First fleamarket was at Lai Chun Yuen, the old opera house on Smith Street. They converted it into a heritage museum, with some space for merchants to sell their stuff. We got there at the right time. It was the opening and there was even a Chinese musical ensemble playing. Nice. (photo courtesy of dishondesign)
Singapore via Cubao X. Went exploring with friends last Saturday. Our agenda was to go to two flea markets in Chinatown. But first, brunch.
We had it at this little hole in the wall called Casual Poet, which is located on the third floor of an old building on New Bridge Road in Chinatown. Said building reminded me of those old apartments in Sampaloc, Manila, with a lot of vendors selling their wares at street level and there’s just one narrow door that opens up to a narrow staircase going up. For light, there would be a bare lightbulb hanging by its wire from the ceiling.
Casual Poet’s building wasn’t as dilapidated and scary as the ones in some quarters of Manila, but it was close. And when you get to the third floor, you get this big space, filled with well-edited and curated design curios and stuff. If you transplanted the whole place to Cubao X, it really wouldn’t look out of place. I don’t know how they make money though coz it’s hard to find and the whole time we were there, from 10am-1pm, there weren’t any other customers. (photo courtesy of dishondesign)
Oops, I’ve been delinquent. I haven’t posted in so long. I see that my last entry was about my new niece. So cuuute. Anyways, to make up for it, will post some photos of what I’ve been up to for the past month.
Like this: An exhibit of the works of Verner Panton—he of the iconic chair Panton or S chair—at the Singapore National Museum. The one in the photo is the Visiona II, which is this surreal living space that he built in 1970 for the Cologne Fair. There’s a replica of it in the museum and you can go in and sit inside. You’re actually encouraged to go in and sit. At the press preview, we were inside for about 20 minutes. Cool, yes? The exhibit is until May 12 (photo courtesy of dishondesign)
Gift shop at the TCDC, where I think the Coven and the D&M will drool over the fab stuff, hehe…I love the red&blue canvas tote with the whale design seen on the bottom right. But I couldn’t buy coz it was freaking expensive! Around 3,500 baht! Too frakking overpriced, but it was cute and big enough for all the junk I put in my bag. Haay, next time…
This one is a divider made up of paper plates at the Thailand Creative and Design Center, where they also have a very state-of-the-art, kickass, up-to-the-minute design library that will make design-mad friends (that’s you, twin!) froth at the mouth with envy. The TCDC lib had all the latest design and archi books and magazines, a DVD library for members who want to while the afternoon away watching movies, and Macs for those who need to surf, write, or just watch YouTube, hehe…Too bad I don’t have a shot of the library. I must have deleted it. My bad!
These are actual kitchen utensils fashioned into chandeliers. Seen at Favola, the Italian resto in le Meridien Chiang Rai. Cute ‘no?
Just some images that I really liked during the trip. This is the lighting fixtures above the bar in Bamboo Chic of Le Meridien Bangkok…