An Officer & A Gentleman — Expressions by VAL

My darling daddy returned to the Lord on 19 April 2016 at the age of 93. It will be two months since that fateful day, on 19 June 2016 – which coincidentally happens to be Father’s Day. Every year, I used to create a card for him – one that he would print out and […]

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We Have An Award…!

liebsterA few months ago, we were nominated for the LIEBSTER AWARD by McCrazy Daily Lessons! Thank you so much, Heather (Princess!) It was a very pleasant surprise and we are truly excited about being nominated for this award.

So, what is a Liebster? The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

Of course, accepting this nomination comes with some “rules”, and here they are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you.

3. Post 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your own, with under 200 followers, whom you think are as awesome as you.

5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6. And finally… Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.

Here are the 11 we had to answer:

1. Where are you currently living? – in Malaysia

2. Where are you from? – we are 3rd generation Malaysian Chinese

3. Where would you like to be? – we love where we are

4. Hopes? – we hope for Peace in the world

5. Dreams? – at our age, many of our dreams have been achieved, but we always have a new one to look forward to – it would be nice to be able to meet the new Pope Francis in person.

6. Fears? – we believe the good Lord is looking after us and feel safe in this knowledge.

7. Do you like to travel? – yes of course.

8. Favorite Sport? – my wife loves to watch F1 while I enjoy tennis, badminton and football matches.

9. Favorite Movie? – Action-packed movies

10. Country music or Rock and Roll? – Jazz

11. Who is your number ONE? – GOD

Eleven Random Facts:

1. We love tea-time.

2. Suzanne enjoys Japanese cuisine but I prefer local Malaysian fare.

3. Our family and friends are all important, but #1 is our faith in God.

4. Suzanne loves watching Chinese soap operas on tv.

5. At 91, I am probably the ‘most mature’ computer enthusiast in town.

6. Mary loves to cook and she is truly good at it!

7. Suzanne is never idle and keeps busy with creative projects.

8. Suzanne is a keep fit enthusiast.

9. We love dogs.

10. We are always thankful for daily blessings.

11. We believe in learning something new every day.

And the nominees are:

Coffee with a Side of Autism

So Many Right Ways    

Expressions by VAL

Whispers & Fizz

Beyond Blessed

Writing for God’s Glory

Immaculate Conception Chapel, Sg Batu

Karen Barbe

Love of Nail Art

Roots Fitness

Kerri

Eleven questions my nominees MUST answer if/when they accept this award:

1. What is your zodiac sign?

2. What is your favourite hobby?

3. What is your favourite type of cuisine?

4. What nationality are you?

5. Do you enjoy any sport?

6. Favourite movie?

7. What kind of music do you enjoy?

8. Where in the world would you like to visit next?

9. What languages do you speak?

10.What is your dream car?

11. Who is your ‘hero’?

Thank You once again, McCrazy Daily Lessons!!

Style At Any Age

Suzanne and Tony - a stylish couple at 88 and 89 this year.

Suzanne and Tony – a stylish couple at 88 and 89 this year.

We chanced upon a blog by a young man named Ari Seth Cohen who is waking the world to the fact that advancing in age can be made so much more interesting with one’s own sense of style.

While Ari is preoccupied with talent-spotting ladies in New York City and bringing them into the spotlight via his Advanced Style blogspot, all ladies around the world will surely be able to identify with the varied thoughts of the ‘stars’ of Ari’s blog and about how they have arrived at their own stylish equilibrium, through the years.

It is a most noble undertaking, what Ari is doing, as beauty evolves with maturity and one’s style takes on many forms. Most interestingly, the end result is unique to every individual.

Read more about Ari’s wonderful efforts in Ari Seth Cohen’s Portraits of Older Women in New York Times.

I so enjoy seeing how the ladies featured in his blog live life to the fullest and dress to the nines for no or any occasion on a daily basis. Such joy they derive from doing so, if not to please others, then just to please themselves.

And do you think these ladies are concerned about what others think of them? NOT AT ALL…just as an example, here are a few links you MUST click on to and READ:

Always look your best

Don’t try to look younger, just look as wonderful as you can

I don’t want to look younger…

So ladies (and gentlemen), think about it, and brighten up your days by dressing up to your heart’s desire! You do not have to be in New York to do so, wherever you are is just fine! Amen…

Suzanne & Tony

The Shanghai Tailor….

Suzanne with some of her many cheongsams…

From as far back as the mid 1940s when I started to wear cheongsams (or qipaos), I was made to understand that the most experienced and skilled tailors were from Shanghai.

I soon found this to be true when I discovered this Shanghai gentleman who tailored for the customers of the then Seremban Silk Store. A truly rare and precious find (especially in Malaysia, in those days).

The store stocked beautiful fabric from brocades to silk, and laces of all types and textures, probably from Switzerland and France. I remember the Shanghai tailor as a rather lean and quiet man with graying hair, who spoke Cantonese with an interesting accent.

He only popped out from the back of the store to measure the lady customers for their outfits or to bring the clothes out for fittings. As I made only cheongsams, he would take down the measurements with each order – just to be sure the outfit was perfectly fitted when made. Oh – it has to be emphasized that it took a good few weeks before the first fitting – as he stitched everything by hand. As to be expected, the cheongsams fit like a glove, and one could never find a fault anywhere. He hardly looked up or smiled, except when the customer praised and thanked him for his perfect stitching.

That was my first encounter with a truly skilled Shanghai tailor. Decades later, when we visited Beijing, we were told of a fantastic husband and wife team who tailored beautifully. The husband had the best hand for drawing the paper pattern and cutting – and of course, they hailed from Shanghai. When asked how many Shanghainese were amongst their team of tailoring assistants, she replied that they were ALL from the surrounds of Shanghai, as the skill seemed to be dying down amongst the Shanghainese. That was in the 90s.

A few years later, we befriended a gentle but good tailor in Shanghai (who moved there from another province). The polite, clean cut Mr Zhu soon became our favourite tailor across the miles for the longest time. He made most of the cheongsams in my batik collection.

Today, Shanghai is still well-known for tailoring and here are tips on the best qipao or cheongsam tailors there….. please click onto cnngo.com’s article here.

To read more about how the cheongsam is appreciated in China and Malaysia, click onto the following links: The return of the cheongsam, Cheongsam culture booms in Shanghai and Decades of the cheongsam.

Thank the good Lord for tailors…from Shanghai or otherwise!