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claradead

claradead
Date Joined: October 19, 2017
Last Online: May 22, 2018
Birthday: November 3
Country: Hong Kong
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About Me

I am a watch designer. I was born and bred in Singapore, and left to stay (alone) in Hong Kong since 2013.

I am generally strange; people often comment that I am an old soul trapped in a younger body. I prefer all my things analogue, and mechanical. This spreads to things that may cause less convenience but of more joy (to me at least).

I listen to my dusty vinyls off the record player, wind up my watches before I wear them, check my pens are inked...but do not check my Whatsapp. (I currently have 141 chats unreplied.) It seems like international snail mail might get faster responses!

Hobbies

I practice Wing Chun (a form of Chinese martial art - made famous by IP Man) 3 times a week, and volunteer once a week.

Martial arts to me is not just exercise - it is a form of culture, discipline, science(YES SCIENCE!) and getting to know myself better from inside to outside.

As for volunteering, I get involved with local community as much as I can - from playing board games with elders, teaching English to non-native speakers, delivering unsold food to someone who needs that meal and rebuilding homes.

Favorite Books

On days I do not feel like socialising, I read books (only non-fiction), or do some writing. I am not very book smart, (I sucked at school) but I really love words - I do believe that knowledge is the biggest power after Love, and that the pen is the mightiest tool you can have.

I read every word my eyes lay on; as long as it is in a language I recognise. Since young, I've read nonstop from the ingredients of every packet food, to the components of tissue boxes, to every sign board..basically I read everything.

My current favourite authors include Atul Gawande and Micheal Pollan.

Note: I HATE novels. I also do not enjoy art journals, or design magazines. I will pick a science journal over those anytime!!!

Favorite Crafts

Being a (product) designer, crafting..is basically my blood. I have dealt with all sorts of materials - fabric, paper, plastic, wood, metal..building anything and everything since young. And that was how I became a product designer.

However, since space is very expensive and limited in Hong Kong, I have given up those materials, and tried to keep this hobby 'minimal'. I am currently obsessed with my Traveler's Notebook, and have filled it in diligently. I do however, cannot resist inks, pens, stickers and washi but can never bear to use them - that is why I'm joining this site hopefully I can use it to decorate stuff to swap with people!!!

Things Im mostly interested in swapping now - (non-judgemental) handdrawn/handmade ATCs, postcards, journal and maybe some embroidery? Currently extremely obsessed with inks (I'm trying a lot of custom made pot inks with my glass dip pen every day when I get home!) and postage stamps! (Hong Kong has some crazy interactive stamps that when scanned with their official post office app they become 3D!)

Note: Being a designer does NOT mean I draw/paint/sketch well. I have been using the computer to illustrate my entire working life! I literally build/craft things a lot better than drawing/painting/sketching anything. Basically a 3D person.

Ratings

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Comment: I think that’s a pretty postcard with the background and Chinese letters. Do you know the English translation? Thanks for something you didn’t like that I think is a nice addition to my collection! Love these swaps!
Response: Haha, it was a pack of sarcasm cards - the text takes a poke on lines used in the ancient Chinese palace:P I'm just glad u didn't think it was ugly! Best Regards again from Hong Kong.
lilmissthrifty rated for 5 questions letter #1 on May 20, 2018
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Comment: Good luck with all of your adventures! and Thank you for beautiful and fun mail! HEARTS!
Response: Thank u, thank u, thank u! Best regards from Hong Kong:)
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your letter to your future self. I hope you accomplish all your goals:)
Response: Thank u, and best regards from Hong Kong!
abshanghai rated for #13 ATC on May 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the ATC. I hope all is well.
Response: Thank u, and best regards from Hong Kong!
Scrapinitblue rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #6 on May 12, 2018
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your responses!
basykes rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #6 on May 10, 2018
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Comment: What fun answers...and yes, your sister is crazy. I enjoyed looking at her Instagram photos.
Response: Haha glad you enjoyed reading. Best Regards from Hong Kong!
RevelationCreations rated for Just to Say Hello Swap on May 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the letter. I enjoyed getting to know you and looking forward to keeping in touch.
Response: Hi, I hope to get to know you better as well:) XX
Conni59 rated for ATC - "Human Body" on May 1, 2018
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Comment: I love this ATC! Thank you so very much!
Response: I enjoyed doing this - really glad you liked it:)
roosje rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 12 on Apr 25, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the card, I will try to squeeze in two more stamps!
Katsura rated for ATC - "Human Body" on Apr 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for an awesome ATC! <3
Response: I enjoyed doing this - really glad you liked it:)
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Comment: Hi Clara, thank you very much for the mini-zine, which arrived safely today.
Response: Hope you liked it; maybe we can be penpals!
AnneliesV rated for CH: 3 Coins Not from Your Country on Apr 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
Response: Hope you liked the coins; thank you for the rating and heart<3
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Response: Thank you for the rating; hopefully we can become penpals!
scrappermama rated for 50 Random Questions EMAIL Swap on Apr 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for resending & sharing! Bottoms up girlfriend! Lol! I, like you, love beer! Yum! Happy Spring mz. Clara!
Response: Awww thank you for the heart, fellow beer buddy! Happy Spring to you as well - look forward to future swaps with you;)
HexG rated for 50 Random Questions EMAIL Swap on Apr 17, 2018
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Response: Thank you!
Gatzcat rated for 20 Questions on Apr 15, 2018
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Comment: Thanks. Good luck with your goals
Response: Thank you!
RakkaS rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 13, 2018
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kygirl rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 13, 2018
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Comment: Thanks!!
simcoe54 rated for Private Swap - Coins for Tokens on Apr 11, 2018
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Comment: Great coins - thanks for adding to my collection and the private swap.
MelbourneGirl rated for Doodle me a Flower! PC INT on Apr 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you - your card is absolutely beautiful! We will treasure it <3

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USAFwife on Oct 22, 2017:

What a beautiful, well filled profile!

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