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Website updated

Helo everyone and Happy Monday!

It is another dark and rainy day here in Shanghai, but it is also nice and warm… Still 20 degrees outside, so I am sitting here with the balcony doors wide open enjoying the few birds who are still singing.

Last week I was working on my website, and I have given it a brand new look (as you can see I also updated the blog a little, a new banner and a new background). I have been thinking for awhile now of changing the colours on my website. It was quite dark, and I have even gotten some feedback that it was hard to 'read' both pictures and text because of that. I am not very computer 'savvy' however, and to change layouts and stuff is a quite a daunting task for me. But I sat down and got it done! *patting myself on my shoulder*  I am even reasonable happy with how it turned out. The feel of the website is now more 'me'.

I would be really happy if you could take a look and tell me what you think!!

Today I a…

Step-by-step article.

I almost forgot to share the happy news here on my blog. I know I shared some progress photos of an azure-winged magpie a few weeks ago I was making for a step-by-step article, but I did not go into any details. All the finalist who got published in the mixed media art book Incite - the art of storytelling got an invitation to write a step by step article for their website I decided to participate and painted the magpie.  To my delight my article got accepted by the site and has now been published! The link to the article is below:

I will also share the article in full here. A big thank you to Tonia Jenny for our e-mail conversation and to Brittany VanSnepson who is running the guest post articles on


I am always on the lookout for the perfect background for my birds, and mixing diff…

Kuala Lumpur bird park

As I promised, here are some pictures from the bird park of Kuala Lumpur. It is situated almost in the center of KL, and it has one of the world largest 'walk in' aviaries. This means that the birds are not in small cages (which I disapprove of big time!!), but flying free in huge enclosed tents. It makes it harder to spot them, but I did not mind! The only thing I was really disappointed in was that I did not think of bringing my big camera and good lens with me. Oh well, next time!

Purple Swamphen.

Black-crowned Heron.
Cattle Egret
Rhinoceros Hornbill.
Superb Starling.

Cattle Egret and Sacred Ibis.
Yellow-billed Stork.
Look at those gorgeous pink feathers of the stork!
Buffy fish owl.
Buffy fish owl before coffee… I just had to share this picture even if it is bad quality. I mean, look at that face!!!!
Brown wood owl.
Indian peafowl.

Kuala Lumpur and Melaka

Hej hallÄ and Hi!

So, Malaysia! We spend last week in Kuala Lumpur and Melaka (Malacca). My husband had some work related meetings there, and I tagged along to do some sightseeing. My friend and 'fellow housewife' Kim was also there, and as she is Malaysian she acted as my guide. It was fabulous! The haze was not as bad as I had expected, and it actually cleared up totally for our last few days. We walked about the city and visited the craft market and the modern shopping centre, we tasted a lot of great food, and just had fun. We also drove down south to Melaka and spend a couple of days there.

Kuala Lumpur felt like a city that is now in the transition of becoming a metropolis, taking down most of the old buildings and building tall new modern skyscrapers instead. Everywhere you went they were building something new. Melaka on the other hand is still a small town, and much of the old city and life can still be seen. It was a cosy and quite charming city! The weather was the …