A different kind of shopping

my special place at home

I went to London recently to attend my youngest brother Bintang's graduation (yes, his name is Bintang as in 'star' in the malay language). London is a great city with its diverse population, culture, museums, food, and..of course shopping. In the past when I used to visit London, making a trip to Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and Brompton Road was a must. They were akin to the Vatican in Rome for the latest in fashion and these places used to really excite me.

The trip this time to London was quite different. I had no desire to go shopping in the usual haunts possibly because the ringgit was doing so badly...

I felt broke just taking a black cap ride from the airport to my brother's house. Also, to be honest, ever since I read Marie Kondo's book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up", my mindset was changed in relation to accumulating possessions and I have become a lot more mindful about how I curate and organise my things. (I highly recommend this book btw)

So this trip to London, I didn't need my usual shopping fix and instead I went looking for Alchemy crystal bowls as I had promised myself to get one bowl if I felt an affinity for them.

Alchemy crystal bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees in a centrifugal mold. The alchemy b