Ahoj, 2016!

Thank you for the great time, 2015… let’s hope 2016 will be as wonderful :)

Now, a little bit of what happened at the end of 2015…

To explain the title, which means Hello, 2016!” in Czech, it’s because for the new year’s eve we decided to join a friend’s plan to stay at a holiday house a.k.a ferienhaus somewhere up in the mountains of Czech Republic: with 5x bedrooms and 2x bathrooms/toilets for 10 – max. 22 persons, without landlord. Judging from my past experiences of staying in a ferienhaus in Horní Blatná, and by looking at the pictures (above), I imagined a holiday house in a small village surrounded by forest, with tranquil and romantic atmosphere. However… in reality…

Do you see the little house there surrounded by plattenbau instead? :D ^^;;

Anyway, it was a nice place although… with 22 people in a house *and only 2 bathrooms!* it was a bit too crowded for me :”>. We got to eat the very yummy and tasty Czech food though, and drink cheap but good pilsner *for bear*, because during our 2 nights there we always had dinner at a restaurant, so I won’t complain much ;).

Read more »

Happy Birthday(s) and Happy Holidays!

First of all, for you who celebrate the birthdays of two prophets, which fall on two consecutive days this year, Merry Mawlid al-Nabi and Merry Christmas! :) Have a nice long weekend, and since probably you’ll have a nice long holiday until the New Year, happy holidays!

Next, since today, December 25th, *I wrote this draft two days ago* is also my birthday… happy birthday to me! Now it’s only one more year to 30 ;)

So thankful for all the presents *for Christmas or for birthday I regard them all as my birthday presents ;)*, although ♫ all I want for Christmas is you ♫ ehem, like more colors to accommodate my new hobby, interesting jigsaw puzzle and books, candle holder decorated with cats, etc.

The picture above contains my birthday presents from the bear, typical Australian stuff since he’s just back from Brisbane *after 2.5 months*. The fluffy Kolala, the very left on the picture, hugging her baby, is actually a reward for the cat being self-restrained on browsing social media and (especially negative) news; the baby kolala is a reward for the cat being (so unusually) sportive *e.g. completing at least 5,000 steps a day* while the bear is away :”>. The mango beer and chocolate are simply because I love mango and chocolate. The last item is actually an audio card. The sound of conversation between mama koala and baby koala can be heard when the card is opened. Anyway, what is inside the card is what is so great and has an interesting background story…

Read more »

You Belong To Me

Tonight’s lullaby… An old song, but I’ve been listening to my old playlist and this song just feels so right, right now.

See the pyramids along the Nile, watch the sun rise from the tropic isle
Just remember darling all the while
You belong to me
See the market place in old Algiers, send me photographs and souvenirs
Just remember when a dream appears
You belong to me

And I’ll be so alone without you, maybe you’ll be lonesome too

Fly the ocean in a silver plane, see the jungle when it’s wet with rain
Just remember till you’re home again
You belong to me

I really hope you do…

Adult Coloring Book

First of all… yes, I’m at home. And yes, I’m procrastinating. I’m so sorry, dear work, research, and… similar stuff :(.

How am I procrastinating –besides writing a blog post, of course–? The answer is… coloring!

A friend *hi, Jen!* introduces me to this new addictive activity. It was addictive when I was a child, but then I moved on to drawing and painting, the more ‘grown-up’ stuff :p. The problem with drawing or painting is that sketching takes quite some time. Most of the time I abandoned my drawing project in the middle of the sketching stage.

I actually knew about the hype of coloring book for adults quite some time ago. I was like, “Awesome!” but didn’t really do anything about it. Just recently, my friend was really excited when she saw a huge collection of this kind of books in Kinokuniya, a bookstore, in Singapore. Hence, I was too :). I bought some and brought them back to home, introduced them to my family. Now they are also addicted :D.

Read more »

Cat Café in Singapore

My sister just arrived in Singapore when we decided to visit the Chinatown area. Right after we got out from the MRT station, we stumbled upon a cat café! It is called The Company of Cats, located in the Mosque St.

Now, a little bit of history about cat café… The world’s first cat café, “Cat Flower Garden”, opened its doors in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. Then, the concept blossomed in Japan and became very popular, with seventy nine cat cafés opened across the country.Wikipedia

Even though I’m an avid cat lover, and these kind of cafés have been around the world for quite a while, this would be my first cat café experience. The café was right in front of us, and we felt that the cats were calling for us to come in, so we thought… why not, let’s go!

No wonder we felt being called… with that many maneki-neko!

Before playing with the cats, we had to wash our hands first. Then, the lady there made sure that we know the rules in the café, such as.. Don’t lift the cats. Don’t wake the cats up. Don’t kidnap the cats *grin*. Okay, hands are clean, rules are laid down, let’s play!

Read more »