What do you have on your desk? I really should move my marmite back home. It's been used as a bookend for some months. Although the initial reason for bringing it was to have it as breakfast some mornings.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Here's one of the many pictures I took with the S2. Since we're on the topic ( I yam anyway) on notebooks with little squares...I got all excited when I found a shot I took of my own. Don't you just love the little squares already??
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
My faithful old kaya-green-longchamp is the same size. But when I compare the handles....the leather has stretched and the handle of the old looks longer. Just goes to show how I have abused the poor ole bag:)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
You cannot live with just the one phone when for the last few months you have been spoilt with the ease of using two phones. The samsung galaxy has been acting up. This annoying message keeps popping up " your internal memory space is almost full" ( not the exact words)
I slept late on sunday trying very hard to solve this. I managed to transfer one thousand pics from the phone to the imac. Meh! Problem was not solved this way. By which time I was sleepy and went to bed.
Googling the forum was initially informative but after reading around things got confusing. You can download an ap called appstosd which I did. But I couldnt transfer most of my programmes to the SD. Further reading told me I had a to "root" the phone. The same sites never bothered with details of how one shojld ROOT the phone.
And so here I yam....stuck with the same message and with the dread that my messages may not all get through to me. Help!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
First let me describe my Monday. We had a long clinic session and as a result I am still recovering from it this morning. There is something draining about going through many patients on a monday morning and sorting out things on the pc when your body is still on weekend mode. What have I learnt? Mondays are usually crap. I should prepare for it and at the very least sleep early.
Anyway I had a LOVELY surprise waiting for me in the room. AJ gave me these ( in a lovely box and ribbon around it too which isn't seen in this picture ) for my birthday. They're not any ole books but ones with square lines which I absolutely adore. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get these books? Very!! I love my present(s). Thank you AJ.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
YOu get that when you run on your birthday:) Woohooo!!
( Author's correction: It's actually called Extra Frosting!!! updated 25th Jan 2013)
Bird cage 3, originally uploaded by canyoupixelthis.
This year the niece decided she would rather be friends with the bird ( Mee-Nah) rather than the sugar glider. ( Ah-Goo) (I am not responsible for the ridiculous names given to the two pets my father owns.) I gather Ah-Goo showed his unhappiness at being handled roughly by scratching her hands badly. The poor bird on the other hand couldn't do more than chirp away.
Mee-nah had to endure numerous baths in a day. She was forced to watch very boring cartoons with the niece. And she got chased and squeezed quite a bit during the two week stay. I think Mee-Nah ( unlike everyone else in the family ) wasn't sorry to see the niece leave.
Update (Mee-Nah is slowly recuperating and has been growing her missing feathers slowly)
Victorian Whitework Lavishly Befrilled Broderie Anglais Summer Bonnet Front Right, originally uploaded by mondas66.
After mass, I decided to pick something up from KLCC for mum. Naturally it wasn't enought just to walk into Isetan and pick the stuff up....I decided to find that elusive ecco shop. ( which I did but that's another story)
I bought a top from Gap made out of Broderie Anglais material.This material is great for hot weather. The many mini holes give great ventilation...without giving too much away. This new top will replace my previous top for violin class. Because the teacher says I'm always hot and bothered during scales and sight-reading.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Little Oscar and I Reading an E. L. Doctorow Story in an Old New Yorker, originally uploaded by Madison Guy.
Miss Read's "Over the gate". I cannot remember most of it so I'm treating it like a new book.
Today I am eating wholemeal bread ( korean bakery ) blueberry preserve jam ( crabtree and evelyn) snow ( for a smooth spread) and home-made coffee for breakfast. My calorie count a whopping 353 calories.
To put things in perspective. Plain ole rice...per serving is 252 calories. So there...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Now you may not know this, but I've been drawn to Jo Malone's scented candles as it's nearly always featured in Hello magazine in the pages towards the end after the recipes ( which I do read despite not cooking these days)
So finally Jo Malone has arrived in Malaysia. Their store is at Pavillion where the Tangs used to be. WHoooopeee. I found it on Sunday and the girl ( Shikin I think her name was ) was friendly and helpful and I layered many perfumes to test and got very excited with the different smells.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I've been calorie counting with this brilliant new ap and it's been keeping me very aware of what crap I've been stuffing into self. A good example would be today.We had a meeting this afternoon. Which meant food served for us to eat. My usual quota would be at least two curry puffs and depending on the length of the meeting possibly three.
1 curry puff = 190 calories
1 slice of chiffon cake 97 calories
Our total intake for the day 1200 calories.
And we wonder why we never lose weight.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Here are some things the 6 year old niece said. ( This year)
1. Why can't papa afford to live in Malaysia?
2. When I grow up and work and can choose where I work I will get married and live in Malaysia
3. Let's play the "versus" game..."B" V S "G" ( translation in context of badminton between her dad and I...boy versus girl) Whilst her mum looks on.
4. Her ambulance siren goes NEE NOOH rather than Mee Mooh
5. In reply to her father's statement that he will attempt to jog to lose weight...she said " Mah khor ( that's me ) jogs and she doesn't lose weight. RRrrrrr
6. When she misbehaved and her papa and I decided to ignore her " MAma...your husband and his sister are bullweeing me "
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Time for a shower a quick change into jim jams and ONE hour of violin practice without my mute. ( Neighbours...I apologise in advance but I have a certain level to achieve and FAST)
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I look pretty much like this currently having peeled off the wrapping and gingerly opened the white mushy tissue soaked with soya Q10 and everything else that promises to make my wrinkles go away. ( Easy cos I don't have wrinkles yet) This is prophylaxis I think.It's now ( the mushy tissue) stuck on my face so I can't do much apart from surf the net.
I used to be a great fan of Marian Keyes. Then the last two books were difficult to complete so I went off her for a year. Due to the rather stupid resolution not to buy any new books until I've read ALL my books...I found self re-reading Keyes and liking her all over again.
Her latest creation is very nice. Fast pace with Irish humour thrown in at regular intervals. Speaking of Irish authors....Cecelia Ahern's latest book wasn't so nice.
I've misplaced my mute. And after the long christmas break every day that passes makes it less likely that I should remember where I put it. In the meantime...I have two possible options
1. Buy a new one.
2. look again
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Next on the list is calorie counting. Depressing. My HOU showed me this app on iphone which counts the calories of things you eat.
Something like nike+ and getting nikefuel. Anyway, looking at the calorie count of most things I eat was depressing. I'l rather take a drug to increase my metabolic rate ( thyroxine I hear you say?) then look at dishes and see number of calories.
The other things which I plan to do ( haven't done it yet) is get that hour long violin practise for the day. ( mini-resolution to appease my poor teacher)
I jogged ( since it's quite obvious the joys of jogging I shan't bore you with details.)
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
One hour of practice five days a week?
Someone wrote 195 hours.
Let's get started on hour number one...( right after my jog on the treadmill) Yes I'm trying to collect another medal...DOUBLE shot
Here i what I like about La pliage
1. It's foldable ( hence the name)
2. The colours are vast
3. I think its classless
4. It comes in different sizes big enough for bible/ipad/ipod/macbook in whatever combination and permutation. So tell me..what's not to like about it...really!!!
If you like collecting things and hoarding stuff and you also think you should exercise, may I strongly ( and I mean it ) recommend you buy an ipod nano ( if you already have an iphone that would suffice) and get the ap nike+.
As you jog it gives you a voice feedback when you're hit the half way point...and when you press on one button anytime during the run...it will tell you how much you have achieved ....pace and how many more km to your goal. ( You set your goal at the start of the run)
As you sync this with your nike+ account ( which you must create to get all the fun) you get to compare youself to others in the nike+ you see your achievements in a chart form, cumulative kms and speed....AND you get to win trophies:)
I got the Early Bird Medal this morning. How do you get it? By running between 3-6am for five times!!!
I chose fish and this was it. The portion was just right. And the fish was done the way I like it. ( But as I generally hate fish I cannot claim to be a gourmet and give an adequate description) It came with this sauce which looked like jam. So I mashed it about a bit for effect. ( And too get that taste of JAM with fish) and this was the result.
Just as we had sat down to order...I nicked someone's wifi and hit the review action on this ap called foursquare where you may "check-in" to your location. And it gives people's comments on theplace.
And here's what I read " I must congratulate self on picking what is possibly the worst restaurant in Hongkong"said someone on foursquare.
Horrors! We had two options. Sit and hope for the best, or stand up and leave. We chose the former. The waiter who served us had a face like death and looked like he may turn hurt us should we do something to upset him. Obviously standing up to leave after ordering would be rude by anyone's standard.
The food truthfully was good:) Not raving good but tasty and served well. Pity there were no smiles to accompany the serving of food.
Not returning any time soon. But if you happen to read unfavourable reviews...they aren't true.
Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road,
Causeway Bay, Hongkong, China.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
A belated Merry Christmas and a Blessed New year 2013, originally uploaded by andreaban2009.
This is a picture of my latest painting effort ( mum calls it cheating) ...ie painting with numbers. Nothing to pooh-pooh. It is quite therapeutic and challenging. I dare you to get all the little bits coloured without going into the next available space. ( picture taken 80% finished)
I am trying to remember what is the most striking thing about 2012. What I remember is a sense of loss. I saw two friends lose a parent each. A dear friend lost a very young niece at the brink of adulthood. There was a loss of two colleagues ( one much older and in another establishment and another slightly older and she was briefly a patient of mine) I also think of the loss of one of many authors I love reading; Maeve Binchey.
But I also remember good friends whom I have made over the years and kind people who have touched me in various degrees.
This new year ( being older and wiser ) I would like to be calmer and be able to gently appreciate life, family and friends without whom life would be rather empty.
Happy New Year 2013 to all who read this blog. Sorry for the big gap I was too busy enjoying my holiday!!)