As my boyfriend is on a 20hr flight to Greece as we speak, I spent Hari Raya alone in the West (cos it didn’t make sense to travel back and forth just for a day) and instead of emo-ing and cooping myself up in my room, I decided to head out to Jurong Point, determined to have a good time. So armed with a book in hand, I sussed out Starbucks, bought myself a Dark Cherry Mocha Frap and a quiche and plopped myself down and started reading.
My book of choice was Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated and I am about 150 pages in.
Pretty good so far, reminded me a little of Middlesex with the whole,” tracing my lineage” theme. Seems like Greek and Jewish writers are very preoccupied with origins.
What was strange was that Foer created this character Alexander who speaks on behalf of the reader. So he reads Foer’s book and asks questions that we would ask and he communicates with Foer (who himself is a character in the book). So there is this really weird distinction going on between Foer the writer and Foer the character as well as Alex who in many ways is like another Foer ‘self.’ There’s abit of a Me Myself and Irene vibe going on that is tad confusing. But that being said, I think the main plot that revolves around Brod is compelling and like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, there are many beautiful enigmatic moments created. I’ll like to share a quote that really spoke to me:
If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it heavy walls, and we will furnish it with soft red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweler’s felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.
That was a ‘wow’ moment for me.
Yup. So after reading for about 2hours I relinquished my seat and went to walk around. Despite staying near JP, I’ve never really had time to shop around till today and I have to say that I am impressed with the selection of shops there especially shoe shops. My gosh there’s Mitju, Pretty Fit, Charles and Keith, Nodo, Mondo, Rubi, Anna Nucci, the list goes on. It is insane.
Anyhow, my first stop was to BodyShop to get me some of that detangling spray that Ruth got in her Bodyshop haul. And I was in luck because of the Hari Raya holiday, there was 20% storewide so I got it at around $14-16 (I can’t quite remb the price cos I don’t keep receipts. Oops) Not sure about whether it is an effective detangler cos there didn’t seem to have much effect when I spritz some in my hair but I guess the results aren’t instant and it’ll take some time to work (not to mention that my hair ends are super curly and mangly). But the scent is so damn niceeee! It’s like juicy blackcurrent aka ribena scent all over your hair (ok, maybe some of you girls might find it weird but I love it)!
So after BodyShop, I passed by a nail place along the stretch where New York New York is and they had an express mani service for $6 so I figured, why not? I haven’t painted my nails in awhile and I deserved some pampering! So yay to pretty purple nails!
The colour turned out alot brighter in the picture. What I’ve got on my nails is more lavender purple. For the life of me, I can’t remb the name of the nail place. It’s this open-air concept place which also does makeup and hair services if I’m not mistaken. Anyhow, service was great. The person who attended to me was chatty and approachable despite my very limited Chinese. She shaped my nails square, just the way I like it and she did a pretty meticulous job. And she continued chatting with me while I waited for my nails to dry so that was pretty fun. Also, I got to witness an expert do makeup on a client for some wedding party. I’ve never seen something like that upclose before. Pretty cool! Especially eyeshadow application. These experts make it look so easy. Sigh.
Ok, after painting my nails I had to buy something for my Geog picnic tomorrow so I headed to a Famous Amos outlet and got choc chip and pecan cookies! Yum. (Of course I sneaked a bite here and there lol. It’s just hard not to.)
Then I popped into Stationery Island to look at pretty planners. Like Ruth, I absolutely love decorating my planner and I am one of those crazy people that have to pencil in assignments and meetups into an organizer the minute I hear about it so this was my heaven. And I emerged a happy happy woman because I didn’t buy something for myself but for a friend. Nothing makes me happier than surprising people with gifts and I am pretty darn sure that she’ll like what I bought cos as I flipped through it, my mind was screaming “OMGOMGOMG I need to get this for Chell”. Lol. I won’t delay the suspense further and show you what it is:
It is a planner that features 64 photos taken of Berlin for each week! I cannot wait to give this to her and see her reaction! YAY to surprises and making people happy!
Haha and to round up my trip to JP, my last stop was at Dano (which was really quite random) cos a ruffled sweater caught my eye and I just had to have it. So there we go, another $33 flew out of my pocket but I have never been happier (I totally understand how Becky Bloomwood feels) clutching the paper bag in my hand knowing that the sweater is now MINE.
Isn’t it so pretty? I absolutely love the ruffles and to merge it with cardigans, my other great love (I have a HUGE love affair with cardigans. God knows how many I have in my closet), that is just a match made in heaven. Too good to be true girls.
So that pretty much sums up my day! Me glowing from happiness because of my pretty nails and the awesome shopping I managed to squeeze in, and also from the reading and me time that is so hard to come by. What a luxury it is to be able to sip coffee, contemplate and just see the world go by. I got a taste of it today.
And what I most love about today? The fact that I can walk the whole of JP and be incognito. To don Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak and just be free to do whatever I wanna do and not feel rushed to hand in assignments or meet people, not having to answer phonecalls or smses. How I savoured this feeling. The feeling of independence and absolute freedom. For lack of a better word, today was just AWESOME!
Posted on November 18, 2010, in 2010, Books, Fashion, Life, Literature, Review and tagged Bodyshop, dano, everything is illuminated, jonathan safran foer, me time, Nails, OOTD, Shopping, stationary island. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.