TGIF: Cards Stand

Welcome to another episode of TGIF! This is a new series where I make or put together fixtures to add to the aesthetics of my abode, stuff you may not be able to find in the shops or if you do; them at an overpriced range. It’s fun to make and be a consumer of your own stuff. Plus it’s therapeutic – putting stuff together like putting pieces of one’s life together – like chicken soup for the soul. Jesus Himself was a carpenter (a builder of things) before He stepped into full time ministry to become the Builder of lives. *Smileyface

In this entry, I seek to build a cards or letter stand to display the Zo cards and cards that I have purchased so that I can choose a suitable one to give to my addressee. Have a read and if you are free on a Friday night, why not get some materials and start making something out of that night? Give it a try and you can customize the look to one which you like.

Price breakdown:
Wooden backboard (Daiso) : $2
Wooden ledge x3 (Daiso) :  $6
Craft glue (Popular) :  $2.90 (There’s leftovers)
(Optional) Stick tapes (3M) :  $4(+/-) (There’s leftovers)
Total :     >$20
Satisfaction :   Guaranteed
Value :   Priceless

IMG_8530(TGIF)Hang it up with 3M tapes.


IMG_8529(TGIF)Or give it some space by the wall.


How To Make Your Own Cards Stand:

IMG_8352Ingredients to make your own cards stand. Photographer’s err: I’m lacking one extra wooden stick(close to twice the breadth of the stick you see in the picture) at the time of take which is needed to hold the cards in place.


IMG_8354Cut up the wooden sticks, use the remainder for the upper tier.


IMG_8355File the edges with your regular nail file to produce a smooth edge for the ledges of the cards stand.


IMG_8395Take measurements.


IMG_8358Glue it up with Selleys craft glue, specialized for quick adhesive of craft work!


IMG_8532Put it altogether and customize your own cards stand with decorations, polarites, to name a few. And wala! Your very own cards stand!


IMG_8426For those who would like to hang up your dainty and pretty looking cards stand, use 3M tapes of this size.


IMG_8432Stick them in the middle; one at the top and another at the bottom. Note that the plank might not be completely flat, so stick at a point that both adhesives will contact the wall.


IMG_8361Coffee break during the carpentry process.


IMG_8362Cards from Korea.

TGIF: Letters To:


In the previous entry, you see ‘Letters From:‘; letters addressed to me by friends and loved ones. However, a person who receives and does not give [back] is like a dead sea – so rich in minerals, yet no life can exist there – with only inputs without outputs. It takes two hands to clap, and it takes both on either side to maintain a relationship. Letters are one of the most practical ways to do so. Two-penny letters (Hanson, Kinfolk Volume Three, p102-103) work very well as opposed to the notion that one should only write ‘proper’, lengthy letters. A simple “Hey, love your dress!” or “Meet for coffee soon, old sport.” can be so heartfelt in letting the addressee know that you are thinking of them.

I have written and sent out much letters, post cards, post-its, handmade and DIY cards to friends and loved ones through the years but two-penny letters is a quick solution with the same intent and outcome [though results vary depending on effort spent la]. One doesn’t have to fret over filling in the lines of the letter with ‘substantial’ content too. Simplicity is the way of life. There’s also lesser pressure and expectation added to the addressee; they are not forced to write something back.

We’ve all received that out-of-the-blue note from a friend; the joy and comfort that these little check-ins bring us is incredible considering the simplicity and scale of the act. It doesn’t take much time or effort to jot down a thinking-of-you note to a friend that will change their day.
Killeen Hanson (Kinfolk Volume Three)

A follow-up to Kinfolk‘s HOW TO BE NEIGHBORLY: CHECKING IN article, here‘s how you can ‘check in’ in someone else’s lives without being too over the top. And it is inexpensive too. Scattered all around hot-spots in Singapore are the Zo card racks constantly topped up and replenished with new Zo [post] cards on a regular basis. Pick up a few with interesting themes, colors, concepts, photography, etc. Bring them home, use a trusty pen to write on the blank areas of the card, give them by hand or by post whichever is preferred. For my foreign friends, you can collect all those free post cards from your country’s attractions and hot-spots (museums, tourist centers, etc), they are good for writing too.

Knowledge is power, now that you know how and what to do, send out your two-penny letters [or Zo cards]!

P.S. I would love to see your two-penny letters. Please feel free to tag me on your blogs or social media platforms, or drop me a hyperlink to your new media platforms under the comments section of this entry.


Letters From:


I was clearing my room during the long weekends the other day and coincidentally came across a treasure trove of stuff all hidden within the confines of my little room. Amongst those treasures were letters I have collected and kept for the past eight years. Through the years, I’ve received a number of letters from friends and loved ones.

While there are many ways to express love and gratitude, it is my belief that giving letters is one of the most sincere ways to do so. Letters [may] require spending; one needs to buy a nicely designed card, letter, postcard [and possibly a nice envelope to go along with it. Senders who designed their own cards may incur overheads such as acquiring markers and card design materials from DYI art marts. Letters require effort; senders may design the cards themselves or, sender needs to pick a card or letter style that he or she believes suits the receiver of the letter, next the sender has to write [or type] the words out to fill the intentional void of the letter. Letters require thoughtfulness; you don’t scribble any-old-how on the letter face just to fill the pages. The writer often puts himself in the person’s predicament [or victorious moment] and pens something related to that and ending off with his blessings or encouragement. Letters definitely require time; the sender has to sacrifice previous time off other priorities of his life to fill in the words.

The benefits of receiving a physical letter far outweigh many other form of blessings. A letter is eternal; sure the letter might degenerate a little, the words may fade a little, but keep it stored in a cool, moist-free place and this letter can last decades. A letter is ‘evergreen’. There’s a saying by Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel” and letters fulfill that role just right. Even if you have moved on with life, rereading those letters again invoke a sense of warmth and closeness the reader shared with the sender. When opened, the ‘encapsulated’ heartfelt words, encouragement and blessing rises up into the air like perfume, bringing fragrance and joy to one’s soul.

I thank God that I am important enough for some to have invested time, effort and money on letters addressed to me. Letters given to me when I transferred away from my first and second cell group, letters given to me when I finally graduated from my second attempt at O levels, letters given to me when I was baptized, letters given to me during my birthdays, letters given to me by dear friends, letters given to me by my bible study students, letters given to me during festive seasons and such. I ride on the encouragement from those letters.

Though those times are now past and gone, I will never forget how important those words were to me. To those who were involved in any of these letters, thank you. Your kind words have an eternal alleviating effect on me. Even as I read them now, they never fail to put a smile on my face. I thank God for all of your letters and friendship.

See if you can spot your own letters!

P.S. I don’t normally reveal contents of letters online for obvious reasons but not doing so this time will do injustice to those who had been such a blessing to me.




Letter from my first cell group members. I hope that I have grown since then.





Thank you G for being so teachable. May you shine brighter and make a bigger impact than me in the KOG.



Thanks A, I really treasured those times spent with W385.. Thank you for being a mentor to me in so many ways.



Thank you V for being there with me in spirit during this important day.





Thank you E for being such a blessing to me.



S, I appreciate your friendship. Keep in touch.



Y, glad to have played a part in your life. You have gone so far, getting a job and academic certificate, and even graduating from SOT! I am so proud of you.

The Post Office

ParcelPHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay (Ipad2)


Few hours ago, I self collected a parcel from the Singpost office for the first time. The staff were really friendly and helpful.

The post office is such a fascinating place. Countless letters, postcards, notes, mails, parcels go through the post office everyday. Which country is this postcard heading to? To whom this mail is addressed to? What could be in this parcel? How would the recipient respond to this letter? Could it be a love letter? Could it be a note from a pen pal or a 死党? Could it be a letter informing the recipient that he is successful in his application to a foreign university or something else?

What an important and fascinating thing it is to work in a postal office for one is handling important and possibly life and death matters of both sender and recipient.

In any case, I finally collected this parcel. Am happy 🙂