Category Archives: Thoughts and Messages

The Wolverine

We’re both huge X-Men fans so naturally we’d catch The Wolverine as soon as possible. We managed to watch it a few days after it was released here in Singapore. The movie was entertaining but it was short of being awesome. If you haven’t watched the movie, stop reading now. Spoilers below.
TheWolverineIt bothered me that Wolverine and Mariko lacked on screen chemistry and I found it hard to believe that Logan would risk his life to help Mariko. This thing kept bugging me throughout the movie specially since he had a very touching scene in the end when he was letting Jean Grey go and he even had more chemistry with Yukio that his supposed love interest in the movie.

The fight scene between Yashida and Wolverine bored me a bit since it seemed almost impossible that he could beat the old man in a gigantic robot with adamantium body. The director could have shown him doing something that exhibited great physical strength before this fight scene so that it didn’t seem so implausible that he could actually bear the fight scene.

Overall I found the story was great but it was very predictable. The quality if the 3d effects was great but you don’t have to watch the movie in 3d. It was entertaining but it fell short of my expectations.

The Haze

The main reason why I have not been posting anything since getting back from Bangkok is because the haze covering Singapore has been a constant source of stress. It is very difficult to be creative when you can barely breathe because the air is so polluted and breathing in this situation is just so difficult for someone like me who has asthma.

Buildings two blocks away are barely visible at 300 PSI

The haze is caused by slash-and-burn farming done in Indonesia as a way to clear land and fertilize the soil before planting crops. This has been a yearly problem but this has not reached such an alarming level until last week. The air was so polluted you could see particles suspended in the air and the air turned opaque yellow. The pollution standard index skyrocketed to more than 400 PSI which caused people to panic and buy N95 masks and air purifiers. We had to import our air purifiers from the US, as local shops ran out of stock. The haze season is expected to last until September.

Source: NEA

It is so sad to think that the environment is being ravaged like this when there are ways to clear the land through mechanical means. The diplomatic ties between Singapore and Indonesia has been strained by this ordeal. Parts of Malaysia has also been affected by the smog. There are politicians who are making childish comments that further incite the offended parties. This is not just a Singapore issue, but it is an environmental problem that we should all be concerned about. Hopefully both countries can work towards a speedy resolution or at least a reduction of the haze to a tolerable level until a more permanent and lasting solution can be put in place.

Overpriced N95 Masks quickly ran out of stock

Instead of just grumbling about the haze, some good samaritans did their part to alleviate the situation. Some companies bought masks for their employees while other people campaigned through social media for each of us to do our part. It is these little acts of kindness that help us through difficult times and give us hope.

Wax Seal Project by Happy Hands Project

Pauline is professional graphic designer and calligrapher. She got third place in the Crafty Singapore Foxy Mascot contest. One of her prizes is a $25 voucher from our shop and she chose to redeem our wax seal set and baker’s twine.

Courtesy of Pauline from Happy Hands Project

Hop on over to Happy Hands Project to read more about her wax seal project and check out her work.

Quote from Tolkien

I like this quote because it seems like it is about travelling when in fact it is about perception.

J.R.R Tolkien

Practicing my calligraphy with one of my favorite quotes

This poem is from The Lord of the Rings:
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

Thank You Giveaway

We’ve reached over 1000 sales this year and we’d like to thank our customers and fans with this giveaway. We will post this Wax Seal, Wax Beads and Baker’s Twine set to any of our followers anywhere in the world.

Pick your prize: The winner will get to choose any color of twine, beads or wax seal design we have in stock.

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Make Your Own Cake Topper

We’re hosting a craft workshop on May 25 (Saturday) at 2:00-5:00 pm at The Office in Chinatown. The Office is less than a minute’s walk from the Pagoda Street Exit of Chinatown MRT. We will be making cake toppers for weddings or birthdays. Join us for a fun filled crafty afternoon!Part of the proceeds go to funding Crafty Singapore which is a community for handmade artists and small business in Singapore.

For more details on this event or to book a spot, please visit our Workshops Page.

On a Break

Our shop is closed until April 22. We’re taking this time to unwind. It’s been a very hectic year and we need to recharge our batteries. We look forward to reopening and working with the same passion we have these past few years. Stay tuned!