Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Through my window I can see....

So we have only ONE set of 4-panel windows in my sitting room which extends to the dining room area. (Dining is spelt that way, and not dinning as often seen)

And that doesn't allow for much air to move around. I mean in our house, not on the misspelt word. Well, that too.

I wish I had windows this long:

or windows this wide:

And since my windows are so small, I'd feel even more claustrophobic if I were to hang curtains on them. And I hate curtains anyway.

Besides, I like looking out from them, cuz,

"through my window, I can see"

> a tree shrew scampering on the wire fence (all together now, "awwwwwwwwwwwww")

(Of course I didn't take this shot... did you think I became a sharp camerawoman overnight?)

> Mydin staff walking to and from work to probably a rented staffhouse which houses 63 of them.
(just kidding....but really, after a while, they all look like robotic beings on a conveyor belt, backandforthbackandforthbackandforthbackandforthbackandforthbackandforthbackandforth)

> the back of my opposite neighbour painting his gate with his pants hanging down so low I can see his bum-crack

> my other other neighbour's little girl trying to get into the drain ohmummylookthepoorkittenislostit'scryingcomewetakehomeohmummysopoorthingmummmmm

> my cranky neighbour watering his plants..

..watering the side of my car..



My daughter grumbles that we need curtains for privacy. I really did try to look for curtains, I did! But nothing was like.. y'know, suitable? (I hate curtains and I hate looking-for-curtains even more)

So at one time, I put up some curly twigs, vertically, right across all the windows, just to cover them. kinda. my version of curtains. YES!

Then, our first Christmas in this house, came last month. I had seen and bought some snow-spray some weeks before and thought I'd be creative. The cans I bought were no good. The liquid just dripped down on my so-patiently-cut-out-of-cardboard-stencils. What to do? Out came our leftover white emulsion indoor wall paint which we, Sheila my niece, and I just painted onto the stencils with

Would you believe I JUST scraped it all off, today, January 18th, 2010? Like Christmas was so far back y'know?

Does it matter?

Life is too short* for me to bother about some unfatal imfatal disfatal fatal-less imaginary dateline on when Christmas decorations should come down.


*this is the first of my life-is-too-short quotes which
I shall be compiling as I go along


  1. Perhaps a sheer curtain would kill two birds with one stone? :P
    Love the random detail/observation about the small things going on around you (which ppl dun think makes a big deal but they actually DO!)
    Looking forward to your next blog. oh btw, i have linked urs in mine. :) so hopefully more ppl will check it out too!
    see this : http://www.idealhomemagazine.co.uk/inspiredecor/decorating/styletricks/Window_dressings__use_a_pelmet_article_253387.html

  2. Although I have curtains in most rooms, I hate them as well. I prefer the sun shining though. My art room is the only room without curtains so I get plenty of light...I do have some removable wooden shutters I can put on them if I have guest come over and use that room for them. Anyhow, I enjoy the wittiness of all your posts...it makes me feel like I am in your "dining" room listening to you talk over a cup of coffee ;)

  3. ok ok windows...i see ..but i think living in a mantion will do....
    By the way your home made curtins are so cool...You have some skills!
    Please come and pimp ma house.....

  4. Its so cute to read your blog la aunty Val. You should try going to this place Nagoya to get curtains. I got mine there. Or to Klang Jalan Taiping.

  5. WOW! What an eye opener through the eye of the window you made me see things differently. I made the correct choice marrying you lah, no need to pay for the interior decorators to do up my house. Cool

  6. Great post Val, how funny. Enjoyed reading and made me smile. Keep 'em coming!

  7. Haha a house like that will call all the robbers to ur place, they see a lot of things
    Plix curtains wont hurt they make the house look nicer...
    wow i liked the xams decos very creative so jealous
    whats with squirrel?u want to have one? hehe

  8. Dear Val ... you're toooo cute for words! Thanks for such a witty post! Will definitely use your stencil ideas - next Christmas!...err maybe this Chinese New Year too! I do love curtains and stuff but hate it when I need to take them down for washing ... sooo much to do... A friend of mine uses lovely sari material to drape as curtains ... simply d e l i g h t f u l !!!

  9. doris caroline danielJanuary 23, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Hi Val, you are as good with the written word as well as speaking live. Your comments just cracked me up. And guess what? I soooooo dislike curtains as well. Its just too much work putting and taking them off, not to mention the tailoring.... sigh My mum says i am not feminine. As for taking Christmas decos down, well i reluctantly take them down after the 2nd week of January. As we put them up correctly a few days before Christmas (anything earlier is interfering with the meaning of Advent) i want to savour them as Christmas week is just too hectic to really just sit down and bask in the beauty of home and Christmas. Keep the blogs coming ok. Good job!

    Doris Caroline Daniel

  10. Aunty Val,I love your house so much!I often hope to decorate my house but can't get the permission from mommy!You r so great,CREATIVE!Ops, so sad !u scraps everything off;(haha i hate curtain too .prefer transparent.sori for late comment coz too busy .c'nue the talent that God had given u!all the best!<3

  11. hey friend....I do like the new color, but it is still difficult to read the grey/blue words.

  12. You only took the decos off then?? Try at work the Christmas tree only came down last week!!!

  13. tony: hahahahahaha! there is hope for a procrastinator like me then. no, the other stuff came down just before that. didn't involve scraping.

  14. hey there… interesting blog. what's more interesting is the fact that u're totally honest bout the things u can and can't do… hehehe and the photography is good no worries...

  15. genevieve, THANKS for taking the time to read my blog. kiss kiss.....i mean (computer language?) muak muak...geez, sounds like an emu mating.