JUST under a 4 hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong has been on my "go to" list for the last five years of living in Singapore. Finally, prompted by a visit from our daughter, who was then routing back to the USA via Hong Kong, we decided to make a long weekend of it. Hubby has been to HK many times on business trips, but that does not necessarily equate to seeing a place. We were all looking forward to playing tourist for 3 days.
There is also a Pottery Village and aWeaving Village, along with other beaches to explore and hikes into the mountains to discover waterfalls. However, for this trip, we just wanted to "stay put", relax and do nothing.
A few years ago, I happened across a store in Holland Road Shopping centre, here in Singapore, selling some amazing Mango Wood items, vases, bowls, candle holders and lamps, which I thought were really unusual and unique. But the thing that caught my eye the most, were the red saga seeds that were used as an accent, to add a pop of colour to the displays. I ended up buying a small candle holder, together with some saga seeds, just as I had seen it on display in the store. Over the years a few people have asked me in particular about these Saga Seeds, or "love seeds" as they are also known, wanting to know where I bought them.
I have been taking Mosaic classes this past year with my friend Tammy at Mosaic Society, and used some saga seeds in a mosaic project. I am thinking about using them again in another project, so I thought I would head back to Holland Village to see if the store was still there in the hopes I could buy more.
Thankfully, the store was still there on the 3rd floor of the Holland Road Shopping centre, and I was warmly greeted by the owner, Ms. Ramzan.
A word of warning, the seeds are actually quite toxic, so you obviously must not eat them and should keep them away from small children and pets. They are a beautiful decorative accent though, which I love, love, love.
Mango Wood Crafts
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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE
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WHO IS LYNNY?
My name is Lynn, Lynny or even Lynnykansas. Blame the latter on a "Dorothy" Halloween Costume and a very funny kid a number of years ago (yes, that's you Meg!). I am a Brit who has spent 16 years in the USA, but is now experiencing life in Singapore for awhile, as a "Trailing Spouse".
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