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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eleni's Playfully Unique Cookies

Designer bags, poodles, dinosaurs and more - these beautifully iced cookies are the fun, whimsical creations of Eleni's New York. Her gourmet cookies have been served up at the events of celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and Robert DeNiro

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

S. Thulaashi - Boxing Day Tsunami Miracle Baby

Meet S. Thulaashi, the 2004 Boxing Day Miracle baby who was only 22 days old when she was swept out to sea by the tsunami that hit the cafe shack belonging to her parents, Raja and Mary. Thulaashi made waves when the mattress she was asleep on in the cafe was washed out to sea and sent back again to the cafe by a second wave with baby intact and still in sweet slumber!

The Miami Beach Cafe. The wooden shack is just across the Hydro Majestic Resort.

Pantai Miami (unflatteringly known as Miami Beach).
For many years, this short stretch of sandy beach was unknown and unnamed. The name was probably conceived from the actual world-famous beach in Florida. This area was the hardest hit by the tsunami.
52 lives were lost in Penang, including 23 at the Batu Ferringhi Area. Sadly, many lives that were claimed were children's and old ladies'. We lost a couple of distant relatives, a mom and her toddler who were taking a stroll at the beach when the disaster struck. Their bodies were never found.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sunday Citar - Bintan

It's Sunday, and you know what that means... it's time to post your Sunday Citar! So round up a quote that you love, that makes you laugh or something new you've heard and share it with us. You know you want to join the fun and make some new friends in the process. Link up at if you're participating.

“The waves of the sea
Help me get back to me.”

--Jill Davis

Photos taken at Bintan Island, Indonesia

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Also known as pokerwork, pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. Fascinated by the mysterious beauty and power of fire, African tribesmen have practised this ancient art of woodburning since the dawn of time.

Check out these astounding creations of artists Tia Flores, Lute Vink and Julie Bender.

Tia Flores - Pyrographic calabaza sculptures

Nevadan Tia Flores uses the calabaza to express her diverse heritage and spiritual beliefs. More pics here.

Luke Vink
Luke Vink's choice of canvas is cowhide


Julie Bender

Julie Bender's burning passion is portrayed on wood.

"As I ‘paint with heat,’ I feel a certain parallel between the wild and natural spirits that embody my subjects and the organic and distinctively unforgiving nature of my medium." - Julie Bender


Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I'm back from my vacation, pallies! Still a little heady though after a krazyyy week of chaotic fun. Together with my dad, we met up with my sister and her family in Singapore where we headed for the sun-kissed paradise of Nirwana Gardens in Bintan, Indonesia. The beach resort lived up to its name which translates as "perfect bliss".

Bintan Island (Negeri Segantang Lada), an island in the Riau archipelago of Indonesia, is only an hour's ferry ride away from Singapore's Tanah Merah ferry terminal.

We stayed at the Indra Maya Villas

The 3 bedroom villa, a fusion of Indonesian, Thai and Chinese architecture comes with a six-seater buggy, a private pool, a courtyard, an open-air sunken bath and a fully-equipped kitchen.

All the bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms wrap around the airy central atrium that soars into an inverted 'V' ceiling.

The living room opens to a balinese courtyard on one side and spills over to the generous terrace where the pool and cabana are located.

The dining area

The open-air sunken bath

One of the guest rooms

The Balinese courtyard

Rodney couldn't wait to jump into the pool!

A private haven

Beyond the railing, the terrace cascades down a tropical hillside

Look who squirrelled away our lunch on the cabana!

The villa at night

Aunty J chauffeuring my dad and the boys around the resort

Josh and Rodney

Josh rifle shooting

Rodney doing the Trampoline Bungee

Josh towing cousin B and Aunty J to sea

Brave little Rodney trying out the Flying Fox, a sport not for the faint hearted!
The zip-line towers at 75m above sea level and is 888m long, probably the longest in Asia.

Climbing up the ladder

Getting ready to zip off

Gliding 888 metres across

Grabbing the net before sliding back to the ground

Josh ferrying cousin B on an electric bike around the 'village'

Just another day in paradise

Me and Rodney

Rodney and cousin B