A little red

On Sunday I went to support some Indian women in their entrepreneurial venture at an Indian/Med restaurant ๐Ÿ™Œ The theme was red and jolly that made my day red too! Of course I love to wear red after orange ๐Ÿ˜œ Wore this suit from @Stylemartbridal โ™ฅ๏ธ

Posing at my usual photo booth

This suit brought back some memories. I wore this first time last year in May when hubby had a convention in Shanghai. It was a law convention which I got to tag along. My first time to Shanghai too ๐Ÿ˜˜ In the invite it said evening wear for one of the gatherings planned, so I wore this outfit and guess what? I stood out like a sore thumb ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸคฃThe men were alright as they wore jackets but the women ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ฅI was overdressed to the T.

Furthermore, most of the delegates who knew that I am a Singaporean asked me questions about India. Like, “How’s the weather in India?” How would I know? “Must have travelled many hours to get to Shanghai” My reply: “5 hours” ๐Ÿ˜‚ Look of bewilderment on the questioner’s face which followed a massive apology. Talk about stereotyping ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿง๐Ÿ˜”I had fun then and also now recollecting those moments! I said before, I am a comment ๐Ÿงฒ ๐Ÿ˜‚

Incidentally this outfit has gotten the most mileage in my wardrobe as I wore this for the 3rd time on Sunday ๐Ÿ’ช Most of my Indian clothes are worn 1 to 2 times ๐Ÿฅด No kid!

Back to the event on Sunday, on a personal level it was nice to dress up and what was most annoying was having to don a mask ๐Ÿ˜ท Even a pretty mask didn’t help the discomfort. This is another reason why I don’t like to go out. It’s so uncomfortable with a mask on. I was just happy to have some food before me so that I could remove my mask ๐Ÿคค See how happy I am?

The mutton briyani bento saved me momentarily

Well, I bought some things and supportive the ladies in a small way. One of them have this yummy fruit cake which I will be ordering for Deeps ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿค—

Also got a chance to wear my new ear-rings bought many, many moons ago ๐Ÿคญ

Yes, introducing my earrings

This suit will go so well with this bag in picture ๐Ÿ˜ But can only carry car ๐Ÿ”‘ and๐Ÿ’„ Now when I leave the house I need to carry sanitiser, wet ones, tissue packet, mosquito repellent, extra mask, mask container and other unimportant things like wallet and car key. So have to carry big bag nowadays๐Ÿ˜”

The famous coconut-shaped bag๐Ÿ˜Ž

30 | 30 |30

I was asked to do something creative with TP’s celebration of 30 years. Now that I am so busy I am asked to help with this ๐Ÿ™ Didn’t have much time and also No 2 has been down with sore throat. Doctor issued SHN for him so I have had to cook lunch and dinner for him and deliver to the house since he cannot step out. So much easier if he was with us but it would also mean we all have to declare at our respective work places that we have someone in the same household who is unwell. But living away means shuttling to & fro for us. Am grateful I am working from home to be able to cook and deliver the meals to him ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Anyway, I squeezed a bit of time today to do this and yes, it’s deadline today! My conscience pricked me๐Ÿ˜œ. How can I play out someone who had requested that I do something for her? I had to try at least!

So with just a few minutes I came up with this simple item. 30 bangles and 30 bolly sways was done within 30 secs. I just did for the fun of it and tomorrow voting starts. I hope I get some votes ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚

Did a collage of the moves ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

Lucky 13

Super excited that Rafa Nadal won his 13th Roland Garros ๐Ÿ† Thatโ€™s a feat that will never be repeated! Leading to the finals he didnโ€™t look like he would win as conditions were different this year with the tournament being in autumn instead of spring.

Itโ€™s really significant as this is clay and not hard court. I had watched all the matches this year since I WFH. ๐Ÿคฉ another plus in working from home! He didnโ€™t look like he would be able to go all the way but he did!

I am so proud of Rafa as heโ€™s mentally very tough. His determination and discipline always a motivation ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘Š It was so strange to see everyone in mask. But thatโ€™s the world we live in now๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜”

If not for COVID, I had planned to catch him in Paris since we went to Aussie Open๐Ÿ˜Ž in January this year. Thank you COVID for messing up all my plans to catch Wimbledon & Roland Garros this year. But itโ€™s okay. Will make sure I tick these two tournaments off my bucket list โœ… soon if not in 2021!

I can sleep now as I was so tense the whole Sunday thinking about the match especially since it was against the annoying Novak Djokovic ๐Ÿ˜’ who was unbeatable till today! YAY๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜˜

Drinking water

We read everywhere about drinking water and we know the virtues of drinking water instead of aerated drinks. My post is not about the benefits which are well documented elsewhere. It is about how to drink it properly.

I read this in Radhi Devlukia-Shetty’s post on ‘how to drink your water’ as advocated by Vedic science. I feel compelled to share with all of you so that you also learn about drinking water well.

While we are on drinking water, I would like to share my drinking vessel. I drink from this daily every morning. My Myanmar helper was naturally intrigued by it, but my Indian helper was of course, effusive in praise for this vessel. She said drinking from this would be good for the health. So, there you go! Endorsement!

Pretty isnโ€™t it? The taste of the plain water is also very nice in this.
Hereโ€™s the 101 on โ€˜drinking water rightโ€™

You are welcome๐Ÿ˜‚

Exercising is tough

Yes keeping to fitness regime is a constant struggle for some of us, yours truly included ๐Ÿ˜‚ Much as I exercise regularly I also need discipline and self-motivation ๐Ÿ’ช

One of my tricks is dressing the part and coordinating well. Even when I exercise at home I inspire myself by wearing matching exercise gear. No kid! Well this works for me. It’s like wearing uniform. No uniform the energy level and enthusiasm drops. That’s my mantra. So I coordinate my gear and shoes.

Much as I like bright colours I also fancy solid colours for the gear. Here is me wearing matching top and shoes. I decided to top the look by wearing my red hat since the whole combo was black and white.

My Shifu, often compliments me on days when she is in a good mood. Of course those days are rare. The other ladies at my Saturday class will also comment and lately I notice a few of some have been motivating themselves by coordinating their gear especially with their masks. I am proud of my gals!

sponsored by Nike – Just do it! Red hat is a Nike

Wore this top with black capri tights. Had this pair of Nike shoes which went perfectly with this look!

Another Nike ๐Ÿ™‚

After the exercise I took this picture with the exercise glow. This is for Saturday exercise vibes. When I exercise at home, the shoes are missing, but the gear always coordinated!

No make-up and fresh from breathing class

Personal style

I believe all of you will agree with me that we all have our own styles ๐Ÿ˜Ž Whenever I wear something there will be comments from most people but often with comments that would end with, “but it suits you” ๐Ÿ˜‚ I used to comment about this in my styling FB page Dress2Xpress. My posts were based on the comments I had received. I should revive that page for fun’s sake ๐Ÿคฃ It’s just that I don’t want to be active in FB. I still have my account which I had deactivated for about a year and I had so many DMs asking what had happened to me and if I was alright. So I activated it but don’t post anything unless challenged or tagged ๐Ÿคช

Anyway getting back to personal style. I like to wear baggy tops with straight pants or pantaloons or baggy pants. I do wear dresses but these have to be different not the usual fare. I have certain labels that I buy which have some good cuts and designs. What prompted this post is my recent posts on IG. I had posted this picture which got people commenting about ๐Ÿคฉ

Baggy top with loose pants woven with gold kicks & wet hair

So when I received the DMs I mentioned that I had always dressed like that. Sometimes I wear a nice pencil line skirt with a long blouse. Always a killer!

I wore this yesterday when I headed out for a big ME-time. It started with a facial and ended with shopping. My two fav pastimes!

Not one for shirts but this was a gift so I wore this with my baggies & decided on gold kicks

This picture was taken by my therapist as she wanted to feature me in her IG page. Of course I had also acknowledged the great work done by @polybeautySG in my IG ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป One of my friends thought I had taken part in a poly beauty pageant and won!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคช See, these are the comments I get!

I blogged before that I am a comment magnet. Always… all the time. I can be eating in a restaurant and someone will say something totally unrelated to me. When I had dined with my friends at Gayatri’s Restaurant recently, I went over to pay the bill and I had this man who was accompanied by a lady, say to me: “thanks for paying for me!” So I said, “You can always wish”. As I was walking back to my table he again stopped me and asked about a bollywood actor who had recently passed away. There were so many people at the restaurant and I was the chosen one ๐Ÿ™„

I tell you I am a comment magnet! When I wear red, I will be asked, “early for Chinese New Year or National Day (depending on time of year)” and this will be followed with “but you look nice in red”. When I wear floral clothes (which I do most of the time), there will be the usual, ” you look nice but if I wear I will look like Aunty” ๐Ÿง๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜žOf course I have my clapback for all these people. If asked, “early for CNY/ND” my reply would be, “yes, rehearsal first”. You should see their expression. They probably believe me as I say it with such conviction all the time๐Ÿ˜œ

My blog is really about personal style. We all have ways to show our expression. Something that works on another person may not work on us and even if ‘imitation is the best form of flattery’, one should not imitate others and lose their own style. At one time when my hair was really short, I used to dress differently with loads of chunky accessories and my friend Ragu, called me the “Indian Joan Jett”. This picture reminded me of my JJ days!

This picture was found in the concert programme of SHAFQUAT (in June 1980, read my blog on Blast from the past)

This picture was taken in May 1980. Goodness me 40 years ago!

Can see the resemblance to JJ? Here I look very much like my late Appa. When I tell people my face is small and sharp, they don’t believe me. This is another of the comments I will get from people: “How come now your face is sharp? Did you know me before? Well, if you did, it was sharp all the time” ๐Ÿ˜‰ In case the two pictures earlier don’t give that impression here is another shot, recent one.

More recent picture and wearing blue – a rarity!

How can a post about personal style go into sharp face? Only here ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

End of September

How can this month fly by so fast? Thought we just closed August๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
What did I do most in September? Being busy and busy. Not sure if itโ€™s because the year is coming to an end soon that suddenly work has started piling. One thing about this month has been work-late mode. Most days I logged off past 11 pm. It doesnโ€™t help that some people only reply to your emails after 10 pm.

I am stopping this work late business as of today. Yes, I just logged off ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿคฃ

October brings many joys for me like prep work for Deepavali๐ŸฅณReally nothing much we can do since we can only have 5 pax at one time. My HUGE plan! I will dress up, take pics and be very happy ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚ My Myanmar girl all ready with her photography skills ๐Ÿคช

Anyway I have applied for leave the week before and a few days of leave after Deepavali weekend! Not going anywhere but just needing that time to be โ€˜celebratingโ€™ the festivity๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป (doing nothing)!

On the last day of September today, I had a webinar to help host though it turned out that I was an attendee ๐Ÿ˜คBut allโ€™s well when it ends well. Highlight was dressing up for this afternoonโ€™s webinar. Not that anybody would see me but still๐Ÿ˜‚ the window of opportunity was open!

At the webinar doing my thing, taking pic ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜‚
This is the wet look – I didnโ€™t even bother to blow dry my hair ๐Ÿคซ

That’s my life right now! Just do it! As long as it makes you happy just do it ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Teaching in Japan

I had the good fortune of having two teaching stints in Kumamoto, Japan. The first time we went was as the pioneer team of the programme ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Žso there were four of us who had to prepare everything, the schedule, the materials and the assessments. We farmed out the workload and within weeks managed to get everything rolled out. Those days are rare and few now!

As it was the first year, there were many things that we could not do but we brought back the experience and recommended changes. Then four years later I was given the chance to go again. How did this happen? As I was heading a department within the school, I assigned one of the staff members to go for the trip since we had marked this as a good teaching experience for the team. But the staff was doing part-time studies then and couldn’t afford to take off that period ๐Ÿ˜•. So I asked another staff to go as this was a good opportunity for her but she declined. She said she was busy!!! I still recall this incident. As I was walking out to go home and wondering who could take the place as the other tutors had assigned roles which prevented them from taking this on, I met my Director. He asked why I was deep in thought. So I told him that I was going to let go of that one place for our staff for the teaching stint since no one was ready to go. He looked at me and said, “You go!” I told him that I had gone before and he said, “If they don’t want to go even after offering a place, then you take it! I will support it”. AND so I went a second time ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ

I was the only one who had the chance to go again. These pictures were taken at the second trip. It was around this time of the year four years’ ago that we were in Kumamoto. It was superb the second time around and also after several rounds of revisions the programme was much easier to teach. The schedule was also a little longer which gave us free weekends to spend with our good friend Chiharu, who was our host the first time and became a good friend.

As these pictures show, we shopped, ate, cooked, laughed, trekked, drank and importantly just had the world of a time! Some of you may recognise the ladies in the pictures!

D&D – JB theme

October and November always remind me of our annual D&D. We used to have them on an annual basis until a year ago when it was decided that it will be for special years only. We were supposed to have a grand one this year as TP turns 30 but COVID had other plans. As I was reminiscing of our fabulous D&Ds, thanks to FB and IG reminders of previous posts, I decided on this post ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This particular year, was a fond one as it was the first year that we had the new Principal (who is not new anymore) at the event and it was themed: James Bond ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ”ซ. So of course, all of us got creative and dressed to our best. One of my friends decided he will come as head of security ๐Ÿคฃ while others wore their suits (pretend tux). Of course we did it for the fun, though some came like they were going for a show somewhere and happen to come to the D&D venue by chance (or mistake) ๐Ÿง๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ If it was COVID then I would say it was their COVID-Fashion but unfortunately it was not. Nothing to save them from!

I have dug deep to find these pictures which all brought back such beautiful memories of James Bond themed D&D and most of all the banter we had at our table, PRICELESS!

Babe B & I – the Bond girls!
Our table of nine at the D&D. You would guess who had come dressed as security ๐Ÿ™‚
Couldn’t resist the temptation of this pose!

What do you say about our poses especially the Indian bond babes ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿคฉ

COVID-Fashion

This hilarious term was coined by yours truly in a conversation I had with a friend. We were talking about a certain person who wore a nice business suit (but definitely I wonโ€™t wear it) and underneath the jacket was a polo tee. The fabrics didnโ€™t go together. The style was a mismatch, and sandals that went with the whole look was hilarious. So at that time I said this is COVID-Fashion (CF) ๐Ÿ˜‚ We both laughed at the term. Then my friend said, this is a good blog title ๐Ÿ˜‚

Todayโ€™s blog is about it. Some CF can be quite nice (but of course๐Ÿฅณ) while others disastrous ๐ŸคฉI will blog about both. Whatโ€™s my CF? Matchy masks ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜˜

I also like wearing my kicks as heels donโ€™t look so nice when you have masks on. Anyway this one is my CF so donโ€™t ask why ๐Ÿคฃ Been wearing some fancy ones too๐Ÿคฉ

These are my latest acquired pre-CB but launched recently ๐Ÿ˜œ

Hereโ€™s another!

Another pair of kicks which looks so new because I hardly wear it

Because we mask we donโ€™t need to bother about our face so much. Skip the foundation. Let the face rest but do the ๐Ÿ‘ make-up. Very CF! Been working on that. Last week when I had dinner with a friend, he said my eyes came alive when I wore my mask. When eating my mask was off. Nothing impressive obviously ๐Ÿ˜œ After eating when I put on my mask he commented that my eyes stood out ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ The ๐Ÿ‘ make up!

Hereโ€™s a picture of that mask & look!

Checkout the mask and the eye make-up is just simple eyeliner work only!

See another mask with another look and the eye make-up is there! Work on it peeps. If you think this is too much. I agree! But it’s COVID-Fashion!

This mask is in satin and the design is beautifully matched with this blouse ๐Ÿ™‚
The embroidery on this mask is simple and classic

So this is my CF. There are many others who have their own version of CF. Like those who wear masks covering only their mouths. Seen that? Itโ€™s CF!

Today my cousin shared this pic of a man who used a recycle able bag as mask. The two handles were tied around the head and the bag was one big balloon-y โ€˜maskโ€™๐Ÿคฃ Check out the picture!

It takes all sorts ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜