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Hello from Hua Hin

Chatchai Market

Hello from Hua Hin, Thailand. I've been so caught up with work and adjusting to the new routine I've half forgotten my cameras existed! Work has been great and I'm on my last day on my Christmas trip to Hua Hin with C and his family.

Thailand is AMAZING when it comes to home decor goods, I believe even better than the factories in China. Spent about 4000baht on pure silk cushion covers from Pasaya's discount outlet, they would have been worth at least USD$150 each on Horchow etc.! Pictures will be up soon, fingers crossed I won't get lazy before the new year's over.

Gotta run now, dinner time!
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Sunday lillies


$6. I love it!

In my dismantle-ble wooden vase from Paris. I can't describe how it looks, but it you were to swing by Hermes at Takashimaya you'd see how. What a total coincidence!
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22 days till C comes visit!


Tomorrow will be my first day at work... and I'm so nervous! Spent my last free day thinning out the tomato plant and transplanting the smaller, weaker shoots into small cardboard pots to giveaway. I would keep them, but I'll be heading down under in a month and there are already a couple of pots that need babysitting!

(box from Daiso, I would like to sand the words off and stain the wood!)

Send me a message if interested, Singapore only.

Wish me luck at the office!
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Got a huge bunch of chrysanthemums from the wet market for $2.40!!! What daylight robbery... for the store owners of course. I managed to completely jam three recycled jar vases with flowers - one for the dining table, bathroom and my bedroom. While traditionally used as offerings at altars or temples, isn't it interesting how a different vase or arrangement breathes new life into fusty old flowers? Keeping it clean, white and crisp helps too. You can't go wrong with white!
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I've been planning a summer "feast" for ages now, and isn't it great when it's always summer in Singapore? Here are some of the things that remind me of this deliciously hot season:

1. Shell from Fiji, my very first beach holiday and getaway from the rainy Australian autumn

2. Turquoise beads - embellished on sandals, earrings, dresses... and a reminder of clear water lagoons

3. Polaroid of Bondi Beach Sydney

4. Pebbles from the beach, such a beautiful shade of pale blue

5. Figs. Fig salads & sweet dried figs... and even smelling just like figs after a cool shower

6. Diptyque L'ombre, a reminder of delightfully fresh tomato leaves
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clone of an angel

Holy jebus what a great recipe! Warm milk ESSENTIAL for stretchy, sticky, chewy buns. Will be a Christmas gift staple from now on. Future variation: raisin+walnut+apple+cinnamon+nutmeg garnished with dried fruits and a ribboned stick of cinnamon.

I halved the recipe, but go according to your bread maker's capacity.
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HDB gardener

Seeds have been sown, mistakes have been made, and this week I finally sat down with a nice salad with homegrown sprouts. These little seedlings are a godsend and I wish I knew about them earlier! The jar method's the easiest, cleanest way to grow them without the danger of contaminated soil and/or chemically treated cotton.

Toss some sprouting seeds in a jar (I love mustard), seal it with a permeable piece of cloth that drains well. Rinse seeds twice a day, straining water through cloth. EAT IN A WEEK! Sunday is officially salad eating+growing day. And honestly, these things practically grow themselves. You could leave them anywhere with minimal sunlight and they'd grow. I have half a mind to fill my room with some greens, minus the pesky pests that come with soil!

Azuki beans, mung beans, lentils. They don't look or taste like primary school science projects at all! In fact they're plump, firm and crunchy. Jar from Daiso, rag from Muji.

On another note, it's nice to be home where all the nice kitchen appliances are. Baked a spinach & cheese loaf, and toasted it with bruchetta mix. The salad says we need a slab of good parmesan!

Tommy Toe Tomatoes, 1 week old.

Tommy Toe tomatoes, slightly over 2 weeks old. I've been enjoying most luck with the tomatoes so far... now I hope they give me some plump ripe fruits before I'm due back in Sydney for graduation!

So the basil from Cold Storage was great for two weeks before a rainy and sunless day saw the entire plant flop lifeless. There is word on the street that Cold Storage basil plants never survive re-potting and that cheered me up just a wee bit as I was ripping out blackened stems from the pot. I removed the offending leaves, stems and annoying styrofoam-like white bits (fertilizer?) that came attached to the roots of the plant and the surviving bits appear to be doing well after two sunny days... oh I had such hope for them... pesto, caprese salads, summer drinks, stir fries....

I was afraid the Singapore sun would prove too much for sparkler radishes but turns out they absolutely NEED strong sunlight. Dumped my first attempt after the shoots grew extremely long, floppy and stringy and moved them up from the bench to the window ledge. The new shoots look a lot more like proper radish seedlings.

Another mistake.... the thyme seedlings were thriving! They were growing they were alive!!! One day I absentmindedly dumped water on the tiny seedlings and crushed them. They were still green and alive but started growing all over each other and that's when I also realized they were overcrowded. Scooped up all but one lone seedling and replanted with fewer seeds. Still zilch on the rosemary...

PATIENCE! Now only time and good sunny weather will tell if I'll get a nice, homegrown salad by years' end.

(I used Instagram, 'Brennan' filter)
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life changing life

Waiting for a change
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balcony blooms

I wish I had a balcony!

Flowers hanging off the balconies of concrete blocks make for an amazing summer spectacle... and I wish apartments here were built with wide ledges and we were allowed to sit planters precariously off the window ledges.

"There is a maximum fine of SGD 2,000 under the Housing and Development Act for so-called "killer litter" - objects placed on the ledges of windows and balconies in a manner that may endanger the safety of others" - source from web

So you can imagine how enthralled I was by the array of window dressing opportunities sadly unavailable where I live. I need a balcony, and I promise I'll be safe!

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Room Progress


It's coming together! I've decided to use the bookstand as a polaroid 'board' by attaching pictures to mini pegs from Daiso. The console needs two large frames, and I've yet to find a frame large and light enough for a print purchased a while ago that's rolled up in the storage room. Found a cheap chair from Ikea for the yellow+white garden chair cover (needs ironing!) from Madura Paris, they make beautiful pillows! That place is a keeper. My bed will be arriving on Friday, can't wait! And when it arrives, I'll need a wider-angle lens or a full frame camera. The room is getting a little tight!
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