February 25, 2010

What Is Your Favourite Scent?

20100225 Freshly Baked Bread

When one's asked the question "what's your favourite scent?", it's natural to immediately think of a favourite perfume. Sure I do have a number of favourite fragrances (Burberry's Brit Sheer, Estee Lauder Pure White Linen Light Breeze to name a few), but when it comes to a favourite scent, I'd have to say, nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread.

I live in an apartment near a few bakeries, and each morning I'm greeted with the most delicious smell of freshly baked loaves on the balcony. It's absolutely divine. Catching a whiff of it works up an appetite for a hearty breakfast each morning, that's for sure.

That's the mornings. In the afternoons, there'll be smells of fried chicken wafting in the air from nearby takeaways (gives you a rough idea on where I live, eh?). Not as good as the smell of baked bread, but it does give me KFC cravings from time to time.

What's your favourite scent? Smell of rain splashing on the grass? Indian curries? :P

February 10, 2010

Chinese New Year in Melbourne

Chinese New Year is in 4 days, and I've had nothing done. The apartment is not cleaned (it IS clean, it's just not ready-for-Chinese-New-Year CLEAN), no decorations are up, I don't have any new red attire, no angpows prepared (woohoo!), no mandarin oranges in the house, nothing. And that's the thing about living in Melbourne, especially when you're not in an Asian suburb. There's absolutely no Chinese New Year atmosphere.

No loud "tong-tong-chiang" music in shops, radio or telly. No New Year decor. No hustle and bustle of rushing to the bank to change crisp new notes for angpows. Here, it's going to be just another day.

This is the first time I'm spending Chinese New Year in Australia. I do miss the festive season in Malaysia, especially even more when I don't get to spend it with my extended family. At the time of writing, they are heading to Genting Highlands for a get-together, which I will sorely miss.

Still, it's not going to be a bad day, the eve and first day of the lunar new year. The weather will be good (i.e. it will finally cool down for a bit). We'll be meeting up with friends, having a potbless, and enjoying each other's company. There may even be some *ahem* gambling *ahem* involved :P Who knows?

So happy Chinese New Year, folks. May the year of the Tiger bring you good health and good things.

February 05, 2010

SCA Promo for Valentine's Day and the Lunar New Year


Going to do a little shameless self-advertisement here, so don't mind me :P


20100204 Valentine's Day CNY 2010 Promotion

In light of the coming Valentine's Day and Lunar New Year, what better way to celebrate these auspicious occasions than with new shiny trinkets? ;)

Sweet Contemplation Accessories will be having a 10% discount AND free worldwide shipping, and is valid from 5 to 28 February 2010.

In your shopping cart, there will be no calculation of shipping fees. Just enter the code VDAYCNY2010 in the Vouchers section, and you're on your way.

Please feel free to spread the word. Much appreciated :)