10 Things I Liked in August

10 Things I Liked in August |

Hello Sweet September…

…I can’t believe we’re meeting already, and certainly not like this. I had better ideas in mind, one where I’d be the epitome of all things good and healthy, because I’ve had eight months to work on myself! But I keep forgetting that life with chronic illness means that it’s never going to work that way, so here’s a little note for me to refer to next year 😉

Anyway, here are a few things that I liked or which came in handy during August. Do I have any spoonie matches out there with the following items or thoughts? 🙂 Happy browsing, and hope to hear from you in the comments below!

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1. SIPB Facebook Group

I joined the ‘Sharing, Inspiring, Promoting Bloggers’ Facebook group in August, where bloggers come together to support each other. Esme and the admins do a fabulous job of trying to keep things fair for all, which I think is very important especially for share threads. My personal pet peeve is when people link drop but never return the favour according to the rules. To me, that’s selfish and a disrespect of someone else’s time.

The group covers various social media platforms every day of the week. For example, Twitter one day, then Instagram the next. If you’re looking for more outreach and interactions, I’ve found this group to be pretty inspirational and supportive so far!

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2. Date Night at Bar-a-Thym

The boyfriend took me out for a dinner date the other night, as he felt apologetic that he’d been spending lots of time away from home of late. I told him I missed having a good foie gras, so he made a reservation to a nice French restaurant, Bar-a-Thym.

Bonus points to him – the homemade foie gras terrine was delicious! Maybe the best I’ve had in Singapore (or I just hadn’t had it in a long time 😉 ). I even closed my eyes to savour its melty flavours and textures like a wanker. My last meal in prison would definitely be some good bread, butter and foie gras, then I would die happy.

We went for the omakase, which means you leave it up to the chef to prepare three starters, a main, and a dessert for you. Everything was delicious especially the seafood dishes, and the service was impeccable. Chatting over a nice long meal with a loved one is one of my favourite things to do, so that’s going to be a night I’ll remember 🙂

10 Things I Liked in August: Date Night at Bar-a-Thym | | #BarAThym #Singapore #finedining #frenchcuisine #chroniclife #spoonielife
Divine homemade foie gras terrine at Bar-a-Thym, Singapore
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Delicious mussels at Bar-a-Thym, Singapore

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The Physiology of Foie: Why Foie Gras is Not Unethical
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10 Things I Liked in August: Healthy Meal Delivery Services |

3. Healthy Meal Delivery Services

My nutritional therapist shared two meal delivery services in Singapore with me, because she knows that cooking isn’t really my thing :p

I’ll eventually try both of them so I can compare; FitThree’s food is free from GMO, hydrogenated trans fat and additives, and also local and organic where possible, but also costs more. The meals are all generally pretty healthy though, and Fitness Ration even has a Ketogenic menu. Started up by fitness enthusiasts with the meals verified by nutritionists or dieticians, I trust that they’d be better meal planners than me 😉

The meals come in frozen packs so you just need to re-heat them whenever you want, either in a microwave, oven or steamer. We used the pressure cooker function on our Instant pot which worked just as well, and the taste wasn’t bad at all! We’ll try and intersperse these with home-cooked meals, but I’m happy that there are healthy alternatives and options out there. It really can be a lifeline to those who are unable to prepare their own meals for whatever reason 🙂

4. Zelene’s Birthday Decor

I attended the birthday party of my ex-boss’s five year old daughter. These are colleagues whom I’ve kept in contact with over the years, because they’re lovely people. His wife is a top notch event organiser, who pays attention right down to the smallest of details!

They have a character theme every year, and this time it was Miffy the Dutch rabbit. All the decor, packaging, colours and graphics revolved around her. I’m always impressed with such feats because these are two things I suck at and don’t have the patience for – event planning and decorating 😉 Just look at the pictures and you’ll see what I mean!

10 Things I Liked in August: Zelene's Miffy Birthday Decor | | #birthdayparty #miffy #spoonie #chroniclife #kidsbirthday
This year’s theme was Miffy, the famous bunny from the Netherlands!
10 Things I Liked in August: Zelene's Miffy Birthday Decor | | #birthdayparty #miffy #spoonie #chroniclife #kidsbirthday
Miffy-shaped macarons
10 Things I Liked in August: Zelene's Miffy Birthday Decor | | #birthdayparty #miffy #spoonie #chroniclife #kidsbirthday
Bigger than my wedding cake will be, if ever 😉
10 Things I Liked in August: Zelene's Miffy Birthday Decor | | #birthdayparty #miffy #spoonie #chroniclife #kidsbirthday
Daddy & Mummy re-packaged everything to perfection

Fun Trivia:
A Miffy The Bunny Travel Guide To Utrecht, Netherlands

10 Things I Liked in August: Björk & Berries Face Moisturiser | | #beautyroutine #skincare #beauty #bjorkandberries #facemoisturiser

5. Björk & Berries Face Moisturiser

I love to sample new products, and this is currently what I’m using for my face moisturiser. It’s a Swedish brand with the environment and ecology as its focus.

The texture is light, it’s great for my dry skin type, yet isn’t too ‘in your face’. I tend to pay more attention to serums rather than moisturisers, but didn’t realise that a good combination can make your skin feel that much better. It makes me happy in the mornings when I see that it did its job keeping my skin moisturised throughout the night.

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6. Oud Silk Mood Perfume by Francis Kurkdjian

I’ve liked this scent for a long time, but Francis Kurdkjian’s concoctions are always pricey, especially since it’s made of oud (agarwood resin is more costly than gold). Since I bought the moisturiser from the same store, I asked for a(nother) sample 😉 This smells of bliss to me, and I’m saving it up for the big occasions 🙂

I know that many of us spoonies are sensitive or allergic to smells, so rest assured that I’ll come as ‘free from’ as possible if we ever met up. But personally for me, a good scent can make me smile, be it perfumes, essential oils, clean flesh, fresh babies, or delicious food! They can even invoke feelings of comfort, security or joy within me 🙂

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Closest I could find to the ones I have. Plus these have memory foam padding for added comfort!

7. Thick, Fluffy Slippers

Not really something you’d need in a tropical climate like Singapore, but they help to buffer the nerve tingling sensations when I step out of bed in the mornings, with their nice, soft fluffiness. My docs and I are still trying to figure out what’s triggering the nerve issues, but we think it’s most likely small fibre neuropathy from Sjögren’s. My symptoms sure like to migrate every now and then 😉

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8. Art by Kelzuki

Because nice illustrations of birds. And fungi, and whales, and other things I like! Also, a beautiful book about stars and all that’s amazing in the sky.

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10 Things I Liked in August: Hahahihihuhu Etsy Store |
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9. Hahahihihuhu Etsy Store

I need to get some washi tape and stickers for my bullet journal, once I’m out of stationery supplies! (I’m trying to control myself, or I’m going to end up with piles of useless things at home.) I like the selection from this wallet-friendly Etsy store, and the shipping rates are also decent for my part of the world!

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10 Things I Liked in August: My Neurologist & Rheumatologist |

10. My Neurologist & Rheumatologist

With all the new symptoms suddenly making unwanted appearances, I’m particularly grateful to my neurologist and rheumatologist. They were highly responsive, compassionate, and have always taken good care of me.

While my rheumatologist is pretty notorious for being ‘Mr. Grumpy’, I actually find that he cares for the wellbeing of his patients, and has a kind heart. My neurologist is also a patient and humble man, and I think I’m blessed to have two knowledgeable, professional allies in this chronic illness life maze that I’m trying to figure out by the day 🙂

Read More: 10 Things I Liked in July

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  • Avatar of Claire Saul

    I am SO pleased to see you on our facebook group!! It is such a great supportive crowd. The food looks wonderful and I might steal some birthday cake ideas from your friend to add to my collection!! I am going to look up that scent – like you I have always struggled with perfumes, but it is a treat to wear one for special occasions. Sharing this all over and to my fb page xxx

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Hi Claire, I didn’t know you were an admin there! 😀 That’s fantastic! Haha go ahead, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind, she’s probably already off onto her next creative masterpiece 😉 Heh that scent is not one that’s pleasant to all I’d say, and also crazy expensive, but I like the small tube of sample I have ;p Perfumes are indeed a treat for me, sometimes I wear them just for myself 😉 Thanks for all your support! xxx

  • Avatar of Emma (Not Just Tired)

    Nice to read these Sheryl 🙂 Oh my goodness those pics of the birthday party!! Does your friend fancy flying to the UK to organise my son’s next birthday?!! The bloggers Facebook group sounds great, and I’ll have to look into it. I find I struggle to keep up with it all mind, sometimes! So much I want to do, versus not enough energy/time!! Maybe once my son starts school (September 2019 ?) I can do more! Wishing you a great September:) xx

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Thanks Emma, I’m happy to know that these monthly top 10s are interesting heh. And yes, she’s amazing like that! Haha I’m sure she’d go wild decorating your son’s birthday lol. Yes it’s a pretty nice group, although it’s not focussed solely on chronic illnesses! It definitely is a struggle to keep up with social media…moves so damn quickly. I wish you lots of spoons and happiness. Sending big hugs! xxx

  • Avatar of Sue Jackson

    Great list! Sounds like you had a nice August. Thanks for sharing the FB group for bloggers – I am in a few of those, but this one sounds good. And those slippers look super comfy!

    Hope your September is just as good!


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    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Thanks Sue! It was a lovely August, despite a seizure, depression, bad brain fog, etc. Still, people around me made it worth it 🙂 I’m in a few groups too but found this one to be one of the more suitable ones for me, at least! Wishing you a super September, too!

  • Avatar of Kirsten

    The birthday decorations look like they come right from a magazine or Pinterest! It’s so pretty.

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