Swap-bot Time: December 12, 2018 6:02 am


Date Joined: May 6, 2014
Last Online: December 4, 2018
Birthday: April 9
Country: Singapore
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About Me

hesedetang prounounced as "her-ser-the-tang" – means "brown sugar" in Mandarin.

I am located in sunny Singapore.

I am a thirtysomething Christian, with a lot on my mind at the moment. 2013 & 2014 haven't been too great for me - I had two urgent and unexpected surgeries and had a brush with PTSD. A couple of months after that, I was thrown for a loop when I was suddenly asked to leave my work. In all, it was simply a very difficult and painful journey, but I believe things can only get better from here!

As of April 2015, I am now a certified Zentangle teacher, building a practice in Singapore.

I run a series of international ZIA swaps on SB, and I have been very fortunate to meet a lovely group of swappers here. So much talent goes into these swaps! We can be found on Pinterest.

About being a CZT

What is Zentangle? There are no short answers to this, as you will see on Zentangle.com. Zentangle is an art method that promotes mindfulness and relaxation.

Since graduating from the 18th Certified Zentangle Teachers Seminar in Rhode Island, I have been teaching Zentangle classes in Singapore and have been very fortunate to meet some very inspiring people. I am very happy to be on this new adventure :)

This is my Flickr album devoted to tangles.

About my Craft

  • I enjoy making jewelry and I have an online shopfront where most of my creations reside. I also have a Facebook Page

  • I have been making jewelry since 2006 for friends and family, but only started to sell them in 2014. It is cathartic and helps me get through times when I am highly stressed.

  • I like to up-cycle random parts from pre-loved or store-bought jewelry and include these as features in my creations. I make sure that I clean and sterilise every component manually, before I re-work them into any design. I like how unique the end product becomes - it is truly one of a kind. Up-cycling is a fascinating process and I am fairly addicted. That said, I will only swap jewelry with new, silver tone components and features, to avoid any unhappiness.

  • I love working with antiqued brass in my jewel craft, though I understand most people like silver tone. Hence I will swap silver tone unless specifically requested otherwise :)

  • I also love electroplated glass suncatcher beads [they can be half or full silver, AB plated or rainbow] and tibetan silver charms. I feature these very often in my work.

  • I like flea markets and craft fairs, especially if they are in benefit of a good cause. In July 2014 I took my little shop on the road for the first time ever ^_^ and I must say what a wonderful adventure it was. I now have a few more fairs coming up ;)

  • My shop updates, including discount codes, may be found here on the FB page.

About Swapping

  • First off, I do not have any intentions to flake. I am located in Singapore, where our national mail carrier is highly efficient and effective (I do not work for them lol).

  • 100% of my outgoing mail is sent by airmail, 100% of the time.

  • If something has not arrived after a reasonable timeframe, please let me know so I can resend :) I already do several swap and non-swap post-runs a week, usually Wednesdays and Fridays, so a quick re-send is no issue.

  • I appreciate open and honest communication at all times.

  • I actively decide to participate in fewer swaps and go for quality instead of having so many swaps which would eventually cause me to not even remember who my swap partners were. On this note, I keep a dedicated journal to record my foray into the swapping world ;) I update it in stages for each and every swap: when partners get assigned, when I have compiled and prepared for mailing out, when I have sent out, when I have received and when I have been rated and left ratings. It may appear OCD, but it truly helps me organise my thoughts better as I am also building my own CZT business at the same time.

  • I also promise to rate. Let me know if I have not rated and I will check my journal to see if I received your package.

Personal Preferences

  • I like photography, especially macro photography. Waterdroplets are one of my favourite photography subjects.

  • White is my favourite colour, and I like neutral shades like grey and teal.

  • I listen to J-pop and K-pop, and have a K-drama addiction :)

  • I am partial to animals. I have two Ragamuffin kittens [Dyllis and Dexter] and three hamsters. I have an active Hamstery and my Roborovski line is awaiting it's 9th generation.

  • I like to look at photography featuring Asian ball jointed dolls [BJDs] and Blythes. However, I only collect LaTiDoll Yellow 16cm dolls, as larger ones creep me out in real life. I do have a Blythe and a LaTiDoll Green 30cm doll but I reckon they'd each be my first and my last of their kind. [The said Blythe and LG dolls have both found loving new homes :) ]

  • I collect Re-ment miniatures. I am happy to do a private swap if anyone is interested in Re-ment too :)

  • I like white, green and flower teas best. Earl grey and other fruit teas are also fine.

  • I am not particular about brands of tea. That said, my favourite tea brands are DavidsTea, which we cannot get here in Singapore, and Gryphon, which is a Singaporean brand. If you happen to be my swap partner and wish to try out some Gryphon tea, do let me know and I will add something from my Gryphon stash to the package :) Or we could do a private DavidsTea/Gryphon swap ;)

  • I like glaciers, snowflakes and snowscapes.

  • I love travelling. Some places I have been include USA, UK, Australia, Japan and Korea......

  • I would prefer not to have any cartoon character items in swaps but these are the only characters I DO love:

  • Kapibarasan [Tryworks]
  • Totoro [Studio Ghibli]
  • Mamegoma [San-X]
  • Kyutusita Nyanko [San-X]
  • Sumikkogurashi [San-X]
  • Purin [Sanrio]
  • Cinnamoroll [Sanrio]
  • Sugarbunnies [Sanrio]

My dislikes

  • I appreciate thoughtful, hand-written notes instead of extras.

  • I am not a fan of Ginger, Chamomile or Chai teas, and I am kind of allergic to coffee. [Though even if these are sent, no problem - I can simply swap them again ^^ so please do not feel too badly.]

  • I do not like overly pagan/religious stuff. [I am a Christian. Scripture verses are v. welcome, however.]

  • I do not like receiving chocolate or candy in the mail because I live in the tropics. Someone once sent me some food items that were not packaged or wrapped, in a paper mailing box. It was a serious mess and one I'd like very much to avoid in future.

  • Non-raters. Even though I am fairly new, I have met a few non-raters on SB already. To me, not rating is equally rude and bad as flaking. If someone has taken time and effort to pick out and send something, I cannot see why the receiver cannot take time to rate, barring any exigencies.

  • I do not like gore, violence, crass or crude images or texts in any form. I just simply do not appreciate them, even if they are made in humour.

My Pets

Past and present.. Always in my heart..

Mocha the Brocolli Lover hesedetang on flickr

Ham-kiddies.. the highlight of my life.. hesedetang on flickr

Little Peanut-munchers.. hesedetang on flickr

Dyllis hesedetang on flickr

Dexter hesedetang on flickr

My Photography

hesedetang on flickr

hesedetang on flickr


Emro rated for ZIA Swap #50 Silence has Spoken II ATC on Dec 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful ATC! It is really gorgeous! 😍
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank you for rating :) Have a great week.
Emro rated for ZIA Swap #49 Autumn Gemstone ATC on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your amazing work of art! It is simply gorgeous! ^^
Response: Thank you for participating in my swap! I hope that this has taken away your initial concerns and doubts, leaving you with peace and enjoyment of the process! Take care and hope to swap with you soon!
jenmcjen rated for ZIA Swap #46 Terrific Tints 3 ATC on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! Wow, this is beautiful, and I love the fold-out aspect of it. What a clever idea. I agree - it would have been too sad to cut down. Also love the envelope from Singapore, and the BEAUTIFUL stamp on it. The tangling looks professional, which I guess it actually is. I thought how much I'd love to take the training, but saw the price and - nope! I'll just remain amateur. But thank you so so much!
Response: Thank you for taking the time to rate, I am glad you enjoyed this swap! Have a wonderful week, happy holidays.
Comment: Love it! Very cool! Thank you!
Response: I am glad it arrived safely :) Thank you for stopping by to rate. Have a wonderful weekend and be safe.
Comment: Hello Debbie, Thank you for the lovely card. i'm very enjoying it. Thanks for the tea. he was very nice. Loves Andrea
Response: Hello Andrea, it was really fun to make this postcard and I am very glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for rating and have a blessed week ahead!
Comment: Thanks for hosting the swap and sending me such a beautiful tangle. I am sorry for the late rating, I have found Spring and Summer to be keeping my away from my usual swappy pursuits. :) I appreciate the extra tile. I spent a lot ot time tangling thanks to this challenge!
Response: I understand how it is - this season has been really busy too, for me. But I try to make it a point to keep this series going because it helps me ensure I am taking time out to tangle! Take care and have a fantastic week!
Comment: Gorgeous tangle, as always! Xx
Response: Thank you for rating, have an awesome week! Hope to swap with you again soon :)
LizzyJo rated for ZIA Swap #41 - 'Way(bop) to go!' ATC on Mar 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC. I like your addition of gold to your Waybops, and the tangles on your envie. Thanks for hosting this swap.
Response: Thank you for rating <3 I appreciate having you join us! 'See' you again soon.. or should I say.. 'Swap' you again soon!
Comment: I don't think a skinny folded in half is quite the same as two ATCs, but I really like the delicate touches of gold.
Response: Haha no, it wasn't meant to be two either. I simply started it out and found I just couldn't "end" it. It became a two-sided ATC, because I couldn't decide which side looked better (to cut wasn't an option haha..) :) I'll try to do better next time <3 Thank you for rating! It's great to have you on board. Enjoy the spares x
Comment: I got this this morning - very creative pocket making! Thank you for the lovely Zentangles and for the cards.
Response: Thank you Daisy :) I hope you had fun with this swap because I did! Enjoy the tiles, take care, stay warm and be safe xx
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC, and being so persistent in making sure it made it's way to me. Sorry the mail service wasn't cooperative. I always love adding your work to my ATC collection.
Response: Thank you R - I am just glad they didn't lose it, it could have been worse LOL! I just hate losing art.. It breaks my heart. Thank you for always participating in my swaps, enjoy the extra tiles xx Lots of warm hugs, have a great week!
Comment: Thanks for the very beautifull ATC's you made for me. I really like your ZIA swaps it's always a pleasure to participate in them :) Thanks for the handmade Italian paper too!
Response: Hello and thank you for rating! Paper always makes me happy, so I hope it made you happy :)) Take care and have a great week!
Comment: Thanks for the beautifull Autumn ZIA. It's perfectly fine the way it turned out to be. It reminds me of an autumn leave this way.
Response: Thank you ;) As they say... there are no mistakes in Zentangle! Hahahaha.. Thank you for rating, take care :)
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ATC and all the gifts Xx
Response: Thank you lovely Aly <3
Comment: Thank you Debbie for this wonderful little ZIA postcard! Your style is exquisite. Juicy blacks, and such fine lines. Absolutely wonderful work. I can't wait to try the tea. I have a little tea ball and that will be my treat tonight after work!. Thank you :)
Response: Thank you for rating, and for your lovely comments :) I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I have enjoyed hosting it :)) Join us again soon!
Comment: Amazing as always
Response: Thank you for rating Tab :)
ArtByTab rated for ZIA Swap #32 - Old into New ATC on Jul 15, 2017
Response: Thank you for rating :)
Comment: So pretty!! Thank you so much! I love it!!
Response: Thank you for rating :) I enjoy swapping with you :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC and note. I will be adding it to my collection of Zentangle ATC's. So sorry to hear about your friend. :*(
Response: Thank you for rating :) I enjoy swapping with you :) Yeah, it has been a tough year for us and her family too xx

Rating Overview

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LizzyJo on May 19, 2015:

Congrats on becoming a CZT!

hyperoma on Mar 9, 2015:

Shout out to a fellow Singaporean swapper!

anrtist on Dec 28, 2014:

THANK YOU FOR Hosting such a great SWAP in the ZZ Group! ;-) we just got some bookmark swaps up too! I hope you will join in those too! ;-)
Blessings, cc

kats on Dec 19, 2014:

Hello lovely! I just received your note, kitty stickers and photos! Wow your cats are beautiful; thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you too! Sending love from Canada xo

anrtist on Dec 16, 2014:

ZENTANGLE ZEN GROUP Greetings! You are an officer so you may host some fun swaps for us if you want to! Have a GREAT CHRISTMAS!
Blessings, cc

LunaMoody on Nov 14, 2014:

Thank you for you kind comment on my profile. It means a lot to hear that someone cares. I hope you have Happy Holidays 💙💙💙 Lisa

Candyn29 on Oct 29, 2014:


kats on Sep 26, 2014:

Thanks for the warm wishes! It's been an eventful few weeks-- getting married, moving back into our home, and turning 30 years old! I couldn't be happier (and the kitties are over the moon to be home too!). Just posted your parcel, I don't want to give anything away but the toys have catnip in them! That's all I will say! I sent it airmail so it should arrive soon! xo

anrtist on Sep 3, 2014:

Hi! LLL Group Greetings! Blessings, cc

mickeykul on Aug 15, 2014:

Got your wonderful envelope :) Thank you so much you are wonderfull! love the earings...so nice :) have a great day :) mickeykul

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