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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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.

 

 

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

 

Old Meets New

Hi Guys!

Moving here, we’ve had to make a lot of changes to our lifestyle. One of it is not having a car, and getting around through public transit or Uber. Most of the time, a simple trip to a nearby town would eventually turn into a grocery run. Doesn’t sound so bad, unless your carrying bags of groceries around SUNNY Singapore.

So far his day is starting off well…he’s about to be THAT person.

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Over the weekend, we spent the day at Tiong Bahru, an old meets new kind of town filled with both historical shops and architecture as well as boutique stores and cafes.

It’s definitely a great place to try out a Hawker (a food court filled with local eateries…think street food, a lot of food!),IMG_0679

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And check out adorable boutique shops and restaurants.IMG_3683

I just can’t get over how cute this place is…there’s even coffee shops around every corner! I also saw a few dogs there so I’m planning on bringing little Samson with me next time.

Big shout out goes to the hubby for carrying the groceries around. Thanks for stopping by!

Love always,

Chrystal

The Next Chapter

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my blog! So it’s been about 3 months ago from when we packed our things, got Samson (our pup) ready and moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to begin our new chapter across the world in Singapore. It was one heck of a move that took a lot of packing and planning but we are here, settling into our new home and taking in what this new country has to offer.

Although I already miss my life in Las Vegas, I cannot complain about the new adventures and experiences that lie ahead of us.

Just to name a few, here are some of the things that we’ve done so far

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we’ve toured the Marina Bay Sands,

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walked along Gardens by the Bay,

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tried the infamous Singaporean Chili Crab at Jumbos (those buns on the side were AMAZING!),

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and visited Sentosa!

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During this new journey, I’ll update this blog on our lives here as first time expats, and of course our little pup, Samson. Thanks for stopping by!

Love always,

Chrystal