Archive for December 2011

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2011

Yesterday I spent four hours in town by myself, checking out the winter sale. I spent an hour (ONE HOUR!) in the Cath Kidston store, armed with £90 worth of vouchers. Everything was on sale. I looked through every part and every corner of the store, touched everything and soaked in all the prettiness, and took my time to choose gifts for myself and friends.

When the cashier told me all the items I had put in my basket rung up to £75, I said, “So much? Surely that’s not right, is it?” She went to get her manager and we checked all my purchases. Apparently, it WAS right, I did bloody well spent £75 and at that point I wished I could have dug a hole to hide my big-ass embarrassed face. It was a LONG time ago since I have spent so much in a single receipt, apart from when we go food shopping.

Right after I left the Cath Kidston store, I went straight into the Jo Malone shop and blew £78 on cologne and a candle. Spending so much money evoked a lot of guilt but I decided what the hell I should treat myself at least once a year. I’d planned on getting these for myself for a long time and I experienced what I can only describe as a wonderful cathartic release from the girl who normally only ransacks the sale bins.

The sales staff who served me took care and attention in packing my purchases: getting the right-sized boxes, stuffing it with black tissue paper, wrapping the the boxes with beautiful black grosgrain ribbons so expertly they came out as perfect bows. Her level of customer service reminded me very much of Rowan Atkinson in Love Actually, except of course she was a lot better looking!

As you can see, I’ve hidden my purchases in my drawer so my husband doesn’t find them.

Don’t tell on me!

Happy 2012!

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011

My Christmas tradition every year is to buy my husband a chocolate advent calender from Thornton’s, and we share 24 pieces of little chocolates among the two of us.


December 23, 2011

I bought this bobble hat a few weeks ago because of there was a short period where crazy arctic gales were sweeping across the country, and causing me headaches when I was out. Then I accidentally discovered that my son actually looked so much cuter in it than I do!

Bath Spa in the winter

December 22, 2011

When my mother was in town, R and I took a day trip to Bath Spa earlier this month, just the two of us. Bath has got to be one of my favourite cities in the UK. The buildings are all constructed with the elegant honey-coloured Bath Stone. There are no large modern malls because alot of the architecture is listed and cannot be torn down. The compact city is full of little alleys packed with interesting shops and restaurants easily accessible by foot. I had never been to Bath in winter time. It was a cold crisp day when we went, very chilly indeed. There was a bustling Christmas market where we had a browse around and I queued up to get a Wild Boar & Apple sausage. We spent the rest of the day just exploring different shops to get some Christmas gifts and ended the night with dinner at Loch Fyne, a seafood restaurant we visited in 2005 while we were dating.

Ah Beng in the making

December 7, 2011

I learnt today that you are never too young to ‘zhng’ your car! See example by Lucien.