While retail therapy is often perfectly partnered with travel to new and exotic destinations, on our recent Singaporean sojourn the Mr and I didn’t do much at all. But of course, in between taking about a gazillion photos, we did indulge a little …
It was while we were wandering around trying to find our way back to the hotel from the nearby MRT station, that we chanced upon a tiny little food store called ‘Mr. Bean‘ – a delightful place filled with soft serve soy ice-cream treats and other soy-based sweets like cakes and biscuits. For a soy milk lover like me, this was a match made in heaven. Since enjoying that first delicious soft serve, I then kept my eyes open for other Mr.Bean outlets (as I doubted we’d be able to find the first one again). I happily indulged quite a few more times, and even came away with a few cute Mr. Bean goodies on my last visit … just look at how happy he is!
Wandering back to our hotel on a different day, we discovered the entrance had been blocked off by maintenance staff while they were cleaning up the footpath (it was covered in leaves … how shocking!). So rather than rest our weary feet, we had little choice but to wander a bit further down the road and kill some time. It was then that we noticed a cute little sign which lead us up several flights of stairs to the most beautiful of stores. Now, as a general rule I don’t go into stores that require me to walk up or down stairs to some unknown destination (hey, I’m complicated!), but I’m glad I made an exception here. Supermama is a wonderful retail experience – warm and welcoming, it is a space filled to the brim with all sorts of well-designed goodies.
We found it impossible to leave empty-handed, and so I came away with a mustard yellow bag handmade by ‘StitchandSew‘ (a Japanese label), not to mention the coolest watch ever (an old-school black Casio). The Mr was quite taken with the musical stylings of Lullatone (a super sweet pyjama-pop duo), and so we indulged in a CD from them as well.
So here are my two favourites shown side-by-side … as represented in bag form. I hope they get to accompany me on many future travels, where wonderful new memories will be created. It’s nice how the places you’re meant to see, and the things you’re supposed to own, find a way to come into your life. In this case it seems like a case of ‘bag serendipity’ was at play … Do you think you’re serendipitous by nature too? xx