Wednesday, November 30, 2005


I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed by. Being busy and travelling a fair bit has been part of it but to be frank, even when I think I have not done that much - time somehow slips away through my fingers like fine desert sand. Another minor observation is that the older I get the quicker time flies by. There are almost not enough time in a day to get so much done if time continues to move at this speed.

Hope you all had a good year. "Good" as we know can come with some setbacks, that can hopefully teach us some things about life and also to value and appreciate what we have. There were a few things I went through work wise and some things that my family have been through.
Some of my friends have suffered great losses and have been through an awful lot.

Whatever you may have been through I am certain that you will be better prepared for the next year.
Sadly, there are some things we can never be prepared for and that includes the death of a loved one.

Do you wish to share how you would rate this year on a scale of 1-10?
Mine would be 6 (as of today) and I am rather conservative.

My best wishes to all of you for a great end of 2005. Early wishes so you can bring in 2006 in style and with the right attitude. When and if you evaluate your life this year, please be kind to yourselves.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Make a wish..

A material wish

A non-material wish

A family wish

A wish for friends

A global wish

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

Here are mine:

A material wish

For a fun holiday which includes visiting many art galleries and perfume houses.

A non-material wish

Pray for health and happiness for everyone

A family wish

That my cousin and her baby get through their ordeal. Health wishes and happiness for all.

A wish for friends

That all my friends stay healthy, happy and we continue many years of meaningful and caring relationship.

A global wish

A wish for peace, eradication of poverty and pain from this planet.

Thursday, November 17, 2005


As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns, as the heavens are sometimes overcast, alternately tempestuous and serene; so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joy and sorrows, with pleasure and with pains.

Robert Burton
English writer, philosopher and humourist(1576 - 1640)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan

I received a call this morning from my contact in Hermes to visit their boutique for the latest perfume release.
After a lunch appointment not far from Faubourg St. Honore, I went to test this with great anticipation.

Initially I was a bit underwhelmed because the top note is quite acidic but the dry down turned out to be just gorgeous. The only thing I find while sniffing my wrist and the ribbon several hours later, is that - Osmanthe Yunnan is not a very distinctive fragrance. However, if you love the notes please do try it at your nearest Hermes.

Here is a link to Robin's wonderful blog where she announced the launch of this perfume a while ago.

...inspired by a stroll through Beijing's Forbidden City. The eau de toilette includes notes of tea, freesia, orange, osmanthus and apricot

As many of you may love Osmanthus - I would certainly say it is worth a sniff or two. They currently only have the Osmanthe Yunnan (OY for me) in 100 ml bottles at 135 Euros. Sadly there are no 15 ml sprays.

If this is what it smells like to stroll through the Forbidden City - I wish I could be there right now.

To sum up, OY is a beautiful fruity osmanthus perfume. If I had to compare this to The Different Company's Osmanthus, I would say that Hermes' perfume is a bit more longer lasting on my skin and also that TDC Osmanthus is less fruity. I do love the TDC Osmanthus.

OY is a pretty spring summer perfume.

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