Saturday, August 20, 2011


The Sew Convert did a post about her home town of Singapore. She mentions a roti shop and I just said to my friend who will have a stopover in Singapore in a month that she must stop there for the best rotis I have ever eaten and the lime drinks next door - fabulous.  The fabric shops are just around the corner and I hope she has a corner in her bag left after a month in France!

I have visited Singapore many, many times.  Some times for stop overs, sometimes for separate trip and always, always wanted to stay longer. The food is great, the people are great, the transport is great, the fabric shops to die for and did I mention the food? Oh not to forget shoes! bags! Oh I just love it.
 This is where we ate every day (above). We had a great hotel but who wants to eat bacon and eggs or cereal when this array is on offer??  My father is Greek and my mother is Cypriot and we are very fussy food people.  My mother has lived in Australia nearly 60 years and has never eaten a meat pie, sausage roll, meals in a can or frozen. This is why my (4) sisters and I all make our food from scratch.  My youngest sister cried "what will Mum eat in Singapore?"  But eat we did.  The food is the best quality and top health standards in the world.  You can eat anywhere and be guaranteed it will be safe. At the place above you just pointed to the ready made items and they put them on your place.  Full plate every morning cost about S$3.50 (a little less Aust $).  Right next to the ready made was the hot noodle and rice stir fry and just behind, the soup bar.  All cost about the same. (Hotel breakfast would be about S$25).
 This is us eating the rotis.  We bought about 6 of them! We just kept going back on the same visit.
 Served on a brown paper "plate" with a bowl of vege curry with it (tiny bowl) and the yellow plate was some rice my son wanted.

 My mum was so impressed (not easy to do believe me) that she asked if she could watch.  My mother can replicate any food if she tastes it; add watching and no problem.  The men were very gracious and let her jump behind the counter to look. (one of them - can't remember which one now) was moving to Sydney the next week to work in an Indian restaurant - so somewhere in Sydney these great rotis are being served!

 This is some ice cream we got on Orchard Road (great shopping strip).  It was served in wafers or this amazing techni-coloured bread slices. We got wafers.

And, lastly some photos of the orchids in the Orchid Gardens, a very popular tourist spot.  Very beautiful gardens. Travelling with Mum for 7 weeks she took not one photo of me or anyone else but a camera full of the flowers here! Where are her priorities!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Making it Handmade:

A documentary following four women from Melbourne who've taken a seemingly staid pastime of craft and injected it with a youthful modern aesthetic.
[Coarse language, Sexual references/sex scenes]
This is on tonight on ABC2 at 9.34pm for those of you in Australia.  I hope I remember to watch it (I"m so tired. I've just finished painting and have to clean the blinds, wash the windows, screw in all the handles and fixture thingys and then hang the blinds and screen - not to mention uni stuff!)
I am really intrigued as to why it has an MA rating: coarse language I get (I sew therefore I curse!) but Sexual reference/sex scenes????  Nothing like that ever happens when I'm doing anything handmade or do I get the interpretation of handmade wrong?

These are just photos so there is some interest here.  The first one is when we were in Cyprus 2 years ago.  That is some lovely voile I bought at Spotlight with a basic peasant blouse pattern I've had for years.  It looks a little abstract in this photo but it is a large flower print in off white, grey and black.  Instead of gathering all the way around, I pleated the front and covered it with ribbon.  I have really worn this out but can't bear to chuck it out as at home in the heat it is perfectly cool and soft.

The other photo is a shopping trolley in one of the supermarkets in Cyprus - now that way your children would be happy to go shopping.  As Cyprus only has a population of about 730 000 people they are pretty with it with trolley choice!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Do you see what I see?

No, Ange and Brad haven't come over for dinner and let me snap their photo. I won't bore you with how long it has taken to scan this photo and the drama with it, but I persisted...  (sorry about the bad quality photo - after too many attempts I gave up scanning it and just took a photo with the mac's camera)

What's with the zip hanging out like that?? Doesn't someone save her? Haven't you ever tapped someone on the shoulder on the bus and said "Oh, just thought I'd tell you your tag is hanging out"? I nicked this magazine from the hospital physio waiting room as I couldn't believe it ... it's not even an invisible zip!

That green dress is a Versace and must have cost a bomb! It was from the Golden Globes this year so shows how up to date I am.  (I just looked at a lot of the dresses worn and I don't really like a lot of the choices.) I really don't like blondes wearing a nude colour - they look washed out. I s that just me thinking this? I only watch these award shows (US or Australian) just to see what's worn.