An Indulgent Wednesday with Hero

Thursday, 26 March 2015
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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.




10 comments:

  1. I have truly terrible handwriting and so I have always appreciated the beauty of calligraphy! It looks like it was a lovely event and as always your photos are beautiful )

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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    1. Thank you ever so much for the lovely compliment, Daniella. You make me feel better about my horrid handwriting :P

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  2. That looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon/morning - it's totally my kind of thing. I used to borrow books from the library to practice calligraphy but I was pretty rubbish. I was always told I was a neat hand writer but somehow that doesn't matter and it doesn't automatically mean that you will be good at something like this. But I can imagine it's totally absorbing and very therapeutic. Hey ... maybe Laura will host another event and get you knitting next ;o)

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    1. Will totally get you involved at the next event. You really have to move down south, Sue!

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  3. I love calligraphy, it's so therapeutic. Using a proper nib and ink is such a joy! It's so completely opposite to the way we communicate now, isn't it? Although I have to agree about living without the Interne! I hope your back in the modern world now!


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    1. Calligraphy is very new to me. It sounds like you're really good at it :) Ack, yes. Everything's online now. Banking, shopping, access to information.... so hard to survive without internet.

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  4. Lovely pictures as usual! It really looked like a very lovely afternoon! Hope you managed to fix your problems with your internet and phone connection. I wouldn't survive as a hippie either. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I'm not surviving well without very intermittent internet access. *sob*

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  5. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon! As a child I prided myself on my fairly nice penmanship…somehow i did not pass on that trait to my (almost) 7yr old daughter…chicken scratchings would be a generous description of her writing! but, alas, penmanship seems to be a lost art nowadays--her teachers seem to think as long as it's legible it's good enough! i guess with technology and such nearly everything is typed these days…sigh! speaking of which, hope your internet woes are resolved soon…i may enjoy calligraphy but i'm still a slave to my iphone/ipad/mac!! :)

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    1. I know what you mean. Mind you, I've seen grown ups with awful handwriting that I struggle to make head or tail of their report. I think some schools are different. Over here, they're so strict with the young kids' handwriting. I suppose it's a good thing when she's older. You're absolutely right. It was an amazing way to spend an afternoon.

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