Oh Singapore!

Just a quick write up on Singapore and Phuket.
I made the mistake of not bringing my camera this trip, but it’s probably a good thing, I’ve got over 300 pictures on my phone for the trip.
I didn’t put them all up here of course.
It’s a month worth of pictures squished into one post, and I took out a lot of the trip and tried to keep it as typewriter related as possible… Enjoy ;)

1st December
I finally get to meet two ladies that I’ve been conversing with on Facebook. We had Macca’s for breakfast, we laughed, and squealed over typewriters (that I brought over).

It was epic FUN.

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The girls went home trolley full of machines, and I got the coolest gifts! I have them here and I haven’t had a chance to make a stamp with my new carvers yet, but I’m sure I’ll do it soon :D

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3rd December
I got a chance to watch a local play “Hansel & Gretel” with a pretty wicked local twist. Totally enjoyed it.
And I got a free ladybug balloon.
And popcorn.
AND a cotton candy cone.

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I’d forgotten how awesome the hardware stores are in Singapore. I stumbled across this at the store closest to me and my jaw was just sweeping the floor and I couldn’t help myself but send a picture to Scott.
I bought a few square ones for feets, don’t know for which one, but I have some in stock so I’m pretty happy.
I wish I had more time in there though, there was heaps of useful contraptions for a fraction of the price as compared to Australia… Hopefully the next trip in June.

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And oh my goodness it is a beautiful machine.
I snagged myself a really good deal with this machine and got it sent straight to Singapore. The type feel was excellent. Smooth and light, and the key tops were flat so they had a different feel to the Royals I have at home. It was a lot smaller then I thought it would be too. First typing impression for a Corona – top notch thumbs up!
This piece went to a great friend of mine at the end of my trip – I’m glad it’s found a great forever home with a few other machines to be with!

11th December. I think.
We finally got the the Gardens by the Bay. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I kept smacking myself for not bringing my camera.
We only went to one of the two domes and in this dome you had to take a one way elevator up to the 7th floor where the indoor man-made water fall started… and slowly make your way down through amazing gardens and education points… we were totally freaking out being on the top floor. And walkways made of grills that high up? Eeeeeeehhhh.

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12th – 15th December, Phuket

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We were spoiled rotten in Phuket, Thailand. We stayed in a nice secluded resort and just chilled for four days. Wake up, breakfast, sleep, lunch, massage, sleep/swim, dinner, massage, TV, sleep. It was ahhhhhhhh… relaxing. I was very happy not to do too much.
Hubs and FIL did go to the shooting range though.

16th onwards.

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Adler Tippa 1, green 4B Corona, and what’s this massive case?….

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a SCM Classic 12 as a surprise super-early-birthday gift for me?!
AHHHHHHHHH :D
Sometime ago I spotted this machine on Etsy and shared it with a few friends. I had just blown my budget then with the pink L22 with the interestingly messy script face and I passed this up. A little while later this machine was sold on Etsy. I didn’t think too much about it…
And then it lands on my lap (well its probably a really poor choice of words because it’s a pretty huge machine!) as a beautiful birthday present!
Will blog more about it later on, I haven’t had a chance to clean it up just yet. :)

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The last weekend I was in Singapore was a pretty crazy one, I’d volunteered to help out with a wedding and the prep work was insane (but not as bad as my wedding, thankfully!). We went to the florist’s and got the flowers the day before the wedding and did a 12 hour stint just doing all the center-pieces and tying ribbons till something like 2 in the morning of the wedding.
Sometime in between the purchasing of flowers and vases and trying to find a bridesmaid’s (bride’s aunty?) dress I got a friend’s place (who was helping out in the wedding too) and before we did any work for the wedding she took out her machines.
A Remington Travel-Riter, and a Royal. I’d seen her Royal in pictures before, but when I saw it in person it only dawned onto me that it was a Royal Junior with sloped-top body (read more here from Machines of Loving Grace’s Royal page) and I got pretty excited. Then the excitement got killed when I tested out both her machines and they were both not working. Both machines had flat feed rollers and the Royal had other problems. Anyway, this particular friend loved the Consul I brought over that day. At the end of the trip that Consul was hers. :)

Late on the 27th night, I think.
(K you can smack me if I got the date wrong.)
It was pretty near to the day I was hopping back on a plane and I finally got to Karen’s place. She’s the writer of aitype@wordpress. We’re almost neighbours, it’s uncanny. I took the Torpedo along with me even though it wasn’t mine, haha. K has a thing for red machines and she loved using it for the little while she had her hands typing away on it.
We chatted, had tea, and I got to see her whole collection which was FANTASTIC. (Thank you so much again!!!!)
Two hours later (I think it was) we had to get home, the husband was with me and he was not functioning by then, haha. :)

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Food, glorious food!

Okay, last bit, I promise.
Before I flew over I had a long long list of food I missed and was craving to eat when I was over there. I didn’t get through the whole list but I got most of the list checked off… and boy was the food goooooood.

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By the end of the trip I was definitely full of all the yumminess Singapore could ever offer.
And I had gained weight, *sigh*

Oh, and patted this dog.
My friend was given this beautiful Shetland named Butter!

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Aaaaand, that was pretty much my whole trip.
Thanks for surviving the longest post on this blog.

An old friend

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12:20pm update: My brain must be dead. “and” old friend? *face slap*

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The box that it came in weighed about 14kgs, full of old magazines scrunched up.

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I love the wine red color.

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I also love the art style of the Torpedo logo.

Sighhh. Time for cup mee goreng to kill the somberness just a little.

Hooray for Randomness!

I had a look at my blog stats today and there’s people from France, America, Asia and Australia reading this ramble and that we’ve hit 1,000 views today! I can’t believe it! :D

Thank you everyone for dropping by and gracing me with your reading eyes. :):):)

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There’s a great warm feeling in my heart now, and I thank you all for lifting my heart just that little bit.
I haven’t been posting for awhile because my brain would not just be sane and work kind of took over my life (I know, I know, working from home isn’t really work when it’s not a real job) and just being a girl just makes you that little bit crazier.
Now that I’m a little more normal, I realised how much I missed this little space in the Internets.

This is just going to be a smoosh of a whole lot of random thoughts since my last post.

1. I posted about a red Royal with a Vogue font and said that my chances of finding it is really slim. A couple days right after I posted it, one actually came up on eBay in the US. I didn’t win it, of course.
So I’m saying this now (because I realised I love the lime green one more):
THERE IS NO WAY I’M EVER GOING TO FIND A LIME GREEN DUOTONE ROYAL TYPEWRITER WITH THE AWESOME VOGUE FONT.
There you go.
Hopefully in a couple of days eBay will be kind to me. :p
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2. I’ve decided to sell most of my collection. I know there are people who would give my machines a better home then my over cluttered one. I’ll be updating the “For S.A.L.E” page and my Etsy soon.

3. I’m still on the stamp making rage. I’ve order two A4 sized rubber blocks yesterday (I think it was yesterday?) and I’m just kind of feeling a bit intimidated by all that space. Hmmm.
So I’m just using up my current stock and this is what I’ve been making:
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Loving it.
My aerogram stamp set is complete with the airmail border. It’s a pretty cool design too. Hopefully it’ll sell on my Etsy…
The peony one was a random experiment that turned out pretty awesome – hopefully I’ll make a couple more and get wood to mount it on, and put them up on my Etsy.

4. Stamp ideas are taking over my brain. There’s a chameleon and a armadillo somewhere in there… and typewriters, and foxes and random doodle shout outs…
Typewriter tin designs have captured my eyes right now. I might make a series…

5. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a use-able word that rhymes with “orange”?

6. Australian eBay is having a nice wave of orange Traveller de luxes.

7. Is it lunch time yet? I think it is.

8. My hubby’s really sweet, he bought me more egg custard buns when I finished my packet. He made a round trip to the Chinese Emporium after work for me. Awwww :’)

9. There’s less than two weeks before the 10% discount ends on my etsy.

10. Today’s Friday, means tomorrow is Saturday: YES AH! DUMP SHOP DAY! WOOOOOO
I really wanted these from the dump:
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11. We picked up a adjustable triple hole puncher and a awesome white Victorian wall lamp for $5 at the dump shop last week!

12. The new Spider-Man movie is super duper awesome. I kinda of want to watch it again.

13. Oh, wonder what happened to the corgi-duchund cross puppy dear we saw at the pound… I hope she found a good home. :(

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14. I really want to have popcorn right now. Maybe some ice cream too…
I was going to say somethig else but I’ve totally forgotten.
Oh wait. Yes.
It’s been confirmed. My white Hermes baby is absolutely lost in the mail.

15. I forgot to mention about my first encounter with a typewriter right here in the Territory.
I ended up passing it because it was expensive and full of cockroach eggs and remains.
It looks better in the pictures, trust me.
It’s a real pity because it was a rare Bluebird.
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I might just stop there and be on my way making a stamp now… Or just do the sporadic thing.
Hope you have a great day!
(or night, or great tomorrow day!)