During the recent pre- anniversary holiday trip R booked a couple jewellery making workshop for us to try out. It has been a long time since we attended a couple workshop.
If my memory doesn’t fail me it was the 2nd couple workshop which we have attended together. The first one was a cooking workshop back in 2012 at TOTTS,
There were many stations for students at the Jewelry workshop. There were about 5 couples and a single lady which attended the 2pm Saturday workshop that we signed up for. It was really interested to see what went into the making of a silver ring.
It was the first time for me to be in a hands on workshop which involved the use of tools. I had fun playing with the different hammers and even used the blowtorch for wielding.
Each participant in the workshop had to use the key ring to self measure the size of the ring that would be made. I was contemplating on whether to make a ring for index finger or my ring finger. In the end I decided on the ring finger as it would certainly sit more comfortably then on the index.
We started off the lesson learning how to engrave and were given copper plates to try out chiseling in the letters to form words. It took me some time to decide what to engrave on my ring and after much consideration I decided on carving in our 5 names.
The pretty instructor taught us how to use the different tools that we will be using on our work bench. You can see her above giving instructions on how the blow torch was to be used.
We were taught how to knock the ring to expand it to our chosen size. It was interesting that a single piece of silver was able to shaped and molded into different sizes.
It took nearly 2.5hrs from start to finish to make the silver rings. It was certainly an experience which both of us would treasure.
April has been a really happy month for me. I recently returned from my 2nd couple trip this year. I’ve been working hard on focusing on my marriage and carving out time from our busy schedules to spend quality time with each other.
During my 4 day trip we visited many different places and attended two workshops. In one of the workshops we attended we had the opportunity to learn the history behind the traditional Hakka Thunder Tea (擂茶) and were shown how to make it. It was made using green tea leaves, black sesame, peanuts and puffed rice. We had the option of adding in raw sugar if we wanted it sweeter but I gave it a miss. I also had my first encounter with fireflies and it was really a magical site. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the sight on camera as the fireflies are very sensitive to light and may get traumatized by the camera flash so we were not allowed to bring along any cameras or hand phones.
I shared more pictures of my previous trip to Taiwan where I saw really lovely roses at a Rose Exhibition that we went to. It was a treat to see so many different varieties of roses in a garden and I took hundreds of pictures that day.
Pictures to the seaside at Herping Island Park were also shared as each time I go on a holiday I try to visit different places of nature.
It was a visual treat for me when I visited the Yuanshan Flower Expo Park as there was a Lantern Festival on during the trip in Feburary.
If you were wondering what I’ve been cooking lately wonder no more as I featured what yummy foods that I have been eating lately.
The blog train that I hosted on Embracing Motherhood came to an end with my own piece on motherhood where I shared what motherhood means to me and what I have learned so far being a mother of 3.