Month: April 2012

Bag Magic Workers // Mirrco Shoe and Handbag Repair Service

  { UPDATE } I’ve gotten news from our blog readers and friends that they no longer do bags or zippers, and only service luggage and suitcases. A pity, really! My Head Porter bag is still working 3 years after they repaired it. Do you have one bag that you absolutely love, and feel disheartened when the zipper spoils or the lining becomes tattered and torn? My favorite Head Porter bag has been lying in a corner of my closet for the longest time. It’s a bag that I would love to bring on trips because it’s light, has many compartments and roomy enough for essentials while on the road. One fine day, the zipper no longer worked. I had no choice but to relegate it to oblivion. I’m going on a trip soon and I thought about this bag again. In a desperate attempt to have the zipper replaced or repaired, I visited 6 shops – a variety of shoe repairs, seamstress, and alteration shops. They all said they can’t repair this, or the …

Travel Must-Have #1 // Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

A fresh-smelling savior for dry and painful cuticles! pling thinks….that Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is a travel must-have. I’ve recommended this to so many of my friends, or given them as gifts to pamper those hardworking hands. There is always 1 canister of this in my bag – be it traveling or at home. Are you one of those people who suffer painful, dry and peeling cuticles when you travel? I’m one and I understand the pain. Crafting, detergents, air-conditioning and travel might have all contributed to this eventual state. On the plane, the dry cabin air always get them started. And when I touch down at my destination, they would have started to get those red and sore feeling. Enriched with Vitamin E and 100% natural, a quick rub of this cuticle cream smooths, moisturizes and comforts those naughty cuticles – instantly. And it has no oily after-feel. The smell? Fresh lemons so invigorating that it dispels the stale air. It has even come into great use when sitting in buses, or …

Five and Dime Eatery // Changed to Fat Lulu’s

[UPDATE] Five and Dime Eatery has changed its name and concept. It’s now known as Fat Lulu’s, serving grilled food and small plates. After looking at my friend’s photos on Instagram, pling thinks…it’s time to gather some friends to check out this quaint cafe, Five and Dime, along River Valley Road. Somehow, the name conjures up memories of ordering kopi and teh in coffeeshops at the price of S$0.50. And in that nostalgic mood, we trot to this cafe in search of some elements from the good ol’ days. Long bay windows greeted us, and those windows let in some cozy afternoon light into the cafe. Lovely. Nice chairs. Mightily important to have them, especially if we are going to chill the afternoon afternoon. We found the cafe charming with its tiled floor and vintage wares, juxtaposed against a modern bar counter. Brunch ends at 2.30pm. Coffee and desserts are served all day round. And of course some coffee to warm up the system. I ordered a Cafe Mocha and a Mini Guinness Cupcake. Cafe …