Monday, September 26, 2011


Some people are just UBER creative and talented and inspiring. LOVE THIS.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me and Maya

We had good birthdays. Thanks for all your wishes.

I had lunch with a friend at a Chinese restaurant and had the best fried rice I've ever eaten. We also ate dim sum and chicken dumplings. The restaurant gave me a free dessert for my birthday. Here is a picture of it:

I have no idea what it is, but it seemed to have white bean paste in it. Pretty sweet by Asian standards, and actually quite good. Thanks to these guys for making it.

I did go home and make a german chocolate cake for myself though. Dave took me to Outback Steakhouse for dinner. Yes, I do believe it was a real aussie steak. I must admit that it was better than the one we ate at in Egypt. However, I still prefer Tangy Tomato dressing and the warm bread and the sweet potatoes that the Outbacks in the US offer. My potato just wasn't an Idaho spud, ya know?

We also celebrated Maya's 5th birthday. We are almost exactly 30 years apart. (You do the math).

You know how the rest of her birthday went by viewing the following photos and video.

Ethen's lyrics are "Go, Maya, go, Maya."

I didn't really want to invite her school class over, and she doesn't really have any friends here (so sad, I know) and it's hard to be away from family for these events. Since it was a Sunday, we invited some friends from our branch over and she was perfectly content.

She wanted a rainbow party, so I came up with this:

I've made rainbow cupcakes before, but have always used muffin tins. This is the first time I cooked them individually in glass jars. They turned out cute, despite my desperation to find a white cake mix.

Add a few balloons, crepe paper, gum drops, suckers, and candy and you got yourself a nice sugar party, I mean rainbow party.

And one happy 5-year-old girl.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sentosa Island

We had a week off school and work for the Hari Raya holiday, so we decided to take a drive to Singapore. It's only a 4-hour drive from KL. We stayed on Sentosa Island, a resort destination. I'll have a few more posts about our excursions, but here is the first --the southernmost point of continental Asia.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Malaysia Day!

September 16 is Malaysia Day, the celebration of the formation of Malaysia in 1963 by uniting Malaya, North Borneo, Singapore, and Sarawak.

For the past couple of days I've been watching them set up mega fireworks in the park. I am sad that we are going to miss the big boom, but we're getting on a plane to go to Hong Kong that day.

I did find a picture from last year's celebration, so we can all imagine what we are missing.

UPDATE: Apparently they celebrate this holiday like new year's. At the stroke of midnight I bolted upright in bed thinking the building was coming down. The fireworks show had begun! I'm glad we didn't miss it! My pictures are less than desirable. By the time the last one popped it was so smoky we could no longer see the Petronas towers.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spotlighted in ClubCK

Today I got an email from Creating Keepsakes and one of my pages was used in the email (this is the 2nd time this has happened.) It always makes me feel good to see my pages being used as a source of inspiration for others.

My "Love You Good" page of Ethen was featured today at Club CK. Check it out here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

August 1-15

On our way home we flew through Tokyo. I had to take a picture of the toilets there. They are quite nice. You have the option of bidet or spray (what the difference is I don't know), and to hear a flushing sound. Oh, thank you! I always love that sound!

I laughed when there were instructions on how to use the toilet.

Oh, here it explains that the flushing sound button should be used to muffle the real flushing sound! Oh, got it! That makes sense!

I must admit. I pushed every button on the darn thing. Quite entertaining to say the least. I DO like to be EXTRA deodorized!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Love You Good

These are some professional pictures I had taken at Fotogenix while we were in Utah. I used City Deals and I believe they cost me $40 for 16 copyright-free images on a cd. I applied an Maggie Holmes PS action to them to give them the yellowish tint. Love the way they turned out!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I don't usually do-over

I'm not one for making pages, only to disassemble and remake them again.  Heaven knows no one has time for that.  I made this page and was satisfied with the results:

But when I saw this adorable Playground product line from Echo Park, I knew I'd have to reconsider. In about 7 minutes, I had the new page made.

In the meantime, my original page had been posted and chosen on ClubCK as an entry for a contest to be published in an upcoming magazine.  Thanks to all your votes it won!

Now, this month, in Creating Keepsakes October 2011, you can find it on page 42 of this magazine. It's hitting newstands now!

So even though it's a published layout, and I'm deeply honored that it was chosen, it's into the recycle bin; and I'm printing the new version for my book.

Which one do you like better?

Monday, September 5, 2011

July 1-15

Just finally getting around to July stuff. I feel like I'm drowning in photos.

Here is a banner I made for the holiday.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Preschool Art

Here is an album I just completed detailing the artwork Maya has done as a preschooler. It documents her journey through 5 different preschools in 4 different countries.

Click here to view this photo book larger