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claradead

claradead
Date Joined: October 19, 2017
Last Online: February 23, 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. My only purpose is to put an extra smile on someone's face, so I hardly ever tell a second person that I am 'volunteer-ing'.

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 and stickers 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!!!

Crafts Im mostly interested in swapping now - anything to do with (non-judgemental) handdrawn/handmade ATCs, postcards, journaling, and maybe some embroidery?

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: Part 1 received! I've collected most of my bits but it's not packaged up yet.
Scrapinitblue rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #2 on Feb 23, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for swapping with me!
Zildjian1995 rated for Year of the Dog Greetings on Feb 22, 2018
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Comment: Hey Clara, just received your postcard, and yes it seems like we do have a lot of common ground and this will be the only time I'll take being called a pig as a compliment:) I'm doing good, just working non stop. Also, I'm really digging the wax seal, it's going in my collection:P Thanks!
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Comment: Thanks for the card I will pass it on :)
emeraldawn rated for Beginner/newbie friendly ATC #1 on Feb 6, 2018
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Comment: I love you butterfly/owl art you did on the ATC. Thank you so much for that and the little goodies.
Response: hey Rebekah thank you for the rating and heart! Glad you liked it:)
Minivandreams rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #2 on Feb 6, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your answers. I collect stickers too. I even have a “sticker book” to put my best/favorite ones.
Response: hey Julia thank you for the rating and heart! 1 can never have too many stickers. I am aiming to be more involved with social good endeavors as well!
spicemom rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #2 on Feb 5, 2018
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Comment: Hi Clara Thank you for your email o enjoyed 📚 it Spicemom
Response: hey Alison thank you for the rating and heart!
neecie rated for 30 Questions on Jan 30, 2018
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Comment: it sure is OK not to have traditions, i say. quotations also are unnecessary if you've can understand & express yourownself adequately! good luck with your career project & thanks for participating on swap-bot :)
Response: Thank you for the encouraging words:)
bruxbaby rated for 30 Questions on Jan 30, 2018
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the rating!
Senga89 rated for 30 Questions on Jan 28, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your answers :) have a nice day
Response: Thank you for the rating!
PeachyDoll rated for Alphabet ATCs - K & L on Jan 9, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the two cute atcs :)
Response: Hope you liked it!
Conni59 rated for Alphabet ATCs - I & J on Dec 5, 2017
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Comment: The I and J alphabet atcs are wonderful! You said you were a beginner but these are so nicely done. Thank you ❤️
Response: Thanks for the compliment; Im glad you liked it!!!
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Comment: Tumour swap arrived today :) looks great so far, can't wait to read more thoroughly. :)
Response: <3
Beat rated for Alphabet ATCs - E & F on Nov 16, 2017
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Comment: Wow what a cool technique
Response: Hope you liked it:)
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Comment: Awesome ATC, Clara! Thank you for reading my profile for ideas too. I also read your note and I would like to wish you a happy belated birthday
Response: Thank you for the wish, and glad you like the ATC:)

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USAFwife on Oct 22, 2017:

What a beautiful, well filled profile!

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