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Singaporean Style

Sometimes I forget the time of day, but something I never forget is style. Luckily, Singapore had plenty of that, though it might be a while for every tourist to embrace it and leave the Bintang tops from Bali behind.

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Okay, so life gets a little bit crazy sometimes. This can mean different things to different people at different times, of course, but for me, it means that I am swamped with so many things that there are no blank spaces left on my calendar. I know that when my Dad was growing up, he didn’t even have a calendar. At the age of 17, he’d dropped out of school, moved out and was doing whatever thing teens did back then (I’ll spare you the stories). My mother was trying to complete school and get work, wherever she could in the field she had already been studying, in order to better her own life in Indonesia. I always hear stories of ‘back in the day’ from a variety of people, comparing today's kids to kids back then, which usually ends in some sort of complaint, but my parents aren’t the type to do that. They’re so pleased with their teenage kids, who have something planned for almost every day of the week, three months in advance (or something ridiculous) because we actually ‘kind of’ have a plan. I say ‘kind of’ due to the fact that this changes a fair bit, but whatever it is we always find ways to pursue it. We are very busy people.

So no questions are asked when I decided to go on a holiday instead of ‘schoolies’. As fun as ‘schoolies’ would’ve been, I’ve got a busy schedule and that type of fun and partying would not allow me to have a level head. Especially when some evenings I’d be editing this or that, even during my holiday. However, it wasn’t on the tightest schedule in the world.

I quite miss the predictable weather of Singapore and the scenery that came with it. The only thing I could really take home with me (other than pretty snaps, and well-shot videos), was the fashion/style that Singapore holds. Adopting the style that Singapore’s fashion companies seem to follow is something that I can keep with me as it is quite different to our own Western styling.

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Bag clothing with different structural designs were often seen, showing interest in how the clothes can fold and move to draw attention, rather than creating interest purely by using print. The way that these clothes are sewn and designed are something that I’ll forever carry with me (not just because of the items I did buy). Singapore’s style feels and seems more relaxed, like an effortless chic that’s more effortless than usually seen. Here, at home, the styles often seen, other than board shorts and flip flops, is skinny jeans, and perhaps a print shirt of some kind. Something along those lines in various forms. In Singapore, everything seemed to flow, and I suppose it does have something to do with staying comfortable in the humid weather, but it’s still pretty damn fabulous.

It’s easy to tell who lives in Singapore and who’s a tourist. Spot the out of place Bintang top, flip flops with the southern cross, or those who can’t seem to fight the humidity, compared to the free flowing stylings of the Singaporeans. Though it is a normalised sight in Bali, and unfair to compare to the stylings of Singapore, judgements are still made by a vast majority of people. Where we stayed, there were more tourists than Singaporeans, but you could spot the few, and the various native clothing stores showed more interest than chain stores that we’d see back home. Spotting the store In Good Company at ION Orchard made us go on a rampage for Singaporean brands, not to mention how much my mother and I bought in that store alone (we wouldn’t have been able to fit more in our suitcase, honestly).

With all of these things piling up for me this month, I just want to be back in Singapore, relaxing in the gardens and eating good food. I think this article is the closest I’m going to get for a while longer. I treasure the fashion that is shown in Singapore, and the city truly holds all of the iconic fashion brands, it’s a place that I want to call my second home (but I’m going to be serious, we’re not there yet). One can dream.

The 'Must-By' Shops of Singapore:

In Good Company,     Aijek,     Stolen,     Max.Tan,     +   Retailer: Nana & Bird

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PS. More work is coming! It's just been a bit of a slow progression on the blog, expect more soon. (Also, why do I always refrain from taking portrait images?)

Shot on a Nikon D3200 + 20mm Lens

A Message in a Bottle

Me time; feat. cute gifts, small messages, and a little bottle that is yet to be broken. Seriously, I'm surprised I haven't dropped it yet.

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When you keep getting the time wrong, and can’t remember what day it is because of the overload of heat from not only the summer but from various screens, you know it’s time to take a break. I seem to whine way too much about how long I spend using technology, even though technology is such a big factor in everything I do, but it does get overwhelming sometimes. Especially when everything radiates heat and you spend almost six hours each day looking at a screen while typing away. (I mean, I couldn’t even play Pokemon that long, “back in the day”, without having to lie down for a bit).

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Upon arriving home from Singapore (posts will be coming soon), I was happily welcomed by a small parcel from Birambi. When I first looked at this store, I fell in love with the idea and concept that it welcomed. Everyone sends emails, texts, Facebook messages etc, and post doesn’t seem to be used as much as it used to. So, when I saw this little package, it made me beyond happy, and that’s a big part of the whole business of this brand. And considering that I don’t do reviews anymore, the mention of this is pretty big, well for me anyway.

In our world filled with screens and instant messaging, Birambi, has cute little presents that are made for mailing to your friends or family. You can write out a little message and it’s attached to the product to be sent off to someone else, which I think is so cute, and is definitely something I’ll be doing this year. All my friends are getting cute little presents, it’s just more thoughtful as well as personal. A message in a bottle.

DSC_0670 copyNikki & Elbrig (from the Netherlands), are the creators of this simple but effective concept, were kind enough to send me this cute bottle of bath salts, which actually made my skin shimmer a little bit afterwards. (It could’ve been left over product from something else in my bath but I highly doubt it). And it was just so cute and lovely to see something like that at my door with a cute message. From the Little Gifts to the Printables, I kind of want to keep everything to myself. This whole brand is just going to make Christmas easier for me next year, and the prices are quite low which works so well for a student who is between high school and university, not knowing what is happening (aka me).

This was a relaxing moment from having my back hunched over for too long each day. Now, I’m back to doing the same thing, knowing that I’ll probably be annoyed at myself when I turn 60 or something like that. My schedule is growing bigger by the second, and my reminders/to do list, is doubling as I keep remembering things. At least I’ll be able to tick Christmas presents and Birthday gifts, off the list quicker this year.

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PS. My Personal favourite on the site right now, is the hot chocolate one, I need to get some of that.

IMAGE 1: Birambi Bath Salts + Rings

IMAGE 2: Birambi Christmas Collection - Taken by Birambi Team

IMAGE 3: Chloe Body Mist, Rings, Birambi Bath Salts + Dior Cruise 2016 Mitzah

IMAGE 4: Birambi Bath Salts