Days Out

Good day Typospherians! :)

After months and months of procrastination, I finally got stuff for the typewriters! The list is quite long, and a lot things that’s pretty easy to get everywhere else is ridiculously hard to get around here in the Top End. The rubber specialty store here doesn’t sell rubber hosing. D: It’s also ridiculously expensive – my wallet is not a happy camper.

Anyhoo, just a quick share of the week:

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1. the Senta arrived! It was incredibly well packed, and the seller did an amazing job ensuring that the typewriter was secure in the case and not jiggling around like a macarena. Unfortunately it was well and truly busted. The escapement wheel is disconnected and the carriage moves freely. I haven’t really had much to do with three bank machines, but the escapement and carriage assembly is so different to the other machines I have – one of the components is currently hanging rather precariously by the skin of it’s teeth and I might have to get a soldering iron to secure it to its rightful place.
It’s got the most elegant looking ampersand sign I have ever seen. The lock on the case is beautiful too. *sigh*
More to come in due time.

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2. I finally wrote some letters! :D
Three for now, and I sent them off Thursday. I’m getting through the reply list, just 15 more to go. :)
OH! I also found out the posties has been cheating me of money!!! Postcards are $1.70 to send WORLDWIDE folks, don’t get fooled by the $2.35 stamp price for Europe/USA people. (As you might imagine, I was fuming mad when this was revealed to me. So I’m sorry if you feel like ripping off posties noses right now.)
I’m dedicating next week for letter writing and typewriter fixings, so I’ll be replying letters soon!

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3. I got meself a haircut.
Rocking out the long bob and bowler hat look ;)

4. Embarrassing Moments:
Yesterday I spent the day in town while waiting for an interview (I didn’t get the job) and did the usual rounds and bought a few things. There’s a MASSIVE army ship with heaps of Americans docked in Darwin and it was just an awesome watching people all day.
The faces these guys pulled in the supermarket… that intense look of making the life and death decision… in the razor aisle… made me giggle.
I treated myself to the yummiest Japanese restaurant called Oishi-ya. I already knew what I was going to order: a delicious bowl of Shi-yo butter corn ramen. Empowered with my new haircut and rocking a linen dress looking like a Japanese housewife I thought it would be funny to order my noodles in Japanese. Waitress came and I revved myself to be all silly and Japanese like only to… uh… choke… and of course… uh… *points*. Hahaha! :D
Noodles came, slurpy slurp slurp and a group of Singaporean boys popped in. Groups of army boys pop by now and again, and somehow I always find myself sitting within earshot of them and just listen to them speak. Ear candy deliciousness.
It’s funny how easy it is to single out SIngaporeans here, and its funnier still when they try really hard to figure out if I’m Singaporean. It was exactly the case yesterday, and as I sat there I could feel eyes on me. Not creepy at all.
I stayed longer in the restaurant just to listen to the language like a stalkish old aunty. How I miss the laziness of the language, and the odd enunciation of words! (Palmerston = PAR-MEH-STEANG)
I was weighed my chances of ever seeing these guys again – probably never. So I did the unthinkable. I left the guys a post-it note saying “Thanks for the singlish hit” with the cashier and left.
Right.

Thinking I’ve made a complete FOOL of myself and I should probably go and hide, I went straight to Coles.
Mentally ticking off the “Be the stalker aunty” from my bucket list and thinking all was cool and these guys will never find me…. the unthinkable happened. One of the army guys came in Coles and came up to say hi to me. *facepalm*
He was quite nervous and opened his wallet and oh my goodness my post-it note was IN HIS WALLET?! and quickly asked if it was me and if I was Singaporean and if I was Anne Belle Francis (wife of an iconic Singaporean actor). Totally embarrassed I answered the questions with a chuckled, wished them good luck and scurried away.
Far, far away into the furthest aisles of Coles.

Then I had icecream.
End of story!

Hope your week was less embarrassing than mine! ;)
Have a great one guys!

Keep it rollin’

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I had much to type, but thoughts were evaporating.

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*Typed on a Royal Model P named Blimey, in need of a new ribbon.

Fingers crossed for a job soon!

OH, post #100? Righto.
I had things planned for it, but messed up.

No. 94 post: Giveaway anyone?

I’m inching closer to my 100th post, which I’m quite excited about.
Right now I just want to make a quick shout out.

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I’m going to be giving away five postcards to five randomly selected people, and they will all be sent come this Saturday.
So send me a email of your name and address, and what ever other shenanigans I need to know to get this postcard to you.
A hullo would be nice too :)

Winners will will not be announced this Saturday anytime soon, I like the element of surprise… let the spamming, commence!

P.S. Will be using Coraline. With purple ribbon. Yeah.
P.S.S Am thinking of doing postcard sets for Etsy. Yea? Nay?

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Finally got around doing some work on typewriters, and caught up to date with blogging.
The weather has been rather unforgiving, and I’m not quite sure this is a good time to fix and clean machines. Mmmmm.

Anyway, three typewriters has found its way to my place over the last week, and boy are they a mess… Another three of my machines are needing fixes and cleans – which hopefully finish up sooner then later, then I can blog about them :)

Wait, a nice package!
Wonder what’s in it….

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It really is a beautiful machine.
She’s very clean and only needs a little bit of help for an alignment problem. (New problem.)
The type feel is even. There is no need for too much pressure to type, and the print is thin and delicate.
Dear Typosphere: Does anyone know the proper name for this font style?
It’ll be better then calling it the “loopy script” in any case.

A lot pinker then I thought she would be, and almost like a vermilion pink, but somewhat still a coral pink…
Ergo, the name Coraline!
(Also, a very cool movie. I might have to get a copy and watch it someday soon again.)

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Hooo-ya!
Bonus Prize: a beautifully written letter in a DIY envelope, ribbons, MARS postcard and oooh, tea!
I shall have some now.
(Dearest friend I owe you all the thanks in the world, and I know I’m over killing it with all the thankees but I shall try to fit as many as I can into the next correspondence :p)

Hope your year is getting good for typers – my poor shelf is full, again!

First letters of the year

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I finally got a space in the study so hubs and I can be in the same room when we both work and have the air conditioning running in one room instead of two. It’s an old computer table that had a shelf bit that reduced the work space to half and I never used it for the whole year I was here. It’s just been holding my art supplies and various other bits and pieces. We (just recently) realised that that shelf was removable and so I took it off and maaaaan, I have heaps of space now. Even the long bodied Valentine can sit on my desk comfortably.
I do like this table.
It’s got a sneaky pull out drawer that I use as an extra work bench, and work like a ninja.

I try to write/type letters every month and I get a little too excited and make up all sorts of weird letter art. This month I (started out with making inner slips for normal envelopes then some how,) decided to make postcards with scrapbooking influences… which I call “flat art”.

It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but it was pretty fun.
Here, I present thee with the first fruits of the table!
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Mini postcards for the family! <3

And this is a mini book reply I made for a little boy in Singapore who made me a mini picture book called “The Silly Dogs” which started out with two dogs in the first two pages, then a couple of bones, then four pages of the new pandas in the Singapore Zoo which made me laugh so much for some reason.

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These postcards and letters are on their way to their respective owners now — I finally got them posted on Saturday after much procrastination. Hopefully they’ll get to who ever soon soon soon and in one piece.

Happy mail: guess who owns a whole A4 sheet worth of Olympia typewriter decals? A dear friend in Adelaide sent them to me, and I LOVE THEM! I got to find a spot to put them up now. :)
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And that’s about all I’ve done since I got back.
I finally unpacked the mammoth suitcase we brought back. Now to unpack my shoes…

P.S. All pictures and ideas shown are copyrighted to Natalie Tan of natslaptaps.
Don’t you dare.