This Little Piggy Has Something On The Side

I am not known for being patient. So when I am doing big projects I like to have some small projects on the side. Something to give a sense of achievement, I should say. 

  
My WIP, for example is going very slowly and I just could not wait to see some FO (finished object).

So there goes the Amigurumis…

   
   
Notice anything wrong with them?

Yea, some of them don’t have eyes. I have ordered some from eBay and hopefully will be here soon. I think they would be a nice gift for Christmas. Don’t you think?

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This Little Piggy Found Bargain Stuff

One of the best (or probably the worst) thing of joining crafty groups on Facebook is that you find like minded people. Problem is, that these people are addicts just like I am, and these groups don’t help.

Imagine an AA or shopaholic support group meeting. Someone comes forward and showed everybody a bottle of vodka or a designer bag, they’ve got 70% off. And the whole group of addicts would start asking where they could get it too, and rush to that shop in fifth gear.

Yes. That’s how Crochet/Knitting/Cross Stitch groups work.

So… when one of the girls who happen to live in Norwich told the group that QD is celebrating 30 years anniversary by having offers on their crafty section (read: yarn), I dragged my husband to go there to buy me some.

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tried my best not to look too happy

I bought 9 balls of yarn, but I think I would have to go back there again tomorrow as… OBVIOUSLY, I need more. Graaah….

After yarn shopping, we went to charity shops. I don’t know why but I found going to charity shops relaxing. I don’t have to buy anything, but even if I buy something it did not feel as guilty as spending at normal shops. Maybe the fact that I know the money would be used to help other people makes it so much better.

Barnardo’s at Anglia Square is one of our favourite. We love its book section, and regularly buy their books to add to our little library. But this time, there’s something unusually wonderful showed up at their counter…

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how muuuccchh?

Yes. A bunch of cotton perle threads (size 5, if you need to know). And only for 25p. It makes me feel bad for not buying the whole lot from the basket. I took one of each colour, and end up with 14 skeins. I asked permission from the shopkeeper to take picture so that I could help advertise.

And I did.

I paid it forward the kindness I found at my Knitting and Crochet group which told me to go to QD to get the cheap yarns to my Cross Stitch group. And it makes me very happy and content knowing that at least two people are planning to go there to… donate some of their money at this charity shop.

Anyway… I couldn’t write too much. There are plenty of WIP to do.

See you later

x ❤ x

This Little Piggy (And Hubby) Caught A SCAMMER!!

It was a beautiful morning. I was sitting at my sofa, happily stitching while watching BBC’s documentary about British musicals industry after World War II (yes, I could be highbrow once in a while), when our land line phone rang.

I don’t usually pick up the phone, as I don’t really like speaking on phone. But, my husband was still in bed, so I answered it. A few seconds delay, and then someone from the other side started talking — a male speaker. He had a slight South Asian accent, although he spoke really good English. He spoke really fast, and I couldn’t get his name or his company where he claimed he was working at, but then he quickly moved on and told me why he rang me.

He said that he was from a security company affiliated with Microsoft, and he said he noticed there’s a problem with my computer. He told me it was something that I picked up from an unsecure network in the internet.

I wasn’t suspicious by then and asked him which computer as we have one PC and two laptops which are regularly in use in our house. He could not answer, and he said any of them will do. I became slightly doubtful, but went along anyway because I thought he was quite convincing.

He asked me to run the eventviewer program on my computer by pressing ctrl or windows button + R, and type eventvwr. He kept pushing, and then I became pretty upset, and told him that I am not going to press the OK button unless he explained himself. By this time, my husband has woken up (probably heard me arguing on the phone).

He kept talking in round and round, and never told me what problem I actually had. He kept repeating “I am from a security company affiliated with Microsoft”, and “just click it and you’ll see”. That’s bollocks… I told him that “I am sorry but I don’t trust you”, he became very agitated and defensive, so I apologised, although I also told him “it is perfectly normal for me to be careful not to instantly trust someone who called me out of nowhere like that”

Finally, I told him to speak with my husband, as by then my husband has already got his coffee.

With the phone in my husband’s hand, I googled about the program eventvwr, and add the word SCAM with it. Results came up and hundreds of articles came up. This is one of them, written by a techies who knows what he’s talking about, and it explains about how the scam would work.

We were lucky because we were not panic, and just do what he asked us to do. This scam has been around since 2009 (I found one article from the US and another from Australia), but this is the first time I actually heard about it. I wish more people (not only people with tech background) had spoken up about this more, as I believe techies know better how to handle things like this, while someone who barely knows anything about computer operation would easily fall for this kind of scam.

Anyway… it was still a good day. Hope you have a good day too.

x ❤ x

This Little Piggy Starts A Project 

I haven’t done so many crafty stuff lately. I was a bit busy being an incidental tour guide for my aunt and uncle, as they visited Norwich last week. I am glad to announce that mg secret project for my sister’s wedding is finished, and now I am doing a new–not secret– cross stitch job.

  
I have to apologise in advance. I bought this cross stitch kit months ago. At that time, I was a total noob and I thought it’s better to start cheap by buying kits from Chinese seller from eBay. 

It WAS cheap.

What I did not realise is that the seller copied someone else’s design and did not credit the original designer. I did not know this until much later when I saw the exactly same design, but much more expensive, done by one of the members of a group on facebook.

So yes, I apologise.

Thing is, I could not have known, that was my first time buying a kit. How do I know where and how to cross check the originality of the design?

But I have bought this, and binning this kit is just not logical — so I am going to go on with this project. The only thing I could do in the future is not to buy from that seller again, and check and cross check for future purchase. 

Oh well. 

This Little Piggy Is Learning British Food

Few years ago I had a job as a content manager for one of a culinary websites in Indonesia. The start up website did not take off, but I discovered a whole new world of food and cooking. And I love it.

Food has been a part of our culture in Indonesia. Simple thing is, if you greet someone for a meeting the first thing you said after a hello is: have you eaten anything? How weird is that?

When I moved to the UK, I thought British food is just chips and full english (fry up!!). Full English Breakfast is good. I love it. My husband loves it. We even had it for last bank holiday weekend. It’s just… you can’t have it everyday (Or can you….?)

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My husband likes to have two of everything. The plate is not big enough for two spoonful of baked beans. Mine? I’d like to have half what he has… *shudder*

But after meeting my father in law and his wife, I realised that British food is more than fry ups. They also have Sunday roast and pies. I also learned that there’s a reason why The Great British Bake Off is such a biggie… because British desserts are just so heavenly. So I thought, of course the best way to learn how to BE British, is to EAT like a Brits.

I started to cook and bake… My husband never complained, obviously.

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Pie and Mash was such a success

Some food like meat pie, mash potato or apple crumble are quite obviously British. But I am not sure where quiche is from (it sounds French but it’s basically egg pie, isn’t it?)

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Vegetable quiche — “Where are the meats?” protested my husband

And blueberries… I don’t know that blueberries were not native to this country. But I love blueberries, don’t you?

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Blueberry Pie — It was big but gone in two days…

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Apple Crumble — quick family favourite… Gone faster than the prep and cooking time -_-

Wait… so British food is actually fry ups and pies?

This Little Piggy Is A New Fan…

Of…. Haruki Murakami.

Yes. I might be twenty years too late, but I just finished reading Norwegian Wood, and I love it!

I think this is the new cover for this book…

I have heard about this book and this author for ages, but of course with a pile of books I wanted to read, I did not think of moving this book to the top of the to-read list. But then, on our usual weekend walk to Anglia Square, I found this book at Barnardo’s charity shop.

This is an honest admission. My husband and I are big fans of Barnardo’s charity shop at Anglia Square. They have the largest range of books on their shelves and it is heaven to be surrounded by books. Some of the books even looked new when we got it from them. We are getting closer and closer to building our little home library.

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Okay… this is just two of our four bookshelves. I have catalogued the books alphabetically for the fictions… these are A – N

Anyway… back to Norwegian Wood.

This is such a great book. I can’t believe that this book was written only a couple of years after I was born. The story is still so relevant to the nowadays society, showing how modern this guy was when he wrote this novel.

My book is in English, of course, because I could not read in Japanese language (not yet!!). It makes me wonder, if I read this book in its original language, would it be better? I mean, knowing how language works, I believe that there are some things which would be lost in translation. Although I am satisfied with what I read, I wish I would be able to read it how the author really wrote it. Am I weird?

Anyway, the story was narrated by a man named Toru Watanabe. The story was about his life when he was in her early 20’s. This main character was really lovely. It is hard not to like him. In fact, it is hard not to like all the characters in this book, even ones who were portrayed as womanising bastard.

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This is the version that I found in the shop… looking a bit tatty in the outside, but it just shows how this book has been read so many times…

I have to say that by the way it was written, I wouldn’t realise how deep the story has affected me. It got me thinking, and it got me thinking hard about the story. I have been talking about the book to my husband many times, but I don’t think he’s that interested. I would make him read the first three chapters, and see how he’s not hooked… muhahaha.

*cough*

Anyway, I am now obviously in the hunt for more Murakami books. Wish me luck!!