Glorious Glow

23/09/2017

I am told some of the best sunsets in the world can be found on this part of Borneo. It is dramatic, it is arresting, it is memorable.
Sitting down to enjoy a picnic dinner with loved ones is something to be treasured. Memories built with the little ones will not be easily forgotten. Deeply etched within me are such scenes which draw me back to this place time and time again.

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Not So Bitter

29/06/2017

It had been a while since we visited this shop. We used to frequent it when our children were schooling. As a beloved routine, we would send them to their respective schools, drop by the main market to get some provisions, then stop for a delicious breakfast before heading home. The staff at the shop would be preparing our regular orders before we could even get to a seat. The stall there was so popular that you would need to get there before noon to get a decent plate.

Then one day, we were late doing our regular run. We decided to drop by the shop anyway. Who knows, our regular stall might still be open?

Well, our regular stall wasn’t, but we this was.
So, a new stall was mounting up a challenge. Their offering was quite different. Spinach noodle. Home-made too. Yum. And something else.

Bitter gourd? Deep fried bitter gourd with salted egg. Oh my, what a lovely unique taste. This is addictive! I will have to make my way back again, and this time deliberately later in the day!

Magnet Magic

02/06/2017

There is just something about magical about magnets. Coming in all shapes and sizes, they can give much pleasure to the little ones. Learning shapes, colours, and yes, even alphabet and numbers. From there, they can even spell and make phrases.

Fridge doors are the best places to have them.  Given a good variety of good quality magnets, you can watch the children play as you mooch about nearby. Add to the magnets other materials which can and cant be stuck by the magnet, and the children will learn even more. The possibilities are quite endless!

Now that my children have outgrown these versatile entertainment, I still keep them around because they are handy for when visitors’ children come around! Yay!

This Time Five Years Ago

21/05/2017

How times flies. This time five years ago, our second offspring was graduating and giving the valedictory speech.

Today will see him having worked for five years, fulfilling his bond in this nearby country where he had gone upon accepting a scholarship. He’s going to graduate again, having done studies by night as he worked. Proud of him, his perseverance, and diligence. Thankful. Reminiscent of my time of leaving home at a young age, to study and work, and then end up staying for twelve years! I, too, celebrated my 18th and 21st birthday away from family. Thankful that he had good friends to celebrate with…..

Taugeh Tips

20/04/2017

Hubby decided to experiment. He wanted to know how to grow beansprouts. What an adventurous and curious mind he has! He’s been at it for two weeks now. And look at the wonderful result!

Even if I had not been a fan of this fast-growing vegetable he would have “converted” me! So very nice! Yumm! Especially with some fried-to-crisp salted fish!

An OCD Moment

06/04/2017

I confess. It’s a hidden part of me… sometimes it kind of escapes. Every now and again I just have to release it… actually truth be told, when the moment strikes I simply cannot contain it.

I get very obsessive about neatness, orderliness and not having anything out of place

Well, that moment occurred a few days ago. I took a look at these files and my fingers itched. Do you see what I see? They look neatly arranged don’t they? Looks can be deceiving. Look closely.

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Only those inflicted with the same conditioned eyes, the same wired brain can see ….

The comb binds…. they are not all the same size!!!! How offending to the eyes!

Now please excuse me while I go sort this out. By the way this photo was deliberately taken from a skewed angle. To further “enhance” the dreadful sight!

Tea for Two

29/03/2017

A sudden craving. Quite unusual for me. “Pulled tea” is the direct translation of this local drink. The piping hot tea is frothed and partially cooled by pouring it from one container to another. The further apart the two containers are, one in each hand, the more dramatically it appears to be pulled to create bubbles. What an art!

Well, what started off as a time to grab some groceries turned out special because it became like a date over a nice frothy cups tea… that’s right – it ended up as an afternoon date with my best buddy. It’s one thing to enjoy a good cuppa. It’s more than doubly enjoyable when it’s in the company of someone you love being with.

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Thankful for simple pleasures.

Thankful for special moments.

Thankful for time outs with Hubby.

Reasons for Rhythm

27/03/2017

When certain music play, you just want to tap your feet.

When a favourite oldie comes along, it’s a hum-with-it moment if you don’t recall the words.

Then once in a while, there is that one song, full of beat, timing, emphases in the right place, lyrics oh-so-apt… and you just can’t sit still anymore.

That is the reason why I took up the tambourine. It’s not just a percussion instrument. The various taps, sounds, gestures and movements mean something. So when I can’t sit still anymore, when my vocals can’t do justice to the song, when the inside of me says “MORE!”

Some Sundays you will find me at the back of the hall, feet trying to keep in time. Please stay a little distance from me as my hand and arm gestures are usually B I G. Haha!

Continuing the Music Magic!

24/03/2017

I was so inspired by the music from the youth rally two weeks ago that I got out my guitar! Old faithful. Old is an apt description. It’s over two decades old! Still looks good right? The sound is a little thin and I probably need to change the strings again. The rest of the family play on it too, though someone needs to maintain and take care of it… guess who….

An alternative, of course, is to get another guitar! If I do, then I would pass this on to the children while I use the new one. Choice-wise, I would seriously consider epiphone acoustic guitars, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com. There is such a good variety of quality musical instruments there.

Hmmmmm yet another alternative is to point the children to this site and let them get their own! After all, they can afford to get one themselves! It will be money worthwhile spent… and we will be able to make good music at home. That would be magical indeed.

A Night of Music Magic

15/03/2017

Last week the young people had a wonderful rally. More than one hundred of them gathered! They played games and had all kinds of activities. They bopped away to wonderful upbeat and lively tempo music. They settled down to touching and meaningful lyrics. I particularly enjoyed watching the band. The guitarist seemed to be the music director was really on the ball – he carried the music well. He seemed to use a Line 6 FBV Shortboard, the MKII version, because he was able to do soooo much from the stage! Tremendous freedom with controlling the sound. I wonder if he got it from fbv – guitarcenter.com because I know they deliver worldwide, which includes this part of the world ….. The evening ended with a blast and all of us left pumped up and energised. I couldn’t sleep till late…. And no, I am not that young in age, but young in spirit, which is why I took part! Haha!