The Changing Seasons, April 2023

Reflecting on the month past

It has been a bit of a crazy whopper of a month: driving Younger Child to rehearsal after rehearsal, out to eat, out to play, out to watch this, that & other. It is taking me a while to get used to the faster post-Covid pace of life.

From top left, clockwise: 1) the smallest orchid I’ve ever seen, Porpax Extintoria (OSSEA Orchid Show), 2)Strangling Fig Ficus Kerkhovenii (Singapore Botanic Gardens), 3) Trash to Treasure Miniatures by Wilfred Cheah, 4) A Space for Every Body, (Esplanade Theatres on the Bay) 5) Kallang Riverside Park, 6) Older & Younger Child at Trash to Treasure, 7) Mural (Girl with Liong Cub) by Zach (Kampong Gelam)

Some excitement from our kitchen:

From top left, clockwise: 1) Bittersweet Almond Chocolate Cake (adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s NYT recipe), 2) parfait made with leftover chocolate cake, rescue fruit from Tezz Grocery and ice cream, 3) Chocolate Chocolate Birthday Cake (Dorie Greenspan NYT) with ganache, chocolate whip, almonds & rescue berries from Tezz, 4) raisin bread (James Morton’s Brilliant Breads), 5) tried avo smashed with tuna on toast – idea from Food52, 6) Seeded Sour (James Morton’s Brilliant Breads), 7) Upside down Apple Cake (Dorie Greenspan)

How was your April?

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently, though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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  1. A busy month for sure. I’m glad you told us we were looking at a tiny orchid. I was trying to guess.

    Delicious yummy treats for you and yours. Hoping May is treating you well too.


  2. Hi Ju-Lyn,

    Love this post and the sentiments you express. I know exactly what you mean about adjusting to a faster-paced post-Covid way of life. I am still getting used to having more cars on the road.



    1. Goodness! the return of cars & challenging traffic conditions is certainly a shock to the system. I would have thought we would be able to enjoy some positive changes from the pandemic a little longer, but it seems many ills have returned with a vengeance!

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    1. Try as we do to keep a more relaxed pace, we are inevitably pushed into a faster pace – for better or worse, it is part of living in a big city. We do our best to enjoy green spaces & quieter moments.

      So happy to have you back at The Changing Seasons, Natalie!


  3. That tree and cub mural! Your April sure looked fun, I mean how can it not with all those nice food? Funny how you mention post-Covid life when I heard in The Ph they are back wearing masks.


    1. So glad to share my month with you.
      I have been following your delicious food exploits on IG – such beautiful things you make.
      Seeing masks in public comes & goes in frequency. I think folks are guarding against other ills apart from Covid these days – there is a nasty strain of flu going around. I’ve heard it takes some almost 2 weeks to get over.


    1. I’m having trouble leaving comments on your The Changing Seasons from May. I checked your other posts and it looks like I have access to the comment section there.

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  4. Your food always looks so delicious Ju-Lyn. A very busy April, don’t forget to rest sometimes, put your feet up and enjoy your food


    1. No fear there, Ali – we are great relaxers 🤣🤣🤣
      I hear you though, the pace of life seems to have accelerated alarmingly post-Covid, and I must say it is all a little too fast for me.

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  5. I know what you mean! Post covid life is more fast paced and busier. I’m glad that covid numbers are down but life is returning to the fast pace it used to be. But I try to remind myself that I don’t have to willingly get into that pace. I can set my own and go with it. Trusting God in the process that what gaps I have, He will fill in with his grace and mercy.
    Desserts look delicious! And that Strangling Fig tree is exquisite. What a name!


    1. Hear hear! I would have thought the good things from Covid would persist longer, but it looks like most of the people have leaped right back into ungracious & aggressive mode🥴 But you are absolutely right, we can set our own pace despite pressures to do otherwise.

      Isn’t the Strangling Fig just so cool?


    1. I will definitely take you to see the Strangling Fig … it is an awesome sight!
      And I do love creative uses of leftovers … such fun! and I get to clear out the fridge.

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    1. It was a busy busy month – I would like to also believe it was productive!🤣
      So happy as always to have you on The Changing Seasons! and for encouraging my adventures in the kitchen & out!


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