Tuesday, March 28, 2017
My violin and I have been together for some years. It was bought after I dropped my first violin. I've changed the strings recently.....bought my current strings from the Royal Academy Of Medicine in London. Wow! What a place to visit. I walked passed Madame Tussauds stopping only long enough to admire some potential knick knacks to buy and also entering one shop to browse, in search of this academy.
So this post it to rant a bit about how ill prepared I am for my grade 8 ABRSM exams in violin in 4 months from now. I think it's easier to do ward rounds daily and icu rounds and 5 scopes for a month than get ready in time for the exams. Then again, that's exactly why taking such an exam is good for the soul. It teaches me to be patient. Difficult to be on the other end of the teaching session. To be taught rather than teach. To be a student rather than a teacher. I hope it has taught me to be not only more patient, but also to give positive criticism to my own students during tutorials.
They are two types which I love, the blank notebooks and the square-lined ones. Both great to make notes in and handy to carry about during conferences. On a normal working day, I make notes on a simple exercise book which costs a mere RM 1:50 ( bought from Big bookstore).
Monday, March 27, 2017
I love these two pieces of cloth. Managed to catch the last bit of good natural sunlight for this shot. It's turquoise for a bit of bright and dark brown which makes the songket print pop and appear like the real thing. And what's important is, they're both cotton. Yay. Cotton feels good when you wear it. And if chosen properly it does hang well but not all. The thinner varieties have a tendency to cling. So that's not good. I can't wait to send these two to the tailor.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
I hope my greys are covered. Wasn't bothered before this. But last Thursday I had a hair cut and it was very much shorter at the back....so I looked like a grey porcupine from the back in the sunlight. During the evenings it wasn't obvious. But I was so conscious of it the whole of Saturday I felt everyone was staring at the back of my head.
He was most pleased with the psychedelic lights I got some weeks back which rotates giving a disco-like effect. The bulb comes with a separate plug and extension which you can twist into any angle. As it rotates once its plugged in, you get a myriad of colours on the walls and ceiling.
We also got him a hedgehog cut-away from Publika. He wasn't as excited about it as I was when I first saw it.
|Potato leaves (really?)|
|Deep fried tofu|
|Akok, a curry puff and noodles ( Tea time food!)|
|Same language different pronunciation.|
|Batik galore. ( Only cotton for me thanks)|
|In search of pulut durian.( Found this too late )|
|Not sure what this is. But it comes with the condiment. Handy|
Saturday, March 25, 2017
|The pool at Hotel Perdana KB|
And of course there is the obvious other attraction which is the lovely shopping for cloth which I usually do. And the yield is usually good with a full bag on my return trip to KL.
I stayed in Hotel Perdana this time. It's my second visit. And I like this hotel because it clean and the food is good. The buffet breakfast didn't disappoint neither did the sit-down lunch nor the lovely tea we were served in between the lectures. I arrived one day before the talk and managed to browse at the local night market called Wakaf Che Yah which was bustling even at 11am when I was almost falling asleep walking from stall to stall. This time I got a lovely view of the pool from my room and I remembered to take a shot before rushing down to breakfast. ( The talks went okay am glad that's over for now)
|Just to the left as you enter the hotel|
|Gorgeous colorful umbrellas apparently floating in the sky|
A got a lovely view of this at breakfast when I went out to get a closer look at the pool. These lovely multicolored umbrellas waving ever so gently in the morning breeze. And below them, nice wooden chairs and tables where most folks were having their breakfast while keeping one eye on their kids in the pool. A holiday atmosphere definitely.
|A lovely painting.|
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
I'm satisfied with this phone cover. I got it from the night market on Monday. Found by chance when we headed to the porridge place and found the bustling night market in front of the shop, and the porridge shop closed for rest on a Monday.
A day before we had a futile trip to Brem Mall for a phone cover. Was disappointed because I couldn't find one with a potential stand. They had a poor selection of ugly phone covers done shoddily and in a horrendous cheap red.
Well now here I have one. The clear cover has a silver edge. Which makes it very nice and classy. The snoopy stand was optional, we had a great many of choices and it was between snoopy or the pink cupcake. Snoopy won the day.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
|Pastry and coffee|
Sunday, March 19, 2017
This restaurant is clean and brightly lit. A plus point. The porridge did take its time coming to the table. And we were the only customers for porridge so I'm thinking on a normal day, the lady would have to either speed up the cooking process or warn customers it'll be a long wait. Was it worth the wait? Yes. It didn't disappoint. And I'll be returning to this place for porridge very soon.
|The post box with tables and chairs around it.|
|Mushroom puff pastry.|
|Chicken and avocado croissant|
|The entrance to the restaurant|
We walked pass this Chinese restaurant and saw the crowd inside and the decoration like so. Earlier at the parking, we had seen the wedding car. So this wasn't a surprise. Brem Mall only has one decent Chinese restaurant so this must be the wedding dinner celebration. We didn't see the bride or groom. But we did get a glimpse of what they look like, the photographers put a box of pictures outside the restaurant presumably this is free advertising for them and a chance for the guests to take a moment each to remember this day.
|Table decoration outside the restaurant|
|Voter registration booth|
For us voting involves two separate venues, the first is for the parents ( after they are done...usually there isn't a queue because we are out early) and then we drive a short distance to another school for me to vote. ( voting venues are schools in my hometown and most other towns as well I believe)My venue is usually full of people. There's a big of queuing involved but things usually move along smoothly and we're back in a little over an hour to rest and be proud we have done our bit.
Today, the Church of the Risen Christ organised a booth to register for voting and it was opened after the morning mass today and closes at 11am. A very good idea. Now there isn't any excuse not to be registered and not to vote.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
|Fried Fish Cake|
|I think this is called belacan fried rice. ( No fancy name)|
We had good food ( see picture as proof) and good company. Some were meeting for the first time but have heard of each other before through my late grandmother. We also FaceTime my other aunt in Singapore who insisted she wanted to see us all too. I think one of the good things coming out of Facebook is getting people to be in touch. Seeing posts and updates and pictures are important. When we did meet up, we just got on with the talking with no fuss.
Friday, March 17, 2017
|Like the sign|
Lesson learnt: always keep spare cash in your purse. Also don't buy too many cupcakes. It's bad for health
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I feel like a fool. I told almost everyone I was flying to Kota Baru this weekend for a talk. I cancelled my violin class. I stayed up late working furiously to prepare for the two talks. I got crabby and worried during my illness last weekend whether I would recover in time to fly and walk. Only to find out today that I got the dates wrong. I'll be flying next Friday and not tomorrow. For some reason, my mind was convinced it was this weekend. I checked the air ticket two nights back but checked the flying out times and flying back times rather than the date.
What a silly billy.
|Dry pan mee|
We have tried this ( dry pan mee) where you can pick the thickness of the noodles ( I like that we have this option), the soup pan mee, which is a big potion but I remember struggling to finish it, the trio platter which is a firm favourite.
The platter comes with three different things, gold coins, fried fucuk and lobak. The fried fucuk and the gold coins are what I like best. The lobak isn't so nice. A bit chewy in the middle and not enough meat inside. This branch in publika is located above Thai Tuk Tuk, at the exit nearer Chawan.
I'm going to stick to my usual order of spicy sambal with crunchy think crust. No additional cheese or any other topping. And the other one on the menu which is a favourite in the family is classified chicken. (drool)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
|Tuesday's dinner at home|
1. a nauseous sensation with a slight bitter after-taste when you eat. Puts you off food. Making you miserable during the duration of symptoms.
2. General body aches involving every part of the body. Lying down doesn't make you feel better. What helped was a piping hot shower which distracted from the aches.
3. You may get some chills but its transient and there are other things which linger which will take your mind off the chills completely.
4. Every step is an effort. Walking a short distance is difficult. You'd rather not walk at all.
5. Toilet visits come and go. The frequency varies. And the lag time also varies making it difficult to time your talks and work.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
|Picture from Amazon|
I was a big sad when I finished the book. It's always a bit sad when you're done with a good book. There's this irrational ( is it really?) fear you won't find another book you'll enjoy just as much. I'm giving this book a 8/10. And I'll be on the look out for more of her books in the next book sale at the end of the year.
I like ginger, especially tired ginger with some sugar which you suck on and it has a fiery unique taste only ginger can give you. The heat goes through your body quite nicely leaving you feeling warm and gingery. Ginger tea and ginger anything else is a bonus. I was tempted to get this a few weeks back. Saw this at Villar Grocer at One Kiara. If you are looking for interesting things to purchase this is the place to spend time and wander. It's bigger than BIG and to me has a bigger variety of stuff.
Yes this was a good book. Its what we call chic lit. Its about a family holiday and what happens there. A bit unfortunate they also had a food poisoning episode which was written in great detail in one of the chapters. I read what I myself was experiencing. And I felt great empathy for the characters. I read the words, completely lethargic and unable to stand up and thought yes thats what I'm feeling now. There was a scene where Ronnie ( one of the characters) rushed to the toilet to vomit and found her husband there first and then he started having diarrhoea and she was thankful at least she didnt have it, only to start having the symptoms a bit later.
The creamy buffet food possibly recycled with salmonella swimming in it was not a good image. It nearly put me off my sausages for breakfast.
I'm hoping for total recovery by Monday morning. Healthy enough to head out and face the working world once more.
The other downside of being sick is not having an appetite. Or in my case not being able to eat. Totally different from not being able to think about food. The first stage of my bug was both not being able to both eat nor think about food. I progressed to being able to think about food yesterday. Which created a whirlwind in my head about all the food I would like to eat and then having to actually decide whether I could stomach all that oily creamy, soupy, spicy food. And also picking a place with clean toilet access. For the very obvious bug-related toilet visits.
I eventually settled for the breakfast shown above. San Francisco big breakfast at Publika. At 0930 there was hardly anyone around. And the public toilet was just an escalator away either way. Both above me and below me. It was a cold morning. ( I guess I was still sick ) so we sat outside in what is actually the smoking area. Thank goodness smokers get out of bed much later for their breakfast because we had the luxury of quite nice fresh air during the meal. We were joined by 5 other people. One couple decided privacy was important never mind the cold air condition, so they say inside. One other couple say outside like us and chatted away. One man who had the same big breakfast say slight away read a book and demolished his breakfast in hardly any time. He must have been angry. Towards the end of the meal, we were joined by a man who puffed away. He was kin enough to pick a table the furthest away from all of us.
I'm much better today. The diarrhoea is less frequent. And I can eat and keep myh good down. The ever has gone away and the aching body is bearable and I can have a cold shower now which makes me happy. I hate warm showers they make me feel sleepy and tired instead of fresh and upbeat.
And now let's talk about the possible culprits. I blame either the fried kuey teow which was served with cockles and prawns or the paiti from the local food court. 7 hours following this meal, I wake up with tummy cramps and torrential diarrhoea and feeling miserable.