Saturday, July 1, 2017

Random Things

Random things that put a smile on my face :)

I have been obsessed with plants lately! I keep a small indoor collection of air plants, orchids and a baby fiddle leaf fig. The giant air plant with wavy leaves is a xerographica and I am so in love with how it adds a touch of drama. I'm still trying to figure out its light and watering needs. I've killed the smaller xerographica by putting it too long next to a sunny window and then frantically trying to make up for it by over watering it.

My orchid finally bloomed, yay! This was such a huge achievement for me as it's been kept solely indoors and grown without a medium. I didn't even know what colour it was going to be as the nursery owner wasn't sure either.

I'd been eyeing this Uniqlo paperbag-styled skirt for months and when it finally went on sale, I snapped it up in an instant. It's midi length and a lovely shade of red, most importantly, it has pockets! Whenever I wear it, I feel like I've stepped out from the pages of the Handmaid's Tale.

Nasi Padang Minang at the Transfer Road coffeeshop. It's been a while since we last visited because it gets packed during lunch time because of its wide selection of heavily spiced dishes.

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is a creepily delicious book that is perfect for late night reading. It starts out as a standard vengeful ghost story of a woman that was accused of witchcraft and executed. Her spirit now wanders through the streets of Black Spring. As you unravel through the intricate layers of the story, your perception over who is the true monster starts to shift. Not giving away any spoilers but the mob mentality in Hex reminded me of Marina Abramović's Rhythm 0 performance.

My very own Captain America hard at work fixing a whole bunch of Ikea stuff <3

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Minions under the Moon Light

Bubs was thrilled to bits when I told him about the open air cinema at Butterworth which is screening Despicable Me during weekend nights. He insisted that we make a proper picnic of it, "lots of snacks, Mummy!" I was feeling nostalgic too. My Mum used to tell me of her movie nights when they were growing up in Kelantan. A projector and a screen would be set up in a field and everyone would turn up with mats to sit. 

Hubs and I were well prepared. Mats? Check. Snacks? Check. Drinks? Check. Bug repellent? Check. USB fan? Check.

It was such a communal event, people of all ages and races were sitting on the grass close to the screen. Thankfully, the weather was brilliant, clear skies with a touch of night breeze.

Bubs had so much fun with the "movie picnic"! He enjoyed sitting under the moonlight, the sights, the sounds and got so engrossed in the movie that he was pretty agitated at some points when kids were standing up in front of him. We simply moved the mat, fan and picnic basket around to a clearer spot.

At the end of the movie, we had a quick walk around the field where Minion mania was in full swing.

There was a cool gigantic minion shaped from artifical flowers on the ground.

Plus an inflatable ginormous one that Bubs was fascinated with.

Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 will be screening at the Dataran Pemuda Merdeka, Butterworth every Fri and Sat night, from 8pm - 10pm. Parking can be around around the area and it's well lit with lots of people milling around. Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Victoria Green Corner

Victoria Green Corner is one of the most intriguing cafes that we've been to in a while. It serves hearty, Nonya-influenced dishes but in a retro chic ambience. It's located just opposite the field at Westlands High School (pretty close to the old CRC restaurant) and parking is relatively easy during non-schooling hours. 

I fell in love with the place the moment I saw its cool door, complete with an old bicycle at the side and lots of greenery in the tiny garden.

Potted plants that dot the inside of the cafe add a cosy touch and what made the place even more inviting to me were the piles of books on shelves all around Victoria Green Corner . I can see myself spending many an afternoon just flipping through the books.

Antiques, such as this vintage mirrored sideboard and framed Chinese robe adds to the appeal of this place.

The assam laksa was the star dish with its thick soup generous with fish chunks and perfectly balanced with the right amount of piquant sweetness. What differs Victoria Green Corner's assam laksa from the rest is its use of sardines, instead of the more commonly used ikan kembung. An old friend's mum told me that sardines make the spicy broth taste sweeter. Even Hubs who usually can't stand the strong, fishy scent of sardines had to admit that this soup was superb.

Hubs ordered a medley of dishes with rice for Bubs: teriyaki chicken, sweet and sour pork and stir fried veggies. It made for a very pleasant dinner.

Victoria Green Corner
Telephone: 604-2275311
Address: 43, Jalan Padang Victoria, 10400, Penang
Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm. Closed Mondays

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bits and Pieces

D finds it amusing that I usually teach Bubs based on hands on activities. When he was a toddler, I introduced the alphabet by letting him trace letter shapes in coloured salt on a tray and forming them with play dough. We explored addition and subtraction by counting marbles. Science was in the form of freezing tiny toys in ice blocks and using them as bath toys to see what could melt ice the fastest. 

She asked me to think of a fun concept to teach Malay.

Challenge accepted.

I present to you ... the penjodoh bilangan tray. Penjodoh bilangan is known as classifiers in English (I'd to Google that), eg: school of fishes, slice of bread, stick of butter. I wrote some commonly used penjodoh bilangan from his textbook, such as biji, batang, etc and gathered objects for him to match them to the correct classifier.

Bubs was excited because we usually use workbooks to practise Malay. He was hard at work grouping the items together.

The only tricky bit I had was including 1 of his milk tooth as an object (sebatang gigi if you wanted to know).

"Mummy, I thought the Tooth Fairy took my tooth away!"

Just finished Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It's an easy read with short chapters and spiked with cute illustrations but really thought provoking.

My bonsais are in tip top shape at my dad's friend's bonsai spa :)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fashion Friday: Flirty Florals

Here're a couple of outfits during weekends that have been lifesavers during this hot and humid weather.

I couldn't say no to a 20% off for my birthday month at Warehouse so I added a couple of tops that I hope I'll be able to get heaps of wears out of them.

Most of the shops are still stocking bardot and cold shoulder tops but I don't want to spend too much on what I think might be just a trend so I got this Warehouse piece which comes in a cute tropical print. I paired it with an old Forever 21 tube skirt that I found at the clearance rack which has a quirky asymmetrical waistband and hemline.

I'm a huge fan of florals so I couldn't resist this magnolia print sleeveless top. I think I also have a bit of an obession with black pencil skirts which I find so versatile.

The cutest part of this top is the scoop back fastened with a bow.

This is an old Miss Selfridge crop top and has all of my favourite elements: baby blue, florals and a ribbon tie at the back. 
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