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!

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · singapore · Snacks

Masizzim Singapore – Korean food restaurant

When I’m visiting Singapore, at 1 point I have no idea where to eat for dinner because too many options there and I somehow always ended up in Orchard Road (and get bored from eating at the same place for each visit). Luckily, I have a friend who lives and work in Singapore so she can tell me the place to eat with reasonable price.

She invited me to a Korean restaurant in 313 Shopping Mall. I was a bit hesitated. A Korean restaurant in Orchard Area? Sounds expensive. But knowing her, she wouldn’t invite me to an expensive place, so it would be okay. We met at 313 Shopping Mall and walked to basement floor where this Masizzim located. It doesn’t look like a Korean restaurant at all. I saw this place before and I thought it was some fancy place.

Masizzim 313 Singapore

We sat down and started browsing at the menu right away. Since my friend has been there before, she already knew what to order. She said their rice ball is delicious, so we ordered that. There are different kinds of rice ball but we chose the one with anchovy. We also ordered Tuna Seaweed Eggroll as side dish.

Tuna Seaweed Eggroll Masizzim
Tuna Seaweed Eggroll

Rice ball (Anchovy) Masizzim
Rice ball (Anchovy)

It didn’t take long for the rice ball to come. It is basically just rice topped with seaweed, fish roe, anchovy, sesame seed. The unique thing is we have to mix it by our self. They gave us a pair plastic gloves. My friend offered me to make the rice ball since she likes doing it. Once she done, we began eating! We both were quite starving lol.

The rice ball is very delicious! I LOVE IT! The taste was perfect and it was not fishy. We finished it in no time! Yum! Their tuna seaweed eggroll also delicious. It was soft and tasty.

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Deep fried Spareribs
Deep fried Spareribs

Another friend of mine came as well, so we took that chance to order another portion of rice ball! Plus deep fried spareribs. It looked interesting when it came. We, Indonesian, like fried food. So this spareribs was awesome looking. Unfortunately, it was just the appearance. We put this dish as least favorite among our other order.

So, I recommend this place if you want something unique and yummy. The price also reasonable. Not crazyly expensive for a restaurant in a mall at Orchard Road. I definitely will come back again! Thank you for showing me this place, Pris!

Ciao!

 

Dessert · Food · Snacks

Ice Lab – Korean Bingsoo In Singapore

After our lunch at Lutong Pinoy, my friend Pris recommended a Korean Ice Dessert. It is on Orchard Road as well and we took a round trip underground to avoid the bright noon sun. I had no idea where it is so I just followed her. We did stop at several places along the way for window shopping.

Apparently, the Ice Shop is located in the front area of 313 Shopping Mall. I saw this place before when I walked back to our hotel the other day, and they were closed already. At that time, I already thought that I should try this place. What a coincidence!

The three of us came in and discussed which bingsoo we want to try. They have many kinds of Bingsoo and they all look yummy! We decided to try their special menu, Coffee Bingsoo! Yup only 1 for the three of us, should be more than enough.

Ice Lab Bingsoo Singapore menu

Snowflake bingsoo Ice Lab Singapore

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The place was very busy when we came. Most visitors were teenagers or maybe some college students. We had to wait until they have space for us before we could order anything. Once the table was ready, she took our order and after payment, another staff took us to our table.

Not long after, our order is ready! Coffee Bingsoo, looks very delicious and sweet lol. All of us immediately got busy taking photos of this Korean Ice Slush. They also give free water to us, self-service on a special corner for water. After all the “preparation” done, we dug in!

Coffee Bingsoo Ice Lab Singapore

This is like the best Korean Bingsoo I’ve ever tried. The ice slush was very smooth and overall taste was not too sweet. We couldn’t finish it in the end. Maybe if we had the 4th person in the group, we could finish that.

Very recommended for Korean Bingsoo lover!

Address : 321 Orchard Road, #01-01/02 Orchard Shopping Centre, Singapore 238866

Opening Hour : every day from 11 am to 11.30 pm

Let me know how is your experience with this Ice Lab and which Bingsoo did you try in the comment.

Ciao!

Food · Ho Chi Minh City

Happy Mooncake Festival! – Cherry Garden Mooncake Four Treasures by Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Today, October 4th, is the celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival. Or for easier way, some people call it Mooncake Festival. In Vietnam, majority of people celebrating it today by eating mooncake and drinking tea. I have no idea about the details on this festival. The only thing I know is about how each mooncake has salted egg yolk, because it represents the moon.

When I visited Singapore last week, I met my friend and she gave me a huge box of mooncake! It is from Mandarin Oriental Singapore. The box is very pretty and neatly made. Good thing that we were able to bring it back home to Vietnam! I love the box.

Cherry Garden Mooncake Four Treasure Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Cherry Garden Mooncake Four Treasure Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Inside the box, there are 4 pieces of mooncake. I have no idea what flavor for each one of them. From what I found on their brochure on the internet, for this Cherry Garden Treasure Box, they consists of 1 piece of Low sugar silver lotus paste with double yolk, 1 piece of Low sugar silver lotus paste with single yolk, 1 piece of Sea salt caramel with single yolk and pecan nuts, and 1 piece of Pandan with dried cherries and pistachio. They all have their own box and sat nicely inside the beautiful treasure box.

Cherry Garden Mooncake Four Treasure Mandarin Oriental Singapore

The first mooncake I ate was sea salt caramel one. Immediately fell in love with it. It was the best mooncake I’ve ever tried! Sadly there is only one for that flavor. Today I opened another mooncake box and it has 2 egg yolks, so it must be the Low sugar silver lotus paste with double yolk mooncake. Before I read about it on the internet, I thought it was mungbean flavor. Oops!

Lotus paste one is also yummy. I like the low sugar concept that is different than most of other mooncake I’ve tried before. The dough and the filling are both complete each other.

Low Sugar Silver Lotus Paste with double yolk mooncake

The downside about this mooncake from Mandarin Oriental is their price. For this cherry garden treasure box, they cost SGD 83.5 (including tax). They also selling individual flavor as a box of 2 and 4. You can see the detail on their brochure.

What I don’t know is whether this treasure box only for this year or also for the coming year. Their flavor possibly will be the same next year. They were starting to sell this mooncake since August, so better plan your craving for next year 😉

Ciao.

Experience · Food · Travel

Singapore Trip – Final Day

Since it passes the time so long already, I combined my 2 last days in Singapore in this post. My 4th day was basically spent in Farrer Park Medical Centre for the check up and meeting my doctor. This hospital is quite new and they have a very good imaging laboratory (for ultrasound, MRI, etc). To reach this hospital, I went to Farrer Park MRT Station, and searched for “Farrer Road Station Rd” exit. I think this one is easier than “Farrer Park Medical Centre” exit. At the exit, go to the left then turn left, and there you will see it already.

I had an appointment with them which was arranged by my doctor. The staff brought me to changing room and asked me to wear the top gown. After that I was ushered to the room. I often do this ultrasound check and they normally done in less than 30 minutes. But this one, it took 1 hour! She really did a thorough check and very detail, didn’t let the time hurried her.

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Instruction in Changing Room

After the check, I went to cashier and paid for it. Then I had about 3.5 hours before the appointment with my doctor. I contacted my friend who lives near that area and apparently she was busy with her child. So.. Let’s go to Plaza Singapura! It is very convenient since it is at the same route so I don’t need to change MRT. It is only 2 station away from Farrer Park.

I haven’t had breakfast and this started to bother me. I’ve been to Plaza Singapura before but it was many years ago, so I didn’t familiar with their layout and shops. But.. I found Old Chang Kee! My favorite snack there is the crispy squid head.I’m not a fan of squid head but for this one i love it!

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Old Chang Kee

The next plan would be finding place to sit and buy a drink. And I failed on that… Couldn’t find somewhere to sit and enjoy my morning. I was sure there is a place or two to sit, but I just wasn’t familiar with the place. I ended up sitting at the bench outside the plaze lol. Enjoying my squid head and headed back to the building. Wondered where the drink places are!

There are many interesting shop in Plaza Singapura. I don’t remember what I did there but it was suddenly already 12pm and time for lunch. I had lunch with my friend at coco ichibanya. I like japanese curry rice, and they made a good one here. It was hard to find the place though, since I wasn’t familiar with the plaza (again..). Apparently it is located at the junction area, the new plaza Singapura, connected at 3rd floor.

There were many construction area inside the plaza, so I was amazed that I could find my way back to MRT Station on my first attempt xD There were no signboard or anything to lead me to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. Maybe I could find it because I’m used to play RPG games lol. Finding routes and such. Anyway.. I’m back at the hospital and met my doctor. After a few examination, I’m done for the day. Everything is okay according to her (hooray!).

I had about 4 hours before my dinner appointment. My bag was heavy because I brought my samsung tab. So tempted to go back to hotel and put everything away so I could walk without any burden, but there were many stores at plaza singapura that I haven’t checked it out! So I went there instead. Strolling through daisho with their halloween collection, and bought some for dog costume. Bought a game at game store. Trying out nana’s green tea.

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Finally I had a chance to open my samsun gtab and worked on my blog while enjoying this houjicha latte. It was yummy. Their place is very strategic. In the center of the plaza and big cafe as well.

After that, I continued my journey to look around more. There is paper market, where they sell MANY kind of paper for scrap book, cards, etc. They also have stamps, stickers, and other cute stuff to make paper craft. Next to it is Art Friend. There is one in Vietnam as well, but this one in Plaza Singapura is huge!

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In the end I didn’t have time to go back to hotel and put my heavy things away. Just went to meeting place directly. My friend wanted me to try Mentai udon in Matcha House. She said it is really delicious. So let’s try!

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This is the udon. It’s similar with the one I liked at Marugame Udon before they removed it from the menu. But this one has bacon as well. I mixed all of them together. Yup, calorie bomb! But it was delicious. Need to finish it quick though, or else it won’t taste good when they’re cold.

 

After dinner, I just remembered that I wanted to buy a battery charger for my camera. I emailed the store already and they gave me the price. With hight hope, I went to Center Point and went straight to camera store. It was closed. I couldn’t believe it. Before 9.00 pm and they already closed! My friend told me it was because of Monday. They normally closed the store early on Monday. Whaaa??

Last day

I had breakfast at Watanabe Coffee (again). This time I ordered banana cinnamon. Ahh.. they were sooo tasty. I normally can’t eat much for breakfast, but this one I can finish it.

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Banana Cinnamon Toast @ Watanabe Coffee

There was not much to do during last day. I already tired of walking, especially my back already sore from carrying the backpack all the time. I just visited some stores without buying anything, and just keep walking. And it was time for lunch before I knew it..

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Lucky Chicken Rice

My Singaporean friend asked me, why foreigner soo in love with their chicken rice. It’s just chicken and rice. True indeed. I also don’t know why people going crazy about this chicken rice. But one thing I know, I like their hainan rice. I used to hate hainan rice when I was in Indonesia. I still hate it though, but I love Singaporean hainan rice 😀

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There you go, all done for my trip. See you next time, Singapore. I’ll be back.

Ciao.