Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The food we were told was mediocre. And this was wrong. I enjoyed all the three meals we had. Consistently good. Service was good too. ( The last wedding dinner my parents attended here ....was slow so I'm guessing they've picked up their pace a whole lot since) The place was packed on a weekday. And I met my old chemistry teacher and his wife there.
You may click here for the link to their website
Laman Pesona Resort & Spa
Lot 3 & 4, Seksyen 4,
Kampung Baru Cheroh,
Pahang Darul Makmur
Here are my bags travelling back to KL with me. I was more disciplined this time around ...and practiced my scales and chromatics and pieces almost every day. And you can just about make out the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle we completed in less than 24 hours at the bottom left of this picture. Next scheduled break: Chinese New Year at the end of January 2014.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
So secret recipe , if you're reading this, please maintain your standards.
Friday, December 13, 2013
She is Irish. She writes well. "This is how it ends" should be on everyone's bookshelf because it is good. It is a love story which is so touching you find yourself cheering the the couple on and towards the end you find yourself wishing hard for things to turn around.
This is a story about Addie and Bruno. How they met and fell in love. In the background is Hugh ( Addie's father who is easy to hate but MacMahon makes him vulnerable too so he's not a typical villain but a believable one) , Addie's sister Della, Della's husband Simon and Addie's dog Lola. The story starts at a nice pace and remains at that gentle cantle throughout making it a addictive read. The climax is at the end of the book and as you read the last sentence you can't help but want more from the author. For me, this is a sign of a very good book
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
|Taken from the Daily Mail|
In London she met Lord Tyron and as his fiancee she was brought to Buckingham palace and met Prince Charles. Dale was known a a vivacious lively young lady. I imagine this captivated Prince Charles and they became and remain close for many years.
During this period, Charles remained close to Camilla and some believe he shuttled between the two women. Both got married, Camilla to Andrew Parker Bowles and later Dale to Lord Tyron. I believe the tabloids made them out to be enemies both vying for Prince Charles' affection. Camilla made Prince Charles godfather to her son Tom Parker Bowles. Dale did the same thing and Charles became godfather to Charles Tyron.
There is a rather tragic ending to Dale Lady Tyron. She used the media and would slip little nuggets of information which made her unsafe to the royal family. In stark contrast, Camilla remain silent. Desperate to remain important, she later became rather erratic in her behavior and had a mysterious fall from an open window which left her crippled an wheel-chair bound.
Lord Tyron divorced her later and she eventually died from septicemia. She is survived by her 4 children. Prince Charles did not attend the funeral.
We headed to KLCC on Sunday. Not our usual destination and THIS is the reason just why we should shy away from this place. It was swarming with people. We sat outside to enjoy the water fountain. ( SO did most other people) The weather was nice….just mildly warm and there was a slight breeze
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|Taken from Whimsy Loft|
Oddly enough, I have a plan to do a spot of cross stitch this Christmas break. I bought the set in Jakarta and it's small ( yay) and looks easy enough to finish in a week if I sew diligently through the day. Other great plan is to paint….and I hope that works too. Oh yes and in between all that, I promise I would practice my scales and arpeggios on a daily basis with EVERY note at the correct pitch. Now that's a lot of work to do!
|Taken from physicsworld|
It rained this evening. One of those slow drizzle which crescendos into a bigger rain intermittently. I had a hair trim and parked the car in a open space only to realize I have no umbrella in the car. And so I arrived at the hairdressers with big spots of rain drop marks on my baju. I weaved in and out of the rain but it was determined to get the better of me. And after the hair trim…it continued raining.
I shouldn't complain. I believe the rain in KL has reached its peak a few weeks back. I hope the flash floods are a thing of the past. The school holidays has also helped the traffic. Despite the rain this evening, the traffic moved at a decent pace and I got through town in a decent time.
Friday, December 06, 2013
2. Keropok lekor
3. Keropok Binjar
5. Cantonese noodles (yinyong)
6.Nasi goreng Petai
8.Vietnamese dry noodles
10Dominos chicken perfection pizza
Oh dear…all unhealthy food:P
One best answer ( otherwise known as OBAS) are easier to answer and much harder to create. A creation of one may well induce a mild headache and a sense of frustration when you reread it only to reject it yourself.
I'm a little behind this year. (Boohoo)
Priced at RM35. Some might say it's pricey. But when you open the box there ail definitely be some oOs and Aaas. Worth the money spent.
Here is the website:
tel no: 03-61422333
Hp no: 019-3277-388
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Just got my Advent Calendar!!!! #xmas #festive #chocolate #advent #late #cadbury #calendar #adventcalendar #santa #december #feelingchristmas #jolly #christmas, originally uploaded by PayalC.
I've succumbed to temptation and since last week I've my own advent calendar hanging. The last time I had it was in university where I would pop a choc in the mouth just before leaving for lectures. Brings back memories.
Advent is a season of preparation as we await the birth of Christ. It marks the new year in the Christian calendar. And more importantly ,it should be not only about preparation of the home and tree and cookies but the preparation of our souls to receive Christ.
"Joy to the world, the Lord is come "
( I'm going to pop a chocolate in the mouth before leaving for work)
Jo Malone is owned by Estee Lauder companies. I think we're more familiar with that name. Jo Malone started mixing fragrances at the age of 15. She left school then to look after her mum who had a stroke and her 10 year old sister.
Jo Malone is also a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 2003 and underwent double mastectomy. And as a child had to overcome dyslexia.
She parted ways with "Jo Malone" the company after initially staying back after the acquisition to be creative director. After leaving, there was a clause to state that she couldn't produce any new fragrance for 5 years. This was up in 2011, and Jo Malone has launched her new on-line business Jo Loves.
You can visit it at www.joloves.com
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
The weekend was spent at the Academy of Medicine which is just off Jalan Pahang. It's a new-ish building with a lot of parking spots in front of it. This is unique for any building in the city centre.
A group of us were roped in for some work for a workshop and this is the desk as we left it for tea break. Quite a mess yes?
Sunday, December 01, 2013
I enjoyed this book very much. And will give it a 9/10. Bought at Kinokuniya at RM 35. I haven't seen it anywhere else.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Pssst guess what...this chocolate is made in BUdapest! ( So it still fits in my Budapest-theme posts for now)
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Here is a collection of Milka chocolates in their traditional purple packaging. It's made in Austria so it made sense that the Budapest airport lounge had these goodies for us. Milka comes from a combination of two words " Milch (milk) and Kakao( cocoa). It's a German brand and the bigger bars carry their purple-cow-logo.
These chocs were yummie, I had 3-4 without stopping before moving on to nuts ( equally unhealthy) and felt ill as a direct result of my greediness during the first leg of the trip back to KL. It was worth it!
Here is a traffic light I saw by chance. Pretty cool. I'm not a fan of cycling. Reminds me of the first year in university. A friend remove my mud flaps and I had mud on my bag and coat at the end of the day. I also fell off the bike once with a heavy knappsack behind me. I ended up like an upside down turtle and *cringe* had to be helped back upright.
I'm pretty happy driving about these days. And I can park just about any spot. And can drive different made of cars:)
Friday, November 22, 2013
This was taken from the conference level floor of the Intercontinental Budapest!
Righto..next instrument to consider...is a cello!
This is Cafe Gerbeaud near HRC Budapest and in Vörösmarty tér 7. It is a famous traditional coffee house in Budapest. I didn't get a chance to go in. ( Bummer) On the upside, I'm still able to wear my jeans comfortably.
Post address: 1364 Budapest Pf. 211.
Opening hours: Mo - Su: 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday, November 21, 2013
That's a whole lot of countries. When I got back from Budapest, my dad asked me " so was the Danube blue?" Anyone who's ever had to take piano lessons as a child would have certainly played a song called " The blue Danube". It's a waltz by the Austrian composer Strauss
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Pssst the alcohol content may vary from 37% to 86%
The brand "Palinka" is protected by Hungarian and EU law and can only be made from healthy fruits by distillation.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
My mum is a cross stitch fan and she has done a lot over the years. The house is filled with evidence of what a patient and determined individual she is. Today's her birthday. I've put a link on her ipad to my blog but I suspect she rarely visits.
Happy Birthday Mummy. May God continue to bless and look after you. Love you loads.
While we're on the birthday note, FB friends reading this would know...we celebrated my paternal grand aunty 's 97th birthday on Saturday. 4th Ee Poh is a lovely lady. we had a gathering of aunts, second cousins and nieces and nephews all united in the great love we share for this special lady.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
So we will never know what this represents. And who did the sculpture. Boohoo
* this picture was taken somewhere near Intercontinental Hotel Budapest. I can't remember the street
Budapest has a few more Bronze sculptures littered intermittently around the city. This was the first which caught my attention. I did so want to pose with this policeman but sadly there weren't many people about at 7:15am. The sweeper was busy doing his job I didn't have the nerve to interrupt him to ask for a picture.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
This was taken at a shop along Vaci Street.( main shopping street where prices are definitely higher than the great market.)
The traditional nesting doll design is one of a young Russian woman dressed in her native costume with a scarf on her head. Can you spot on in the picture?
If you're dying for one...you can buy it on line:) I 've come across from pretty lovely nesting dolls for sale. tempted. Very tempted.
That evening, the temperature dropped to 13 degrees so our walk back from the great market hall to the hotel was brr brr brr cold. The next two days were crisp and gloriously cold.
My tartan tights made its debut on Day 3. Bought at the street market in Hongkong during last year's APSR meeting. ( I knew it would come in useful eventually)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
We had initially walked up the hill. But it was dark and some parts were a bit too dark for my liking so we opted for this faster ride uphill.
The view from the top was nice but it would have been much nicer during the day. On the up side, there wasn't a crowd and no long line for the ticket and for the ride up and down.
We'd walked across Chain Bridge from the Intercontinental Hotel....with many photo stops en route.
The funicular was opened in 1870. Like most things, it was destroyed during World War 2 and eventually reopened in June 1986.
Note: Funicular is a cable railway that moves up and down a steep slope
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
When you google Budapest, you're quite likely to see pictures of either Chain Bridge or the Parliament. So here is my picture taken late in the evening. Using the G12 and rather unsteady hands because I was cold.
The Hungarian Parliament building is the largest and ( I googled) tallest building in Budapest. It is also the same height as St. Stephen's basilica.It lies on the bank of the Danube. And I got a good look at it during the rather pricy night cruise we took on the last night in Budapest.
This picture doesn't do it justice. Truly it looks amazing close up. Like a perfectly symmetrical intricate model. It is built in a Gothic revival style. It is the 3rd largest parliament building in the world. It has 691 roms, 20 km of stairs ( ouch)
I can't remember exactly what it is, but the building is built in such a way that the temperature is constant through the year.
I've been looking through my pictures. I realise it would appear that I had a lot of time for sight-seeing. Which isn't true. I felt like Alice in Wonderland running after the white rabbit. Such a rush its only coming back and looking at the pictures that I truly get to admire the parts of Budapest I saw.
Gresham Palace is now known as The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace. It opened in 2004.The site was originally a palce called Nako House but when the London Gresham Life Assurance Company bought it, they demolished Nako house and built this current structure. Why Gresham? It is named after Sir Thomas Gresham the 16th century financier to Queen Elizabeth the first. It is a fine example of Art Nouveau ( French for new style) architecture in the world. I want to stay here!!!
Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Budapest - District V
Roosevelt tér 5-6
Getting there: Tram 2 to Roosevelt tér
Tel: (36 1) 268-6000
Fax: (36 (1) 268-5000
Four Seasons Gresham Palace website
The castle is built on the tip of Castle Hill. And to get to the top, we took the Castle Hill Funicular. ( Thankfully they accepted creditcards cos I didn't have a single forinth on me the duration of the trip) This poor castle has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. It currently houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. No chance of entering as we made it there well after 7pm.
Interesting face: The labyrinth of Buda Castle can ( and has) housed as many as 10,000 people. How amazing is that?
Monday, November 11, 2013
I saw these midway through my journey of the lovely souvenirs on the 1st floor of the market in Budapest. I wished I had had more time to browse. I think during the summer it must be packed with people. We had a good unhurried time browsing through the stuff.
Aren't these eggs cute? I like the sign especially. "Not Fragile". Imagine for a moment, your Christmas tree decorated with many of these eggs. That would make it one unique tree indeed.
The word Millennium signified the 1000th year the Magyar tribe settled in Hungary. The picture is of one of the stops along Andrassy Avenue. I'll post another picture of the metro above ground. It's pretty silent as it chuggs along the road. I saw at least 2 cruising along. I didn't get the chance to sit in it. NO Forinths and they do not accept Euros and I wasn't too keen on changing money because we had such limited time here.