Wednesday, July 31, 2013
2.Attic Term by Antonia Forest
3. ANy book by Angela Brazil ( except the youngest girl in the fifth because I have that already)
Part of the discussion was the SWOT analysia: Strength, weakness, Opportunity, Threats. I suggested doing a to-d0-list to solve the lack of time issue. Good advice? Only if the list is a do-able and sensible one.
I'll start again soon. Promise!!!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Monday, July 29, 2013
McInerney was born in Australia and grew up in a place called Clare Valley in South Australia. She lives in Dublin currently. Her other books include.
1. A taste of it.
2. Upside down, inside out
3. Spin the bottle
4. The alphabet sisters
5. Family baggage
6. Odd one out
7. Those Farady sisters
8. At home with the templetons
9. Lola's secret
10. The house of memories
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Showcased are my pale legs in my most comfortable black ecco shoes bought some years back. And still serving me well. One of the rare times I got my size at the shop.
Despite having two Ecco shops ( one at the Gardens and the other newer shop at KLCC) I still can't find my size.
Ecco is a Swedish manufacturer but was founded in Denmark.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
The first macaron I tasted which liked was in Jakarta where we mistakenly took 1-week old macarons which were put for decoration at the milk and cornflakes table. My first macaron was from Whisk at Empire Shopping Centre with KN. That was sweet and I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. Fast forward a few years and here I am, obsessed with finding the perfect not-too-sweet macaron to eat.
For a simple french macaroni, here are the ingredients:
3 Egg white
( Looks easy so far....never mind the fact the last time I baked was more than 10 years ago)
When I google Macarons, the word Laduree would pop up. ( A 151 year old Patisserie in Paris) Apparently it's the best place to buy perfect macaroons. But here is the good news: Laduree has open its first shop in South East Asia ....in Singapore. It opened in April 15 2013 ( yay) at Takashimaya. The macarons are shipped from Paris, 3-4 times per week. And one of the two counters is located near the Jo Malone counter. ( Another favourite item) The shop front looks like the orginal in Paris...they kept the same mint green colour.
They cost S3:80 per piece and your minimum order is six. ( Ouch!)
And looky look....they sell such cute tote bags too. I want one for christmas. Anyone?? The price ranges from S30-78 depending on the size. Aren't they something you would carry? I want I want I want
Ladurée is located at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #02-09 and Level 1, Tel: 6884 7361. Prices start from $3.80 per macaron to $266 to a box of 70 macarons.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Nathalie's gourmet was initially in a place hidden from most folks. This was before the second phase of solaris came up. Due to the split level architecture of the Publika set-up, Nathalie Gourmet can be seen from the open space where "the social" and "Bens" are.
I've had KN tell me this place has decent macaroons. I've had an aunt tell me she would drive all the way here to get stuff from Nathalie's and I have read a few blogs raving about how perfect the macaroons are.
I bought four different flavors and here is my review.
1. They're expensive so be prepared to fork up money for it,
2. The macaroons are displayed in a glass shelf making it difficult to take decent pictures.
3. The container is clear plastic and the macaroons kept knocking about making a little "tap tap" sound as I walked from Nathalie's to BIG ( to get some crackers) and to the car. The first inkling that the macaroons are stiff.
Okay a review of the 4 flavours.
1. Vanilla. The BEST. Because it was not sickeningly sweet.
2. Salted caramel. A burst of sweetness unfortunately the saltiness came a bit later after I'd been shocked by the sugar high.
3. Pistachio: Less sweet than salted caramel but still a tad too sweet for my liking
4. After eights: Best to stick to the orginal after eights if you're yearning for one. This wasn't as nice as I thought it would be.
* the texture of each macaroon was perfect. You can taste how light and firm it is. And as you bite into it, it crumbles correctly rather than into a sorry mess. So I'm thinking, Nathalie's has the perfect texture of macaroons which makes it famous. In her interview she justified the high cost by stating " it took me 4 years to perfect the macaroons"
He has been named:) Let's now have a look at Willian's full name: William Arthur Philip Louis.
Prince Charles's full name: Charles Philip Arthur George
SO he gets the George and Louis from his father and paternal Grandfather
Kate' s father's name: Michael Francis Middleton
Kate's brother's name: James William Middleton
So I'm guessing they really like the name George:)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
And the shop may be found here:
Mayle's best seller ; "A year in Provence" was an excellent book. I read it the first time in university and I enjoyed it very much. His second book "Toujour Provence" wasn't as enjoyable. And I believe I have another of his books...The vintage caper. I read on the net, that the Marseille caper is a follow-through from this book. If so....it is just as well I didn't buy the book at this escalated price. Sam Levit doesn't entice me so it'll have to come down in price slightly before I buy this book. I like Mayle 's writing so I know I will eventually own this book.
I haven't gotten around to buying a proper strainer. And drinking bits of coffee put me off coffee for a few days. Oh boy...the sluggish feeling as a result is unpleasant. Most mornings I feel like a lump of duvet. Rather useless. The instant packet coffee tastes weird. Have my taste buds been upgraded unknowingly? Dang! Strainer this weekend...must remember!
If you remember....Princess Diana left the hospital ( with Willam ) from the Lindo Wing in a pokka dot dress too. Coincidence!! Or planned!! Up to you to decide!
( Charles had more hair back then...and in comparison to William....now)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Congratulations Wills and Kate!!! Now let's see what names you will give your son.
Here are some observations during her pregnancy:
1. She only gained significant weight towards the end of pregnancy. ( fuller face and bigger arms)
2. She's one of the lucky ones not to develop those grotesque huge ankles. How she walked in those pumps of hers shows her determination not to appear "frumpy". I think wearing flats is perfectly acceptable and with the right outfit you won't look frumpy at all
3. The inflamous blowing up of skirt just before entering a chapel for a wedding shows Kate likes ehr skirts short and is rather proud of her legs. Why else would you wear a dangerously short skirt.
4.William has lost a lot of hair:(
*picture taken in Honkong at one of the shopping malls which lead to the harbour
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Let's deviate from my batch of Indonesian pictures ( in the last few posts) and talk about this brilliant korean drama series which I completed over the weekend. It's called 5 fingers. And it features some rather brilliant piano playing by two brothers; Ji Hoo and In Ha. It's the second drama series I've watched which doesn't have loads of soppy heart wrenching scenes. ( Although discs 5 and 6 made me cry so much I had to drink loads of water to hydrate self) Wiki describes this ( inadequately I must say )as brothers who have difficulties. Understatement! It centers around family feelings most of which are natural and you can identify with these feelings pretty well. Even the unfair feelings and sense of jealousy.
The picture above is of Ji Hoo ( the elder brother ) playing the piano with Da mi ( the common love interest between the brothers but don't worry this is just the side story line, there are other aspects to entertain you.)Hong Da Mi was played by Jin Se Yun. And interestingly, she plays the piano for real in this drama. Apparently she has learnt the instrument for 6 years and still plays at home. Another interesting fact is, she was not cast originally. Ham Eun Jung was initiallly slotted for the role and appeared in earlier adverts promoting this drama. Like Hollywood, scandal followed and she was replaced.
* The flu caused lost of shopping time during the weekend. But I can gladly report to be 98% recuperated. Docking off 2% for the nagging cough which comes in bouts with a miniscule amount of phlegm
Friday, July 12, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Then I decided to look for Laduree because there was a branch available in this Singapore Shopping centre. I couldn't find it initially but we walked and walked.
Next scene ( yes we dream in scenes like a play) it's late, the shops are closing. For some odd reason, you have to leave the building through one of the shops which has a secret door behind some clothes. Everybody is rushing back. It is only then, I realise I left my camera and car keys ( why would I drive in SIngapore when my license expired yonks ago) in the first clothes shop. I rush back only to find it locked. I burst into tears. And I wake up:)
Taken at the Tanah Abang commuter station as we waited for the trip back to the Universitas. At this point, laden with some shopping wares....and filled to the brim with tales of our travels, we were tired BUT satisfied
* Obral means clearance sale
It's nice to travel with a large group of fun people to a conference. WE had breakfast together when we coordinated our wake up times. PP wanted the best of both worlds without compromising the carb intake for the morning. Ingenius!
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Another post on Tanah Abang. This was the huge crowd of people there. It's amazing, there were a few women who shopped at the stalls to the left and to the right. Imagine bargining and trying on clothes and preening self while being jostled by the elbow by many many many people. I found the floating blue leggings a pleasing distraction from the heat and crowd.
Nasi Rawon is a traditional East Java Beef Soup. It is served with these condiments that you see in the picture;salted egg, mint leaves, bean sprouts etc. The soup is dark in colour because of the spice used which is keluak,(Pangeum edule,) This gives the soup a nutty flavour. Pretty interesting dish.
Monday, July 08, 2013
But these macaroons which we cheerfully pinched without so much as a "May i " tasted nice. The tall one who stood on tippy toes said it tasted like "Laduree macaroons". High praise indeed.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Wikipedia tells me Bakso is "Indonesian Meatball".I beg to differ...I think the texture is different from meatball which tends to disintegrate in the mouth as you chew. The bakso I had was tougher and chewier and it was served with this delicious concoction of simply noodles plus veg plus bis of chicken. I enjoyed this meal very very much
I'm not sure whether this is Bakso Solo or Bakso Malahg. We had this in a small shop opposite Giant in a shopping mall about 5 minute walk away from Mercure Hotel Sinatumpang.
* I hope I didn't eat too much borax which apparently is added to the bakso to make the consistency better :P
This interesting fridge magnet ( picture above) cost a whopping RM20. SO I did the next best thing...which was to take a picture:)
The jam is Jakarta was as promised. Something to remember for years. We took 3.5 hours to get to the hotel from the airport.
Friday, July 05, 2013
(No they did NOT SELL Hello magazine the Indonesian version at the airport. so disappointing.) What a pity ...what a pity. But never fear..I've found the Indonesian Hello Magazine website:) Here is the link!
Did you know the Hello magazine was first launched in 1988?
Thursday, July 04, 2013
1. La planetes, ( the black at the top right hand corner)
2. Coin purse le pliage
3. Le Pliage women's Pouchette
* Longchamp is much cheaper at this airport. Prices comparable to Paris
Here is the Longchamp shop at Pondok Indah mall Jakarta. When I visited the shop, the ladies were busy unpacking the new spring colours. ( WHoooop!!!) I had a nice time admiring self with each different coloured bag in the shop.
This was at a shopping centre very near the hotel. Not posh but some bits reminded me of Sungai Wang Plaza. So you can imagine what its like. Filled to the brim with interesting stuff if you bother to comb through you'ld definitely find some treasures.
* Today is Thursday. In Malaysia, this means Batik day for us government servants:)
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
A bit about Tanah Abang.It's in central Jakarta and it hosts the biggest textile market in South East Asia. ( A pity we never got to experience the vast textile ) I think we may have been in the Tanah Abang market. Because we got off at the Tanah Abang station and the market is within the same area.