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Oct-15-14

Spring Cleaning Week

posted by constance

Yes, I’m down to doing spring cleaning now. I need to. It’s because if I don’t, I don’t have many days off before the start of 2015. Yup. One day a week off is never enough. Because there will be some off days when my day is packed with stuffs to do. Or daily chore is already up to the neck. So I better get started on those areas that need attention once a year thing.

I got down to dusting my book shelves first. I threw out lots of books/magazines because I don’t want to hoard, anymore. I’m a hoarder but not as bad as those you see on tv. OH those tv shows are so extreme but it woke me up… hahahha

I am still thinking if I should clear away my music books.. my guitar and piano books. I have given my guitar to a friend. If I had kept it, it would be just kept in a cupboard like a White Elephant. I have no closed area to put it with a guitar humidifier to keep it damp free, especially in tropical countries where humidity is very high. But sometimes I have urges to strum and play. Maybe when I get more space, I will start shopping for another guitar.

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Oct-15-14

Wall art, Street art

posted by constance

This is not old nor is it that new. Wall art is something that is similar to painting except that they are done on a wall, not on canvas. In Penang, you can find numerous wall art, which are incidently street art, meaning they are illustrated on walls along the streets in Penang George Town. On my last trip back home, I visited these places as they weren’t there when I was younger and growing up in Penang. But because of the extent of tourists/visitor acknowledgement in Penang being a UNESCO Heritage island, I can’t help but, like all tourists, went to have a look. Interesting and very very creative.

Except that. How I wish the paintings or illustrations were done by local painters. They were the works of foreigners, mostly. It would have been a wonderful thing if the state minister would also set aside of an area, closed to traffic so that we and the tourists could enjoy taking pics without worrying about cars or bikes that could endanger visitors who were so engrossed into getting good pics of the walls for their family, friends and children.

In Singapore there is this thing called, Alive Museum. I saw some photos from friends, and these are similar concepts of paintings done and you can take photos and proactively pose as if you are part of the photos/illustrations on the walls. Its very interesting and that was what got me to think how great if Penang could have something like that, in a more local context in a ‘housed’ location with a nice mix of souvenirs, cafes, street food, and shopping as well.

What say you.

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Oct-9-14

A Musical X’mas

posted by constance

I can’t believe how fast time flies. It is now October and pretty soon the end of the year means there’s gonna be lots of concerts to attends and lovely sounds of choir and carolling popping up in the malls too. Well, it has always been a lovely musical Christmas each year-end and I know a group of young teens who are jamming every day in the afternoon trying to get really for an awesome guitar performance and cool singing too. Not to forget, I need to make a trip to the GC, or our local music store to pick up some new music books for the kids at the care centre. It would be a nice early Christmas present for them as I’ve seen how used and torn their music books are.

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Jul-23-14

Nostalgic Home

posted by constance

I had the chance for a short trip back home Penang last month. It was during the school holidays and our business was closed for two days for spring cleaning. So we took another few more days and made a trip home. The kids were excited. I didn’t have enough time to meet up with friends because it was too short and we flew home instead of driving back this time. Without our car, we felt handicapped and not that eager to go visiting and nor do we want to trouble friends to pick us up either. We tried the public bus that I had not boarded for the last 2 and a half decade! I think its a great achievement Penang has now. Not only is it convenient, it is also a comfy ride to George Town and we were like tourists in our own homeland!

Due to the common heat wave Penang usually has, we hardly spent our time outdoors, mainly stayed in shopping centres a stone’s throw away! Watched a movie and just bond with family members. Was supposed to meet up with a friend but due to my daughter having a weak tummy, we took a safer approach and stayed home or close to the malls’ lavatory…lol

Will post some pic or two when I am a little more hardworking….

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Feb-1-14

Korean or Chinese

posted by constance

I came across several people who dons the Korean clothes during the Chinese New Year recently. Do Koreans celebrate Chinese New Year as the Chinese do? Sometimes I get confused. i know Vietnamese observes Chinese New Year and the same calendar as the Chinese but what about the Koreans. Do they have a separate Korean New Year?

There are many Koreans near the place where I live and I am lucky to be able to enjoy their yummy and delicious food. There are also pretty Korean clothes in the boutique and my daughter loves their culture so much. She enjoys watching K-Pop entertainment and the show called the Adventures of Superman.

Korea has really progressed by more than a leap throughout the past decade from cars to mobiles and cosmetics and entertainment scene. Are you a Korean-culture fan too?

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Jan-5-14

Happy New Year

posted by constance

How time flies! 2014 appear at the blink of the eye… to me. I can’t believe it. Years have just whizzed me by. Will it be a good year? I certainly hope so. I wish for simple things, humble stuff. A blessed year, safety and good health. What about you? How had 2013 been for you? It’s been a roller coaster ride for me and not a very good year end either. But I am being positive now and hopefully things will look up.

Have not been baking for more than half a year. No more oven. Need to get one, albeit a tiny one. Even cupcakes are good. I have baking urges in the night… sigh. Chinese New Year is also around the corner. Anyone done with spring cleaning yet? Lazy me. Always at work, not sure if it will be done… never mind. Just like my resolution, Blessings, Safety, Health. This is 2014. This is for my humble self. Nothing more than that. My wish for myself, my family and for you.

Have a Blessed One!

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Aug-29-13

Hungry Ghost Taboos

posted by constance

Can’t believe how time flies. I had just moved. Not exactly just. More than a month ago. I had stressed about it because I didn’t want to get it done during the 7th month, whereby the Chinese deemed as not a good month to move during the Hungry Ghost festival month. Good or bad? I moved before it and had rushed and rushed in packing and having house movers come in to complete in the third week of July… Phewwwww! A month plus later… voila! I’m still unpacking..hahahaha Too much on my hands with having to work and housework after work meant I hardly have enough time to unpack… One day in a week, limiting to only several hours of free time for me only!

Never mind… as long as I get it done slowly but surely!

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Aug-29-13

Coin as a Hobby

posted by constance

As a child I remember how I loved to collect coins. Old coins. My dad used to pass on some of his old coin and note collection and I would just sit for hours admiring the illustrations and symbols on it. After leaving school during my teenage years, I had stopped collecting coins, simply because nothing seemed antique enough for me. Now, in my forth decade, I have started to turn to coins again ever since we got the newly minted coins released for use. My youngest showed interest, and that prompted me to search for my album of coins. By now, I’d say these are really antiques! But a new interest on the american eagle silver dollar is something that I am curious about. Something I have not collected, nor seen in real, except online sites. Are these similar to people who collects gold coin as investment, I wonder…

Eagles as a carved or illustrative symbol is really interesting. A strong bold and freedom in character, for this is what the Americans have chosen, is really admirable.

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Jun-1-13

LOL, EPIC and Viber Generation

posted by constance

I can’t believe her granny can use viber! lohl lohl
*I scratched my head and wondered..what she was saying..*

That was what I heard as I walked towards my room. My little girl was talking to her friend on her mobile, via viber… How did she knew how to use viber? I once told her she didn’t have many minutes in her mobile subscription and she told me, ‘don’t worry, mummy.. there’s viber and it’s free!’

So since that, she has been like a monkey, chatting non stop often with her best friend, or she calls her her BFFFFFFFF lots of FFFFF. For me, I probably think that BFFFF or how many Fs there are, it meant Boyfriend? well, no! Kids these age are so pc savvy. Or maybe txt savvy. My elder do not laugh anymore… it’s not so good. She sees something funny and she says… LOL, or ROFL. As in laul and roffflll spoken out, not spelled out… sigh. Can’t she really laugh it out loud anymore? These new generation kids are weird! Everything is EPIC to her. What on earth is EPIC?

We are gonna see a generation gap that suppresses our emotion soon.

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Jun-1-13

Me Time

posted by constance

As opposed to my title, No I do not get any… sigh. I longed to get some me-time, to read. I love reading. I can go to the library and borrow tons of stuff. I love to read anything, except manuals…hahahah no computer manuals or any other kind. I used to read computer software manuals too but that is no longer in my list of reading materials. As you get older, you can strike off stuff you do when you are younger… BUT I still love reading love novels, those Mills and Boons…Barbara Cartland…. all that romance. I LOVE it.

I suppose if I want to read more, I should be going to check out this www.readersofthemonth.com to see if I’m being voted there! No way.. No time for me to read lately. Except that little bit of status on your facebooks. Maybe I should start reading my mint condition newspapers first… I see stacks and stacks of them on my table, waiting and calling out for me…

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