Umbrella Bag

Umbrella Bag

This is one of those things which you never knew you needed but swiftly discover you cannot do without…

I mean, you know how annoying it is when you go into a mall or get on a bus carrying a wet umbrella. It drips everywhere, sticks to your legs, or water gathers dangerously in the bottom of the flimsy plastic bag you find at the entrance of particularly efficient stores.

Even if you have a bag of your own to hand, it usually ends up spilling water all over your shopping when you take it out later.

The Daily Susu is the invention that will transform rainy days – a slim waterproof bag lined with microfiber which soaks up the water. You pop your (foldable) umbrella inside, zip it up, and can get on with your day knowing that the rest of your belongings will stay perfectly safe and dry. Hang it up inside out overnight, and it will be ready to go again next day.

It is made by Japanese firm Yamazaki-Sangyo, and cost a very reasonable S$24 at Tokyu Hands in Singapore. Where, as the rainy season seems to be continuing way beyond its expected limit, I am finding it especially useful.

Umbrella Trees

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Here in tropical Singapore, it doesn’t pay to venture far without your umbrella. Not just for the inevitable downpours that strike without warning, but also as protection from the sun on cloudless days. A popular choice is the dual purpose brolly that has a special silvery coating to ward off the dangerous UV rays.

The local trees are also terribly important for the shade they provide (the ang sana tree in particular is nicknamed the ‘umbrella tree’) and it’s a rare tree that doesn’t have a snoozing workman underneath it at lunchtime or the weekend.

Project Oasis, an arts and culture group formed by Little India Shopkeepers and the Heritage Association, has taken this idea and produced a wonderful art installation beside the Serangoon Road – fake trees topped with colourful big umbrellas to shade the seating areas underneath. There’s a whole collection of them in different colours, filling out a vacant lot and looking remarkably realistic and amusing.

The artist who dreamed this up is Marthalia Budiman, and it is such a great idea I hope it is not just a temporary installation.