Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats at the Singapore Philatelic Museum

September holidays are here, which means we have a little more time to spend with our little friend. As much as we would love to spend some time outdoors, the haze doesn’t allow us to. We decided to head indoors to the museums. This time we visited the Singapore Philatelic Museum for the “Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats” Exhibition.

It is a compact and interactive one-room exhibition that tells you everything about sheep and goats.
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You learn about the young,
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differentiate between the sheep and goat, even their sounds! There is a button to press for the sound the sheet and the goat makes. Our little friend certainly enjoy this one!
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You also get to meet the breeds through a collection of stamps presented on turn-over-boards,
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and feel the wool produced by different species.
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You will also get to meet Dolly, the cloned sheep. All informative and educational for the older children and even the adults.

There are also a few other touch-and-feel/play sections suitable for the younger children. You get to feed the goat and know its diet,
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touch wool and other wool products,
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hit on the kompang, a traditional Malay drum whose head is made from goat hide,
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and play two melodious tunes about the lamb and sheep on the toy piano!
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All in all, both the adults and the little one enjoyed themselves at this exhibition, which ends on the 27th September 2015. If you are looking for somewhere indoor to bring your little ones, these sheep and goats would definitely enjoy your company!

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Last Saturday;

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I love flowers! It has been a passion since young. I would stand by the market florist while my mum does her marketing, help out with the flowers at wedding in church (and conveniently take a few bunches/left over home after), and recently designed and planned the flowers for my wedding!

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I also enjoy playing with flowers for the home.

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So to up my floral game a little and for some pleasurable me time, I signed up for a Flower Boxette workshop at One Olive.

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The whole idea of flower boxette is to present flowers like a gift in a box, rather than a bouquet, which I thought was rather novel. It also makes an elegant accent for home. Through the workshop I learned the wiring technique, boxette arrangement basics, textures, ribbon tying and handled flowers that I never saw and smelt before. We also had floral tea and some yummy cookies while interacting with other participants. The workshop was kept, in an intimate setting at One Olive itself. It was time well spent, and I made and kitten friend.

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Charming Croatia

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and the meaning of life.”

(Text from PlayBuzz)

Hello 2013!

It has been a while long since I last posted. In between the Fall Dress and now, I submitted my FYP, graduated and already started teaching. I’m settling in well in my new school and very thankful for the people around me. While revising for exams, running all the errands and making sure that I made full use of my last holiday, I also had to keep sewing. It may be my last sewing break! I have been making new dresses, but no time or occassion to photograph them nicely. I made a lemon zesty princess shift for a wedding I attended in Decemeber,

IMG_4451 a Parisian peplum which is a little short for my already-very-short torso, another Parisian number,

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IMG_4762 2 samples for my wedding dress!!! Yes I’m making my own wedding dress!! As exciting as it sounds, I’m way behind schedule for the wedding dress. It was suposed to be all sampled in December. I may be making a couple more samples to test out a few more cuttings and I should be all ready to make the real thing!

2012 had been a fruitful year. I will sum up my brief experience sewing with Sew Weekly in another post. With all the wedding plans and my work coming up, 2013 will be spent on wedding projects and very possibly work clothes. I will keep my blog updated as frequently as I can!

Liberty en Strasbourg

I had the opportunity to visit Strasbourg over the free weekend. It is a very beautiful town and houses a very beautiful historical centre – the Grande Île – which was the first city centre to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (Wikipedia, 2012).

One of the attractions of the historical centre is la magnifique Notre-Dame Cathédrale of Strasbourg. There are also many cafés and salon de thé around the cathedral where you can chill during the afternoon. And we did just that – ice cream and limonade on a hot afternoon!

Before we left the hotel room, we found out from the provided travel mag that Strasbourg is well-known for their gingerbread and traditional cookies. We located a few of such speciality shop had ours from Coco LM, located at rue du Dôme. You can either purchase the pre-packed or mix and match your favourite flavours, which they charge by weight.

Besides the main city centre, we made a trip to the very scenic La Petite France, just south of the Grande Île where the Île river winds through half timbered townhouses. It is one of the prettiest sights in France, so far! La Petite France also reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. Could this be the poor provincial town where Belle came from?

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While making our way to La Petite France from the main town/shopping area, I came across La Droguerie, a sewer’s/knitter’s heaven! They are well stocked with a variety of Liberty prints (both by metres and fat quarters), accessories parts, yarns, buttons and other notions. I’m not too sure of it is cheaper to get Liberty prints in France but those prints which I fancy were from 20€. Liberty bias tapes are also available at 2€/metre as well!

I spent a while in the store but walked out empty handed. Liberty prints were out of my budget (but now I regret not splurging on just 1 metre), and the notions didn’t catch my eye. After some googling, I found out that La Drouguerie has a few stores across France, including Paris and other major cities. For sewing and knitting fanatics who are planning to visit France or happen to be in France, you may like to check out them out!