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Some photos from our recent Melaka trip

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In My Hands Today…

The Paris Affair – Tracy Grant, Teresa Grant

15714478In the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, the Bourbon court in Paris and their victorious allies give lavish parties while the Royalists are quick to exact vengeance for everything since the Revolution. Countless Bonapartists are arrested and executed in what comes to be known as the White Terror. In this seething atmosphere British attaché and spy Malcolm Rannoch learns that his murdered half-sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, may have left behind a secret child in Paris; a child who may now be in grave danger.

While friends and former associates are imprisoned and executed around them, Malcolm and his wife Suzanne set out to find the girl. And as kings argue over legitimacy and relations battle over estates, trusting the wrong side can be deadly…

2018 Week 24 Update

This was a very quiet week for us. We returned back from our driving holiday to Melaka on Monday and though the drive from Melaka to Johor was done in around 3 hours, it took us more than two hours to make the drive from the bridge connecting Singapore and Malaysia to our home! This was because of a horrible jam on the bridge with heightened security. On a normal day, this should not take more than 30 minutes. I guess this increased security and checking was because of the Kim-Trump summit which was to happen in Singapore the next day. We also encountered this long jam going into Malaysia and a trip which should not take more than 25 minutes to clear Singapore immigration, then cross the causeway and clear Malaysian immigrations took more than two hours. This completely put us off going in the next day, so we just chilled at home.

The week ended with a long week due to the Hari Raya or Eid Al  Fitri holiday and again, we pretty much stayed at home. The week rounded off with a home-cooked Father’s Day dinner for S.

Have a great week folks!

2018 Secondary 3 Week 24

Week three of the school holidays and both the children were more or less at home most of the week.

GG did go out with her friend one of the days and she had quite an adventure there, what with her shoes breaking at the mall and she had to buy replacement shoes, the first for her.

BB also had a first this week. His desk chair broke suddenly and over the weekend we went to Ikea to buy a new one. And BB was the one who put his chair together (with some instruction from me). He was quite good at it and did a good job!

That was all for the children during this week. They have one more week before school starts.

In My Hands Today…

Greetings from Bury Park – Sarfraz Manzoor

2190231Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when, in 1974, he emigrated from Pakistan to Britain with his mother, brother, and sister. Sarfraz spent his teenage years in a constant battle, trying to reconcile being both British and Muslim, trying to fit in at school and at home. But it was when his best friend introduced him to the music of Bruce Springsteen that his life changed completely. From the age of sixteen on, after the moment he heard the harmonica and opening lines to “The River,” Springsteen became his personal muse, a lens through which he was able to view the rest of his life.