This year, I have been having the best time with my calligraphy works even though I don’t have much spare time. I absolutely enjoyed practicing hours and hours, albeit doing same strokes over and over again. My death grip is no longer deadly as I’ve […]
I don’t know but I’m starting mine with this – Hope all is well, my friends, wherever you may be. #calligraphy #calligraphypractice #calligraphygeek #moderncalligraphy #pointedpen #dippen #handwriting #penhscript #calligraphykh #sreisaat #cambodialife #expatpost #pinayincambodia A photo posted by Sreisaat_in_Cambodge (@sreisaat) on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:21am […]
Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.
It’s been playing in my head over and over for no reason. Anyways…
The first two months of 2016 has just flown by and I can’t quite believe that we are on the last week of March. Soon it will be Khmer New Year!
Thinking about time flying by so quickly, I think I’ve been productive in a sense that my morning schedules have always been packed since the beginning of 2016 and I’ve spent less time on the Internet. I’ve kept my house relatively tidy and my dogs are healthy, I’ve caught up on my favourite TV series, I’m making progress in calligraphy and hand-lettering, and on top of that, I think I’m doing okay with my after-school “job”. What do you think?
Thursday last week I caught up with a friend and her awesome Binosaur over udon noodles and it was the first time we’ve been together again since, errrmmm, January? We proceeded to Aeon Mall and had coffee at Costa while catching up on the latest gossip (and shopping stuff like top selling dj gear).
Also, I finally got a hair cut!
I had a long, thick hair and a coarse texture that, prior to getting a hair cut, gets in the way when I work around the house. I usually tie (pony tail) or braid it. Now that I have a shorter, more manageable hair, I think I’m ready for the hot summer days in the Penh.
My husband and I go for Sunday rides outside Phnom Penh with our trusty old Hagrid. Hagrid is a 1992 Honda 400 SuperFour motorbike.
Once in a while, when on road trips, we run low on gasoline. No problem. There are lots of roadside gasoline vendors, even in remote areas.
For a first-timer in Cambodia, you might mistaken this roadside stall for a drink shop because of the soda bottles. It is actually a makeshift “gas station”.
Gasoline is smuggled across the border, in plain sight, and sold in shops like this in rural villages, quite openly, even in the capital Phnom Penh. Gasoline is sold in re-used soda and plastic water bottles and are displayed out front, as you see in the above photo. You don’t see this in developed countries.
Hah, it’s been awhile again. I wasn’t up to writing (again) because Rafa (Nadal) lost in the QFs of this year’s Roland Garros tournament. I was beside myself (slight lang, hihihi). Thankfully, my husband knew exactly what to do to get me out of this funk — he took me shopping. And when I say shopping, I meant shopping for calligraphy supplies 🙂 So I want to share some of my spoils.
But before I went on a splurge, my husband and I went to Home Top first. For quite some time now we have been meaning to get new frying pans but we couldn’t find ones that we’re looking for. While checking out the frying pans, I overheard an elderly expat couple at the aisle opposite us discussing to Buy spandex table cover. Didn’t mean to be eavesdropping, but, really? A spandex table cover? It’s the first time I heard that, pardon my ignorance. Anyways, we found what we’re looking for — a decent non-stick frying pan.
We bought two, of course. We also got dish-washing sponges.
We then drove to Aeon Mall for my calligraphy supply – check out the stuff I picked up. My last splurge was in early January this year when I ordered various nibs, pen holders and ink from an online shop in Manila through my sister, DonyaBooding. Aren’t sisters the best? 🙂 This time though, it was my husband who offered after seeing that a) I needed cheering up after Rafa’s loss, and b) I have the knack for hand-lettering and calligraphy. I kid, I kid!
I was surprised to find Sakura Gelly Roll pens at PBC. They’re only $0.85 each.
And because I’m exploring other tools, I got these brush pens. So now I’m both into dip-pen and brush calligraphy. Bah, yabang!
Some of you might scratch your heads and wonder … since when have I been artsy-fartsy? It’s kinda, sorta, hidden, just like my talents are, lol. Seriously though, learning calligraphy is #40 in my bucket list. And this year is the year that I get to pursue this creative hobby. So watch out for more artsy-fartsy goodness in the future posts.