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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

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Happy SG50!

Happy Golden Jubilee, Singapore!

This year, Singapore celebrates her 50th year of independence and we have been basking in the celebratory mood island-wide. Almost everywhere we go we see signs, banners, posters wishing Singapore Happy SG50. Very happy sight and I like that very much.

I am proud to be a Singaporean. There is where I was born, raised, educated, carved a career and now a place that I build a home with my husband. Because of the political stability, good domestic security and transparency of policies, Queenbels is able to start and have a chance to grow.

Thank you very much to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his team, for building us this wonderful nation.

Happy Birthday Singapore!

Majulah Singapura!

Signed,
Shirley Low

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Support Team Singapore!

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I want to do a shoutout here for our Team Singapore.

Please go support our sportsmen and sportswomen at their events at the 28th SEA Games Singapore!

It is not often that we have such a large scale of sports event in Singapore so it is really worth the time to watch some of these competitive sports live. Tickets are available here.

If you want me to name one sport that I like, it will be swimming. I did swimming solely for exercise purposes for a couple of years, during and after my tertiary education. Almost every weekend, my cousins and I would meet up and swam. We could spend almost 3/4 of the day swimming and then had late lunch then make our way home. I was quite built up at a point when my shoulders were quite broad and I had toned arms.

The school holidays are coming and I think this is a good event to attend on your own for students across all levels and for the parents to bring their younger children. It is a good chance to show them the various sports, how the sports are played and get to know our Team Singapore.

There are very awesome Sea Games merchandises too that I think is worth to collect. Some of the pins feature our landmarks and festivals. And I have got myself a Happy National Day Pin at their store outside Ngee Ann City.

Happy National Day Pin

Happy National Day Pin

And last but not least, the Songs of the Games are really good! Especially ‘Unbreakable‘ which really impressed me and I have it playing on the repeat! Full of fighting spiriting here!

All the best Team Singapore!

Cheers,
Shirley

Thank You Mr Lee Kuan Yew

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Image credit to National Heritage Board. (Photo by Tara Sosrowardoyo, National Museum of Singapore Collection.)

Image credit to National Heritage Board. (Photo by Tara Sosrowardoyo, National Museum of Singapore Collection.)

Dear Mr Lee,

Thank you for everything you have done for Singapore and her people. My friends from overseas said to me that it is my good fortune to be born in Singapore and be in a place where we have good education system, political stability, clean, safe and equality. I agree with them wholeheartedly. It saddens me that you cannot be with us at the NDP 2015 and celebrates SG50. We will remember you and share your story with our next generation.

Love, Shirley

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I pondered awhile if I should share my thoughts above in this space; the official blog of my business or on my personal platform. This blog is afterall a space where I share about the merchandises my shop carries, where I share fashion tips and all other relevant content. Then it dawn on me that a good part why my business exist is because I am in Singapore. Singapore has good infrastructure, political stability, good social security, a comprehensive legislation and transparency of the policies. These are very important factors that affect business operations.

Thank you for building a Nation that allows us to dream and makes realising our dreams possible. Thank you for the good education system that empowers me to develop thinking skills, learn hands-on skills and gain valuable knowledge, which did not have to cost me a sum beyond my low-income means.

During this sad period, the least I can do is to observe silence on all our official social media platforms during the National Mourning period. Just like how I observe solemn when my Grandfather passed away nearly two decades back.

Farewell, Mr Lee.

Singapore Night Festival 2013

This is the sixth year of the Singapore Night Festival but this is only the second time that I have attended.

Singapore Night Festival 2013 @National Museum of Singapore

Singapore Night Festival 2013 @National Museum of Singapore

I have never taken an interest to attend such night events or performances. After a full day’s work in my past corporate job, my remaining energy level was just enough to make it home, had dinner, bathe and sleep.

Last year was the first time I attended the Singapore Night Festival. What attracted me was, the participating museums were opened late into the night. I had never visited a museum in the night time because museums are not opened till that late. There were performances inside the museums and guided tours. I really quite like going to each and every gallery. It seemed the pace was slower and I was able to view each exhibit in more detail.

Most shows start around the same time and some are repeated at a later timing. I like that the festival took place over two weekends because we cannot cover everything in one night. As far as I know, the train operating hours were not extended during the festival. We rely on the public transport to get home so we cannot stay beyond certain hour.

Singapore Night Festival 2013

Singapore Night Festival 2013

This year it took place on 23 & 24 August 2013 and 30 & 31 August 2013, Friday and Saturday respectively. We couldn’t make it to the first weekend. I was pretty overwhelmed with the birthday month celebration in-store specials. To make sure I will not miss the second weekend, I wrapped up earlier on the second Friday. We were slightly late for the light projection at National Museum of Singapore, even though the museum is just across the road from Queenbels. There were some last minute work.

We covered less spots and performances this year. I was quite worn out that day and I had to open the showroom the next day so we just had to make our way back at a not too late hour.

It felt kind of special to have a festival happening around where Queenbels is. The atmosphere is good and I find it pretty cool to be able to walk along closed streets to watch performances. I think this is a festival that is suitable for all ages and you can go with your love ones, friends or even by yourself.

Cheers,
Shirley

Happy 48th Birthday Singapore!

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

Happy Birthday Singapore!

I woke up earlier this morning to draw this birthday card for my country,
Singapore!

Singapore, my home, my country turns 48 years old this year. Every year on the 9th August, the whole nation will celebrate this special day and a National Day Parade will take place at The Float @ Marina Bay.

I have only this to say:

I am proud to be a Singaporean. No matter where I go, this is home truly.

Happy Birthday Singapore!

P.S. The four heart shapes signifies Queenbels’ 4th birthday this August. Queenbels is proud to be an August baby!

Cheers,
Shirley

Bring Your Own Shopping Bag

We kick-start the weekend with a trip to Gardens by the Bay. We are so glad that the sun is staying longer two days before. The rain made the trip impossible last weekend.

I like the Cloud Forest the most. The waterfall is really beautiful.

Gardens By The Bay - Cloud Forest

Gardens By The Bay – Cloud Forest

Before we exit the Cloud Forest, we came to this section, +5 Degrees.

The visuals of how rising temperature around our only home, Earth is affecting everyone in a very negative way. The message is very clear and strong; Saving Gaia.

I have written before how I do my part to reduce waste, do recycling and reuse old products.

One thing I always try to reduce using is paper or plastic bags, especially non-biodegradable plastic products.

The first time I introduced the ‘Bring Your Own Shopping Bag’ reward was at our first mini bazaar. I gave S$1 off the total bill if you bring your own bag for your purchases. The number of paper bags I had to use was greatly reduced.

You may think S$1 off is a tiny amount. It is not about the money, it is about doing our part to reduce waste on our only home, Earth. I think for a start, some kind of token rewards do help to encourage people to bring their own shopping bags.

Before the private showroom was officially launched, I had thought about if I should continue with the ‘Bring Your Own Shopping Bag’ reward. I have this worry that if I don’t provide paper bags, it is not good for the image of the showroom and customers may think I am trying to save on the paper bags.

The visuals that I saw at +5 Degrees reminded me again that I should restart the ‘Bring Your Own Shopping Bag’ reward.

From tomorrow onwards, if you bring your own shopping bag for your purchases at our private showroom, you will enjoy S$1 off the total bill.

A tip to help yourself start bring your own shopping bag:

Find a shopping bag that you love and in your favourite colour.

Most shopping bags are foldable, light-weight, tiny when folded and easy to carry around.

Make it a habit to include it in your essentials things to bring, just like your purse and mobile phone when you head out.

Bring Your Own Shopping Bag and Enjoy S$1 OFF total bill

Bring Your Own Shopping Bag and Enjoy S$1 OFF total bill

Let’s Do Our Part To Save Gaia.

Cheers,
Shirley

Christmas Tree Spotting

Christmas Tree at Takashimaya 2012

Christmas is in the air!

This lighted Christmas tree at Takashimaya Singapore is by far, my favourite.

The yearly Christmas lights in Orchard Road was launched last Saturday. I decided to wrap up Monday’s work with a walk down on Orchard Road. Getting to Orchard Road now takes a much shorter time since it is within walking distance from the showroom.

The walk down on Orchard Road, looking at the Christmas lights, is a yearly activity for my husband and I. It started a few years back when we got our first camera. Christmas in Singapore is a totally different atmosphere comparing to countries with winter and snow. The Christmas lights somehow replace the snow, to me.

Last year was the first time I went to view the “avalanche” and “snow” event at Tanglin Mall. The most beautiful sight wasn’t the “snow”. It was the laughter of the children playing around with the foam and immersing themselves in the wonderful Christmas mood.

Have you gone Christmas tree spotting?

Cheers,
Shirley

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