Outfit: Isabel Marant jacket (similar), Uniqlo sweater, Zara jeans, Aquazzura Christy and Hermes Birkin.
Other than the intermittent mobile data which I'm desperately trying to conserve till the next month, I've been largely internet-less for the past 3 weeks and counting. The bungling EE (supposedly Everything Everywhere but coined by an ex colleague as NN - Nothing Nowhere) managed to disconnect my phone line too. I've learned something new about myself. I will NEVER survive as a hippie - "in touch with mother earth and universe" and all that jazz because internet withdrawal is pretty painful for someone whose fingertips are glued to electronic gadgets most of her waking hours. I'm starting to think that instead of a rain dance, I may have to perform an internet dance just so that I may have connectivity by April........ #firstworldproblems
My history teacher in high school used to complain about my "chicken scratchings" (translated from Malay - cakar ayam). In other words....my AWFUL handwriting. If you know anything about the education system in Asia, you'd know that students spend gazillion hours memorizing and copying facts from textbooks. There's NO way any normal human can still write beautifully after scribbling non stop for a couple of hours.
I was invited by Laura who owns the lovely boutique in Stockbridge called Hero to attend a calligraphy workshop. It was the perfect opportunity to redeem myself. It was also such an indulgent way to spend a Wednesday. I was chauffeured to and from the event, spent an hour learning calligraphy which was very therapeutic, treated to a lovely mezze lunch and had the opportunity to interact with a few other like-minded women.
Rebecca from Betty Etiquette was a marvelous teacher. Infinitely patient and full of encouragement, she guided us ever so gently to try various strokes and how and when to apply pressure to the nib. I've certainly walked away with a new appreciation for calligraphy.
Every photographer knows to always pack an extra battery pack for the camera. Yes....well...... Mine ran out of juice after a few photos but thankfully, the smartphone came in really handy. We were so engrossed in our chats and calligraphy that I forgot to introduce myself to a few others. Thank you, Laura for the fabulous workshop and lunch!
p.s. I interviewed the entrepreneurial and stunning Laura Turner of Hero a few weeks ago. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview over at Swoon Mag.