Exploring Tan Boon Liat Building 

Recommended by one of Dennis’ reservist friend who’s a wood craftsman, we decided to explore this hidden gem. No regrets going to this place because we found many nice things!! We took quite a lot of photos so just sharing it on my blog; hopefully it’s helpful to others too!🙂

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Ethnicraft

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Modern Wood Furniture and Accessories
Daily 10:00-7:00
T: 92721545

The first shop we entered. I love the smell of wooden furniture! Dennis was keen in the extendable dining table and the sales ladies were friendly to explain all the details. I kinda love the work desks!😛

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Journey East

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Furniture (Eco, Vintage, Industrial)
Daily 10:00-6:00
T:64731693

Interesting place but furniture were too dark to my liking. Lots of quirky vintage home decor stuff if that’s your thing!

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Mountain Teak

#07-02
Contemporary Wood Furniture, Lighting, Accessories
Daily 10:30-6:30
T: 62247176

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Love this dining table in white oak. The lighting made it a little yellowish but it’s paler in real life. But Dennis commented that the table legs do not look stable as they are quite thin. Shall KIV!🙂

Sales person David Lee (98732128) was very friendly and brought us around the shop as we showed keen interest in this set. He even explained to us more about wooden furniture and how to maintain them. IMG_8471

Make Room

#11-09B
Furniture, Lighting, Accessories
Daily 10:00-6:00
T:62223042

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This place sells mainly accessories which I believe you can also get from Taobao. But I really love the kitchen space!😀

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Artful House

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Furniture, Lighting Accessories
Tue-Sun 10:30-6:00
Closed Public Holidays
T: 81126127

Randomly stumbled into this vintage place. I wanted to get out because I wasn’t interested in old vintage stuff but Dennis walked straight in. -.- Luckily the sales lady was very friendly and chatted quite a bit with Dennis. She asked if we’re keen in vintage pieces and Dennis replied “we’re actually going for minimalist style”. I swear I rolled my eyes at him! @.@ Then why enter this shop!? Sometimes I don’t understand this boy.

As we were walking out, I saw this cabinet which looks quite nice. Doris (96986837) said this would look good in the living room too! And it’s pretty minimalist. Haha. Shall KIV this but I think the shade of brown is a little red for my liking! Doris also recommended us to visit OriginAsia as they have lots of wooden furniture.

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OriginAsia

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Furniture, Custom Made Jr Furniture, Lease Art and Accessories
Daily 10:30-6:30
T: 90103656

Our last stop! We saw this table and immediately fell in love with it! It’s bleached teak hence the light shade. Plus, Dennis says the table legs are very stable. Hahaha. #WhatEngineersLookFor vs #WhatCraftersLookFor

To our disappointment, there was a big ‘SOLD’ sign on the table. We approached the sales lady Rebecca Mo (90103656) and asked if there could be a remake. The good news was that we can custom-make dining tables with them!!😀 Imagine how our faces lit up when we heard that! We can choose the material, the colour, the shape, the size, the finishing, etc. So happy! Looks like we will be customising our own table after some research online!😀

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Customers!

I recently had 2 customers on extreme ends. One’s super kind, patient and understanding. While the other behaved with the typical “customer’s always right” attitude which made me really sad.

Sandra on Etsy dropped me a note:

Hello, I would like to buy this washi tape please and do not require a tracking number for shipping to Canada. What would the shipping cost be please? Thank you.

Simple enquiry but being very polite. And our conversation went:

DQ: Hello, the shipping (without tracking) will be USD 1.40 to Canada! Please note that I’ll not be responsible for lost mails if you opt for non-registered shipping. Leave me your Paypal email address if you would like to confirm and I’ll send you a separate invoice. Thanks!

S: Thanks so much for getting back to me. I would like you to send me an invoice please for the Sailor Boy washi tape with shipping to Canada at $1.40. My email address is xxx@xxx.com (masked for privacy).

DQ: I’ve sent you an invoice on Paypal. Could you also place an order through Etsy for record purposes? At the payment option, just click on ‘Others’. Also check that the address on your Etsy account is correct as I will send the package there. Thanks so much!

S: Thanks so much for all of your help.🙂 I just paid the PayPal invoice that you sent and submitted an order through Etsy for record purposes. My address is correct on my PayPal account and Etsy account. I plan to make a birthday card with the washi tape and can’t wait to receive it. Many thanks!

I was really touched by her sincerity! Threw in freebies in her package too. Just because…🙂

If only all the customers are like her!

And soon after I received an enquiry on Carousell. No wonder some people call it Carouhell! *rolls eyes* Don’t want to put her Carousell handle here because she didn’t do anything wrong. Just that I was irked by her messages.

SS: Hi!! Can let me know if buyer backs out? I’m keen to get this plus one of the wedding card :) Actually two other wedding cards! Is there a choice of envelope colour?

DQ: Hi hi! My envelopes are made of patterned papers and I will try to match with the cards. If you really want specific colour I gotta see if I have them! (: the birthday card is sold already. Sorry! The 2 wedding cards are still available! (: do you want to confirm?

SS: Hmmm Sure! Able to send me some photos of the envelops that you might pick for that two cards?

DQ: I’ll send you tmr night, after work okie? Cos I need to work late today. /:

SS: Sure sure! Anw! Will you be able to make another birthday card like the fox??

– I was super tied up at work hence did not reply within 24 hours –

SS: Hi! Any updates? (just after the 24 hour mark)

DQ: Hey! So sorry I had to work late unexpectedly again tonight. Actually the envelopes are from patterned papers. Show you sample of the papers. [attached pic] I will make into envelopes to go with each card (: As for the fox birthday card, I’ll not be able to make exactly the same but can make similar ones. But not so soon. Maybe in 1-2 weeks time (:

SS: Hmmm Cuz my bf birthday is on 26 was hoping to get by end of this week so thT I got time to write stuff inside..

DQ: Oh.. By end of this week is not possible ya? (: cos I’m also holding a full time job and can only make during weekends/ free time. Hope you understand!

SS: Is it possible to get on Sunday? :/!

DQ: Sorry, it’s really not possible /: let me know if you still want the other 2 wedding cards! (:

SS: Hmmm can you do $8 mailed for both? And Mail by tmr morning? If I pay by tonight🙂

DQ: Sorry babe, prices are non-nego as stated. Total will be $8.70 inclusive normal mail of $0.90. Please transfer to account xxx [masked for privacy] and let me know once done. Note that I’ll hold items for 24 hours. If payment by 10pm, I can mail out tmr morning. Thanks! (:

SS: I won’t be able to pay tonight. Too short notice I was waiting for your account number whole day. Don’t think I’ll get from you already thanks. Don’t need to hold.

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Driving lessons 18 to 19

Lesson 18

Instructor was on leave today and my replacement instructor was Mr Tan Beng Kwang (also from One Team).

Super malu because the first thing he asked me to do was start the car. He gave me the car keys and omg I don’t know how to start a car!! Hahaha I didn’t learn that at all. Mr Tan laughed and said all his One Team students know how to start. -.-

But now I know, insert car key, clutch in, turn the engine on!😀

Mr Tan is a very soft-spoken guy, super gentle and not fierce at all. So I felt really comfortable driving next to him. I hope my tester is as gentle as him. Hahaha. Anyway he glanced at my training record book, saw my name and asked “are you from China?”

I gave an immediate and defensive “NO!” Lol.

He then went on to ask if I’m still studying or already working. OMG I AM SO FLATTERED! Since he asked, he must have thought I *might* be a student. Which means I look like 21???😀

Moving on… the lesson went on pretty well. He brought me to a few test routes and did general driving. He commented that I’m a steady driver except that I’m always forgetting to check blindspots. That’s my super weak area. Gotta work on it! Aja aja!

Lesson 19

Instructor was on leave again, probably celebrating Hari Raya. My replacement instructor was super nice! His name is Mr Fadli (fellow One Team instructor).

We did Lane Change today and it’s super fun! From the extreme left lane, you gotta change lanes to the extreme right lane just in time to make a right turn at traffic light. Haha. I enjoyed this subject. Mr Fadli said I’m quite a confident driver. Lol maybe because of his friendly disposition I felt comfortable driving beside him.

He left me with a chim phrase:

What is important about driving is what I cannot teach you.

Hahaha I actually have the Huh? look and he explained: confidence and judgement are the 2 most important factors to be a good driver. It’s (almost) impossible to teach someone those traits so it’s really up to the driver!

I have to say I agree with him 100%. Skill wise I believe it’s not hard to learn. With enough practice it will become muscle memory. I think it’s like riding a bicycle. You can’t really unlearn it?

Anyway, instructor Fadli stamped my attendance in the Training Record Book but he totally forgot to clear my subject!! He verbally told me it’s cleared but he forgot to stamp on my book. I only realised it on the way home. Feeling terrible because my next lesson is with Mr K and I know he wouldn’t believe it if I told him I passed the overtaking module. Boo hoo hoo!! T___T

Hanoi Day 4

28th April 2016

We took an overnight train again and arrived at Hanoi early morning. The train station was dark, reckon it was barely 5am in the morning. A hotel staff from Hanoi Victory Hotel came to pick us up from the train station and arranged for a taxi to bring us back to the hotel. Since it was so early, they gave us a room to shower, take a nap, and pack our bags for Halong Bay! Super thumbs up service!😀

It was a three-hour drive from our hotel to the ferry terminal with a toilet break somewhere in the middle. Along the way we also stopped by other hotels to pick up other passengers.

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At the ferry terminal which was super crowded!

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We took a small boat which brought us to our “cruise”. I didn’t really read up about Halong Bay cruises so I was surprised that it’s a very small cruise ship. Hahaha.

There were 15 rooms in all. And here’s ours! Quite comfy for a small ship.

Alova Cruises

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Had sumptuous lunch onboard and enjoyed the gorgeous view of Halong Bay from the top deck.

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After lunch we disembarked the cruise and a small boat brought us to Titop Island. We didn’t prepare swimwear and could only sit by the beach. /:

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Thankfully there was some sort of hill/ cave/ stairs (can’t remember what it was). We climbed to the top to enjoy the scenic view!🙂

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After that came my favourite part – kayaking! It was so much fun to kayak to wherever you like. It was not dangerous at all because of all the rock formations that stop the big currents from the sea to come in. The water was still and clear. We kayaked all the way from one rock to another rock. And when my arms got tired, I let Dennis do all the work. Hehe😛

Sorry about the tinge of pink in the photo below. I placed my (then new) phone into a pink ziplock bag in case it fell into the water hahaha.

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Dinner time! We had a mini cooking class where we learnt to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Super easy actually because all the ingredients were already prepared. We just had to mix them together and roll into rice papers.

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Pre-dinner drinks by our awesomely hilarious bartender. He’s so cute because he can’t speak good English and most of the guests onboard are Aussies. I don’t drink but since everyone ordered, I had to too. /:

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Check out all the good food! I’m impressed how 1 cook can prepare all of these for us! :O all the intricate carving done on the spot too!

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Ended off the night with prawn and squid catching. It was a great test of patience!😦 We didn’t catch any although we saw one squid get hooked onto our fishing line and when we reel it in, it dropped off. Boos!

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That’s all for day 4! Tomorrow is one more night at Halong Bay!🙂