2018 in review

2017 was a wash (except for the Trip of a Lifetime) and didn’t deserve a retrospective and I’m grateful that 2018 has been kinder.

> got serious with pilates with private classes, improved my breaststroke swimming technique and learned front crawl swimming (never too late) with a coach

> started contributing to the Singapore Tourism Board – Insider program

> became officially part of SheSaysSG, leading Who’s Your Momma mentoring programme

> moved to Tiong Bahru and now get to enjoy this Art Deco neighbourhood after our discovery few years back

> read 11 issues of the New Yorker (2017 highlights and 2018 highlights)

> attended 8 events:

– 5 SheSaysSG

– Lean In Singapore circles 25 April 2018

– IoT Asia at TechXLR8 19 Sep 2018 – Diversity in Tech: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

– Visa FinTech festival 13 Nov 2018

> went to 6 concerts & shows:

  • 17 March 2018 Black Swan at Esplanade
  • 14 April 2018 Giselle at Esplanade
  • 13 September 2018 The Lion King at MBS (before seeing the real ones in Tanzania)
  • 16 Sep 2018 Noon to Moon electro daytime with Fleetmac Wood at Ce la Vi for the F1 GP
  • 18 Sep 2018 The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare Globe at SOTA (reminded me of what I wrote in 2017)
  • 12 Nov 2018 Amadou & Mariam

> saw/visited 4 exhibitions/museums:

  • Jan 2018 Singapore Art Week – lovely projections on National Gallery and colonial district
  • 19 July 2018 Angkor – Exploring Cambodia’s sacred city at ACM (blog post here)
  • 22 Sep 2018 Le Petit Prince at Singapore Philatelic Museum

> discovered 8 new podcasts

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– Reid Hoffman’s Masters of Scale

– WSJ’s Future of Everything

The McKinsey podcast

– Esther Perel’s Where should we begin

–  Sincerely Hueman

This is Love

Lumieres dans la nuit with the mesmerizing voice of Edouard Baer

And still crazy fan of 99% invisible by Roman Mars

> Tried (notably) 7 new restaurants

– Café Laurent’s free flow raclette (sadly, now closed)

Claypot Full Circle on Amoy Street with wine carafes

Bird of a feather on Amoy Street

13% wine on Telok Ayer

Merci Marcel in Tiong Bahru and Club Street

So France in Bugis

– Atlas the 8th best bar in the world (and my personal favorite gin bar in Singapore)  and their afternoon tea

#2019goal, try:

  1. Manhattan (#3 best bar in the world, #1 in Singapore) adults-only cocktail Sunday brunch at Regent hotel – check, just did 6th January and
  2. Native on Amoy
  3. Operation Dagger in Ann Sian Hill

Hush20 pop-up restaurant for their free flow raclette (missed their mussels with french fries in December 2018)

PS Café Christmas with Cordero Di Montezemolo at Palais Renaissance, sitting literally next to wine maker Alberto Cordero. An amazing evening!

> discovered

  • The animation movie Funan with Director Denis Do at the French Film Festival
  • Gin Lane at East Imperial Gin Jubilee 8 Dec 2018
  • Phoon Huat – any baker’s first stop for professional choice and prices

> traveled to 11 countries and reconnected with 9 long-time friends & family visiting Singapore (James, Nathalie, Jean-Mi, Aram, Cecile, Spiro, Guillaume, Sarah, Elo & Seb)

– started 2018 at home in Singapore with my best friend James visiting from London, enjoying my favorite semi-buffet afternoon tea with free flow champagne at 10 Scotts at the Hyatt

– Japan (Tokyo for work 7 times in 6 months including for sakura in Spring)

– Korea (Seoul for work)

– Sri Lanka (lovely road trip across UNESCO heritage sites, tea country, train across rice paddies, safari (without the leopards unfortunately) and the coast with the best scones I’ve had in Galle

– Mauritius where I learned water skiing, nailing it in 3 sessions

– Perth and Margaret River

– China (Shanghai for work), reconnecting with long-time friend Wen Tao from London)

– Bali for my birthday

– China (for fun in Beijing (with blue sky!), Xian – finally realising my 20-year old dream of seeing the terracotta army, and Yang Shuo)

– Italy (Tuscany for the hubby’s big birthday)

Tanzania 7 days safari for the hubby’s big birthday – meeting amazing leopards, cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffes zebras and many more

– Phuket to reconnect after 5 years with my friend Amanda from London