Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Colouring is therapeutic

It took close to three weeks to complete this one page.
Today marks the last day of the long Raya weekend. Oh boy, time flies when you're having fun. I just woke up from a nap. I went for my second session at Hiit2fit gym at Publika this morning. 45 minutes of circuit training with the heart rate monitor showing you whether you're reached your target heart rate. I'm better with the cardio sets. The weights with the medicine balls and dumbbells and sit ups and kick ups was so painful I did less than the others and for once was too tired to be embarrassed. There were 14 in this class. According to the instructor this is one of the biggest group to date. It was a bit cramped initially but we soon settled to our spots and space wasn't an issue once the music started and we went from zero pain to maximum pain. 

We were divided into two groups, the weight training group and the cardio group. It was good I ended the class with the cardio section cos I managed to get to 90% of the heart rate there and 80% most of the time. The good thing with the heart rate monitor is they show your stats on the screen, together with everyone elses....so if you have a competitive streak this will push you further. 

The gym is located at the same level as Tonkatsu. And it faces the main Dutamas road. Tucked in a corner. The shower area is very nice. Clean, big and equip with nice shampoo and conditioner as well as a hair dryer. After the class, I was still able to walk( thankfully) and got a light meal before driving back to have a lie down. 

It's after the lie down that the main is obvious. And now I'm in pain. I'm assuming this is leading to some burning to fat. Fingers crossed.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pippa Middleton

Picture from Vogue
Pippa got married exactly one week today. I remember getting the first glimpse of her wedding dress and thinking wow. And that feeling hasn't left. She picked the correct dress for her body type. Not many can get away with wearing capped sleeves but she did. The cut of the dress camouflage her longer torso and that corseted bodice made the dress keep its silhouette.

What I like most, is the feeling of happiness you get from looking at the pictures of the bride and groom. Love the genuine smiles and the sweet hand holding. I also like the page boys and flower girls ' outfits. Wonder how they behaved in church.

Blue lipsticks by Mac

Interesting shades of blue
 This won't be a long post. Just two pictures taken at KLCC earlier this week. Why is it when you plan just to browse that you see yourself buying more things than intended? And when you plan , things don't happen? So weird.

This is us at Mac KLCC where we were served by a lovely young man. He showed us what we could do with blue lipsticks. ( Because I asked)
Green lipstick ...over red lipstick gives you a delightful mauve
I guess if you are a lipstick woman this opens up a whole new whole of shades. Imagine drawing the lip and getting darker shades and feeling rather original and confident in the thought that you would be the only one in that shade in the room.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rattan Furniture at Ampang New Village

Unassuming shop front
We went to Ampang last weekend for a peculiar reason which I will blog about at a later date once I've put my thoughts together chronologically. In the meantime, allow me to expand on my hunt for some rattan furniture. This is shop I found which did not have a name. So I couldn't check in on the app Swarm. ( No points earned there) We were greeted with a lot of furniture arranged on both sides of the shop creating an aisle but no sign of life for the first 2 minutes in the shop.

After a bit, a man shuffled out from far deep inside and served us. He was a patient man not one of those annoyingly enthusiastic creatures who would follow you closely and expand on every single potential in store.
A potential hanging utensil for the longchamps
Now this baby is worth thinking about. Imagine all my longchamps hanging on this stand. Yeah!  But no, I didn't buy it. At RM 170 I thought it was expensive.
Two tone rattan. ( No!)
This chair was nice to nice to sit. I considered buying it but couldn't get over the two tone rattan which wasn't pleasing to my eye. I prefer all the same colour..like the chair below.
A recliner. Comes with a foot stool
I love this weave. I would like a bag in this weave. But no bags available so this recliner had that darker rattan at the sides which despite trying very hard, I found hard to accept.
Mr Dog approves of the latest purchase
And so I finally found the chair of my choice and here it is in the apartment. My Dog gets the first try on it and he appears satisfied with the feel. No complains there.
An attempt to decorate the chair

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Louis Vitton

All that posh talk re Pippa, let's move on to things you can spend money on. Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Tahitiennes Collection. Isn't this print just gorgeous? You have to be brave enough to ask the man at the counter whether you can touch and feel it. That makes the difference to whether you think this is a fake or not.

The pink crazy lines superimposed on the chequer-like blocks is both attractive and pleasing. If money weren't an issue I would take the purse and the bag...and possibly the shoes in this. 

Pippa is getting married

From USAtoday
Pippa Middleton is getting married today. We are ahead of the UK by 8 hours so I will have to be patient and wait just that bit more before ( hopefully) some pictures come trickling in on the net. Am hopeful the " Royaldishforum" won't let me down.

Pippa  is sporty person so I admire her stamina and go-get-it attitude. She is one fit lady who really enjoys sports and has a body with possibly zero useless fat on it.

Quite a bit to live up to bum-wise and possibly like what she did to her sister as bridesmaid....her 2 years old version will potentially upstage her. ( And the wedding ...unless her wedding gown is sensational).We haven't seen more than 10 pictures of Princess Charlotte since she was born, so it's only fair to assume those cameras will be clicking away when the little toddler walks down the aisle ahead of her aunt.

She's not going to like me saying this, but Meghan ( yes Harry's Meghan) and Pippa share the same colouring and at some angles can pass as sisters/twins. So I expect some comparisons in the daily mail with pictures of Meghan and Pippa side by side at some point.

The net is washed with Pippa updates. And that glasss menagerie is pretty darn impressive not to mention the portable loos with examples of what it can look like. And just last night, we have pictures of bentleys being delivered to transport. the guests for the wedding. Well well, no expense spared and a lot of thought has been going into this wedding.

Good luck Pippa and James. Looking forward to a HELLO spread on the wedding.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just heavenly

Red Velvet
Just heavenly does very good butter cake. Plain butter cake with just the right amount to icing on it. For this Mother's Day, I allowed myself to be swayed by the boy at the counter and walked away with a red velvet cake instead. The oomph factor from the cake is a sad zero. But it more than made up for this by its soft velvety taste with the lovely cheesy icing.

Tonkatsu (トンカツ?)

The set menu: Fried pork fillet with loads of radish, multigrain rice and miso soup
We had tonkatsu dinner this evening. A first experience and finally I can proudly say I've eaten here. You may ask; what is tonkatsu? Well, from the name you may have guessed it's a Japanese dish. ( top marks there). It's a dish made out of deep fried breaded pork loin or fillet. It is served with shredded cabbage and originated back in the 19th century. We were served like so in a set. I hardly touched the multigrain rice choosing instead to concentrate on the healthier option of cabbage. Which I drenched in a sesame-like sauce which tasted very nice. The sauce came in a ketchup-like-squeezing bottle so I literally drowned my cabbage in sesame sauce.

I only have one decent picture to show. Too busy chatting and eating I forgot to take pictures. ( Which is a new experience for me )

Service: 7/10
Food: 7.5/10

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison @ Publika (Above Daiso)
Lot 56 & 57, Level UG,
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, KL
Tel: 03 6211 9399

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Old tiles

These tiles are similar to the ones we have in our kitchen back home
Mosaic tiles are used to portray a picture. And they are also used traditionally in kitchens and porches and bathrooms. I'm a fan of old tiles. So it was nice seeing these tiles today as I walked pass a shop to the car. I'm sure in years to come this will be considered traditional and cost a bomb. But for the moment, they're labelled old and ugly.

Dry Pan Mee

hand-made noodles.
These noodles are nice. Handmade and springy the overall experience of earring this is like eating indomee but better.

Laptop table would you buy this?

I found this table at Plaza Damas. Haven't been there in a while so it was nice to browse at shops I am unfamiliar with. I had to go there to change the battery of the autolock for the car. It misbehaved on Friday evening in the basement carpark at work and gave me a little fright. Thankfully after standing very near ( literally hugging the car, not that it would make a difference) the car unlocked and I was able to drive home safely. ( I got the battery changed for RM17.00+++ So am happy.

SF has interesting things. And my eyes caught this table. But on further inspection, I decided the legs may not be sturdy enough and the tilting of the table isn't an advantage for me. I think it should be renamed 'iPad table".

I currently use ( a birthday gift) a cushioned-laptop tray.
picture from Laptopper.com

Quill Mall

Interesting things are found here
Quill mall is the only mall to have a big enough H&M to house a section called "H&M home". I love browsing here. You can find many cute stuff. Biggest regret was not buying the hedgehog theme mug and plate that was on sale year back. It's not obviously out of stock although I keep returning here in the hope of finding it once more.

Interesting words on a bag
RM 19.90. I bought this bag because the words and the printing quality was just what I like in a bag. Not too difficult to read and no corny words that may embarrass you when you bring this bag to meetings. So yes, why not. I haven't actually used it. Saving it for later.

They had a selection of candles for sale too. But the smells were all a bit off. Sandalword smelt like musty fungus and the cotton smell was distinctly non-cotton-like. I almost bought the sea salt candle but after the 4th sniff I decided the sea didn't project at all well.

Quill mass has an awful entry to their parking. The curves dangerously as you turn to your left to get your parking ticket. The actual parking spots itself is lovely. Brightly lit, with ample space between cars and rather large spot designated for ladies. And when you come up the escalator from the basement parking the first shop that greets you is "Kluang Station" which is a decent place to have a meal. They have large space in the middle of the shopping mall. It's a pity they didn't think having a nice entrance to the carpark was important.