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Ten happy things – October 2023

A boat on a river in Singapore

Each month I like to look back and reflect on what brought me joy and happiness. October was a fairly busy month with lots of delicious meals and catch-ups with friends. Here’s my ‘ten happy things’ for October!

Lunch with Natalie

Lunch with my friend Natalie, and her littlest one, is always a joy! We went back to Arabica in Borough Market for lunch – which was very yummy. Shout-out to their staff who were super friendly, helpful and attentive.

Natalie holding a Negroni whilst clinking glasses with Kirsty's Cava

After lunch we headed to Bar Daskal for a cheeky drink. All in all, a fab afternoon! Natalie also gave me such a lovely card – just because – which brightened up my day.

Delicious work lunch with Amy

I started a new contract at a charity where my friend Amy happens to work. So we organised a working day in the office so that we could have lunch together and a catch-up as it’s been years since we last saw each other in person.

We went to Rambutan, which is a Sri Lankan restaurant in Borough Market. The food was absolutely delicious – would definitely return.

Selection of Sri Lankan dishes from Rambutan in London

An evening in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation

I was invited to attend a charity event by a former client at The Bailey. The event was called ‘Friends of Ruth Strauss’ and it was to thank all the supporters and donors of the charity, The Ruth Strauss Foundation.

Ruth was the wife of former England cricketer, Sir Andrew Strauss. The charity was set up in her memory after she died of non-smoking lung cancer aged just 46 years old. The charity supports families where a parent has a terminal illness, giving them the support they need to talk to their children about death and dying. The charity also funds research into non-smoking lung cancer.

It was a very poignant evening but also a lot of fun, as Ruth loved a party!

Sir Andrew Strauss on stage

Plant-based yumminess at The Omni Collective

I was invited to review a plant-based restaurant in Peckham so I took my friend Kaye along for dinner one Tuesday night. I was actually blown away by how delicious the food was at The Omni Collective! The concept is a seasonal, set menu where you share the dishes. There was so much food too that I took home the dessert that we simply couldn’t finish.

Selection of starters at The Omni Collective

It was a really lovely evening and so nice to catch up with with Kaye, who I’d not seen for ages.

A spa day at the Bulgari Hotel

My husband always buys me a spa day voucher for either my birthday or Christmas present, which is such a wonderful gift to receive. I can’t actually remember which occasion it was but I finally used it this month! It was the second time I’d been to the spa at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge and it was wonderful – mainly because it was really quiet.

Chilling by the pool at the Bulgari Spa

I had a 60 minute massage, followed by a 60 minute facial and then I enjoyed a plate of fresh fruit and a glass of champagne in the relaxation area – bliss! What wasn’t so blissful was forgetting my umbrella and getting soaked when I left…

Got back into spinning

I’ve not been spinning for probably around 7 or 8 months but this month I did two spin classes and loved it!

Lunch in Guildford with Jenny

I’ve not been to Guildford in years – mainly because it’s a bit of a trek from North West London. But when my friend Jenny asked if I wanted to meet her for lunch at Ivy Asia I was definitely up for it. The decor is just out of this world!

The bar at the Ivy Asia in Guildford

We choose the set lunch menu at £22.50, which was excellent value for money as there was quite a lot of dishes. We also added in a couple of prawn starters because they sounded delicious – and they were! I was so full afterwards but Jenny ordered a white chocolate cheesecake with yuzu, which was huge so of course I had to help her out. Overall, it was a fabulous meal and also lovely to catch up with Jenny!

White chocolate and yuzu cheesecake with a chocolate butterfly

Perfect Autumn days

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons and we had some sunny but crisp Autumn days this month. One Saturday we had lunch at Legare, which is in Shadwell Thames. It was such a lovely day that we walked all the way to Waterloo from the restaurant. I love days like that!

Tower Bridge in the sunshine

Exploring Singapore

We spent a wonderful three days in Singapore before heading to Bali. We’ve not been to Singapore for about 15 years so we were definitely due another visit! It’s a fabulous city but wow… I wasn’t expecting it to be so expensive. Still, we had a fabulous time exploring Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. We’ve also got 4 days in Singapore after Bali!

Kirsty looking over a Boat Quay in Singapore

Trying Singapore’s famous Chicken Rice

We had watched quite a few food documentaries and YouTube videos of what to try in Singapore and Chicken Rice is high on the list so we had it for lunch one day at People’s Park in Chinatown. It was good! Especially for only £3.50. Helped balance out the expensive dinners!

Chicken with rice, chicken soup and steamed pak choi

So that’s my ‘ten happy things’ for October. How did your month go? Let me know in the comments what brought you joy!

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.

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