Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Card for a 15-Year-Old

It's a friend's little sister's birthday, and she's just 15 years old. Whew, so young! I can't remember when's the last time I made a card for a teenager. So it was a little challenging to think of a suitable design.

Anyway, I decided on a baby blue card stock as my base and the design just developed from there 

Here are the tools I used.

And here's the end result.

I'm not sure if this is a 15-year-old appropriate birthday card design, but I hope the recipient appreciates the effort anyway.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Corning Museum of Glass

Now, I should get on with posting about our 3 day guided tour to Niagara-Canada.

Our tour bus was an interesting mix - all Chinese, but of different nationalities - a Taiwanese family of 3, an Australian/native to Guangzhou, China family of 6 and a local mother and daughter who lives in Maryland, and us, a pair of Singaporeans. The tour guide is effectively 'trillingual', and speaks Mandarin, English and Cantonese fluently. During his commentaries, he would switch effortlessly from Mandarin to Cantonese and vice versa in a heartbeat.

Our first destination before we reach Niagara Falls was the Corning Museum of Glass, which is located in New York and is some distance from the city. At first I thought all I'd see in the museum are varieties of glass crockery similar to the ones that my Mum has at home and wasn't too enthusiastic about this place. Well, I thought it was a Corningware museum cum factory. Little did I know that there was far more in the museum than I could ever imagine. Highly educational, the museum had thousands of glass exhibits, some artistic, some scientific, useful in educating visitors about the history of glass, properties of glass, art created out of glass. There was also live demonstrations of glass making conducted at specified times.

A hint of the museum's less than mumsy contents was this huge yellow, spindly glass sculpture near the entrance. This reminds me of the glass sculptures I've seen in Murano, Venice here.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Back - intermittently

Hallo everyone, I think I've lost more than half of you regular readers since I haven't posted for many weeks now. I do apologise for my unannounced hiatus. I started a new job recently and have been working really, really late. And when weekends come I don't get round to blogging, just catching up on sleep at home or going out.

I was posting about my US trip, and I should be getting to Niagara Falls/Canada. I'd try to do that this weekend. This post is just to inform you that I'd be back intermittently when I do find the energy to post.

Here's a pretty picture of Niagara Falls at night for your viewing pleasure. 

The picture's taken by Milk, my night shots are as usual, CMI (cannot make it), plus to my defence, it was freezing at night and my hands literally shook while trying to take pictures. Anyway, have a good Friday, people!


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