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claradead

claradead
Date Joined: October 19, 2017
Last Online: August 9, 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

manme rated for Alphabet ATC's - C & D on Aug 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much!
RooBaRoo rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - June 2018 on Jul 7, 2018
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Comment: This is a very interesting chunk, front & back, You have beautiful lettering, thank you! :) When you do visit India, I'd love to take you around!!!
Mark63 rated for ENLIGHTEN ME POSTCARD SWAP-MAY on Jun 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your "Enlightening" postcard. :-)
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Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful postcard with nice stamps, I really liked the dog that refused to eat caviar, hahaha, how crazy! Greetings from Chile!
Response: We live in a crazy world don't we! Thank you for the heart and rating. Best Regards from Hong Kong!
LadyCyr rated for Dragon postcard swap ~ INT on Jun 17, 2018
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Comment: I love the card I only wish I could read the kanji
Response: (ROAR I forgot the text on it haha.) Thank you for the heart and rating. Best Regards from Hong Kong!
SephJez rated for 10 used past stamp#80✿♥‿♥✿ on Jun 17, 2018
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Comment: Hi Clara! Thank you for the stamps, they are very nice! I loved the envelope too. :D
Response: I'm just glad you loved it:) Hope to meet you in future swaps; and thanks for the heart and rating!
Lazydaisy0104 rated for Alphabet ATC's - A & B on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: I love my ATC you made!!! So neat. You are a very talented artist!! I hope to be paired up with you again in the future!!! 😍👏🏻❤️ Thanks for being an awesome swapper!
Response: I'm just glad you liked it:) I also hope to meet you in future swaps! Thank you for the heart and rating. Best Regards from Hong Kong!
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ulosteet rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #7 on Jun 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your email, Clara! I'm so sorry to hear you're losing your job. Watchmaking seems like it would be really interesting. I, too, come from a dying industry; I worked at my local newspaper for about 10 years. It's sad to see these things dying out. 😕
Response: Yes:( (I have officially lost my job last week.) I am a fan of newspapers too - I got a manual typewriter, and some newsprint to make my own sometimes!
katmandu rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #7 on May 31, 2018
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Comment: Enjoyed reading your responses and getting to know you better! Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the rating:) Best regards from Hong Kong!
pintis rated for MUSEUM POSTCARD SWAP -MAY on May 30, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I wonder what the purpose of that pool of water was.
Response: Thanks for the rating - I think it was used to wash the debris before the glaze was put on? Maybe.
loveistea rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #7 on May 29, 2018
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Comment: Clara, thank you so much for sending your bucket list! I loved everything about it - the envelope, the super soft paper, the bold font of the headlines and your handwriting too. Thank you for being so thoughtful in your answers! It was a joy to read.
Response: Thank you for the rating and kind words! You made my day:)
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Comment: Thank you for the stamps and the extra special envelope. Love the wax seal. So cool!
Response: and thank you for the rating:) Best Regards from Hong Kong!
annim rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #6 on May 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! :)
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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!

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USAFwife on Oct 22, 2017:

What a beautiful, well filled profile!

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