Thursday, 27 August 2009

ELI

Quick update. Thank you everyone for your prayers. We are both in our Isolation room
at the hospital. Elissa 's fever has stopped and making good progress but both of us still have to be warded until she completes the Tamiflu vaccine. I have to wear both surgical mask and gown full time to ensure I won't get the virus from her. When she saw my eyes getting teary once I heard the test was positive for this virus, she assured me not to worry and that she will be Okay. She's stronger than me. The rest of the family members sre still under home quarantined.


I just hate it when my sixth senses are right. I have been very worried about this H1N1 virus and that this uneasy feeling that one of us will get it. Worst fears confirmed. Elissa has been admitted to the hospital for H1N1 and the whole family will be quarantined for one week. Please pray for us. Will miss you all......

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

ORANGE

I am playing ORANGE today with good friend, Annette of In This life........ Some of my favourite pictures in orange.


Monks inside Grand Palance in Bangkok - Thailand.




Kids snorkeling in Pulau Kapas.


Orange Kebaya in Malacca.


Kites sold at Central Market, Kuala Lumpur.


The hotel reception of Hotel De La Pais, Siem Reap - Cambodia.


Monks sitting on the edge within Angkor Wat.


Painting of Buddha in orange on the streets of Banteay Srey, Siem Reap - Cambodial


A little Indian dancer during Deepavali last year, which Malaysian will celebrate soon.


Some Indian prayer box.


Another fav shot, an orange boat in Trengganu.


My lucky orange koi at home :D


From September to October will be special months for many here. The Muslims started their fasting last weekend and as usual, that will mean lots of gathering and eating during breaking fast in the evening. In between, we have the lantern festival and then Deepavali in October. For us, it will mean a celebration of all as everyone loves to eat and have plenty of public holidays here. There will be trips to the East Coast (finally a break -- seems like a long time since I've taken one!).

Happy week ahead.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

SSS

Seems like a long time ago since posting for SSS, so here are the SSS with our host, Hey Harriet.

Shadows from home, it's been a hot day every day.


I was about to chop off this bougainvilla plant and it saved itself by sprouting leaves.


Shadows taken from Pulau Kapas not long ago - Jetty to Kapas Island.



Emi's shadow far right.



The kids playing under the sun, me under the tree.


Looking at these photos, I think I need a holiday :D


Happy weekend everyone.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

GREEN

Firstly, thank you for all those positive wishes, both kids are improving but they are still staying off school for the moment. Death toll continue to rise and there are talks of closing all the public places, which I hope they will do it soon to contain the spread of this deadly virus.

I am playing GREEN with blogger Annette of In This life....... and she has a different colour theme every few days. Pop over to see her wonderful blog :P

A favourite lime tree at home.


I love taking pictures after the rain :)



An unwelcome visitor :(


Love this starfish !


See you all soon.

Monday, 17 August 2009

H1N1

My house smells and look like a hospital. Since last Wednesday, Emilea and Danial had been down with high fever and flu - again all the symptoms of H1N1. Luckily a quick blood test shown negative on viral infection, it was just a bacterial infection. Otherwise, they would have been hospitalized and probably catch the real H1N1 virus from the hospital itself as mask wearing was not strictly adhered to. One child was being 'house quarantined' and another one separated to curb spreading of the non stop coughing and sneezing. I had to disinfect the whole house with Dettol a few times a day - thus the smelling of a hospital. The kitchen counter looks like a dispensary - it's never ending. The children are entering their 2nd week of no-school as husband refused to send them where the disease spread too fast and not much prevention is done. Husband and I try hard to be healthy so we can look after them. In my last post, the death toll was 32, today it is 62 - 30 deaths in one week is very alarming. Last week when India had 15 deaths, their Government closed all the schools and cinemas which was a brilliant move. However, our Government are not closing schools - placing exams as priority and leaving the matter to Headmasters/mistresses to take the responsibility. Our Health Minister, Liow Tions Lai encourages everyone to practice 'social distancing' which probably will work on adults, but what about children? Walk into any pharmacy and you will find that face mask pricing has been increased 5 to 10 times and hand sanitizers all sold out. Tamflu - the H1N1 vaccine is out of stock for the whole country, and if there is any groups that benefit from all these profiteering will be the pharmacies and drugs companies - worldwide. If I have one award - an oxymoron award - I'd give it to our Health Minister, sitting with his tie and blazer - grinning like a Cheshire cat - announcing the daily deaths on the televsion. It is pandemic, a state of emergency - but no one is declaring it. I wonder how many more deaths it takes before they close the schools. This is what happens when we have morons for Ministers - but then, that is nothing new here if you read our political news. I've been out of the office for a few days, back to work today and no time to post or blog hop. Danial coughed non-stop the whole night yesterday, another round to the clinic is needed today and that is what I have been doing, hoping in and out of our local clinic.

Take care and keep safe.

Monday, 10 August 2009

AH TUAN YEE, BABA NYONYA

As I am preparing this post, Malaysia have 32 deaths due to the H1N1 virus. The annual forest burning in Indonesia has started causing many areas here to be unhealthy. The haze is back, making healthy people sick, those with respiratory problems worst and we have the most lethal combination as of now, the H1N1 virus combined with haze courtesy of forest burning both in Borneo and Indonesia. At first, it as one death a week, now it has worsen with one dying every day. Face mask prices soar high, schools are closed and with every fever in a family set everyone on a panic alert. Not a rosy situation here at all. Plans for travel have been on hold and everyone is on high alert. I worry much for the children as there are so many children sick in the school every day, some being sent home and some being quarantined at school. We had 3 scares last week, both DH, son and daughter were all down with high fever, sore throat, vomiting and flu - all symptoms similar to the deadly virus. Luckily everyone recovered fast and well and none went to the hospital. Anyway, I am glad they are all okay and we have to pump ourselves with more vitamins every day.

I wanted to do this post for some time, a favorite restaurant of ours, Ah Tuan Yee, an authentic Nyonya eating place. Nyonya are Chinese who migrated here more than 100 years ago and adopted the local Malay culture and food. My grandmother was a pure Nyonya and we grew up not eating typical Chinese food as she would cook mainly hot and spicy dishes. There is a lot of history in the Nyonyas and Babas but I don't have time to post it now. So, I'll do the food version of a place we eat often.


Miniature Nyonya dresses in frame.


I love this - a vintage tiffin or food carrier in blue.


Like how they used this very old door as their main door.


Bells on doors, typical Chinese decor.


Antique Chinese frames on the wall.


Same restaurant at a different location, I like the outdoor table setting, very 'kopitiam' style. 'Kopitiam' are the in thing in dining now, the word actually mean coffee place or cafe and reminded people how our parents or grandparents used to enjoy dining years ago. Will remember to a separate post on this.


More wall decor / carving at another place.


Somehow blue is a favorite color with the Chinese when it comes to pottery.


A collage of Nyonya food, for Ann and Xue. I think of you both whenever I eat this...though I think Ann would be more interested in my durian post.


Of all dishes, I have to single out this one - their signature dish - 'perut ikan curry' or translated fish stomach curry. Pickled fish tummy - don't ask me what fish or how it's done, I probably don't want to know - cooked with many type of vegetables. Everything is sliced finely and cooked with lots of spices.


I thought of Ann again when I cooked this dish - petai or stinky bean haha!! with prawns and brinjals, and no, I don't eat stinky bean or fruit everyday. However, I don't think it will be fun if I post a burger picture - too boring.


Thinking about the Babas and Nyonyas reminded me of a trip last year to Malacca, a state rich with their history. I am re-posting this picture again, a Nyonya marital bed in red (what else!) picture taken during a trip to the Malacca museum.


A famous restaurant founded in 1911, also in Malacca - red again.


When you are there, hop on into one of these colorful tricycle taxi.


For Annette who is playing with lots of purple now, 2 fav items from home. You will find Annette here at In This life....... - go have a peek at her purple garbage bags which smells of lavender :p
This purple and red chillie plant..


and my table mat in purple with the picture of Angkor Wat in it. BTW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Annette :D


Well, Angkor or Malacca, bye bye any trip to anywhere for now.

Have a good week ahead....hugs/M

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

AMIES

During the course of my daily work, everything is via emails - which means I am on the laptop all the time. So come weekend, I try to live off the internet and spend more time with the family. However, not connected in blog land doesn't mean that I am not surrounded by the people I have known through their blogs. I have known, learnt, being inspired with so many people in blogs and am so thankful for that. When I brought my mom's 35 years old sewing machine back (still in perfect working condition :), that was the start of this room makeover.

It started with this drawing which was done in less than 10 minutes by an artist who came from China. He capture the likeness well.


With the exception of 3 frames of the children (all current pictures in black and white), the rest of the pictures are from both husband and myself. Photos ranges from 40's to 60's, of our grandparents, parents and ourselves when we were young.


Love it when the sun shines on our many crystal balls and see this burst of rainbow on my wall.


I love this jewelery holder from China which belongs to my grandmother, unfortunately the lid is missing. She said she had it many years before she got married, so I am thinking somewhere in the 1930's.


From one of my favorite artist and blogger, Shayla. She had me in mind when she painted it, saying that the two birds represented both of us. Two different colors meaning our different country and time difference - as when one is awake, the other is asleep. As she is from Canada, one bird has the word written 'friends', the other 'amies' meaning friends in French. So meaningful!


Another wall has a collage of pictures of family...



..and post cards from my blog friends all over the world. There is always something about the written letter or card which cannot be replaced by the internet. PC, blogs or servers may crash in the future, but post cards or letters, like my old photos stay forever.


I think of one blog friend often, even though she has gone private and no longer post but that she had me in mind when she sew this.


You see, my blog friends are very kind and thoughtful, they like to send me hand painted angels, one seen here hanging on my crystal tree on my desk.


Another named Grace Tree Angel from the talented blogger, Constance. Too beautiful for words.


As my rabbit poop cleaning days are over, I am reminded of my bunnies whenever I see this everyday. Melanie must have thought I will miss them so I have these buns for company.


My scrapbooking days are over (for now..) but I have this beautiful mini album handmade by Annette to keep my vintage photos.


I kept the children's Ikea toy box to store all my stuff.


However, credit has to be given to this vintage-y sewing machine as the decoration mood was set off by wanting a sewing room in the beginning, and that spurred a whole chain of painting with other rooms as well. I have been wanting to order some wall decal and found one in our local shop here.


I tried to persuade my husband to relocate the exercise machine upstairs but he said since I wanted it in the first place, it had to stay here. Well, at least it's dust collecting days are over now. I love the Ttv pictures from Tracy and another hand made wall decor Melanie which has the words 'Peace on Earth'.


I am loving this Ikea glass table.


Well, the year of the Ox has been good to me for 2009, here is a block print from Diana.



The prettiest pink squares came all the way from Tracy of Norway which I won :D
I always felt that blogs are just informative, fun, useful, interesting etc., until we connect with the person behind the blog and then it becomes really personal and special, and that is what I like - the personal part.


From where I sit, I like this view of the dry kitchen looking out to the garden and my Canna trees in full bloom.


However, blog inspiration doesn't end in this room only. When I step out of the house, I have 2 pots of these Texas Bluebonnets, seeds sent by Contance all the way across the pond. You see fields of Bluebonnets in other countries but I am very happy to have 2 of them, though try as I might in every way, they would not bloom for months.


Something from the garden, I was wondering who or what have been making holes and patterns in my lotus leaves and found it. Can you see it?



This grasshopper has been going round the garden chomping masterpieces on all my lotus leaves. We stared at each other during the entire photography session, him holding on to the dead lotus stalk. I let him go and I am sure he is grateful to be alive.



I have been reading many people blogs posting about what inspired them. Now you know that I am inspired very much by my blog friends. As usual, there are many things more to post but still not enough time. I love you all :D