Take time out to enjoy..

Take time out to enjoy..
Relax, renew, regain, regrow, reflect

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

When was your first cyclo trip?

My first experience in a Cyclo?.. back in 2000 in Cambodia.. how about you?.. you been for a ride on one of these?..
Cyclos appeared in Saigon in 1939. The first cyclo was invented by a French man
named Coupeaud. The first city using this vehicle was Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
This vehicle then came to Saigon. In late 1939, Saigon had only 40 cyclos.
The number rose to 200 in 1940.

A coach running from Saigon to Vung Tau in 1925.

 The joys of being on the streets of Hanoi.. in a cyclo.. toot.. toot.. honk.. honk.. beep.. beep..
 The best way of seeing life!!! Thank you Mr Cyclo driver.. for your energy and skills at maneuvering your bike, and me through peak hour traffic, safely.  

Thank you Michael.. it was good to meet you.. see you again soon..

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Crepes anyone?...

The perfect spot to enjoy Crepes at.. Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi

Believe me.. this is what they look like.. what they tasted like?... just PERFECT!

Idle away many hours sitting talking to the locals..

Just the best!

Oh'la la.. I do enjoy Hanoi!

Serves 4 – Ingredients - pancake
  • 115 g Plain Flour
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 225 ml Milk mixed with water
  • 85 ml Water
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • 8 squares greaseproof paper
  • 115 g Butter
  • 3 freshly squeezed oranges
  • 1 orange rind - grated
  • ½ Lemon juice only
  • 1 tumbler Cointreau Grand Marnier or brandy
Make the pancakes well in advance.
  1. Combine the flour, eggs and salt and add the milk and water mixture gradually until you have a batter the consistency of single pouring cream.
  2. If your mixture is too thick, so will your pancakes be.
  3. Leave to stand.
  4. Heat the oil in a suitable pan until slightly smoking and pour of any excess.
  5. Coat the pan with the thinnest possible layer of batter, repairing any holes with extra drops.
  6. Turn after a minute or two, cook briefly on the second side and then slide on to the first square of greaseproof paper.
  7. In this way, build a stack of pancakes interleaved with greaseproof paper.
  8. Set aside until needed.
  1. Heat your largest frying pan and melt the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the orange rind and juice and lemon juice (optional), along with about 1/3 of the Cointreau.
  3. When nicely bubbling, add the pancakes one by one, folding each into quarters as you do so.
  4. Cook for a minute or two, then gently heat the remaining Cointreau in a small saucepan.
  5. When warm, pour over the pancakes and set alight

Friday, May 25, 2012

The printed words..

Lisa Ho sells her collection.. The Financial Times Sydney Thurs 24.5.. wowoie.. imagine making a bid on this container of lace/fabrics/material and such like collection?...

Oh.. the Auction date has not yet confirmed.. I'd still love to be there though! and well done Lisa Ho that you can move on from wanting/needing/having to hold onto your possessions.. 
Do your possessions possess you or do you possess them?.. Can you get rid of them in a drop of a hat or are they holding you down?.. What are you possessions?.. Your most valued possessions?..

If I have to be totally honest with you all.. my  possessions must be my loved ones.. my family.. my treasures.. yes.. and them I'd never trade, sell .. auction.. get rid of.. them I'd move the earth to support, assist, enjoy, celebrate with.. YES.. its them that I can't live without.. all the other 'clutter' I don't need.
Like this bunch of peonies.. each one very individual and very special..
I had a wonderful 10 days down in Sydney .. thank you family members.. each and every precious one of you.. You're simply THE BEST!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Putting my comfy pants on.. I'm gone!

Jip.. this Nonna is pulling on her comfy pants.. and flying down to Sydney to be with my darling granddaughter Willow..for a while.. so adios.. amigo.. I'll be back..

Monday, May 14, 2012

You can ring my blue bell..

Lovely wall paper idea.. a real Chinoiserie treat!

Blue loo. just stunning!

Blue makes me happy.. how about u?.. like this Vietnam picture.. makes me happy too..

Little boxes make me happier.. especially when wrapped up so prettily in blue..

Blue Martini's make me happy too..

Blue adverts make me happy.. shopping makes me happier, especially with our Personal Stylist/Shopper

Yes.. blue..  you ring my bell loud and clear.. ting, a ling.. ling.. what is your favorite color?..

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dedicated to My Mom.. mum.. Happy Mothers Day

My mom and I Christmas 2009.. wonderful memories of a super day mom..

What joy.. having Christmas together.. this one is for you Nanna says daughter Kim

Airport arrivals are the BEST!
And daughter Toni could welcome her Nanna as well..
Relaxing waiting for 2010 to arrive and the FIREWORKS TO START..with a thousand others at Bradley s Head
Happy Mothers Day mom.. you're an amazingly strong woman.. thank you for your love and support always xx special hugs.. enjoy a GOOD DAY..

Friday, May 11, 2012

Gone Dotty for you..

Jip.. spots are out! ... I'm in love with spots.. always have and always will be!..

Do you enjoy spots as well.. ?.. are you seeing dots already?....
Latest find.. a stunning soft black white scarf.. this will come in most handy with cooler months ahead..

Aah.. Yaly in Hoi An made this for me.. I so enjoy wearing it.. every time!

Told you I was 'dotty' huh?.. love this red cardi as well, and every time I wear it, I get compliments.. do you have favorite items in your wardrobe?.. things that you just enjoy wearing and look so good in?.. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Why go to Vietnam NOW?...

Not the what.. the WHY today...
Why does Vietnam pull my strings?... do up my buttons and tie my bows?... in other words, tick all my boxes?..
The stillness, the pureness. the whiteness of the beach sand ticks my first box.. total ESCAPE..

Some marvelous accommodation.. Vietnam has burst onto the Luxury Destination stage, right now, its the WORLD'S best VALUE holiday destination for Australians.

Take moments to reflect, enjoy your surroundings and appreciate what this country has achieved in such a short time after their devastating War.. its regained MUCH  more than imaginable.. 
Vietnam gives you opportunity to discover, find yourself again. Get back into shape, and sharpen your mind and body.. everyday you see hundreds of locals exercising, walking, doing yoga, etc, and it's contagious..!!!

You meet the nicest, friendlies of people.. so helpful and kind.. so willing to share their lovely country with you..

You'll be blown away by the colors.. the flowers, fruit, silks. skies.. just amazes me!
Accommodation is superior and obliging in all ways.. from the Park H yatt (above) to the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (reachable only by boat) to the Sofitel Metropole.. just outstanding..!!!

The French Colonial architectures oozes charms.. all over Vietnam.. above in Saigon.. ooh it just speaks to my heart.
Taste sensations.. from her tropical fruit paradise in season fruit only eaten, to the amazing cuisine.. from the buttery croissant to the spicy Pho Bo.. each morsel you eat you'll enjoy and savor! Be sure to do some cookery lessons in Vietnam!

Your camera will work overtime.. there's a scene to capture at every moment, every second of the day.. so come prepared with much spare disc space.. Viva Vietnam!
Enough reasons?... oh.. there's heaps more.. I'll reserve these for another blogpost.. get to Vietnam soon!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

High five?.. NO.. high tea yesterday..

For no reason.. ladies enjoy gathering to have tea together. Where did this tradition start?

I'm thinking those stunning eats! Like scones with jam and cream?

Scones with jam & cream

2½ cups (375g) self-raising flour
1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar
30g (1 ounce) butter, chopped
1¼ cups (310ml) buttermilk
¾ cup (240g) black cherry jam
1 cup (250ml) double cream
1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. Grease 22cm (9-inch) square cake pan.
2. Sift flour and sugar into large bowl; rub in butter.
3. Add buttermilk. Use a knife to cut the buttermilk through the flour mixture to make a soft, sticky dough. Turn dough onto floured surface, knead gently until smooth.
4. Press dough out to 2cm (3/4 inch) thickness, cut out 4cm (1½ inch) rounds. Place scones, just touching, in pan. Gently knead scraps of dough together; repeat process. Brush scones with a little extra buttermilk.
5. Bake scones about 15 minutes. Serve warm scones with jam and cream.
prep + cook time - 35 minutes makes 25
Tips Scones are best made on the day of serving. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in oven, wrapped in foil. You could substitute the double cream for clotted cream or whipped thickened cream.
Recipe courtesy of “The Australian Women’s Weekly High Tea", ACP Books, rrp $32.95, available from selected bookshops and department stores and online at www.acpbooks.com.au
Photographer: Louise Lister; Stylist: Vicki Liley.