Friday, December 26, 2014
We opened our presents after mass on Christmas eve. When we got home , there was the obligatory family picture with the tree before we sat down to present opening.
In between that we pulled some crackers. Bought after weeding through many boxes just so the little gifts inside would be fun. Then there was the looking at other people's presents. We got the niece some chinese fairy tale story books with the pronunciation below the characters. For fun, both my brother and I read different parts out. Zero marks for accent. The niece was not impressed.
I got jewellery ( Yay) I finally have reached the age where bling bling makes me excited. And I got a lovely soft pair of jammies from my mum. ( Washed already so I can wear straight away)
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Here's Choo-Choo ( pet budgie) doing a somersault on a make-shift rope. I do not think she enjoyed it very much. My SD card was full so I missed doing a video of it. This is the only proof of its antics.
It has been officially a non-stop rain day yesterday. Not a torrential pour but a steady pitter patter of rain. ( This kind, I like very much). It was tempting to lie back in bed but experience has taught me this. To stretch the holidays longer, it is best to get up and about and do something as early in the day as possible.
* Our pet hedghog is still missing. ( We think it has returned for food because the container was overturned in the morning)
Monday, December 22, 2014
|Ham and Egg-oh sandwich|
* the sandwich is from a local coffee shop in town. Don't you agree it looks just like a home-made one?
Minnie the minx, Roger the dodger, Billy Whizz, Dennis the Menace, Lord Snooty....any of these rings any bells? I used to enjoy comics a whole lot. Every holiday these comics would come out of the cupboards and we would be flipping through them.
Here is the niece ...doing exactly that. Enjoying comics on Day one of her break.
Yahoo. It's Monday and I'm not working. ( Are you jealous reading this?) And more importantly it's a wet and gloomy morning. Cool and perfect for remaining in my jim jams and doing some painting by numbers. Yay!
If you look properly, you may just make out the cushion cover in the background. Scoobs is partially occluding it.( Naughty dog) It's a picture of Neuschwanstein. Which is a castle in southwest Bavaria, Germany. ( I went there after the ERS this year). It was build by the fairytale king, King Ludwig the second. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the castle, so you will just have to believe me that many of the rooms were inspired by Richard Wagner. Even the name Neuschwasterin means "New Swan stone" the swan character is taken from one of Wagner's characters in his opera "The Swan Knight". The rooms are all decorated very ornately. King Ludwig certainly had flamboyant taste. Or maybe it was the trend during that century to have garish furniture and decorative wall and ceilings. I bet it wasn't so dusty back then so cleaning wouldn't have taken too long. Or maybe it took a very long time, which may explain why the King only slept there for a mere 11 nights. Fancy that.
If you think the silhouette looks vaguely familliar, it is because you see it in Disney's sleeping beauty.
|Note the cushion cover|
If you think the silhouette looks vaguely familliar, it is because you see it in Disney's sleeping beauty.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
|Budgies in a row|
There's a lot of vacuuming and mopping after these creatures. And with all this, I haven't shed any weight yet. Grrrrr!
Apart from these creatures, we have the parents, brother and sister-in law , one little niece and me living in the same house for the christmas break.
|A very hard jigsaw puzzle|
Happy Holidays everybody. I hope to update more soon
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The food court beside Borders at the Gardens has closed down. So sad because there used to be an authentic Korean lady selling authentic korean food at that food court. I wonder whether she has gone somewhere else to open shop or has gone back to Korea. Either way, I wish her the very next of luck. She was a lovely lady. I once saw her son and her eating a meal together with her workers. They were tucking into a myriad of korean stuff which the stall sold.
The next best deal appears to be now on the lower ground floor, just around from the more prominent Delectables stall. I usually have their bibimbap in a stone pot but last week I had this instead. Much nicer. I recommend this strongly. The negative side about eating at this stall is the limited space. You will have to share a table if you dine alone. The tables are small and the turn-over fast, No sitting down to chat after your meal. You will feel pressured to move on and off the chair so someone else can sit down. There service is good. Fast and efficient. And the food. ( here we come to the main reason why I like eating here) The food is delicious. The Kimchi soup with tofu and chicken is super duper nice.
So the next time you're at the Gardens or indeed Midvalley, try and sample this meal and let me know what you think.
Ko Hyang Korean Food.
LG-K05, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur. Located in front of Justlife organic supplies, and Cold Storage on the lower ground floor of the Gardens, by the escalator.
|Tutu...Razz and Azz|
Just three more working days before I start my christmas break. And its true the older your get, the faster time passes. We're into the end of end of 2014. ( Just gotten use to writing the year as 14...and its time to move onto 15. Yikes!)
The picture above is for a bit of fun. The regulars ( yes it sounds nice when I say this) to this blog may recognize Tutu...my pet stuff dog. The new addition is Razz and Azz...hand sewn and bought from Bangladesh. And a gift from a friend.
This is the trio as I positioned them before leaving for work this morning. For a big of laugh.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Monday, December 08, 2014
|After morning mass at Sj Joseph's Catholic Church, Sentul.|
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Sunday, December 07, 2014
During mass today, we were reminded that we're into the 2nd week of Advent. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, we're lured into the commercial side of things. Carols pipped into all shopping centers. Big trees with huge presents reminding you perhaps you too should be out there spending money for your loved ones. Also there are mini sales in Metro Jaya, Isetan etc.
We're reminded too that Advent mean the spiritual preparation for Christmas. We have penitential services around the Klang Valley and tomorrow I hope to attend mass followed by confession.
Facebook is brilliant. At giving me information. I do not need to read the papers. Thanks to friends who love posting different things, if I scroll through a days' entry, I'll get the feel of what's been happening. And yes I know the information would be skewed.
The Big Bad Wolf is here. It started On Friday 5th Dec. We went yesterday night after dinner. So did most other people because there was a slow crawl at the exit to Balakong. Waze showed us some dodgy way through back lanes some of them barely wide enough to fit one car but we persevered and were rewarded eventually. The dodgy lanes led us to the MIECC by-passing the traffic buildup. We also parked outside along the road and paid RM10 for the privilege. This saved us at least 30 minutes. Otherwise we would have had to make a u-turn and join the line of cars inching towards the MIECC car park. The weather was kind. Cool and not as humid as it normally is. And more importantly no rain.
I bought slightly over two hundred ringgit worth of books. (Yay!) and Would like to thank LWT for carrying them for me. Also for driving there and back. I've learnt my lesson but getting a smallish box. A big box is nice in theory. Try lugging it about once it's 50% filled with books and you would then realize the big box is difficult to carry. ( That happened to me during the first Big Bad Wolf sale)
We left around midnight. And oh boy, you wouldn't believe the buzz that was still happening inside and outside the building. You would have thought it was just 8pm rather than past midnight.We should be proud that we're a reading society. Here we were, avid-readers hunting down good sales and good books.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
I came across this Lonchamp bag at the window front. Two Longchamp bags displayed like so. As I walked towards our transport to take us back to the hotel, I kept wondering....was it the real thing.
|At the airport|
|The entrance to the shop at the airport|
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
|My hair brush|
This is my second Acca Kappa hair brush. Its in natural beechwood. The first was a gift from a very good friend. It has been died. Because I abused it slightly in the last 12 months. Then I got worried because finding a replacement brush wasn't smooth sailing. The original acca kappa shop at Midvalley closed down. That was depressing. Until I spoke to a friend, and she told me ( yay ) that Isetan at Pavillion sells Acca Kappa. Incidentally. AK boasts over 140 years experience in hair brushes. Its meant to be functional and stand the test of time. ( I need to really look after my new hair brush then)
There's something about being denied a brush. It makes owning one extra special. My hair is neater now. At least on the days I remember to brush it. Most mornings are a mad rush to get to work on time. And eat breakfast at home first.
And above this is the rather more spectacular view. ( Hrummph) I should research before doing the walkabout in a new city. Lessons learnt. These are the lovely pictures you would see when you start googling.
It's only on returning to Kuala Lumpur and browsing the net that I found out more about this church. Firstly it's a historical building. The direct translation is " Citizen's Hall Church". And it was designed by Giovanni Antonio Viscardi in 1709 . So this unique two story church in Munich's city centre It was founded in 1610 by the Jesuit order and the citizens of Munich. There is also a congregation museum which is open daily.And the entry is free.
Neuhauser Straße 14, 80331 München, Germany
Sunday, November 30, 2014
|Auditorium at IPR|
|Medical Dept PPUKM|
|Book titles to wade through|
|The crowd of books.|
Popular RM5 book sale.
Viva Home Mall
Saturday, November 29, 2014
|So many bowls|
There was steam rice ( not shown in this picture) and many bowls of precooked dishes to choose from. You get all these sent to your table regardless. You then choose which one you want. And you are only charged the ones you eat from. We were famished by that time, so many bowls were messed with and we paid accordingly.
If you squint hard, you can make out the green "sambal hijau"( Daun Ubi Tumbuk ....). THAT was yummy. The aubergine sambal dish ( Terong Balado )was another favorite. Someone ate some brains in sambal. (Gulai Otak....ewe!)
I believe Nasi Padang originates from Padang, which lies in West Sumatra Indonesia. From my reading, a restaurant selling Nasi Padang has a typical facade. ( Missed that because it was dark when we arrived).
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
|The crowd after morning mass|
|Inside the church|
|Interesting how it sounds nicer in Bahasa Indonesia|
Bahasa Indonesia and our local language while at a glance may be similar, are also in many ways very different. the accent and the formation of simple sentences are different enough to make me not understand bits of the homily. The order of the mass is the same anywhere in the world. ( Thankful for that as I've heard mass in Latin, Thai, Vietnamese and German and Tamil and Mandarin and Cantonese)
Monday, November 24, 2014
Krishna is the equivalent of Mydin in Malaysia. A cheap store where you are assured you can afford most things in it. My only gripe, we had ( again) very little time to browse. We were given 45 minutes and i spend a lot of time just browsing and taking pictures leaving the actual shopping to the last 15 minutes. Only to realise, there was a long line to pay.
And this time. Almost zero strangers apart from our little bus group of people. It felt weird. He he. I think the shopping spirit wasn't all there.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
|The many tables on the beach|
|At the congress|
We did however walk one afternoon. The bus service was non-existent and we didnt want to miss the afternoon lectures. It was a downhill walk and we were in a group so I must confess it wasn't such an ordeal as expected. But I wouldn't do it again anytime soon.
Nusa Dua is a lovely place ...secluded and quite a distance from town ie Kuta and any remotely decent priced shopping areas. As a result of this, I did minimal shopping during this trip.
We did go to Pasar Seniwati. And I got 4 paintings there. ( Which was what I wanted anyway !!) Batik in Bali isn't so nice. Their prints are almost all the same, and the nicer ones are rather expensive rm300++. I think if you're interested in actually shopping for Batik, your best bet is Jakarta. (nod)
|Somewhere near Pasar Seni Seniwati|
|Cutting the watermelon ( group effort)|
|Ta dah! The finish product|
More news on Bali ( which was last weekend's trip for a conference after this post. I am still recuperating from the trip. Aiyoh!
Sunday, November 09, 2014
|Malaysian umbrella in Europe.|
Here we are just before we waited for the bus to bring us to the bottom of the hill...and before the rather steep climb to Neuschwanstein Castle. ( After spending money on umbrellas for each respective European trips...I did the sensible thing this year by packing my own trusty umbrella) As a result of this, we have this picture of the Lung Foundation of Malaysia Umbrella bobbing up and down as I walked towards the bus stop. You can just about make out other tourists...also with umbrellas. Again, a wet day for us and a rather cold one as well.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Where is St Wolfgang you may well ask. It's in central Austria. ( Yes we did a fair bit of travelling thanks to the lovely tour which allowed us to see many interesting sights in our limited time). St Wolfgang was part of the tour package. The "Sound of Music" tour would have been nice. But there really wasn't enough time.
*interesting to note, the spelling "Doktor" is similar to the Malay spelling
Interestingly I got to know that the face of Mozart is not what we are familiar with on the merchandise sold ie chocolates, T-shirts , music books etc. In truth from the letters written by his sister Nannerl, he was in fact a plain looking boy and as a grown man not handsome and standing roughly 5 feet nothing.
I can't give much of a description of Salzburg cos we had a whirlwind visit. But I will say this, it was so exciting walking down the streets and imagining Mozart doing the same.
|Mozart's residence ( ticket office)|
|The restoration progress|
|My purchase from Salzburg|
Here is the English translation of a book written by Mozart's father, Leopold who was the person responsible for teaching little Mozart the violin. A lucky find in the gift shop. here I am just about to read the book as the bus whirls its way back to Munich. Euro 29.70!