The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 14

All that glitters is not gold! In this case, it is glitter paint for fabric.

Today being Day 14 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge, I thought it would be fun to share with you my DIY touch.

CC14 - 5 DEC 2017I outlined all the flowers and leaves on the front of my batik sarong cheongsam, to add some glitz to the heaviness of the black background.

With the slightest movement, the glitter outlines seem to dance in the light – if only fleetingly. The lines are so lightly drawn and yet gives the cheongsam a life of its own. Of course one can buy batik sarong fabric that comes with commercially done glitter outlines around the patterns, but it is so much more fun to create the same effect by oneself!

If you will notice, this cheongsam has the matt gold trim a few inches higher at the hemline, just to bring some point of interest to the otherwise plain black hem.

And the same trim at the front shoulder openings are slightly angular – again, just for visual interest.

The accessories add to the colour contrast of the whole ensemble while the gold-faced sandals complete the outfit perfectly.

Yes, even at 93, I try to present a well-complemented dress sense at all times.

Have a wonderfully creative day.

God bless.


Brushing For Bright Eyes!


Suzanne, 92, brushes her eyebrows several  times a day, upon waking up, after reading or watching tv.

Like every part of the body, one’s eye area needs to be ‘woken up’ after sleep or after an intense period of reading or looking at electronic gadgets!  Even when your eyes are feeling sluggish when suffering from sinus or a cold.

I just use a soft toothbrush and brush my eyebrows one at a time, starting from the inner end to the outer end. Repeat it a few times and it activates the blood circulation in the eye area…and immediately the tired eye feels revitalised.

Simple as that. If my eyelids are heavy with sleepiness, brushing my eyebrows helps to keep my eyes open.

Have a blessed day.


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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Feast Of The Immaculate Conception

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 The image above is a vintage holy picture of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, created in the 1800s. Visit

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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Red Roses For Our Lady

For everyone who might have (or have not) heard about this humble Chapel of Immaculate Conception at Sg Batu Estate in Bedong, Sg Petani, Kedah in Malaysia…. here is the new blog with more information including the location map. Red Roses for Our Lady is a testimony I contributed to the blog….which I share with one and all. God Bless

Chapel of Immaculate Conception, Sg. Batu

Red roses for Our LadyA TESTIMONY:

Driving along unfamiliar roads with the guidance of the more informed ones among the group of 16 friends from Penang Island, we finally found ourselves slowing down along a narrow lane in an estate community, after about an hour’s drive from the Penang Bridge.

The four cars were parked at what seemed to be a small little house with a compound and we were pleased to have finally arrived at the Chapel of Immaculate Conception at Sungai Batu Estate. The friends eagerly entered the Chapel, hands laden with red roses and candles, all with smiles on their faces.

We brought red roses as Our Lady asked (as noted in one of the testimonies – please click here to read) for red roses. As the word passed around, most visitors would bring red roses…as well as candles to light at the sheltered candle stand beside the Chapel.

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