After a brief hiatus from this blog, I’m pleased to be back and get the ball rolling with a post for you all on one of my favourite flea markets in the Klang Valley bazaar circuit.
Having sat out the 12th Easter/April Edition of Markets@ Jaya One due to other commitments, I did pin my hopes on making it to Markets’ 13th Edition.
Luckily for me, the stars aligned and I made it to Day 2 of the two-day event but a word of warning, this is a pic-heavy post and betrays a personal bias toward food vendors because I find it as difficult to walk past a tray of cakes as I do a row of lipsticks.
I’m going to stall-hop through the eclectic buzz of Markets 13 in no particular order except perhaps, alphabetical…so you’re in for a haphazard tour. Hope you don’t mind.
The Accidental Bakers
The Accidental Bakers had me at chocolate and chocolate is always a good idea.
Nothing stops traffic quite like the sight of a moreish chocolate cake oozing with chocolate icing. If more people baked like this for their neighbours, there might actually be world peace.
After a free sample from the kind couple at Ai Yogurt, I made a point to come back to this booth at the end of my day at Markets to buy a full-sized serving.
Incidentally, ‘Ai’ means LOVE in Chinese and it really tastes like it is made with lashings of love because this was the thickest, creamiest (plain) yogurt I’ve ever come across.
It was good and satisfying enough to eat straight-up and this is something I never do with plain old boring white yogurt because most varieties of this said yogurt is, at best, underwhelming so I only use it in baking and cooking.
The Ai Yogurt , however, is lip-smacking on its own and is so thick it is almost a fromage frais.
This artisan yogurt doesn’t contain any artificial colourings or preservatives so it is healthier and much lower in sugar too.
I don’t think I’ll ever get the same level of satisfaction from a regular tub of supermarket yogurt again. More
love Ai, please!
The crazy thing about Markets@ Jaya One is that I never quite know what gems lie around the next corner and I was happy to find this next vendor for the benefit of the doggy duo I have waiting for me at home. It’s nice to see that even our four-legged friends have something to look forward to from Markets.
The Barkery Oven is a pet bakery that prides itself on its natural range of homebaked dog treats that are not just tasty but also healthier for the beloved dogs in our life.
In fact, these treats are so carefully created that they are actually safe (but probably not so tasty) for human consumption. In fact, almost all of this company’s doggy treats have been personally eaten by the company’s founder and head pet baker herself, Miss Chan, to ensure they are kind!
I have a couple of bags of these treats from Markets for my own furry pals and I guess that these are the doggy equivalent of the gourmet potato chip.
This is Barkery Oven‘s Wheat-Free biscuit range and apparently dogs do benefit from going wheat-free to avoid allergies.
Chic Doll Closet
Now, no Markets@Jaya One wander is ever absent of a blinding show of bling because there are always plenty of accessories vendors at an event like this.
So, it does take that extra something to catch the jaded market punter’s eye and I found the chunky wrist display at this stall fun, funky and worthy of more camera-love.
Some of you might never outgrow your building blocks and Lego, so for those of you who will always have a place in your heart for these wholesome bricks, you can incorporate some of that love into your daily sartorial statement with one of these eye-catching belts.
Fraiche Designer Delectables
Not that I need a sign to tell me to eat something that looks this good but I do respect food that shouts ‘Eat Me‘ unashamedly so this cake has my vote and it does a double duty of pleasing me by tapping into the Alice in Wonderland fangirl in me. Yes, let’s Eat You.
Oh my, a pie I spy! A pecan caramel one too. The best kind.
Fraiche interprets the classic S’mores as a handy brownie for those of us who can’t conjure up a campfire in a pinch. Read: me. Sadly, I’m no Girl Scout.
This company was well-named – Glossy Addiction – because it’s true, a girl can never have enough bags and don’t we know it.
Don’t fight it, feed the addiction, girls. *cackles wickedly*
There was a crowd milling about this stall for most of the day and you know what happens when that happens. Yup, more people magnetically rock up to join the party – including me of the very kiasu variety.
Turns out that everybody wanted a tattoo and who knew but let me tell you a little secret, I’ve always wanted a real tattoo too but the only issue I have with getting a real inking is not about the pain ( I have a pretty decent threshold for that, I even surprise myself!) but the fact that many tattoo parlours look a bit too grungy and gross for my liking.
Yes, I’m finicky about the necessity of having a tattooist with an actual medical degree do it for me because it is a pretty d*mn invasive procedure but finding an artistic tattooist/ doctor is proving to be rarer than hen’s teeth.
Anyway, I’ll settle for temporary tatts until such a situation comes about so I got myself three for RM10 that day and managed to pick up a free one in my free Markets Goodie Bag. I was also generously given an extra tattoo by one of the guys at the booth for promising to follow Habitatt on Instagram. A promise kept too, by the way.
I also love checking out the hashtag #habitatt to see how everyone else is wearing their temporary tatts because I’m nosy like that.
I Heart Badges
I’m a long time fan of their buttons and often make a beeline for their booth when they show at a bazaar because they really help me say things in a way that I usually can’t – short and sweet…and sometimes, naughty.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that brevity truly ain’t my strong point (cue the average five-thousand-word ShopGirl post) but that doesn’t keep me from admiring those who can hit the nail right on the head. Bravo, I heart you, I Heart Badges!
The usual three sentiments for a tenner. A decent deal, I think.
Jenny’s Wa Wa
These handmade sock dolls by Jenny are really, really cute! By the way, Wa Wa means doll in Chinese.
They’re like Cabbage Patch Kids, only they’re pocket-sized and infinitesimally more adorable.
Each one is handmade from a variety of socks and stockings and no two are ever quite the same. Regretfully, I was too busy taking pictures and forgot to buy one for myself that day. Must get one the next time I come across Jenny and her babes.
I believe I was speaking to the friendly Jenny herself when the lady manning the booth suggested that I take a closeup shot of just a single Wa Wa. She does know her poppets and wasn’t wrong; a single one captured in macro is even cuter than a sea of them.
I wear a lot of black and I mean A LOT! In fact, I can safely say that 85% of my closet contains more than 50 shades of black. Maybe I should update to grey now that it’s all the rage.
Anyway, a statement necklace is a good way to dress up all that black, don’t you think? La Musa has plenty.
My Lil Kitchen
The treats baked by My Lil Kitchen are classic and delicious. Not only is the owner of this stall, Liyana beautiful in person, her baked goods are equally gorgeous and leave you wanting more, more and more. By the way, she’s a fully-fledged Butterfly Project Blogger too and you can read her beauty and lifestyle blog here.
I bought a square of these Victoria Sponges and a couple of Mushroom & Chicken Pies from Liyana for afternoon tea and lived to regret not doubling up my order. You have to try them – I hope she shows again at the next Markets@Jaya One!
As you can see, I spent much of the day
strolling grazing around the food stalls at Markets because while some people eat to live, living to eat sums me up more adequately but can you blame me with all those treat-laden tables beckoning for me at every turn.
This next foodie vendor, Ling’s, specialises in the kind of baked goods that look stylish and understated. You know, the type of cookies that one usually only finds in cool cafes playing jazz and serving barista-pulled coffees.
Ling’s bakes smart, upmarket fare that doesn’t rely on fondant or coloured icing to entice. Everything at this stall looks natural, tasty and well-made.
The tarts by Ling’s looked smart and neat and were popular that day. This batch was gone not long after I shot this snap.
Fancy some Dream Catchers for luck? Lucky Clovers will have you covered. They also carry pretty mother-of-pearl necklaces and other eye candy for fans of bijoux.
Malaysia Clay Art
Just when I least expected, I found this booth of clay art supplies by Malaysia Clay Art at the bazaar. Honestly, Markets@Jaya One has everything you could want and more!
Take a look at those mini dim sum baskets and tiny plates in the front row. I love little things!
Oh boy, this stall tugs at my secret obsession with tools of all sorts. Little do you all know but I collect tools in addition to cosmetics and books. Yes, #hoarder here and not afraid to admit it.
Miss Creative Homebake
Could it be possible that nothing is more spectacular than a towering berry-encrusted layer cake? This was a thing of beauty even if it was already dug into.
Caveman behaved that day so I let him choose a cake slice from Miss Creative‘s stall but I was surprised he opted for something as common as a slice of carrot cake instead of this beauty but credit to the Miss Creative carrot cake which was decent and salted caramel-dribbled. This made up for me having to sacrifice our one layer cake choice to the Caveman.
Note to self: Don’t let Caveman choose cake… even if he is well-behaved.
So, I’ve had macs by Laduree, macs by Harrods KL, macs by Adriano Zumbo and plenty of macarons from random patisseries and cafes but these m’lune macarons take the cake.
They look deceptively like every other macaron in the world and my box had macs that weren’t actually equally sized but who cares about having matching rounds when one is about to behold the best tasting macaron she’s ever had. I kid you not, these were very, very good. Awesome, in fact. I can’t stop thinking about them now. I’m obsessed with m’lune.
The fillings in these m’lune macarons fuse so perfectly with their shells and result in a soft, fragrant, melting interior that makes biting into these macs otherworldly. In fact, no other macs have ever made me feel this way. This might be love!
At the same time, the outer side of the shells of these macarons remain crisp but still give gently away at each bite and were not at all too sweet like some inferior macs can be. Good stuff!
My personal favourite was the humble little green mac you see in my pictures but whose appearance did no justice to its magical Salted Caramel insides. I’m not sure that I’m not a fan of the Shrek shade here by m’lune because I would have saved ogre-green for mint macarons or green tea macs but taste-wise, this caramel macaron has redefined this elegant french cookie for me and set the taste bar a lot higher than I would ever expected from a macaron.
My past experience with macs reminds me that it is easy to buy macarons but not easy to buy great or even good macarons so I hope I’m not jumping the gun in saying that m’lune‘s Salted Caramel Macaron may just well be the best salted caramel mac cookie I’ve ever come across.
In a bid to ensure this is not a one-off hit, I’m going to have to buy more m’lune macs in the name of research. In fact, for the sake of accuracy, I may even have to eat them all myself. It will be a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.
m’lune is a classic patisserie and if their macs don’t pique your fancy, you can always try one of the other desserts as listed in their menu below which I’ve decided to include because even their menu is a work of art which they should probably consider selling as a frame-able print.
I could set up house with this next stall because Moon E-Store sells just about everything but the kitchen sink. Actually, they might even have a kitchen sink somewhere among all their treasures.
Moon E-store’s booth is like browsing through the very cool basement of a set of very cool grandparents.
I love the (faux) vintage and Zakka vibe of their decor items and Moon E-Store also stock a whole bunch of funky accessories at bargain basement prices.
The amazing thing is that my pictures only feature the Moon E-Store booth which was basically only a couple of tablespaces worth of merchandise and it’s worth knowing that Moon E-Store don’t just sell at the markets and online but have a dedicated bricks & mortar premise with even more promise.
The shop is only a stone’s throw away from Sunway Pyramid Mall and nestled in a shoplot outside the mall. Apparently there, you will find a whole day or two of browsing from the full whole range.
For those not keen on sculpting their own clay art, My Crafti steps in to do it for us. Pre-made clay art keepsakes are what this company does best.
The Oven Diary
This next food company went all out with a Nutella-based theme for their bake sale in an unabashed celebration of love for the popular product.
This novel all-Nutella stall was created just for Markets 13 by The Oven Diary folk. I think it lent their menu some cult character and helped them stand out from among the other food stalls so kudos to them for going through with this ode to the globally-loved nut jam.
Nutella or not, their baked goods were good enough to tempt even the most casual fans of this famous nutty spread.
Of course, The Oven Diary also bake non-Nutella items by order and for other bazaars but it was strictly Nutella-only at Markets that day.
Next time, I’ll need to spend more time among stalls like Poppet Charm. I always get distracted by the food at Markets and never end up having a proper look at all the other great stalls at these bazaars. It’s often hard to prioritise with too much good stuff happening around me.
Project Swissify is a purveyor of vintage clothing and accessories with an elegant, understated way of displaying their wares.
There usually aren’t many clothing stalls at a Markets that take this level of effort with their display and many are happy just dumping their stock in bins and baskets so it clearly makes a difference when one does take that extra bit of effort with their stall’s aesthetics.
Stall set-up is crucially important for catching the eye of the average market crawler. I hope they did well that day.
Tarot Readings by Soleil Trinity
And, if things couldn’t get more unique at this market, there were booths set up for personal Tarot readings too.
If you were so inclined, then the 13th Markets@Jaya One could have made your day…or perhaps, your life with a peek into the future.
VanesDay Handmade Goods & Craft Supplies
These rainbows caught my eye instantly at this booth and I swooped on the stall but I felt like a complete dimwit when I had to ask what they were.
Turns out these are Washi Tape rolls packed ingeniously on skewers.
In case you’re like me and need to be initiated to the joys of washi tape, it’s a popular art supply that was first developed in Japan for crafty types like scrapbookers who want to add colour and design to their DIY projects. You can tack a piece of washi tape pretty much anywhere you want for a nice colour accent.
These little skewers are not only a creative and pretty way of presenting the washi tape but are a really great customer-friendly idea because it means that we don’t have to buy whole rolls of the same design but can mix and match more colours and designs in manageable, budget-friendly quantities.
I was excited to find two complimentary skewers of washi tape in my Markets Goodie Bag and now I’m ready to be converted to the joys of washi too. Many thanks to VanesDay for this generous contribution to the swag bag.
YY Gift & Packaging
Finally, everyone flocks to that stall at a market that seems to sell everything and the YY booth seemed to fit the bill and be that fun shop where one looks for something to buy.
I managed to pick up a couple of phone covers from here at a mere RM1 each which is basically nothing in today’s terms and they had lots of zakka and geekery items to pick at.
And so, this ends my recap of Markets@ Jaya One 13th Edition. As I wave goodbye to Markets 13, I’m looking forward to discovering new sights at the next Markets. Can’t wait for 14!
Of course, the stalls I’ve featured in this round-up of the 13th Markets@Jaya One post are only representative of a small fraction of the stalls and events at the whole bazaar.
But as much as I wanted to, it just wasn’t practical to mention all the stalls and sights of Markets 13 in this post so here’s the full vendor list for your benefit.
Without a doubt, there were many more cool happenings in and around Jaya One’s Markets venue including a free hair styling event by the talent at Redken Malaysia as well as a salacious-sounding bra trading exercise that proved to be more tame and less saucy than the name had lead us to believe.
To their credit, the bra swapping event at Markets 13 was actually a chapter of an innovative charity initiative and you can read more about it at this link – The Uplift Project.
Finally, the amazing thing about Markets@ Jaya One is that the vendors change frequently so that if you visit one edition to the next, you are still in for a bulk of fresh stalls and plenty of new discoveries at each new turn.
On the other hand, if you’re a loyalist to the virtues of a particular vendor, the bad is that they may not be seen at Markets or cross paths with you again.
That’s why, I can’t say enough that it’s an absolute must that you collect business cards from your fave vendors and perhaps even jot down notes on these cards about why you like (or dare I say, hate?) a vendor.
The other thing I do when bazaar browsing is bring an extra bag or two. Nothing fancy, just a basic eco tote that frees up fingers and lets you pick through more swag or so that it makes it easier for you to graze from some of the many food sellers on hand.
As for another amazing top-notch bazaar-hopping tip, I borrow this great idea from the lovely Shasha who wrote a great post on her Shashay blog about Markets@ Jaya One 12, which I unfortunately missed. Shasha advises that we all bring our own water and quite frankly, the girl is brilliant!
This does sound really basic but a humble bottle of plain water seems to take on the sanctity of a rarer tipple than the elixir of youth.
I kid you not – juice, punch, sodas seem readily available and coffee being coffee is just everywhere but oddly enough plain old water is hard to come by. Take my advice, avoid the drama – BYO…H2O!
I managed to score the free goodie bag that early bird market-goers are treated to and it was a nice gesture for regular Markets devotees. Thanks, Markets and all participating vendors!
I’m sorry I don’t have an image of the goodie swag to share because I was overly excited and ate what could be eaten, used what could be used and pretty much dove right into it. Forgive me but free stuff has a weird way of turning me into a kid on Christmas Day and I forget that I’ve taken a scared oath to take pictures for this blog all day. My bad. I plead guilt and beg you to overlook my oversight.
Anyway, to give you an idea of what was in the goodie sack, the thing I remember most is that I snagged lots and lots of samples from Redken. Oh, and a Push Pop, and some delicious homebaked nutella cookie samples by The Oven Diary, washi tape skewers by VanesDay, a cool temporary tatt by Habitatt and, somewhat randomly, even a tub of some assam boi condiment powder from MBO Fruits. Thanks, guys!
Finally, I just want to add one more little vendor mention before I sign off.
Technically this next stall is not a Markets@Jaya One booth because the vendor is a tenant of the Pop by Jaya One area alongside the Markets venue but it is a trader that carries stock that I think warrants a mention in this food-heavy post as a bonus inclusion.
The Red Cherry
The Red Cherry is a tenant of Pop by Jaya One, a special retail area designated within the Jaya One compound for longer-term traders, so it stays open on an alternative tenancy plan that is well and beyond the Markets event.
If you haven’t heard of them, The Red Cherry is an pop-up stall that deals in gourmet goodies…as well as clothes and toys like loom bands, of all things. A strange mix, yes, but not surprising at this innovative trading space.
For the purpose of this entry, my interest lies solely in The Red Cherry‘s impressive selection of gourmet foods that are homemade, all sorts of tasty and good-for-you too.
What makes the food items stocked at The Red Cherry stand out is that they are all locally-produced, gourmet and artisan products with an emphasis on recipes that are preservative-free, naturally-coloured, fresh and small-batch and, in some cases, supporting charitable causes with each sale too. Sounds good to me!
Incidentally, Pop by Jaya One is a refreshing warehouse-like retail space that houses a happy assortment of vendors who peddle a good selection of wares from food to clothing and almost anything in between.
It makes for an exciting and fluid venue for shoppers who enjoy the informal buzz of a market atmosphere but appreciate the predictability of an extended-term vendor mix. I’m not completely certain but stallholders can rent space for something like a day/ week/ month or even a year.
So, there you have it, Markets @ Jaya One!
Do you love Markets as much as I do?
Would you believe, I never did go to a flea market until I was well into my late teens and as a (rather stupid) kid, I actually thought that flea markets were places where fleas were traded hahaha *face palm*…of course, I couldn’t quite work out why this trading of ticks was embraced so enthusiastically by adults but anyway….
Markets @ Jaya One is on at the Jaya One complex at Jalan University, PJ, about once every three months.
Again, timing remains rather sketchy as to exactly when the next Markets swings around but you can like their Facebook page to be notified of future bazaar dates and vendor news.
[Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored review. I am not affiliated in any way with the organisers or any of the vendors mentioned herein. The opinions and experiences detailed here are entirely my own and of a personal nature. Consider at your own risk]