Posts Tagged "hobby"

APAD 115: Lotus

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 2, Expat Life, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 0 comments

My six year old niece, Beebop, has taken a liking for writing. At her age, I am amazed at how adept she is at that, even writing text messages to us. Being a big fan of old-fashioned letter-writing, I encourage her a lot. I think writing, and reading (my other love), are worthwhile pursuits that improves the mind of children without spending a lot of money.

Last year when her father, my younger brother, went home for the Christmas holidays, I sent Beebop a handwritten letter to go with the small present that I bought for her. As her aunt, I want to give something to her that will allow her to practice her love for writing and her creativity.  So instead of the usual toys and clothes, I gifted her with a nice writing paper, several rolls of deco tapes and some twines. It is up to her – I thought – what she’ll make of them. She texted me back when she received it. She said she loved it so much.

When her father returned to Phnom Penh, naturally, my niece sent me a parcel in return with my name written on the brown paper bag, in her own handwriting. Inside the parcel were goodies from home – packs of piaya, dried mangoes, etc. – that I sorely missed. But the “star” of the package was the sweet thank you note with cute doodles like any six year old would draw.

So anyway, to encourage her love for written words further, I sent her a postcard last Sunday. It has a nice yellow lotus flower on the stamp.

apad114 yellow lotus flower on cambodian stamp

Postcards and stamps are also good educational tools to learn about the many places and things around the world. With the help of imagination, postcards and stamps take you just about anywhere without leaving your home!

It’s a pity that with everyone around her busy with chores everyday, there is no one she can really turn to. But I hope that by engaging her in a letter exchange with me, she will learn to love the written words through letters as much as I have. And I’m very much here to support her. I wonder how she’ll react when she receives the postcard. I also hope she notices the hand-stamped animals there 🙂

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APAD 098: Granny squares

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, Cambodia life, Cycle 2, That's My World | 3 comments

I borrowed this photo from my crafts blog for this week’s Monday Mellow Yellows.

Last week, I was on my third project at Stash-Buster Challenge and here’s what I came up with —

stash-buster challenge granny squares

Lots of of Granny squares. They’re very easy to make because the pattern is very simple. Just chains and double crochet stitches, that’s all. And I love how the color combo turned out 🙂

I don’t know yet what they’ll end up – as a blanket for the new family member, a sofa or pillow cover, or a table runner? I have not made up my mind yet but I’m making some more squares.

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APAD 091: Crochet mini-hearts applique

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, Cycle 2, Expat Life, That's My World | 2 comments

Last week I signed up at Stash-Buster Challenge and my first ever project was the crochet mini hearts applique.

Since it was close to the Valentine’s day, I used these mini-hearts as embellishments for my Valentine’s card and gift tags or mini-bookmarks that you see below:

crochet mini hearts bookmarks

Yes, I’m “crafty” like that 🙂

I used brown kraft card stock, washi tapes, rubber stamps, metallic pen and baker’s twines. They were all hand-punched, hand-drawn and hand-stamped. Yes, I’m one of those followers of the handmade movement 🙂

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APAD 075: Bitter gourd

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 2, sights, That's My World | 4 comments

apad wordless wednesday bitter gourd

Yes, they are edible. Despite their bitter taste, bitter gourds lowering blood sugar levels, rich in folate, Vit. C and are excellent sources of flavonoids such as beta-carotene and a lot more minerals.

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APAD 071: Single

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, Cycle 2, sights, That's My World | 2 comments

apad a single rose

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