#2013 | Mocha Mondays: Starbucks Fullerton Waterboat House (noch ein mal)

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Mocha Mondays is a new and semi-regular feature on cafes and how workable they are, for freelancers or students looking for a place to park themselves at while getting work done. It may or may not actually feature mocha.

The fun fact of the day is that noch in mal means one more time in German, drips and drops of the residual German I’ve retained from seven months living there a couple of years ago. And there you have the enrichment portion of today’s post – checked.

I’ve actually featured the Starbucks Fullerton Waterboat House in my Mocha Monday series before, so for those of you who havent seen that, here’s the TL;DR:


TL;DR
Starbucks on Fullerton Waterboat House
Famous for: BEING STARBUCKS
Seats: Plenty
Wifi: YES
Power points: YES!!

I went back recently to try out the new Starbucks lunch menu, which is basically a $9.90 set comprising one of their gourmet sandwiches with a tall-sized iced freshly brewed coffee or tea, running from 11am-3pm. The rest of the new items are available through the day, and what I’m really excited about is the additional food options for those of us who work through the night at one of the many 24hr Starbucks outlets – finally, something else substantial to munch on at 3am!

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My favourites from the set include the tuna sandwich, the country chicken pie, and the triple turkey pie, all of which are unreasonably good for a place that is mainly known for coffee and convenience. No complaints, though. Since trying the set I’ve been back several times to get the tuna sandwich, although opinions differ: most people prefer the meatball sandwich which I’m honestly quite half-half on. Team Tuna, you guys!

I also wanted to take the chance to sneakily introduce a new book recommendation: an extraordinary short story collection. Love and Obstacles by Aleksandar Hemon. The man makes the short story form look like an art. The ten stories are loosely connected, self aware, and sharp in their humour. For those of you who’d like a preview, here’s one of his short stories from the collection – the titular Love and Obstacles: read here.
(Also, if being featured on the New Yorker isnt a stamp of approval, what is?)

Till next time.

x
♥jem

#2003 | give me two hours and i will give you:

I loved her as much as ever and I still did not know how much that was.

James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room. Book review up on my book blog: here.

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Jem

#2001 | Untamed.

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Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men with so much impossible hope beating inside their bodies it burned their very skin and strengthened their will right through their bones. They held me captive for thirteen days.

They wanted to break me.
It was not personal.
I was not broken.
This is what I tell myself.

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New post(s) on my book blog.

x
♥jem

#1891 | YOUR BEST START TO THE YEAR! TPB x Jemma: 2016 Planner

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The Paper Bunny x Jemma, 2016 Planner

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
-Oscar Wilde, The Importance of being Earnest

Hey you guys,

This is something I’m so freaking excited about that I’ve been keeping quiet for a really long time.

So sometime at the start of the year, late January, early Feb maybe, Jaime and I sat down for a casual lunch at Veganburg to discuss life and dreams. And from there, the idea for the TPB x Jemma planner was conceived. As something of a litgeek myself, luxe stationery is something I find myself pouring over with lust and love.. but of course, the perfectionist in me picks out things I’d want to improve, or that I wish were included.

Enter: The TPB x Jemma 2016 Planner! This planner was about 8 months in the works, and I have Jaime and her team to thanks for endlessly working on the design and illustrations, all of which I am 0% gifted at. On my end, I drew inspiration for quirks and features I wanted included in a planner I’d actually use myself by browsing bookstores from all over my travels, and sourced a reservoir of quotes to be peppered across the planner. They were originally all going to be literary quotes (you’ll see my adoration for Eliot and Twain pop up between the pages), but later they expanded to include my favourite inspirational quotes from all over – books i’ve read, figures i admire, the charming laughter and snippets of conversations I overhear in bars..

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The Planner comes in three iterations – Pink, Black, and Marble

The TPBxJemma planner has everything I’d want in my own planner, obviously. Everything I dreamed of when flipping through my various planners over the years. First things first: it’s light. It’s a slim volume, made of fine paper, easily slipped into a handbag. I have a penchant for creamy, thick, paper myself, but for 365 days – I prioritise the ability to actually carry my baby around. Secondly: it’s got the calendar month view at the start of every month, for an overview, and then at the top of each page so you know where at the year you’re at. Each month has it’s own side tab as well for easy flipping – it drives me nuts when planners dont have this.

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A closer look inside the planner x

Thirdly: it’s got a generic birthday&celebrations page, a goals page, and a budgeting page. A to-do segment at the side of each day’s space. Things I actually need, and use.

And lastly, it’s got character. There are ways to tell every story. We have sifted through works from past and present to bring together a neat little collection of powerful quotes from writers of classic and contemporary literature that pepper the planner, and I hope that they’ll inspire you as you continue to pen down your own story from the day to day in this agenda – read, write, and make it sensational.

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I have also put together a little video showing you what the flip through of the planner is like in real life – I hope you like it!


Filmed on my gopro and edited in iMovie – one of my first attempts at video editing, so please be kind!

Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of a year of hard work, TPB and I want to give you the best gift we can think of – the best start to your new year. We have collaborated with Ready To Tour and my old flame Nikon Singapore for an epic giveaway, running one week from today.

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We are giving away:

A trip for 2 to Khao Lak, Phuket, inclusive of accommodation, flights, and itinerary c/o Ready To Tour
A Nikon 1 J5 camera c/o Nikon Singapore so you can shoot gorgeous pictures of your amazing beach holiday
and
2 TPB x Jemma 2016 planners of your choice, the best planner in the world, obviously.

ISNT IT THE BEST GIVEAWAY IN THE WORLD?! Yes. Yes, it is.

All you have to do, is match us –

1) Post any photo on your Instagram and share about your best moment of 2015;
2) Tag and Follow our partners @ReadyToTour, @NikonSG, @JemmaWei and @ThePaperBunny; and
3) Hashtag #YourBestStartToTheYear,

*Terms and Conditions Apply. Singaporean Residents only!

The giveaway runs one week from today and will end on the 8th of November. All the same, I wouldn’t leave it a week – start early! And remember to keep your instagram account public, so we can see your entries.

Alright then! I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am, because that is a lot. It’s been a long year – now go and make the next one great already.

The Paper Bunny x Jemma 2016 Planner drops in stores and online Wednesday, 4th November.
http://thepaperbunny.com/product-category/planners/

x
♥jem

#1976 | Graduation Edition

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Styling c/o StyledStory | Photography and Editing: Bobby Kiran Yeo | Venue: The Reading Room

I remember being in a salon once, flipping through the glossy pages of a magazine while getting my hair done, and chancing upon a high fashion british collegiate themed editorial. I think it must have been for Ted Baker, or a similar brand, but I remember thinking to myself These students are getting their vogue on. And ever since, my unrealistic graduation shoot goals were conceived and left to waste away in the recesses of my head.

But sometime in May, Liyi from StyledStory (formerly Au Lapin Blanc) approached me to do a photoshoot with Bobby, a personal friend of hers and a well known local wedding photographer – she ran a company that specialised in wedding and vintage props, styling, etcetera. I didn’t want to do a wedding shoot because 1. I’m not getting married and 2. I’m not getting married. But what I was getting, was graduated. And immediately the idea sparked off again in my head – my dream old English literary themed shoot was possible again!

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From Top: Warren, Martin, Shane, Myself

I called the goofiest, most spontaneous, least camera shy people I knew – my boyfriend and two of his best friends – and gave them one brief: To look glamorous and ridiculous at the same time. I think they did good. And yes, I was co-erced into smearing lipstick all over my teeth.

Because let’s face it – we were never going to match British Vogue. We could, however, create our own version of ivy league glamor: with high bookshelves, vintage props, and laughable expressions. And have a shit ton of fun along the way.

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Imagine travelling with those vintage suitcases.. to die for. Unsure if for sale, please contact Liyi for this thanks.

Half our shoot was done indoors, pressed up against the musty shelves of The Reading Room. Don’t you love the old smell of books? I do. I wish I had more time to actually get down to perusing the shelves – but that’s a visit for another day. After we wrapped up at The Reading Room, Bobby blindfolded us (ok, not really) and drove us to a location I couldn’t name even if I wanted to. There were no roadsigns and I have a bad sense of direction to begin with. But there were a lot of monkeys, very few people, and plenty of space for Liyi to work her magic again.

Graduation Edition: Part II
Outdoors

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Neil Gaiman, everybody. Obviously I was still hung up over my Sandman phase.

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Arts Graduates, everybody.

I actually hate graduation gowns. shapeless potato sacks that they are. There is virtually no way to make a graduation gown look good, or flattering, so we did away with them altogether and kept the motor board. The motar board is my favourite part of the entire graduation ensemble because it’s so distinct, plus I like the way it makes everyone look immediately more scholarly. Also, angles.

While we were goofing around and trying not to get our bags stolen by monkeys (a legitimate concern, I assure you), Liyi was setting up a corner under the tree, trying very hard to stick to the theme of a literary graduation shoot. It’s funny because actually only Shane and I are English majors (Martin does Film, Warren does Graphic Design), but because I was the contact point for the shoot I just shovelled all of them into the mould of English major. LISTEN TO THE WOMAN, YOU ALL!

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Unsure if throwing ripped pages is sacrilegious of an English major or not, but it sure is photogenic

I think she did pretty good, working with what she had, which is to say: THE GREAT OUTDOORS. I was particularly amazed by the pegged pages of Poe poetry hanging off the branches.. but like a magpie, I am easily distracted by new and shiny things, and jumped soon after at the suggestion of flinging poetry into the air.

However, the boys were obviously not content with just flinging paper into the air, they had to fling themselves too…

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Oh well

And being a couple/wedding photographer by vocation, Bobby couldnt help but sneak in a couple of these:

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Oh well

But overall, it was fantastic. And all props go to this wonderful team:

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Bobby, Liyi, and their photography/styling team, plus us

Very rarely do I get to appear on shoot and not have to get anything done beforehand – I do think much of the fun lies in the tiring process of sourcing your own props, making them at 3am, and pricking your finger on a damned needle five times over… but sometimes, it’s nice to have the professionals lift the heavy weight for you. 🙂 Thank you, Liyi and Bobby for being so game when I suggested the old-school literary shoot (after a period of being slightly stunned; it’s not the usual wedding photography fare, I know) – and for anyone else looking to conceptualise and execute your own uniquely themed photoshoot, you know who to call.

Styled Story | Bobby Kiran Photography

x
♥jem