Black Humour Series: Chop Chop Kali Pok & Machiam Flip Prata

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Chop Chop Kali Pok “快快”咖哩宝

[cho-puh cho-puh ka-li-pok] Singlish

Kalipok is a Singlish pronunciation of “Curry Puff” while Chop Chop denotes being in a hurry. The local usage of “chop-chop” goes one step further to become “chop-chop kali pok”, where kali pok is curry puff and has nothing to do with “hurry up” except that the rhymes make the whole phrase sounds phonetically.

“Eh, quick leh, late oreddy. Chop chop kali pok, can?!”

Material: Calico – Eco Cotton with inner fabric
Size: 16 x 11 cm

 

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Machiam Flip Prata “玛酱”翻煎饼

[mah-cham flip pra-ta] Singlish

“Machiam” is a malay term of comparison, equivalent to “like” in English. When used in Singlish, it can seem redundant, but in fact adds emphasis. “Prata” is an actual Indian dish made with dough. The dough is flipped around before being fried and served with curry. Machiam Flip Prata is to describe someone backing out on their words or a statement is deviated from its original meaning.

“Wah lau eh, the story change here and there machiam flip prata”

 

Come swing by to Public Garden, this Saturday and Sunday, 27 & 28 September 2014 at National Museum of Singapore to see more our creations!

Material: Calico – Eco Cotton with inner fabric
Size: 16 x 16 cm

Good Morning Series: zipped pouch

The Good Morning Series has zipped pouch, each pieces are unique to itself with individual characteristic, so you won’t find the identical pieces! This is why I love handmade as they always tend to look different sometimes.

The Good Morning Series are made for the upcoming Public Garden bazaar at National Museum of Singapore on 27 & 28 Sept. Come swing by to say hello~!

More interesting series are coming up each week, stay tuned for more details!

 

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Nostalgic icon: Good Morning! 安早君祝

Good Morning! 祝君早安

Good Morning Towel has been an iconic symbol in Singapore for many years, you can see them everywhere in the early day, on the back of a hard working coolie, uncle washing his face using every morning with the towel and even our auntie use it to wipe anything that it need for…

the towel was so much essential to our daily lives during the early days, so much closer to us that the busy urbanite almost forgot its existence.

Do you know the subtle design of the nostalgic good morning towel?  

The Chinese character (flanked by the double ferns) as well as the number below it, indicates the size of the towel and its thickness. So far, I get to know there are four Chinese characters “新,信,合,好” and its number 96, 97, 98 and 99. The number 96 is the most commonly used number in Singapore. San Seng Co Pte Ltd is  one of the main suppliers for Good Morning towel in Singapore, which distribute mainly the two characters,  Xin “新” and He  “合” with the number 96.

I was inspired by recent SG50, (celebrating 50 years of Singapore) features Singapore icons like the Good morning Towel and I was thinking that I should create something using Good Morning towel, so I use Good Morning Towel to make into a drawstring pouch and the zipped little purse to store knick knacks.

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