Today is the 15th and last day of the Lunar New Year. Also the time we have our 2nd reunion dinner. On the menu tonight are Hokkien noodles of the traditional black variety, fried meat rolls (similar to spring rolls except with meat instead of veges), sweet & sour pork ribs and bbq chicken wings. A sort of Hokkien-Singaporean mix.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Her wedding planners have asked me to book my flight and lodging more than 2 months ahead of time! Berjaya Times Square sounds great, there is an indoor amusement park and Krispy Kreme. Think I will be enjoying myself. Congrats Jenny.
Picture from Berjaya Times Square Hotel Weddings
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
As my home starts to resemble a cave dwelling with stalagtites forming on my kitchen ceiling, I survey the dismal state of it's semi-renovation state. Sure, we re-paint the walls every 2 years, re-pack annually and fastidiously clean everyday. We have been putting off full scale remodelling for quite a while now. Making do with quick fixes around a home I have stayed in for almost 3 decades. The logistics of renovating a home you are currently staying in can be troublesome. Who to sleep where and a pressing question of where to store the stuff? Time to source for quotations.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
It's the same stuff the salons use for their hair spa treatments with the added convenience of using it whenever I am free at home, at a fraction of the cost. Ever since I have found where to purchase these precious vials of hair serum, I seldom get hair treatments in salons anymore. Unfortunately, it is only sold in commercial packs of 30. Buy from Strawberrynet.com : http://oth.strawberrynet.com/haircare/kerastase/
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This common spa treat is inspired by Cleopatra's gold mask. Nope, not the famous funery mask. But, the everyday one historians claim the famous pharoah slept in every night as a form of ancient facial treatment. I think it makes sense. Gold has proven regenerative effects, especially helpful for small blemishes and acne. Instead of ingesting it, it is applied like a salve onto the face. The modern version offers nano showers of gold dust and creams before finishing in the extravagant gold leafing of your face in pure 24k gold sheets to create a mask that is thrown away after the facial. The entire experience is magical and leaves your skin glowing. I think it is definitely a surer bet than the $5 million hongbao draw that I didn't win. It is the year of the golden tiger after all.
Picture coutesy of UMO
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Now that we have an IR, suddenly the shops start carrying consumer poker sets ranging from affordable plastic starting from $100 to professional quality mahogony roulettes at $1,000. Not much of a player myself, I am only intrigued when the luxury brands launch their versions of this game. See LV version above.
Cartier bespoke poker set for $15,150 and Juicy Couture set below for $288. It's so pretty I almost bought it even though I don't play the game.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I use a safe as a side table. In a city where space is a premium, it's both practical and functional, granted a little more expensive than a regular table. The trick is ordering one that is the appropriate height. Once you throw a tablecloth over it, noone will suspect otherwise. It may seem a little paranoid but anything smaller than 50cm can just be carted away by thieves, so why bother. If you want to get a safe, get a bigger one. Historically, we've always had safes as my grandpa's business used them quite frequently. I don't really have any valuables for thieves to steal so it's more for precautionary purposes than anything. In case, I receive something valuable, I have a place to put it.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The tai tai pastime and Chinese gaming equivalent of poker. Can only be considered gambling if you are betting huge amounts of money. Otherwise it's just a a game played to while away the time at wakes and reunions. You can buy miniature sets (1.5 cm tiles) for $25 at your local "going out of business" store, instruction booklets for newbies can be had for $1.50, standard sets like above pic for around $70.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Pasar Malam at Chinatown, outside Kwan Yin Temple. It's usually packed back to back. But, it's raining today so there are no crowds. My family and I made a trip to stock up on food and decorations.
Check out the mountains of pomelo and mandarin oranges for sale. Only at this time of the year. If you are looking for something better, you can make a trip to Isetan Supermarket for the Japanese imported pomelos, honeydews, oranges and apples that retail for 10x or 20x the price.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Does anyone remember how much they paid for their piano covers? I remember Yamaha used to sell little velvet pieces that only cover the top for $350 and full length black vinyl ones for $250. So when my mom told us our full length lace cover cost $1200 I wasn't surprised. Meant either as dust covers or to accentuate the piano (those tiny little velvet ones), depending on the preference of the owners. This time around, I decided to sew my own.
First, the draping. We eventually decided on 6 metres of cream coloured thai silk lining. With some creative cutting, I only used 4.5 metres of the silk tulle. Using a combination of machine and hand stitching, I finally made my decorative dust cover. See pic below.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
My new favourite pizza place. Apart from the thin crust pizzas that flake off when cut and piled high with fresh veges, this place serves yummy deserts including some home-made alcoholic ice-cream. I usually come here for a short break in between shopping and always order the Truffle Fries and Cider. Simple, yet unbelievably amazing. They always seem to get it right.
Friday, February 5, 2010
My box of gold findings. Everything is 14k goldfill or 24k gold-plated.
Working on the necklace the whole day! The sizes have to match up exactly. Using graduated colours makes it even more challenging as every shade shows up.
The finished product! it can be worn as a 34 inch chain with 2 patterns to be adjusted half-half, front or back and doubled up to form a 16 inch necklace (see pic above). It's a keeper.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I wanted to make myself a fun colourful bracelet that is sorely lacking in my wardrobe. My purchases primarily have work in mind, so it's usually sedate and elegant (I hope). Each lampwork bead has to be individually crafted so it carries a certain artists' imprint that makes it interesting and unique. You see many different versions when you are vacationing, as different artists do up different stuff. I wish I collected them then. After exhausting the usual bead shops for material, I found this great webshop (based in Singapore) that sells these gorgeous lampwork beads: http://www.beadspage.com/. I like the panda head and sea urchin inspired spiky ones. The material came up to $40, free delivery and also a free gift! Will post a picture once I am done with the bangle.
Thursday, 11 Feb 2010
My completed bracelet.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The sewing has stopped as my machine needle has snapped into 3 parts. For the non-sewer, this is actually quite common. The neighbourhood haberdashery only stocks Singer spare parts and I have to do a special order for my Brother needles. Safety glasses while sewing is highly recommended. For those that wear glasses this won't be a problem. But everyone else, including me has to start looking for a clear pair.