Sunday, September 21, 2008

Siteseeing in Kuala Lumpur

Well, Today was a full day. KC and his girlfriend picked me up at the hotel at 11:00am and we got back at around 630pm.

First Stop. Patronas Towers (Ever see the movie "Entrapment"?) Yeah, those twin towers. Beneath them is a huge shopping mall. We ate some lunch at the Dome Cafe restaurant surrounded by stores like: Gucci, Coach, Georgio Armani, Jimmy Choo and the like. It is a very upscale shopping experience.

Next we stepped outside to the park so we could try to get some pictures of the towers. Unfortunately the Skybridge which spans the two towers at the 41st floor was no longer open for tickets. Bummer! Oh well. Next time.

Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers before the rain deluge
Water feature and kiddie pool at KLCC park
Next Stop: Central market and China town.
We drove over to the Central Market looking for textiles and yarn. Found a lot of fabric but it was alread fashioned into clothing. So we headed off to Chinatown. A busy little street with wall to wall street vendors. They kept trying to get me into their booths saying they had "large size t-shirts" for me. Okay! I know I'm FAT!! I get the picture!! Geez!
We did find a department store that had a fabric section in it. There was a wall of Chinese Silk Brocades. I bought 2 meters of 2 different fabrics. They were about $9.00 USD per meter+/-. Im thinking of using the fabric to line the Recycled Sari Silk bag I'm planning on knitting.
Chinese Silk Brocade
Left one has little flowers and vines
Right one has butterflies all over.

Dark picture of the floral silk brocade

Detail of the butterfly silk brocade.

I've come to the conclusion, silk doesn't photograph well.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Knitting Patterns Everywhere!

At the restaurant, in my room, I see Knitting Patterns! The restaurant has a beautiful mosaic wall that's huge and done in red and gold 1x1 tiles. I want to knit it! (Does that make me obsessive?)

In my bedroom was this wooden carving which reminds me of the aran pattern sweaters i've seen but have avoided knitting.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Landed in Kuala Lumpur

Landed, found an ATM that accepted one of my Debit Cards, found my luggage and a taxi and ultimately made it to my hotel.  Nice hotel, neat clean room and the water temperature and pressure in the shower is A M A Z I N G! 

Today (Friday)  Went to the FCS Office to do some setup for my training next week with the FCS trainers.  Hope I can get the cab driver here next week and not get lost.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bali, Hi!

St. Regis Hotel, Bali.

Today I took a nice little walk and found RESTAURANTS!! Even a Baskin Robbins!! The hotel has come along very nicely and the people are great. The restaurants' food is a little more 'elegant' than my delicate little palette (which usually consists of Taco Bell and Cracker Barrel when I can find it) is used to. Good news is I've lost a couple pounds. Below are pictures around the hotel. Mostly during the 'Fire Dance Ritual' which happens each night at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Now where?!

Well, the past couple months have been fairly busy. I spent some time in Vermont (The Equinox Resort) and a lot of time in Minneapolis. ( Aloft Minneapolis, W Minneapolis and Westin Edina).

Latest trip was to Barbados (Friends' Wedding and little bit of R&R). My good friend and co-worker Meredith accompanied me to the hot, humid and very tropical island of Barbados. A couple short flights.. LAX to Miami, Miami to Barbados and we were there. We checked into the Bouganvilla Resort (nice suite, near the beach and pools), and got busy on our tans. (Meredith tans, I 'ecru'). At least I got a little bit of color, but what do you expect, I sit in the shade wearing SPF 50 and knit. Yes, I get teased a lot by my friends. As you can see, Meredith needs little assistance with her tan.

The wedding was beautiful. Monique and Andy looked great and the wedding went off without a hitch. It was just like the old saying about the duck... calm and collected above the surface, but paddling like crazy below. Everyone had a great time. The groom's father and mother officiated the services.

Also in attendance: Duncan (Man of Honor) and Phil (Best Man).

Other Pictures:

The 'Hen Night'

After the Ceremony. Phil, Andy, Monique, and Duncan.

At the Reception.

NEXT STOP: Bali, Indonesia.

I just arrived, a couple hours ago, at the St.Regis - Bali. WOW, it's not too shabby! I can see the golf course and the ocean (though distant) from my room. HUGE Bathtub.. LOVE IT!! Hopefully will get to do a little exploring and not work the entire time while here.

At some point while here I will be trying out the services. Restaurants, Fire Dance Ceremony as well as a Spa Treatment, it's up to us to put the employees through their paces.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hmm, where have I been lately?

Since the Paris Trip I have been to Montreal Canada, Columbia SC, Garden Grove CA, Cancun Mexico and am currently in Minneapolis Metro MN (for about 3 weeks).

Just doing a lot of working and a bit of knitting on the way.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Paris 16May08

Had a fantastic day yesterday... did a lot of walking. Carol (co-worker) come over the hotel (LeMeridien-Montparnasse) and we went out for some marathon site-seeing. Took the Metro to the Champs Elysee, walked to le Louvre, walked from le Louvre to the Eiffel Tower and took a cab back to the hotel. My dogs were barkin! A few sprinkles and a few claps of thunder didn't hinder us. We waited through the queues and took the elevator up to the uppermost public level of the Eiffel tower... not for the acrophobic or agoraphobic.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ya gotta just love working in Paris!

So, here it is, day 3 in the City of Light.

Day1 = Taxi dropped us off at the wrong hotel... had to walk 4 blocks to correct hotel dragging our luggage behind us. Checked into the hotel. (Still not quite finished). No TV, no HighSpeed Internet (can't even catch a wifi signal from the youth hostel downstairs). No water, except in the toilette.

Day2 = Still no TV, HighSpeed or Water... moving into a different room. Okay so now I have water... just no hot water. Makes for a very brisk awakening.

Day3 Guests are supposed to check in today.... yeah, good luck with that!

Did already do some sightseeing on Saturday evening when we arrived. Ate dinner near Notre Dame walked to the Pont Nuef (sp) then over to the Louvre and back to the hotel via Metro. Of course today (Monday) is a religious holiday so there is very little open, not even McD's is open today! (did I mention the hotel doesn't have any hot water yet?)

Oh well, the glamorous life of world travel!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Cabo Vacation (Yeah!! Vacation!!)

So, spend a wonderful week in Los Cabos at the Pueblo Bonito Resort at Sunset Beach with my co-workers (Meredith, Erin and Jeffrey) I like to call them "the professional tanners". It was a little unfare that Meredith and Erin spend the week prior in Hawaii, getting a headstart on their deep-dark coppertone tans. It's sickening! I decided to cheat a little, and got my tan airbrushed on. Looked good for a few days, then started fading. So while everyone else was getting darker, I was getting lighter... oh well.

Daily Itinery:
Eat (at the pool)
(repeat 6 times)

If ever in Cabo.
'Dolce' Italian Food
'Mi Casa' Mexican Food
'Romeo y Julietta' Italian Food
'Nik San' Asian and Sushi

Now, for the important part of the vacation, Knitting!! Yes, I'm the goofball sitting by the pool knitting from 10am - 6pm. I really thought I'd get a shawl finished. (Blue Heron "Chocolate") but, alas I spent too much time in the pool... nearly finished though. Luckily my flight was cancelled on the way out and had to wait 6 hours for the next flight so I went to the Admiral's Club Lounge and knitted away the hours.

Just got home Sunday. Although I haven't finished the shawl yet, I started the Knitting Pure & Simple "Weekend Neck Down Jacket" Now is it to be warn on weekends? or should it only take a weekend to knit? I'm confused, as usual. It's a sympathy sweater since mom just re-started her Knitting Pure&Simple cardigan sweater. This way we can work on the same sort of project at the same time.

Next week..... PARIS!!
I will be flying to Paris on Friday, getting in Saturday, working until the 15th then spending 15, 16 and 17 sightseeing. Fun times as this is the first time I've been to the "City of Light." Plans include Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Rodin Museum. Perhaps I'll ask the concierge about yarn shops. Will first be staying at the Express by Holiday Inn Canal de la Villette untili the 15th, then a couple days at the LeMeridien Montparnasse then final evening at the Westin Paris.

Hope all is well with everyone!