Archive | March 2013

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Temporary Tattoo on Various Surface

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I’m hoping to use Dottinghill’s temporary tattoo to make something like that, on a wood surface! Some people stick it on eggs! So pretty!

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Dottinghill gave me some sample tattoos and if they don’t work, I might just stick it on me just for fun! Haha.

Loots from Public Garden Flea Market

Going to the Public Garden Flea Market allowed me to discover many talented people in Singapore. I’m so proud of them and am so glad that Singaporeans are finally loving flea markets. Not just any ordinary flea but flea from the best!

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An old brown leather bag from Dark Horse Vintage which I love for SGD 55.

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Grabbed a non functioning Polaroid that looks oh so pretty from SwissArmyFries for SGD 20!

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Beautiful beautiful temporary tattoos designed by talented people all around the world from Dottinghill Ranges from SGD 4 to 6 each.

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Another enterprise which I am really proud of !Strangely Yours makes beautiful laser cut woodcrafts accessories that are assembled by hand. They are selling in Etsy too but the prices are more attractive at the flea! Who says Singaporean’s are not creative! Haha. I bought the beautiful bow and arrow necklace for SGD19.90 and the Polaroid one for SGD25.

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This may sound crazy, but yes I bought a stack of yellowed paper for SGD3 from Paper Pan (cute name)! It will look so good when I use them with my typewriter! Perfect for my scrapbooking project. Haha.

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Lastly, Red Velvet cupcake from Plain Vanilla at SGD3.50! This is absolutely yummy! The cake is soft and moist and the cream cheese topping is so smooth and total yums. Not too sweet. I love it. They have two branches, one at Holland Village and the other at Yong Siak Street!

Now you can understand why I had to spend so much money at the flea. There are just too many pretty things and they are not exactly cheap. Haha.

Public Garden Flea Market at National Museum, Singapore

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This Easter weekend, I had some free time without anything scheduled and I’ve decided to spend some Me Time on my own! I’m pretty thrilled to visit the Public Garden Flea and I had a blast with myself! Spent a couple of fifties at the flea and threw my money saving plans out the window! Gosh!

But I’ve managed to pick up a few lovely items and will be stalking the Public Garden website to see when the next one is coming

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Flea Market Part I (in a room)

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Flea Market Part II (Main foyer)

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Flea Market Part III (Second level)

This weekend, it was held at the National Museum and there were over 50 stalls selling vintages, knick knacks and sweet treats! These are my weaknesses! It is the best flea market that I’ve come across in Singapore till date. A gathering of the best artists, crafters, bakers and small enterprises!

Here are some of the pretty booths that I saw! Will share my loots in the next post!

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Pretty cactus garden in jars

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Nice old school looking men’s grooming products

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This palmist is apparently quite popular!

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Really pretty accessories there!

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Cute Original Polaroids for sale!

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Isn’t these pretty! I want one of these!

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Pretty biblical scriptures using typographical printed into various items.

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Yummy yummy cupcakes! Will try their tea cakes next time!

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Beautiful temporary tattoos

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Beautiful handcrafted wood work necklaces!

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Caught up with Lydia over Peri Peri Chicken

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Caught up with Lydia babe over some peri peri chicken and love this girl to bits. Even though we hardly meet up, I love that we can still talk like old times. She is a friend whom I’m very close with during my poly days, the one who suffered with me in our first two years and the one who corrected my grammar in our group reports! Haha. She is getting married soon and is getting her house keys in a few weeks time! Excited for her! Read all about her wedding and home planning at her blog here!

Home-cooked food in Tokyo, Japan

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On the last night that we are in Tokyo, our training coordinator Hana hosted us at his home for dinner. Their hospitality is impeccable and heartwarming.

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Hana’s wife – Noriko – prepared dinner for us. Yummy sushi roll, chawanmushi, clam miso soup and sakura red bean glutinous rice for takeaway.

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Aparently this Sakura Red Bean Glutinous Rice is for family with daughters and it is made to celebrate Girls Day. Since they do not have daughter and we are a group of girls who refused to grow old. Noriko made this specially for us!

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We brought a cake over as dessert and it was really yummy. Soft, fluffy and oh so delicious. I love all their pretty cups, plates and utensils.

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She even prepared a gift for us girls, Celine handkerchiefs with our Japanese name embroidered on it. Awww.

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Their son Yuske is really shy and adorable! We asked for him to play violin for us and he shyly agree after we gave him some encouragement.

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We spotted this at their home and apparently it is commonly found in homes who has a son.

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We had a fun evening playing family friendly memory games and had a great time interacting with this family.

Cash out from Nuffnang!

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(This is random but oh so cute)

I just received the cash out of my earnings from Nuffnang for the last Financial Year (August 11 to July 12) for Somethingboutrenes (SbR)! Haha. SbR’s financial year is from August 12 to July 13, in accordance to my birthday and from the start date of this sponsored site.

I received an email notification from Nuffnang sharing that if I blog about my cash out, I can expect to see something cool from them the next time I cash out! This got me curious and so here goes, we shall see what’s that something cool from Nuffnang!

This is the third cheque from Nuffnang and even though SbR is not generating much income, I love this little monetary reward to keep me motivated in writing and sharing random thoughts! Who won’t! I do love to write reviews, advertorials or any form of sponsored posts as well! So here’s a little shout out to the kind advertisers and marketeers out there! Pick me! I’m all for it!

SbR does enjoy other form of rewards as well! That is the support and kind words from my readers out there! Thank you! This is like my little virtual home and a place I meet my virtual friends and family to gain support!

Some regular and loyal readers may notice some changes in my life which I may not have come out in the open just yet. But someday I will. Someday when I am confident to face the harsh reality and judgement, someday when I am all brave and strong. I hope that someday will come soon! Meanwhile, I shall continue to escape into my whimsical world while I share my random thoughts here!

Re-Spooling my Smith Corona Cougar Deluxe

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Remember a long time back, I bought a typewriter off Etsy and got Ke Ying to help me ship it back in her container? I grabbed it from her recently (Thank you babe!) and re-spooled my typewriter with new ink ribbon and am excited to start a scrapbooking project or letter typing habit. I love this baby teal typewriter! Haha.

I will be sharing on where I got my ink ribbon from and how I respooled the ink ribbon!

First of all, typewriter ink ribbon is no longer readily available in all bookstores but if you head over to Bras Basah Complex, you pop into some old stationary stores, you can still find them!

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I did just that and walk into the first stationary store I saw and TADAH I bought two boxes of standard typewriter ink ribbons for a cheap $3.50 each! Wow!

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Standard Typewritter Ink Ribbons come in a standard 2 inch spool which can fit most typewriters. But because my typewriter is a portable typewriter – a Smith Corona Cougar Deluxe – it is smaller and more compact and requires 1.5 inch spool instead!

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It is really tough to find ink ribbon in this spool size and if I have to hunt for it, I will probably have to search the web and page a crazy price. The next best alternative is to respool it on your own!

Before you get too excited and are too eager to get the action going, do observe the way the ribbons are threaded along the clips and nooks of the typewriter! There after, unwind one end of the spool and pick it up. You can remove most of the spools from typewriters by lifting it straight up. If it won’t bulge, trying using a little force but be careful not to break it and lift it from the bottom and not pull it from the top. With a little tug, it came off easily.

The way the ribbons are secured to the spool varies a little among typewriters, but most come with a clip. For mind, it came with a little clip that you can pull it out to secure the ribbons.

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After you have manage to secure one side of the old spool to the new ribbon, the painful process starts. You just have to work your fingers and keep turning both sides of the spool to transfer the new ribbons from the new spool to your old spool.

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Keep doing it until you reach the end of the ribbon, snip the edge of the ribbon from the new spool and fit the old spool which you have filled up with new ribbons on the left side of the typewriter. Thread the ribbon through the typewriter the way it was originally threaded. Then remove the old spool from the right side, remove the old ribbon from the old spool and clip the ribbon to the old spool and TADAH you are done. I think I made it sounds really complicated but it is really not. The trick is to first observe how all the ribbons are threaded along the typewriters, use a bit of common sense and just go with the flow to fix it in.

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In the end, I got my typewriter fixed within 5 minutes and ended up with beautiful ink stained fingers. Haha. It can be messy yah. I used makeup remover wipes to remove these nasty inks from my machine and fingers!

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Have a Happy Weekend and Happy Easter!

Public Garden Flea Market

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Public Garden Flea is here again! This time round it’s at the National Museum Singapore and I am finally able to spare some time to visit! Am really excited to visit those vintage booths and try those sweet treats from our talented local bakers! Yums.

Daily Outfits in Japan

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Yes I know my luggage is huge and very pink! Haha.

I love Winter/Spring! Pulling on pretty boots, wearing pretty jackets, wearing leggings (to cover my ugly legs) and layering on coats and jackets is all too fun! Here are some of my outfits in Japan!

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See! I am in mostly office wear! I told you I’m there for work purpose! Haha.

Pledge your blog to preserve memories in Singapore

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I received an email invitation by National Library Board to pledge my blog to preserving Singapore Memories! If you are a Singaporean blogger, a foreigner residing in Singapore or anyone who shares about Singapore, you may like to pledge your blog here! This is a very meaningful project and I am all for preserving Singapore Memories for the many generations to come!

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I have a million things to share and I’m just glad to have this long weekend to clear my backlogs! This weekend is going to be an adventure! Have a blast people!

Wireless Nano Router that saved our day!

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This is the little one which works like magic! This is essential for Wifi starved Singaporeans who can’t live without Wifi / 3G / LTE. Essential for individuals who subconsciously click on the email, Whatsapp, Safari, and Google Map icons when in overseas! I am guilty of that! It is worst if you are stuck in a land where buying a data SIM card is impossible and renting a mobile phone is exorbitantly priced. Using data roaming is way out of question. It will be a total nightmare if you realized that your hotel do not provide free internet or worst still, provides free internet but via Lan cable! You will be staring at the Lan cable hoping that somehow you can plug it into yourself and cross your fingers and use your body to transmit Wifi. Haha. Ok this is a lame joke and not too funny. This is what age does to you. You become lame. Gosh.

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Found it in Challenger and it is not really that expensive.

Moving on, this little one will save your day and let you indulge a little whenever you are in your hotel room! This little one is powered via a power point and does not require any battery. It is simply a matter of plugging the Lan cable into this like you would into your computer. Do note that at times, even though you are “connected” into the Wifi, you need to go to your Internet Explorer and sign into the hotel webpage or connect via the hotel webpage.

Loving Asakusa

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A visit to my favourite temple in Tokyo, the Asakusa. Even though this is my second visit, I still love the vibe and all things touristy there.

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This temple is very popular amongst tourists and it is often bustling with people and activities. Do try to pop by in the morning around 10am to visit the temple and then walk the street till 12 pm to avoid the mad crowd in the afternoon, especially on a weekend.

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Joining in the fun! The water is cold! Brr.

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On a Sunday morning, we manage to catch a glimpse of a group of passing Geisha! By the time my friend took out her camera, all she is able to capture is their back view!

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Love walking along the streets selling trinkets, souveniors, gift boxes and yummy street snacks! There are a few streets parallel and perpendicular to the main streets with some hidden gems too!

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Yums! Some fried dough with Japanese Sweet Potato in them. Divine!

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Fresh sen bei! Yums! My favourite is the Sen Bei flavoured with Wasabi wrapped with Seaweed! Total yuma!

Review of Hotel Mets at Shibuya, Tokyo Japan

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The second hotel that we stayed in Tokyo is in Shibuya! Hotel METS is located right in JR Shibuya Station at New South Exit. Shibuya Station is huge and the hotel is located nearer to the offices and business area rather than the Hachiko exit where all the happenings are. Despite that, it is really convenient as the New South Exit is nearest to NEX (Narita Express) line! This comes in handy if you have a luggage to lug and are traveling from Narita Airport via NEX line! Walking to Hachiko exit is a mere 10 minutes walk and it is really not that far when the weather is nice.

The good about this hotel other than the location is that it is clean and rather new. It is slightly more spacious compared to other hotels too. Also, there are two cafes to choose your complimentary breakfast from (one is a buffet with poor selection and bad food but beautiful decor and the other one is a set menu with limited selection but better quality food).

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The Public House cafe with really pretty decor but crappy breakfast and coffee.

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The bad about this hotel is the lack of Wifi in the hotel room. They do provide Lan point for free internet usage. So if you buy a Lan router which allows you to use Wifi that will be perfect. Jasmine brought a gadget like that and we had free wifi in the room too! Will share more about the gadget in other posts for tech noobs like me! Haha. Other than that, I really don’t have any complaints about this hotel!

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The other cafe with very nice and modern decor too.

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Their set meal selection. Limited but yummy. Not for people who eats a lot of breakfast though. Haha.

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After not practising Yoga for slightly more than a month because of the festive peak and the trip to Japan, it hurts to start all over again. Last week I managed to go for three sessions and can’t wait to get up to the level I was before. Will be attending two sessions today! This week is going to be another busy week and I seriously need to get tone up again. Boo. I want to live simply and be contented with life.

Shopping Loots from Japan

There are some must buys in Japan and I have broadly categorize them in a few categories! If you are in Japan, happy shopping!

Pretty Little Things from Tokyo Hands / Loft and other random stores

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Things designed and/or made in Japan is just too pretty. You can always find something for yourself or your friends at Tokyo Hands / Loft or random pretty stores in Japan.

Burberry Blue Label from Ginza

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There is one entire level dedicated to Burberry Blue Label collection at the Burberry branch at Ginza. This range is exclusive to Japanese market, the bags are mostly made in Japan (according to the sales girl) and is slightly more affordable compared to main Burberry collection.

Beauty Products from Drug Stores

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It is a must to top up your Japanese brand beauty products in Japan. I always try to lug home my daily facial products like Hada Labo, Biore makeup remover wipes, affordable aqua sunblock and other random makeup. I don’t use Shisedo, Ettusais or Fancl, but I heard it is cheaper in Japan too. I helped a family friend to buy a Kose product and it cost almost half price in Japan! Wow.

Yummy Snacks from Supermarkets / Drug Stores / Airport

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I lugged home a lot of snacks for my staffs and random condiments for my family. Generally, the prices at drug stores can be lower than supermarkets but most of the drug stores practised loss leader pricing strategy (one or two really low price items to attract you into the store). This is generally true for small packs of chocolates and biscuits.

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Another must buys in Japan are the yummy gift box treats which is widely available at Narita Airport. I didn’t manage to sneak a picture of the fifteen over gift boxes of yummy treats I got from the airport. There are popular treats like Tokyo Banana, Hiyoko (Chicken shaped) cake, Hokkaido Shiroi Koibito Winter Chocolate, Royce chocolates, interesting flavoured Kit Kats, and other traditional pastries and mochi all at the airport at a tax free rate!

Japanese Magazines with Pretty Freebies

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A way to toss all the loose Yen you have before you depart from your country is to buy some Tax Free Japanese Magazines at the airport! It is often bundled with a gift which are really pretty. Some of them are Labelled freebies while others are really just pretty tote bags. I can’t resist pretty floral prints. Haha.

Anime and random Japanese Cartoon Characters

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Japan is famous for creating many famous childhood cartoon characters like Hello Kitty, Doraemon and all. Thankfully I don’t fancy any of these characters, otherwise I can imagine myself lugging them all home. If you are a fan, you may want to pop by the Hakuhinkan Toy Park at Ginza, which is one of the oldest and largest toy stores in Japan. I popped over and got some random stuffs and a gift for my brother of his favourite green hair girl.

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Coincidentally, during my stay in Japan, it is also the release of a PS3 game of my brother’s favourite green hair girl. I went over to Yodabashi Camera at Shinjuku which sells mainly electronics and also the latest games. Initially I intended to head over to their largest branch at Akihabara which is dedicated to Anime and Manga but thankfully, a phone call to their branch directed me to Shinjuku which is much nearer to where I stayed in. Initially I was worried that I had to fight my way against many green hair walking people but my worry was unfounded at Shinjuku. Phew.

Lucky Charms in Pretty Embroidered Bags from Various Temples

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I got some from Asakusa and the rest from the temple in Kobe. I love the embroidered bags and I thought it makes a nice gift for friends and family.

So other then these, I also lug home other random stuffs. Haha.

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A visit to their huge Uniqlo at Ginza and got my dad a wind breaker.

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A trip to F21 and got more clothes. I think I lost some weight, my S size romper from F21 is now a little too loose. Crap.

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Don’t ask me why I lug home so many brollies. My friend told me this brand of brollies – Waterfront – which is though made in China but exclusive for Japanese market, is lightweight and durable. So I got it for my girlies.

Google Reader to Netvibes

Remember a few posts back, I was ranting that Google Reader is retiring! I chance upon this article recently “8 Google Reader Alternatives” and it is a god send. I’m now trying out Netvibes and the transporting of all my RSS subscription is really easy!

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All thanks to Google Reader which allows you to export your subscriptions in a standard format called OPML and Netvibes which allows you to import all your subscriptions in this format too. So within a few minutes, TADAH, the transfer is done! You don’t have to subscribe one by one with this new site. I’m so glad! Enough of tech jargons! I shall go explore this new site and keeping my fingers crossed that I will love it as much as Google Reader.

Ceramic House spotted in Franc Franc, Japan

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I first saw these Ceramic Houses at Young House Love and fell in love with them at once! When I was in Japan, I came across similar ones at Franc Franc and knew I had to get it. Even though it is not as pretty and irregular looking at the one in Young House Love, it is still pretty!

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I can’t risk not having them if the branch in Singapore do not carry this range here! I couldn’t care less how am I going to lug this piece of fragile baby home, I just had to get it. I got one of them and if I see it in Singapore, I will get the other two! I think it looks better in a set of three but I can’t possible lug all three home! If any of you pop by Franc Franc and saw this, let me know! Haha.

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