Good wishes to Planet Earth 2012

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At the very last day of this year, I couldn't help but think of our life in a bigger scale. Tracing back the sadden memory of massive earthquakes, tsunami, flood, nuclear pollution..etc etc. No matter how disastrous is a natural disaster, earth will still survive through it, but when it is link to a consequence of man-man doing, the damage will propagate and become permanent ultimately. So I wish our planet Earth all the best in 2012.

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Etsy Black Friday! PippiRabbit first holiday sale promotion!

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My very first tryout for PippiRabbit holiday sale! 20% Off on all wristlet & pouches. Hope that everyone will have a great holiday shopping and with a green and conscious mind. Try to buy things that are useful and will expect to be loved by the recipent and not ended up in the attic or storage room until they mold and rot. Just a small reminder..:)

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PippiRabbit new website at PippiRabbit.com!

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Yeah! PippiRabbit.com relaunch today!! A better portfolio site to showcase the latest handmade project in the store. I love my Pippi...more Pippi...variation of Pippi *going crazy..

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Strawberry Bib

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A first try of making baby bib for a colleague of mine who had her first baby girl.

I first had the thought of this design and then went online to find a few example but not exactly what I want. So I went to the fabric store and was happy to find that they actually sell towel fabric which is perfect for the leafs of my strawberry bib and I bought the polka dots red fabric only to realize later that the color will run, next time I'll remember to buy quilting fabric instead which are less prone to color run. It's so cute but too bad I didn't get a chance to photograph the baby wearing it.

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"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish"

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The world seem a little different today when we say goodbye to a great innovator and creator of our time. Thank you for bringing all the beautiful, smart and entertaining electronic products to our life, I'm grateful that I've live in the same time as you for my adulthood to enjoy whatever that you have to offer for this world. Goodbye genius.

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Pippi's Wristlets

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Pippi's Wristlets by PippiRabbit
Pippi's Wristlets, a photo by PippiRabbit on Flickr.
New wristlets design that simply want to look beautifully handmade.

More details from my shop :)

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Quote - Pouch

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Quote-Pouch by PippiRabbit
Quote-Pouch, a photo by PippiRabbit on Flickr.

An enlightenment and reminder from Confucius.

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Urban Retro is for PippiRabbit now!

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Urban Retro by PippiRabbit
Urban Retro, a photo by PippiRabbit on Flickr.
I finally found the word that link with the fashion and design style that's been 'embedded' in me for a long time. Of course the word have been around for a long time but I just never get to relate it to what I like even when I was a graphic designer. But now I have a design direction with words to describe. :) Trying and allowing oneself to be expose to everything is the process of finding the one true self in the end is what I believe now. And did I mention that I love vocal jazz too, now to me it seem to complete my puzzling taste for urban retro..LOL

*This is my latest bag creation of which I think represent me now, happy and totally comfortable with how it was created and completed.

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Obsession with Japanese fabric

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I think I'm officially obsess and in love with japanese linen printed fabric. I just closed my eye and make order of a batch of Kokka fabric after pondering over the high price tag for almost 2 wks before I made my order, knowing that the design is actually left over from last year and will be out of print soon if i still don't buy it. Then after a day I'm drooling over Kokka's new batch of fabric design Ruby Star Spring from Melody Miller for this fall 2011.

OMG...the combination of that color scheme and choice of patterns is totally what i LIKE...a very soothing retro but yet it has a contemporary feel to it, especially attracted to the dragonfly piece which I pasted on top. Argggghhhh....wish someone would buy all my bags then I could use all that money to buy all that lovely fabric..*sob

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Tribute to a clever design in nature

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A summer breeze pass by and the fully bloom dandelion release her white parachutis and take flight to a new distant place...

Dandelion is one such clever design that i've admired for their functional form and aesthetic beauty in our nature. And so I did some small embroidery on my new pouch with this image in mind. I also did a alternate version of this pouch in 'Summer Night' theme with purple and blue color :)

Click here for more details

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iPhone 4 case

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iPhone 4 case by PippiRabbit
iPhone 4 case, a photo by PippiRabbit on Flickr.
PippiRabbit first batch of iPhone 4 case. I've use these japanese import fabric from Echino by Etsuko Furuya, the fabric color (esp. the banana yellow and eggplant purple) are simply lovely and striking combine with that minimalist retro style symbol of bus and car, I call this 'simply cool retro'. Just hope that people who love fabric good will appreciate them too.

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Amelia with Black Helicopter Tote

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Think I'm more comfortable with my new illustration style now. Here's another promo illustration for my new bag. weeeeeeee....

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Patties Wristlet with mushrooms

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Finally finish the rest of this wristlet after returning from my Korea trip. I made a mockup of this version previously and brought it along to Korea and find it really useful to keep my phone, passport, dollar notes (especially foreign dollars that are longer than singapore's version). Will try to come up with another fabric choice soon if I get good respond for this..hmm..

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8 Days Korea + Jeju Discovery Tour (Spring)

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Visited Korea with my family this April on SA Tour package. I tried to do some research on actual user feedback before my trip but didn't get much result, so I've decided to share my experience in my blog now for people who're interested in this tour package.

Price Paid

  • Package Price $1748(inclusive of $318 airport/fuel tax)
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Tour leader, Driver in total USD$44
  • Printed photographs by local photographer who not only take pictures but also assisted and helping to guide the group of 31pax in our case = S$132 for about 26 photos
  • Minimum Currency exchanged in my case for 3 adults on meals, snack and minimum shopping for local souvenir = S$650


It's a 7hrs flight on Asiana airline from Singapore to Seoul International airport. And I had my first Korean meal for this trip on the plane - Bibimbap!

The flight was at 10pm and it's actually consider as 1 Day out of the 8 Days, the actual days that we're in Korea is actually 6 and half day strategically speaking because on the 8th day, the departure flight was at 4pm.



Scenic View
Was told by the local tour guide that we've chosen a very good timing for this spring season (12th-19th April 2011) to visit Korea for it's blooming flowers and cooling weather. Especially delighted to see the much anticipated Cherry Blossom and bright yellow canola blossoms almost everywhere we go, be it on a road side passage or even a spacious field in Jeju. Everyone in the tour group just went crazy over taking picture amongst the flowers. Look at the camera and say "Kim Chi" instead of cheese...

The cable car ride at Yongpyong Dragon Peak to the top of Mt. Balwang (1,459m) was quit spectacular and we're lucky that the cable car was in operation when we reached, which is the reason why they didn't include the cost of this ride to the package in the first place I guess as it depends highly on the weather and wind speed etc. There're still snows on the naked tree branches and left over snow on the mountain slope even now in April. The cable car went up and down over 3 mountain to reach the top. The temperature on top is simply freezing but beautiful!



Experience Local Tour Guide
Our local tour guide was from a local tour agency that only deal with Singaporeans group referred by either SA Tour or CTC Tour agency. She is half taiwanese and half Korean, speak fluent mandarin and equipped with 14yrs of guide experience. We're fortunate to have her as out tour guide because her knowledge, social and organization skill is highly praised by all of us, which makes up for the value of this tour experience. She is always sharing with us her health knowledge, advice on traveling, the local cultures among common families and even tips on what to shop for, what snacks to try and the kind of mentality we should have for a more enjoyable tour experience. Thank you Ms Ellena Kim.

Food Culture
The meals included for this trip let you try some of the most authentic korean cuisine in their food culture such as BBQ Black Pig - Pork, abalone seafood steam boat, Jin Sheng chicken, Bibimbap and Kim Chi as side dish in every meal. I can simply summarize the cooking style of Korean cuisine as BBQ, steam boat, blend and mix boiled vegetables and Kim Chi all the way...LOL. You simple don't find traditional Korean food with deep fried or stir fry. Considered a very healthy diet and choice of cooking style. It was known that Korean had the lowest risk for stroke and colon cancer in Asia as emphasized by Ms Kim.

Kim-Chi making class
Hands on experience
Beside looking, eating and shopping, we actually have some so call hands-on experience such as Farm activity(milk and feed the cow, horse ride with photographing $$, plucking Strawberry), Ice-cream making (too tiring and time consuming, don't think will try at home at all), Kim-chi making (help to spread the marinated sauce on the white cabbage without knowing the actual ingredient - trade secret! Just want to promote and sell their product), wear the traditional costume for photo taking, Ice-sculpting with very limited time and lot's of strength working on a block of ice. Facial lesson that promote the goodness of Korean uniquely invented facial care products (very tempting promises that will clear all your wrinkles, dark spot, black heads..etc). And I had my first experience with public hot spring pool... with lots of naked ladies... hmmm.. memorable....

Everland
Fun experience?
Visited Everland on the first day in Korea after a tiring night flight and bus ride. It was a Wednesday, so the crowd is still consider small if compared to weekends, which gave us the advantage of not wasting too much time when queueing for rides. All the staffs and guides in the theme park are trained to waves both their hands in gestures that resemble "nothing nothing" at all visiter to symbolize " welcome welcome". There's a lot of teenagers in school uniform on school excursion obviously. Most of the rides are suitable for all age group.. hmm..ya..that's about it.
Lotte World

We also visit Lotte World on a different day in the evening this time but only for a short while... hmm..little train rides, laser show...that's about it too.. not much impression on that... maybe I'm already too old for this kind of fun land or we wasn't given enough time to explore before it close for the day...








Shopping
Street shopping for snacks and souvenirs is quite straight forward even if you dun know their language, simple point your finger at what you want if it's a food stall or bring the souvenir to the cashier. But if you're shopping for fashion wear which you need assistant for sizes or color variation would be more challenging because korean shop owner simply don't have that kind of patience for non-korean speaking tourist shown in their face! Yeah! that's the bold and straight forward korean style!

Conclusion
Korea is definitely a country worth visiting for the first time. And I'm fairly satisfied with my tour package arrangement, especially the local tour guide. I think she did a great job in introducing her country from a fair perspective! I've took a few hours to think and write this piece of blog and hope it helps some people on their research. Cheers!

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Organic Veg

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Found that my local supermarket is starting to sell slightly cheaper organic veg. (still a bit more ex. than those non-organic one) from neighboring country - Malaysia, which is definitely something that I'll support whenever i can as long as it fit my budget. All for the good of our earth...even though our dear mother nature have been very cruel towards mankind in the recent Japan earthquake. 

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Amelie with Piglets Square Tote

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I'm always troubled with how to model my bag without taking my own picture, which I tried to avoid at all time. So finally, here she is...Amelie

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A small recycling effort

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I've used 3 pretty packaging boxes originally for tea leaves as my sewing accessories container... make my sewing table look neater now. One for the wooded clips, one for the pin cushion and one for the sewing foots and measuring tapes. ☺

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Pippi Rabbit Year!

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It's the year of the Rabbit now! My favorite zodiac animal out of the 12 so I've found this super cute Rabbit red packets to give away to little nephew and cousins.

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WELCOME 010111

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A new diary for a brand new year again. Diary or rather the yearly planner is something that I use for scribbling plans for near future, review what I've done along the year and doodle my ideas and sketch out new bags design. Something that is physically hard copy and cannot be replace by any advance iPhone app or any digital application.

May we all have a colorful and memorable brand new sparkling rabbit year - 2011

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