Grrrr and Georgetown

Taoist Temple Georgetown

Grrrr I still don't know whether it is to be considered a lucky escape or a missed opportunity, but only time will tell - six long weeks I spent organising our relocation in July from Penang, Malaysia to Mumbai, India and then I suddenly received word to redirect the efforts towards a different country!  Check out the few photos the Husband has managed to upload to his site - he has been working in Mumbai since May and dapples in photography when he has a few spare minutes to kill: Photography. Coincidentally, the first edition of our street photography magazine featured India through the lenses of some brilliant street and documentary photographers: 18%GREY | A Street Photography Magazine

I submitted applications to the new school, we found an apartment after frantically searching the nightmare that equals the Mumbai property market [property in Mumbai is along with Tokyo, Moscow and Shanghai the most expensive in the world], I joined an international women's association, found people to deliver quality vegetables, bread, groceries etc. I started talking to someone regarding research projects in Hyderabad. The list of what I have been busy with over the past weeks is endless and include fiddling with the layout of a new blog to document living in a city of 20 million people. 

But alas - the company has projects/offices in a few other [certainly less challenging] destinations too. Make no mistake, India living equals hardship living to the extreme. The husband will spent only one week per month in Mumbai rather than being based there full-time. I will let you know our new destination soon . . .  

Holy moly, I have less than 3 weeks left before the kids and I leave Penang to join the Husband who himself is travelling at the moment. Grrrrrrr, you must remember that my left arm is still in a cast, meaning typing is a one finger affair, getting dressed, coiffed and fed remains a challenge. I also have professional commitments in Penang that is making a fine meal out of any extra hours I have. In between all these activities I pin and pin and pin since I cannot hook and a hooker surely needs an outlet. Pinning requires one finger only, a simple click of the mouse . . . 

I was so disappointed for the lost Mumbai shopping opportunities though, that I legged it over to Little India here in Penang and picked up these 4 beautiful stainless steel tiffin boxes [right]. I took a few photos of Georgetown but the light was still "meh". The Tripa peat swamp forests in Sumatra are burning, orangutans are dying and Penang entered dangerous levels of pollution. The area is being cleared for palm oil plantations, Indonesia is once again ignoring international pressure to stop the devastation their practices are causing. Last week all outdoors activities at Penang Schools were banned as a result of the pollution. 

Georgetown scenes


Around the Island

Today we took a road-trip around the island to remind us of The Husband who is currently travelling and cannot share Father's Day with us. The previous time we did this we had an enormous amount of fun on the back of scooters, today we took the car. Booo we miss The Husband, a Skype call is not quite the same.

I took a few photos of traditional Malay houses, raised on timber stilts. These houses are build of timber, bamboo, rattan, tree roots and leaves due to the abundance of these materials in the rain forest. They feature pitched roofs, verandas in front, high ceilings and many openings for ventilation purposes. Some of them are now sadly abandoned in favour of modern brick affairs. Enjoy a great Father's Day. Cheers!

Have a look at some of the lovely details found on these traditional Malay houses [it was a hazy morning and the sun was playing against me, washing out the sky completely]:


Tweens and Grannies

The Tween in the skirt I hooked a while ago as per her request - colour combinations for every granny chosen by her. You can see a photo of all the grannies - 32 in total - here

Lovely metal necklace from a Sri Lankan shop I bought her last year. You can find a similar one here

The Tween is growing up fast now. Last month I took her to select her first mascara and I insisted that it be something from the Estee Lauder counter. A women has to have her own car, her own bank-account [never shared], wear the best make-up possible and should never settle for anything less than French perfume ;-)

This weekend I took her shopping for a pair of wedges, I do suspect though that she will rock her skirt with either her converse or her brogues when hanging out. 

Lucky Tailors lined the skirt and created a waistband for a grand total of 3USD

I pay 1.40 USD per alteration on our clothing here. Penang society is interestingly a saving society opposed to a consumer society, people repair rather than replace, for every ATM, there are at least 2-3 deposit machines etc. It is refreshing after the insane amounts of money that was thrown around in the consumer society we lived in during our years spent in the Middle East.  


The Last Knit

I love this scarf! - one of many different prints