Archive | November 2013

In case you are wondering, I am still alive. Hell just started today and I am both excited and extremely tired. Day One down. Thirteen more days to go. Charging towards the opening of a (finger crossed) beautiful store.

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Meanwhile, I spotted someone doodling and sketching people he saw on train. What do you do on train? Most people are fixed onto a screen once they are on train, playing games, Facebook, videos, surfing, E-book and much more. I’m guilty of that on top of reading a physical book. But sometimes, it is nice to just look up and around and watch the world go by.

Obsession with Mel.

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Pre-Ordered one of these for CNY and make a guess which one I picked! I hope it can match with some of my new year clothes, below! Even if it doesn’t, I got another black heels that will go with it. But which ladies can resist a pretty heel!

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So, did you managed to guess it? Haha. I opted for the pure nude one! I need a good excuse to buy a new shoe and every girl needs a nude heels. Haha. I think it can probably go with the white floral print one or the green one. I got a black heel for the middle one, and a backup blue velvet one. What do you think?

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Wondering where am I digging among for the next few weeks and months? Right here. Renovation is almost done and it is up to my team of 100s to work some magic! It is a stressful period and I will press on. 2 weeks of dust, 1 week of guarding the store and a month or so of festive madness.

A Chinese saying which is loosely translated here, “Grabbing the Buddha Feet in the last moment”, So here is me, grabbing Jesus and Lord’s leg with a prayer. It has been a long time since I said a prayer, so here goes.

Dear Lord,

Let this setup be smooth sailing, let it be a learning journey if it is not, let it be a time I show great patience especially to my hard working staffs, let it be a time I display leadership, let me grow as a person, and let me enjoy this busy process! Lord, thank you for all the angels in advance! I’m sure you have prepared great friends, colleagues, and other blessings to aid me in this journey. Let me be forgiving to the not so loving people that I’m about to face. Thank you Lord for all the mercy, grace and love you’ve shown.

In Jesus most precious name I pray,
Amen.

Talad Rot Fai, Vintage Night Market, Bangkok

Here is one last post to share about my Bangkok trip before I disappear into a chaos of madness and appear after Chinese New year. Yes, sorry ladies and guys, don’t miss me!

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As most of you may probably know, I love vintage and when I first heard of Talad Rot Fai, Bangkok’s Vintage Weekend Night Market I was thrilled! It existed for the longest time and was previously right behind Chatuchak where it was so convenient! But now, it is relocated to Srinakharin which is crazy out of the way.

I was so determined to get there so I booked a driver, showed him the Thai map and address, and got ourselves there! But gosh, I forgot to figure the way back! It was at the outskirt of Bangkok city and there were no taxi drivers willing to send us back to Bangkok city! In the end, we took a cab to the nearest BTS station and took the train back. A major panic moment there.

So if you are some serious antique / vintage lovers, you should go there, but if you just want a look see, oh no, perhaps not. During our trip there, there were only one other Caucasian couple, the rest of the crowd there are mainly locals.

There are five main areas to look at, (1) Pretty antique shops which is at the front stretch leading towards the main market, (2) Night market selling random stuffs for the locals, stuffs are of lower quality, (3) Main building of the market selling vintage stuffs plus random stuffs not relating to vintage items, (4) Vintage flea market, selling some really old and cool stuffs, they are right at the very end, deep inside! and (5) Bars near to the Vintage flea market! We wished the Vintage flea market was bigger though!

So here are some pictures!

Area 1: A stretch of Pretty Antique Shops

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Area 2: Local Night Market

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The only thing I bought from the night market, pretty personalized bracelet.

Area 3: Main Building

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There are a few pretty coffee place like these here.

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These lamps are so pretty!

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Area 4: Vintage Flea Market

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In between the flea market and the bars.

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Almost wanted to grab a handful of these pretty knobs for my old wooden cupboard.

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Isn’t this place cool! We should have this in Singapore too! Nice.

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Area 5: Bars and Around

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Favourite Childhood Toy, Polly Pocket!

Ladies, what is your favourite childhood toy? For me, it is definitely Polly Pocket! I remember my mum bringing my sister and I to Yaohan Departmental Store for some toys shopping and we each have a couple of Polly Pockets to play with! But the little figurine is always missing, so I will end up with some houses and just one or two little girls. Polly Pocket is amazing because it is tiny and fits right in your pocket (duh!) and you can spend hours playing with it and bring them everywhere! Haha. Gosh, I feel like a dinosaur talking about Polly Pocket and Yaohan. Kids these days lack imagination because all they play is Angry Bird on their iPhone. During our time, most games require some form of creativity and imagination, think Playdoh, Lego and other make believe games!

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During one of the old toys charity event, I chanced upon a Polly Pocket set! I was thrilled! Too bad I threw mine away, otherwise it can probably sell for a couple of tens! This Polly Pocket is not too cool though, there is a little girl and a baby in there. I prefer the ones in the restaurants (which I used to own) or those in the Zoo!

So what is your favourite childhood toy! Drop a comment here to share your experience or memories you had!

Weekend Chatuchak Market, Bangkok

Back to posting about my Bangkok trip, there are actually a few more to go, but I was getting a little lazy.

So all Bangkok trip must include the Weekend Chatuchak Market!

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This is the little vintage dress shop in Chatuchak that I return without fail. My Fair Lady is along the main road near to Entrance 3.

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Spotted a Spanish Chef cooking Paella in Chatuchak! Haha. What in the world is he doing here? It was really popular among the Caucasian tourists and it is not exactly cheap! SGD 6 for a plate! It was good but just a tat oily and pricy by Bangkok standard.

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Another must eat is the coconut ice cream with different toppings. Yums.

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Oh, I missed these BBQ Pork Meat which I had a plenty in Phuket!

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Shopping is a must in Chatuchak but Chatuchak is like a labyrinth! This fashion street which is cooling does exist! At Area 4 also near Entrance 3! Have fun girls and helpful boys! Haha.

Mid Week Dessert Break

Sometimes, all you need during a busy week is a midweek break with desserts! Yums. Carpenter & Cook requires little introduction, I simply love their lemon tarts and their whimsical vintage themed decor!

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Mum’s Birthday Celebration at Peramakan

Has it been almost three weeks since I last blogged? Wow! Thank you Reader G for the sweet reminder to continue blogging!

The past three weeks have been busy, with work and yoga on weekdays, yoga and life on weekends! I guessed I was feeling really lazy after working and working out.

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Anyway, back about this post! We celebrated my mum’s birthday this weekend at Peramakan at Keppel Bay! It was my sister and her boyfriend’s treat! I’m so glad my sister has finally started working and there’s someone to split the costs of these family dinners with me! Haha.

Peramakan is yummy and having Peranakan food is a refreshing change! My family tends to go to Chinese seafood restaurant all the time for all celebrations, so Peranakan food is good!

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Love their Ngoh Hiang (Meat and Prawn roll) and all the curry stew of various meats. Their desserts though heavy on the palate and tummy are sinfully yummy too.

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Other than having yummy dinner, my Dad got us to pick out a present for my mum at a jewelry store. My mum, being the practical and Gold loving Chinese middle age lady, loves gold!

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In the end, my sister and I picked up a 999 gold chain and heart shaped pendent with the Chinese word “Health”. Love that it is pretty and meaningful and to our delight, my mum loves it! Look at her gleeful smile!

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Happy Birthday Mum! May you stay pretty, youthful, healthy and happy!