MT Masking Tape Store for SG50

What’s in my shopping bag? Usually the answer would be books but this weekend, I have washi tapes instead!

MT Store SG 50 - shopping bag

There’s an ongoing MT Store event in Raffles City, organized in honor of SG50. I discovered the wonder that is a washi tape expo back in 2013 when I visited the MT Expo Singapore. I think that was when I started to become a washi tape addict (my current stash can be viewed here). How can I resist when there are so many cute designs out there? So it’s not surprising that I’ve dropped by the MT store several times since it opened the other day. Some pics of the event:

MT Store SG 50

MT Store SG 50 - floor

MT Store SG 50 - badges

And something that all book loves will like, a washi tape that has books on it:
MT Store SG 50 - books washi

For every event or expo that MT organizes, they created limited edition designs that are only available during those events. They’re usually inspired by the country where the event is held and these tapes are the first to go because of course, washi collectors love these special designs. For this event, there were the Singapore limited edition designs:
MT Store SG 50 - limited edition

MT Store SG 50 - limited edition

MT Store SG 50 - birds

Aaaand now we move on to my haul. I tried to be a good girl and only grabbed the designs that I REALLY, REALLY wanted. My final stash:
MT Store SG 50 - shopping bag

Four Singapore limited edition designs, my favorite is the one at the bottom of the flyer, which is called “multiculturalism”. Plus four tapes inspired by M. Sasek’s kiddie travel books: This Is London, This Is Rome, This Is Paris and This Is New York. How can I resist tapes based on books? And I did mention a few months back that I wanted to collect M. Sasek’s books. Aside from these eight tapes, I also grabbed a few more to send/give to friends who also love washi.

Just for fun, I took a pic of the flyers and the limited edition tapes that I bought from the two MT Singapore events that I’ve had the pleasure of attending:
MT Store SG 50 - 2015 vs 2013

Also, my current collection of limited edition designs:
MT Store SG 50 - my limited edition collection
Tapes from expos held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Christmas designs.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little break from book-related posts! 😀 Feel free to let me know which design is the cutest for you. Also, if you have an Instagram account, please like my posts about this event (my Instagram username is chachickenpie) because the ones that have the most likes will get a prize. I’m not feeling very hopeful because some accounts have thousands of followers but let’s see how it goes!

2014 Christmas Reads

Kindle Christmas washi tape

Photo taken using Instagram.

December is here! That means it’s time for Christmas reads. One of the books I recently finished, Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra, was partially set during Christmastime. I’m glad I read it leading up to December. I’m planning to read My True Love Gave to me, an anthology which was edited by Stephanie Perkins. It has a good line up of YA authors but I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it since I’m not very good at reading anthologies. Let’s see how it goes. I’m also planning to reread A Rose in Winter by Laura Florand, which I LOVED. Such a good Christmas romance set in Provence. I might reread At First Sight by Elizabeth Chandler, which I’ve been rereading since I discovered it when I was a teen.

It would be good to hear about other holiday-themed titles that I can try so feel free to make suggestions. What Christmas reads are you planning to pick up?

Postcard Love: Washi Tape Postcards

Postcard Love Logo

I’ve talked about postcards and washi tape lots of times here on the blog but I realized that I haven’t talked about postcards made out of washi tape.

My current washi tape stash

My current washi tape stash

I usually just use board paper and then use washi tape to decorate it. I have fun making them and friends who have received these homemade postcards seem to like them. I started out with just using different designs and using them as strips to fill up a card:

washi postcard - Singapore limited edition

Then I experimented with this Singapore Zoo-themed postcard out of the zoo’s paper bag and the safari Singapore limited edition MT tape. I initially made it for someone who loves the tapir because I couldn’t find a tapir postcard from the zoo’s souvenir shop then I ended up making several for other friends as well.

washi postcard - Singapore Zoo

After that, I made a couple more out of gift wrappers and tape designs that go well with them:

washi postcard - tickets

Tickets

washi postcard - stars

Stars

I think one of the reasons why I like postcards and washi tape is because they’re little pieces of art. I can’t get over how cute or pretty some of the designs are and I just want to keep collecting them.

washi postcard - Picasso quote

What do you think of these washi postcards? Have you heard of washi tape before? More than a few blog friends have told me that they didn’t even know what washi tape was until I started talking about it. 😛 It’s almost midnight in this side of the world and as always, I’m wondering where did the weekend go. Hope you all had a lovely, restful weekend.

MT Masking Tape Expo Singapore

I know this isn’t book-related but since you guys don’t seem to mind whenever I put up random stuff here in the blog, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about MT Masking Tape Expo in Singapore. Besides, I’ve mentioned washi tape several times here and it looks like other people have enjoyed seeing my updates. I know I’m not the only book blogger or reader who has a washi tape collection. To those who don’t know what washi tape is, basically it’s masking tape printed with different designs, making it ideal for crafts. MT Masking Tape is a well-known washi tape brand and there is an ongoing expo (combination exhibit and pop-up store) here in Singapore. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was such a thing as a washi tape expo. Friday was the opening day and I decided to drop by after work.

MT expo SG 1

A giant MT lantern and taped walls and floor

MT expo SG 2

MT expo SG 3

Cute paper lanterns

MT expo SG 4

I really, really wanted to get the limited edition animal MT design but it was out of stock. Sold out in just one morning.

MT expo SG 5

So many rolls to choose from!

MT expo SG 6

Scandinavian series

MT expo SG 7

Look at this dancing bear design, reminds me of the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

I spent quite a while browsing through all the rolls, trying to decide what to get. It was similar to how I usually am inside a bookstore. I resisted the urge to get all the designs that I wanted and ended up with the following stash:

MT expo SG haul

I only grabbed 4 rolls

MT expo SG haul 2

And here are my MT collection as of the moment:

MT collection July 2013

MT tapes are so cute, aren’t they? If you’re in Singapore, you should drop by and check out the expo. If you aren’t, I hope you still enjoyed going through this post. Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

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Edited to add (July 30, 2013): The Singapore limited edition designs have been restocked! I dropped by again to grab some of them. Each person can only purchase 3 limited edition rolls. The three that I got are: a Singapore Zoo-inspired design, Peranakan tiles, stars and moon (based on the Singapore flag). The roll on the right-most is a free one that I got from playing with the gacha gacha machines.

MT SG limited edition washi tape