Thursday, 28 November 2013


On the 22nd of November, a bunch of students from my school were able to participate in this event called 'Model United Nations' - basically, it was like a smaller-scale version of the actual organization, and we all got to be delegates representing a different country in different committees.

Obviously, Morocco was the best one there (based on 100% unbiased opinion).

It was a fantastic trip overall! The conference was set in a school in Leiden, and all the students there were incredibly welcoming and friendly, and since many of them had experience in previous MUN conferences (unlike me), they were patient with us and helped us figure out what was going on.

I got to take part in the Special Conference, where we discussed the use of drones, cyber warfare, and weather manipulation amongst other topics - it was pretty challenging to understand but we managed to get the hang of it by the end of the three days.

There were some amazing public speakers who could go up on the podium with barely any notes, before delivering a flawless impromptu speech in their stand for or against a resolution. Of course, I have a looooooooong (long, long, long) way to go before being as confident as that, but I definitely feel like this year's MUN to Leiden really helped with the progress! Plus, it was lovely meeting so many new people from schools around the world, such as Switzerland or Paris, and it really tested our teamwork.

Malawi, Greece, Uganda and Morocco representatives

This would definitely be a trip I'd want to repeat again - I'll make sure of it!
Elsa x

Monday, 18 November 2013

Ink and Watercolour

Whaddya know...
I totally fell hook, line and sinker to this sort of painting

For the longest time I have been avoiding painting with watercolour
favouring oil and acrylic instead
I guess the main reason for choosing to paint with watercolour probably lies in the fact that they are excellent for quick sketches as they dry quickly and they are easy to clean.
While I found watercolour is a little less forgiving when mistakes are concerned,  however, by using light washes, it is easy to control the progression of the painting.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Who's Been Eating My Porridge?

Appears to be a ritual between us...
as the days progressively get shorter and colder, we would often get together over a good bowl of piping hot rice porridge. It's unfortunate that some of the familiar faces are no longer here with us... that's how it is living as expats; moving is part of our lifestyle - you lose friends, make some new, you relocate and the cycle starts again

Cecilia's salted fish and keropok
Uma's Char Kueh
I made chicken with mushroom and bamboo shoot in oyster sauce and sweet chilli potatoes

Layla brought some cute cupcakes while I made a batch of nonya-style steamed layer rice cake