Not sure where on earth this simile is going but you get the idea, yo.
Anyway, I’ve been having problems with my vision lately, so I decided it was time to get a new pair of spectacles!
Through recommendations from Togusa, I visited New China Opticians, a shop famous for vintage and quirky frames for those in the know.
I settled for some round frames because my face is rather angular in all the wrong ways, so I figured a round frame would balance it out.
Stole this photo from NCO’s Facebook page. Thanks Wendy!
The shop is, for want of a better word, cluttered, but in all the right ways. This is the closest a Muggle can get to Ollivanders, okay? I apologise for the rather lacklustre photos this time round because I could only snap a few quick shots with my phone.
Frames are stuffed into every nook and cranny, and the kind Uncle Tony (aka the Towkay) let me run free in the shop! So I spent an hour poking through almost everything…
It took about an hour for my spectacles to be ready, and Wendy and Tony kept me entertained the whole time, regaling me with funny anecdotes.
While I was loitering, the shop saw a steady stream of customers, both new and old. It was like everyone was a part of a group or something, strangers striking up conversations over frames and their shared love for something unique.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve met a friendlier optician or a shop that has made me feel so at home.
For those who are interested in the history and people behind NCO, fret not! I have taken the liberty to
harass ask Uncle Tony.
The shop was first set up as a branch of Daming Optical in 1925, but after WWII, the two split ways. Since then, NCO has been passed down a few generations, with Uncle Tony taking over 8 years ago. NCO is no stranger to famous names, with the likes of Bobby Tonelli, Joanne Peh, Rebecca Lim, and even political figures as their loyal customers.
The shop is infused with so much nostalgia, perfect for people who miss the yesteryears. Even the spectacle case and cloth features a print of a mural that has been in the shop since 1995!
The frames are sourced from all over the world, and Uncle Tony says that most of them are “dead stock”, and you probably can’t find them elsewhere.
So, if you’re looking for a pair of reasonably priced yet unique frame, head on down to New China Opticians!
They are located at:
3 Coleman Street, #B1-12 Peninsular Shopping Complex
Singapore, Singapore 179804
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I’ve always been a middling sort of person: not always pleasant, but not particularly vile. My grades in primary school were okay, and I was placed in an advanced class. Books were my best friends; I lost myself in fantasy worlds, preferring to exist in fictional universes rather than my own reality. I never really fit in, even at the age of 7. Sometimes accepted by peers, other times ostracized and bullied. Pretty average stuff. But, come on, who can truly say that they have always fitted in? Read the rest of this entry »
Having a bad hair day, literally? Step into Japanese salon PACT+LIM for a hairdressing experience that makes the cut. Nestled in a quiet corner of Orchard Central, the sister salon of KIZUKI+LIM at Raffles Arcade strikes you at first look with its unique greenhouse-inspired interior. The contemporary and minimalist concept of LIM (an acronym for Less Is More) manifests itself in the salon’s unfinished raw concrete walls and flooring, furniture that utilises clean geometrical lines and floor-sweeping glass windows which allow natural light to flood in – the outcome is an organic space conducive to its stylists for experimenting and coming up with new creations. Spacious, open and uncluttered, it is a haven of sorts in a densely populated district.
There are a variety of hair services to choose from on the menu and the Japanese stylists are friendly and helpful – I was served by Osaka-born So, a real character with a funky sense of fashion and a colourful personality. An experienced professional, he is serious when it comes to his work as his cheerful expression instantly turns solemn when he meticulously studies the condition of your hair, getting a feel of it and lightly tossing it to see how it moves. A natural conversationalist, he raves animatedly about how he can’t wait to visit Disneyland when he goes back home for his annual summer vacation. Acknowledging that language does pose as a barrier, So earnestly says that he’s been spending his weekends studying his primary school English textbooks. Way to go, So! At the end of the session, the stylists go the extra mile by teaching you how to style your hairdo by yourself after you get home. If you like this place, be sure to hang around the adjoining Kilo or K.I.N for food and shopping respectively.
PACT+LIM is at 181 Orchard Road #02-17/18/19 Orchard Central
For more details visit their website at http://www.lessismore.co.jp/pact
(This is not a sponsored post, it just that good.)
A classmate recently asked me for some style tips, and I was at a loss. How do I style a super buffed dude twice my height? And different people have different tastes and preferences, right? So I had no proper answer for him that day. Upon careful thought, I drew out these totally professional guidelines you should totally follow to the T or risk being eviscerated by the Fashion Monster:
1 ) wear something that is comfortable or at least something that doesn’t reduce you into a squirming mass of misery, because if you don’t feel good in something, it will probably make you feel really miserable the whole time. This probably doesn’t apply to Haute couture and all that, but I’m talking about your daily outfits. You need to be able to move comfortably without breaking all your toes with every step… Unless you’re into that sort of thing. No judgement here.
2) Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles. Sometimes I worry about people scoffing at whatever ensemble I decide to throw on that day. But hey, if it makes me happy, why not, right? I can be a girly 50s girl one day, and an androgynous charmer (ahem) the next. That’s what makes fashion so fun: you can be whoever you want.
3) Put in some effort: this sounds like common sense, but the amount of times I’ve seen well-dressed people ruin their outfit with a pair of unfortunate footwear coughcrocscough… However, if you decide that Crocs are your statement piece, why not pair it with neon coloured clothes and go all out? Maybe Clown Chic is going to be the next trend, you’ll never know 😉
4) Don’t take me seriously, I’m just messing around with you.
Ivory and Raven aren’t doing too well because sometimes, the real world is just too much for Martians to handle. And all Raven wants right now is to self-medicate with the wondrous drug human beings call dessert. So here’s a food post introducing La Maison from Japan!
No, this post was not written on an empty stomach.
La Maison’s specialty are their divine tarts. They already look almost too good to be eaten and you’ll find that they’re mighty delicious too, once you’re done admiring how pretty they look (and taking a gazillion Instagram pictures).
If you’re hungry for more, you could a. order 2 tarts, or b. try their main courses. They serve hearty warm dishes like hamburg steak, beef stroganoff and pasta – I had the seafood paella.
Check out the full menu here: http://www.la-maison.jp/index.html
I ate at the La Maison branch at LUMINE Ikebukuro which can be accessed directly from the JR Ikebukuro station. LUMINE is also a great place to shop at. It’s on the 5th floor and opening hours are 11:00 to 21.30!
Is it common to feel like your life is steering you, instead of you being the one in control?
I feel like I have no right to suggest what people should wear and give tips or advice when my whole life is in shambles.
But that’s just self-pity talking. I’ll pick myself up and resume blogging soon. Possibly alone since R is a lot busier than I am. Hope anyone reading this will forgive us.