Monday, March 31, 2008

Foodie post

Was in Subang Parade on Sunday with my mother and Yatie (Diyana had to work) and found Big Apple donuts! I know I know, they have been around for sometime:

For your information, I had only one piece!

Cosmetics? Nail products?

Nope! They are chocolates! By the way, I had five pieces!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NNC Charm Exchange Organised by Janet

My first ever patchwork/quilting venture, A Charm Exchange organised by Janet from Ipoh. Five of us sent out packs of ten (10) different fabrics in 5" x 5" squares to each other. No sewing involved... well not until a later date and I am hoping a muuuccchh lattteer date!

Hartini's exchange:

Nik's exchange:

Ratna's exchange:

Emily's exchange:

(And 'Dania's Mother' had so generously sent me five pieces of 5"x5" in six different fabrics from her own stash when she learnt of my 'involvement' in this Charm Exchange! She spoilts me so much! Butterfly kisses to her!) And I managed to cut another four fabrics into 5"x5" all by myself with my new tools from Quilt-In-A-Day!

Janet's exchange:

Monday, March 24, 2008

Malaysian_Bookcrossers March 08 Meetup!

By popular demand we returned to Amcorp Mall for our March 08 meetup but this time we gathered at Uncle Chili Restaurant on the lower ground floor. And we totally forgot to snap pictures of the food!!! Now how did that happened?

Anyway the snacks and main dishes were tasty enough ~ we had fried wantan, fried vegetables and fish balls, deep fried brinjals ~ yummy! We had the following main dishes ~ spicy fish fillet rice, seafood with rice, tomyam noodles, cantonese fried noodles and chicken porridge. Dessert was Lotus paste pancakes!

Much was discussed at the meetup, topics included events where the Kuala Lumpur chapter members at Malaysian_bookcrossers would be participating ~ The Terry Fox Run later this year and nearer at hand would be the following:

Join the KLAB! ClickHere

Last year's Terry Fox Run saw three participants from the Malaysian_Bookcrossers! Hopefully year 2008 will see more of us there!

Learn more about Bookcrossing here:

Clockwise from the left: Taty, Azwan, Tim, Wadie, Soe Chin and Yatie

Taty, Azwan, Tim, Wadie, Soe Chin and Emily

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Window Shopping

While back in Melaka a couple of weeks back, saw these:

Light cottons from Asia suitable for little gurls dresses and nightdresses etc:

Dragon motif brocade:

Machine embroidered fabric for kebaya tops:

Red fabric used in making of traditional Chinese banners for doorways:

Things needed for Chinese wedding ceremonies. The red and black baskets are Nyonya ones typical of Melaka:

I just checked with a nyonya gurl friend of mine and she informs that the baskets are used throughout the year as well either to carry gifts of fruits, kueh muih etc, food when visiting friends and neighbours. The baskets are made in China and are more widely used by the Peranakans (nyonya & baba) located in Penang, Melaka and Singapore.

Where I walk........

While DH walks the perimeter of our apartment complex, I prefer walking the path available in our courtyard of the apartment complex. There are three such courtyards but I prefer ours which is L shaped:

Path to the left:

Path on my right:

Please note we have exercise bars and etc all along the pathway:

I resumed my morning walks this week, started off with a 30 minutes walk on Monday, 45 mins on Wednesday and 30 mins on Friday. My plan is: the mornings I dont walk I either do some housework or go marketing at the wet market for fresh produce. All in all, I am rather happy with my first week back to exercise!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My Outgoing SVE that has gone missing.....

GOOD NEWS! Vilma has informed that she has finally received my 'missing' SVE parcel to her two days ago! Hippeee! Updated by Emily on 9th April 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008

My Order from Quilt In A Day Arrived!

Wow that was fast, ordered on 29th February and it arrived today!

Feast your eyes!

Two sets of Rotary cutters and cutting boards

Two sets of the Rulers and Templates that I will need!

Other stuff and the leather thimble was a freebie from them!

Mmph just in time to cut the balance of the four fabrics needed for the Charm Exchange of 5"x5" cut pieces of 10 fabrics required!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Against All Odds

It's so inspiring; With firm determination what one can achieve!

Sharing with you now...Happy viewing..

Read right down and click on the youtube address below.

What you are about to see was seen at a Chinese modern dance competition broadcasted on one of China's TV stations. One couple won one of the top prizes. The lady has one arm and the guy has one leg. They performed gracefully and beautifully.

The lady in her 30s was a dancer and was trained as one since she was a little girl. Later she got into some kind of accident and lost her entire left arm. She was depressed for a few years. It seemed that someone asked her to coach a children's dancing group. From that point on, she realized she could not forget dancing. She still loved to dance. She wanted to dance again. So she started to do some of her old routines. But by her losing an arm, she also lost her balance. It took a while before she could even making simple turns and spins without falling. Eventually she got it.

Then she heard some guy in his 20s had lost a leg in an accident. This guy also fell into the usual denial, depression and anger type of emotional roller coaster. She looked him up (seemingly he was from a different Province) and persuaded him to dance with her. He had never danced. And to dance with one leg? Are you joking with me? No way. But she didn't give up. He reluctantly agreed. ' I have nothing else to do anyway.' She started to teach him dancing 101. The two broke up a few times because the guy had no concept of using muscle, control his body, and a few other basic things about dancing. Whe n she became frustrated and lost patience with him, he would walk out. Eventually they came back together and started training. They hired a choreographer to design routines for them. She would fly high (held by him) with both arms (a sleeve for an arm) flying in the air. He could bend horizontally supported by one leg and she leaning on him, etc. They danced beautifully and they legitimately beat others in the competition.

I would like to share with you this most magnificent and touching performance I have ever seen! It is a living proof that strong spirit can conquer any physical limitations!

View the performance at this (Cannot get the link to work, kindly cut and paste)