Friday, 31 July 2009

CHINESE ARTS

I found some of these Chinese arts/painting in my laptop, pictures taken a few months ago during the Chinese New Year period as the mall was promoting this particular artiest from China. He used a small stone and dipped colors to paint words and pictures. I thought he was so talented.


Someone's name Tarloak...what a funny name.



A close up, every single alphabet is formed with something so beautiful.



You can give him your family name and he will create an entire poem like this.


Here is seen drawing the name Mohamad for some Arab guest. You have a choice of paper or in this case, on a bamboo screen.


More sample.


As for the simple things in life, I enjoy the company of my children. Though work is more than usual, I am so happy to spend more time with them...when they are not bickering over who to sit in front or middle in the car.



For SSS players, happy shadow shooting :)



Happy weekend everyone, mine always start on Friday and we have some crazy weather here. The temp was 39 celcius, extremely hot and humid, it's like walking under a sauna the whole day but thank goodness we are having more morning rain than usual.


Love/M

Thursday, 30 July 2009

FURRY BUTTS FURSDAY

I have known the best friends online in blog land. So when I am down and out, rambling in my blog, I always gets so much support from everyone that I bounced back happily. When Furrybutts lost one of her lilac bunny, Hans - bye Hans and RIP, another good friend Diana sent an email to all her furry friends or an ex furry friend like me since my poop cleaning days are over to host this event, Furry Butts Fursday. A tribute of sort to Hans and hopefully to cheer 'S' - the blog owner. So, 'S', worry not as Hans is in good hands now and he has my lop sided ears, Lucille (who went to bunny heaven last year) for company.



Happy Furry Butts Fursday to Hans (and Lucille too) and for whatever joy they brought will always be remembered fondly :D

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

STREET FOOD

Street food is highly popular here, there are nowhere healthy but people just love it. Me, I try to stay away from them...quite unsuccessfully most of the time though. I think they should come with some form of warning, like those warning in the cigarette packs where they show multiple stages of disease related to smoking, as a warning or deterrent to people who buys them. I think they should have similar ones as well, something like 'eat this and it will stay in your thighs...forever' or a picture of someone's cellulite....These pictures are all from Thailand and Cambodia, we've got similar food here too but I haven't got them in my file.

On the streets of Bangkok, you will find plenty of sellers sitting on the floor or with carts. This is the cheaper version of 'mien kam' or an assortment of chopped peanuts, ginger, chillies, shallots,fresh lime etc., you put all of them in the betel leave and it them raw. Taste nice as you'll get all the different texture and taste at one go.


The ever popular Thai salads which are always spicy and very hot!! So go slow on the small chillies - they are the hottest of all. If you are not used to it, one bite and it will immobilize your tongue for a half an hour!


The Thai version of 'satay' or hotdog, I wonder what it is made of.


More spicy salad made of mango, unripe papaya, nuts, tomatoes and fish sauce, with lots of chillie padi or 'bird's eye chillies'.




Shaved ice with lots of ingredients, you pick and choose anything you fancy. Sweet and cold, a must for the hot and humid weather.


A fruit seller, Bangkok has the best pineapples and mangoes. Eaten on it's own or with well, more chillies. Almost all the food has chillies here.


This is a sugar cane grinder, one of the best drink in a hot day.


More pancakes and sweet potato cakes.


Street food at Siem Reap/Cambodia...I won't be eating it for sure, but all the locals do.


And finally, a trip to Cambodia won't be complete until the have a sip of snake or scorpion wine. Cool! but seriously, no thank you for me.


Of the many things I brought during my trip to Cambodia last year, I must say this is my favorite, an elephant statue of a mother and child in granite. Trust me, this is very heavy for it's size!


I came home yesterday to what a delight to find that my aloe vera flowered, it only blooms once a year. It's a funny looking flower, looking more like a serpent head actually.


Work have been too busy as usual. I always worked in two different offices, one is 90 km away from home and another just 1.5km from home. I used to spent most of days in the office which further away but since taking over the responsibilities of the other working partner who is sick, I am now based at the office nearer to home. Work apart, the best thing would be spending more time with the children, simple stuff like sending them to school makes them happy. Good friend, Tracy of Pink Purl did a post on her sketches and I wrote saying I did some simple sketches too on blouses I wanted to sew and yet I have no time to do it. Left the sketches on the table, went out and came back finding the blouses had grown arms, legs and head too, courtesy of this guy. He thought the drawings could not be complete without the limbs. So, there I have it - some Transformers looking sketches in a blouse :D


Hugs for now .....M

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

HOME, RAIN

After such super hot and humid days, we got what we wanted - rain, to cool the weather and clear some haze. I always love rain - as long as it's on the day I don't have to go to work. Woke up one morning and found this lotus pot almost full to the rim, had it spilled over, those fishes would have gone to fish heaven! I love this pot as it's more than 30 years old, I practically had to beg my friend's wife to give it to me. Such pots were used years ago to transport salted vegetables from China, so it is not possible to buy them anywhere easily.


Always love the pictures of flowers after the rain.




We had such a busy weekend and I have been inhaling all type of fumes. Wall paint, wood paint and worst of all, wallpaper remover chemicals in hot water fumes! One thing is for sure, there won't be any wall papering in the future - ever!
We painted this part of the living hall as I disliked that color for the longest time.


Painted it green, the shade we wanted earlier for the kitchen. I found out why we got blue earlier on for the kitchen wall. Those morons gave us the wrong paint! Somehow in pictures, the green doesn't show it's true colour, it looked like grey here.


Stripped these borders in my room and I thought I would die inhaling all those chemical fumes in hot water! This was the children's room for the past 5 years and they have outgrown all the baby-ish looking borders. The entire room had been finger printed by my son.


After the painting of my room. This is part of the wall and I had the inspiration from this picture. It was a charcoal painting of my son Danial, done last year when he was 7. The artist was from China and he did in 10 minutes, unfortunately the girls were not around at that time.


With that print and this postcard I had for the longest time, it was dated 1940 and was a wedding photo/postcard of my grandparents in the same year. It was handwritten by my paternal grandfather and I think they used them as postcards to send to their friends and relatives. I love his hand writting! This is the only remaining picture of their wedding. I redecorated the entire wall in black and white family photos dated from the 40's to 60's, will show you later when it is finished as it's still in progress now.


This is how the postcard looked like. My grandfather's parents came from China and they were poor. His mother gave him and his brother to the local church to work as alter boys and in return, they received free boarding, food and education in English and conversion into Christians. He sent all his children to English schools and me and most of my cousins were also sent to English or later Bahasa schools, thus making us 3rd generation Chinese who speaks a few fluent Chinese dialects but not knowing how to read or write in Chinese.


We have been eating lots of mangosteen every day. (no relation to mangoes)Don't you just love their purple skin?



Lots of red pitaya or dragon fruit, tropical fruits here are always in season whole year round..


..and Salak - which looks and taste like wild rambutans!


Bye for now and what's your favorite fruit? I am guessing it is not durian :D

Friday, 17 July 2009

SIAM PARAGON, BANGKOK

Going to Siam Paragon will always be a favourite for me. Apart from shopping, their market hall at basement is a place full of people and tons of food to eat! Here entering into the shopping mall and passing through the metal detector. We don't have them here but I guess for safety purpose, it was necessary in Bangkok.


For some high fashion, every brand imaginable is here.


You'll find plenty of handicraft which are more expensive but I headed straight for the food :D Pancakes in the shape of fish filled with red bean paste.




Freshly grated coconut and cream tasted yummy!


Ah..dried durian or smelly/stinky fruit chips, why not! The dried version didn't stink and tasted crispy and good.


Assorted rice cooked in bamboo.


The Thai version of meat dumplings.


Can't miss this for sure.

Something new to me, green rice mixed with meat, vegetables and coconut.


The best mangoes can be found here.


No trip is complete until I pop over to Jim Thompson, the world famous Thai Silk house.



Wishing all a happy weekend - me = busy with painting and having a short break from work next week for, well - more painting.