Saturday, 29 November 2008

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY

One part of our home faces West and the setting sun, making it unbearably hot in the afternoon and evening. We had to tint all the windows and doors as the sun shines mercillessly into the entire home. I've got many crystal balls hung on the windows as when it catches the sun, I love the effect of seeing hundreds of tiny rainbows burst into every part of the house. Here playing SSS with Hey Harriet and do pop over to see the other awesome shooters :D

One of the crystal ball and it's shadow.


..shadows on the kitchen cabinet



Danial catching a rainbow.


It was amazing when the afternoon sunlight shines on this crystal ball, it gave endless combination of shadows..






I know it's cold and snowing across the pond, I'll soak up some sun here for everyone hehe...


Have a great weekend :D

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

MALACCA

Continuing our trip at Malacca, a walk down the main street near the Christ Church. There's plenty of beautiful handmade kebaya everywhere.





















A trip to Jonker Street and I am drawn to the Chinese architecture in the shoplots.






Love this huge antique nyonya basket from Hotel Puri.


An antique trishaw from China, also from Hotel Puri.


A pair chinese wooden clogs, still worn by some..



For Marja...definitely a reminder of the Dutch influence in Malacca.


Thanks to Xue of XUE-ORIGINALS, this beautiful custom made bag came from Japan. Beautiful Japanese materials and I am loving it. Do pop over to her wonderful blog to see her very nice designs and creations.


Am loving my frangipani at home now!


The kids and I wish everyone a happy week ahead :D

Saturday, 22 November 2008

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY and MALACCA

I have been so busy this whole week. It's no fun when you have a whole load of files, folders and documents blocking your view, but never too busy for a SSS with Hey Harriet.

Pictures were taken from our trip more than a month ago. After Port Dickson, we headed for Malacca for a few days but that was shortened when I fell into the drain. Again many thanks for all those good wishes and some friends still enquiring about the tailbone, I am recovered almost 80%..with some occassional pain in the butt :)

SSS venue is Malacca, our historical city and state with lots of Dutch influence (ruled Malacca from 1641 to 1795).


All pictures taken from Jonker Street. For those loving vintage and antiques, you'll find plenty over here.
A local Chinese association.


Rows of chinese lanterns infront of this house.


Care for a spin in one of these colourful trishaws, seen here infront of the Dutch Christ Church built in 1753.



This picture was from Avillion, Port Dickson. Gina, I think one of your chooks flew over here :D



Have a bunnderful weekend everybunny :D


Bye for now..

Saturday, 15 November 2008

SSS and City Secret

I was at KLCC for a meeting this week so I took the opportunity to snap some SSS for Hey Harriet. They had signs everywhere stating photos were only allowed at the concourse areas, so I thought if they caught me I'll just pretend to a foreign guest and can't read English ;p ..ah..the things I had to do for a photo!

The Petronas Twin Tower is the 2nd tallest building in the world for now and KLCC is the shopping centre that's located below these towers. It's steel and glass facade are designed to resembled motifs found in Islamic art.


I should get one of these scarves or bags, it should not be expensive, afterall they are only from Hermes haha..





Looking up inside KLCC..


..sunlight from the roof casting shadow onto the concourse area


..and some night shadows

The wonderful Elizabeth from About New York and other bloggers posted about My City Secret, so here's mine. I love the Petronas Twin Tower (above) and this is definitely my all time favourite place in Kuala Lumpur - the Skybar on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel. Pictures were taken a few months ago.
It's an open roof international bar where you can have a drink..


..have a swim if you want to and..


..and have those sparkly Twin Towers towers as the background, fancy a walk on that skybridge?


Give me a call when you are here :D

Thursday, 13 November 2008

ANGKLUNG

Some friends were asking how the anklung sounded, so I've uploaded this video. The anklung player played a series of songs and this was a favourite of mine, it's a Japanese song...though I can't remember the title.
video

Hope you enjoy it and see you all during SSS.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Hari Raya or Ramadhan was celebrated on a huge scale over here on the 1st October 2008, here's a collection of photos taken a few weeks before and on the actual day itself. I think the shopping centres here were always in a dilemma and towards year end, there were so many festivals that they had to change their decor every few weeks. I wanted to blog about this since early October but got sidetracked on other things...as usual.
A traditional Malay group playing some folk songs.


Took this picture when I was in a hotel with some colleagues, its bunga mangga which you'll see in all weddings and the gong beaten signifying it's breaking fast time.


I loved this 'angklung' or bamboo shaker image. While angklung is a traditional music instrument here, I have never seen one this huge and it made the most beautiful sounds.





















We started the day with the customory salam by the younger to an elder, here's Emilea with me. It's a mark of respect to someone you love, especially the parents, asking for blessings and forgiveness.


As we did not go back to my in laws for this celebration, it was celebrated here for the first time. My sis-in-laws made tapai, fermented glutinous rice wrapped with banana leaves. After cooking the rice with yeast, it was left to ferment and sweeten for 3 days and honestly, I have not tried it till now.


Of course we need dates and cakes to welcome our guests..


My mom-in-law cooked her famous kerutuk, which is beef cooked for hours under slow fire with coconut milk to be eaten with nasi minyak or rice with some spices, tumeric and sprinkled with raisins, wished you could be here :D


The girls with one of our bunnies...Elissa (left) sulking and unhappy to pose


Danial with his 'songkok' was more willing...


I do wish that one day all my blog friends will have the opportunity to come over to this side of the pond and experience all the different culture and celebrations here.

Finally, I would like to thank my wonderful friend, Liv of Country Liv's Cottage Art for this award and wish her daughter, Kim a speedy recovery.

Have a wonderful week ahead everyone :D

Saturday, 8 November 2008

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY

Playing SSS with the super talented Hey Harriet.
Venue: Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Looking up..


..and looking down at shadows from the roof.


Looking out, the Main terminal building was designed using the concept the "Airport in the forest, forest in the airport" surrounded with green space.


An aircraft casting it's shadow far away.


This was SSS I wanted :D


I'd like to thank my good friend Pat of Mille Fiori Favoriti for this Blogging Friends Forever award and I'd like to dedicate it to everyone on my blogroll as I love you all and hope you'll pass it on to your friends too :D


Have a fantastic weekend everyone :D