Thursday, June 18, 2009

Some of the things we've been up to

Yes, that is Nate feeding an Aldabra giant tortoise at the Singapore Zoo. We spent about half a day there on Tuesday, and got to see all sorts of animals including bats and snakes, which made Nate very happy. I don't think he was so sure about the giant tortoises, but I thought they were lovely. Their keeper told me that they will actually seek out human contact, and enjoyed being scratched on the neck or patted on the head. Somehow I never really thought of tortoises as social/affectionate types. Who knew?

This morning we took Nate to the beach, something we've been promising him for quite a few days now. It's just been too hot the last few days and no one has felt much like being at the beach under the sun. To that end, we left first thing this morning when it was only 29 degrees! I think Nate has a love hate relationship with water. He never seems very sure of it when he gets up close and personal with it. It takes him awhile to warm up to the idea of getting wet. He always excited to go to the pool, but usually spends the first 10 minutes or so just sitting on the first step with his ankles in the water. It was the same at the beach this morning, but he eventually settled in and really enjoyed himself.

As for food, we are working our way through it. My brother brought curry puffs over on Monday, a deep fried pastry filled with chicken and potato curry. Patty and I used to make these when I first moved to Vancouver, but it has been quite awhile since we've made any. Eating them here though might just change that. They really are very good, and I wish there was an equivalent back in Canada.

Finally, some nasi lemak. Rice cooked in coconut cream and usually served with a small fried fish, egg, chili sauce and a slice of cucumber. I remember it as breakfast food, but this is Singapore and you can pretty much eat it any time of day you like. When I was a kid, there were always boys cycling around our neighbourhood with packets of nasi lemak in baskets attached to their bikes. You only had to walk down the driveway and hail one of them to get a great meal.


lori said...

looks like you guys are having a great time.

keep the pictures of the food coming! i just stared at those curry puffs for about 5 minutes... sad, but true.

Justin said...

We're having a good time Lori! It's all just a little hot and humid. We're pacing ourselves and not doing too much in one day.

As for those curry puffs, we might just have to make some the next time you come to Halifax!

kaos said...

NASI LEMAK!! there it is...aside from laksa, i think that is my favorite, even more than the much loved curry puff.
so funny that i am reading your posts in perfect order considering my last comment, but anyhow, i love that picture of nate at the beach! did you go to the island? or is that just down from the house? your mom and dad must be so thrilled to pieces. i never thought of turtles as affectionate types but i like it and i'm going to start!
you are giving me itchy feet and a hungry belly :)

kaos said...

oh god, i'm really a sad case, i'm just staring at the picture...mmmmmm