Sunday, November 29, 2009

Juliette Hogan

In love with Juliette Hogan's Winter 2009 collection “mind your manners…” Everything looks so comfortable, vintage-y and chic at the same time. Just my cup of tea! My favourite dress is the one right at the top, love everything about it; from the cutting, to the colour to the length and style!

Dinner at Cova

It was my first time at Cova, an Italian restaurant (fine dining style) tucked in one quiet corner of Paragon Shopping Center.

I had some yummy vegetarian spaghetti, while my colleague Laurel had her favourite seafood. While the pasta and complimentary serving of bread was more than yummy; the pretty looking tarts weren't as tasty as they look. Laurel also ordered some fancy natural mineral water  (in a pretty glass bottle, I love glass bottle labels!) which costs S$9 (don't get it); and to be honest, it wasn't any different from your regular tap water. Service was good and it will be ideal for those who like really quiet dining places (not for me, haha).

I remember watching on TV once, some people did some kind of test, serving unknowing customers expensive bottled mineral water (secretly filled with water from a hose). When asked if they felt it tasted different from the regular tap water, almost all thought that it tasted sweeter and more pure than the regular tap water. Funny how the mind affects your senses, ain't it?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Clients from Hell

Desmond shared with me a site, Clients From Hell, and this was taken from the site.
"No one is going to steal your idea. In fact, if your company is eventually successful, your original idea will only be one tiny contributing factor. And the guy you’re talking to can’t steal the 99,999 other reasons that will make your company a success (persistence, luck, people you hire, etc, etc, etc)"
So, don't be afraid to share your ideas. Haha!

99% of the scenarios in the submissions may sound very ridiculous, but on one or more occasions it only seems too true. I think the site is very Dilbert-ish too. Enjoy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Books, books, books

Of late, I've been buying so many books. Here is the list of books I've acquired in just this one week:

Design Play, S$51.25
I've browsed through quite a number of design books and its normal that you don't always like every project featured in the same book. But for Design Play, I can safely say I really enjoy each and every of the projects featured!

Jamie's dinners by Jamie Oliver, S$44.41
Bought it as a gift for Ember. I picked this because it is my favourite of all his recipe books - from the type of paper used to his cute and colourful illustrations in between recipes. I also personally feel the recipes are the most do-able (as compared to his other books).

Coincidentally, I bought it for Ember not knowing she had owned the same one before (I only found out after giving it to her) but it was lost a few months back because she cannot remember who she had lent it to.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, S$7.90 (2nd hand)
Highly recommended on the Oprah show as a must-read. David Wroblewski is a 48-year-old software developer in Colorado, and took 10 years on and off to complete this book, his first and it's already a bestseller which has received so many wonderful reviews from so many established critics The story revolves around a mute boy and his relationship with his (fictional breed of) dog.

The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon, S$5.90 (2nd hand)
The Sky is Falling by Sidney Sheldon, S$5.90 (2nd hand)
I like his books, owned quite a few of them; but all bought 2nd hand. It's comfortable to read and entertaining enough to want to keep reading.

Roald Dahl Book Set of 15, by Roald Dahl + illustrated by Quentin Blake, S$117.53
Love this! Roald Dahl accompanied me though my childhood (together with Enid Blyton and Sweet Valley High, of course). There are some books which I have yet to read, so I'm thrilled! And not forgetting I love Quentin Blake's illustrations! Well, the book covers are a newer version, with bright neon colours and all (can't find a photo of the version I have); I would have preferred the original ones better, but this is the only box set available.
  1. The BFG
  2. The Witches 
  3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  4. The Magic Finger 
  5. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me 
  6. The Twits
  7. Esio Trot 
  8. Boy
  9. George's Marvelous Medicine
  10. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
  11. Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator
  12. Matilda
  13. Going Solo
  14. James and the Giant Peach
  15. Danny the Champion of the World 
(The coloured ones are the ones I have not read before, or can't remember reading them.)

More books from Roald Dahl I hope to slowly acquire over time:
The Little Prince
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes
Switch Bitch
My Uncle Oswald

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hamster poo flavoured jellybeans

My colleague offered us some weird flavoured jelly beans, popcorn and watermelon. These are the moldy-looking watermelon flavoured ones (I threw out popcorn, too corny for my liking). I thought they looked like hamster poo. I showed the same colleague (who had offered me the jelly beans) this photo (from my phone) and told her that's my hamster's poo and she went "Real one ah?!"

That got me rolling on the floor laughing (literally!). They kind of reminded me of boogey flavoured jelly beans in Harry Potter.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy post


I visited the Singapore Discovery Centre (non-related to the photo above, haha) over the weekend with my closest cousins, Xiuwei, Shirley and nephew Noel.

I've been living in Singapore for the past 24 years, and this is probably the first time I stepped foot into SDC. I was as excited as my 10 year old (and new favourite) nephew Noel; who loves watching Discovery Channel and probably knows more about science and chemistry than us 3 cousins put together.

Spend a day with him; he'll rattle off fascinating things he learnt from watching Mythbusters, tell you which plane crashed in which year, how to cheat different security systems and even how to build a mini bomb (!!!). And of course, you won't be spared from the endless questions about everything (which you often won't be able to answer, unless you're some sort of walking encyclopedia).

We watched both 4D shows (the one where there are moving chairs and wind simulations), which lasted about 15 minutes each and both 3D shows; Call of the Wild and Coraline (I have to say, Coraline was one of the stranger cartoons I've watched), did the shooting gallery and explored the exhibitions a little.

Lots of photos to be uploaded... soon. (I have been procrastinating. There are a million photos to be uploaded but I don't know what's keeping me.)

I've been spending some money, but well worth it I think. FINALLY (!!!) found opaque black stockings, for only S$9 and you'll never guess; from This Fashion! They seem to be of surprisingly good quality. I got myself a pretty schedule book for S$24.90 from Artbox, those kind where the pages on the inside are so pretty and colourful, I almost cannot bear to write on them.

And HAIRSPRAY! It was the first time watching this movie (yes, call me slow) and I love it! I love their outfits, the colours and the happy songs! Watching it really made me feel happy, want to shake my bonbons and inspired to wear vintage/retro outfits. And I shall! I was also told that the lead actress, and also first-time actress Nikki Blonsky was talent spotted in an ice-cream parlour! She is very lovable in the movie, I like her! It must be such an adventure for her; a dream come true! And she even got to kiss Zac Efron at the end! I'm going to get the DVD, and watch it again and again just to look at their colourful outfits!

(I just realise, every sentence in the last paragraph is exclaimed!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This jacket, this grey

♥ the structure/shape of this jacket and the colour- I've always like this sort of grey. Best of all, it's only for US$14.80, from Forever 21.

Yummy Iphone Cozy

Really well-made (look at the neat stitchings!) Iphone Cozy from Yummy Pocket! I like the last one best; the thick squarish black frames, brown moustache and his beautiful nose!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Busy, tired, work

I have been working nearly non-stop for a month; and when I say non-stop, I mean weekends + late, late nights.

But I had HALF a shopping day with Lisien last weekend; and a good dinner and retail therapy always drive away any stress that you might be keeping (at least for me).

I rewarded myself with 2 lovely brightly coloured dresses from Forever 21 (shown above) and a pair of camel coloured Maryjanes (it was love at first sight) and had yummylicious Turkey Bacon Aglio Olio pasta, upsized!

Anyway, looks like updates will be slow as I will be re-entering the working world. Hello waking-up-at-7am-on-weekdays and squeezing-with-the-rush-hour-crowd! Took some outfit photos, but they don't seem decent enough for me to want to post them online.

For now, it's going to be lots of sleep for me because waking up at 7am the next day (and every other weekday) is no easy feat for me!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

My Room Sweet Room

I visited Ikea over the weekends, and total damage came up to $150++. But I'm happy because I finally got the extra shelves, a lovely small metal drawer (on wheels!), amongst other small items. I bought a white photo frame too, and will be trying out my (series of) prints in it!

Anyway, here are a few other items I hope to acquire for my room over a period of time:

1. A vintage-looking phone via Apartment Therapy

2. A DVD player

3. One more Billy bookcase for my shoes (maybe)

4. More art

5. Buntings (which I shall make in time to come)

Unfortunately, I won't be able to put up the shelves this weekend, I will be having another fleamarket at Changi Airport T3! It has been a busy, busy month!