Wandering the side streets of Macau with my Auntie. I love wandering around areas like this - admiring the old buildings and getting away from the hoards of tourists. As we wandered further in, we found that several shops were still closed due to damage sustained from typhoon Hato. Some of the shops that were open were still drying out their items at the entrance of the shop.
Out of all various art/craft materials I like to use, it is definitely the sewing machine that tests my patience to the max. I haven't touched this machine since moving to KL, and it's still going strong despite being shipped all the way from London. A Singer sewing machine was definitely a regular feature in the home when growing up, and I only wish I could sew as well as my Mum!
Sometimes a shop display will completely stop me in my tracks. This happened the other day whilst I was walking past Louis Vuitton in the Gardens. I was completely mesmerised by the moving sand art contained in golden frames which would rotate every few minutes. The colours and patterns were beautiful - it almost felt reminiscent of something I used to play with as a child.
Flashback to Redang Marine Park Centre where there was a fair amount of sea glass on the beach. I desperately wanted to bring some back, but decided not to in light of the hefty fine that could be imposed for removing something from the beach. Sea glass begins life as shards of broken bottles, tableware or even from shipwrecks which are then rolled and tumbled in the ocean. Sea glass can take 30-40 years to acquire the weathered and frosted appearance. The most common colours of sea glass are kelly green and brown (usually from bottles of beer, juice or soft drinks) and clear (usually from clear plates, glasses, windows and windshields). Colours that are less common include jade and amber (usually from whiskey, medicines, spirits, bleach bottles), lime green (from 1960s soda bottles) and golden amber (from spirit bottles). Extremely rare colours include gray and pink (Great Depression era plates) and yellow (often from 1930s Vaseline containers). I never knew how fascinating sea glass could be! I think I want to start a new collection.
I had such an amazing time teaching stamp class at FISKA (Kota Kinabalu) over the weekend. The students were super friendly and FISKA was a great environment to teach in. I also got to meet the lovely Janica who started FISKA.
There were so many beautiful items in store - only wish I hadn't forgotten to take more photos of the store itself! I came away with two extremely cute handmade miniature vases from Singapore which I hand carried back to KL - hopefully they've survived the trip!