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ooooohh paper market la la la


I don’t know what’s wrong with the Strange Tea & me.

I — have absolutely zero self control when i go into stationary shops. I think it’s chronic. I enjoy feeling that way though. Today i blew some dosh in.. well, you guessed it: Paper Market. This is wrong, you know.

Absolutely wrong.



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Lookie what i brought home!

It started out as only one of the drawer only. I swear i just wanted to buy one.. just to keep my stamp collection in. (oh my god. you wont believe this. I can officially call it a collection.. It’s growing now! i didn’t take a pic of all of them together, bah, i totally forgot, was too busy arranging & re-arranging stuff to put in my glorious new.. eeeekk!! so fab, cant stand it.)

I love the drawer because it reminds me of the old library card catalog cabinets.. I *LOVE* those.. completely obsessed.. and when i saw this (‘these’, rather..) i knew i had to have at least one. And then i will label it and everything…

The ST had become a member of Paper Market (it benefits me as well, obviously) the last time we went there.. so I knew i would get discount(s).. Actually i only picked up a few rubber stamps..





‘A few’ rubber stamps.. but i ended up with.. that. A few should be just one pair.. (they came in pairs). It shouldn’t have even BEEN ‘A few’. It should’ve been just ONE! Which was the ‘mail’ stamp which i picked FIRST.


But i started obsessing over the others..i Knew i needed them. I knew they’d be extremely gorgeous as borders for some pretty stiff paper, yellowed page journals.. the works. They’d be great for handmade cards, or letter-writing. I mean just freaking look at them!


On the right, you’re looking at a beautiful Rolex/royal green ink pad.. It’s the most stunning colour i have ever seen. I love that green.. I will get a gold ink pad to go with that green.The picture of course doesn’t do any justice. It’s hopeless, i can’t explain it to you. I guess you’ll just have to come round and i show you… on second thoughts..


Look at the polka dotted one! Oh shite. forgot to take a pic of it already stamped on paper. TSK. but it’s soooo prreeeedy!


The roses one is so pretty too.. and i expecially LOVED the stripes one.



This is to fit in with my mail stamp set.. goes so bloody well together don’t they? the wooden drawer, the rubber stamps, the metal case..

So anyway, how i ended up buying ALL of their stock of drawers is because it was on 40%! SHITTY. I did want all but don’t be ridiculous.. do you know how much i’d be paying if it were regular priced? Not until i was at the counter paying until the lady said it’s 40% & she was psycho-ing me to get one more.. or all.. and i was just like.. “can i have them all? both the small ones.. and the big one too..”

I mean I NEED THESE DRAWERS. who doesn’t ?!



And then i also got this vintage mail stamp-like stickers! so cute. HAD to have them.

So happy..

but i should be saving money. 😦 Is there some way i can make more money doing these things? tsk.

OOOOOh.. Adventure Cove on sunday! so excited… whee!



Blue cheeses, Travel tickets & a very good morning.

Recently a certain family member has been lamenting about my recent blogs. NotΒ  funnily, the Strange Tea has kept pushing me to find online webinars andΒ  classes to find some variety for myself and maybe learn something, maybe get some travel in my blood, even if it’s just to Malaysia. She’s been really dogged about it actually.. and i’m starting to think that maybe i should. God forbid i keep blogging about all my purchases and freakin lobotomies for the rest of my life.

Oh well. Trouble is, what should i write about? and what kind of courses should i take?

Ok just a short Newsflash: my little furry friend just developed what looks like conjunctivitis and i’m really sad for him. I mean i can totally imagine how he feels, seeing as i, unfortunately, actually came down with the same thing just last year and i can only remember the deep gloom that i just couldn’t shake off.

Hopefully, he’s not feeling that way.. 😦 he’s a good boy. But anyway! Lets just hope he recovers soon. I’ve been cleaning it..and if it just seems too much i’m just going to send him over to the vet, who’s going to charge me additional $50 per minute just for breathing in their premises (i dunno, but are vets overseas as expensive as it is here? goddamn.) I mean not that i’m trying to scrimp on his health, i mean he isΒ  as sentient as i am.. or probably more so.. (umm..) and i totally do get that i shouldn’t leave things the last minute.. and i’m not. I promise, that between my perpetual hair fall (Tigermum has kept on preaching at me about this ad she hears on the radio, about Vitane or something it’s called and she keeps quoting those people who come on the show to talk about how good it is. She was at it last year, she’s still at it this year) and Owinge’s health, he will come first.

I will go happily bald with a happy Owinge. That’s my priority.

I have been going on about this for quite a bit haven’t i? Can add it to my depressing list of things i’ve blogged about.

Well. Since i am a boring old fart, i am going to continue postingΒ  things i have purchased today! well, maybe later..

Ahhhhctually, this morning the ST and i went for breakfast at mcdonalds. Or rather, I went for breakfast while she just sat there looking judgmental and critical of me. Her expression saying “howΒ  could you be eating coronary-inducing junk?? here i am, i’ll just have a mochachinno shall i, and smirk at you quietly.” The mochachinno looked bloody good.. but i’m not a coffee person. The only coffees I tolerate are at Ms. Manis’, another member of the loony family.

Then we went to catch Warm Bodies in the cinema! I *LOVE* this movie sooooooo sooooooo SOOOOOOO much!!!!!! i feel like crying. Oh god. It’s so good. Not that it makes you cry, actually it depends if you want to cry or not. But it’s SOOO cute and witty!!! damn good script.. and ST and i kept on chortling rather loudly. Was it just me or did the other audience not laugh? DO YOU GUYS NOT GET HOW FUNNY IT IS?! JEEZ. Go buy some humour oh-kay.

Bottomline, its a MUST WATCH. its so cute and sweet. It gave me such a good feeling.. and i really want to watch it again. So maybe i’ll drag the unsuspecting soul (that is Mr. Softie a.k.a The Boy) soon.


ST’s mochachinno..



Oh look! i’m feeling gourmet and actually bought some nice blue cheese. Not having tried them before, i hardly know what to expect. I’m just really fascinated when i read some chick lit novels and they talk about cheese tastings.. i thought it’s so ‘high society’ and classy. Anyway, their descriptions of the cheeses were often so attractive i can’t help wanting to know more of them and taste them where i can.


Well, i’ve tasted it and it certainly is very.. interesting? It’s cheese andΒ  smells quite pungent than our normal cheddar (thank god it’s no goat’s cheese.. that one scarred me for life). I could say it’s quite nice but to be honest, it’s too much and too creamy.. i guess i’m not used to it. But it’s interesting! And i am going to go even deeper into this cheese world.


I guess i should’ve gone out to buy some plain crackers or whatever the heck some people pair to go with this interesting cheese (i definitely will go buy something for this) and i’ve just read up this website (link will open to a new window, dont worry).. and the pairings are crazy and unending! SO FUN! Go ahead and take a look! Tell me if you wanna have your own cheese tasting! i would so *love* to read about it… or hear of it, if you must.


And lookie what beauties i lugged home with.. ^^ All ST’s fault!! I LOVE PAPER MARKET! It’s such a ridiculous shop! I want everything.. all of it. GIMME. This up here, is actually a tape dispenser/cutter.. I am VERY fascinated by mail am i not.. this is obviously the design i’d go nuts for. It’s so sturdy and its made of wood.. it looks better in real life. i promise.


I got the old school travel tickets tape to go with it. I want them for my new journal i bought from FrancFranc the other day. I’m gonna have that decorated and maybe themed with travel/mail.


These are cute sticky notes! They are also ridiculous…

Ridiculously cute.. And i’m going crazier about them by the minute!


Just testing how it’d look like when i cut them, and that.. is my FrancFranc notebook.. although you can’t really tell.. the paper is amazing. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G i tell ya. It’s timelessly plain, fairly thin paper but not too flimsy and brown. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE BROWN PAPER??? DO YOU?

i’m telling you now ok.


Closer shot of my adorable travel ticket & boarding pass stickies..


Just look at that .. *hyperventilates*


ABSOLUTELY NO REGRETS for all of these.

In fact, i’m going to look out for MORE.

Just tell me if you see any ok? i’ll be there like a bullet.

That’s all.

What a perfect day..

OH! and before you go, please submit your votes for the poll below? I would REALLY appreciate the heck out of your compliance your opinions (you’ll be helping me a LOT).. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

big hugs!


A lazy tuesday..

with The Boy, who seems to be too big to be allowed in my house. 

The pretty girls.

The obligatory 'Jalan Hari Raya' pic we shall take. Hopefully every year. 

My favourite boys.

Last sunday was the most perfect day that i haven't been having in a long time.. It was also my first day of Raya. LOL. This year's Raya seems to be the worst. I wasn't even present for the first day. So this was the first time i wore my baju and unfortunately enough, there's a hole on the right arm pit because i happened to turn around when SOMEBODY was smoking her cigg and the fabric got burnt through (looking at you, chachalicious), but it's okay, i'm not too fussed. It's just clothes. I can always get new ones.. 

Sigh, so far, i've been quite lazy to work on my book blog. It's there, but it's just, sometimes i feel too tired or.. i'm just plain lazy. But i really, really, really want to work on it. And hopefully, once i have done so, maybe i can share it. Urgh. This laziness to blog is really killing me. 

I am going to sleep now.

Rubber stamp mania! blogpost!

Right, so i'm waiting for my mud pack to dry right now and i decided i'd write something here. πŸ™‚

Today marks the first day of Ramadhan! (So Selamat Berpuasa to all sisters and brothers!)

It feels like such a fruitful day today. I am tired, but sort of in a blissful way? Spent the day by following to Vivo. She needed to go to Daiso (where everything is for $2.00! TWO DOLLARS. goodness. i can now die happy knowing that there are things selling for that kind of pricing in SG, of course it's a Japanese brand… whatever) So in Daiso, we were looking high and low (she was.. i on the other hand was just walking around with a dazed look on my face because i wanted everything i saw) for knitting needles. The metal kind. She's been into crocheting and knitting lately, which is really cool. Unfortunately for you, she's not very good at chronicling her adventures on her blog so if you do click on her link today, it'll still show pictures of the scones she took. Oh wait, i checked, it's updated already! 

Okay enough. So anyway, yes, we were looking for metal crochet needles but apparently Daiso @ Vivo just seems to have VERY limited stocks. I don't know if it's because everyone is developing this knack for knitting or what, but the rack is EMPTY of needles. We know it's supposed to be there because there's one lonely little packet of wooden crochet needles left hanging. The started getting frustrated and was whining.. whereby i was gallivanting around the stationary section of Daiso, touching the notebooks, grabbing a packet of colorful ball point pens (it is BEEYUUTIFUL, i am so going to enjoy journaling nowadays, it's crazy)

We happened to pass by the rack that sold stamp sets. You know the rubber stamps where you have to stamp onto an ink pad and stamp it on paper? Yes. That one. They had lots of different designs. I bought them all. 

dot dot dot..

i know.

i know.

i shouldn't have.

It's horrible of me.


How i wish i could show you pictures of it. But i shan't. I could (with a little extra effort) but i shan't. I shall just describe to you what i bought.

– a classy minimalist looking cardboard box to store my new collection of stamps (I am officially going to start collecting stamps now.)

– a pastel pink ink pad (it's a beautiful, strawberry-milk hue.. so dreamy)

– five sets of rubber stamps, wooden blocked. The prints range from a crown, cupcake, ribbon, horse and a carriage (my personal favourite), and a mantelpiece with jars and teapots and a penny-farthing which looks like this:

which is also another one of my favourites. Actually, i love ALL of it. But i have an incredibly soft spot for the old school ones. (i.e horse and carriage etc, ring a bell?)

I also got the really small stamps whose prints were fork & spoon, an envelope, scissors and more. Really, REALLY cute.

Oh, life is wonderful.

I love them all. πŸ™‚

Guilty pleasure..

With that said, i'll leave you to ponder about your own obsessions. 


P/s: ST found her needles. We went to Spotlight @ Plaza Singapura and they had a whole set with all the different sizes and.. do you call them "nibs"?. Also in different metallic colours! i wouldn't mind getting myself one set just for the fun of it (hoping an obsession with knitting will manifest in the near future) Because it is GORGEOUS. No regrets. So both of us went home happy, Each carrying a plastic bag full of wonderful possibilities. πŸ™‚

New blog entry! July!

Wooh! i don't mean to keep posting on this journal on month to month basis. Like 'Hey! it's June!' and then the next month "hello July!" piss off. i mean what kind of a boring person does that?! I haven't been having the luxury of time, that's all babes. I'm sorry. I'm sorry i hardly post here anymore (i'm apologizing to myself really) I feel bad. I mean, this was supposed to be a commitment on my part. 

I'm not the best time manager. In fact, i suck at managing time. But now that i've found a few minutes i'm gonna input something here. πŸ˜€ So hello everyone! Hope you people (anyone who's still visiting.. and i know you are) have been doing well and prospering??? I'm working somewhere else now and i miss Topshop terribly.. and yesterday marks my first month at the new place.
It hasn't been an easy ride and i've been learning so much it is crazy. The keeps telling me i should get the self help book for stressed people. I refuse to admit i am stressed and even went like 'oh? am i stressed? i couldn't tell'. *eyeroll* 

My new place is.. sort of okay i suppose.. actually i don't even quite know how to describe it. First month was rough and some friends have told me that the first three months will be.. well, rough. I have that feeling of impending doom that i will never be able to fit in. 

I mean my manager is nice enough i suppose but she has a bit of a racist streak and mentions some stereotypical/generalizing comments about a certain race (which i AM, but she doesn't know) and i'll just be stiffly laughing along with them like aaahahahahhaa…. i know right! *stares at computer screen looking trapped*  so it's been pretty hard socially as well. I mean the job itself is hard, but now, socially? I can't handle it.

Heh. Tchuh! what am i sayin'? of course i can handle it. tsk.

And my supervisor? she's mentioned to me a couple of times that she thinks i'm not taking her seriously. I mean seriously? If i took her any more seriously than i already am right now, she'll be in a coma. This is my face, i don't know how much more serious you need me to look.  

And days back, Manager (will be referred to as M in this journal from here on so please get with the program peoples!) was asking me regarding my request for off on the 5th and 6th of August, she was asking me what i'll be doing and where i'll be going on my birthday.. and before i could say 'oh.. nothing much.. probably just buy some books and drink green tea in my PJs at home', she had cut in with a 'Confirm drunk lorh'. And i just sat there blinking, unable to answer. I mean if i had continued with the sentence i had wanted to say, she would be so disappointed, and the contrast and reality would be so different. She was probably picturing me in a bikini at the beach, laughing with a bunch of friends, swigging a bottle of booze and then stumbling about drunkenly, when in reality i can count the number of friends i have with 10 fingers and still have a few fingers left and i have never drank and that my favourite drink is iced milo. 

I can so imagine her reaction. So let's keep her in the dark about my nature and let her assume ok? This is our secret. You can't tell anyone… yet.

Oh well. So yeah. That's my first month. 

Oh, and yesterday i had this customer on the phone, wanting to book an appointment and when i told her we don't have any available slots, she had sighed heavily and said 'wow, business so good ah?' and i had replied "yeah.. it's booming!"   then she was silent for a few seconds and repeated 'booming! ahahaha! ahahahaha! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!' and she started laughing hysterically on the line.. 

'booming!!' she'd said again 'that's so funny!' and continued laughing for a long while and i was just staring blankly. She must have been having a rough day.  

We get a weirder bunch (and an even more trying) bunch of customers over here. It's scary. 

Till next time! πŸ˜€

p/s: i've been trying to set up my book blog but haven't found time to write content. Sigh. and i still like livejournal. 😦 But nevermind it's no biggie πŸ˜€

pp/s: Going out with TB today! whee.. watched so many movies during June.. You people watched Prometheus??? was it just me who found that one of the aliens (the one that was swimming in the black tar-like looking substance and launched itself into somebody's mouth) just looked like a dick??? i'm not imagining things am i? geez.