Nov 30, 2010

Shocking News From Singapore. Mr SSG Requests.

Hello everyone,

Sigh.  We've gone to Singapore and back.  It's back to the real world with a thud.  A grey skied, rainy thud at that.

I had a lovely time away.  It was great to catch up with family and weddings are always such a joyous occasion.  Much food was eaten, many photographs were snapped.  However, not much was bought at all.  My suitcase weighed exactly the same coming home as it did on the way out. 

It's shocking news, I know.  Even Mr SSG felt my forehead periodically to make sure I wasn't febrile.  I don't know what came over me.  Actually, I do.  I've given it alot of thought and here are my reasons:
- the stores were all full of full winter gear.  Thermals, puffer jackets and heavy knits.  In Singapore.
- Zara was feeling the cowgirl ranch look.  Everything was flannel, prairie style and full of Wild West motifs.
- there were only bits of Kate Moss for Top Shop's collection
- H&M hasn't opened yet
- you know how I didn't cope well in Japan a few months ago with the heat and humidity?  It was the same in Singapore.  Like good hair, heat and humidity are the natural enemies of my shopping instincts.
- there were huge queues outside the other stores I wanted to have a look at.

It's been a bit hectic here but I promise to get to the photos over the next few posts.

In the meantime, have you heard about Christian the lion?  Mr SSG certainly has.  He's one of Christian's biggest fans.  It all started when he caught a segment on Kerry Anne the other day and since then, he's been the bearer of links to everything Christian associated.  He was very insistent that I blog about Christian.

The fascination started with this video.

I cry everytime I watch it.  It's that sense of love triumphing over the passage of time, the love of God's creatures for one another. 

Briefly, Christian was a lion cub on sale in Harrods in the 1960s(!!).  He was bought by a pair of Australian expats, Ace and John.  Christian lived in their house for a number of months before outgrowing it.  He became fully immersed in London life and even had a country residence at which he could stretch his legs.  Christian was also adopted by a pair of London actors, who worked on the movie Born Free.  They decided to give Christian a place to live on their country estate as plans were made for his future.

Ace and John had decided that the best place for the growing Christian was in his natural surroundings in Kenya.  The famous conservationist, John Adams had agreed to try and integrate Christian back into the wild and hopefully have him start his own pride.

There is a fascinating documentary about Christian and his human family.  I was watching it on the plane home yesterday.  It is such a heart warming story in every way.  I love watching lions on film.  Their physical beauty, their grace and their human qualities as they interact with one another.  This was juxtaposed upon life in London in the 60s.  The freedom of expression and lifestyle and the beginnings of an appreciation of conservation and a respect for nature.
I hope you're keeping well wherever you may be and that the video clip made you thankful and appreciative of the love you have in your own life.

Talk to you soon,

PS - it's already December tomorrow!?!?!?!  My Christmas preparations at this point are in their infancy.  In fact, I'm not sure that they've been conceived yet....


  1. Glad you had a wonderful trip.

  2. Hi SSG. I'm laughing at Mr SSG feeling your head due to not shopping. My husband would do the same. I laughed when I read that Zara is all western/prairie girl at the moment. Seriously who can wear that stuff unless you really do live on the prairie. Though they might even be insulted. Too funny. I haven't been to Singapore but not for lack of trying. I seem to have been to every country around it for some reason. Or flown overseas via Hong Kong instead. Can't wait to see your photos!

  3. Oh forgot to add something. I was in the ABC store yesterday buying a couple of documentary DVD's for my Dad. Anyway, there is a DVD in there about Christian the Lion. It must be the one you saw. It is a documentary. Thought I'd mention it just in case you wanted your own copy. I might get it for my daughter and we can sob like babies on the couch together.

  4. I agree with you about the heat and humidity SSG - the minute my straight blonde bob turns into blonde frizzy fairy floss I am miserable! Definitely shopping is out of the question under those stressful conditions!

  5. Glad you had a great trip, looking forward to more updates.
    Cant believe all the shopping is for winter stuff? In a humid-all-year-round place like Singapore!!!! Damn...

  6. I can't believe you didn't buy anything SSG you may have to be S NON SG now!! ;-) Welcome back and glad you had a good time despite no retail therapy! x

  7. I love the lion story and have seen a few versions before...
    it's interesting that you found no goods in Sinapore...there must be something special out there waiting for you in a shop near home :)

  8. Thank you all for your support regarding the lack of shopping that was done in Sinagpore. I will strive to make up for lost ground over the next few weeks.

    Real Housewife: thanks for the heads up regarding the Christian DVD.

    SSG xxx

    You were supposed to shop for your country!
    But please please please make up for it soon :)
    Glad you had a good trip though.

  10. How did you do that! I can never, ever manage to go anywhere without collecting mounds of additional items. All hail you.

    Sorry to hear about the prairie look. I wouldn't have purchased either!


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