The "keep calm and carry on" logo seems to be on most things;mugs, T-shirts, Fridge magnets,notepads, posters and now coffee cans. It was a logo to boost morale just before the start of world war 2. And the poster was produced by the ministry of information in the UK. Fancy it being resurrected and used today. Goes to show...the phrase can boost morale even now when we're not in the midst of war.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Hundreds and thousands. What do these words mean to you? Agatha Christie used this word in one of her Miss Marple murder stories. Together with the word"Banting". The banting bit was easy enough to figure out. Some old fashion means of dieting. But the hundreds and thousands bugged me for a while. This was before the era of wikipedia. I found out some years later. And on Sunday I found this at BIG at Solaris. Sprinkles is another name for it.
A separate note on "Banting" nothing to do with the man who co-discovered Insulin and won the novel prize together with Best in 1923. This "Banting" in the Miss Marple series is William Banting an obese undertaker who was the first to popularise the low carbohydrate diet around 1863. Fancy that!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I nearly always get some books which can't be found elsewhere. And which make good reading.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Have you read any book by Rebecca Shaw? She writes about the "village" and there is a separate series on vets. I found this gorgeous book at Kinokuniya on Saturday. Her latest in the series so you can well imagine how pleased I was finding it. I've given up my promise not to buy any books. It lasted almost 8 months before I caved in. And so now...I have three piles of books waist high messing my place up.
No posts recently due to lack of time...plus tiredness. Middle-age. It's not a joke. You no longer plan 3-4 things to do after work. Instead, you think about lying down in bed as a huge reward for surviving the day intact. Mornings are still my favouriite time of the day except the last few weeks....I blame Barcelona for messing with my internal alarum clock causing a reset ( iike daylight savings") to my mornings starting much later in the day. Am working on resetting the body but it takes time.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
He was right...you cannot miss it. The buildings are positioned nicely and you can see it to your right as you drive. Parking was LOVELY. I got a spot right in front of the auditorium. No where else can you get such a good parking spot.
The talk itself was okay and I got back in time to do some real work for the rest of the day.
We ate nasi dagang for breakfast. Bit different from the nasi dagang from Kuala Trengganu which has fish as its main protein part. I must confess...we also had nasi tumpang and another rice delicacy which was sweet for breakfast. Filling and satisfying!
It was tasty right down to the last grain of rice. Nasi dagang is not something we eat often in Kuala Lumpur. And the ones I've bought and tasted haven't been as nice as this. So I'm now pretty determine to go nasi dagang hunting on Saturday morning.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I was in KB last weekend. A fleeting visit to give a talk. I did however( being in a company of a lovely hostess) manage a spot of shopping at Pasar Siti Khadijah. This was my 4th visit but my first in the morning and I caught this picture from the top floor. Isn't it lovely? Here are the ladies all settled down and ready to do business. The Kelantanese are gracious and friendly and they support each other. The turn out for the talk was an astounding 75 people including non-respiratory specialist attending to support their colleague. I had an absolutely fabulous morning before my flight back to KL. Flew into Subang airport....
Friday, October 04, 2013
The flight itself was quite empty. This picture shows rows of empty seats:) Despite the turbulence at the begining of the flight....I slept like a baby and woke up in time for the landing.NO swollen ankles:)
Thursday, October 03, 2013
I found this lovely set of shoes in a little shop. Again size was a problem. I bought the Batik Mary Janes:) Wore them on Tues:)
These Romans...they certainly knew how to built walls!
Flamenco dancers ....I didn't get a chance to see the real thing. I did watch a Spanish dance troupe at the KLCC Philharmonic a few years back.
Potential things to do to avoid a repeat episode
1. Be one of those ANNoying people who walk UP and DOwn the aisle for numerous toilet visits in flight
2. Do vigorous leg exercises intermittently on flight. ( Which like number 1...means less sleeping boohoo)
3. Admit to a serious problem and buy and WEAR compression stockings.
Picture is taken in a lovely shoe shop in Barcelona. They didn't have my size. I'm a 35.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
I was this close to buying the weekly planner by moleskin. Loads of them positioned deliciously on the shelves at Borders. ( They have a dedicated corner just for moleskin to the right of the shop pass the magazine corner. I have the exact shade of fiery red in ( no surprise) square lines for lovely work notes. And am currently in the process of transferring my data over from old notebook to new moleskin notebook. It's tedious because I am taking great pains to write and spell correctly.
I'm thinking....the job will take at least 1 month at this rate.
This shop was so colorful we were lured in by that alone. And then of course the choices are amazing. The packaging was different and they had ( observe the top of the picture) tin boxes you can buy to put your chocolates/biscuits/marzipans in. If I'd brought a bigger bag...I would have bought one small tin and a big tin.
Wednesday is almost over. It's been a busy week. My feet are behaving and I've worn two new pairs of shoes. Oh boy! Nice to have small feet again.