I have to admit age is catching up with me, mentally that is. I recently find that I like listening to bossa nova music and I’m playing it non-stop on the stereo. I used to find this kind of music boring and a bit too laid back for my liking. I still like my energetic, pumping music but I’m enjoying the chilled, relaxing path.
It’s the kind of music you would normally hear at lounges, the kind where the lights are slightly dimmed and you have soft, cushy sofa and seats with pillows for you to comfortably lay your back on and your drink is served in a tall glass with some pretty garnishing at the side of the glass, then placed nicely on a glass table with a coaster beneath it. The kind of place where you will have a drink or two to chill out, like you don’t have a worry in the world, don’t even have to carry out a conversation with anyone and just listen to the music. What comes to mind is usually poshy hotel lounges.
It was on a night when I stayed up late to work on some event items customisation and I had on my earphones with some pop music playing. I like to put on music and stick my earphones into my ears so that I drown out any sounds around me. I don’t like noise especially when I’m focusing on work or creating something. I used to like working with electronic dance music on when I’m sewing and doing some creative work with cloths and sometimes I put on some classical pieces. I got bored listening to pop, so I listened to this version of “How Deep Is Your Love” by Kelly Rowland and Michael Buble. I heard this song at a wedding reception recently but didn’t know who sang it, so I searched online and found out it was these 2 singers, and I was hooked on this song. A more romantic rendition which would be suitable for weddings. I like the original “How Deep Is Your Love” song by the Bee Gees but this version has a more romantic feel to it.
So after listening to this song, I was just scrolling for the next song to play on YouTube and saw Olivia Ong‘s “A Girl Meets Bossa Nova 2” album. I heard her singing before and kinda liked it, so I decided to listen to it. That was how I found out about bossa nova genre. I’ve been listening to it while I work and also play it constantly for leisure. So relaxing.
I attended St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 – The Ball which took place last Saturday (9 March 2019). It was held at Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O) in Penang, in their Grand Ballroom.
This is a foreword from Penang Irish Association :
“St . Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of what it means to be Irish; the spirit, the determination, the creativity and that indefinable something that makes us who we are. Ireland is capable of great things and every year, our embassies and Consulates use St. Patrick’s Day to show the world just what we can do.
One of our great strengths as a country is our people.
We celebrate our rich culture and heritage and we’re proud of its influence on world literature, art and music. St. Patrick’s Day is a great chance for us to share our culture with others.”
This is an introduction video I made before I entered the Grand Ballroom and did a live streaming of their event :
This is the first part of the live streaming taken during the event :
The video ended abruptly during the first video as the streaming stopped unexpectedly after I walked out of the ballroom and went across the hallway towards the buffet area. I made 2nd live streaming after that. The beginning part of the 2nd video was also not smooth as I was experiencing broadband problems. I was using my telco’s 4G internet and I also tried using the hotel’s wi-fi but the same problem occured. That means it wasn’t really the internet’s problem but there must have been some difficulty to get internet at that particular part of the hotel when I walked out of the ballroom and headed towards the buffet area. I was told by the hotel staff that they will be renovating the E&O ballroom soon and they have already begun renovating the heritage wing (where the Grand Ballroom is situated at) of the E&O Hotel Penang.
Here’s the 2nd part of the live streaming :
I had a great time at this event. It was nice dressing up, consuming the delicious food and beverages, looking at their performances, experiencing the Irish culture of celebration, and looking at the well-dressed ladies and gentlemen and being at the hotel’s ballroom. If you would like to attend this festival, they hold it every year so you can look forward to next year’s celebration. For more information, you can contact Penang Irish Association, which I’ll leave their information below.
My Mummy made wantan mee (translation : ‘mee’ means noodles in Chinese) with chicken soup for lunch (which is my brunch) today. I had 2 big bowls of wantan mee. Yes, I can eat a lot.
I love my Mummy’s cooking and she doesn’t cook lunch nowadays. She cooks dinner everyday so it’s a nice treat to get to have her food earlier on in the day. It’s healthy food.
Please excuse my voice in the video as I have stuffy nose from a cold for the past few days. I was sleeping for 12 hours (with some break in between) for 2 days. Much needed rest after working hard to finish off and deliver an order for event items customisation last week, then a bit of leisure time last Saturday to blog at the St. Paddy event.
If you want to see a bit about the event items I was customising, you can have a look at this link here. It is also Myle Enterprise’s 6th anniversary this month, so happy birthday to my lovely business, Myle Enterprise. If you need any events services, event planning, emcee or blogging about event matters, do keep in touch with me here or at email@example.com.
I’m glad in a way that I can catch a cold as it means my body knows when to break down and repair internally instead of just pushing it to my skin. Apparently, skin is the biggest part of our organ that can eliminate toxins from our body. My skin is always inflamed and itchy, so I’m in pain everyday. In a way, I’m always sick. So now if I fall sick like catch a cold, it lets my body repair internally and also it’s making the unwanted toxins out like through phlegm. It’s like being sick for a while then I feel better and no pain rather than to feel pain everyday but have unwanted toxins inside.
I mentioned in my previous blog post that I drank alcohol. I made sure I drank a lot of water that night which help to keep me hydrated and my eyes were alright. Usually if I’m dehydrated, it will draw water from my eyes and make it swell or shrunk. With the weather being so hot in Penang (sometimes up to 40 degrees according to the weather report in my phone’s widget), even if I drink a lot of water, I still feel dry. I just drank some rehydration salt and I feel better. I have also started using my body lotion again and I apply my natural oils after I put on my body lotion, so it’s hydration with protection. My skin is looking much better now. Make sure you drink more water especially if you’re in warm countries and keep yourself hydrated.