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WHIMSIGIRL IN PLAYTIME NY 2015

March 12, 2015

playtime new york 2015 whimsigirl playtime new york 2015 whimsigirlWE WERE IN NEW YORKKKKKK!!! fuh. okay needed to get that out of the system because it was so surreal! We got the amazing opportunity to join Playtime NY last weekend and it was an absolute experience. The show + the city + the people + being there during winter, it was just !!! all the way

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One of the boards that we brought from KL broke i half when we got there, of course. So we had to go to the nearest hardware store and bring it to our hotel. i know it looks like a thin paper, but TRUST ME, it is heavier than it actually looks -_-

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Event days

The three days at Playtime were filled with meeting new faces, talking to familiar brands that we looked up to, as well people that we shamelessly stalked online! Everyone was sharing on how they broke into the industry and was open in giving good advices to us newbies 🙂 So many inspirations all around

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Even though work was still there, but Hannah and I were always sneaking some time to see the city!

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love,
sarathira

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Whimsigirl in London : Kew Gardens & South Kensington

December 23, 2014

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I’ve been talking to some close friends on how the travel series have brought back such good/weird stories from when we used to be there together. So I really wanted to save and keep these few spots that stands out in their own special ways, for the last London post. Make sure to scroll all the way down to find a surprise video, because we saved the best for last 🙂

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I was blown away by Kew Gardens. The 300 acre park is filled with glass houses, countless plants and gardens to wander through. The highlight was when we climbed up 59 feet to the Xstrata Treetop Walkway + going into the Tropical Desert Zone (as above).  I’ve never seen cactuses so big and mighty before!

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This was the first ever museum I visited when I came to London and it was just… WOAH. Something about reading the facts on animals and historical stories at a museum, sticks longer in your brain that textbooks can never uphold. Especially since kids can even sleepover at the museum on selected nights. I mean, the mega-sized mammals and animals on the verge of extinction are definitely something to experience yourself! Truth be told, I took pictures with them all. Notice i said WITH instead of OF?  hehe

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Anthropologie is just the kind of store that you need to step into to get your weekly happy dosage. Their main store on Regents St is the biggest, but the one on Kings Rd has it’s own character as well. Plus! There’s a gallery attached to the store which held numerous workshops and exhibitions before. Chilldren’s design shop, Molly Meg did a pop-up there a few months back and I luckily got the chance to help out with Corby Tindersticks for their workshop. It was such a hit with the kids!

Dri Dri is just a block away if you’re in the mood for gelato, and there’s always the Duke of York Farmers Market on Saturdays if you’re feeling hungry.

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How can I NOT put this in? but if you’re short of time, just skip the whole overpriced Portobello Rd market  antiques, and just make your way alllll the way down down. The good stuff only starts from the middle of the market. You just buy food from the vendors, sit on the street, listen to the street music that’s playing in the background, and have another round of dessert. Your Saturday morning, sorted.

I know it must be overwhelming to see our travel updates every week, heh? So i’m going to just  give you a breather and start with Paris only in January 🙂

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You can see our travels in action in this short video that meel made for us. Talk to you soon, happy holidays!!

love,
sarathira


Good to know
1) Kew Gardens – Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
– From now until 31 January, entry to Kew is just £9.50 & children under 17 are admitted free to the park with a paying adult.
2) National History Museum – Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD
– Entry to the Natural History Museum is free
4) Anthropologie – 131-141 King’s Road London SW3 4PW
5) Portobello Road market – Portobello Rd London W11 2DY

Photos by Sarathira
Video by Meel Lao

Little Adventures - Travel Series

Whimsigirl in London : Waterloo, Southbank & Borough

December 16, 2014

Whimsigirl in London Southbank river, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Wahaca, Borugh market

We’ve come to the second last part of our travel series in London and it’s an exciting one! I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with the places because they’re sandwiched between the major tourist attractions and historical buildings. But I’m going to cover them anyways because they really are too good to skip 🙂

Whimsigirl in London Southbank river, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Wahaca, Borugh market map illustration

Whimsigirl in London Southbank river, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Wahaca, Borugh market

Whether you need some peace and quite OR an exciting evening outing, South Bank is the place to be. As you walk along the riverside, you’ll find stalls selling ice-cream pops, an outdoor skatepark, pop-up restaurants, vendors selling popcorns and candies, and even a festive carousel! The Jubilee Gardens playground right in front of London Eye is JUST the coolest playground. Only kids under 11 years old are allowed though, otherwise we big kids would have went to town.

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There are plenty of things usually lined up over at Southbank Centre on a weekly/monthly basis. So be sure to check their website on what they have going on before you go! It’s so good that most of the activities are so interactive and colourful, as if they purposely wanted the kids to enjoy it as much as the adults do. You could literally spend the whole day just walking & stopping as you please 🙂

Whimsigirl in London Southbank river, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Wahaca, Borugh market

Whimsigirl in London Southbank river, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Wahaca, Borugh market

Right beside the Southbank Centre, Wahaca is this container restaurant which serves good mexican food. It’s perfect for sharing because they encourage you to order two/three small dishes. That way, you’ll have 8 dishes to try between the four of you 🙂 I keep on coming back because it’s kind of a thrill to know you’re eating in a container (hehe) AND because it overlooks the river, you get the best sunset view during dinner.

Whimsigirl in London Southbank river, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Wahaca, Borugh market

I really hope that Malaysia would have more museums that host continuous exhibitions that would interest not just the adults, but kids as well. That would be so good. I’ve been to a few shows at Tate Modern, but the one that really had an impact on me is the one that Yayoi Kusama did two years back. There was a section for everyone to see her original installations and see what her creative process was like. It blew my mind, BUT! it’s not really something that kids would enjoy, per se.

That’s why there was another section for the kids, where they were given free stickers to just go wild and stick them wherever they wanted in the white room. Yayoi Kusama is the queen of polka dots and psychedelic colors, so they wanted the kids to participate and to see theirrr take on the subject. Fav exhibtion evah!

Whimsigirl in London Southbank river, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Wahaca, Borugh market

You must make it your priority to eat this at least once in your life, okay? THAT cheesy potatoes at Borough Market is the best thing since slice bread. Just imagine a plate of baked potatoes topped with cheese. Not just plain ol cheese, it’s cheese that’s put under heat and the melted top part will be scraped onto your plate. OH MY. I am now officially hungry.

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Don’t forget to check back because there will be a Travel series video that will accompany the next post! See you!

love,
sarathira


Good to know
1) Southbank Centre – Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
2) Wahaca – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
3) Tate Modern – Bankside London SE1 9TG

4) Borough Market (closed on Sundays) – 8 Southwark Street London SE1 1TL

 

Little Adventures - Travel Series

Whimsigirl in London : SOHO & Covent Garden

December 12, 2014

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I know I’ve covered plenty of food options that could probably last you a lifetime in the previous posts(heee) but honestly you guys, when the weather is below 10degrees, your appetite goes wild and you find yourself wanting to eat, drink, or eat AND drink, every alternate hour! That’s exactly all that we did, and THIS is the time to try them all. Thank god for all the loose layerings!

Whimsigirl in London Covent garden SOHO Masala Zone Transport Museum Princi Gelupo Copita Burger &  Lobster map

Whimsigirl in London Covent garden SOHO Masala Zone Transport Museum Princi Gelupo Copita Burger &  Lobster

Whimsigirl in London Covent garden SOHO Masala Zone Transport Museum Princi Gelupo Copita Burger &  Lobster

If you’re anything like me, and you’re a chicken person but always have to opt for fish when you go abroad because of the difficulties of finding a suitable place, I FEEL YA. It could be quite tricky to find halal food in Covent Garden, so I’m oh so grateful for Masala Zone… and their gazilion hanging dolls. You can nevereverever go wrong with good ol Indian food 🙂

Whimsigirl in London Covent garden SOHO Masala Zone Transport Museum Princi Gelupo Copita Burger &  Lobster

You really suck the joy out of visiting museums if you’re rushing to go somewhere else after that. Two or three hours is a good period to spend at the London Transport Museum to soak up on all the history behind each transportation, admiring vintage leaflets, and climbing on the old trains, busses, platforms…you name it!

Only thennnnnnn can you be that annoying person that’s always quoting the facts you just learnt as if you’ve known about it forever 🙂 Here comes one…. fun fact; the museum was originally the home of the Flower Market back in 1980! This glass building were used for all kinds of trading and having some of the original cast-irons on display lets you imagine the whole market scene. You, are, welcome. hehe

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You’ll be bombarded with the craziness of what London is about the moment you get off at Piccadilly Circus tube station. Don’t be scarrrred and just walk along for 10mins, and wallah! You’re already in SOHO and that would only mean one thing; time to start exploring, eating, tasting, seeing, snapping, and trying until your body says otherwise. Anybody that has been to SOHO, will always remember SOHO 🙂

Whimsigirl in London Covent garden SOHO Masala Zone Transport Museum Princi Gelupo Copita Burger &  Lobster

Whimsigirl in London Covent garden SOHO Masala Zone Transport Museum Princi Gelupo Copita Burger &  Lobster map

Happy weekend, sweet peas.

love,
sarathira


Good to know
1) Ladurée – 1, The Market, Covent Garden Market London WC2E 8RA
2) Masala Zone – 48 Floral St London WC2E 9DA
3) London Transport Museum – Covent Garden Piazza London WC2E 7BB

4) Princi – 135 Wardour St London W1F 0UT
5) Copita – Copita 26 D’Arblay St London W1F 8EL
6) Burger & Lobster – 36 Dean St London W1D 4PS
7) Snog – 9 Brewer St London, Middlesex W1F 0RG
8) Gelupo – 7 Archer St London W1D 7AU
9) Monmouth Coffee Company – 27 Monmouth Street London WC2H 9EU

Little Adventures - Travel Series

Whimsigirl in London : Kings Cross, Camden, & Hampstead

December 9, 2014

Whimsigirl in London ; Kings Cross Granary Square, Caravan, Camden, Hampstead, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Bakery, Ginger & White map

Before we start the second week of the #whimsigirltravelseries, I hope the past & upcoming posts will be helpful for you in one way or another. I’m always on the look out for some helpful travel tip whenever I’m online or talk to someone, and chuck it in my ‘just in case’ file. You screenshot other people’s Instagram adventures for your future reference too right?? hehe

My point is, even if we do it discreetly, it still proves that any good secret spots or must-try activities that we find usually come from a very reliable source, and I’m always so grateful for that source. Travelling would not be as rewarding as it is if it’s not shared! So I really hope everyone is enjoying the travel series as much as I am 🙂

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Situated opposite the newly located Central St Martins Art School, Granary Square is the shiny new addition to Kings Cross. The square is individually controlled with over 1,000 choreographed fountains. They’re SO pretty when they light up at night. Summer or winter, rain or shine, just know the kids are just going to run towards (and through!) the fountain. Kids and water fountains are just inseparable. Just bring a change of clothes, and your job is settled!

If you’re there during lunch time, you can find an array of traders serving coffee & street food. Oh and when the weather is good, you can enjoy your food overlooking the Regents Canal! That’s my spot right there. However, if you’re feeling chilly, you can choose between Caravan and Grain Store to eat as they’re located inside Central St Martins.

Whimsigirl in London ; Kings Cross Granary Square, Caravan, Camden, Hampstead, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Bakery, Ginger & White

If you’re in the Camden area and wanting a quick sweet fix, Primrose Bakery has the most colourful mini cupcakes that are mostly baked with the finest organic ingredients. Just nearby, there’s a Latin Caribbean restaurant, Guanabana which serves halal steaks and burgers for the meat lovah.

Whimsigirl in London ; Kings Cross Granary Square, Caravan, Camden, Hampstead, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Bakery, Ginger & White

You’ll surely find London’s best dressed eggs at Ginger & White with their soft-boiled egg with buttered soldiers (above). On top of being kid-friendly and animal-friendly, the baristas are friendly too; they will most likely recognise you on your second visit 🙂 Another plus point, it’s walking distance from the Hampstead station and the Hampstead Heath park!

Whimsigirl in London ; Kings Cross Granary Square, Caravan, Camden, Hampstead, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Bakery, Ginger & White

I personally feel that Hampstead Heath is the people’s park. It’s not as condensed as Hyde Park, but big enough for you to have personal enjoyment. My friends and I would usually bring a blanket with us to the park when it’s colder, pick a spot, lay a mat, take out our food and just breath it all in. Winter should not rob us from going to the park, dang it.

Hampstead Heath is so well spread out that I even got lost for a good hour once, and because it was getting dark, there wasn’t that many people to ask for directions. But! that little hiccup made me talk to this nice lady that happened to conveniently have a map of the park in her bag. She told me she’s been going to the park every single day to read her newspaper while her dog play with other dogs. She’s been doing this for years, without miss. Daily routines can be sooo comforting 🙂

Whimsigirl in London ; Kings Cross Granary Square, Caravan, Camden, Hampstead, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Bakery, Ginger & White map

love,
sarathira


Good to know
1) Granary Square – 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
2) Caravan & Grain store– Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
3) Primrose Bakery – 69 Gloucester Ave, London NW1 8LD
4) Guanabana Restaurant – 85 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY
5) Ginger & White – 4a-5a Perrin’s Ct, London NW3 1QS
6) Hampstead Heath park – London NW5 1QR