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Good-bye Old Friend

Posted in funny, Life in Singapore with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2013 by Yarn Over New York

It was love at first sight.  I was on the escalator in Plaza Singapura and, out of the corner of my eye, I saw shiny blobs of molten wax taunting me with their awesomeness.  All my life I dreamed of owning a lava lamp. I quickly made  my way back up one flight of stairs to the shop and requested an orange lava lamp.  The only orange one left was the display model.  I didn’t care, I wanted it so badly.  It had to be mine.

Please enjoy both the visual amazingness and the truly awesome audio in the background.

For over a year, we lived together happily.  Every night I would bask in the warm amber glow and enjoy the beautiful shapes it made for me.  We had good times.

It helped me host my 33 birthday party. (You can see it in the reflection next to the blue lamp)

It helped me host my house-warming party when I moved last year. See how it makes the food table so inviting.

We also had some not-so-good times.

There was the time its coil got stuck out of place. It was scary, luckily all was well in the end.

Then things started to get rough.  The light bulbs would spontaneously burn out.  Often.

The lamp told me what it needed.

I provided.

Still, things weren’t right.  Often the bulb would blow after just one use.  I tried different plugs.  I tried using a dimmer.  I did research online.  Soon, it stopped working entirely.  I took it apart and tried to fix the wiring.

Nothing worked.  My lava lamp died.  The end.

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I will miss you.


My Apartment in Macau

Posted in Life in Macau, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

When I moved from Belgium to Macau about a year ago, I found an awesome little 2-bedroom apartment in the historic area of Taipa.  The apartment fit all of my requirements: I could walk to work, it was not in a high-rise, I could easily walk to stores, restaurants and bars, and most of all it was in a neighborhood with some personality.

The area where I live is the oldest populated part of Taipa (called Old Taipa Village), whereas the rest of the island was pretty much a jungle until about 10 years ago.)  In recent years, the trees have been cleared out of the majority of Taipa and many many new high-rise apartment buildings have been added.  Though I enjoy the conveniences this kind of development creates (groceries stores, home supply stores, bars and restaurants), I wanted to live in a location with more of a history and a more unique feeling.

A view of the rest of Taipa

(Chicken coop high-rise = bad)

As you can see from the photos below, I have large windows with a view of trees!  It feels like I live in the woods ever though I am in the middle of the city.

Here is a before photo

The apartment is fully furnished (YAY!) with really ugly non-color-coordinating cheap furniture (BOO!), so I decided to cover EVERYTHING with orange fabric.  It is much better this way, don’t you think?

And here is the finished product

I also decided to paint the walls in my bedroom and the main living/dining area.  The kitchen and bathroom are both tiled, so no need to paint in there.  I had left the second bedroom alone with plans to tackle it in the future.  Now my roommate Nia has painted it for herself.

I went with an orange called “Carotine,” a dark green called “Kelly Green” and a light green called “Celery Stalk” for the living room.

For the bedroom, I chose a yellow called “Ripe Banana” and a pink called “Strawberry Crush.”  It’s like a smoothie in there!

I went to several home goods stores looking for various colorful (but mostly orange) accessories for the apartment.

My Guardian Lion

I set up a nice relaxing area on my bedroom windowseat.  It is a perfect little reading corner.

I covered the wardrobes with my photos.

My water cooler.

See more photos of my Macau apartment here.

Tree of Life

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Life in Macau, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

A few years ago in NYC, I painted a mural on my door inspiring by Gustav Klimt‘s Tree of Life.


Klimt's Tree of Life

Skoopy's Tree of Life- 2008

Recently, a friend of mine started to do murals on the walls in his living room.  He asked me to do a portion for him.  I chose the corner between his kitchen and his front door.  After some thought, I decided to do another tree of life.

I started this project about a month ago now and am really excited to show its progress over the last few weeks.


In the beginning, there was a tree

And in the end . . .


See more murals I’ve painted in Macau here.

Repainting, painting

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Getting There, Painting with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

Ok, I am in my NEW LIFE in Belgium now (still doesn’t quite seem real) but before I left I had to repaint my lovely ORANGE bedroom to be ready for the arrival of my subletter Tony.

My Bedroom - BEFORE

My Bedroom - BEFORE

Strangley enough, Tony was not so gung-ho about the idea of having a Kumquat colored bedroom.  I “agreed” to paint the room white for his arrival, thus leaving him with a clean slate.  But those of you who know me, know that I could not possibly paint a room WHITE.  Not possible.  So I painted it a subtle shade of blue (hand mixed by yours truly).

1st Coat of Blue

1st Coat of Blue

At about this point I stopped.  I could not bear to cover up all the beautiful orange in my bedroom.  I decided that I would paint a mural on the small door covering the storage area above my closet.

2nd Blue Coat and Halfway Progress Mural

2nd Blue Coat and Halfway Progress Mural

Here is the final product.  I am pretty proud but I still miss the Kumquat, as it really was the perfect color.

Final Mural

Final Mural

Anyway, I hope that Tony is happy with the end product.  It certainly doesn’t look like my bedroom anymore and I hope he enjoys it.