Photography Class and Birthday

Photography Class

The past two weekends I was able to take part in a photography class that was offered here in Singapore. Through the AWA(American Women’s Association) I received information that a fellow member, who was a a photographer, was offering a digital photography course for dslr beginners. It was a four session course, I missed the first one because I was back in Indiana, but made it up by coming earlier to the other sessions. It was a small group, but was very much so tailored to us. We had lectures and outings to practice. Taylor and I have owned a dslr for sometime and I wish I would have learned more on how to use it sooner. I  have always had a goal of learning more about it and wanting to take more and better pictures. I jumped on this opportunity and am so glad that I did! It’s amazing, I now know what all the buttons on the camera can do! Before, I only took pictures in the auto mode, heck now I’m working in full manual mode! Hopefully you’ll be able to see a difference in the pictures that I’m posting. I hope to use our good camera more often, but you’ll still see some iphone pictures here and there and some with our point and shoot. My next goals are to learn how to use photoshop for processing at the end. Part of the course was spent one evening near the marina front where there are a lot of Singapore sights. First, we spent some time with the Merlion, the symbol of Singapore. It’s a lion’s head and fish’s body. There is a large version that sprays water and a smaller mosaic piece. Next, the sun was setting and took some pictures of Marina Bay Sands which  is a hotel, casino, mall,etc. This is a big piece of the Singapore skyline and the architecture here is amazing. Here are some of my favorites from the evening.

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Birthday Celebration

Last week I also celebrated my 29th birthday. Below is a picture of the birthday cake a I made, it was a six layer chocolate caramel cake. It took awhile to make it and there were a lot of dishes to be cleaned up when all was done. Overall, I enjoyed the cake part, but would want to improve the frosting. The recipe can be found hereIMG_9517It’s hard to tell the inside layers, but they are there!IMG_9607 IMG_9610Taylor bought me some of my favorite flowers.


On Saturday night we went to Dempsey Hill. It is an area that has some fun restaurants and stores. I can’t wait to go back! We ate at Taphouse which is part of the Brewwerkz which is a brewery. We each had a burger and a beer. As we were walking to the restaurant there is a women who has a bunch of parrots and other birds. I got to hold one, that was a first!

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What was your favorite picture?


Celebrating Our First Anniversary in Singapore

It’s amazing how time flies! A year ago we were getting married at Purdue University among our family and friends. It was a super hot day, topping out at 104 degrees, but made the most of it and had a blast!

After one year of wedded bliss…

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To celebrate our anniversary, we went to the “vintage” champagne brunch at Greenhouse in the Ritz-Carlton Singapore. Brunch is huge in Singapore! This was definitely a special occasion so we went top notch with the champagne brunch to celebrate. It was all you can eat and drink. I would reccomned this brunch for anyone celebrating a special occasion or if you have special guests in town. I called a few days ahead of time and got a reservation. The Sunday Champagne brunch runs from 12:00 to 3:30 and costs about S$160 per person, while this is pricey, you can easily spend this much on the alcohol alone. We had reservations right at noon and were there until 3:30.

It was a nice and relaxing atmposphere and our glasses were never empty as there were endless pours of Moet champagne! We enjoyed the selection of food. There was a lot of seafood(I tried, Taylor is not a fan of, but I know we have a lot of family out there that would have loved this!), meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and desserts.

Here are our pictures from our day! Starting off are some pictures of the food stations.

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We tried a little bit of everything on our plates. I even went outside my comfort zone a bit with the seafood. 
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Our drinks! Champagne, mojitos and a strawberry daiquiri type drink. IMG_1271 - CopyIMG_1293 - CopyIMG_1302

They gave us a cute little dessert. The candle is kind of funny, it felt more like a birthday treat than an anniversary, but still was a kind gesture. 
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And lastly, instead of keeping the top layer of cake on our wedding night(how would we even gotten that back to DC or to Singapore?!?!) we purchased a bottle of Hawaiian pineapple champagne on our honeymoon. This bottle has traveled a far distance! Since we have had so much champagne at brunch we will be saving this for celebrating in our new home here. That bottle will hopefully be popped in a few short weeks! Woohoo!


Here are some of our favorite pictures from the day: 079 100 126 196 159 209 352 393 454

Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

The Chicago Cubs came to town this past weekend and it made for a perfect Friday night date night. The weather was perfect and our seats were great. Nationals stadium is a great ball park, we try to catch a few games every year. Unfortunately, my home town team lost against the Nats.