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Hello Baileys! | Free The Robot @ 118 Telok Ayer

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Hello, this is doge Baileys!

Hello, this is doge Baileys!

I came to be acquainted with the owners of Free The Robot / Bitters & Love recently, and being the superficial person I was, fell in love with the handsome star of Free The Robot… their dog, Baileys! I was so smitten with his cherubic puppy-like face that I had to make a trip down specially for him, never mind the ERP fee and that it’s rather hard to park, haha. (FYI, he only makes an appearance on some Thursdays!)

They're open on Saturdays too!

They’re open on Saturdays too!

The delightful illustrations at Free The Robot were done by a friend of the owners!

The delightful illustrations at Free The Robot were done by a friend of the owners!

{ Free The Robot }

Address: 118 Telok Ayer Singapore
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat, 830am – 430pm
Tel: +65 6438 1836 | Facebook | Instagram

Robots, robots everywhere - near the payment counters, on their cups, and their walls!

Robots, robots everywhere – near the payment counters, on their cups, and their walls!

Free The Robot – cafe by day, turns into bar Bitters & Love by night! It’s actually sectioned out, so the cafe is one half of the restaurant and the bar is the other half. Free The Robot (FTR) seats around 25 – 30pax inside comfortably, and business seemed to be pretty good and brisk during lunch hour. With the boarded up facade (the entrance is really just a small door), this place makes for a good hideout place from the maddening lunch crowd around the area!

The draw of this place isn’t just Bailey’s though – FTR, though small, is actually full of photo opportunities for your Instagram feed or Facebook albums – from the drawings on the boarded front entrance, to the concrete walls inside the cafe, the wooden tables… the only tough thing to do was to find that prized seat in front of your favorite part of the wall mural!

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The menu's rather reasonable, at $5 for a sandwich to $14 for a big breakfast! And where else can you find a wagyu burger for just $12? *licks lips*

The menu’s rather reasonable, at $5 for a sandwich to $14 for a big breakfast! And where else can you find a wagyu burger for just $12? *licks lips*

You order & pay at the counter, then grab a seat with a wooden cup bearing your table tag!

You order & pay at the counter, then grab a seat with a wooden cup bearing your table tag!

Baileys: "Where's my mummy?" Baileys even has an Instagram account of his own, at @whereisbaileys!

Baileys: “Where’s my mummy?”
Baileys even has an Instagram account of his own, at @whereisbaileys!

Cold Pressed Juices! I love ginger almost anything. Apple Ginger was a great wake-up juice! Love that the balance was just right - not too much ginger, but enough to provide a certain kick.

Cold Pressed Juices! I love ginger almost anything. Apple Ginger was a great wake-up juice! Love that the balance was just right – not too much ginger, but enough to provide a certain kick.

Avocado Sandwich!

Avocado Sandwich!

Truffled Fries (sides)

Truffled Fries (sides)

FREE THE ROBOT BURGER - Homemade Beef Burger, with sunny-side egg, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon - all for just $12!

FREE THE ROBOT BURGER – Homemade Beef Burger, with sunny-side egg, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon – all for just $12! I loved this – I don’t usually like tomato, but it complimented the burger so well! And I’LL TAKE ANYTHING THAT COMES WITH AN OOZING EGG YOLK. P.S – You can specify how well you want your burger to be done!

Recommended: Pan-seared Shoulder Beef Tenders Salad with Sous-vide Egg (Additional $3, but YUMS!) and Avocado (another additional $3!)

Recommended: Pan-seared Shoulder Beef Tenders Salad with Sous-vide Egg (Additional $3, but YUMS!) and Avocado (another additional $3!) P.S. If you find the beef too raw for you, you can specify how well done you want it to be too! But this was perfect for me – and I love the raisins!

Dine in, or to-go... your choice!

Dine in, or to-go… your choice!

FTR serves coffee as well!

FTR serves coffee as well!

Baileys stole the hearts of everyone at the cafe! But he's only there on Thursdays mostly. Nawwwww!

Baileys stole the hearts of everyone at the cafe! But he’s only there on Thursdays mostly. Nawwwww!

Thank you Reenie for checking out this place with me! It was a rainy Thursday well spent ; )

Thank you Reenie for checking out this place with me! It was a rainy Thursday well spent ; )

Bitters & Love's entrance is actually at the back alley - and you can identify it with a drawing of Baileys by the entrance!

Bitters & Love’s entrance is actually at the back door of FTR – and you can identify it with a drawing of Baileys by the door!

Amazingly well stocked bar!

Homemade Umeshu on Tap!

Homemade Umeshu on Tap!

I am really curious about how Siam Diu tastes like hahahahaha

I am really curious about how Siam Diu tastes like hahahahaha

Wall art at the entrance of FTR, obviously for a fun photo taking opportunity! That's my Gin Tonic, which was huggeeeeee. Thank you Ernest!

Wall art at the entrance of FTR, obviously for a fun photo taking opportunity! That’s my Gin Tonic, which was huggeeeeee. Thank you Ernest!

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Baileys: “Won’t you pop by soon?” ; D

Photos taken with the Olympus OMD EM-5 MKII + 12-40mm f/2.8 lens.
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Bath & Body Works Singapore

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Hands up if you’ve gone wild in a Bath & Body Works store before!

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I was literally pumping my fist in the air and going “Yes, YES!” when I heard that Bath & Body Works was gonna be available in Singapore. Finally, I didn’t have to allocate like 3 kg of my luggage space to my favorite range of body care! Or mull over which to bring back. Or bug my friends to get them all back for me, hahaha.

There’s just something about BBW (my abbreviated form for Bath & Body Works) that makes us all go “buy, buy, buy!”. I had my first BBW experience on my first trip to the United States of America at least 8-9 years back? I was feeling really dry from the witner season (have you experienced a texan winter before? It’s dry like nothing) and my aunt passed me a bottle of BBW’s body lotion. And the very next day, we set out to get me a tub of body cream, and then some! Hahaha.

I was on a holiday, but I took my time to smell and try everything to narrow down my preferences! The stores were MASSIVE and it was literally a playground for home and body care, with tonnes of different products and even taps for you to try out the hand soaps! You have helpful assistants aiding you on making the most important decision – finding out which scent you like, and then gathering the different types of body and home products available in that particular signature scent!

As America’s number 1 favorite brand, with more than 1600 stores in the USA and over 100 internationally, Bath & Body works are crazily devoted to making fragrances fun – you’ll be spoilt for choice the minute you step in, and on top of that, they usually have fun seasonal fragrance releases!

One of their Christmas specials - Twisted Peppermint!

One of their Christmas specials – Twisted Peppermint!

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Stop and smell the happy! It’s SALE TIME from now till 21st Jan, and a lot of fragrances are going at 50% off!

Everyone's perennial favorite - the Japanese Cherry Blossom! I loved this too - in fact every one at home did! I can't tell you how much of these I've brought back for the family...

Everyone’s perennial favorite – the Japanese Cherry Blossom! I loved this too – in fact every one at home did! I can’t tell you how much of these I’ve brought back for the family…

And the best part? These Christmas sets are so value-for-money - the sets are priced from $25 up!

And the best part? These amazing sets are so value-for-money – the sets are priced from $25 up!

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Twilight Woods smells heavenly too!

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The forever red set made such a great looking gift, maybe for Valentines’ Day?

I absolutely love the artwork for this set!

I love the artwork created for this set!

So, let me tell you about my absolute FAVORITE scent from BBW.

I’m not kidding when I say that I have almost everything except for the body bar & bath salts for this range!

Say Hello to Eucalyptus Mint, aka the stress relieve range from the aromatherapy series!

Say Hello to Eucalyptus Spearmint, aka the stress relieve range from the aromatherapy series!

There’s just something about this series which makes me feel calm and happy. With over 20 uniquely blended fragrances, I’m sure one will fit your personality, and this is mine! I want to smell like this after I shower, and I love smelling it when I’m doing my work.

Shower gel

Shower gel

Candle (and wallflowers, car portable scents)

Candle (and wallflowers, car portable scents)

And even the sleeping mists!

And even the pillow mists! The pillow mists were my absolute favorite to turn in to. I’ll just spray it all over my sheets and dive right into bliss!

This is not bad too, if you feel like you can't sleep with the eucalyptus spearmint series! Hahaha.

They have body mists too, from the aromaterapy range – lavender chamomile is a really nice mixture and soothing as well. I have this in pillow mist form too!

The PocketBacs are the cutest, and and make the best small gifts for friends (popular stocking stuffer too)! It has since undergone a facelift from the last time I've seen it, a little rounder now but still super cute isn't it?! It was hard to get this in Eucalyptus Spearmint but I hunted it down in the states previously, hahaha. I know, I'm OBSESSED.

The PocketBacs are the cutest, and and make the best small gifts for friends (popular stocking stuffer too)! It has since undergone a facelift from the last time I’ve seen it, a little rounder now but still super cute isn’t it?!
It was hard to get this in Eucalyptus Spearmint but I hunted it down in the states previously, hahaha. I know, I’m OBSESSED.

I’m not kidding when I say they have something for everyone, no matter your preference or choice of home ware/body care.

One popular favorite? Their candles!

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Saying that you’ll be spoilt for choice is an understatement. I go wild when they have offers on these candles! They smell really good, and the three-wicked candles gets the aroma around really fast too!

If you're not a fan of candles, there's always the home sprays! Here are some of the holiday LEs!

If you’re not a fan of candles, there’s always the home sprays! Here are some of the holiday limited edition room sprays with super cute packaging imprinted on the cans!

If you don't like sprays OR candles, how about a heat diffuser? I did not get Wallflowers when I was in USA previously due to the voltage differences - and this was the first thing to go into my basket when they opened in Singapore!

If you don’t like sprays OR candles, how about a heat diffuser?
I did not get Wallflowers when I was in USA previously due to the voltage differences – and this was the first thing to go into my basket when they opened in Singapore!

It's so easy to switch scents, too! The scents are contained in the bulbs, which has a wick running through. Simply twist the wallflower bulbs in (or out), plug it in and turn it on. And it lasts for quite a while, too! I've only gone through 2 bulbs since the opening of BBW in Singapore!

It’s so easy to switch scents, too! The scents are contained in the bulbs, which has a wick running through.
Simply twist the wallflower bulbs in (or out), plug it in and turn it on. And it lasts for quite a while, too! I’ve only gone through 2 bulbs (of Eucalyptus Spearmint, yes) since the opening of BBW in Singapore!

(gorgeous image from BBW Singapore's Facebook page)

(gorgeous image from BBW Singapore’s Facebook page)

And for those looking for car and wardrobe scents... this!!!! I have these hanging in my wardrobe AND my car. They're pretty easy to use, too! The packaging ensures that it is leak-proof! On the left is the container - and the right, the scent refill!

And for those looking for car and wardrobe scents… this – The Scentportables!!!! I have these hanging in my wardrobe AND my car. They’re pretty easy to use, too! The packaging ensures that it is leak-proof!
On the left is the container – and the right, the scent refill! Sweet Pea is a long time favorite for a lot of girls – I remember that Peiling (Agneselle) was mad about it!

You know what's more mad? I made Ron carry back an entire stack of it back for me from USA before. At least it was light, hahahaha....

You know what’s more mad? I made Ron carry back an entire stack of it (yes, in Eucalyptus Spearmint) back for me from USA before.
At least it was light, hahahaha….

There’s just something about fragrances that makes people happy – be it their favorite scent, a scent that calms, a familiar fragrance that brings them back and evokes certain memories… they make such great gifts especially if you know what your friends like! (Yes yes, everything Eucalyptus Spearmint I like!)

Plus, with sales like this, how can you not bring home some? Their hand soaps will make the best housewarming gifts too!

Plus, with sales like this, how can you not bring home some? Their hand soaps will make the best housewarming gifts too! THE SALE ENDS 21ST JAN!!!

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Bath & Body Works can be found in Singapore at these two locations!

Bath & Body Works Takashimaya
391 Orchard Road #B1-10/11Â Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Tel: (+65) 6723 7246

Bath & Body Works Marina Bay Sands
B2-42 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Tel: (+65) 67238080

Don't wait - hurry over to Bath & Body Works Singapore and check out all the sets and wonderful fragrances they have to offer! The Sale ends 21st Jan!

Guess who’s gonna be returning to stock up on wallflowers, get housewarming gifts, and some birthday gifts? ; D

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Faith in Face – New Hydrogel Masks from Korea!

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{ sponsored advertorial }

Is there anyone who doesn’t like facial masks?

I know it’s good for me, but I just get so lazy sometimes.

But whenever I do apply a mask, I’ll arrange an entire pampering session around it. Maybe a foot scrub. Or a body scrub. Best time is when I’m in a hot water bath!

The thing about doing something while wearing a mask, is that masks sometimes tend to fall off or just slide off you. And the cotton sheet masks sometimes dry up so quickly!

So the first time I tried a hydrogel mask, I fell in love.

I love the way the way it hugged my face better than a sheet mask. I love how I could run about doing things without worrying about it falling off – it adheres well to your skin, and doesn’t dry out as fast as a cotton sheet mask would either!

That was why I accepted Faith In Face’s advertorial, and I was really looking forward to trying out the masks for a review!

(In fact, I’m in Japan at time of writing and guess what I’m doing to beat the cold winds of Tokyo? Using a Faith In Face mask of course!)

Faith in Face masks were first launched in 2012, and by the time they arrived in Singapore in October 2015, have already reached No. 1 status in Korea!

The masks were developed by a multi-national team of young cosmetic experts from Korea, Britain & Canada after 3 years of research and development, and only uses organic, naturally derived extracts such as vegetable collagen, essential oils, vitamin E & hyaluronic acid. Free of parabens & mineral oil, these masks deliver high percentage of water soluble ingredients for maximum hydration & superior skin rejuvenation.

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Unlike regular microfiber and cotton sheet masks, Faith in Face’s hydrogel masks contain a high percentage of water soluble ingredients to deliver maximal hydration and superior skin rejuvenation. With a gentle formula that is suitable for sensitive skin, the hydrogel masks are also able to cool the skin, thanks to beta-glucans which rejuvenate stressed out skin.”

The Faith in Face hydrogel masks come in 5 types addressing different concerns –

  • After Shower Look Hydrogel Mask
    Soothing and moisturizing with Sodium PCA & Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, and Camelia Oil to lock moisture in.
  • Hold Me Tight Hydrogel Mask
    Copper Tripeptide, Rooibos extract and Red Ginseng firms & lifts the skin. 
  • Black & White Film Star Hydrogel Mask
    Brightening mask with Arbutin, Niacinamide and Citrus Unshiu Pericarp & Green Tea extract 
  • Miss Invisible Pore Hydrogel Mask
    A pore tightening mask with Salicylic Acid to reduce sebum, peppermint extract to cleanse and natural astringents such as Chestnut Shell extract & Witch Hazel!
  • Nourish Me Hydrogel Mask
    Contains Ceramide 3 with Broccoli Extract & Olive oil, providing the ultimate nourishment for your skin.

The masks come in boxes and there are 3 pieces in each box. Upon opening, I was surprised to find that they’re separated into 2 pieces (top half of face, and bottom half of the face), which means it’ll be a better fit on the face!

(I have a shorter face, so it’s pretty annoying for me when masks are too long – this is perfect for me!)Upon removing the hydrogel mask from the packet, you’ll find that it is sandwiched between two sheets for protection – one thick plastic sheet, and a softer one.

You might wonder, which side is up and the side to place on your face? The answer: Remove the softer sheet, and place the smooth side of the hydrogel mask on your face!

This is the smooth side of the mask which meets your face – the bumpy side is on the outside!

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I like applying the bottom half of the mask first.

Adjust the mask till it fits well on the bottom half of your face.

See how it hugs the face? I love it! It doesn’t really slip off nor does it crinkle on my face like some of the sheet masks do. 

Personally, I really think this is worth a try, especially if you love applying masks! It’s definitely something you can add to your routine. Just try it – I guarantee that you’ll love it as much as I did!

They say that in order to form a new good habit, you have to do that thing continuously for approximately 18 – 66 days.

Ever since the day the masks arrived, I’ve been trying to leave myself constant reminders on how to keep my skin moisturised. I left little post-it notes that screams “MASK!” on it and they’re stuck on everywhere – near my computer, my toilet, my mirrors… And I’m pretty sure that habit’s gonna be easy to form, since I love the masks so much!

So far, so good – my skin loves the hydrogel masks, especially during winter in cold countries! Love how bouncy and supple it is right after masking!

I love the masks so much that it’s hard to pick just one to ask you to try – thankfully, they’re just $14.50 for a box of 3 pieces, available exclusively at Watsons at the moment!

Kate Designing Eyebrow Powder!

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Well you would know by now that I’m no stranger to Kate TOKYO Cosmetics – I’ve reviewed a number of their products, from their eyeliners, to eyeshadow palettes and my favourite Slim Create (face contouring) powder!

KATE TOKYO has been around for a long time – it was first released in February 1997, which makes it 18 years old, and has been a familiar brand and staple in Japanese drugstore’s jcosme charts due to their trend setting direction and great price point! In fact, I always linger around KATE TOKYO’s section a little longer in Japanese drugstores!

Today’s star would be the KATE Designing Eyebrow N – “a palette of 3 different shades of eyebrow powders to fill, define and create a naturally bold & defined set of brows”. The set retails for $20.50 SGD, and comes complete with a mirror and brush in a sleek black packaging.

It is available in 2 color options – EX4 & EX5, and I got the lighter shade to match my current hair color.

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I love how Japanese cosmetics always include a visual at the back of the packaging – it makes directions much easier to follow, and here you can see that it says that the palette can also double up as a contour powder for the nose bridge area!

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I just have to say I appreciate how compact it is and the multiple functions it has! It really makes it the perfect eyebrow palette on the go.

{ The Arch – How I usually do my brows }

I tend to do more arched brows than straight brows – that’s just something that comes naturally for me due to the shape of my brows.

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Bare, with no eyebrow powder on. You can see that my brows have a natural arch (following the shape on top of the brow).

Filling the brows are easy when you have a natural arch to follow.

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It’s as simple as using the stiff brush end of the palette to fill in the balder parts, and you’re done!

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The eyebrow color’s just right for my hair color too, phew!

Doing straight brows however, requires a slightly higher skill set. I would go as far as to say that even I don’t get it right all the time.

But this palette does make it a little easier for me – unlike certain pencil brow products, it gives a softer, appearance as compared to the harsh lines of certain pencils, but yet the flat stiff brush allows you to draw a firmer outline for better definition when needed.

{ Everyone loves Straight Brows }

Thinner, arched brows could cause one to look older and sometimes, more lethergic or fierce. I would know because I was a victim of over-plucking my eyebrows a few years back!

Back in 2009! What was I thinking?

Back in 2009! I looked really incomplete with those brows – what was I thinking?

The straight brow look isn’t exactly ruler straight – it’s actually more about having fuller, and naturally defined brows! Less of an arch so that you don’t look so fierce!

↑ These are my natural brows, grown out a ltitle more than you saw in the first arched brows display.

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↑ Step 1: Draw a straight line under the arch of your eyebrow.

Psst… Because filling up underneath your eyebrow shortens the distance between your eyes and brows, it makes you look like you have deeper set eyes! 

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↑ Step 2: Fill in any missing spaces with a mixture of shades a & b

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↑ Step 3: Darken your inner corners with a mixture of shades a & b, but using the softer round brush end

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↑ Step 4: Create a slight nose contour with a mixture of shades b & c!

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↑ Here’s one side of my brows undone, and done with KATE Designing Brow N.

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↑ Both sides completed!

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I do like switching my looks from time to time to suit my dressing and mood, and I find that this palette’s a real keeper due to how versatile it is – I could go from an arched look to a straight look, and usually pencil products are just one shade, whereas eyebrow powders have the benefit of containing various shades in a palette!

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{ GIVEAWAY! }

WIN A PALETTE FOR YOURSELF!

WIN A PALETTE FOR YOURSELF!

Win a KATE Designing Eyebrow N limited edition set
by leaving a comment on why you need to own this!

The Limited Edition set comes with bonus 2x Eyebrow tools (double ended brush, AND a comb!)

To check out KATE’s entire range of cosmetics available in Singapore, click here to visit their website. Or simply follow them on Facebook for updates!

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Evonnz in HK – The Playing & Shopping Chapter

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I’ve always been craft-inclined, and as much as I’ve wanted to, I’ve never had the chance to attend a craft workshop while overseas as I didn’t have the right company! Thankfully, Hong Kong Tourism Board had the same thoughts as well and planned a leather making workshop for us to learn something new!

{ Fungus Workshop }

Add: G/F, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
上環普慶坊4號地下
Email: fungusworkshop@gmail.com | website
Tel: +852 2779 9003 

"A handmade leather bags and accessories workshop, FUNGUS WORKSHOP is a partnership between ‘hoiming’ (a leather goods designer brand) and ‘cowrice’ (a lifestyle creative unit). FUNGUS WORKSHOP is passionate about expressing individual creativity, and uses this workshop to share their leatherwork and attitude towards life with the world. FUNGUS WORKSHOP is a creative workshop filled with lovers of unique hand-made designs, varying from leather goods and fashion to photography, paintings, writings and home ware."

“A handmade leather bags and accessories workshop, FUNGUS WORKSHOP is a partnership between ‘hoiming’ (a leather goods designer brand) and ‘cowrice’ (a lifestyle creative unit). FUNGUS WORKSHOP is passionate about expressing individual creativity, and uses this workshop to share their leatherwork and attitude towards life with the world.
FUNGUS WORKSHOP is a creative workshop filled with lovers of unique hand-made designs, varying from leather goods and fashion to photography, paintings, writings and home ware.”

It’s actually located along Tai Ping Shan St., which is a pretty nice neighbourhood itself to walk around and shop for goods by local designers and talents – shops vary from candles, hipster cafes, to floral artistry workshops for you to spend an afternoon at.

Today's workshop target: A card holder!

Today’s workshop target: A card holder!

We were told to select a leather color - I was instantly attracted to this beautiful shade of navy blue! We were taught the basics of leather priming and cutting - how to season it, how to cut it, and making holes for stitching.

We were told to select a leather color – I was instantly attracted to this beautiful shade of navy blue!
We were taught the basics of leather priming and cutting – how to season it, how to cut it, and making holes for stitching.

This is my first time at a real leather making workshop, and I wished I was able to film the entire process down because there was just so much to learn! This is a tool/technique to seal off the leather, and to make sure that the edges of the leather are smooth, and don't fray from daily usage.

This is my first time at a real leather making workshop, and I wished I was able to film the entire process down because there was just so much to learn! This is a tool/technique to seal off the leather, and to make sure that the edges of the leather are smooth, and don’t fray from daily usage.

Customizing our card holder with letter embossing tools

Customizing our card holder with letter embossing tools

I'm quite bad when it comes to stitching and also due to time constraint, we had to engage help from the masters, who finished things up for us in record time! Mind you, they are guys. I was definitely impressed with their skill and precision!

I’m quite bad when it comes to stitching and also due to time constraints, we had to engage help from the masters, who finished things up for us in record time! Mind you, they are guys. I was definitely impressed with their skill and precision!

Finishing off some bits...

Finishing off some bits…

All done! I think you can tell by now that blue is my favorite color, yes? Hahaha. I love it to bits!

All done! I think you can tell by now that blue is my favorite color, yes? Hahaha. I love it to bits!

Thank you so much, Baldwin! See the items on display behind us? These are the items you can actually learn to make at the workshops - of course the bigger the items, the more time you'll need. Cardholder making was pretty basic and didn't require more than a lesson to complete, unlike shoes and bags. I'd really love to learn how to make a bag one day though! P.S. - You can also buy ready-made items off the rack!

Thank you so much, Baldwin!
See the items on display behind us? These are the items you can actually learn to make at the workshops – of course the bigger the items, the more time you’ll need. Cardholder making was pretty basic and didn’t require more than a lesson to complete, unlike shoes and bags. I’d really love to learn how to make a bag one day though!
P.S. – You can also buy ready-made items off the rack!

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I think it’s a must for every country to show support for the local arts scene and to encourage local talent – and for Hong Kong, it came in the form of a complex called PMQ (元創方) – previously a school, and the former Hollywood Police Married Quarters, it has been turned into a hub for local young entrepreneurs.

I love this quote hanging off one side of PMQ!

I love this quote hanging off one side of PMQ!

{ PMQ 元創方 }

Add: 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
中环鸭巴甸街35号
Tel: +852 2870 2335 | website
Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (but the stores operate at different timings)

PMQ aka 元創方 has been around for approximately a year by now, and while I was initially there for filming, the place had intrigued me so much that I had to head back a second time to explore further – first for the Okinawan festival that was to take place during the period of time I was in Hong Kong (LUCKY!), and also to pick up the lens cap that I had carelessly left behind at Fungus Workshop from Baldwin (THANK YOU again, Baldwin!).

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Isn’t the mini workshop just so interesting?! I would really have loved to spend a whole day here!

I did mention that I was here for the Okinawa festival, right? PMQ has events (aka Happenings) every now and then which you can check out here to see what’s going on during the time you’ll be in HK.

It was abuzz with activity by the time I got to PMQ for the 2nd time, at 7pm!

Japanese goodies on sale!

Japanese goodies on sale!

Okinawa fest at PMQ!

Okinawa fest at PMQ!

I'll always have space for some beer

I’ll always have space for some beer

Some may find it creepy but you won't know how elated I was to spot these dolls, perched on their owner's shoulders! I would want to own a volks doll someday : p

Some may find it creepy but you won’t know how elated I was to spot these dolls, perched on their owner’s shoulders! I would want to own a volks doll someday : p

Tai Ping Shan St. is just right around the corner from PMQ, and as I’ve mentioned, it’s somewhat like our Haji Lane – littered with little workshops, local designer goods and a handful of pretty cafes!

La Cabane is a cigar/wine bistro, and it's right opposite Munchies which was recommended by a friend's friend!

La Cabane is a cigar/wine bistro, and it’s right opposite Munchies which was recommended by a friend’s friend!

Both restaurants are located along a long flight of stairs - and going all the way down will lead you to Kau Kee Beef Brisket, and a busier street

Both restaurants are located along a long flight of stairs – and going all the way down will lead you to Kau Kee Beef Brisket, and a busier street.

Agnes B Cafe LPG, 中環歌賦街8-10號中山樓地鋪

Agnes B Cafe LPG, 中環歌賦街8-10號中山樓地鋪

 

Just right opposite Agnes B Cafe, is a shop that spans 2 levels and has a modest coffee bar right inside it. It’s called WOAW, and I love the things they carry!

"Where the Woaw (wild!) Things Are"

“Where the Woaw (wild!) Things Are”

Other than stationery, they also carry tech gadgets like earphones, mobile covers, sunglasses, strangely cute plushies, hershel bags, self-assemble pinhole cameras and hats!

Other than stationery, they also carry tech gadgets like earphones, mobile covers, sunglasses, strangely cute plushies, hershel bags, self-assemble pinhole cameras and hats!

There's a bar right inside it, with a little outdoor area. I would have loved to sit for a while if I had the time too, and if I drank coffee!

There’s a bar right inside it, with a little outdoor area. I would have loved to sit for a while if I had the time to, and if I drank coffee!

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Passed by this little cafe, called Homei and my body told me to take a rest inside. Hahaha. It was really tiring climbing up and down!

Passed by this little cafe, called Homei and my body told me to take a rest inside. Hahaha. It was really tiring climbing up and down!

The 3 of us! ; )

The 3 of us! ; )

Turns out to be such a good decision! The cafe was incredibly photogenic inside and the walls are just so cheerful!

Turns out to be such a good decision! The cafe was incredibly photogenic inside and the walls are just so cheerful!

When it comes to shopping in Hong Kong, there are a few must visit places – Argyle Centre, Mong Kok Shopping Centre for reasonably priced fashion, and Trendy Zone for street styles!

Trendy Zone in Mong Kok - they have a basement level, and also a 2nd floor full of shops selling streetwear, especially sneakers like limited edition Nikes etc.

Trendy Zone in Mong Kok – they have a basement level, and also a 2nd floor full of shops selling streetwear, especially sneakers like limited edition Nikes etc.

The second floor of Trendy Zone, where I got a pair of shoes from! I was okay with purchasing it at a higher price, but it's better if you look for such shoes at Argyle or Mong Kok Shopping Centre.

The second floor of Trendy Zone, where I got a pair of shoes from! I was okay with purchasing it at a higher price, but it’s better if you look for such shoes at Argyle or Mong Kok Shopping Centre.

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Hong Kong is Tax-free, which means you do away with the hassle of tax redemption and filling up forms – yay! I got myself a bag chain from Agnes B (couldn’t resist all the stars) and even 2 bags from Rabeanco – although, much to my surprise, the prices weren’t exactly very different when they had a sale going on in Singapore.

Did you know that they have Eslite in HK? I love Eslite because of the things they sell! (MT Tapes! Hobonichi! Craft books! ETC ETC)

Did you know that they have Eslite in HK? I love Eslite because of the things they sell! (MT Tapes! Hobonichi! Craft books! ETC ETC) Eslite HK occupies 3 storeys in a mall called Hysan Place, at Causeway Bay – it’s actually a pretty nice place to shop, and there’s a shop in there named 6ixty8ight where my friends all love to check out when they’re in Hong Kong.

And right outside Eslite, there's a cafe (Caffe Habitu) where you can sit and wait for your partner if they're too busy shopping down the entire building.

And right outside Eslite, there’s a cafe (Caffe Habitu) where you can sit and wait for your partner if they’re too busy shopping down the entire building.

You can also find cosmetics which you cannot get in Singapore, in HK - for example, Jill Stuart, Paul & Joe, and...

You can also find cosmetics which you cannot get in Singapore, in HK – for example, Jill Stuart, Paul & Joe, and…

Laduree makeup! Yes LADUREE!

Laduree makeup! Yes LADUREE!

I've been a supermarket person since I turned 25 hahaha and I love checking out the supermarket sections in malls! This one had a store selling soft serve ice cream with melon and fruits, sounded so super yummy!

I’ve been a supermarket person since I turned 25 hahaha and I love checking out the supermarket sections in malls! This one had a store selling soft serve ice cream with melon and fruits, sounded so super yummy!

My friends settled for Godiva instead though. Hahaha.

My friends settled for Godiva instead though. Hahaha.

There were also pretty gifts you could bring back, like these tins of Agnes B biscuits and chocolates! I was in SOGO Causeway Bay, btw.

There were also pretty gifts you could bring back, like these tins of Agnes B biscuits and chocolates! I was in SOGO Causeway Bay, btw.

Some other malls worth visiting are Harbour City (which is actually right next to and connected to Marco Polo Hotel), Langham Place, and Horizon Plaza for outlet shopping! All these places are listed on my HK EAT.PLAY.SHOP Google map!

 

* Halloween in Hong Kong! *

Lan Kwai Fong 蘭桂坊

Lan Kwai Fong 蘭桂坊

Halloween’s really big in Hong Kong, and you have NO IDEA how big an affair it is till you’re in Lan Kwai Fong during Halloween! Actually, I was there BEFORE Halloween and you can see the scary party gear’s already in full swing.

THEY were totally ready for Halloween!

THEY were totally ready for Halloween!

From what I heard, LKF was flooded (with people) with queues extending way beyond the entrance of LKF! Yikes! And I’m kind of sad to have missed out on Kaskade’s appearance at Bungalow in LKF on 19th Nov.

Halloween in Hong Kong seems to be really special and celebrated island-wide – Ocean Park’s Halloween Fest, LKF… Unfortunately, there’s only so many places we can be at at one time, and we choose to visit…

The Happiest Place On Earth!

And that’s of course, Hong Kong Disneyland!
How can you not visit this when you’re in Hong Kong?!
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Once again, we’re in Disneyland at just the right time! On top of Halloween celebrations and decoration all over the theme park, Disneyland HK also happens to be celebrating their 10th year anniversary with new shows, new projections and new attractions!

We got a pic with Duffy & Shelliemay in their Halloween outfits!

We got a pic with Duffy & Shelliemay in their Halloween outfits!

We started off with some Halloween themed snacks from the bakery! Omg look at Jack!

We started off with some Halloween themed snacks from the bakery! Omg look at Jack!

And that's a special Halloween mickey vampire bat biscuit!

And that’s a special Halloween Mickey mouse vampire bat biscuit!

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The streets started to clear, and then we all lined up to the side because it was time for a midday parade!

The streets started to clear, and then we all lined up to the side because it was time for a midday parade – Disneyland’s Flights of Fantasy, which starts at 3pm!

Love how jovial the dancers were and how they engaged the audiences too!

Love how jovial the dancers were and how they engaged the audiences too!

Yina, Maureen & I!

Yina, Maureen & I!

We just had to check out the Halloween specials from Corner Cafe in Disneyland HK!

Main Street Halloween Duffy’s Afternoon Tea Set

This afternoon tea set comes with 2 drinks - Duffy's Cookie & Chocolate Chill Buster, & ShellieMay's Pink Banana Shake!

This afternoon tea set comes with 2 drinks – Duffy’s Cookie & Chocolate Chill Buster, & ShellieMay’s Pink Banana Shake!

Even the fruits came in assorted shapes! Super cute.

Even the fruits came in assorted shapes! Super cute.

Halloween Special Set Menu 

This 3 course menu comes with a drink, an appetizer, a main and a dessert at just $268 ($50 SGD)!

The Grilled Veal Tenderloin and Slow Poached Beef Short Rib with Molecular Coca Cola served with Celeriac Root Mashed Potato & Red Wine Sauce

The Grilled Veal Tenderloin and Slow Poached Beef Short Rib with Molecular Coca Cola served with Celeriac Root Mashed Potato & Red Wine Sauce

The other main - Pan-fried Pink Sea Perch with Sprite Lemongrass Sauce served with Cheese Tortellini and Baby Vegetables

The other main – Pan-fried Pink Sea Perch with Sprite Lemongrass Sauce served with Cheese Tortellini and Baby Vegetables

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And to Toy Story Land we go!

And to Toy Story Land we go!

View from the parachute ride. Seriously. I did not expect the ride which I was told "even 3 year olds can sit" to be this scary. To be honest, it wasn't moving fast or had a sudden drop. It's just... my heart cannot handle this, haha. Some people might get a kick out of this (or no kick at all) but oh gosh.

View from the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop. Seriously. I did not expect the ride which I was told “even 3 year olds can sit” to be this scary. To be honest, it wasn’t moving fast nor had a sudden drop. It’s just… my heart cannot handle this, haha. Some people might get a kick out of this (or no kick at all) but oh gosh.

The RC Racer is a thrill drop ride, which, I obviously opted out of, hahaha. But the rest seemed to have had lotsa fun doing it!

The RC Racer is a thrill drop ride, which, I obviously opted out of, hahaha. But the rest seemed to have had lotsa fun doing it!

We then moved on to Grizzly Gulch, where I was convinced to then take the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars ride T_____T It's a milder version of a rollercoaster, but I STILL came out with my wrists feeling the pain of clutching onto the handles too tightly!

We then moved on to Grizzly Gulch, where I was convinced to then take the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars ride T_____T It’s a milder version of a rollercoaster, but I STILL came out with my wrists feeling the pain of clutching onto the handles too tightly!

There was a ghastly story telling session going on by a prospector but I really couldn't understand it (it's in Cantonese!). Still, it drew a pretty large crowd and was entertaining to watch!

There was a ghastly story telling session going on by a prospector but I really couldn’t understand it (it’s in Cantonese!). Still, it drew a pretty large crowd and was entertaining to watch!

Our 2nd last ride was at Mystic Manor, where we explored the mansion full of artefacts via automatic rail cars. This one was really suitable for kids this time round so it was no biggie for me! : D Hehehe.

Our 2nd last ride was at Mystic Manor, where we explored the mansion full of artefacts via automatic rail cars. This one was really suitable for kids – the ride wasn’t as shocking as the other two to me, haha.

I don’t have pictures for this one because it was just too dark and moving too quickly, but the best time to take the Jungle River Cruise is after sunset, so that you can experience the full thrill of it all – the well placed props, the delivery of the storyline by the boat crew, and the suspense that comes with the boat ride! Even for guests who don’t understand Cantonese, the great acting by the Disneyland staff still kept the delivery of the ride really thrilling! And then it was time to end the magical night with a light parade! The “Disney Paint the Night” Nighttime Spectacular starts at 7:15, and we got very good spots for the parade, along with a Mickey Glow Mitt & a Minnie Glow Bow which lights up in the dark!

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CARS!

CARS!

Tinkerbell in the background!

Tinkerbell in the background!

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And for some weird reason, Lea Salonga’s voice was on loop in my head as the parade went by! Disney was, and will always be part of my childhood. Ending my day at Disney just completed my night, there was an inexplicable sense of joy lingering around!

Thank you so much, HKTB and my travelling partners (Yina & Maureen) for such a wonderful trip, and Nuffnang for making this possible too! I had no idea that visiting Hong Kong in October would be this much fun, and I really wished that I had discovered the German Bierfest earlier! So if you’re planning to head over to HK in October next year… you know what festivals to look out for!

I had actually booked a trip to Hong Kong with my girlfriends (Estrella & Felicia) before this HKTB one came about – and much of my research was done actually on Discoverhongkong.com, which was extremely helpful when it came to planning for activities. Alternatively, you could refer to the google map for HK EAT.PLAY.SHOP that I’ve done up and also relied on when it came to travel planning. Here’s the link to Part 1 (The Eating Chapter) too, if you’ve missed it!

I can’t wait for my next trip with the girlfriends!

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