Starting 2022 with a Monthly Planner from Thelazeco- Sweet Bunny

As the New Year approaches, it is time to prepare for the New Year by getting calendars and planners. I always look forward to getting a new planner because the fresh, clean new pages make me feel like I have a clean slate, a fresh start full of hope for a meaningful year.

                                     

There are many assortments of Planners available these days sometimes, one may question which is really the best. It is not a matter of the best but rather which one would be most suitable for you personally. I have gone through many planners over the years and have always stopped using them halfway, leaving many wasted pages.

How to pick the perfect planner that is best for you- You have to experiment and have the discipline to use one. There is no point in writing everything down and not referring to it. After using a planner a couple of times, you will find your style. In my case, I prefer a monthly page. I like writing the main event of the day and listing down tasks that need to be done in a to-do list quickly and snappy.

Questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a planner –
  • Do you need a space to keep track of events and appointments?
  • Would you prefer to plan in a weekly or monthly format?
  • Do you need something portable to bring or just one you like to keep at home?
  • Would you like a colourful planner with stickers or a minimalist planner?

After watching the Motel Makeover on Netflix, I caught the craze for terrazzo patterns, so I searched on Shoppe for one; I was glad I did so because my search led me to find Thelazeco customised planners.


The A5 planner created by Thelazeco is precisely what I needed. I opted to only have the monthly pages for a monthly overview of the year. I plan to bring this compact planner with me as it is tight and light. Choosing a layout that matches your style is essential as you would be more comfortable using your planner and more likely to continue to use it for the whole year.

I like how well thought and put together this hand-stitched booklet-styled planner is.
It has a Soft Cover made with 250gsm Gloss Cardstock, and the inner pages are text paper with 100gsm Off-White Paper which is clearly printed and neatly designed.

What is truly unique about it is it is customisable. You can build your very own planner, the options are to have monthly and weekly pages, a Monthly planner 2022 with Singapore Holidays indicated, a notebook grid, notebook lined.

lazeco planner page

lazeco planner page




Another excellent customisation the store offers is printing your name on the cover, which is a very nice touch if you plan to give the planner a gift. A plastic cover can also be purchased to protect your planner from bending or getting dirty.

thelazeco on shopee Pink Terrazzo planner



Thelazeco is a local artist in Singapore with an adorable range of Custom planners, Notebooks, Stickers and Cards. I like her adorable illustrations of animals and food items. They are well-drawn and amusing. Please lend your support to this home-based art business.






JL Heart Jade Earrings a symbol of a niece's love - Sweet Bunny



Family is the one constant element in life- my dearest aunt has always been there for my family and me. Her generous and loving ways always brought so much love and laughter to our lives. My late father had always spoken about his elder sister with so much admiration and respect. Since we were kids, my aunt often took the time to take my sister and me for an outing at a shopping mall to spend an afternoon with her. She would treat us to lunch and shower us with gifts. Never has she turned a listening ear or us away when we needed motherly advice. Listening to her stories about her work life and career was the most fabulous treat. My aunt has genuinely inspired me to always better myself and be strong in difficult times.
 

How to show appreciation to your Aunts- the most valuable thing you could give your relatives is your time and attention. Speaking of attention, try to remember what they said that they liked for my case; it was my aunt mentioning that she loved jade. My sister and I decided to get a pair of Jade earrings for my aunt’s birthday.

 



Hubby and I purchased a pair of earrings for my sister for her birthday earlier this year, and it so happens that my aunt and my birthdays both fall in the same month. I had trouble selecting the perfect pair of earrings for my aunt until Hubby suggested I get the same design he chose for my sister, making it a set of three pairs of matching earrings in different colours. That was a brilliant idea, a couple of jade earrings for the women in my family that I treasure.

I invited the owner of JL Heart, Juat Li, to share about her store and what inspires her to create these lovely jewellery pieces.

It’s not just jewellery; it’s life.

To me, jewellery is not just for making you look lovely. It’s a way for you to express yourself.

Many of us get jewellery to commemorate special moments in life. I’ve made jewellery for weddings, births, graduations, birthdays, and so much more.

Every time we put on that particular piece of jewellery, it brings back happy moments. And that is precisely why I’m hooked on JL Heart.


Whenever I make jewellery for you and hear about your life stories or see your lovely photos, it adds meaning to my work and fuels me much more than my corporate career.


Thank you, Eveclair, for giving me the chance to make these Swirling Leaves Jade Earrings for you, and I hope they get to go through life’s precious moments with you.

Swirling Leaves Jade Earrings
Swirling Leaves Jade Earrings
  



Thank you, Juan Li, for sharing and creating such lovely works of art that my family will always treasure.







Create a gift wrapping station for your home- Sweet Bunny



My interior designer Hosen installed a built-in cabinet in the centre of my living room during our BTO home renovation. It was meant for shoes. Still, I did not like the idea of keeping shoes too close to our family altar out of respect. Thankfully, the shelves were adjustable, and I rearranged them to create a space to store the commonly used items my family often reach for, my bags and a gift-wrapping station.

living room cabinet

messy cabinet  with wrapping paper and home supplies



Pegboard Alternative: using Ikea SVENSÅS Memo board - I had initially purchased two magnetic boards from Ikea for our study. Still, I never got to hang the panels up as I didn’t use the space that was meant to be my desk, so the boards just lay forgotten in our laundry yard for a couple of months. About the same time, the mess in my cabinet has been bugging me the clutter of wrapping paper and household accessories were just a hindrance of stuff toppling off the shelves at times and impossible to find what we needed. To resolve this issue, I decided to put up the memo boards in my cabinet; amazingly, it sucks well with Bostik Original Blu-Tack; I had always preferred the original as it was always strong enough and can come off cleanly when required to. Magnetic boards make a great alternative to Pegboards because you don’t have to place items in a very fixed manner. Magnetic boards can be placed almost anywhere without worrying that hooks and attachments fall off; magnets are powerful, quickly found, and more affordable.

 
Ikea SVENSÅS Memo board as a pegboard



Daiso hacks for hanging your wrapping paper - Most DIY solutions for hanging wrapping paper use a curtain rod, which I initially wanted to do. Still, I often switch up how I organise my home and do not want any permanent fixtures. After much consideration and wondering around Daiso, an idea struck me. Two of the semi-round basket with a thin magnet placed on their sides can hold on to the wrapping paper regardless of length. 

semi-round basket with thin magnet back
semi-round basket with thin magnet front

sticking can case daiso

reuse ribbons




Reusing gift bags, wrapping paper and ribbons- The holders can hold up about three pieces together, which is sufficient for me, as I do not usually buy many sheets at a time; most of the ones I have were given to me as a freebie from stores. 

I used these holders on the right side to store wrapping papers from gifts that I receive that are still in good condition to reuse for future events; I also use the holders for items that my household uses. 

I have the habit of keeping ribbons for products I purchased or received as gifts and storing them in a sticking can case from Daiso; I believe you can find these in IKEA as well GRUNDTAL Container, stainless steel in a better quality form, but for ribbons, I think the Daiso will Suffice.





giftwrapping station with daiso and ikea stuff



On the shelf, I used stackable containers from Daiso to keep greeting cards for all occasions, red packets for the lunar new year, and stickers that I have collected over the years. My family always asked me for other commonly used items, such as a nail clipper, which is impossible to keep in a bathroom due to Singapore’s humid climate, where things can easily rust.
 

I was delighted with this arrangement because it saves my family time from sorting and searching for items we need. At a snap of the finger, we can just get what we need and be on our way. As long as we have the discipline to keep the items in their proper “homes”, we will always be able to find what we need when we need it.



Merry Christmas, everyone, and a blessed New year ahead! I hope my post inspires you to create your own gift-wrapping station.

 

An afternoon with the Chow Chows at Chow Cute Cafe - Sweet bunny

                                                

Throwback to Deepavali when it was a public holiday, dear and I made a date to go to Chow Cute Cafe together. An advance booking has to be made on their website to avoid disappointment, so I booked an afternoon slot about a week before. It is unbelievable that we have not been out for a meal together since covid19 started, and it felt refreshing to head to Seletar Air Base to get some fresh air and spend the day with adorable dogs. 
                                    

Our journey to Seletar Air Base was just a bus ride away; we reached the area within 30 minutes. Making our way to the cafe from the bus stop was a breeze, just a 10-minute walk. I really adore the quaint colonial houses in Seletar airbase. Makes one feel like you have entered another realm into the charming countryside.

Chow Cute Cafe
                              

I really liked the look of the exterior of the café; it had an exquisite feel. You may choose to have your meals al fresco on the lovely patio furniture or indoors. 

Cute Chow Chow from Chow cute cafe



Our experience at Chow Cute Café, an overall review - Greeting us at the front door was an adorable older brownish-black Chow Chow. It is no surprise because Chow Chow has a history of being guard dogs to livestock and homes; untrained Chow Chows tend to be more on the aloof side and aggressive with strangers and other dogs, but I am glad to report that all the Chow Chows at Chow Cute Café are well trained and friendly. The younger pups tend to be cheeky and playful, while the older ones are calmer and mellow perfect for children because they would sit around and allow a child to pet them.

Brown Chow Chow



 I genuinely enjoyed seeing the dogs light up with delight each time they spotted their trainers. This shows that the dogs are well treated and taken care of by their owners. I do have my reservations when going to pet-themed attractions. I always keep an eye out for how the animals are treated. We had an enjoyable quiet afternoon interacting with the dogs and stroking them. This is a rare treat, as we do not own any pets due to our busy work schedules. The cafe has an excellent range of board games for a fun-filled afternoon, a lovely touch, I must say, for a relaxing afternoon.



                                                                                     
There are mixed reviews on google about the food at the café; the team at the café are a young group and is most helpful. We were served dessert before the main course, and drinks were expensive, but because you aren’t charged for playing with the dogs, it is well worth the cost. We did wait rather long for our meal, but the fish was fresh and delicious.

 
                                           

salmon

salmon

Ice Cream Waffle



Shall I close with a few ...

Chow Chow Dog Breed Fun Facts - Chow Chow is not of Chinese origin word but from a pidgin-English term used to describe things from the East in the 18th century.

  • Chow Chows have 2 extra teeth compared to other canines. Most dogs have 42, while Chow Chows have 44.

  • Unusual coloured tongue, young Chow Chows have punk tongues, but as they age, their tongues turn blueish black.

Chow Cute Cafe
16 The Oval, Seletar Aerospace Park, 797873
Tel: 6974 7916


 






Handmade beaded crystal necklace by Lilac Jewels - Sweet Bunny



Youth entrepreneur- I got to know a lovely girl who runs Lilac Jewels via social media. It has been a couple of months since we exchanged messages back and forth to get to know her business better. I just must say I am very impressed with the young lady who started her very own handmade jewellery business and even shares a tip or two with me from time to time on how to improve sales and better connect with your audience.

It was an honour to be her first customer; I purchased a customised crystal chip necklace from her, as I do not quite fancy the gold-coloured chain of the original design, but glad customisation was available. I liked that there was a selection of mini crystals to choose from in different colours, the pastel stones went well with a silver chain, and the workmanship was impressive. I really like the style of her dainty jewellery and would



handmade crystal flacks necklace

 

Thoughtfully packaged jewellery- I love all the freebies she packed in the tiny parcel she sent me an intricately made necklace, a ring and a couple of stickers with a thank you note. I could tell that a lot of consideration was created with the tiny tags she attached to each piece of jewellery carefully placed in a purple organza bag,

                           handmade necklace packaging 

I invited Lilac Jewels to guest post on my blog, do lend her your support.


I started my small business to make affordable yet lovely jewellery for everyone. Jewellery should not just be for those who can afford high-quality ones, leaving those who cannot afford them to buy the lower-quality ones.

 Such as necklaces that tarnish easily or bracelets that break when worn. Thus, I set up Lilac Jewels. to make dainty and pretty jewellery everyone can afford. Since young, I have always liked crafting. Especially beading. 

Handmade items are way more significant than store-bought ones. I have also aspired to help the less fortunate. Thus, every 20% of my earnings will go to a charity organisation.
  

Jewellery is not overpriced pieces of gold; jewellery is a piece of decoration used to make someone happy and more confident. Behind the scenes is a lowly paid worker struggling to make ends meet just putting the jewellery pieces together. However, small businesses make everything by hand. Even the cards they give out are designed by hand!

Flotation Therapy at Palm Ave Float Club (Kampong Bugis) - Sweet bunny

                                         Palm Avenue Float Club Sign

I received a gift card from my sister for Christmas last year. It was for a 60-minute float at Palm Ave float club for my hubby and myself. We delayed our trip to the float club for several months due to covid-19 but finally decided to go down and utilise the facilities.

We took a cab down to Kallang River Side Park and what looked like an old building in the middle of nowhere was charming when we entered. We were a little lost, but the kind restaurant staff from the Raw Kitchen Bar on the first floor guided us to which lift to take. When we reached the Float Club, we were greeted by a scenic view of Kallang River Side Park; the sight of old banyan trees and tranquil waters from the windows1 just gives you a sense of relaxation and peace.



Lobby area of Palm Avenue Float Club



Floatation Therapy Benefits- When a blissed-out state is attained during floatation therapy. It can improve mental clarity, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. Other benefits of deep relaxation are better sleep and muscle repair. Epsom salt is used in the pod water. The solution is beneficial for your body and mental health.

Things you must note before going for Floatation Therapy- As much as possible, you might want to refrain from shaving before heading down for a floatation therapy session. As the saying goes adding salt to a wound. Shaving might cause micro-cuts, and it will really hurt once the saltwater seeps into an injury and stings. However, the club does provide you with packets of Vaseline, which you can use to seal up any nicks, cuts, or wounds before soaking. Dyeing your hair before soaking is also not advised because the hair colour may run.
 
shower and shower facilities
The staff was very efficient and friendly, and after checking in via safe entry, we were guided to our floatation rooms. The pods were huge! The team showed me all the facilities in the room, like the shower area and floats for the neck because, during floating, some may feel straining their necks, so the float was provided to ease the tension allowing you to fully relax. The water is deep enough to allow you to float, but the depth is nothing to worry about for people like myself who aren’t good swimmers. There are earplugs available to prevent salt from entering your ears. There is also a button within the pod that you could press for assistance from the staff.

closed pod float therapy

open pod float therapy



I started my floating session with a shower before heading into the pod; it is important to cleanse yourself, removing any oil from your hair and body which might create a distracting bubbling sensation. I did not close my pod because I didn’t like the claustrophobic feeling small spaces give me and because I was told that one of the hinges of the pod wasn’t working well. I did not want to risk being stuck in a pod of water.


The warm water has a calming effect. There is relaxing music at the beginning and ambient lighting before it is lights out, and the music stops allowing you to fully relax. To be honest, I began my first couple of minutes playing with the water and enjoying the fact that I could float. I tried a few positions before I could relax for the rest of the hour. The music and lights turned on when the hour was up, so I hopped out of the pod to get a good shower to remove all the salt off my body. The salt crystalises once it dries, so make sure you wash thoroughly.

                                        float therapy



                                          
Hubby was in a separate room and did enjoy his float session. Would we like to go back for another float? Most likely, no, don’t get us wrong, it was enjoyable but at a slightly pricy range of SGD$89.00 an hour for a single float, but it makes a good gift idea for someone you know needs to relax and enjoy this experience.