27 Jul 16

Tokyo/Kyoto [Part 1]

In April, Ben & I headed to Tokyo & Kyoto. Tokyo was hard to grasp as a city for first-timers so I approached our days with the intention of returning to the city in the future. There is just too much popular food to eat and too many coffee shops to try! I find it hard to photograph in cities too, for some reason, so even though we were there during sakura season (which is gloooorious!), I took like 3 photos in Tokyo.

Ueno park
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Meiji shrine
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Kyoto is so beautiful, I was wholly surprised at all the nature it had to offer. The old charm of the city automatically made me move at a slower pace. At the end of our stay, I wanted to just live out the rest of my life there.

Philosopher’s path
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Tenryu-Ji
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Arashiyama bamboo groves
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Ryoan-Ji, where this famous zen garden is
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I plan to write another post with my recommendations!

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27 Jun 16

Ways I updated my bedroom

Hey guys! I’m collaborating with Ikea Singapore for a couple of months and this time, the focus is on the bedroom. I wanted to talk a bit about how almost after two years of living in this house, I’ve found ways to improve my sleep and sleeping patterns. I initially wanted to say ‘quality of sleep’ but really I don’t know how to measure that so let’s just call ‘sleep’ sleep. It’s gonna be a lengthy post but I promise some useful tips throughout.

I’m starting out by talking about quilts
Right after moving in, we treated ourselves to a fluffy new quilt from Ikea. (Long-time users of Ikea bedsheets, quilts and pillows!) We decided on a ‘warmer’ quilt thinking our AC is new and be blasting with full force, a warm one would keep us nice and snuggly. It kept my husband nice and snuggly while leaving me… sweaty. Maybe I suffer from night sweats, maybe not but I stuck with this warmer quilt for over a year. We all know it’s not the cheapest thing to replace, even harder to do it when it’s so new. We used our oldoldold Ikea quilt throughout the years we stayed in rentals – that’s about five years – and we only replaced it because moving into our first home was a pretty monumental step for us. But ah, I couldn’t continue using it any longer. A few months back, I got us a ‘cooler’ quilt and we quickly realized, it was perfect. Well, almost-perfect for me. I’ll elaborate below.

When Ikea reached out, I knew I wanted to use this opportunity to try out bedspreads. This, my friends, is what my body’s been asking for!

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SOMMAR 2016 bedspread

I’m always touching the bedspreads on display at Ikea stores but I thought of it as a frivolous thing stylists used in interior magazines. Now I know, it works beautifully for our climate. I sleep a lot happier now. The ‘cooler’ quilt still stays because >> husband << and we’re not modern enough to try two separate quilts, something I saw on Cup of Jo recently.

Next, pillows
Don’t hesitate to change them once they turn soft, or that gross yellowish colour. My husband’s ‘body-pillow’ had an annoying habit of shedding A LOT of feathers, which made changing sheets a nightmare, there would be tiny feathers flying all over. So we replaced that stat.

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RÖLLEKA pillows for our head & AXAG pillow for hugging

Mood & feels
Candles does wonders, it’s not news but I neglect mine when I get too busy. So this is a gentle nudge to go light some today.

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BORRBY lantern & FENOMEN unscented block candle

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I’ve become sensitive to scented candles so I usually light those for a short while and blow them out. But on days I still want a subtle lingering fragrance, I use my MAD et LEN black lava potpourri.

Two other things I want to share a bit about are: meditation and using a sleep tracker

I’ve been practicing on and off and recently really stuck with it daily for over a month now. Meditation means different things to different people, for me, I discipline myself to do it mostly for the action of non-doing. Most days for twenty minutes, on busy days I squeeze out five minutes. To be still and have awareness, for a while every day, I think helps you learn to be still and be present bit by bit, in the face of anything. I love this app for it, there is a vast variety of guided meditations/timed meditations and the best part, a community. If you’re thinking sitting still is not your thing, there are meditations for lying still as well. Perfect for before bedtime… I’ve drifted off into sleep many times.

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The sleep tracker is something I’ve only very recently got into. I use an UP2 tracker by Jawbone. Before this, I’d count the number of hours I slept simply by when I go to bed – like go into the bedroom and lie on the bed – and when I wake. So I’ve been sleeping a lot less than I thought. For sure the tracker gives me more accurate readings, but what truly helps me the most, is wanting to go to bed earlier, so my readings are smiling back at me tomorrow. Doing it for yourself, even if it seems competitive to want to hit your goal, or beat your goal. It’s all for you in the end.

Here’s a quick recap:
– Replace anything that is old, not working out for you anymore. I try not to think of it as wasteful, more like finally figuring out what works.

– Candles help lift your mood & spirit, without fail, I don’t know why. I like to use the action of lighting a candle before meditating as a signal to begin quiet time.

– Trackers push you to do better for your health by sleeping earlier and taking more steps, embrace the technology!

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9 Dec 15

In the land of poms

November & December has been pretty work-heavy, pom pom work-heavy. I held a Totoro Pom workshop at the end of October, it was the most advanced class to date. If we had all the time in the world, the ladies would have been able to trim their Totoros to perfection.

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Humans and Totoros, at Glitch Singapore

Two Sundays back, I held another workshop, well more of a get-together and less of a workshop. The idea of the session was for everyone to make any type of pom pom they liked, at their own pace, after I’ve demonstrated the steps. One of the participant’s husband, Greg, took a video. So with that video, I turned it into a longer video. (Thanks Greg! It is precious footage to me!)

And some more photos because the venue was amazing! The Letter J Supply‘s space is a dream.

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pom pom get-together

pom pom get-together

pom pom get-together

Thankful for the opportunities that has come my way, may 2016 be shinier, for you and me.

xx

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11 Aug 15

My Pom Pom Workshops

Fruit Pom Poms

Every now and then I get the opportunity to teach pom pom workshops which is something I’ve grown to love. I’ve only really taught four classes so I get very excited when there are new dates to announce! There is one upcoming workshop on 29th August and I’m posting the important details at the end of this post. So scroll all the way down if this interests you!

If you’re wondering what exactly goes on during one of my classes, here are some photos of my first two classes held at The Little Dröm Store.

Fruit Pom Pom Workshop at The Little Drom Store

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Fruit Pom Pom Workshop

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Watermelon Pom PomStrawberry Pom PomPineapple Pom Pom

Date: 29 August 2015, Saturday
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Venue: HomesToLife @ I12 Katong #03-04/05
Price: $95 per pax – all materials will be provided including a pair of pom pom makers from Clover that you get to take home!

During this Fruit Pom Pom Workshop, you will learn to make three fruit pom poms. A watermelon, a strawberry and a pineapple. Making a pom consists of winding and trimming which I will closely guide you to do. These fruit poms are the cutest and also very fun to make! So grab your friend and come spend Saturday morning with me.

To register, email marketing@homestolife.com.

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12 Jun 15

San Francisco

It made me happy to hear (comments) from you old-timey blog friends! Want to say “hi!” back.

I’ve got some photos of our morning hike along the California Coastal Trail in SF. I still think about it every now and then, and miss it.

We Uber-ed to the Cliff House, the starting point. (We Uber-ed everywhere in SF. It’s the second best way to get around as a tourist. The best way, of course, is renting a car and driving yourself, which we did on our last half-a-day in SF. Surprisingly street parking wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be.) We missed out on the Camera Obscura as we were too early, it looked so cute though!

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A friend told us about Muir Woods which looks like a dream. Wish we had more time. I defo feel like there is so much more to see and do. So I’m gonna find a way back soon. While we were there, I kept stumbling upon articles that mentioned the best things about Oakland too. Allison and Diane, *waves*!

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