What’s Anticipated Is Sometimes More Exciting Than What’s Expected

Food Collage 1

Garrett’s cheesecorn – ‘real’ kebabs – Ben & Gerry’s double brownie special ❤

It goes without saying that one of the best ways to care for yourself is to regularly indulge in things that you enjoy, even those that seem small or insignificant. Your favorite cup of latte might be something that’s easily overlooked as a source of pleasure, but mind you, once that’s taken away from you, you’ll be pining for it.

Food Collage 2

(L to R) Makan Sutra (Glutton’s Bay) my favorite hangout – ‘real’ tuna sandwich – cheese! lots of them! from many different places! 🙂

In my part of Indonesia, there aren’t a lot of things to do, see, or even buy. Choices are very limited and, let’s just say I am immensely grateful there’s iHerb & Amazon. However, there are things that you just can’t order online.

I’ve since come to suspect that I might be a city girl at heart. For while I appreciate the laid back vibe that’s embraced me in Indonesia, at times I also feel like it’s about to suffocate me.

Collage 3

The Different Faces of Paradise: (L to R) a bookstore that sells English books! – yarn shop! – candy shop! 🙂 ❤ ⭐

To ‘resuscitate’ myself, I egg my family on a regular weekend trip to Singapore which is, thank goodness, just a quick ferry ride away. I’d do it every weekend too if I could have it my way but, mini me gets seasick and the hubs is scared I might blow all our savings on all the shiny pretty things I see XD

Sentosa Collage

@ Sentosa – the Sentosa Merlion – wax figures of SG PM Lee Kuan Yew & wife at the newly opened Mdme Tussaud’s in Sentosa

Last weekend was one such anticipated sojourn. You might have already noticed from the pictures that most of them are of small, ordinary pleasures.  A bag of popcorn? LOL! Who’d have thought, right?

I could cry a river for all the small, ordinary things I miss but instead, I schedule a weekend with my family in Singapore and we all have a blast. It’s like getting yourself a care-package that’s bursting at the seams with stuff that make you smile 🙂

And I’ve come to realize that, for what it’s worth, what’s anticipated is sometimes more exciting than what’s expected 🙂

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Written for Writeful Mind’s Feel-Good Friday Challenge ❤

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26 Responses to What’s Anticipated Is Sometimes More Exciting Than What’s Expected

  1. I don’t know what I would do without my Tim Horton’s French Vanilla Cappuccino. I should probably find out soon as I am just way too addicted to them 😉 I can see why the excitement of planning a weekend trip is so much fun. Lots of nice places for you to visit. I think I would want to go every weekend, too 🙂

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    • Paardje says:

      Haha! It’s those little pleasures that make a place home 🙂 In my case, I also miss the opportunity to choose among options. Makes each trip that much more exciting 🙂

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  2. Kaitlyn says:

    I love this! It makes the little things even more special:)

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  3. Arlene says:

    looks like you find something interesting to do on your trips.

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    • Paardje says:

      Yeah, and it’s always so refreshing to experience the things you love but sorta took for granted back home. Say for instance, walking into a bookstore that sells English books … I could faint from the giddiness! XD They don’t sell English books here in my part of Indonesia 😐

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  4. Not a gypsy... says:

    So true – I recently moved to Dubai … And there are so many small, once insignificant but now crucial things I miss about home! When I’m back for Christmas I shall be stockpiling them madly! 🙂

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  5. Hello! I saw you over at Momma’s View and I thought I’d drop by. Singapore’s a great place for a weekend, albeit it can get a little too expensive. I didn’t even know they have the late LKY and his wife at Tussaud’s! Hope you are enjoying Indo – would love to scour through your blog to read your stories. Saw that you are in crochet too! Lovely to meet you. 🙂

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  6. Carol says:

    Another great post! And I can totally relate to missing the “little things”. When I lived in UK all those years, I missed Fritos and certain New Orleans foods. Now that I’m not in the UK anymore, there are things I miss about that place. I think that’s the best part of living elsewhere ~ you get to find more things that you would never have known about otherwise.

    Thanks again for taking part in “Feel-Good Friday”. It warms my heart. 🙂

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  7. You had me hooked with your picture of the Ben and Jerry’s Double Brownie Special! Gratefully, what I found moving to the Island is that we have what I need and like right here. But, like you, I love travelling (a ferry ride) to Vancouver for an ‘urban fix’ – just to even walk the streets and feel the energy.

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  8. You’re so lucky – I’ve heard so much about Singapore and shopping 😀 I can just imagine how you must enjoy those trips, specially as you do things there that you can’t back at your current home. It reminds me a bit of when I manage to go traveling – I keep an eye out for the things that are not available back home, or barely available… In Asia, I go berserk whenever I see a stationary shop (well… everywhere in the world actually^^). You’re right thought – sometimes the anticipations is bigger than the actual thing. But it’s nevertheless worth it, right 😉 ?

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  9. Zoe says:

    I’m from Singapore but moved to a small city in Germany and now when I go home I am just overwhelmed by how shiny and glittery everything is!

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