Mom and I went jewelry making. We (together) made 4 earrings, 1 bracelet and 1 necklace.
How they look:
1. Paper earrings
2. (3+)=1+1 Bead for each line
3. Square wrapped with wire
4. Red&round wrapped with wire
So yes, I named them. My “equation”, does it make ANY sense? I hope it does.
This is how we made them
1. We took a magazine and found a page with a color that we liked. As you can see, we found a beautiful dark blue. Then we cut them into triangles rolled them on a stick and glued the last part (the thinnest) down onto the bead.
2. I first chose the color. They had a whole bag, blue, green, pink, purple, orange…I chose, as you can see pink, purple and blue. Then we took the wire and bent to into a hook. We put the bead on it and closed the hook in the stud of the earring and voilà!
3. Mom took a square piece (truly it was part of a coconut shell). There were two holes, if you hold it diagonally it was on top and bottom. She put the wire through the hole and started wrapping the wire around. She did it on both sides and she was done.
4. I did the same only mine, was round and smooth. Another difference was I had to make the wire go through the middle because there were no holes on top and bottom. The rest was the same.
5. Paper beads
How did Mom make this? Easy! I could make that faster than I can push dad underwater.
5. Same concept as the paper bead earrings. That is the beading part. The rest, you take little beads and put it in any pattern you wish. Easy right?
6. Square necklace
How in the world did we make this?
6. Actually, truth be told mom only wrapped the bottom part of the necklace, the necklace was already made.
We had a blast. The person with us was super kind and not afraid to make a mistake or ask a question. If there was trouble wrapping (there was) and she did not know how to fix it, she would simply try and try again but including us so if one figured it out we could help each other.
Mom and I went weaving yesterday while Leendert and dad went knife making.
When we arrived, we saw two looms outside, one beside each other, mom and I were really happy because then we would not be lonely.
First we had to pick out our colors.
• Magenta/ Pink
• Very light blue
• Light blue
And a few other colors. After we chose our colors (me: turquoise and magenta, mom: turquoise and white), we went to the wheel of a bike, or at least that is what it looked like, and spun the string from the big roll to little bobbinss.
It REALY burns your fingers.
When all the little bobbinss were filled they told us one had to sit INSIDE and one OUTSIDE. I stayed outside and mom went in. Mom and I both felt lonely because there was nobody to talk to.
Towards the end, in total we got a couple of 5-10 minute ‘breaks’ and visited each other. We ended up weaving almost 1 meter of our 1.7 meter scarves. The ladies will finish them for us and deliver them tomorrow. We asked them also to make me pillows that match my scarf to decorate my bed in Dubai. What great souvenirs! It was a fun afternoon.
Before we left Vienna, I asked Milla (my friend who came from Thailand) what I should do in Thailand. She answered that I NEEDED to ride on an elephant. So I asked mom and dad if we could ride an elephant, and that is ONE of the thing we did. The only thing is I never learned the name of our elephant. So we made some up.
Mom and I rode on Elly Phant, and dad and Leendert rode on El ly Phant (there brother and sister). To start off, we went 10 meters to the right of the end of the place where they kept the elephants and turned into a little path only large enough to fit the elephant’s large feet, it was going uphill. Normally you would say “sit back and enjoy the ride” but in this case, if you would sit back you would be scared to fall backwards!
Of course, what goes up must come down, so guess what we did. CORRECT (I hope), we went down the hill. At the bottom of that hill, there was a banana plantation. At one point, mom, dad, Leendert and me were scared that our elephants were going to walk over the grass to the banana trees.
When we got back to the street, we went down a tiny path that lead to the water. You got it, the elephants wanted to cool down so water went into the trunk and ‘Elly’ and ‘El’ spat all over their body’s which caused us to get wet. Getting wet actually felt nice after biking for 2-3 hours in 42C°.
We finished by going on the road again. Going from the river to the place where we had started, there was an exhibit type of thing (a cage) with a snake that was about 2-3-4 times my hight and thicker than my/your hand! The reason why the length is so, not very precise is because he/she was all twisted and turned.
As far as steps go, I did the most. In total, there were supposed to be 500 step. Instead, there were 504 going up, I had to go up and down 5 times each time I did 36 and to go down, the way I went, I was the only one, there were 524 steps. They were hard to count and it may not have been worth the effort. These “500” steps led to a stage like thing close to the top of one of the hills. From there, we could see where we were riding the boat yesterday. It was so different from the top that at first I did not believe them. Before the steps we stopped on the side of the road and looked at another place to view just that time, we did not need to climb up the stairs. At that viewing place we could count 116 peaks (of the hills) and at the top of the stairs, there were more. So many I did not bother to count or we would have been stuck there another hour. Up top was the place where I realized how big the river actually was. It was too bad that it was cloudy. If not, we could have seen way far out and the color could have been a little better. Once in a while the sun would pop out but still through a tiny layer of clouds so there was not any blue sky. I know that it would have been a little nicer with the sun but the heat was great so I was glad (and I did not need to worry about the pictures for dad and mom take them).
As usual, we went on the metro to, wherever we went. we got out at the station called ‘East Nanjing Road’ and went around the old part off Shanghai
All the roofs were with the little twirls at the end and on some there were little statues.
It was a large crowded tourist trap with about a dozen tourists. there were many little souvenir shops (many were hard not to go in (at least for me)).
In the centre or somewhere near the centre was a little pond and many (about 4) ducks. Some were larger than others.
At lunch, we ate on a small street which was located behind all the touristy things, in total of about 100 to 200 people and 3 other people that were not locals. we ate noodles (which tasted like calamari) and AWESOME dumplings.
It is a city large with tall buildings everywhere. That would cause tourists (like us) to get lost and go in all the streets around except for one which is the correct one… It took us about 40-45 minutes just to discover that the apartment was around the corner. Yesterday we got lunch at 3:00pm. After all, we did not get the best night of sleep on the plane. Even, we all agreed that even thought we got to have a break of economy class, this was the most restless over night flight we had had until now, and dad (who has flown a lot) even said they woke us at least 45 minutes too early. But we did get to go up too our room right when we got there so we all tooIt is a city large with tall buildings everywhere. That would cause tourists (like us) to get lost and go in all the streets around except for one which is the correct one… It took us about 40-45 minutes just to discover that the apartment was around the corner. Yesterday we got lunch at 3:00pm. After all, we did not get the best night of sleep on the plane. Even, we all agreed that even thought we got to have a break of economy class, this was the most restless over night flight we had had until now, and dad (who has flown a lot) even said they woke us at least 45 minutes too early. But we did get to go up too our room right when we got there so we all took a nap. Mum and dad had to wake me up because it was like about 1:00pm. Our Contact Person showed us maps of around and we went straight to eat. We had greens, soup and eggs. The eggs had the normal yoke but the part that is usually white, were all stringish (yes, my invented word…). It was soooo good. Kuala Lumpur is wonderful. There is one problem,……… WAY TOO WARM!!!!
Une ville intéressante. La chose la meilleure était que nous sommes aller voler.
vous reconnaissez qui est qui?
Le vent était si fort que même si tu essayait de ne pas sourire que ce ne serrais pas possible ! Leendert et mon père son aller si haut que le maître pouvait presque pas les r ‘attraper. On c’est trop éclaté.