Happy Easter:) we head to church this evening at half eight for Easter Vigil!!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I was tempted to buy this on Sunday afternoon. The aromatic whiff reached my nose before I spotted the lady. I would like to hear from those brave enough to have tried this please.
We start Holy Week which leads to Easter Sunday. I've taken leave and will be home. My violin and I will be bonding these few days in preparation for my lesson after a three week hiatus on Monday.
This picture was taken as I walked from the entrance of Intercontinental hotel towards Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chin Minh. Ignore the grammatical error and focus on the lovely shades of egg-ohs surrounding the cake. I love their selection of pastel colours.
Hard Rock Cafe linked to Intercontinental Asiana Hotel, originally uploaded by andreaban2009.
I managed to enter this shop on the last afternoon just hours before leaving for the airport. I'm not sure whether sizes are universal but I found the T-shirts snug around the waist. ( s/m/L) I tried the T-shirts for men but it looked big and I looked bigger in it. So no, I didn't buy any T-shirt despite trying a few on. HRC is linked to Intercontinental Asiana Saigon. And it's near the Notre Dame Cathedral. That's your landmark. I quite like walking in HCMC it's less humid than Malaysia. The narrow sidewalk and the traffic was a little scary but once you get to the main street, walking becomes enjoyable.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
This picture is of a shop along the road leading to Ben Thanth market in Ho Chin Minh city. Only two art shops this was the second one. And if you zoom in the picture, my painting is the orange dollop at the middle of the picture.
Check prices in KL before you leave for Ho Chin Minh. ( I left it too late and wasn't too sure what was the going rate for canvas sizes and original compared to reproduction)
Monday, March 25, 2013
I bought this from one of the two shops located inside the General Post Officer in Ho Chin Minh. The price was decent and the quality of the material better than what I'd bought the day before at the local market. So the trip advisor was correct. Things are cheap here. A hassle free environment to shop. No sweating and shoving ( unless you crave this).
Taken at 5:30am. Just as they switched the lights for mass, originally uploaded by andreaban2009.
The picture is the Cathedral bathed in lovely lighting which they switched on minutes before mass began. And if you can see, the flower arrangement at the front of the altar is actually made from palms.
We had a slow drive from airport to Intercontinental Asiana Saigon. We saw loads of motorcyclist with different number of people being squeezed on the one bike. Their helmuts are different from ours. Theirs are smaller and neater. I'm not sure whether our bigger sized ones offer more protection because if it doesn't...we should adopt a sleeker head gear
1. Intercontinental Asiana Hotel is good for a few reasons.
- Bathtub is a good size facing the Tv at a correct angle. The sides give you a ledge to put your shower gel.
- Shower gel is a nice lemon pong which is something I would buy.
- Bedroom slippers are non-slip and thicker in material compared to others
- The bed is high. So you can play act being in the era of Henry the Eight where their beds are very high you almost need a stool.
-The rooms open with a touch sensor of card. No slotting needed.
-If you're catholic it's handy for mass. The hotel is walking distance ( 2.5 min or less) to the Cathedral.
-It's linked to Hard Rock Cafe which closes at midnight.
-It is easy to get a taxi from the hotel to town
-If you choose to walk to Ben Thanth market you can ( and should ) it'll take you 20 minutes tops.
- you do not need an adaptor for plugs.
They have 6 plug points in the room. You do not need to take turns charging one gadget to the other.
- Their pho is good.Their Banh Cuon is also GOOD.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Have you a selection of these stashed somewhere in your drawer? I have three containers full of scrunchies and clips and pins. My hair must have grown since the last hair cut. ( And it must be a long time since I visited my hairdresser) Because this evening, I can tie my hair up. ( Just about) It looks like a little bud with strands hanging from the sides and the fringe looks terrible. but hey hey it's tied for the first time in years.
My journey from work to home was the longest. It took three hours and I watched "derek" a youtube video on autistic nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall playing the piano....and 7 episodes of Brideshead revisited. I also stared outside to my left and right intermittently seeking comfort from fellow travellers with similar fate. My right leg is more toned than the left and I have watched a lot of Anthony Andrews!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Good morning. It's Wednesday. I feel exhausted and I blame the 1.3 hour journey back home yesterday. Driving in a slow traffic -jam must take more energy than I am aware. Because it feels like I've run 10KM instead.Coffee and a cold shower to get rid of the slight headache.
SMURF village update this morning:) There! Headache cured!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Interesting coffee place in the heart of kl, originally uploaded by andreaban2009.
I was caught in a jam yesterday evening. But for once, I wasn't driving. So I could look around and see all the buildings around me. And I spotted this place. It was different because the exterior looked new. And then I saw the sign. the traffic lights turn green just as we passed so this was the only shot I got of the place.
The website says they serve plain and simple food. And their menu is updated on a weekly basis. I cannot wait to try it out. Please click below for the official website. I could do with a mug of coffee now.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Back to the otak. It's on the list of food I like to snack on. I realise I like smelly food. On the list, there's keropok lekor, Petai, fried brinjal ,seaweed crackers and moo cow. The last is the only one odorless. Otak-otak is fish paste with spices wrapped in banana leaves and it is either steamed or grilled. I've been microwaving mine and eating it with bread.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
originally uploaded by clarkmaxwell.
I have downloaded ( and read) all the available on this site. And then three days ago I found a different site with many more titles.
I'm going to list the two sites here as links. ( Hathi doesn't allow you to download as PDF unless you are a member and I havent found out how to be one...in the meantime you can read it online)
Authentic Chettinad Restaurant
77A Lebuh Ampang
50100 kuala Lumpur
Click Here for a link to their website
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
bedak sejuk, originally uploaded by andreaban2009.
a very small violin, originally uploaded by andreaban2009.
This little violin belongs to the 6 year old niece. Please note the markers on the instrument and also how small it is compared to my palm. She played twinkle twinkle little star with great concentration. Some pursing of the lips when the bow slipped and a silent grr to herself when she touched the wrong string. All this with determination written on her face. I guess she'll be making major progress in the next year and will give us a recital when we next meet.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
When this is made with real vanilla pods/paste you get a lovely subtle taste which makes it tastier than the ones sold commercially. Do you like the heliotrope icing on the top?
The last time I baked was longer than I care to remember. And that was a task for the exams. Nothing special ...banana cake which I practiced every day for a week. This cupcake in the picture was made by WNN and I got to sample this. I'm keeping my fingers crossed there'll be carrot cake on Monday for us.
Temptation comes when you least expect it. It's the little things which test you. The times booksale has ( consistently for the last 2 years) been during Lent making it a bit difficult to remember I'e given up buying magazines and books during Lent.
we now have some lovely smooth sheets. How smooth are these you ask? As smooth as the sheets you glide into at the hotels. No more wondering why the feeling isn't the same at home. The secret is not just in the number of threads. ( Yes I've only JUST found out) You need sheets with a bit of silk in them. Cost a pretty penny. But the feeling is unforgettable. Here's the new sheets up for display. You'll have to take my word for it..it's as smooth as butter:)
Monday, March 04, 2013
I was going to do something different...but the whiff of karma soap kept coming through intermittently. It was previously on the dining table ( where the laptop is now) I have sinve moved it to the bedroom.
I can't sing enough praises of Karma soap which I believe is one of Lush's best sellers. I don't have to wonder why. The lingering fragrance is lovely.
I had this for dinner. It was meant to be lunch but one thing led to another and it seemed sensible to eat when work was all done. Which was roughly about 7pm. Incredibly hungry by the time I had my first bite of the lovely chicken so it tasted yummy.
A lovely end to a day which started off with me being rather crabby in clinic. This is what happens when you exert self over the weekend and stupidly think you can recuperate on a MOnday clinic session with many patients.
I forgot to mention the cost....for a single conservatory it cost S16. reasonable I think because it 's a nice experience. Makes me remember the jungle trips we ( brother and I) were forced to go with my dad most Sundays when we were younger:)