Tuesday, January 20, 2015

All abuzz for the wedding

A team to set up the tent and the dais for the wedding ceremony. 
Work done! 
The event organisers are in.
More hands on deck - the menfolk  are assembling the door gifts to contain the specially made fruit cake by the groom's mum.

Lovely Thank You  door gifts 
Rice grains and rose petals to  fill up the sachets for the 'moment' during the thali tying.

All packed  in delicate chiffon packets  - to be distributed to guests . Ready to shower the bride and groom. 

The groom's uncle up on the ladder to decorate the main entrance to the house. - a traditional welcome in a South Indian wedding.

Adding more colour and beauty  at another doorway to the main wedding  area.

A lady specialist in henna painting from Byron Bay  painting motifs a day before the wedding.

The bride's choice

Getting the kumkuma - mixture of tumeric and saffron  ready - a Hindu ritual 'aarti'  to greet and bless the bride when she enters the groom's house. 

More colour and grandeur for the wedding house  lounge  -  the groom's mum was up early at the Ballina farmers' market for flowers etc.

Sarees, salwars, sherwanis,dhoti, kurta etc  - all having a quick steaming to iron out the creases.

Giving special attention to the flower girl's gorgeous salwar.

The local hairdresser from Lennox Head  certainly had a busy time !

Niece of the groom getting ready for her flower girl  role.
Pretty ladies in a row - taking turns  to be dressed in their sarees in the hands of the expert.
A small white rose for my hair, with a little help from the hairstylist.

 Time to light up  the  kuthivalika ( brass oil lamp) adorned with fresh jasmine.

Lighting up for the auspicious day
The wedding reception team of  pretty nieces  and cousins  - rose water, kumkuma , programe to explain a simplified Indian wedding ceremony , sachets of tumeric rice 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lennox Head - we're back!

Upon our first visit to Lennox Head in 2012,  we spent Christmas there.We fell in love with the quiet peaceful village.  Thereafter,  two years in a trot we  returned to it again  and again for a big 70th birthday bash of my sis in law and now in December  to gather for her son's wedding. Lennox Head certainly has many family stories to tell.

Lennox Head is a seaside village in the North Rivers region of NSW, Australia situated on the stretch of  coast  between Byron Bay and Ballina.

Truth be told, I do not swim. Just playing in the water is fun . I guess I really miss out on this aquatic enjoyment. So at Lennox Head, I walk on the beach, climb Lennox  Point and look out at Pat Morton, and watch the waves roll endlessly. The lapping, crashing  and pounding of the waves is music to the ears and looking out from the balcony or sitting on the beach or lawn, one never tires of of the therapeutic effects. The ocean vista is always changing and when evening comes and darkness follows, out in the vast open space it  is pitch black and the waves sends its own rhythmic sounds to us.

Lennox Head is where my sis in law goes to for peace and quiet. It's a kind of retreat,so blissful.  But  the times we have gathered, gosh , it's like what we say, a fish market, with 15 people or more  under one roof! Well, the wedding that we attended had 100 people but the roof stayed intact!

This time round, my hubby and I  made an effort to get  up at 5.44 to catch the sunrise from the bed on the ground floor of the bungalow.

 With droopy eyes, after all the liquor imbibed, we got our cameras out to catch the morning glow. A little cloudy but the sun was up all the same.

So ended  our third visit to Lennox Head after fourteen happy ,memorable days. It seemed like the fun and the eating and drinking would never stop!  The children amongst us gave us much interactive cheer. The adults talked and talked and we got to know each other better with rellies and friends popping by.  The parties prior and after the main event - wedding, of course got us excited and dressed in our finery.  Then came Christmas Eve  lavished with turkey, leg of ham and the full works, all home -cooked by home-grown chefs who happen to be our nephews and even the new bride who cooked goose ( not one but two ) to feed the army of  uncles, aunties  and others in tow!) on Christmas Day.Not forgetting some shopping on Boxing Day in Byron Bay.

So much to say about this holiday which is really special 'coz it started in Melbourne and then onward to lovely Tasmania for a first visit. Finally we ended up in Lennox Head which wound us up as we worked as a team to get the house and things ready for a traditional Indian wedding. All good things must come to an end and here we are back in Kuala Lumpur. Whatever one says, it's still home sweet home. Well, till  good things happen again, in whatever manner.

I can't believe how this year has flown by. And the blog has been rather idle! Well this is to say goodbye 2014 and welcome 2015. Here's wishing  my blogging friends , A Happy New Year. All the best of things to you.

Hail the waves!

Lennox Head is popular with surfers.

The seaweeds washed ashore

 Keeping  watchful eyes on surfers

Surfs coming in 

A peacock fanning out on the beach?

Catching the wind

See me and see my name! I took some time to make those alphabets - as it was mainly seaweeds around me.  My name was made of seagull feathers, a bluebottle, twigs and seaweeds. Just as it was made, a quick click of the camera and the waves came in...

A blob of jellyfish
Here's looking at you! One of the locals, Les  told me it's the skull of a snapper, noting the hump on the head. He reckons  that fella weighed about 10 kg. 

Pincers and what's left of the crab .

Said hello to a local who was strolling with his wife. Got talking about the blue bottle jellyfish. Les sportingly showed me the sting marks left by the bluebottle jellyfish. He had them all over his thighs and hands too. Not bothersome to him!

Les held the bluebottle jellyfish to show me the tail. They were a few washed up the beach .
Whoa, I've landed! The picture was taken from the balcony of the house.

On the boardwalk to Pat Morton lookout
From  Pat Morton  lookout
View from the bed  - Sunrise at Lennox Head

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fun all the way!

My hubby and I had a short break recently  and it was to Hong Kong. Its been ages though a quick visit a couple of years ago, we hopped over from Macau to Kowloon to have a walk around and eat good Chinese food.

I went on a Corporate holiday and knew that  in the company of  60 other people, we would be doing things differently. So we left our whims and fancies behind. Guess what, we had fun all the way!

  Nothing cheerier than this!
LET Us out! We are innocent!!

Ready? Yes, for Mickey's PhilharMagic
Hardly a distraction!

Action!  ... so visit Hong Kong  and find our why the city never sleeps!.....

Rubbed  much gold on meself. So much richer than before!
Who is happier?? 

Just signed off an important document to David Cameron ! Oh well, Pres Obama was my witness.

How does one show a bright sparky light bulb moment??

English tea, of course!

Ready for a flick from Ip Man.

No skirt lift . This will do!

 I tried but couldn't wreck them bars :(