09 January 2011

Love To Wander !

Finally, after months of preparation, we are ready to GO LIVE! Yes, Love to Wander goes live!

What's that?

Love to Wander's our online shoppe - you can buy clothes!! Our being me, Lak & Kay's brainchild. Lak & Kay have always been my top travel mates. For the past few years, we are bound to take at least an overseas trip together. Each of us complemented well - lak being the planner, executer, researcher, map reader - kay being the entertainer - and me being the $ controller (simply cuz that's probably the easiest no-brainer thing to do (but when a guy joins for the trip, he takes over).

Sometime late last year, we decided to combine our passion for travelling and shopping to start an online shoppe. As always, the easiest is to decide what to sell, the hardest at the initial phase is the name. We decided to use our initials to Lak , To & Wong and combine it with our wanderlust ... and ta da! Love To Wander!

I guess everyone would have at some point in time tried shopping and buying clothes online. I have done my fair share but often ended up being dissappointed. Very often, the clothes looks darn good in pictures and the actual product turns out horrible, or the sizes dont seem to fit or the delivery time is way too long. I understand many blogshops locally do back-to-back delivery - meaning, they order only when they get confirmed orders from customers and that will increase delivery lead time. Also, the postage charges are artifically high.

So what do i love about Love To Wander? And how are we different?

- We only sell what we have in stock locally. Meaning, if u dont have to wait few weeks to a month for the delivery. You get it almost within a week.

- Our prices are NET prices, inclusive of postage charges. This means no hidden costs at checkout. But if you require registered mail, we have that option at $2.24 only, which is what Singpost charges - we do not charge mark up on that.

- We QC our stuffs before selling. Meaning, if there are loose strings around, we cut them etc.

- We only sell what we would want to wear ourselves - this would mean it may not be the latest fashionable item but its definitely still pretty & wearable.

So, after many months of prepartion, we are finally ready to launch our first collection on 12.1.11, Wednesday at LoveToWander!!! Please do keep a lookout for it and buy buy buy if any catches your fancy. And feedback pls!!! :D

Here are some sneaks! :D

02 January 2011

Patchwork hexagon purses

My last crafts for 2010 - patchwork hexagon purses. I have been patching them together over the past few months whenever i travel. Made enough, finally, to make six of these purses. Here are four of them. I have only completed the other 2 yesterday and they will be avaliable in the shoppe soon. Get these one-of-a-kind purses quick if it catches your fancy :D
A closer look at them individually. The red+blue one is custom order for one of my fave supporter of my crafts- she bought it before and wanted more. Ms M - if you are reading this, hope you like it (sorry i took so longggggg to craft it) :D

X'mas trip to Malaysia 2010

my 2010 x'mas was spent in Pangkor with family and bro's frens. We were in Malaysia for a 4D3N trip covering Pangkor, Ipoh & KL. Its a short and hurried trip - the main intention was to go Ipoh for bro & audrey's wedding lunch. They held their dinner in Singapore back in Nov-10 but audrey's dad wanted to have one in Ipoh so that his relatives need not come down all the way to Singapore. So, since we are all going up, we might as well do some 'touring'. We chartered a coach and hence begun our customised trip.

We took an overnight coach and headed straight for Pangkor. We reached the jetty at about 7am, about 10 hrs after we left singapore - that included time for supper and toilet breaks in between. Had expected it to be a very tiring one but its better than expected. Whew.

Since Pangkor is a stand alone island about half hour ride away from the mainland. We took a ferry over and started our tour straight away early in the morning.

First stop was breakfast at the town centre. Pangkor town is made up of a short row of shops - very basic. I had the prawn noodles which was yummy. Piping hot cooked food is always good, especially after two weeks of ang moh food in europe.
After the breakfast, we started our sightseeing trip. First stop was to the famed ruins on the island. The old dutch fort. I tot it was really amusing cus it seemed to me like a really small unfinished building, which was conveniently turned into a sad toursit attraction. There was some history behind this but i didnt pay attention to what the tour guide was saying. We took our only group picture for the trip here. There were quite a few kids which made the group livelier.
Then we went off to one of the 2 temples around. Cant remember what temple this is though.
After that temple, we went off to another temple, this time, its by the seaside. Its the Guanyin templet. Got my bro & audrey to take a picture with the word "Pangkor Island".
After the boring sighseeing, we checked into our hotel where we had free & easy for the next few hours before we go boating. So, me, tyre & bro decided to laze by the boring beach - just so that we indulge in the 'beach' culture. i really wasnt into the beach after a long coach ride, but just had to go through the motion of hanging by the beach.
We gathered for the boat ride where Mr Boatman brought us round the island, pointing out sights to us such as what the rocks resembles etc. The highlight of the boat ride was when he dived into the waters to pick up sea-life for us to see. There was the sea urchin, the sea cucumber and corals.
I must admit, Pangkor was quite a let down. I have read about some good reviews about Pangkor island, where one of the world's best resort resides in. But its really a dissappointment. Its even worse than Tioman. I was glad to get off the island the following day.
After Pangkor, we headed straight for the restuarant for the wedding lunch. Wedding lunch was pretty good, Fuzhou cuisine, first time i am eating it. Very filing very tasty. 2 of audrey's frens had a harrowing experience here. Before lunch started, they were loitering outside the restuarant. When they were walking back, a motorist tried to drive inbetween them and tried to snatch one of the girl's handbag. Luckily, she was quick enough to hold on tightly to the bag. So tightly that she fell and the motorist rode away empty-handed. Well, i have heard of stories of fren's fren who got pickpocketed, who got stuffs stolen but never so close.
After lunch, we headed off to KL for our shopping trip & one-night stay. Nothing intersting in KL other than to loiter around aimlessly. The following day, we shopped a bit more and headed home for Singapore. But before that, we have to celebrate Audrey's birthday which falls on boxing day :D
So this concludes the x'mas trip. I think it will be quite a long time before i go back to KL, and likely never to Pangkor.

Steaming 2010

Did our last steaming for the year at the Vong's place on the last day of 2010. For the past few years, we have been steaming. Seems like steaming is sort of a tradition meal for the last day of the year yearly.

Thanks to the Vong's for opening up their place for us to do steaming. And good thing their table & place is big enough for 10+1. +1 = to little ella. nowadays, it seems kids are invading our adult space. every place, or gathering which we go to, there's always a kid ard. guess we have reached the age to have kids already!??!?! in the past, it was about who has new boyfren/girlfren but now, its about who has kids, how old the kid is etc etc.

that's cute ella. She started off being very quiet and shy. but as soon as she warmed up, she was busy showing off her facial tricks and handing out foodies to us. joee has taught her daughter well!

ella had to sleep early so yaozhong and joee left early. and so, its left to us couples without kids. snapping some pictures before the stroke of midnight.

and i chanced upon some crafts. First on the left is the large metal clasp purse which i made for Lynn about 1.5 yrs ago. She has been using it for her knick knacks since. Its still in good condition, looking as good as new :D The one on the left is made by Ms Vong's sis-in-law - a gift for x'mas. Its pretty!

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New 2011 Year to us all!!!! Time flies and another year has gone by!. This year will be just as good as last year, if not, better :D

Looking back at 2010, its been a great year. Did quite a bit of travelling with family and friends, started to sell my crafts at Belle_Maison_zakka, renewed friendship with some old friends through common crafting interests, made new friends, bought our first apartment, brother finally got married and this year, it be my turn :D

1.1.11 - its my dad's birthday. Did the usual on his birthday, nothing fanciful - had dinner outside, blow birthday cake and home sweet home.