Chubby Anecdotes | Singapore Parenting and Kids' Art Blog: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

At Home with Art - Art Loft Launch Event

I love my home. 
There are way to many reasons to love about it and here's one of them.

Home is where I want to find myself and lose myself at the same time. And, a little (or more) art pieces around can only make it a more conducive place for just that. 
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton
#HomeIsWhereTheArtIs was the official hashtag for Art Loft Launch Event. "How appropriate!", I thought. Unlike the huge and formal museums and galleries, Art Loft is a cosy and warm home for budding Asian Artists to showcase their works. 

What I absolutely love about this space - 
No need for much formalities, don't go in a suit or tie, look at it as visiting a friend's home - this is home of asian art. 

I'll play pretend host here, and walk you virtually around the place. 

~ The view from Level One ~

Art Loft is a shophouse along Crane Road. The space is a fusion of colours and elements, merging pieces of traditional art with modern architectural features. The result is an intriguing yet comfortable juxtaposition.

~ Let's go play along the Corridor ~

Take a little walk along the corridor and you will find art at play in vibrant colours. 
Playful works by our very own Singaporean Artist, Eeshaun.
See more of his works here.
Right over at the corner are thought provoking pieces that demand your response. Love them or hate them, these inquiring works evoke emotions like sirens in the dark.
Works by Debbie Ding and Patrice Ganda
See more of Debbie's works here, and more of Patrice's works here.

~ Come closer, come upstairs ~


Up the spiral stairs and into the living space. Here you'll see art living and breathing, coming alive on the walls and intertwining with objects of our daily lives. 

 ~ Living in the Living Room ~


Ten Years Of Work for Every Minute on Stage by Tan Zi Xi.
See more of this collection here.

"Cloud" series by Leo Liu Xuanqi
They shout "POP POP POP POP Art!" blatantly off the wall!
I love the bright pastel colours contrasting with the black and white icon of popular culture. I could almost hear the dialogue between the rubber duckie and Perrier - The ordinary duckie bathing in the limelight, seemed to be mocking "Looks who's more popular now?"

~ Feel the heat in the Kitchen ~

Food for thought
Beautiful works sitting casually on the kitchen work-top make a welcoming sight. As if saying "Hey, look at us, we are freshly produced here, in Asia!"

The kitchen is a place that feeds - feed what you love and it will grow, starve it and it dies, it is an universal rule. So, if you love art, and plan to get some artworks for your home or office, be sure to support our Asian artists :)

~ Into the bedroom ~

Photo credit: Art Loft Co
Cuddle in bed and enjoy the candilious Mandala Series by Stefanie Hauger - a sure-fire way to drift into a sweet dream!
Works from the Mandala Series by Stefanie Hauger
See more of her works here.
50/50 of 2 separate works in Stefanie Hauger's Mandala Series.
See more of this series here.

~ Come on, and online: The Virtual Room ~

Art Loft is online, available to you virtually anywhere and anytime. It's benefits however, transcends from digital to reality with a few quick clicks on your keyboard. 

Here's what you can do, at your fingertips:

1. Select
With about 500 pieces available on their portal, you are in for a visual feast as you click away in the comfort of your on home or anyway. 

Not sure what the artwork is about? Fret not, the portal include descriptions of every work and introductions of every artist, so you can appreciate the works deeper than what please the eye. 

2. Buy
See something you love? No need to break your bank to prove your love, Art Loft offers prints at affordable prices. Just follow your heart, pick and click, and your love will be delivered to your door step. Simple as that. 

3. Rent
So you think you like something but not sure if it would fit in well. Or maybe, you like variety, and would prefer to change the style of your living space with the seasons. Art Loft has just what you need - Art rental service. Rent it now, then decide if you want to keep it later! 

4. Send it or buy it from overseas
Art Loft delivers world-wide. Delivery is free for selected regions

~ The Deal ~

Get a 10% discount promocode when you sign up for a free Art Loft account.

Now, wait no further, hop over and say HELLO to Art Loft!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sometimes, love is letting go

Our helper has been with us for the past 5 years. She is loyal and kind and a big blessing to have in our house. She is to me, more than a helping hand - she is a friend, akin a younger sister. Although she insisted on addressing me as her "mdm", I have never referred myself as that.

She is my helper but she is her own woman. This, I made it very clear to her from the very beginning. She is entitled to her own space, her days off, her rights to have friends and sufficient rest.
It is a bliss to have a peace of mind when i need to be out working or catch a rare moment alone with the husband. But as the clock ticks by, and with each passing day, i do know that i cannot and should not keep her with us for too long (she will not be young forever).

She should be entitled to have her own life, fall in love, pursue her interest, have her own family and live to the fullest.

Having set my mind on the above, I've over the years suggested for her to take up courses that would help her to progress and lead a more comfortable life. I am almost certain that she wont be able to adapt to the hardship of farming after years of living in an urban city with us.
Earlier this year, she has enrolled herself to hair styling classes and will be graduating this nov. It is clearer than ever now that she will probably leave us at the end of this year to seek employment in another country.

The thought of it is enough to form and huge lump in my throat and sting my eyes blood red. What would life be like after Singapore? How are the kids going to deal with this?

I don't like to not know. The control freak in me in screaming and sending alarm signals right through my system yet all I can do is to absorb the swirling emotions within and be still.
I do know that if I want the best for her, i need to let her go. And go with our blessings, best wishes and nothing less.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Last Minute Easter Egg Basket

It's half past midnight now and I'm counting 1, 2, 3, 3 days to Easter!
If you are like me, a last minute warrior, here's a quick craft that might fit nicely into the long weekend ahead. No need to purchase any special materials, all you need is old magazine pages, stapler, scissor and tape.

This must be the easiest tutorial I've done. Because, technically, I was learning from Shanice. Shanice learned to make little paper square holders from my mum. It's a great way to reuse waste paper. Typically, these little square holders are used to contain fishbones, orange peels and other waste during meals. For this Easter however, these trusty little square holders have a bigger mission - we have modified and turned it into an Easter Egg Basket.

Here's how it's done. It's really easy, just follow the photo steps below:

If you are still following this post, Shanice and I thank you! Now let's move on to make the handles for the basket. 

Congratulations! You've got yourself a pretty little Easter Egg Basket!!!

If you have a little more time and some colour paper, you might want to make a fancier version of the basket. Here's our Easter Bunny Egg Baskets. Ain't they adorable? :)

Here's wishing you and your little and big loved ones, a blessed and happy Easter Holiday!

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If you enjoy working with old magazines, you may like to try our Magazine Paper Skirt

That's Shanice a year ago, with her toothy smile and long hair.
Boy, how time flies, she cant' fit into that shirt anymore! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

'Sakulah' Bloom in our Garden City, Singapore

It's blooming in pink here, there, and there and there and everywhere! 

What are Sakulahs?

Sakura + lah = Singapore Sakura 

According to NParks, it's an informal name given to the beautiful blooms in Singapore recently.

We took these pictures at Honglim Park near the Speakers' Corner. It was a small patch of land with a few Sakulah Trees.

If you are keen to catch the Sakulahs while they last, here is a list of 15 locations by,

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Sitting on the Windowsill - A food review

I have looked out of the window, many time, very often. This time, however, a friend got me to look into a window and I was captivated every moment after...

Have you been to Windowsill In The Woods? It's a cafe along Horne Road. It's cosy and lovely and they serve kick-ass pies.

I am a visual person, so the first time that caught my attention was the furnishing.
Whimsical little decorations hanging down from the ceiling.  
Who would say 'No' to such a cute signage?
The view from inside
Check out their SMEG fridge! I want it in my living room!!
Now, I think I hear you say "Can we look at the food already?"
And yes, this is still a food post :)

Here are their kick-as pies:

From left to right: Grasshopper, Banana Almond Brittle and Strawberry Lemon
Grasshopper is basically chocolate and mint. As for the others, their names are pretty self-explanatory.

Also from left to right: Coconut Lime Vodka and S’mores

If you are a Vodka fan, Coconut Lime Vodka is one pie you cannot miss. I was never a big fan of Vodka until I was deprived of anything alcoholic since my first pregnancy in 2007. I had my 2 other children in the following 2 and 4 years. I breast-fed my children for a total of 45 months in 3 installments - so yes, I was very deprived, and YES, I cherish every taste of Vodka and Gin (and wine and cocktails, but not beer) I get to enjoy, now that I am over with breastfeeding and childbearing.

Now, back to the pie, it has generous dose of vodka in every slice, I love it! A friend of mine however commented that it gets a little too 'over' after the first bite, so be warned, especially if you have a low threshold for intense and consistent taste.

I was very glad to catch-up with 3 old friends in this cosy cafe. Thank you Man, for the recommendation and treat :)

Where are the kids? Erm, I, erm, left them at home with the husband and went out on my own. :)
This super big bear remains me of my kids. *guilty* So bringing them for some pies soon.
Want more pies? Check out their selection of pies here:

78 Horne Road
Singapore 209078

Opening hours:
Tue-Thur: 11am – 9.30pm
Friday: 11am – 10.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9.30pm
Closed on Mondays

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