Hellooo folks! It's that time of the year again! *inserts snowflake, jingle bells, christmas tree and snowman emoticons*
I almost can't believe how fast another year is coming to an end.. But that also means that my favourite festive season, Christmas, is just around the corner! :)
So in this post, I'm gonna share with you one of the best kept "secrets" in town.. and I guess it's not gonna be so secret anymore, now that I'm blogging about it! :S
This little secret is none other than.. TripleOne Somerset!
TripleOne Somerset is a retail destination that's located in a serene and peaceful corner of Somerset.. Just less than a minute's walk away from Somerset MRT station!
I have to say, they probably have the FINEST supermarket in town! Which is NTUC Finest. (Pun unintended.) The NTUC Finest at TripleOne Somerset is huuuge and has lots and lots of fresh produce and variety! :D I love getting my grocery shopping done at TripleOne Somerset when I'm in town!
But I digress.
TripleOne Somerset doesn't just have a fabulous supermarket, but it also houses a selective mix of lifestyle and retail, food and service outlets, handpicked with discerning taste for the refined, cosmopolitan customer.
(Had lunch at Fukuichi Japanese restaurant at TripleOne Somerset and I was so impressed! It's a hidden gem! Will blog more about that in a separate entry!)
This Christmas, there are lots of special things in-store for everyone, at TripleOne Somerset!
The festive theme at TripleOne Somerset this year is "A Christmas Fable", and revolves around a whimsical and adorable short Christmas tale, with the cutest characters!
Once you get in sight of the mall, you'd see that the walkway outside the Mall has been transformed into a beautiful open-air "story book", with huge storybook pages that are perfect for a photo op!
Here's the huge storybook pages.. The kids are gonna love it! :D
In fact, I spotted some families taking lots of photos with these lovely illustrated story pages when I was there last Saturday. Super sweet! You ought to read all the pages too, to find out what the story is about! *Not gonna give away any spoilers here*
SUPER CUTE OR WHAT?I am always a sucker for graphics and illustrations. I love it!!
My favourite character from "A Christmas Fable" is the bright Christmas Star! :D
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In theme with "A Christmas Fable", TripleOne Somerset is having a fun contest on their instagram page, @TripleOneSomerset, where you can stand a chance to win festive treats by taking part!
You just need to go to TripleOne Somerset's Instagram page (@TripleOneSomerset), and have fun viewing the entire Christmas Fable on @TripleOneSomerset's Instagram feed to answer a simple question!
I was impressed with the creativity of the team behind "The Christmas Fable", and the cool way you can view the fable on their feed!
PS. Remember to flip your phone sideways! :P
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One of the places you need to visit this Christmas to get your christmas shopping done, is The Christmas Market, at TripleOne Somerset, Level 16!
Every weekend from 23 November to 15 December, 1pm - 7pm, you'd be able to find a bustling marketplace of activity going on at Level 16 of TripleOne Somerset, in partnership with well-known creative market organiser Public Garden!
I'd once visited a creative market that was organised by Public Garden a couple months ago, and I really loved the eclectic crowd and unique stalls there! At The Christmas Market at TripleOne Somerset, it is no different, except you'd really really appreciate the fact that the space is air-conditioned! :P
Yes, you'd get to shop in air-conditioned comfort! Isn't that fantastic?
I had so much fun shopping at The Christmas Market, that I spent well over two hours in there, trying to decide what to buy! If you're short on ideas this year for Christmas shopping, you really have to make a trip down to The Christmas Market. With all the unique stalls that are selling hand-crafted toys, home-baked treats, vintage apparels and specially curated goods from exotic places, there's definitely gonna be something special for everyone!
The best part is talking to each and every vendor/store-owner, who are full of enthusiasm about their craft and goods, and extremely passionate about what they love! :)
It was a joy to explore and shop at The Christmas Market!
I chanced into wonderful wedding store, MerryLove at The Christmas Market as well, teehee. They have the most beautiful rustic-looking decorations for all occasions! I love their honeycombs and pom pom balls!
There was so much to look at and to buy, that I was honestly spoilt for choice!
I found a ton of russian doll merchandise too, ehehe. Wanted to buy them all, but I stopped myself from emptying out my wallet :X
Everything from baby clothes, to savoury pies, and hand-crafted trinkets/acessories...
Terraniums, anyone? Or a hand-painted diary/calendar for 2014! For the crafty-fingered, some stores were selling washi tape too!
Let's not forget the gourmet bakes and sweets! The red velvet cake and salted caramel looked really really good.
I loved the stall that sold old school trinkets, with all our favourite childhood snacks remade into miniature look-a-like brooches, necklaces, or printed on tote bags and notebooks!
I was especially taken with Mr Snowman from L Cube, who was made from a sock. So cute!
Found a store that sold some mens' shirts, and did a spot of shopping for YZ! Also, check out these illustrated Christmas cards. So much more unique than getting store-bought Christmas cards!
One of my favourite stalls at The Christmas Market, that sold modern remakes of vintage enamel cups and wares, with quirky illustrations on them, by local and Asian artists! So much win, and what a great way to pay homage to both our heritage and Asian art!
I spent a particularly long time at Naked Glory's stall too, which sold a lovely selection of vintage time pieces, some hand-customised and others especially sourced! They also had gorgeous accessories on sale.
The very last stop I made at The Christmas Market after I was satisfied with my shopping: Cookies For Sid! Where I bought some really yummy cookies, and even got a "Cookie-wich", cookies sandwiched with ice cream. What a treat! :D
I was so tired by the time I was done shopping at The Christmas Market, lol. And I left with bags full of purchases! :D
Of course, with all the Christmas shopping done, you need to get your gifts wrapped too, right? :D Just spend a minimum of $60, to get your purchases wrapped for free at TripleOne Somerset's gift-wrapping booth, or even take home the adorable themed wrapping papers and gift tags home to do your own gift-wrapping!
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THESE, are all my buys from The Christmas Market! :D Ahhhh so happy! :) I certainly left very satisfied and pleased with my loot!
Bought some cookies home for my family.. :D I loved the white chocolate chip and macadamia's!
A pair of beautifully crafted origami crane earrings for Farah, I think she'd love these because they're made of origami and they're purple! :D
I bought this shirt from JohnnyLucy for YZ! Thought that the colour was really unique and bright. YZ loves it :)
This Casio watch from NakedGlory is for myself hehe. Classic, simple, and extremely durable. I have a Casio watch that's 7 years old and still in great condition!
THIS MUG. I had to get it! It has "How To Make Milo Dinosaur" illustrations on it! So so so so so so quirky and unique!
I spotted this hand-made rubber stamp in a snowflake motif and I knew it was meant for Trish, who loves snowflakes! :D
Russian dolls iPhone case for me, and a passport holder in cute owl motifs for Gina, who likes anything owl-ly!
Lastly, I bought this set of mad adorable washi tape.. New clothes for my gadgets! :D
I love all my buys! Hopefully all the gift recipients will love them too :D
If you haven't yet popped by The Christmas Market, there's really no excuse not to go! :)
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By the way, with a minimum of $150 worth of purchases at TripleOne Somerset (which includes both The Christmas Market and their retail stores), you'd receive a limited edition tin of cookies, especially prepared by Imperial Treasure Bakery, with up to four collectible designs!
I love cookies and cookie tins! Such a sweet treat. Plus cookie tins are awfully cute and re-usable!
With a minimum $150 purchase, you also get to participate in a lucky dip, to stand a chance to win shopping vouchers and delightful treats at TripleOne Somerset! :D
I'm usually not the most crafty-fingered out there (save for some easy washi tape craft work), but I had a ton of fun creating my own tiny Christmas Tree at The Craft Corner at TripleOne Somerset... Hehehe. And yes, this activity is also free-of-charge with a minimum spending of $150!
This craft corner is actually meant to keep the little ones entertained while the adults go shopping! What a good idea, lol. No better way to entertain the kids and get them out of your hair for abit!
We grown-ups had a ball of a time too, lol. I guess we never really grow up, after all :P
My very own Christmas Tree, and little cookie tin! :D
Phew... So much and more happening at TripleOne Somerset this Christmas! It is gonna be a really fun Christmas this year at TripleOne Somerset!
PS. If you're around doing your Christmas shopping at TripleOne Somerset these couple of weekends, you might just catch some carolling angels, who will be roaming about the Mall singing your favourite Christmas carols! ;)
Don't forget to "Like" TripleOne Somerset's Facebook page for more exciting promotions and offers this festive season! :D