Sunday, January 31, 2010

Malay Wedding

Recently, I attended a modern Malay wedding of a lovely couple.

The red baskets are gifts from the bride to the groom, and the golden trays are gifts from the groom to the bride. In general, the groom's gifts will cover the gifts from the bride's side.

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Lovely egg, which symbolizes fertility.

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Egg from the groom.

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It's a modern wedding because of the high-tech gifts.

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After the solemnization, the bride and groom both throw tokens of candies, coins and paper money to the guests. Can you see the wrapped RM5 and RM10?

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More gifts for the guests:

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The groom's mother made these ^_^ So much patience and love!

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Maesil Syrup

At the Korean market, DH found this interesting can of what he first thought of as a Korean 'drink'. After he opened the can, he found out that it was actually a maesil syrup, or an Asian plum cordial that you mix with water.

~_~" too lazy to read... The only English language on the can says "This Maesil syrup tastes really delicious and refreshing. Enjoy its original and natural taste!"


We transferred the syrup into an empty glass jar and kept it in the fridge. From the picture interpretation, it says 20ml of syrup to 100ml of water. According to our taste, we mixed 6 tsp to 1 cup of water (around 250ml).... sorry, this glass is actually not 250ml, but you can estimate the proportions.



The taste is lightly sweet and similar to the famous Japanese liquor, Umeshu or plum wine, just without the alcohol.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chocoholic

Can't have enough of chocolates! Here are some chocolates I've tried over the past months, and the personal stars I gave for each. My favorites so far are Lindt, and Royce'.

Lindt's extra fine milk chocolate from Switzerland. Creamy and silky taste (5 stars).

Cadburry's new Bournville fine dark chocolate (4 stars).
 

Beryl's Chocolate has plenty of variety to choose from (3 stars).

Ikea's milk chocolate: there's a slight coconut taste to it, not to my taste though (2 stars).

Vochelle's milk chocolate. Sorry, tastes like cooking chocolate (2 stars).

Royce' Chocolate, a heavenly chocolate from Japan that simply melts in your mouth (5 stars). Royce' shop is on 3rd floor at Isetan KLCC.

Photo credit: (E-Royce.com)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Closet Mix and Match - Part 2

Lately, I've been obsessed with layering. I found this knit long shirt (upper left) that I have neglected for some time. It looks very plain and boring on its own (doesn't it?) especially with the dull color, but it can be unique and versatile when combined with other items.


Without the collar white blouse:


I find the below mix and match old fashion. Underneath are dresses, the first one with long sleeves, the second one with short sleeves and ruffle rims. They can look nice with leggings and a long scarf:



When you have a long piece of clothes that covers your buttocks, think of leggings. By the way, NEVER EVER wear leggings with a shirt that does not go below your buttocks, unless you really want to show them off. Otherwise it can be ugly and look unsophisticated, if you can picture what I mean.

Other looks you can get with the skirt, the cropped jacket adds a nice touch to it:

 
 

Look at the flowery pattern. This type of skirt can flatter your boyish figure:

 
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Luang Por Chah



I was meant to write this post a while ago. Last January 16th, I attended the Remembrance day of the Venerable Ajahn Chah (Luang Por Chah) Dhamma Talk at the HGH Convention Center. It was the happiest and luckiest day of my stay in KL, and I was even happier that DH came along. It surprised me that DH understood (even better than me) the essence of the Dhamma talk, which was conducted in English by Theravada Buddhist monks, who came from different parts of the world.





According to the Theravada Buddhism, which is actually the oldest Buddhist school and has been the predominant religion in Sir Lanka and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Burma, Cambodia), the concept is against blind faith and disillusionment, but rather promotes the aspirant's experience, critical reasoning and investigation.


The event hall at HGH Convention Center was huge, with chairs and water for the guests. The people were also invited to read the free publications, as well as the posters of the life of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho founded Wat Pah Nanachat (watpahnanachat.org) or International Forest Monastery in 1975, at the Northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, 15 km from Ubon Ratchathani city. The monastery serves as a training community for the non-Thais.

This event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of the Buddhist community.





I find these publications are a jewel to my soul. DH and I refer to them regularly: "Now is the Knowing" by Ajahn Sumedho, and "A Taste of Freedom" and "Everything is Teaching Us", by Ajahn Chah. Reading a few passages and understanding them before you go to bed gives you clarity of mind and extreme peace of mind.



If you missed the event, and want to know more about Buddhism, you can read and download Ajahn Chah's teachings (in English) and download audio MP3 of Ajahn Sumedho's teachings and other Ajahns' teachings on this website: forestsangha.org

(Reminder: all talks and publications are for non-commercial use).



This link from KL: ajahnchahrd.com

News articles from The Stars newspaper:
Recalling His Wise Ways (9 Jan. 2010)
The Walk of Austerity (9 Jan. 2010)
Abbot from England visits Ipoh Monasteries (13 Jan. 2010)

May you all lead a wise and peaceful life.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Closet Mix and Match - Part 1

I was reading the 2 years rule for organizing the closet, whereby any clothes you haven't worn for the past 2 years should either go to the give away pile or the trash pile. I found a few pieces that qualified, but I was not ready to part with them... I bought them because I like them, and still want to keep them!

I've decided to mix and match the pieces to get different 'ready' styles, so I can quickly grab them and use them more often. Below are the matches I came up with, nothing fancy though.

I like the color combination from these sets. Below is a lime green skirt from Zara, and unknown brands for the hot pink blazer and black tank. Would be nice if the black tank has some pink and green flowers embroidery on its bottom rim to match the skirt and blazer.






There's another rule that says for every 1 bottom you should have 5 tops, because people will notice your half-top more than your half-bottom. Hmm... quite true... except for your shoes! Would that mean that as long as you have invested in a beautiful top, it doesn't matter as much if you have a lesser quality for your bottom?

In the below pictures, I've used the same top, a crochet sleeveless... mix and match in different styles... my favorite is the legging style (bottom right).


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Confectionery

Whenever DH's aunt came for a visit from Australia, she would always bring lots of candies for us. Perhaps she thinks we're still young, but nonetheless it's great to chew candies from time to time. Here are the most likable from "the land down under":

Unbearable Sours from The Confectionery Company. It has no artificial colors nor artificial flavors. It's not too sweet and not too sour, and it can be quite addictive.





Starburst Party Mix. It's more sour than the "unbearables" and sweeter. It's very colorful... do you find that the Starburst worms taste better than the Starburst fruits?





Freddo the Frog, by Cadburry:


 
 
This Freddo is a mix of white chocolate and milk chocolate. It's a bit too sweet for me. What's interesting about Freddo is the temporary tattoos that come inside the candy pack.

 

Here are DH and my forearms... we're crazily back to being kids again!