Sunday, January 30, 2011

Duck Tape Projects

What can we do with a roll of duck tap?


Well, perhaps this!

(picture taken from: here)

That's all i could think of other than fixing household items that were in need of some maintenance. It turns out I'm not the most creative person and there are many who've done so much more with duck tap than i can think of!

A look at what others have created:

It's time i got creative!

As I was browsing through iBooks this morning, I came across a book "Duck Tape Bags" that was free. It's by people from Instructables. Through more research, I've learned from their site that they are a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. I downloaded the book and I'm going to do some creative duck taping myself!

Check back for my update on what I've done.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quirky Hobby #3 - Pressed Pennies

Hi everyone :)

This week I will be sharing with you my very own somewhat quirky hobby. It isn't something really strange or as fascinating as the trees and eggs you have seen previously. However, it does qualify as I'm collecting oval coins! (The way i see it)

So what are pressed pennies?

This is my first pressed penny from California Disneyland! Pressed pennies are elongated coins or blank planchets that are pressed through rollers which have mirror imaged designs under pressure as high as 44 000 PSI. Because of this high pressure, the originally rounded coin becomes an oval.

How it is made:
1) Insert a Quarter to be pressed and the amount you need to pay.
2) Select a design of your choice (if there's more than one)
3) Watch away!

I found it really interesting to watch the machines press the quarter into the design of my choice. Initially, I started 'collecting' so that I could watch the coins get pressed over and over again. Sadly, I don't have a video of the process as I am always too excited to remember.

Singapore got it's first pressed penny machine and it's at Suntec City, just outside Carrefour on Level 2 so do check it out! I will definitely be going to get mine.

Is it illegal?
In some countries like the United States, they have their quarter dollar coin pressed in the machine but in countries like Japan, they have the designs pressed on blank coins.

A faint mark of the quarter can still be seen on the back of my coin.

According to, under the United States Code Title 10, CHapter 17, and Section 331, "prohibits the mutilation, diminution and falsification of United States coinage." However, it does not prohibit the mutilation of coins if done without fraudulent intent or use and hence, making it legal.

Find out more about pressed pennies from pressedpennysg, pressedpenny and parkpennies.

Photos of part of my collection:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Quirky Hobby #2 - Egg Shell Carving

What can we do with eggs?
Sunny side up, boiled, poached, scrambled, coddled, or a fluffy omelette. There are so many ways we can have our eggs served. Eggs can also be dyed red and served during the traditional Chinese celebration of a baby's one month birthday.

For Easter, people decorate eggs as well.

From these we can see that dyeing of eggs is quite common so what else do people do with eggs? Nothing much, right? I thought so too but i was wrong!

I've always thought that egg shells, being so fragile, were useless and can only be cracked and thrown away but look what people can do with them!

What you need:
Container (to empty eggs so it is clean and can be used for food later)

Learn more about dremel tool bits here.

How to carve and egg:
1) Remove contents of egg using an egg blower.
2) Wash well to make sure there is no remaining residue and dry egg.
3) Draw your design lightly with a pencil.
4) Carve the design with a dremel tool.
5) Hold the egg in your non-dominant hand and pierce the shell to remove the pattern.

While trying to master the art of egg carving, be prepared for breakage. When i try this, I am going to have a few of them ready.

Where to get the tools:
Egg blowers can be bought online here and Dremel tools can be purchased from

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Quirky Hobby #1 - Tree Shaping

What is tree shaping?
Tree shaping uses methods such as grafting and pruning to turn ordinary trees into living sculptures. It is a form of art. Both functional and ornamental objects can be made out of trees. Your limit is your imagination.

What you need:
For a tree to grow, you would need a plot of land. A backyard or a garden perhaps. For those who do not have such spaces, not to worry, try plant shaping instead! (more about plant shaping below) Other than that, you need some tools similar to a gardener and whatever materials which can shape the tree as you want.


Pook in his grown garden chair

Why tree shaping?
As we are experiencing global warming, this would be an interesting hobby to take up and at the same time make the world greener one tree or plant at a time. What's more, if you happen to love nature and have a garden, why buy furniture like this,

when you can make a more unique and special piece yourself? What could represent nature more than a living chair with roots that are still intact! Also, through tree shaping you can create your own designs and because trees are naturally self-renewing and self-strengthening, your design would last for years.

Plant shaping as an alternative
If you do not have a tree to shape, try plant shaping! It's the same concept but with smaller plants that fit in your home.

Learn more
Learn more about tree shaping here, here and here.
Learn more about plant shaping here.


Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blog on hobbies!

So what exactly is a hobby?
We all know what a hobby means, but what exactly is the definition? defines it as an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. That would mean that anything you enjoy doing would qualify as your hobby.

What this blog is about:
As stated, my blog is about hobbies. Not just any typical hobby though. My search for unique hobbies is on so if you are like me and the common hobbies just won't do, come back weekly to check out my discoveries! I'll do the searching so you won't have to.

Why read my blog:
Of course there are many blogs on hobbies but they are mostly about a specific one. My blog is for people who are searching for their perfect (uncommon) hobby. I'll do the searching so you won't have to.

Check back soon!