Home away from home

It’s 2017 and Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Although 2016 came with its storms, it also came with its hidden blessings. It’s amazing for me to just look back, and think that about a year ago from now, my husband and I were in the process of packing everything that we owned to move to another country that we’ve never been too.

We’ve never spent our holidays away from our family and friends, and being away in another country, in another time zone was hard to say the least, but regardless we were happy and blessed to be together with our pup in our new home.

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Samson’s November!

Samson here!

November flew by so quickly, I can’t believe it’s already December, which means….IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! My Christmas toys are out, momma’s playing Christmas tunes, there’s Christmas deco everywhere AND my dad is finally home from being on the road for 3 weeks!!!

While my parents were away (I’m pretty sure my mom will blog about it), I got to have a sleepover with my buddy Digby and it was the best sleepover ever!

Here’s me and my Digby, going for a walk.

 

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And my friends.

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My mom came home to celebrate my 5th birthday with me.

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Then she left for Melbourne, and I really wanted to go!

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But, I got to have a sleepover with Digby again!

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And now, my parents are finally home and I’m super happy!!!

~Samson

 

Samson’s Move to Singapore

Samson here!

Since I’m taking over my mom’s blog, I thought that this would be the best time to tell you about my journey to Singapore. It was “ruff” but I hung in there, and it was all worth it.

It all began when my dad got this pretty dope promotion. We we’re super stoked! My mom had to start planning and said that it took atleast 4-5 months just for me alone. She had to get all my requirements through the AVA  and made sure that my vet took care of everything. She even had to fly out to LA for the day just to get my documents reviewed and stamped through the USDA. Apparently there’s no office where I’m from, and everything needed to be done within a certain timeframe. My parents even had to hire a pet mover in Singapore and a export agent in the US just to get me on the same plane as them. They helped to make sure that all my documents were there, booked my spot in quarantine, and made sure that I met the requirements and made it safely on and off the plane. My mom said it wasn’t cheap, but I’m a momma’s boy and I go wherever my momma goes.

While I watched my mom and dad pack up my things in my childhood home, I was pretty sad. I liked my house! I loved running up and down the stairs, having my own room and a backyard to potty. It was pretty awesome and I miss it!

Here’s a throwback of me watching my parents pack.

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As you can see, my mom didn’t have a chance to take me to the groomers. But that’s okay! I look good in a man bun…I’ll rock that anyday!

The day of the move was “ruff”… My parents prayed for me and dropped me off at cargo before the flight. When I landed at our first destination, this dude picked me up (my mom said that was the export agent). He loaded up my food bins with ice just in case I got thirsty and put me on another plane. After the long flight I finally landed in Singapore. Another dude picked me up and brought me to quarantine.

I wasn’t ready, but he snapped a pic of me and sent it to my mom and dad just to let them know that I was okay.

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Once I got to Sembawang Quarantine, I realized it wasn’t so bad. They had a nice yard to run in and I even had an air conditioned room. I was still adjusting to the humidity…but I did okay. When my parents made it out to see me, I was soooo happy that I couldn’t stop wagging my tail! I missed them so much!  At the end of the visit, I didn’t want them to leave me again…but you gotta do what you gotta do.

At the end of the 10 days in quarantine, another dude from the pet moving agency picked me up and dropped me off to my parents. And that was the end of it. My momma was happy to have me back in her arms. We moved into my new crib the next week and I was excited to see that there was a yard, it was bigger than the one at my old house!

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Happy to be here!

~Samson

Samson takes on Marina Barrage

Samson here!

My mom has been slacking lately so I decided to help her out a little. Last weekend my parents took me out to Marina Barrage. The weather wasn’t super sunny and super hot, it was perfect! This is definitely one of my favorite places in Singapore so far, I enjoyed the walk, the kites  and having a picnic with my mom and dad.  Even though I had to be stuck on a leash the whole time, I got to meet other doggy friends and have a beautiful Sunday afternoon with my parents.

To my other doggy friends:

  • Tell your parents to bring a lot of water
  • A picnic blanket or mat
  • And food…not only for humans but for doggies too
  • If you get lost, just follow the kites (trust me)

 

See…super fun! This face makes my mom’s heart melt. ALL.THE.TIME.

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Look at that view!!!

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Check it out!

Samson

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

It’s been about 7 months since my husband, Samson and I have made the move here to Singapore and unfortunately, I’m still jobless and praying and waiting for that door to open. So in the meantime, I’ve been trying to cook dinners that are hubby approved while trying to be a good homemaker…and boy has it been a challenge. When it comes to cooking, I’m not the most gifted, but I do know how to put a sandwich together! 

Honestly, I do have a lot of time on my hands and I find myself spending most of it on Pinterest. One of the best recipes, that I managed to come by are Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps. Not quick…but easy! Super easy!

So I started by making a Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder. I used a recipe from Food Network.

This is super easy, but the lengthiest (about 4-5 hours). Just season it up, throw it in the oven, and choose a movie or two, or a season to catch up on, on Netflix! 

Earlier in the day, I picked up Kim Chee from the food basement at Takashimiya (this place is amazing!!!) and washed butter lettuce to wrap the yummy goodness in.

So after 4 hours you end up with this yummy pork roast. It doesn’t look as beautiful as Food Network…but hey, I’m trying! (I probably put even more garlic that was recommended in the recipe…I like garlic). 

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Shred it up…

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And now throw in some Kim Chee. (I choose daikon and garlic stalks…I really do like garlic)

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Take all of these and anything else that your heart desires…and wrap it all in a butter lettuce cup.

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And there you have it! A simple and easy pulled pork lettuce cup that’s hubby approved…and hopefully Keto approved.

 

 

Phuket Thailand

A Beautiful Memory to Keep in My Phuket

Our weekend trip to Phuket, Thailand was amazing. There’s definitely a lot of things to do there and we are hoping to cover even more on another holiday. In Phuket, the beaches, massages and food are a must. My husband and I made it a point to eat a lot of Pad Thai, Papaya Salad and drink lots of Thai coconuts.

We stayed at a beach resort along Kata Beach and the view and location was perfect. Our first day, we spent most of it relaxing along the beach.

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At the end of the night, a couple of my husband’s friends took us to Patong…kind of a mix of both the Las Vegas strip and New Orleans, Bourbon Street together. We had a fabulous time and let’s just say I checked something off of my bucket list.

Our next day was recovery day. We started off the day by checking out a hole in the wall restaurant that was recommended by Trip Advisor. Initially we were the only non locals there and were a bit intimidated with ordering our food but the lady at the counter was so sweet and helpful. We ordered 3 dishes equivalent to 5USD and it was by far the best Thai food that we’ve ever had! 

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Afterwards, we ended up back at the beach again.

For dinner, my husband’s friend took us to Rawai pier for seafood. On our way there, we had a good view of the Big Buddha. At Rawai, we picked out our seafood from the vendors, then picked a restaurant to have it cooked. It was definitely an experience, the seafood was amazing!!! 

And finally we tried Thai ice cream!!! It was so cool to finally see this being made aunthentically. 

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Thailand is beautiful! We had an amazing time in Phuket and will definitely be back! 

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Love always,

Chrystal

Phuket Bound

Hi Guys!

Sorry it’s been awhile. Just wanted to update everyone on our upcoming trip to Phuket. I’m so excited!!!! So far, I’ve heard great reviews on beaches, food and spas that I can’t wait to try. I’ve seen some AMAZING photos on both Instagram and Pinterest and I.AM.SO.STOKED.

If anyone has any great ideas on tourist spots or attractions in Phuket, please do share.

Other than that, we are Phuket Bound and I will keep everyone posted on our travels.

Love always,

Chrystal

 

A Hui Hou…Until We Meet Again

This past weekend, my husband and I were blessed to be able to fly back home to Hawaii to witness 2 beautiful weddings and to see our family and friends. The second we landed it was go time for us as we wanted to squeeze as much time in with our loved ones within a week.

While my husband was on the entourage for one wedding, I managed to make it to both weddings in one day, I was able to witness the ceremony of our good friends just in time to make it to the other side of the island for my little cousin’s reception. Both weddings were so beautiful and filled with so much love and we could not have been any more happier for the two couples.

Hawaii is known for good food and beautiful beaches. Other than bento’s, poke and spam musubi’s, North Shore was on the top of our list of places we needed to go to and where we spent most of our time during our stay.

Our favorite beach and first stop is usually 3 Tables better known as Pupukea. The water isn’t rough and it’s also perfect for snorkeling.

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This is Waimea. There’s a giant rock on the far left where you can jump off into the water.

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Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Haleiwa, this is a must when in Haleiwa or Kahuku

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Giovanni’s Shrimp Scampi (garlicky goodness)

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Shaved ice from Matsumoto’s

And Dole Whip from the Dole Plantation. The one on the right has Li Hing topping on it.

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The drive back home is even breath taking.

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While back home, I realized that I never really appreciated living in Hawaii as much as I do today. I already miss the scenic drives, the beaches and having our families all in one place. Hawaii and the people in it will ALWAYS hold a special place in our hearts.

A Hui Hou Kakou…until we meet again

Love always,

Chrystal

Let’s take a Selfie!

Hi Guys!

This past weekend my husband and I finally decided to go to Haji Lane for a date night. It was so fun with live music, restaurants and bars. There were so many cute boutiques but unfortunately we were there pretty late and most of the shops were closing down for the day so I knew that I had to make my way back another day.

After waiting for the rain to die down, I finally got in an Uber and went straight back to Haji lane to see what it’s like during the day. There are so many boutiques and clothes for mostly every style I was so overwhelmed yet excited at the same time. Also, I’m pretty sure there are more thrift stores in Singapore, but I happened to find my first one here. There are also shops everywhere, you really have to keep an eye out for hidden stairs between stores or else you might miss out on a pretty cool boutique.

I also came across some pretty awesome street art while walking along Haji lane, Bali lane and Baghdad.

The highlight of my day was #SelfieCoffee. After I ordered my cup of java, the cashier handed me a phone and asked me to take a selfie. I was so confused but he told me that my selfie was going to be on my coffee.

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I suck at selfies but I seriously could not get over the concept of this. To top it off, the cream is very edible and delicious!

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It seems like there’s always something to do here in Kampong Glam..especially Haji Lane both day and night. I’m definitely in love with this place.

Love always,

Chrystal