Christmas is all about the joy of giving (and receiving). I was rather privileged to be able to participate and win on several giveaways, so much so that I felt inclined to give back. With mere days left before the big day, I am quite sure many are frantically searching for the right gifts for the special person, close friends and family.
Questions like ‘What to get?’ or ‘Is this good?‘ or ‘How realistic is this?‘ will undoubtedly make finding the right present an arduous task.
With these in mind, I thought, why not make life easier and help narrow down options? Why not help address your physical needs, emotional needs and intellectual capacity? Why not go local, support local?
Here are my top three choices:
RUGGSAC prides themselves in intricately fusing their ingenious way of problem-solving with their forte of creating bags befitting modern trends. Equipped with an amiable attitude, RUGGSAC offers not only excellent bag designs but also swift customer service.
I am beyond overjoyed when I received the above Blue Haro laptop sleeve ($38). The series of laptop sleeves was released earlier in September and has gained quite some popularity, not only for its variety of designs but also for its versatility – From how I see it, it acts as both a laptop sleeve and a clutch. And did you know, the velcro used was specially developed? It does not scratch your laptop screens and does not catch thread or clothing.
We can never really run out of bags to use. And if a bag screams fashion, I’d say go for it. Meanwhile, I have successfully collaborated with RUGGSAC and as such quote “lerology” to receive a 10% discount!!!
View more at https://ruggsac.com/
I like food. That is a fact. Nothing pleases me more emotionally and physically (yes, I address the emotional aspect first) whenever I am served good food – salads, mains, desserts, snacks etc. So when I received the Boufé Christmas Hamper ($39.90), I almost cried.
Located in Phoenix Park, Boufé (pronounced as Bou-fay, not buffet) Boutique Café, is the brainchild of Erick Wang, Sean Lee and Dennis Lim. Opened in early 2015, Boufé is one of the most relaxing and hipster place for one to indulge in great café delights.
With Christmas around the corner, Boufé offers not only a celebratory Christmas Hamper but also a special Christmas exclusive menu. While I was unable to savour everything during my visit there, I made it a point to order their Christmas dessert – Milky Way ($8.50++).
Milky Way is a white chocolate yoghurt mousse, with honey genoise (an Italian sponge cake named after Genova), chocolate sable (the crispy biscuit base), calamansi jelly. This dish is not only aesthetically pleasing but also presents an out of this world explosion of sweet goodness and a slight hint of tanginess.
Boufé Christmas Hamper and Christmas Menu will only be available till the 30th December.
Check out more at http://www.boufesg.com/
3) Kappa Quartet by Daryl Qilin Yam
As an aspiring writer and host, I am inclined to surround myself with loads of reading materials. Perhaps it is for the love of language, perhaps it is for the sake of self-improvement, or perhaps it is a great pastime. Then again, nothing really beats having a good novel in lap and a hot coffee in hand.
What I am recommending is a title that I have been eyeing on for quite some time, and I finally managed to grab a copy of it at the Singapore Writers Festival early November.
Introducing: Kappa Quartet ($24.90)
Synopsis: Kevin is a young man without a soul, holidaying in Tokyo; Mr Five, the enigmatic kappa, is the man he so happens to meet. Little does Kevin know that kappas—the river demons of Japanese folklore—desire nothing more than the souls of other humans. Set between Singapore and Japan, Kappa Quartet is split into eight discrete sections, tracing the rippling effects of this chance encounter across a host of other characters, connected and bound to one another in ways both strange and serendipitous. Together they ask one another: what does it mean to be in possession of something nobody has seen before?
There is something about Daryl’s work that intrigues me. The way he meticulously strings characters to characters from one chapter to another is itself a work of art filled with many discoveries. While one expects such a plot to be a complete mess, Daryl has proven himself to be quite the concise and skilful storyteller, capable of crystalline prose and enthralling content. It is no wonder that Kappa Quartet was longlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2015.
Purchase this book here: http://shop.epigrambooks.sg/collections/fiction/products/kappa-quartet
With all these said, I have a wonderful piece of news to tell you guys.
One of my poetry is getting P.U.B.L.I.S.H.E.D!!!
I am beyond ecstatic. Stay tuned early next year for the publication! Meanwhile, the prowl for part-time jobs carries on!
Here’s from me to you,