Upcycling Project: A Jade Necklace And Bracelet

I enjoy working on at least one creative project daily or every other day. As I always say, there is never a dull moment!

The creative process is all-consuming and keeps me busy, focused and at the end of it all, the lovely results keep me on a natural high!

One of my many creative, hands-on activities is to string together my own jewellery pieces. I have been doing it for years, and I even teach others to do the same, if anyone is interested to learn.

Suzanne at work on necklaceRecently a head-rest made out of jade had come undone, scattering all these cool-to-the-touch rectangle pieces all over the place. My first thought was to piece them back together, but then when I ‘saw’ the prettier alternative in my mind’s eye, I got to work immediately.

With the inspiration edging me on, I completed the upcycling project all in one afternoon and voila! I had fashioned a new necklace and bracelet set with the jade rectangular pieces. As the jade pieces were too heavy for the ears, this set, when worn, would have to be complemented with other jade earrings.

Suzanne with necklace and bracelet set

Every morning before leaving my room, I am always completely dressed – and that means with a full set of jewellery too….many of which are of my own handiwork of course.



Palm-combing Activates Blood Circulation

Palm-combing Suzanne at 91

For years, I have been reading about the activation of blood circulation using various methods.

In traditional Chinese combing or brushing therapy, the focus is on the head (which I have discussed in the post :100 Brush Strokes A Day (please click here to read it).

Some books advise the pressing of the teeth of a comb on the fingertips, thumb and across the reflexes on the palm, while others have advised the combing of the palm and the back of the palm.

Personally, I find that using the comb to lightly comb the palm from the wrist out towards the fingertips and the same on the back of the palm, is an easy and effective way to awaken the reflex points across the palm surface and the back of the palm surface.


Suzanne combing her palm - for blog

Suzanne combing the back of palm - for blog


I hope you too will find this simple method easy and effective in helping with blood circulation.


In The Mood For Love

In view of Valentine’s Day and its focus on love, the well-known blogger Lily Fu of http://www.seniorsaloud.com, has written a post entitled “To Have And To Hold, To Love And To Cherish Forever”.

Please read it for yourself by clicking on the following….Seniorsaloud.com – To Have and To Hold – 14 Feb 2015

Over the years, Lily has made reference to us (Suzanne and I) in a few relevant posts, including the one on the above-mentioned topic. The image below appears in her latest post on love.

Suzanne 90+ and Tony 92.

Suzanne 90+ and Tony 92.

We are truly honoured to be mentioned in her well-written articles. Thank you dear Lily.

Since we are still on the subject of ‘love’, let us wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day, everyday of the year…..

God bless,

Suzanne and Tony

Craving For Curry Noodles?

When in this part of the world, one is always pondering about what culinary delight will be the highlight of the next meal (possible even as early as one day before).

It is akin to being a ‘national pastime’ – particularly when one realizes that tasty local fare abounds in Penang. A reputation that has spread far and wide, well beyond its geographical borders.

Whether in often uninteresting looking restaurants or from the hawker stalls, there is always a particular restaurant or vendor whose stall is more well-patronised than others. Such is the case with the ‘curry noodles’ or ‘curry mee’ in Penang.

As recent as mid-November, these sisters were publicised in the local daily for their famous curry noodle dish. Please click here to read all about it…

Another curry mee stall that we have been faithfully going to over the years is probably one of the city’s most well-kept secrets, though it has enough of a following at the Hillside, Tanjong Bungah area where it is located. To share this vendor’s location, here is the photo of the curry noodle stall and the chef himself… it is along the Jalan Sungei Kelian Road. Open for lunch, except on Thursdays.

Curry mee shop in Tg Bungah, Pg

We are thankfully fortunate to be in Penang where we enjoy easy access to these famous curry mee vendors….but what of our faraway friends who live in places that do not have such simple culinary joys of life within reach?

Then perhaps one might like to think of whipping it up in your own kitchen, the instant noodles way! The latest brand – MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles – is said to be currently one of the best options available in a package. Try it if you can….. it is pretty good, if we may say so ourselves!

My Kuali Curry Noodles

Toodles for now….




Feast Of The Immaculate Conception

Originally posted on Chapel of Immaculate Conception, Sg. Batu:

The image above is a vintage holy picture of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, created in the 1800s.  Visit http://nestofthedoves.blogspot.com The image above is a vintage holy picture of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, created in the 1800s. Visit http://nestofthedoves.blogspot.com

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception takes place on 8th December, which celebrates the solemn belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

First solemnized as a Holy Day of Obligation in 1708, it is celebrated with Holy Mass, processions and community gatherings in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In some countries like Panama, 8th December is observed as Mother’s Day in honour of the Our Lady and is a national holiday.

In Lyon, France, 8th December is also celebrated as the Festival of Lights, during which, tribute is paid to the Blessed Virgin Mary for sparing the city from plague in 1643. A solemn procession makes its way to the Basilica of Fourviere on that day, to light candles and give…

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