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 · Travel

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