shopping

Unusual Vending Machines

Gone are the days when we turn to vending machines to satisfy our Hello Panda or Nescafe cravings fix. Vending machines – they are not just for all things edible anymore. I was walking around the all-luxe Robinson’s mall (a $40-million flagship located where the old Heeren was) over the weekend and spotted something interesting amidst all the upscale male fashion brands.

Strategically placed near an oversized leather couch, this machine isn’t difficult to spot. It offers readers three issues (current and back-copies) of August Man – a local men’s luxury lifestyle publication. Priced at $7.90 per issue, I felt this tie-up between a luxury magazine and a mall is so appropriate. After all, this publication seeks to target the more affluent and style conscious individual which most likely fits the profile of a buyer at this Robinson’s outlet.

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This discovery inspired me to find out other unique vending ideas around the world. Here is a short compilation of the more unusual or innovative ones !

1. Egg Vending Machine in Japan 

2. “Sprinkles” Cupcake ATM in US

Honestly, I think I would prefer the traditional retail experience when buying a cupcake. The combination of getting a cupcake from an instant machine just hints tasteless and staleness to me.

3. Lobster Vending Machine in Las Vegas

4. Fresh Salads Vending Machine in Tokyo

5. Gun Vending Machine in South Africa

A New-Zealand based ad agency spearheaded this campaign promoting a gun-free society. The line under “insert coin below” reads” “Your donation will go to the Gun Control Alliance, for a gun-free South Africa”. In a way, it also demonstrates to the public how guns are so easily accessible within the country.

6. Bicycle Vending Machines in Europe

This one is my favourite. Say hello to Bikedispenser! These 24/7 operating stations are scattered around cities in Europe. Commuters can ride from one destination to another and drop the vehicle off at the next nearest dispenser. Singapore should consider implementing this idea at our MRT stations isn’t it? It promotes a greener commuting method and also saves you the hassle of locating a bicycle parking space.

 

 

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Milk Tea

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From the editors of Matilda mag, “we hope to inspire an OMG or WTF, make you contemplate or simply provide accompaniment to your Battleshits session in the loo. Or, feel free to rip us up; bin us; chuck us through your shredder and line your bunny cage with our remnants….”

I picked up a complimentary copy of this local publication at Orchard Gateway last week and really enjoyed reading their quirky feature stories. One section under Fact Bag reads, “In Dongyang, China, there is a well-loved delicacy called “virgin boy eggs” or “tong zi dan”, which are made by soaking and boiling eggs in urine collected from young boys.”

Check out there Facebook page here.

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Anyone knows where Muji milk tea went? It’s been ages since I last saw it on the shelves.

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When there’s a sale, there’s trouble. I came across this white top at COS. Something about the mesh lining I really like. E commented it is slightly baggy so I’m in two minds about it. Plus, it is rather costly to begin with. Whenever there’s an urge to splurge, my 5-day rule sets in. I simply delay gratification by another five more days to see if I still yearn it as much. Of course, this method can also lead to grief when you realized it’s sold out. Oh well….shopping isn’t that therapeutic after all.

Grocery Find

Just came home from grocery shopping. Something caught my eye while I was strolling behind my mum. She was about to buy some ham.

Called the “Handweker”, these sausages must be the finest and most hipster-ish sausages I’ve ever came across. Look at that packaging! The packaging seemed more appropriate for hand cotton towels in my opinion. Anyway, I was eventually sold and bought the Chicken Hotlinks flavour. You guys are goin’ in my tummy tomorrow baby…hope it tastes as good as it looks!

12 Jun Update: Holy guacamole…these sausages are the best I’ve tasted, juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. You should try a pack too. Available at the nearest NTUC near you 🙂

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and on Sundays we rest

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Quote of the week: “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it” – Muhammad Ali

Wow, the past few days have been a complete whirlwind of emotions. From excitement to panic to mental exhaustion and then the feeling of achievement, thank goodness this first week of June is over! A brand new week tomorrow also means a step closer to a very familiar scenario among many of you – entering the rat race! The heat is definitely on. However, the last thing I’d want is to get caught in this slippery career slope that far too many people can unknowingly become trapped in.

I remember receiving my first paycheck a few years ago. I was working full-time for a year with FARM. The amount wasn’t much but quite decent for a Poly grad. I was so excited and decided I needed to reward myself by buying something nice. I splurged on a $100 dress from Massimo Dutti that month. It felt so good and more satisfying than depositing a chunk of my pay in my savings account.

Come this July/Aug, history will repeat itself again. I’ve thought about it and these are two top things on my crave-list!

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1) Everlane’s Coin Pouch in Lake

“Simple, diminutive and useful” – this coin pouch is perfectly convenient for lunch breaks. Available at Everlane store. Based in California, they do not offer direct international shipping as of yet but you can consider using a forwarding service.

2) Code Deco Perfume in George scent

I first came across with this local brand at “Kapok” pop-up store during National Design Centre’s opening. Drawn by their clean and sleek bottles, I randomly reached out for this scent called “George”. The owner describes this scent as suitable for those with “fiery temperaments and soft hearts”, with notes of rose, sweet nutmeg, ginger, peppercorn, vanilla and musk. This fragrance is simply one of its kind.

You can know more about this brand at their online store or In Good Company.

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Have a brilliant week ahead everyone!

 

 

Flea Fly Flo

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Bringing a congregation of talented local artists, designers and budding entrepreneurs in Singapore, Public Flea Garden hosted their occasional flea event at the National Museum over the Easter weekend. We found delight in a carefully curated selection of fashion wear, home & lifestyle items, jewelry, vintage memorabilia, men’s hair grooming products and edibles. I used to frequent flea markets when I was younger but not so much now. Public Flea Garden is a bit different, in a good way. Two of my happiest purchases, as seen above, are the brown medicine bottles and cheeky peanut-shaped cat.

Some of my favourite featured brands: The Paper Pan | Bertha & Biggs | Green Banana