Explosion Time!

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There are just tons of things happening in every corner I turn.

Time for some focus so that the creative explosion can happen. Become what Martin calls the pre-pro-photgrapher lah, build house lah, find the balance between being a Bochuplah and Bridezilla, earn more money lah, go for facial lah, more mummy time lah, migrate blog lah, set up proper website lah, lose 7kgs lah ... so many things!

But all exciting, nonetheless.

Rock and rolling time for the next 4 months. Woohoo!

PS: Thanks Andre, for the powerful fancy sparkler swing!

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Declutter Letters

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Hilda's Wedding.

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The full agency alumni girls finally got together for the best reason anyone of us can ... a wedding. Hilda's wedding!

The picture perfect affair was held outdoors and it such a delight to see Hilda marching down the lawn. Purdy bride + hamson groom + romantic french speech which sounded so beautiful but I don't understand a word of + an endearing tell-all emcee ... absolutely magical.

No awkward conversations, no need to try avoid eye contact with the stranger across the table ... just us - a bunch of cussing hussies in our elegant clutches and maxi dresses (of course we are not made equal: some more proficient in Hokkien than others, some dresses shorter than others).

By 3pm, ALL of us were sufficiently imbibed and were a giggling, stumbling mess that drank champagne out of wine glasses and took nearly 3 minutes each to descend a flight of 10 step stairs. Not the most classy but oh-so-fun!

Have a good life together, Mr and Mrs Birge!

PS: All weddings should have a French speech just because it sounds so good!

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Pencil Porn

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I collect pencils.

It started out as a souvenir scavange of a travelling schoolgirl. Pencils or postcards are the cheapest things you can buy when you are but a 14 year old let loose in the streets of Europe. I chose pencils because you can sometimes get them for free ... just knick them off the check-in counters of hotels and exhibitions.

The collection of pencils I have is sitting somewhere in Jurong, warehoused a carton box, waiting for the day of glory to arrive so that they can finally see the world.

I miss my pencils.

For that, I will leave you with the schweeeeetest eye candy I've laid my eyes on for a long time. 500 colour pencils from Social Designer, mailed to you in a torturous ritual of 25 colours x 20 months.

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Little Miss Not-So-Squinty-Anymore

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Has anyone seen my daughter?
She kinda looks like me with her glasses on ... Oh, tell me it's true!

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Six6 Wedding at TP.

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The most haps wedding I've attended has to go to the couple with the most haps proposal video ... April and Boi. Their Six6 Wedding (6 June, Saturday) was held at the place where they first met ... Temasek Poly. A marquee was laid out in the centre of the garden outside the TP Design Canteen and it was magical ...

Click here for more photos of the day.

Wedding car of choice is none other than Mr Randy Ang's infamous Twiggy of "I Like Tow Truck" fame. It was so good to see it transport the wedding couple without glitches.

Happiness to April and Boi lah!

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OVI-rian Cancer.

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Just when I thought I found the answer to my phone synching woes (wonky bluetooth connection to the laptop lah) ... Ovi.com came along.

Just when I happily uploaded all 1325 contacts online ... added photos ... changed details ... it freaking corrupted my data.

Just when I was looking forward to seeing faces on my callers/callees ... no photos appeared except on the online version.

Nokia ... Like that how can? How can your data back-up service make me lose my data?

3 hours of enthusiasm lost.
30 contacts lost.
With nothing on your forum to address this cheetoad issue ...

And now, I'm back to Outlook on my wonky bluetooth connection.

Ovi ... FAIL!
Wake me up when you are out of beta.
Mucho angry!

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Mother - Aunty - Daughter.

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It's true.
There are many roles a woman can take on.
There might also come a time when you will be robbed of everything you have built and all you have left are the children and your faith.

I'm learning how to be a mother, aunty and daughter once again.

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Sandy Lam Said HI To ME!!!

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Miss Metallica/Pearl Jam/Iron Maiden/Nirvana T-shirt went for a Chinese concert.

My FIRST Chinese concert (the Chinese orchestra ones during Nanyang days don't count, thank you.) and I'm so glad it was a Sandy Lam concert! Woo Hoo!

I'm not going to give reviews or anything about the concert except:

  1. The tickets were compliments of my brother. So thank you Singtel MIO.
  2. Sandy Lam is a GREAT vocalist!!!
  3. The video wall design was UNREAL and absolutely blew me away.
  4. I only knew 3 songs in the whole concert (which included ""愛上一個不回家的人" and 2 others which I will only know when I hear it again) but I totally enjoyed myself.
  5. When I turn 42, I am going to ask Kim Robinson if he would cut my plebeian hair and make me as gorgeous as Sandy Lam. Donations, however small are most welcome ... starting now. Oh, I accept Paypal.

For the hard core music review stuff ... I'm sure it'll be out in the news soon. Here are some pictures from 26 rows AMSL (above mean STAGE level).





Now time for sideshow news.

My extremely obliging sister took photos with me and the very precious tickets. I just can't conceal my excitement! However, her mood went from superb to disinterested to rolling her eyes. I know, I know ... I took my sister's goodwill (and good mood) too far. At photo #29, I finally got the point.




The most essential item one needs when going to a concert is the lightstick! I contemplated bringing some of the break-and-shake glow sticks because aren't they de rigeur?

Well, luckily we ran out of them at home ... I would have been a complete dunce if I had brought them. Everyone there had light sabers! They weren't just boring Star Wars fluorescent tubes, but actually LED lights that flicker and changes colour! I was fascinated by a group of ardent fans who had RETRACTABLE light popsicles. Yes, you read me right ... RETRACTABLE! For the quick dancy tracks, they pulled it out to its full golf umbrella length glory and pounded it in time with the tempo. For the dreamy ballads, they reduced it to an arm length phallic looking device that drew rainbows in the dark, as far as their arms could reach.

Not to be outdone, I bought a pair of blue air traffic control light tubes for $10 from the roadside vendors. These must be the best investments I've ever made in concert-going history! It made Sandy say HI to me! ME! ME! ME! Even my sister will vouch for it!

Sandy (yes, on first name basis now that we are such chummies) waved at my section of the crowd. As I was the only one with a light stick on the upper block, she said "Shang Mian De Peng You, Ni Hao!" and she was referring to me! ME ME ME! Of which, I screamed in reply "Wo Hen Hao!" OMG OMG OMG! I am a gushing groupie all over again ...

Sandy said HI to ME!!



Somebody's car will be Cantopop filled for the next 2 months ... heh heh heh.
WO HEN HAO!

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Cravings.

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It's funny how late night photo archiving without dinner makes every photo seem delicious.

In this case ... meatballs and chicken wings!

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Lost Our Heads.

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So much of my time is now spent in the real world that I've forgotten that I have a project called THE BLOG which requires constant updating so that I can remember the real world that I've been in ... this documentary must go on!

Caught in uncannily similar poses ... Shea and I are domestically blissful as we monkey around in our newly acquired headgear.

Mine is the latest Robocop accessory necessary to make me a safe pillion rider with built in shades and air vents. No more stinky helmets to be shared with random pillion XYZ anymore! This is mine, Mine, MINE!!!

Shea found hers in the heartland IKEA ... otherwise known as TOYOGO warehouse in Toa Payoh. It is my storage wonderland and plastic inhalant fix ... new boxes smell so goooooood! For 1% of the price of my helmet, this "tween"* who watches way too much American TV decided she needed the latest Miley Cyrus accessory to make her a trendmonster. Hence, a gardening hat would have to pass for a ten-gallon hat.

Note*: Kidspeak 2008. Shea describes peeps her age who aren't kiddos but aren't quite teens yet? And they have to be like under thirteen? So they are in be"TWEEN"?? Sigh ... I am like such an old woman, 'cos I like so didn't get it until she got like totally literal with me. *Gasp*

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Thumbie!

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I couldn't decide to call this post THUMBIE or HANDY-PUS.

In the end, I decided on THUMBIE because Bryan calls me that in the affectionate way my Indian friends would call their elder brothers. Very endearing in an irritating way.

This cigarette pack worthy photo is to show ALL YOU NAIL-BITERS out there what can happen to you if you persist. Apparently, I bit off more than I could chew and caused bacteria to enter the cavity where thumb-skin used to be. They had a SWELL time in there and invited friends to join them UNDER my nail and BESIDE my cuticle before causing my thumb to double in size and a fever to set in.

So please, if you need a visual deterrent for you to stop biting your nails, look no further.

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Hairdodo!

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This is too funny to keep in the archives!
Go have fun at www.yearbookyourself.com NOW!

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Lose Weight!

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So ... I intended to take photos of dinner with ex-colleagues today so that I can blog about it. FORGOT TO TAKE ANY.

So ... I intended to post pictures to celebrate the good form of both my 1819supermovement partners (one blogged! one updated the 1819 website!) but didn't have photos of 3 of us.

According to the words of the wise old man ... he said "Aiyah, you can blog about anything what ..."

So yeah ... here's a reminder to freaking LOSE WEIGHT! I used to look like that ... now LOSE MORE WEIGHT, DAMN IT!

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Carspotting.

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This car is quite simply known as the "vintage Mercedes that Abigael is in love with" (VMTAIILW). Though it is not my dream car ... it is #2.

WHITE Specimen (no photo) was seen at AutoBahn while driving down Bukit Timah many years ago. Love.



RED specimen was spotted in the beauteous city of Paris in the Mercedes showroom where German dreams come true. Love.



SILVER specimen was spotted in Tudoresque house near church. Love.

This is one of those times where I have not bothered to wiki/google/asked for the name of the car. I quite like it being known as the VMTAIILW.

Having said that, if anyone would offer to tell me what the proper name is ... please do. It will make me feel as good as finally knowing the name of the cute crush whom I met at the sandwich shop every other day and looked forward to meeting more of the next every other day. (PLEASE NOTE PAST TENSE USED HERE)

You know that feeling.

NOTE: APA LAH DEY! Was just told by the meister that those 2 cars are different lah! (Who knows ... maybe the white one is different too!) It's like I fell in love with a pair of (or maybe 3) brothers who look REALLY alike and I think they are the same person until told otherwise. APA LAH DEY!

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Abigael Fends Off ... Stuff.

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I am still here!

Just uber busy fending off the things that have been piling up ... four houses, one daughter, two families, one beeba, one-thousand-eight-hundred-and-nineteen commitments, recovering from a 2 month old holiday and expecting another if leave permits ....

Life is hard but my superhero instincts are kicking in ...

HAIIIIIIIIII - YAAAAAAAAAAAK!

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Sweet Surrender.

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Yes, I have a problem with submission.

It's never easy to give in to what you do not know and not be able to question, second-guess nor know where to look for answers. I guess this is faith and there is no other way to circumvent it but to believe.

Hope it all turns out well ...

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Christmas Is Coming!!!

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Shea and I are all ready to celebrate Christmas with our reindeer gear! Are you? It's only 2 months away!! Woo Hoo!!!

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Watch Your Back.

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The last couple of days have reiterated the fact that I have taken too many things for granted in life. Family members, kinship and ... your back.

I landed myself in A&E 3 days ago after waking up with an acute pain in my back and my left body numb. Tests concluded that it was kidney stones but x-ray showed otherwise. Doctor concluded it was muscle strain but that does not explain the blood. So yup ... here I am left with medication to treat the symptoms, a week-long appointment to see an urologist and a multiple calls to friends to find out more about orthopedic surgeons and chiropractors.

It's 5am now and I can't sleep lying down because my back hurts. I went to bed 2 hours earlier and phoned my sister at 4am in tears to help me out of the bed so that I can get some water and muscle relaxant. This morning, I struggled for 35 minutes before I called my mum to help me out of bed.

A long weekend finally ... all for the very wrong reasons.

So please, people ... take my advice, take care of your back and kidney. Do the right things. Drink plenty of water. Don't hold your bladder for more than 4 hours. Pee at least 5 times a day. Watch your posture. Never lie on your stomache to read or use your laptop for prolonged periods. Don't slouch. Bend your knees when picking up heavy things.

Trust me, there is no difference between this and labour contractions, except that you know that the pain for the latter will stop once the baby is out. The former, will stalk you for life.

PS: I never thought I would say this but I am extremely grateful that my sister woke up to help me out of bed and for offering me an extra pillow to prop myself up. Despite our (major) differences, blood is thicker than water. When all else fail you, the family is the only one you can turn to for unconditional love.

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Woven.

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Braintalk:

Is it so wrong to express repulsion publicly? Some just have stronger opinions than others and I really do not believe in clutter and the anti-thesis of friendship? I'd rather openly air my views than to let hypocrisy seal my lips.

I can't orientate myself in a world where one can be among friends ... a few of them whip out a Wifi object ... and start to look for more friends.

Pridetalk:
I am really not one of those wayward teenagers who insist on listening to alternative music because mainstream is not cool lor!!! I LOVE TAKE THAT and NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK what!!! Where got super alternative?

I am really not one of those pompous bitch who read classics only! I read chick flicks also what?!!?!? I read THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA leh!! How mainstream is that?!?!

Hearttalk:
Flexibility is not a weakness. Bend with the wind lah. Giving in is not such a bad thing after all ... especially if it brings happiness to the one you love and in turn yourself.

Conclusiontalk:

I've woven myself into the fabric of social netwoking and is part of the herd.
This tirade is to tell you I have signed up for Facebook too ok?

Baaa .. baaa ... baaa ...

PS: I would like to welcome my first Facebook friend ... Dr Monique Goh!

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Mowed My Lawn.

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Garden leave is over ... so goodbye to personal time.

The last 5 weeks have been piled up with activities and mini projects. On hindsight, there wasn't a single day where I wasn't out of the house or running some errand.
  • Organised 2 birthday parties for my 2 most beloved.
  • Packed my belongings for long term storage.
  • 1819 at the National Education Exhibition.
  • Handphone chasing at Ah Beng shops.
  • Took AutoCad refresher course.
  • I met lawyer, lawyer, lawyer.
  • Caught up with old friends.
  • Shea fell sick, sick, sick.
  • Daily family chauffeur.
  • Sunday commitment.
  • A residential project.
  • A cinematic project.
  • I fell sick, sick, sick.
  • A necklace project.
  • Scarquoise debut.
  • Thursday class.
  • Booked exams.
  • Park jogging.
  • Lost weight.
And finally ... started work.
Back to my first love of architecture.
I hope I do well enough ... so wish me luck.

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Things That Make Me Go ... Awww. III.I

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I know I am very much loved when I hear this from gadgetmeister.

You know ... you have lasted longer than most of my contraptions.

Wow.

I've outlived the car, 2 honks, the scooter, tv (both small and big screen), entertainment system, OSIM iSqueeze, 2 iPod shuffles, the iPod Nano, 3 Nokias, 2 Sony Ericssons, 2 pairs of slippers, the PSP, the PS2, 4 hard drives, 1 thumb drive, 3 point-and-shoot cameras, the refrigerator, the electric kettle, the cordless phone and the toilet flush.

I only fall behind the Powerbook, the Leica, the toaster oven ... and a partridge in a pear tree!

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Cleansed By Fire.

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Today was one of those dramatic days where I took my cue from the soppy silver screens.

Much time was spent today packing and there was just so much junk unearthed. Bleached receipts, pay slips from 2001, phone bills from the days of yonder and some other papery substance that should never exist ever, ever again.

After an hour of being the human confetti maker of invalid documents ... I remembered this was the Seventh Month, probably the only time of the year for sanctioned arson behaviour. With the joss paper bin, a handy dandy lighter and plenty of fuel to spare; a magnificent fire was set.

Paper turned to ashes immediately, tracing paper contorted to a crackling pile before combustion point, felt burned to a crisp ... it was therapeutic to watch pieces of my history disappear slowly as the hungry flames devoured my sorrow, my naïveté and my youth.

Goodbye and thanks for the blaze.

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The Beading Lady Is Back With Scarquoise!

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Woo hoo!! Abigael the Beading Lady blog is alive with updates again!

So ... the pictures took 4 months manifest as I had to set up "studio" a few times. Out of the 16 sets of earrings/necklaces ... I only managed to take 6 satisfactory pictures.

That's a start for now.

So ... SCARQUOISE was termed by the beloved because erm ... the colours were scarlet and turquoise. Also, I really liked the Caribbean feel to it when coupled with white.

It started to morph into a whole study of complementary colours and reworking my palette outside of my usual range of hues/materials as evinced in the coral and jade pairs.

Also, I'm making no more than 2 pairs of each as some of the beads are hard to gather.

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Price: S$28 (This pair is SOLD OUT at "preview" - Thank you thank you thank you!!!)

To order: Email info@abigael.sg

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Blueprints.

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It has been 10 years ago since I thought in 3D.

The time has come for the decision to want to get back into the swing of things and I really hope this works out because there is nothing more rewarding than to once again, enjoy work. If I can help it and with divine intervention in place ... I hope this signals the end of Monday phobias where I spent Sunday nights (eventually, it became the whole day) dreading that stroke of midnight.

Floorplan courtesy of Mak's Glimpses of Light. Fingers courtesy of Elna.

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Of Closure and Inspiration.

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I resigned today, guys.
It is also my last day.

I've been in Company Random Letter A for the last 2 years 3 months. My last stint was 5 years in Company Random Letter X. I have no idea when and whether I will be in Company Random Letter E, F, G, H, T.

Mixed feelings overhelmed me ... the sadness to leave the people I have grown to love, to be at liberty to exercise the right of choice, the chagrin to be a participant in the ritualistic frogmarch, developing a sanguine outlook to close off pertinent matters and a sudden helplessness to not know what to do next at 4pm.

Go home?
Celebrate with a dollop of Cookie Dough Dynamo?
Release my exploding bladder at a public toilet (quite dirty hor) at Far East Square for the first time in 2 years?
Call more friends in the area up for tea?

This is a contemplative period for me as things are going to be very different. Changes in status, changes in choice, changes in lifestyle.

Now that I have low/no income ... I can take buses!
Now that I have no meetings ... I don't have to wear make-up!
Now that I have time on my hand ... I can see Shea up and down her schoolbus!
Now that I have no stalkers ... I don't need to check my caller ID before answering calls!

I picked up something from an inspiring Latin spouting Indian man today and I will quote it:

In the essentials, there is unity.
In the non-essentials, there is diversity.
In everything, there is charity.

I also picked up something from a very uninspiring source today in a moment of awkward silence and since it is surface-chat extreme, I will also quote it:

"For small talk's sake ...I'll let you know that I did XXX yesterday."

Wow ... Well done to you both yo!
Good learnings are to be picked up from everywhere!

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SHREK Eyes for Insanity!

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I love all the SHREK memorabilia from McDonald's!

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I Drank Plant Water!

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Say Happy Easter to Abby if I rise from the dead.

I drank water meant for my plants. Yes, the green sprigs you see behind my Easter egg. I am so going to die (all assets go to Shea). Or my nails are turning brown. Or has excessive facial hair growth (cos I just added fertilisers to the water). Or lao sai!!

I'm anticipating.

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Can You Lose Your Ability To Write?

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Apparently, yes.

The last post had 8 mistakes (more to be uncovered, I'm sure) and the grammar police had to intervene. Jia lat liao ... this is what happens when I become lazy and start posting pictures with 2 liners instead of articulating my point of view.

Note to self: Write more!
Note to grammarpol: Thank you!

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Of all the classic toys like Lego, board games, jigsaw puzzles, card games, Jenga, paint by numbers, etc ... the only one I hated was Play-Doh.

I had absolutely no affinity for plasticine because my brain just cannot think in 3D (don't ask me how why I took interior architecture) and I have absolutely no sense of proportion when it comes to figurines (I failed figure drawing in school).

The only thing I could make to great likeness was the snowman. Hahah .. because children on TV show you how to do it.

HOWEVER ... a trip to Toys' R Us with Shea led me to make this impulse buy which I am so in love with. It's called the PLAY-DOH MAKE ‘N DISPLAY STAGE SHOW.

Otherwise known as the best product design since Brand's Essence of Chicken switched to plastic screw caps instead of metallic manicure murderers. You see, the set comes with a guide book so that you can create 'em, stack 'em and then display em'! No more tossing out of rock hard pieces of colourful nonsense - It's such a waste of dough (pun intended)!!!

Now, you can make your own diorama! I can't contain my excitement as I am going to swipe these collectibles off the shelves and turn myself into a David sculptor like Mr Michaelangelo.

In the wise words of grand dame Shea (with her latest acquired Swedish accent) ... "IT'S TOTALLY COOL YaOR!"

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