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History’s haunting halo.

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Unactivated.

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This cat’s eye is in power.

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Virginal.

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Hepburn.

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Warhol.

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Roger Waters and the frame shop uncle so cooool.

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Therapy they say I didn’t say.

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BOY this is delicious!

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GIRL this is succulent!!

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Dr Alice Wonderland.

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Rubies have rights too.

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Two favourite pastimes. Wanting & eating.

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How to tell the doctor about this?

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First prototype of plique-a-jour is more like Bahamas.

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Only one backside on this chair please.

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Attempt At Advertising.

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Whichever way you look at it…

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This story has many others.

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Four Bits of Gold, Chinese Jewellery Singapore

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Chinese and lovin it.

 

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Birds trapped in phoenix forms.

 

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Ethnicity in every city is high karat gold.

 

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The thing or its shadow?

 

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Rendering 3D in 2D.

 

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Hand cut diamonds versus machine cut diamonds.

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A Peranakan style after the war is clearly seen here. More retro perhaps.

 

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Our heaviest necklace for now, all in the absence of birds or insects.

 

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5 fold parts; 4 hinges. Grand.

 

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Peranakan ‘filigree’ set, with hand cut diamonds.

 

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Wildflower fried rice…?

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Hup Seng, diamonds, and Jacobs.

 

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Mixing hand cut and old European cut diamonds, for birdy’s sake.

 

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Peranakan ‘diamond’ set, with full cut or old European cut diamonds.

 

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Never unsurprising.

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Yo would make a handsome groom.

 

Details of Peranakan jewellery.

 

We had a request recently to put together a Peranakan ‘Si Dian Jin’ set. What do you think?

The traditional set was to put hand cut diamonds in one set, and for another set to have only full cut diamonds. We followed this gesture and realized how hard it would be to select just ONE set. I suppose it’ll be even worse for the bride!

If more thought was put into Si Dian Jin sets, no more will these be ‘just a gesture’.

After all, “it is also believed that jewels would give women a buffer against misfortune should their husbands and sons prove unreliable providers.”

Heheheh.

Call me small woman, but what’s so bad in the tradition that a woman would be the principal display of her husband’s wealth? Frown upon, yes, but love expresses itself in myriad ways.

Jewellery is almost inseparable from intention. It crystallizes some big ideas into a pinhole – doubt the motive, not the jewel.

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Routine amongst rogue

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Making even the darkest sublime, our job.

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This slow suitcase of our work.

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Can’t tell work from rubbish, Part One.

 

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Can’t tell work from rubbish, Part Two.

 

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If I stare long enough, Part Three.

 

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If I move them about, Part Four.

 

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I will keep you somewhere, To Be Continued.

 

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His eyes are there… Hero, the blackest cat with the voice of all voices. The voice that saved him and three other trapped cats.

 

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Living in the city means his collar will get lost. Again. And again.

 

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I cannot decide if this shows off his crescent eyes…

 

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Or this.

 

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Chinese crescents.

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Chinese. At the lake, fruits.

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Russian. Frozen, ballet.

 

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Anatomy of Performance by Ngiap Heng, a fellow Joo Chiat denizen.

 

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Beautiful and green with no envy.

 

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Small and beautiful, knows no war.

 

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The Wind in July

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Greeeen…

 

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and with some action in the right light…

 

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it’s purple!

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Alexandrite, natural, a color hard to photograph, and harder to describe.

 

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A diamond with lines is firm. There are no facets to distract.

 

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Pared down to perfection. Mid century stillness.

 

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Plastic trees remind you of feelings. Everyone notices them at the store.

 

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The ficus tree outside our store is shedding. We used its bare sticks for these.

 

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Alexandrite, the princess, carried on a sedan, on her way to be crowned queen.

 

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Nature and nature.

 

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If it’s good enough to…

 

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Things made with soul look a way you can and cannot predict. Like the wind.

 

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A ring we are currently working on…

 

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… what if we use a dark stone, and platinum?

 

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Late 17th century. Raw and rough, a bare loveliness.

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Light begins life.

 

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The minimal instruments that HY cooks with. I looked at it one day and could not formulate an equation to my happiness.

 

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Our stove, and my delusion love cooks itself.

 

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The green thing is the newest addition. It makes soup without letting water evaporate! F&#k yeah science! Chinese cooking is never the same again.

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Two for my party.

 

Left to my own devices I would.

 

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Out Of The Dark

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Gimmel keeper rings.

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Castle.

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Tributary.

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Middle.

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One old man was smoking a cheroot and, time and time again, dived overboard with the red-hot end in his mouth. As he emerged from the water, he withdrew the cheroot and puffed away at it contentedly. His trick did not pass unrewarded. (1935)

 

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The nature of unnatural things.

 

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The nature of natural things.



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Crown and composition.

 

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Borealis.


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Moonstone tentacles.

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It seems we only get to the store after dark, so our visitors are mostly restful or restless. Quite different groups. Macaulay Culkin, for instance, has been dropping by every other day. This store is special for animals. We have had many visiting. They come to the door like this, and then I go take out some food.

KAMPUNG.

Restless humans are a breath of fresh air. Even if they come like moths to the light.

 

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Tales from a Fishwife

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Mortality jewels. Platinum.

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Forever apart-together. The tin soldier and the paper ballerina.

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Tiger in the green. Plus point: hardworking. Minus: the plant is now dying.

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The wheatsheaf signifies strength, because bound together the strands of wheat are strong, but singly, they will break and bend at the slightest touch.

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9 beads, a reminder. Live in the moment.

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Simple things are hard to make simple.

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Hi…

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…my name is…

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MACAULAY.

 

Every time I walk the aisles in supermarkets, I am amazed by how much packaged sauces promise success. I’d buy up most of my amazement, except HY stops me. Like a fishwife.

And like a fishwife, I go on admiring and taking packaged sauces out of the racks, like I have never been civilized. Perhaps I have not.

I cannot cook. I don’t particularly enjoy eating (not like a foodie). But it amazes me (for a long time now and still today) how love dictates how food is cooked, and its lack of how that food tastes.

Hunger is a desire. Desire is not hunger. Some will forever be fed by hunger. Some say desire is hunger.

I know the taste of answers, but I don’t know the answer.

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Storage

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The one who saved them all.

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Murmur.

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Super duper…

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…curious everybody!!!

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While the outside falls apart, these animals DON’T CARE.

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I fear for them fish

 

Mad March. A month of dealing with developers, main con, building management, plumbers, electrician, and one or two taiji experts.

Of course our endurance must be tested (or we are not humans). March is also the month we had to bail out four strays from AVA. They were caught by the pest control company when one of the owners living opposite us lodged a complaint.

That day we heard a piercing meowing downstairs. So we went down to check it out. The rest is history. We had to do something. Didn’t see, never mind…

The thing is these cats were here long before they moved into this neighbourhood.

Hero is named for a reason. He is very kitten-ish, in spite of his overriding desire to not die.

The other is Murmur, named also for a reason. We think she must be very old.

 

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That will be us. When we are Finally Open.

 

When I moved from one house to another
there were many things I had no room
for. What does one do? I rented a storage
space. And filled it. Years passed.
Occasionally I went there and looked in,
but nothing happened, not a single
twinge of the heart.

As I grew older the things I cared
about grew fewer, but were more
important. So one day I undid the lock
and called the trash man. He took
everything.

I felt like the little donkey when
his burden is finally lifted. Things!
Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful
fire! More room in your heart for love,
for the trees! For the birds who own
nothing – the reason they can fly.

Storage, Mary Oliver

 

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carve home

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These monkeys know water snails are more delicious. They suck the soft bits and chuck the shell.

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And one under me belly | as we scurry by | please you mind your mind | let us mind our minds.

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Lovely in electric light, Robert Zhao’s photography explores the concept of ‘Home’ and what it means to Singaporeans.

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Once upon a time, a bridge was constructed with thoughts of forever. The beams must be forever, the posts must be forever, its beauty from forever. Look how the wooden ‘plank’ was carved to fit the beam! This is at Lower Seletar Reservoir.

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Long long time.

I’ve listened to this song a hundred times coming.

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