Monday, 20 November 2017


Painting the wall with flowers

Aren't they gorgeous?

Fuchsia blooms

Red and white blooms

Friday, 17 November 2017

Peace Hotel Shanghai

Every city has a grand old dame.
The last time we visited, it was under renovation.

Beautiful old architecture with grand interiors.

A beautiful flower arrangement greeted us at the lobby.

Intricate light fixtures

Love this door to the jazz club.
Home to the oldest jazz band who has been playing here every night for over 20 years. 
Average age of the six band members is 76 years old.

We should make an effort to listen to the jazz band next time we visit.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


We visited Zhujiajiao to watch Water Heavens by Tan Dun.

An ancient water town about an hour from Shanghai.

Lots of tea houses with seating overlooking the river.

A quick peek at the stage before the concert started.
It was an interesting experience.
More info here on their website.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


I think it is done. I will stop here. 
There are many more rounds left in the pattern but I think I like it as is at 11 inches across.

A pattern by Ha Mi-Kyoung in her book 'Tatting Lace With Your Life'. The pattern is found on page 104.

I used Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 155 Ocean Sunset, Col. 635 Violet Pink Dark, Col. 657 Ocean Turquoise Dark and Col. 664 Ocean Teal Medium.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Green Sanctuary

We were shopping in this shop which had some beautiful cashmere outfits and interesting jewellery. Behind the shop, you could sit, relax and have a cuppa. We were not the only ones there. Meet these occupants.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Oodles of Noodles

Noodles for lunch with girlfriends

With clams

With hairy crab meat and crab roe

So delicious, we ate a second round 2 days later. 
Yes, I liked it a lot.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Simplism WIP2

Then, it grew from 👆 to 👇

I am liking it.

This is a pattern by Ha Mi-Kyoung on page 104 of her book 'Tatting lace with your life'.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Grandma’s Bedak Sejuk

I remember my grandmother using 'bedak sejuk' (cooling powder). She made it herself by fermenting rice grains with pandan leaves until it turned into powder. She would then drop them on paper and dry them in the sun. Every Sunday before church, she would take a few, wet them with a few drops of water and apply onto her face. It would dry on her face into a thin layer of white powder. 

If you apply it in a thick layer, it makes a good facial mask. I saw it on sale in Malaysia recently and bought a bottle to try. This one did not have the pandan fragrance.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Simplism WIP1

This ⬆ evolved to this⬇

With some weaving and joining.
It was fun!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Holiday Postcard

This is the night scene of the Bund in Shanghai, China.

I did try to blog from where I was holidaying but with the new iOS update, I could no longer use the Blogger app. 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Medallion Centrepiece

I had a lot of thread left on the shuttle after finishing the Maranta doily.

This was tatted with that Lizbeth Size 20 Rainbow Splash Col. 184. It measures 4 inches across.

This is the first pattern in 'Tatting with Anne Orr'. But you have to tat a bunch of these to join around a fabric doily.

I could only manage one. It seems enough. The outer rings look stretched. I could not believe that the threads space was listed as 0.75 inches so I reduced it to 0.5 inches.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

On Holiday

I am sure you won't even notice it, 
if it was not announced here.

Perhaps I can blog from there.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

No Parking

Some rules are made to be broken?

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Anne Orr's Edging #1

It was suppose to be an edging but I made the thread space between the rings two short and it started to curve so I ended after 5 repeats.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Fish for Lunch

This is my favourite fish.
I grew up eating this and I have not eaten it in years.
Never seen it sold here.
We call it 'cheah hu' although I do not know its proper name.
Found a place which sells this in Johor Bahru.

This was the other dish we ate.
A seafood soup with rice vermicelli, clams, prawns, fish, squid, meat & fish balls, and vegetables.


Friday, 20 October 2017


These flowers were picked and made into garlands and funeral wreaths. Not anymore.

As a child, I remember that we were forbidden to pick these flowers. They were usually planted in cemeteries.

It is pretty planted by the roadsides now.
A Canadian friend once told me how beautiful it was when he saw them at Raffles Hotel.
It was his first visit to Singapore.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Round Medallion No. 12 v2

I gave this Anne Orr pattern another go.
Paid more attention to blocking.
Used a Venus Size 40 Col. 541 threads.

Side by side for comparison.
Refer here for the comments on the previous motif tatted in Lizbeth Twirlz.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sandy's Snowflake

This is the free pattern for September 2017 from Handy Hands. Tatted in Venus Size 40 threads in Col. 486. This snowflake measures about 1.75 inches.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Street Lights Little India

Can you tell the theme for this year's street decorations?

Crossing this busy road at the pedestrian crossing
and quickly taking a photo before the lights start to blink
and turn red.
All ready for the festival of lights and good reigning over evil.

Friday, 13 October 2017

More Cymbidiums

Lovely arrangement at a hotel reception counter. 
Three different colours.
My favourite orchid blooms.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Maranta Doily Completed

It is done.
Very colourful.
It did not turn out as I imagined but it is definitely different.
I may tat it again in one colour and in size 40.

This was tatted in Lizbeth Size 20 in 3 colours: Azalea Medium, Coral Orange Medium and Rainbow Splash (#620, #702, #184).

The pattern can be found here.
Thank you so much for the pattern.