Having learnt from last year's ghastly experience of being forced to play the exam pieces on strings badly in need to a change, I had my strings changed on the violin this evening. Dominant Strings. And let's hope they last a bit longer this time. The annoying thing about changing strings is this: tuning takes so much longer than usual it makes the actual practising tedious.The pegs kept slipping, the moment I got the E string tuned...the G decides to be a little bit off. A "peg dope" seems very appealing, but I'm not sure whether it's sold locally. Tips off the net : rub pencil graphite. I'll do that tomorrow.
Monday, April 26, 2010
These are my toes. ( two out of the five on the left foot.) 2 brilliant things re picture. Number one: Isn't the zoom on the G10 brilliant? Obviously the distance from camera to toe would be the distance of my waist to feet. And the nail art 's detail is clear, you can almost see the strokes of the chinese brush. The second thing is the amazing details the lady put on the big toe. She took more than an hour. But the result is so nice I felt the need to share this with all of you. My toes don't look half bad either:) Nail art courtesy of Creative Nail Boutique Plaza Damas, Hartamas. See you there soon!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
If you have plans to laze about the beach in Penang, allow me this, to put you straight. The beach I was at was not nice for a few reasons. I had this idea of walking along the beach uninterrupted with the wind in my hair and a natural pedicure as my toes squish through the sand. When I reached the beach ( with the camera around my neck) I was greeted with a few voices spoken loudly and in a taunting manner. The voices well, one in particular anyway, told me not to waste my time taking pictures. It went on for a bit. But I walked on. Shortly after, I noticed a man walking alongside me and within 4 strides broached the subject of a horse ride...another chipped in re para-gliding. And when they were politely told to buzz off, a lady took off where they left by inquiring re my need for a massage by the beach. So you can see, I was hardly allowed to enjoy the beach that evening.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Found at a second hand bookstore in Far East Plaza Singapore. The term secondhand gives you an impression of an old well-thumbed copy, possibly the pages are slightly yellow and on the preface you expect to see some ugly handwriting proclaiming that the book belongs to Ms So-and-so. This book was not only in a condition well above that of a second hand book, it came wrapped in a plastic covering. I'm still trying to figure out how they got this book ( and most other books in that stall) in such good condition.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Went shopping this evening. Quite a good yield. I tried on five dresses and succeeded in looking good in two of them, and eventually came home with only one. The third dress which I tried had this as a tag. I would describe the best feature of that dress as ; SOFT material in olive green themed-ed print.. Unfortunately that was the only redeeming feature. What was not right was the sheerness of the material. Even in the dimly lit dressing room, I stood with legs slightly apart and ended up with the infamous Lady Di pose. ( pre engagement picture) Would a slip-dress underneath have solved this problem? Yes. then we come to the "cut" of the dress which would flatter possibly Kate Moss,Twiggy and Posh. It would have made a terrifically comfortable house-dress. It would take a brave lady indeed to wear this outside the confines of the house.
We decided for my Dad's birthday, to have teppanyaki for dinner Sunday night. The smell ( because we got front row seats so to speak) was gorgeous. And the chicken tender. It was served with little ships of garlic which the chef kept at the corner of his stove. I pointed to it...and got an extra chunk of helping. Now, there is a reason why it's served in a moderate dose with the teppanyaki and on Sunday evening I found out just the reason. A wave of garlicky bitter taste enveloped my tastebuds and stayed with me the entire night. It was accompanied intermittently with waves of heartburn coupled with nausea. Imagine having THAT the whole night, and you will agree I have been taught a VERY painful lesson re garlic overdose.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
Before explaining the picture and telling the story behind it ( it's not a long story possibly a few lines), I need to mention the colossal thunderstorm which broke during Maundy Thursday ( otherwise known as Holy Thursday) Mass yesterday evening. Truly one could imagine the wrath of God as the temperature dropped significantly enough for me to roll my sleeves down midway through the lithurgy. Around 8:30pm which is the time I left for home, it had dried up somewhat and I was careful the car did not go through any huge collection of water en route back.
Naturally I detoured for food. And found this rather delightful ( and as someone described it as "funky" kopitiam) restaurant called Wau Penyu at Solaris Dutamas. Second visit there. So I'm allowed to state with some authority that the food is good. The Cucur Udang is the right consistency, not one of those chewy tasteless rubber ones served commonly. I had Nasi Goreng Kampung yesterday. I'm sorry there are no pictures. I was famished plus the family seated to the right was a big one. And I got shy at the thought of fishing out the good old camera.
I did muster enough courage at the END of the meal to go a little camera-crazy. As you can see, the fella in the picture was reluctant to get out of the frame so I included him.