Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A long weekend trip...

The camera woman with a giant fussball....

I have been in a stitching down side for the past few weeks. Just don't feel like stitching and I don't know why! Haven't been doing much lately but I still feel so tired.... So hubs and I took a long weekend trip to see his sisters in Paris. We got there just in time for the Automobile show, one of the biggest show held only once every 2 years.

My eldest SIL (& family) whose living in Rochefort (a great for holiday spot) drove 4 hours for 3 days stay in Paris, just so that our nephew got to go to the car show. Now this little guy is only 4 years old (although he's small for his age), but ask him anything about a Volvo or a BMW he'll you which model is which and has what!! He'll even tell you which car is sportive and which is not... All that from a kid who hasn't start reading yet...


The car with the Bling-Bling!

The exhibition centre at Porte de Versaille, Paris is vast. We started walking at 12:30pm till about 6:30pm, and we only did hall 1 to 5, which is not bad considering that we wanted to see the highlights. There's still hall 6 to 8 to go. I really wonder if they ever held any expo on knitting, patchwork, cross stitching here? I think it would take me at least the whole day to walk from hall 1 till 8.... And yes, I would consider going there if its not too much trouble for my SIL with my stash from the expo! And no, I would not drag hubs there knowing that he'll grumble the whole day, unless of course there's a bonsai expo that comes with it!! :)

Hubs busy waiting for his turn getting into...and out of the BMW M6 Cabriolet

Anyways, you may be wondering why on earth I went for a car show. Well I'm camera woman for the guys (hubs, our nephew and his dad a.k.a our BIL). While they were busy looking at the specs, opening and closing what ever there's a handle to it i.e doors and hoods, I was busy either clicking away at their command, holding their fliers/brochures or "cuci mata" around an all male (well 80%) event. hehehehe.... Well I'm just looking and I believe that's what men do all the time, so why not us girls when we get the chance to do so huh? But then again just looking and not b***hing seems like something is missing.... Well looking will do then.

The menacing look of Benz SLR


The cars exhibited were most of them "concept" cars, which means cars that not not ready to be mass produced just yet. Many reasons why most concept cars end up not being mass produced include, the costs and also the problems not yet resolved that exists on the current prototype. At the "American" corner (consists of GM groups) there were not many people around. May be because "American" cars are deemed to be "muscle" cars, therefore consume more petrol/diesel, are either too big (as in HUGE) or wide for Parisian parking and costs more than others. Its true that we have less and less space in the city or suburbs for parking and to get around in as land is precious now. So why buy something that one could never find parking space big enough for? We saw made-in-China cars as well this time, but quality wise is not so good as yet eventhough it really cheap. One model go by the name of "Hover", which reminds me of the vacuum cleaner and the other is called "Wingle"!

The men busy checking out the goods...

The youngest of the pack checking out the safety features!

When we got back to my SIL's place, elder SIL threw me some surprise. She brought some of her maternity clothing for youngest SIL and me. It seems like she's trying to put some pressure (implicitly) on us to get pregnant soon! She was telling me that since both of us are about the same size, the clothing will fit me better. Well, its true that we're both almost the same size. BUT I remember the last time she gave me some of her clothing to try out. Its always either to small on the shoulders and butt area (yes, I do have a NICE ass!) or the style/colour is not me at all. Its not that I don't appreciate her gesture at all. I've worn hand-me-downs since I was a kid (at times till now) and to me its a great way to save some $$$. But sometimes "pressuring" people to take your old stuff is just too much no? In the past I've said no and this time I've said no as well coz, I just simply find her old stuff (eventhough its from ZARA etc) is too depressing in colour!

I wonder why pregnant women would want to wear dark colours all the time? Let's face it, when one's pregnant, we put on extra pounds every where! I seriously don't think that by wearing too much dark colours will slim down our silhouette especially to an already horizontally challenged figure plus added tummy and all round "air-bag". I believe that women when pregnant are beautiful, just that we need to wear clothing that suits us; make us look better, comfortable and have confidence on ourselves. I for one may not be in position to give advice on how pregnant women should dress but, wearing too much black/dark blue etc is just depressing eventhough black and the like colours are making their come back this fall/winter.

Then another cousin of his, brought a book that's called "Les plus beau prénom originaux" (the most beautiful original first names). After browsing through for 15 mins, the names are really too "special"/original to be translated into chinese. Now being born a chinese (will always stay Chinesese), my parents (and his side) would want Chinesese name for our future offspringgs. So I guess we'll have to stick to our brains to come up with a 3 in 1 name; Chinese, English and French!! Heck, guess we'll just have to come up with 1 name every week to choose from... I really wonder how on earth did our parents came up with our names then? There were no books on baby names then. Or may be they went to "tukang tilik" to choose the names?... hmmm...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Nice cars. Next time when i visit u in swiss, hope i can ride in one of them ah ;)

ShannyK-L said...

Hey Thanis!
Of course you can ride in ne of them... When I kena 4D 1st lar! hehehehe....

mrs lam said...

you might not believe it but when i first read ur post about u being tired and moody, i hv a feeling that u r pregnant... hehehe... and now, you are going to be a mummy soon....