friday flora

Dearest ______,

Last Friday (after work), I felt like visiting one of my favorite spots in Singapore.
That is, the stretch of flower markets along Thomson Road.

As of late, I find that the most perfect way to cap days off would be to be surrounded by the simplest things at home- clean beddings, a bunch of beautiful flowers, some nice crockery…

20140614-004907-2947304.jpg I started last Friday’s table bouquet with a stunning bunch of flowers that looked like vegetables. Cabbages, to be exact.

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geraldine, the quaint

Dearest ______,

Whenever I hear the word quaint, I think of Victorian chintz, fine bone china with gold inlay, an English garden, Miss Marple’s home in St. Marymead, and now, the quiet little town of Geraldine in New Zealand’s southern isles.

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On the way to Lake Tekapo for our friends’ wedding, we stopped after a couple of hours from Christchurch to get brunch at this highly- recommended place in Geraldine called Verde Cafe and Deli.

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gardens by the bay at night

Dearest ______,

Some say it’s best to visit Gardens by the Bay during the day, when you can actually see everything; when your pictures come out more punchy thus less reliant on phone camera filters.

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Some months ago, the office went to the GBB right after work; as the sun was about to set. Because colors or shapes are indeed less pronounced in the dark, night time lent the garden an air of mystery and maybe a little bit of magic.

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happy bunch

Dearest ______,

Here’s quite the happy little bunch to wish you and your loved ones

the happiest of New Years to come!

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1) Baby’s Breath
2) Orange ombre Carnations
3) Statice (a.k.a. Everlasting) in rich purple
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From that Christmassy bouquet I did last week, I managed to salvage the green leaves which were still in surprisingly good (read: live) condition.  What’s great about Statice flowers is that they pretty much stay this way (read: live and still rich in colour) for weeks at a time!
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I found a crystal necklace on my dresser that had the same colour scheme with the lively bouquet, so I opted to just hang it on the arrangement for a little element of “something else”. (This crystal vase was a wedding present from Crate and Barrel)
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Mandarin oranges strewn below the happy bouquet to add a touch of the Singaporean Chinese New Year (which is only a few weeks away, coincidentally) to this equally festive day.

Love,

Karlita

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a christmassy bouquet

Dearest ______,

As you may gather from my past letters to you, I truly believe that anything is better with flowers around. On Christmas Eve the other day, I decided to go down the flower markets along Thompson Road again to get something nice for our humble Christmas dinner table at home.

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Pale- looking pots of Poinsettia didn’t exactly spell “jolly ol’ time of the year” for me, when I initially planned on getting one or two of those. I scrapped the idea and decided on doing one of my random bouquet arrangements instead.

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white roses and some pink

Dearest ______,

One of my favourite people in the world just had a birthday last week and a bouquet of her favourite blooms was in order.

I’d already asked her a while back what flowers she liked best and remembered her saying they were white roses. I intend to keep some form of journal to keep track of what flowers people like. Just so.

Remember when you were younger and it seemed the most crucial thing to know what your friends’ favourite colors were? Just so.

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Without taking it too literally, I wanted to put some pink with her white roses. Pink being one of the colors she really likes.

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