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I had a great day today, spent some quality time with the hub and Ethan. We were in downtown browsing the bookstore, did a little shopping, had sushi at Sakae Sushi, visited the nursery and got some plants and fresh flowers, and also took some lovely pictures. This post is going to be heavily loaded with pictures, so please bear with me a little.

We got Ethan a piece of his favorite Thomas The Train toy. It is called “Chinese Dragon”. It’s his favorite toy for today. (he has a different favorite toy everyday) lol!

The hub and I have always enjoyed Japanese food, so we had a quick afternoon bite at Sakae Sushi. At 4pm, there wasn’t any crowd at all and we had all the time to ourselves to a nice snack.

I didn’t manage to take more pictures of the dishes we ordered because I was just too busy eating! 😀

Thanks to the hub, I had a nice picture taken with Ethan. That was a very fake smile from the boy anyway. *laugh*

After the meal, we spent another hour or so in Borders Bookstore, got a couple of books for Ethan and some Photography magazines for myself. I always set aside some money every month and indulge myself with some of my favorite Photography magazines. Even though I spend quite a bit of time reading and acquiring knowledge on photography online, I still find these magazines very useful as I could read them again and again if I need some pointers in improving my skill. And they certainly help in many ways. Practical Photography and Digital SLR Photography are some of the best magazines from UK that I’ve been reading. I would recommend these if you’re looking for great photography tips & techniques.

I also picked up this one-time publication from Digital SLR Photography and after flipping through some of the pages, I’m so thankful I bought it! It’s full of great write outs and I’ll be busy reading it for the next week or so. 🙂

We moved on to the nursery to get some plants (I’m currently obsessed with flower plants) and bought some fresh Gerbera and an African rosette (I’m not sure if I got the name right). They’re really pretty and I feel so happy whenever I look at them. *laugh*. Yeah, I am in a happy mood this week.I don’t know why. 😉

Here’s the new addition to our family.

I took pictures of the fresh Gerbera I bought and played around with Photoshop for the fun of it. And I edited the original picture and love the different color effects I tried.

I hope you like what I did with the editing. 🙂

 Phew……….this is one long post, loaded with tons of pictures! I’ll be done in a while more.

On the crafting front, I did a little experiment on this pom pom ball I learned from the tutorial here. I got some different colors of tissue papers from Spotlight yesterday and got down to trying it out this afternoon.

I wasn’t very happy with the shape, it looks more like an egg rather than a round ball but what the heck, it was my first try. So, I’ll try again and I’m sure I’ll get around it eventually.

Remember I made the spiral paper flower last week? This evening I made one again but this time I used felt instead of paper. I saw a tutorial from here and I think it looks pretty cool in felt.

I have lots and lots of felt, so I’m going to be trying to do this many more in the weeks to come until I’m sick and tired of it! lol!

Ok, I’m done for today’s post and I hope you are still wide awake. I think I’m going to be taking a few days break from blogging. I talk too much and I feel sorry that you have to stay awake reading such a long post! 😀

Before I turn in for the night, I’d like to thank you very for your messages in my last post. Don’t worry, even though I’m leaving MWL but I’m still going to continue scrapping and crafting. What else would I do? (I know I have some other stuff to do but SB will still be a part of me) 😀

Hope you’ve had a great weekend. See ya again soon.

  • jessyApril 19, 2010 - 3:20 am

    ethan looks so much like rainer koko in that photo!

  • JaneApril 19, 2010 - 8:20 am

    wow! i love your photoshop editing skills 😉 would you mind sharing a tutorial on how to do it? 😀

  • aprilApril 19, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    Thanks for recommenting those photography mag/book, will keep a lookout for them when I go to Kinokuniya to exchange some books. I love those shots from Sakae Sushi, you took really beautiful food shots!!

  • fiona tayApril 19, 2010 - 10:39 pm

    Hi hi

    always luv reading your blog and looking at your photos and LOs. and thanks for recommending the photography mag. bought the practical photography before and I luv it. hmm…..will get the special issue of the digital slr photography one asap (scare will be snatched by your blog readers :P).

    bit upset that u are leaving MWL but am consoled that u said that u will still be scrapping and crafting always.

    Haha, going to try those felts flowers using the wool felt i bought from u. 🙂

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  • sooyingApril 23, 2010 - 12:59 am

    cute china dragon pull-along! might telling where can I get it? my little nephew will simply love it! 🙂

  • erin terrell clarksonApril 30, 2010 - 9:39 am

    that is such a great photo of you and ethan. really, really impressed with the flowers and the various tints you applied. ~e

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