Nov 19, 2012

Malacca River Cruise


 My children had always wanted to go on a river cruise every time we go to Malacca but it was finally materialized two weeks ago. It was a treat for Shasha's convo, even though it was not the first time for her. Normally, hubby would say we don't have time to waste on a cruise like that but that day was an exception. 



We arrived quite early on Sunday morning coz we needed to check out from the home-stay by noon. It was not so many people at the time we arrived the jetty... we waited for 15 minutes for other tourists to join us on the boat...



I was glad to be spending 45 minutes on the cruise as it was quite interesting and informative. The kids were enjoying the ride and snapping lots of pictures along the way.





The row of shops along the river were painted with colourful and interesting graffiti...


Each painting has its own story and history behind it. There was also a recorded commentaries on the cruise.  It explained each of the places in details plus some history related to it... it was like having a listening history lesson which was pretty interesting...





A couple of tourists waving at us...


The sky was overcast but fortunately it was not raining til the end of our cruise. Overall, we enjoyed the sightseeing and would love to go on the night cruise next time we visit Malacca...



Nov 17, 2012

Enclave...


I have always wanted my house to have a big gate and enclave with the brick fences so that I could feel safe and secure at the comfort of my own home...hubby has been putting off the project coz we couldn't find the suitable contractor or design...I've always been dreaming to have something like this, the colour scheme is just my taste...


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Then, when we were visiting my sis in-law during the last Eid, we completely fell head over heel with her new brick fence. It is so natural, so comforting and it feels like we were in the garden of Eden, plus the swing...there and then, hubby decided to contact the contractor who had worked wonder on the fence,  which was very rare for him to act as such...he would normally weigh the pros and the cons before deciding on something this big...well...for me it's a big project...



Thus, a few weeks later, after completing another project  the contractor came all the way from Klang to work on our fence..



The initial stage...



The most interesting fact about the contractor is that they are husband and wife plus one helper ( if the need arises). They worked freehand on the details of the fence...with homemade rusty paint...



People who happened to walk by stopped to admire their work and some had taken some photos of our fence. Another contractor who came to work on the gate also admired the fence and he claimed that it is a Balinese design... I'm glad that my bamboo plant left unharmed even though we had to sacrifice some other plants to make way for the fence... I didn't really mind coz I've planned to replanting and reorganizing my front yard...



The details of the design, which I love so much...



Finally, it's ready...now we are waiting for another project, the porch and the courtyard...


Nov 16, 2012

8 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression...



Sometimes we fail to make a good impression when we need to. I found this handy tips in Good Housekeeping online which would help to make a lasting impression, especially when you are meeting somebody for the first time...



1. Be pleasant and full of praise.

2. Have a balanced conversation. 

3. Dress to make the right impression. 

4. Convey interest.

5. Get real in your introduction. 

6. Contribute to the conversation.

7. Make eye contact.

8. Know when the conversation is over. 

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