Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas season filled with hearty meals and time spent with loved ones. It feels unbelievable to say this was my third Christmas spent abroad in the past four years. Luckily I have two friends here in Singapore (Nat & Tom) who I met while in Korea, so this was actually our third Christmas spent all together. Crazy! I feel grateful to have friends abroad that make celebrating the holidays away from home easier.
The days leading up to Christmas were spent exploring Singapore, getting a few last minute gifts in the shopping mayhem that is Singapore, and wandering through the Christmas village on Orchard Road (one of the most ritzy shopping areas). They had light displays, mini Christmas markets, and buskers of all sorts. It was beautiful to say the least, however there’s something about 27 degree weather and a lack of snow that makes it difficult for it to really feel like Christmas, the kind I grew up with anyways.
Christmas Day was spent Skyping family, opening presents, drinking duty-free gin, playing games, and experimenting with Nat & Tom’s new Google home (entertaining is an understatement). Christmas dinner consisted of stuffing, roasted veggies, Yorkshire pudding, and a roast chicken- a true Christmas feast (thanks Tom!)
A special shoutout to my parents for sneaking* presents and a stocking into my suitcase (*AKA me being forced to make room). No matter where I am, you always know how to make a girl feel extra special around the holidays. Whether it was having a five pound box of clementines delivered to my school in Korea (true story) or sending an Easter package with a Costco sized bag of Mini Eggs……those are two (extreme) examples of many.
Your love and support is overwhelming and I am so grateful. Really, that is the only Christmas gift I need. I am so blessed and fortunate to have such loving, generous, and supportive parents. Thank you for everything!
Until next time (before this gets too cheesy),
Laur in Singapore