Tiong Bahru Estate
Vintage Car spotted in Tiong Bahru Estate

 

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Forgotten Beauty

missyrisc : December 14, 2012 2:03 pm : Forgotten Pleasures, Lifestyle, Spaces

Every night when we return to our abode, a sweet aroma greets us. Rarely do we stop and watch; to smell the flowers; to admire the glory of the light.

Right beside our block is a grand old tree, loaded with flowers which exudes a sweet aroma everytime we walk home from the nearby train station. Many times this aroma has been associated with “home”. I am a person that has a acute sense of smell. Scents intrigue me and they engage me as much as visuals.

We live in a sanitised nation called Singapore, many fail to see the simple beauty that surrounds us. I started this blog to journal and share about the forgotten beauty that we pass by everyday while we live out our busy schedules.

Just like this beautifully scented tree that greets us every evening, and the beauty of sunshine seeping through, how many beautiful things are we not seeing?

Scent of flowers

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