Experience · Hobby · singapore

Terrarium Workshop at J2 Terrarium

I’ve been interested in terrarium since years ago actually but never really encouraged myself to learn about it. Taking care of succulent has been my interest recently. Although, I don’t know yet how to really take care of it.. (I’ve killed 3 succulents! 😦 ). Frustrated with succulent, I’m thinking of learning about terrarium instead. Not sure if it’s a good idea though haha.

I searched online about terrarium workshop and everything seems so expensive.. But then I tried to search on fave and found several terrarium workshop. I chose J2 Terrarium after googling about them and seems legit. So I bought the voucher on fave for S$22 for 1 person. On the app, it said I need to do the booking via message. Apparently, they are on whatsapp with the same number so that makes it easier to book an appointment.

J2 Terrarium is located in Yishun area inside the A’Posh Bizhub building (1 Yishun Industrial Street 1, #04-06, Singapore 768160). From the lift lobby, just look for number 06. It’s quite easy to find. When I arrived, there were some other people as well so I guess this workshop must be good then (or at least, considered cheap?!).

The voucher from fave is valid for the small jars. There are 2 options for it. And if you decided to choose another jar, you just need to top up the difference. At first I was lazy to top up and just used the small jar, but after looking at other people’s jar I decided to opt for the dome model.

The small jar for fave voucher

After I picked my jar, she showed me the place where I can sit. Most of the participants came with their partner or friends. On the table, there were tools, gravels, colorful sands, soil, sphagnum moss and stones. So excited to learn about this!

There are 2 types of terrarium, which is closed terrarium and open terrarium. Closed terrarium is suitable for plants that can live with moisture/need watering often, while open terrarium is suitable for cactus and succulents because they don’t need watering that often. Closed terrarium will act as a small ecosystem where it can hold the water inside and circulate it, that is why we sometime see condensation on closed terrarium.

The first thing to put on the jar is gravels. I put the colorful gravel on the bottom and covered all of it. The gravel is used to contain excess water if any, so the soil won’t stay wet for too long because that can cause the root to rot.

Next is sphagnum moss, I put it on the gravel and pressed it especially around the glass because on top it we will put soil and we don’t want the soil to fall to bottom part. That’s why they used sphagnum moss to separate the gravel and soil. This is the important part.

On top of it, we put soil. No need to pressed it just pour it loosely until about 1 cm. We can put colorful sands as decoration (optional). If we want to use colorful sands, then it doesn’t need to pour on the whole surface with it, just put them on the edge where we can see it behind the glass while the middle part we can put soil instead. Noone will see what’s inside it anyway 😀

Next, we put soil. Lots of soil but not too much. We need to give space for the plants as well. For the dome jar like mine, I need to stop pouring soil about 1 cm from the jar edge because on top of soil we will put small gravels as decoration and we don’t want it to reach the edge.

After we’re done with soil, then it’s time to pick the plants! For closed terrarium, we will use fittonia and holland moss. And for open terrarium, they will use succulents and preserved moss (not live moss and comes in different colors). Jason then explained to us on how to take the plants from their pot and place it in terrarium soil. Since I was making closed terrarium, I picked my fittonias! It can fit 3 plants in my jar so I chose 3 different colors of fittonia 😆

Fittonia for terrarium
Fittonia

We are allowed to pick 1 figurine for free to put inside the terarium. I picked totoro figurine (was torn between totoro or dog figurine but totoro won). Back to my table, I arrange the plants, holland moss and figurine. Then I covered the soil with pebbles as finishing touch. Before I put the cover of my jar, Joy told me to spray the plants and moss about 3 – 4 sprays.

And tadaaa!! I present to you my terrarium creation 😁

totoro closed terrarium

Overall it was a very nice experience and surprisingly relaxing. I love making terrarium! The problem is if I have to do it myself at home I need to have the tools and stock up on the equipments. J2 Terrarium also selling a DIY terrarium kit for S$18 at their website though so maybe if one day I want to make another terrarium again, I just buy the DIY kit so I won’t have too many extra. They gave us a paperbag to bring home our terrarium, and that paperbag worth S$2 if we bring it back to purchase something from them.

If you’re looking for thing to do on the weekend in Singapore, you can try this terrarium workshop at J2 Terrarium. For first time customer, you can buy voucher from fave! I think it’s worth the price!

Experience · singapore · Travel

Mid-Autumn Wonderland at VivoCity

It’s end of August! Which means the time for mid-autumn festival. I’ve been looking for information about the event this year (only yesterday actually 😅) but couldn’t find anything.

Today, I went to Vivocity to collect my ezcharm from Golden Village (GV) cinema. I’m not familiar with the mall layout and ended up at 3rd floor where I saw a sign about VivoCity’s Curious Adventures and it is about Alice in Wonderland lanterns!! I walked excitedly to the SkyPark and there it is! The lanterns 😍

curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival
curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019

I was there from 5.20pm to 5.30pm. Didn’t take too many photos because I thought it would be better if they are on. I left the park and continued with my original plan. Go to GV cinema. Once I’m done, I had dinner in one of the resto there. The whole time I was eating, I was contemplating between going home and waiting for the evening sky. After further consideration (and some suggestions from my friends), I decided to wait until it’s dark (or at least until the lantern is on. I went up to the SkyPark again around 6.30pm and sat near the pool.

At 7.00pm, they turned on the lantern!! Soooo pretty ❤ I only have my Samsung phone with me and the first few shots were not that good because all I can see is the lights inside the lantern individually, not as one whole object. Hence, I switched the mode to Pro mode. There I could set the ISO to 100, and set the apperture so I could balance the lights. And voila, here they are :

curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019
curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019

Since I was there already, I decided to wait for a little while until the sky darker and took another round of photos. Still using pro mode on Samsung phone.

curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019

This mid-autumn lantern will last until 22 September 2019 at VivoCity Mall. If you want to visit, come at or after 7.00pm when they have turned on the lanterns. There is another event as well related to this Wonderland, you can read more here.

Where to go for my next mid-autumn lantern obsession? Maybe Gardens By The Bay!

Thank you for reading. Happy shooting the pretty lanterns 😉

Experience · singapore · Travel

Alice in Wonderland Exhibition at ArtScience Museum Singapore

I saw a post on facebook by a friend where she posed as Alice in Wonderland a couple of months ago. She told me about the Wonderland Exhibition at ArtScience Museum and I’ve been so excited to see it since then. However, I need to go there with someone so we can help taking photo of one another so I’ve been postponing it. The exhibition will last until 22 September 2019 so I thought I still have time to go.

Yesterday was the time! I went there with a friend. The queue for buying ticket from counter was so long! Luckily, they also provide machines to buy a ticket from there so we did that. Since we have a pass in Singapore, we get the price of Local Adult (S$3 discount! yay). But when I was checking the price online, I found out their price is cheaper by S$1 if you buy online.

Ticket price online fro Wonderland
Ticket price online for Wonderland

After buying the ticket, we proceed to the Entrance for Wonderland which located at the same floor as ticketing counter. The lady gave a map for everyone and told us that the waiting time will 10 minutes. Not bad. I got the map with Rabbit picture, while my friend got the Queen of Heart one. I knew from a friend that they supposed to have 4 maps, each of them represents different character and have different “mission” in every room. But when I was there, they only have 2 types of map 😦

When we entered the exhibition, they gathered us first and explain how important is the map to experience the magical and interactive Wonderland. The map for different characters are different shape but actually we are going at the same direction. The only difference will be the mission or riddle on each room.

Interactive map wonderland artscience museum
Put the map at designated slot and it will show you something!

There are 2 type of doors to enter from our gathering point. A normal door and a small door, both go to the same room. I took the small door for the experience ! Which door would you choose if you were there?

Entering wonderland through small door
Entering wonderland through a small door

Once we entered the room, we saw 3 doors. Which one to choose?! I decided to go through middle door and entered a mansion-like room. There are another doors again! But these doors are leading to a closed room so any door you take doesn’t matter. Then we went out from the first door (out of 3).

Last door (the most further from entrance) is to go to next attraction. Just follow the direction and see on your map of what should you do or find in that room. Enjoy the magical world of Alice!

There is one room where you can decorate your card (on your map) then scan it together with the photo of you taken in a box, and the result will show on the big screen. Queen’s soldier with your face and the body of card that you decorated! So cute and funny. I love this kind of activity and technology.

The Queen of Hearts soldiers in the making
Your face and the scanned map will appear on the screen and moving around

Next exhibition is the tea party with Mad Hatter. We need to queue to get in the room. Everything on the table can’t be touched, including the table itself. So watch out for your children (or your inner children spirit!). The items displayed are fragile. Once we entered the room, we can choose any seat we want and it’s limited to certain numbers only. The staff explained that we’re gonna experience a magical event of tea party in the forest as seen on the movie. Exciting~!

Overall, I love the exhibition (as a fan of Mad Hatter and Cheshire cat). It’s a good exhibition for every age! Hurry up if you’d like to visit them as they will be around until 22nd September only. Hope you enjoy the experience too!

Ciao!

A Drawing of Cheshire Cat
A Drawing of Cheshire Cat

Experience · Travel

Siem reap – Last Day ( Old Market – Hap Guan Street – Mademoiselle Thyda – Vibe)

Last day in Siem Reap! We only had time in the morning until a little bit after lunch time, then needed to head back to the airport. Since we haven’t looked around the Old Market, I suggested to go there. It should be a great place to buy some souvenirs from Siem Reap. Besides, I love walking around in the market and seeing what kind of product they sell and if they have any local / authentic product to bring home as souvenir.

Old Market

This place is in the center of city near Pub Street so it is very easy to reach. If you have been to Vietnam or Thailand, you will not be surprised with the scenery around the market. Although, this one is dirtier than the other two. As expected, there are a lot of things to see! I enjoyed strolling around but I don’t think my friend enjoyed it as much as I do. It is really a great place to look for souvenir or just to shop for yourself. Don’t forget to bargain for a lower price though. I usually try to lower it around 20% to 50% of the offered price, depending of the item. If they don’t agree, just leave and find another shop. BUT, if they agreed with it, you should buy the item. That’s the general rule of bargaining in the market to avoid angry seller, bargain and if they accept then you have to buy it. Unless, you don’t care if they angry at you then it’s up to you 😀 So, try to bargain as lower as you can as long as it’s still reasonable. I bought some peanuts with special spices from this market to give to my friends. They said it was nice but I didn’t buy it for myself. Bummer! Anyway, to see the overview of the market, please take a look at the pictures below 🙂

Indoor stalls
Old Market Siem Reap Cambodia Silk
Cambodia Silk at Old Market
Old Market Siem Reap Cambodia
All about Buddha
Old Market Siem Reap Cambodia
Dried Fruit
Dried Fish and Sausage
Street Food Vendor

Hap Guan Street

Hap Guan street is a very nice area to hang out, and even shopping! There are cafes and small local shops standing side by side along the street. It is a perfect area to hide from the buzzling city center. Too bad a lot of shops were closed when we were there. At least, we managed to visit a local spice shop and a coffee shop!

Hap Guan Street Siem Reap Cambodia
Hap Guan Street
Hap Guan Street Siem Reap Cambodia
Hap Guan Street

Mademoiselle Thyda.

Located in Hap Guan street, this place is a must-visit for spice lovers. They are selling local spices and also the mixture of it. There are some unique mixtures that is great to buy for a souvenir or even for youself. Assorted spices that they sell are kampot pepper (famous from Cambodia), curry powder, wild turmeric, lemongrass, amok spices and many more. While the mixture of spices for example chili & pepper and salt or black pepper and salt. They also have a unique mix spices such as wasabi and salt, sun salt ( turmeric, chili, pepper, salt), flower salt ( white hibiscus, butterfly pea, keffir lime, marigold, salt), healthy salt (white maringa, spirulina, green tea, lime, salt) and many more. All of the salt mixtures are homemade with kampot salt. Other than spices, they also sell Alcoholic Jam. Interesting, isn’t it? Even the jam in Cambodia has alcohol in it! lol

Alcoholic Jam
Mademoiselle Thyda Spices Cambodia
Assorted Spices (Original and Mix)

The Little Red Fox Espresso

After shopping for spices, we found a small coffee shop nearby so we went inside. The name is cute! The little red fox espresso. It was packed inside so we sat on high chairs until we found out there is a second floor! So we moved upstairs. More spacious and artsy. My friend was up to the challenge and ordered Charcoal Latte ($3.75 (small), $4.25 (large)). Unfortunately, it was disappointing. We couldn’t taste anything but milk. Even too milky for a latte.

Charcoal Latte Little Red Fox
Charcoal Latte
Hot Latte Little Red Fox Espresso
Hot Latte
First floor space
Little Red Fox Espresso Siem Reap Cambodia
Second floor

Vibe

After a long chat over coffee, we felt hungry (if you think how is that possible to feel hungry right after a cup fo coffee, it is very possible for us! lol). We looked for a place nearby for lunch and found Vibe. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but hey it won’t be that bad right?! I ordered Japanese Macro Bowl ($6.5) and it was a very huge portion! It has a lot of vegetables (well doh! it’s a vegetarian restaurant…). So what’s in it? It contains wild seaweed, homemade kimchi, miso tempeh, radish, cucumber, pickled ginger salad, sesame, peanut, with ginger dressing. Yup, really huge and packed with veggies. I couldn’t finished it. Apparently, this restaurant is famous with their campaign . For every meal we buy there, the money will go to The Good Vibe Foundation that aims to feed 10.000 healthy meals to school children in Cambodia. How nice is that! I just wish the food tasted better as well to support that.

Vibe Vegetarian Restaurant Siem Reap
Vibe Vegetarian Restaurant
Japanese Macro Bowl Vibe Menu Vegetarian
Japanese Macro Bowl
The good cause

We decided to go back to hotel by walking (also decided no more vegetarian food for a while). As we walked, I took some photo of the city and enjoyed it the last time before we headed to the airport.

At the airport has a lot of souvenirs to choose. If you don’t have time to shop in the city, or too lazy to haggle in the market, can go directly to the airport and buy from the shops at the airport. They are combined in one big area and you will pass by there anyway to go to the boarding gate.

The trip to Siem Reap has come to an end! Thank you for everyone who gave suggestions to us and for those who stop by at my blog to read the story 😉

Ciao!

Street view siem reap cambodia
Walking back to the hotel
A very sunny day!
Siem reap people cambodia selfie
Lovely to see the smiles
Rental shop for bicycle and motorbike in Siem Reap
Rental shop for scooter and motorbike
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Siem Reap Trip Journal – Day 3 ( Artisans D’Angkor – Angkor National Museum – Floating Village )

After a tiring day visiting temples in Angkor city, the 3rd day we decided to do some relaxing activity. After breakfast, we met our remorge driver in front of the hotel and headed to Artisans d’Angkor.

Artisans d’Angkor is a handicraft workshop center. They have workshops for wood carving, stone carving, silver plated, fabric painting and so on. They are open daily from 8 am to 6 pm and free entrance. Once we arrived there, someone welcomed us and became our tour guide for the entire stay. And the great thing is it was free of charge! Yes, they also provided free guided tour in our language.

It was very interesting and fascinating to see the process of crafting the product. They are very talented indeed. There were a lot of questions popped up in my head, mainly about “how did they do it?! how did they have such an inspiration?!”. For a person who can’t create any art, these things are always amaze me. It such an amazing trip to this place! Please take a look of some pictures I took there 🙂

Wood Carving Artisan d'Angkor Siem Reap Cambodia
Wood Carving
Step by step wood carving Artisan d'angkor cambodia
Step by step of how they do wood carving
Step by step wood carving Artisan d'angkor cambodia
Using a metal version as a model for wood carving
Stone Carving
From a block of stone to a beautiful statue
Stone carving for Temple Restoration project
Stone carving for Temple Restoration project
Elephant stone carving artisan d'angkor siem reap cambodia
Elephant stone carving (model & work-in-process)
silver craft artisan d'angkor siem reap cambodia
Silver plating
step by step artisan d'angkor cambodia
Step-by-step process. An amazing end product!
Silk Fabric painting artisan d'angkor cambodia
Silk painting. Look at that level of detail!

After we finished visiting all their workshops, we arrived at the shop where they sell their product. The shop is pretty big with a lot of product from every workshop. I enjoyed strolling around the shop and adored the pretty stuff. Make sure you make time to visit this place if you like handicraft. Happy Shopping!

Next place we visited was Angkor National Museum. Another fascinating place to visit! The entrance fee is US$12 for adult. We had to leave our bag at the counter and they gave us a small bag to put our wallet and phone (and camera for me). Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photo in most rooms so my camera had no use there.

Bag Angkor National Museum Siem Reap Cambodia
Small bag for our stuff

When we entered the area, I had a low expectation of this museum. Thankfully I was wrong! This museum is a must-visit for a history lover or an art lover. There are total 9 galleries in Angkor National Museum and my favorite is the Exclusive Gallery which has 1000 Buddha Images. I didn’t count them, of course.. but there are many of Buddha statues in that gallery. All different kind of Buddha. Amazing images. Visit their website to have a sneak peek on how does the gallery look like and to get to know other information. Some people recommends visiting the museum before visiting Angkor Wat, but I think visiting it after Angkor Wat also can give you insight of what you’ve seen at the temple. It might answer your question about the temple as well, if you have any.

Angkor National Museum entrance to Galleries
Angkor National Museum entrance to Galleries

Our last destination for the day was floating village by the lake. It took around 42 mins from the city by car, or about 1 hour by remorge. Sitting on the remorge for an hour was quite a journey. The wind blew so hard on our face but the good thing was it made the weather less hot 😀 (although I was afraid I might catch a cold lol). I think it even rain that time..

On the way to Floating Village

We stopped by at the ticket counter to buy our entrance ticket. We paid for US$23 per person for the ticket. Quite expensive but we had no complaint since we got our own boat with noone else around. Lovely private trip 😀 If you need to go to the bathroom, this is the time because there will be no more bathroom after this point. After we got our ticket, we continued our journey.

We boarded on our boat and went to Floating Village. I wished our guide, Mr Bun Rong, was with us. He can speak English very well. Floating Village is not my favorite place to go. Not because of the view but because I’m scared being on a boat 😅 I don’t like to get on a boat that is shake so much. This boat was actually not bad, but whenever we passed by another boat it would shake because of the wave. Thankfully, I was busy enough taking photos so the trip was not too bad for me. Although I must say it is better to go there near sunset time. For the other time, the view is just like a normal floating village, no special lighting 😀 The villagers have to live and do their daily life from boat to boat. Temples and schools are on top of water as well.

After about 30 mins boat ride, we arrived at sunset point. It was an open space with a lot of other boats around. They were also waiting for sunset like us. We stopped by at one spot and just waited there. There was a small boat approaching us and turned out she was selling drinks and snacks! 😄

Drink seller on boat!

It was a bit cloudy near sunset time so the sky was not as we expected 😔 There was no orange sky in the horizon, but at least we could still see some yellow-ish and magnificent sky. Ah~~ I love sunset! We enjoyed it until the sun almost gone then decided to head back because I didn’t want to go back too late.

Beautiful floating village at sunset
Sunset on the boat at Tonle Sap Lake

Thank you for reading, my story! Have you been to any of these places? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comment 🙂 Bye for now! See you on day 4.

Selfie on boat floating village siem reap