Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, it is lovely to catch up with you again. I feel as if I've been away from home forever, and there's yet another week to go before I get back to reality.
In the meantime, I scored a free holiday in Malaysia, the land of beautiful islands! I was meant to be spending a quiet week in my mothers house, minding my own business and relaxing after a hectic couple of weeks attending a wedding and my little show. All of a sudden, my sister in law offered me a holiday in Malaysia as her friend (who was meant to be travelling with her) had to drop out. The gift horse opened it's mouth, but I didn't look in. I clambered on and rode off into the sunset to Sepang! I can tell you, Mike was green with envy - not only had he stayed back in the UK in the cold of winter, he'd missed a trip into extreme sunshine as well. Them's the breaks, I'm afraid!
Our resort, The Avani was a short journey away from the airport and Kuala Lumpur. Villas built on stilts over the sea in a palm shaped formation were accessible by bicycle and electrically operated buggies. The Malaysian International Formula One Race track is in Sepang, but I wasn't too keen on visiting it, not being into motor sports. All I was looking for was a recharge of the old batteries, and a bit of sightseeing. Sepang was once all palm oil plantation, with the odd mangrove swamp thrown in. To me, mangrove swamp = mosquitoes and I was well prepared with my trusty tubes of insect repellent, bought in India. I never go anywhere without a tube in my handbag as I hate being bitten by the little critters.
The resort had a beautiful infinity pool and views of the sunset, and the best spa ever - I fell asleep during a rose salt scrub and oil massage that lasted an hour and a half and wanted to demand my money back as I felt that I had missed most of it!
We hit Kuala Lumpur the next day, wandered around the malls, took a purple bus to China Town and got dreadfully lost, but managed to find our way back, went looking for a supposedly fabulous Chinese temple, found that one closed, but an Indian one was open across the road so we went into it instead to soak up some colour.
We kept asking people for the way to the Chinese temple, but they took one look at us and directed us to the Hindu temple instead. Coming from India, we reckoned we could find ourselves an Indian temple any old time and were keen to see something outside our culture, but fell victims to stereotyping and ended up missing Guan Ti which closed it's doors just as we finally got the locals to understand that we did not want a Hindu temple, thank you very much!
While the others hit the shops, I people watched and took these photographs of a lady in a burkha receiving make up lessons without taking her headgear off. If I hadn't actually watched it, I wouldn't have believed it!
We spent a night in Kuala Lumpur taking in the sights after dark, eating at Atmosphere 360, a revolving restaurant at the top of KL Towers. The main sight was the Petronas building, comprising two identical towers with 93 floors each and a skybridge on the 41st and 42nd foor.
I thought it was too warm and humid to wear jewellery, but as you can see, my sister in law had no such qualms, and wore Caprilicious.
Another day resting by the seaside and it was time to end the beautiful reverie. Back home we flew, squeezed into a tin can like over sized sardines - please remind me, never AirAsia again. To be comfortable on that flight we'd have had to be about three feet tall.
I have another whirlwind of a week left before me. It is always this way - everyone waits till the very last minute to invite me round for a meal and then I end up eating for England and have to wear leggings on the flight back as I am usually too fat to be comfortable in my jeans. Anyway, Slimming World and the rigours of the working week await me, so I shall no doubt get back into those jeans pretty quickly.
That's me for this week folks, I ought to be back in the UK next Friday so will catch up with you some time over the weekend. Have a wonderful week
I'm Neena Shilvock, and I'm crazily addicted to jewellery. I've been designing and making quirky and interesting statement necklaces for the last five years and my passion hasn't cooled off one little bit - in fact it has got worse, such that I'm even dreaming jewellery.
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