Monday, February 1, 2010

From India to China

February 1st, 2010

So there we were in this little town in the south of India (see blogpost dated January 6th Shooting Stars). When told leather goods were cheap in India, we got excited. Except that there were very few shops there selling leather anything, ok?

My Hero finally found a leather belt which he (actually, I) felt he should get. Cuz all he has are three belts in three different colours. black, blacker, blackest. How boring, boringer, boringest is that? You will read more about our colourful differences in a later post (all together now........ oooooooooooo, can't wait!)

Anyway, Hero likes shopping for himself like I like shopping for curtains, y'know?
So he (actually, I) find him a belt. great. looked so good. smelt good, too. Yes, I smell belts to determine if they're really leather. Heard of wine-tasters? They smell the wine first, too. No....I din't taste the leatherlah. honestly, can't believe you guys would even think that.

The logo was nice!

Of course, donno whether the camels were symbolic of India or that it meant it was made of camel hide.

(as you can tell, this photo was taken by me, shadow and all. din't I tell ya I ain't no camerawoman)

quite impressive, right? the card, not the photo-taking.

And I loved that there were no mistakes in the wording. YES! Nowhere did I feel the need to underline a word and write spelling! across it.

highest space quality

hey, wait a minute....refined stying? sighhhhhhhh

Yes, a simple, brown, leather belt.

And I was done with Hero and could totally focus on teendaughter's and my bangle-scrutiny.

When we got back to Malaysia, I was re-checking the price of the belt. Turned the tags around and found...

Can anyone tell me what a China-made belt was doing in a tiny town in India?

Not that I have anything against made-in-China things, y'know....
Like teendaughter said, "Look around our house, Mum, probably half of what we have is made in China whattttttt. so what's the big deal?"

Huh? Really ah? Now a comment like that would surely make me do a Sherlock Holmes, ok? Do we really own that many China-made things? Do you? Unfortunately, most of what we own had already lost their labels. But I love every one of these, which I think are made in China.

dinner plates - these, definitely made in China


my sequin shoes which has the word
JinQishi inside

my fit-the-pieces-together wooden house
(which I painted white). so cute! I wanna put a
light bulb in it so it can be lit up in the dark but I
donno how.

my fountain! love it! see what happens when you tell people just what you want for your birthday? you get what you want!

super comfy walking shoes probably to be used
for taichi which is beyond my understanding
(taichi, not super comfy)

and I LOVE this Red Indian couple! When I saw them at the shop, I'm a-tellin ya, they were just calling out to me - smoke signals and all.. reeeeally! They just looked so Pocahontas-ish.

and the lady's face is so forlorn,
like their love just wasn't meant to be, y'know?
awwwwwwwww.....I mean, look at her!

GEEZ, I'm getting corny.

Anyway I just had to buy them. That is so un-me. I hardly EVER buy anything on a whim.

But I just couldn't leave them there, could I? (there were about 6 other pairs just like them but just ignore that fact cuz that wouldn't make for an interesting story, would it?)

And that's about it! Those are my made-in-China-I-think goodies. So far, none have broken, spoilt, faded, split, chipped, cracked, ... And every one of 'em is treasured, ok?

Now, as far as made-in-Malaysia products are concerned....ummmmmm...there are some really hopeless things out there.

Like this...

But we're not going there.

BUT, just like made-in-China stuff, there are some precious made-in-Malaysia products, too.

Name: Joanna Lynne (wants to be called Joni)
Delivered: 21st December 1985

Name: Darren Ashley
Delivered: 12th July 1988

Joni and Darren

Name: Tamara Jayne (wants to be called Tammy)
Delivered: 8th April 1994

Tammy and Joni

So far, none have broken, spoilt, faded, split, chipped, cracked ...

And every one of 'em is treasured, ok?


  1. Lovely piece Val, keep it up. You should have your own column in The Star, what say you? After all there will be articles on the bird park visit, firefly sanctuary visit, movie jaunts etc etc ....

  2. He!he!he! ... loved the intro on your kids - sooo cute & cantik! Lucky YOU! Also loved the 'made in china' thingy ... any babies made there? He!he!he! You should write more often ... have you thought about writing for a newspaper or a magazine? Your column will definitely brighten up my days (and nites too)- perhaps you should type one up & send it to the Sunday Star or Weekend papers ... definitely more interesting than reading all the rehashed news & articles ... Seize the day, I say.... :)

  3. wow haha chinesse are everywhere we have nade in chinesse staf back in Botswana.oh about the house, just break it and reBuild it with a bulb inside that wil be great
    Lol your made in Malaysia Products are Jolly ever smiling
    one thing i hate the smell of leather eeeww, i never go into a leather shop hehehe

    Great Peace Auntie

  4. LOL..great made-in-Malaysia products you have there. are they for sale? =p just joking. Happy Chinese New Year! I'll be away to China for a week. So will be really getting made-in-China stuff :p

    God Bless!


  5. huda...are you saying you want me to resign and join the Star. is that a hint cos i donno how to take hints.... :)

  6. thelma, thanks...yah yah...slowly introducing family here and there. so the bulletin ladies should not be asking me about my family eh?

  7. pepe, you really are such a sweet kid.

    about breaking the house...ummmm...does that mean some people who need a light bulb going on in them also need to be.... :))

  8. kevin, happy chinese new year! bring back lots of photos, ok? and you don't need to bring back any madeinchina things for me, y'know....

  9. all: sorry guys, i only just learned how to reply to the comments so had to lump them all here!! thanks for helping me in the bloggers' world by leaving comments.

  10. copied message from facebook

    Anne Swinitha March 19 at 8:28am
    Just looked at your blog. Lovely good looking! Your youngest would have just got her SPM results. What are her plans? Mine also just got his. Your other two are working? Studying? Married?

  11. anne: thanks! all 3 have been homeschooled for the past 12 years, youngest doing grade 10 and 11. for more details pls email me at

  12. copied message from facebook
    Joan Daniel March 23 at 10:07am
    Yes, read blog post "from India to China" and saw your kids. Very cool kids i must say......and good looking too. Luv those shocking pink tights!

  13. thanks joan! did you know shocking pink tights has an online clothing store?