and so the embroidery are now zip cases. Available for sale here.
I spent some time updating my shop today.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
He may not know, he's creating an impression and putting up a front that he's just not interested in anything related to the chinese culture. As a mother, I'm determined to bring up Kaeden to be bi-lingual and at most, moderately adept at reading and writing both languages. Admittedly, I've not been consistent in speaking mandarin to Kaeden. Looks like I've to put two feet down and it'll be a lonely voyage.
I'm getting back at him.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Do you like batik? I appreciate its intricate work involved to make them but the designs never truly appeal to me. yet.
Friday, October 23, 2009
From my draft on paper, written yesterday.
Power trips, one of its many occurrences in Palembang is taking place now as I'm writing. This power outage I'm experiencing right now started since the middle of last night (12am-ish?). I'd fallen asleep and by the time I woke up because of the heat, I realized it was 2am. Kaeden was whining every once in awhile in his sleep for he is used to the comfortable air the air conditioning supplies to us every night.
It was a restless night but I was too groggy to have any emotions for the lack of electricity. Brian was pissed off though. He had to fan us every time Kaeden whined.
Electricity came in the early morning, around 5am. We thought we could sleep well until morning breaks. But it went off again after a short half hour.
What the heck is going on?
After the Indonesian Presidential election, electrical outages have been frequent. Yes, like randomly up to 3 times a week. There were lucky weeks when life is comfortable. But when one blackout happens, I'll have to be prepared for the inconveniences it brings for up to 6 hours.
It has been what, 10 hours already? How long more it will go on?
We're lucky to be able to afford a generator set. One within our budget, good to get the lights on and fans working but not enough for the water pump, rice cooker and refrigerator (I'm concerned about its contents spoiling right now.) We also have a reserve water tank for if the pump, running on electricity doesn't work, we still get a light flow of water coming through the taps. some taps.
Every time when a power trip happens, I get sweaty and uptight for I'm heavily reliant on the fans to keep cool. This rental house we're living in has permanently shut windows to keep out mosquitoes. Very rarely, I feel calm and unbothered when I don't have a constant breeze coming my way in this hot humid weather. How do the local Indonesians feel when they're in such a situation? Maybe blackouts do not affect the poor much as I'd imagine they do not get accustomed to comforts like having fans on all the time. But what about the middle income lot's take on this? Probably helpless they are.
At this point, there probably might be a genuine fault at the power supply station. But I've been through many power trips to not spare the company any credit, or benefit of doubt so to say. The reasons for such frequent power trips as Brian had explained to me, can be easily summed up in a 'c' word.
I'm a Singaporean and Singaporeans are known to be a complain lot among ourselves. Mostly banter to get out of our systems and maybe some taking actions like penning letters to the authorities and media. For life has to go on and after a tiring workday to keep life going, who has the capacity, strength and reserve to fight long battles with the system one is against?
I'm writing a complaint. One of many which I'll likely put up, something I refrain from doing in this blog. So as to keep my views in perspective and if one day, I need to make a pivotal decision for my family and my future, I have these perspectives in mind, my feelings checked and the combination of both, grounded.
The electricity came back at 2pm. Went off again at 5pm and returned about an hour later.
This morning, power outage at 9am and came back after an hour and half.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The fabric I used to make the cover is inherited from Brian's mum who had some leftover stash of fabric. The one used must be part of fabric being used to make my father-in-law's boxer shorts or pyjamas, I'd imagine. Those days when adult male underwear and pyjamas were handmade.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
But I haven't figure out what I'm going to do with the finished embroidery projects . Probably keep them around my table and adopt the "hm, what will you be?" pose whenever.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I used this quilt to cover up a patch of wall that has some sticky tape which refused to be removed. A rather unsightly patch of wall that finally got covered up.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
The next day when I was here, I'd to nurse some heart aches, self pitying my loneliness when Brian gets back to work and Ah Kwan is on leave from work for X days. But okay, I think I'm picking up now that today is day three. I have to convince myself there are plus sides to how the day moves so slowly although at this point, I can't do much about how our Tuesdays are about the same as Thursdays.
After the quake at Padang recently and reading the tragic news put me on the alert mode and for the first time, I took action and decided to put together a bag containing our passports (which used to be under lock and key), some documents, a credit card, first aid and bottled water. I'll be adding stuff, probably a torch and some cash. I felt uneasy being back here and having the bag and imagining the shortest escape route in the house only have me feeling slightly relieved.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
It's Children's Day today. Have good fun, you young ones out there!