Saturday, July 30, 2011


I saw this pen in a supermarket in Bangkok and snapped it up. I'm not usually one for using cutesy stationery (yes, despite hansel's brand image, believe that I'm telling the truth) but I ACTUALLY FEEL HAPPY using this one! What's going on???

And WOW, check out Miffy's website!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scarf ad potential.

Probably lost-and-found, but such great potential for an edgy Hermes ad! (Snapped while on a bus)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Street side food stall in Bangkok.

I just returned from a work trip in Bangkok. During a quick lunch stop at a street side food stall selling pork soup noodles in Bangkok, I thought this drinks chiller had a nice old fashioned look. . .

... And I was fascinated by Pepsi's marketing outreach in even a simple, small street side food stall such as this one. Every table was covered in tablecloths emblazoned with the Pepsi logo. There were even specially made plastic containers for chopsticks and spoons that were covered with the Pepsi logo. Last but not least, the food stall (naturally) pushed Pepsi over any other drink! Of course, we ordered Pepsi. :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Green Corridor in Singapore.

On Sunday 10 July 2011, my friends and I joined the thousands of people who have walked along the unused railway tracks that run between the beautiful old Tanjong Pagar railway station and all the way through lush greenery to our borders with Malaysia. Take a look at The Green Corridor to learn more.
We started at the bridge at Bukit Timah Road, near Rifle Range Road.
It looked like our local version of the Laneway Festival - it was the RAILWAY Festival!


I TOUCHED the bridge (and I have a photo to prove it)!

The bridge was built a loooong time ago.

I swear I could have seen gorillas lumbering out from amongst the bushes in the midst! Is this really Singapore???

Adorable entrepreneurial kids selling lemonade along the railway tracks to all those thirsty people.

After about 2 hours, we finally reach the bridge by the Rail Mall. Yet MORE people!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Amelia and her one-off hansel skirt.

Amelia works at my shop - she grabbed this one-off sample skirt as soon as it hit the shop floor. This was a sample that never went into production and was from hansel's second collection ("Mr & Mrs Tan") so it's practically a hansel vintage. Plus, it's made from an original 1980s printed jersey so that's double vintage!

Oh that fabric brings back memories of rummaging through an old warehouse of fabrics in a dusty corner of Little India. Eventually the fabric was used for a tube dress (that sold out) but cutting the garments was a nightmare because we had to keep dodging areas that were yellowed with age and mildew - vintage fabrics are a great find but using them for bulk production is a different story altogether!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Miniature war scene.

After yanking some withered flowers out from a gift flower basket, I discovered the aftermath of a war scene (complete with bombed out hollows in barren grounds) and promptly added a mean-lookin' helicopter for a photo opportunity.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Exploring old HDB neighbourhoods in Singapore.

I grew up in one of these one-bedroom HDB flats over in Block 50 Havelock Road. Five of us would share the one bedroom, with 2 on beds and the remaining 3 on thin foam mattresses that we'd roll up and store away during the day. Ah memories...