Pancakes / 1 Hour Pack / Guest Post

Well, folks, it’s just after 5 AM on Sunday morning (Singapore time), and I’m on a plane, heading for the land of turkeys and cranberry sauce and all other Thanksgiving-type shenanigans.  I am both ridiculously excited (Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and my family knows how to celebrate), and a bit anxious (my To Do list is a mile long…this will be a working holiday).  I properly prepared for my travels and return to the USA by fueling up with pancakes on Saturday morning:

We tried out W39, a cute little cafe in the Clementi area.  The verdict?  Fluffiest pancakes in Singapore!

We tried out W39, a cute little cafe in the Clementi area, with KMN’s parents. The verdict? Fluffiest pancakes (that I’ve found) in Singapore!

I did some spin training and errands on Saturday afternoon, then came home to attend to my much-procrastinated packing.  As excited as I am to visit New Jersey, I was completely uninspired to pack.  This is ridiculous, as I am no stranger to travel, and packing is usually a non-issue.  Finally, I set my trusty lab timer, and gave myself 4 x 15 minutes to pack:

First 15 minutes: Clothing & shoes (cheating because I have some cold-weather gear at my parent's house)

First 15 minutes: Clothing & shoes (cheating because I have some cold-weather gear at my parent’s house)

Second 15 minutes: Electronics and associated chargers (included updating magazine and book downloads).

Second 15 minutes: Electronics and associated chargers (included updating magazine and book downloads).

Third 15 minutes: Work necessities (included uploading RPM music to computer).

Third 15 minutes: Work necessities (included uploading RPM music to computer).

Final 15 minutes: Pack suitcase (large extra suitcase is for return trip), change over wallet.

Final 15 minutes: Pack suitcase (large extra suitcase is for return trip), change over wallet (US-based credit cards, money, and frequent buyer cards/gift cards)

Dear Future Self: Please remember how painless that was, and stop your whining next time you have to pack.  And with that, I’m off.  Please excuse the delayed Commenting/responding over the past (and next) day while I’m traveling.  See you all from Eastern Standard Time!

And if this brief post didn’t fulfill your need for bloggy goodness today, head on over to Spohie’s blog, Life’s Philosophie, where she and I are co-posting in her Marine Corp Marathon: Reflections post!  [How do I co-post on a race I didn’t run?  Bwahahaha…you’ll just have to head over and see for yourself! 🙂 ]

In lieu of commenting today, head over Sophie’s way and say hi!!

27 thoughts on “Pancakes / 1 Hour Pack / Guest Post

    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Sorry…not this time. Better to spend Thanksgiving with the US-based family (since the Singapore family isn’t really missing out on that holiday), and Christmas in Singapore (although my parents are coming to visit for Christmas week, so a little bit of NJ will be heading to Singapore – you want to join in the fun?)!

      Hope you have some friends with whom you can share Thanksgiving dinner!!!

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  1. Meagan

    Those pancakes look so good, especially with the sliced bananas and strawberries on top! Safe travels to NJ! Even though I commented on here, I also clicked over to Sophie’s blog. You can’t tell me what to do (coach)!! 🙂

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      They were pretty good (although the strawberries were tasteless – hard to get good strawberries here, really) – although one day I’ll have to blog about my discovery of the tastiest (and cheapest!) pancakes in Singapore! 🙂

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Totally true. Sometimes space is an issue, but given the number of times we’ve been back in the US in the last 3 months (mostly my husband), I don’t have that much to bring back to Singapore on this trip. 🙂

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Honestly, if I couldn’t have flown directly into Newark, I don’t know if I would have taken the risk on the travel (although the weekend was probably OK). Traveling domestically during Thanksgiving is ridiculous. If i were you, I might have stayed put, too. 😉

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      My grandfather goes NUTS over TimTams – so I always bring him a requisite pack (or three!). And these are the dark chocolate ones. SO delicious! Definitely my favorite cookie in Singapore! Thank you, New Zealand! 🙂

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  2. Hilary

    Noticed the Tim Tams were there from the start and obviously didn’t need an interval to get them ready for the trip! Good choice.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Hahaha. That’s because, nowadays, it probably takes you a whole trunkful of stuff just to be gone for an overnight. Although you guys do travel a fair bit, so I bet you have it down to a science! 🙂

      [Amusingly, that packing post from our Round-The-World trip blog is one of the most common landing spots from Google on that entire blog. Apparently, lots of folks are looking for packing inspiration/advice… 🙂 ]

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  3. Kristen L

    YAY! Have fun on the East Coast!! 🙂 BTW, love TimTams.
    Hope you had a good flight.
    Packing can be daunting, but usually doesn’t end up taking TOO terribly long.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I was so annoyed with myself on Saturday. I used to be able to pack in about 10 minutes (granted, for shorter trips in which I wasn’t leaving the country and didn’t have to bring all my work with me) – but my procrastination on this particular day was rather astounding. Ultimately, though, you’re right – if you travel a bit, it’s pretty easy. I just break it up exactly as I did here: Apparel/shoes, Electronics, and Work. Things go especially fast when I don’t have a space issue, and don’t have to sweat over every single shirt/pants/socks option for the VERY MUST USABLE ones.

      I should’ve brought a pack back for you. Sorry! 😉

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      There is always the “well, it HAS to get done, so it WILL get done, eventually, right?” school of thought…

      I figure that, as long as I have my passport and some money, I’m pretty much golden. Right? 🙂

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  4. Alyssa

    Enjoy your visit! Sorry I’m ignoring your instructions and commenting anyway. I really need to try that timer idea for cleaning. I’m such a slacker there.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I LOVE the timer. It’s a holdover from my days in the lab, but as a motivational tool, it is superb.

      “Work for an hour, then you can take a break.”
      “4 x 15 minute packing “intervals”…GO!”
      “Make a list of six small, procrastinated tasks that will take less than 10 minutes. Set the timer for 10 minutes and race the clock on each.”

      The list goes on. The timer is a fantastic tool! 🙂

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