Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mrs. Clampett Goes to Singapore

I spent last week in Singapore--not exactly a fun trip as Randy had to check up on a coworker/friend who is hospitalized there in fairly critical condition.  I tagged along for moral support to both Randy and the friend's wife.  Before I continue, said friend is in stable condition but with a lot of surgeries/rehab in his future.  If one is in a bad way, a Singapore hospital is definitely where you want to be as they are some of the worlds absolute best.

Coming from smokey, crazy-cold UB to Singapore is a real shock to the system.  Singapore is like California on steroids.  Every square inch is landscaped, no matter the neighborhood.  It's illegal to even chew gum.

On our treks to and from the hospital, something fundamentally Singaporean hit me:  the SHOPPING.  Oh my.  Block after block of the same repeat of lux shops.  It becomes monotonous!  Even though this was my 3rd trip to S'pore, I had sort of avoided all this stuff.  Our hotel was on Orchard Road, about a 20-minute walk from the hospital, so hard to ignore this time.

He, He

If we went underground to cross the street, where the train stations are as well, what?  More shopping!  

Neighborhoods are identified by their shopping malls.

Randy had a business meeting and afterwards we were treated to a very new, very high restaurant (55th floor if I remember right!).  The really interesting thing to me was that the bottom 5 floors were...shopping!  Topped with apartments and sprinkled with restaurants.  It was explained to us how locals love living in malls--they never have to go outside.
View from the restaurant

Seriously?  In this gorgeous city and climate???

When we did have a spare moment, where did we go?  Prada?  Gucci?  Nope.  To Mustaffa's.  This is a 5-or-so-story building tucked into Little India.  It's a mess--and a hoot! The neighborhood is smelly.  Mustaffa's  has everything.  Afterwards we treat ourselves to amazing Indian food.  Perfect.

A subterranean level in Mustaffa's has an amazing fabric department, specializing in Indian sari lengths as well as lots of other stuff.  I scored these two cotton beauties for about 8 USD each.  I've bought some before and they wash up beautifully and hold their colors.  Skirts?  Sorbetto tops?  

Then, because he's a keeper, Mr. SR made sure I got to Spotlight--an Australian sewing store!  I needed thread and some other basics.  Here he is holding the bag while posing for another tourist.  Why do Asians want complete strangers in their holiday shots???  Plus, it's not like us foreigners are scarce there--the place is lousy with us!  A mystery to me.
Note the man bag!  Not just European anymore ;)

So, even though lux shops aren't my thing, I got plenty of inspiraton by window shopping on all those walks :)

Me 'n the Prada Peeps

The night we left, we managed to get to the shore and enjoy some fish and a pretty sunset.  And put our feet in the water :) 

Just a couple of sand crabs :)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Forward Thinking

Mr. Scenic Route is always stressing the importance of being forward thinking in the business world.  I think its importance can be applied to most areas of our lives--maybe that's why God gave us seasons and weekly/monthly/yearly observances.  To keep us forward thinking. 

Looking back, I actually achieved most of my goals for last year!  Granted, they were simple ones and I  tried very hard not to set myself up for failure.  Still, pat on the back.

The word I focused on was GRACE.  I really tried to be open to all that God would teach me about the  subject.  Being SO aware of all the grace he grants me, I wanted to spread it all around me, too.  I like to think that all my relationships have much softer edges to them these days.  

Anyway, this year's word is LOVE.  Pretty basic, huh?  But, what does it look like to really live a life of Biblical love?  Not Hallmark love.  Not a big cosmic hug love.  I'm really looking forward to all that's to come regarding that.

Primary Directive:
keep yourselves in the love of God
Jude 21

Then I have miscellaneous goals that seem to all involve learning:
continue learning about financial stuff,
classical music,
Mongolian language, &
Garment Sewing

If intentional learning is not forward thinking, I don't know what is.

I hope to do more teaching of sewing.  To date, I've introduced 4 granddaughters to it plus a fabulous group of teenage girls at my daughter's homeschool co-op.  Love, love, love doing this.

As a final look back, here are my sewing successes from this year!  Flops get no mention-- a bit of self-love, hmm?

Simplicity 5259

Vogue 8823

Vogue 1315
Hmm, needs shorter hmm, yes?

Simplicity 2315

McCalls 6208

Vogue 8839

McCalls 6408

Simplicity 5259 Short white

Long white/cream
New Look 6053

Kristen Kimono Tee

Vogue 8750

Simplicity 9158

Simplicity 9158
simplicity 5259

Hot Pattern Slouchy Vest
Well.  One sewing goal should include playing with shorter hems.  They sure seem shorter in real life than in pictures!

Another is to move in with Nikki so that she can take all my pictures.

The last goal is NOT to join a SWAP.  This one  2013 SWAP    is very tempting.  Few rules.  However, completing 9-11 garments by the end of April makes me sweat, given the constant international travel and having patterns/fabric/thread etc., all on the right shore at the same time.  Yikes.  No.

So!  Into 2013!
Ready or not as it's the 4th already :)