Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Mid Autumn Festival... and some shopping!

Well another year has passed and today is, once more, the 2nd most important festival to many Chinese around the world. It's the Mid Autumn Festival aka Mooncake Festival aka Lantern Festival. So best wishes to you and your family and have a wonderful year ahead and good health to everyone :)

Last weekend I was at Kiara Park and it was heartwarming to see families gathering for a potluck. Also a great chance for kids to play with their lanterns. I saw a man who made a wonderful twin spinning lantern cans with a mobstick and some silicon wheels. It was cool to talk with him and hear his experience making the toy.

It was also interesting to see something else I haven't seen for ages... a coconut broom which someone brought. The broom itself is nothing special, being ubiquitous in many Malaysian houses... but the owner stuck some cloves of garlic and shallots on it as well as some dried chillies. It is supposed to drive off rain and I must say, even though the sky threatened to spill that day, it did not. Hmm...

Anyway, Puma launched the Moon Festival Clyde the past week and, today, it is officially released in some Puma boutiques in Malaysia. I managed to grab a pair of these Limited Editions just in time for the mooncake festival last night. I had called the boutique a few times prior and made sure I got there when I heard the news that they had received stock. The unique features of these sneakers are the Moon design on the tongue tab and the Moon Lady embroidered on the heel tab. The Chinese characters of “月亮” are imprinted on the side. Mita Sneakers in Japan did these collabs and apparently, there are only 242 pairs released in Japan. I have no idea how many pairs these are limited to in Malaysia and Singapore. Price? RM329.

There are actually 2 colourways (silver and burgundy) and I chose silver simply because it looks much more like the moon. In fact, the leather has a moon surface pattern on it.

Click on the thumbnails to see the larger photos.

I was also pleasantly surprised that the Puma boutique in Malaysia now has Puma x Evisu collab jeans series titled, True Love Never Dies (TLND). I had earlier intentions to get a pair in Singapore but I did not have the time to look for the Puma boutique there. In any case, while the black denim series I wanted had yet to arrive, I tried on a pair of these and was really happy with the feel and fit of them so I got a pair. By the way, the jeans come in regular/loose and rigid/worn fits for both sexes. If you're a jeans fan, do check them out. In any case, they're made in Turkey and look good with the small details and the iconic seagull/paint stroke of Evisu (even though they're not Japanese selvedge denim).

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