January 9, 2012

BAgs of FUn

I found myself wondering what to do about an early morning party for Baby Two's school mate - we didn't have a present! Then I realised I had swathes and swathes of material that I have been hoarding for just this sort of emergency, and I decided to make a little sling bag out of the beautiful Misaki cloth I had in store.

It was such a success my daughter looked at it rather sullenly and said, "But now I want it!" which meant I had to make another one. A few more birthdays after, I had made about 4 different bags and realised - I love it!

So a few pics of what I made to follow. Meantime, have a lovely week :)






March 22, 2010


At Tiger Tiger waiting to do post for Misteri Jalan Lama. Super canggih post production facility.

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March 18, 2010

Monte's returns!

Peppermint lamb, charbroiled lamb and our fave, escargot w garlic

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March 6, 2010

Touring the city

My street was closed off for a while this morning, I was stuck trying to get out of our compound at the guardhouse when I saw police outrider with medics riding pillion, cars with spare bikes perched on top and police cars driving by for about ten minutes. Then suddenly, a rush of cyclists went by - the Tour De Langkawi! It really was quite spectacular and pedestrians had gathered to video the thirty second event.

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February 21, 2010

Appalam in the Pool

We stopped by the Appalam set today after a hot day percolating under the cover of dense clouds. The scene was set at the pool - something not in the original Papadom - and before too long the girls were begging to dive into that beautiful blue.

Despite the rain and thunder, after the scene wrapped we found a change of clothes and the girls finally went for a refreshing dip in that cool light blue...

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February 16, 2010

Appalam on the dance floor

Nightclub scene. Any thoughts which scene this corresponds to in the original Papadom?

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February 15, 2010

St Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year

Hope everyone had a lovely CNY or Valentine's Day.

We spent it on the set of "Appalam" - the tamil version of Papadom which is about a week into it's production shoot. It was on location at a lovely university near KL, which was abandoned for the holidays and beautifully empty and quiet. Though it was HOT HOT HOT.

Baby One was fascinated by the shooting process and stuck to Hubby Boo as he directed the shots. Yesterday was the scene in which Samy (Saadom) hastily drops of Shurty (Mia) at registration on her first day of uni.

Baby Two and I, feeling the heat, found a lovely cool spot a few feet away from the director's tent where the tree gave ample shade and lowered the degrees somewhat. I found an old tablecloth in the car boot and we quickly decided lolling on the spongy grass was a stellar idea. We also did some writing together (Baby Two loves writing dialogue) and then she took control of my camera phone and snapped some candids:

The day before, I had visited Hubby Boo at the same set, where I captured him in the midst of discussing a shot with Heil (his Director of Photography) and Pete (his First Assistant Director):


December 22, 2009

53rd Asia Pacific Film Festival and How My Hair Did.

Well, we were a little drained by the experience, having to sit through very slow Taiwanese pop music medleys and most of the show in Chinese. We took the opportunity to document our presence. I am particularly proud of my hair, which, though it looks quite plain, was curled to perfection at the back, in the ponytail. Next day I took a pic - and the curls were still there!

I've had my hair curled with a blowdrier at a salon, and despite assurances it would last a few days, it had gotten plank-straight by the time I stepped into the hotel at the event I had it done for. Yeesh. Home techniques that work, really do work. So I do it myself now. It only comes out when I next wash it.

The Beauty of the Unnecessary Paper Product.

I do recycle most of the time. I use my own shopping bags and even have one stowed in my handbag for unplanned grocery shopping. I get very guilty if I have to use plastic bags from the supermarket. During our trip to Taiwan it was obvious how far ahead in government policy and community attitude they are than us. Their recycling bins are properly utilised. People throw away their own rubbish and return their trays at MacDonald's an after movies at the cinema. All paper products in public facilities are supposedly recycled. And yet they have stationery galore that would make a scrapbooker weep.

I came across these goodies at a corner supermarkety place in Kaohsiung in Shin Jue Jiang. They're just pieces of paper printed with gorgeous prints and oh, I love them so! I plan to use them in lieu of greeting cards as they are so small and therefore use less extraneous paper, they require less to be written (I like), and they're gorgeous.

This is a selection of printed cards which come in a lovely printed box. I have another set with a cat motif, whose colours are more monochromatic, black, whites, greys. Almost too gorgeous to use.

Little angpow packets. great for birthday presents you forgot to get and are replacing with money.

A little pad of origami papers which I can't bear to crease. So I think these will be used for cards or notes as well. Sorry for the picture quality. Turns out my phone camera lens had a finger print on it : /

And then came across these lovely things, which at first I thought were little purses. Turns out they'r face masks. I don't think they're to protect against virus, more to keep dust and smoke out of the faces of motorcyclists. They're a textile lover's dream...

December 19, 2009

Cute Fruit

I thought these were apples. Came across them at a farmer's equity stall at the cultural market being hosted by the 53APFF here in Kaohsiung Taiwan. I sampled a slice and it had the texture of a yellow chinese pear like you would get at a Malaysian supermarket, but tasted caramelly, very sweet and lusciously refreshing.

Turns out it has a stone in the middle instead of seeds, so it's some sort of plum I guess. Yummy.