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| Big. Bold.|

24 May

Summer is coming. Hot. Sweaty. Bright and Bold.

We thought we might bring some Big and Bold necklaces and brooches you could enjoy. And all you have to do is just be Beautiful you. 🙂 They are all available now at Dulcetfig at Haji Lane.

It’s not easy being just you, isn’t it? But don’t give up. The path is long but you will get there, if you really want to.

For now, let go. Let go of hate, of regret, of self-pity. And go forth and have a whale of a time. Finding big, bold, beautiful you.


Shupg Wooden Coloured Necklace & Brooch 4

Shupg Wooden Coloured Necklace & Brooch 3

Shupg Wooden Coloured Necklace & Brooch 5


Shupg Wooden Coloured Necklace & Brooch 7


shupg 23 May 2013


| Shiny Glowing Spring Raindrops |

23 Mar

It’s Spring!

2013-03-19 11.36.14Of course, here in Singapore it’s almost ever summer. But we can dream, we can imagine, we can pretend, can’t we? Even if it’s just for a brief moment, a glimmer of colour, a pastel raindrop. We can share the rest of the world’s joy, sorrow and in slightly more than a weeks’ time, the pain and glory of Jesus Christ.

Easter indicates a glorious spring, but it also points to something so much more important. Something so painful it’s rectification is so beautiful.

We are preparing to grief together with Christians worldwide. And then to dance and Rejoice with abandon.

Our thoughts are feelings are reflected in these new brooches ($29 and $33) at shupg. Where birds, owls, and raindrops are set free and look up into the clouds, into the skies, into Heaven.

Have a thoughtful Holy week and a joyful Easter weekend!

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| Digital Coma |

3 Dec
I have fallen into a Digital Coma. An iPhone Coma to be exact.
I’ve recently come into possession of an iPhone. A lovely treasured loan from a treasured friend, but perhaps due to a slight underestimation (and I say slight because what the heck, even I didn’t expect it of myself!) of my compulsive button-pressing, photo-taking, button-hitting – a monster is birthed!
And one of the very dangerous symptoms of iPhone Coma is the time that goes missing. The time which, literally in the blink (or blinks) of an eye (mind’s eye or not is debatable) that disappears into a black hole.
On bus rides, I used to look out the window & pray. But now, one glance at my iPhone and thereafter I don’t know where I am, what time it is, which world I am in. Perhaps this digital smartphone-inane world needs a much younger mind & body to get used to. And my manners seem to have gone flying out the window too, typing away at cashier’s counters and at meal times. Please pardon me. I promise to correct my ways. 🙂
It’s not all bad of course. I have noticed that I now notice a lot more around me, moments I may not have noticed before (or didn’t have the means to capture quickly)g. A new secret compartment in the usual drawer of the imagination has been found and many new and exciting visuals spring forth.
But to rein it in, I need Him who reigns to remind me of who exactly is in control.
It is a dangerous but exciting digital world and I am excited to explore. So if I have been out of action for a while, please please forgive me.
On the other hand, if you’d like to see what damage shupg has done on Instagram, please follow us! 
I hope to at least come out of iPhone hibernation more often and for longer periods of time.

You’ll see more of us yet in 2013! Happy Holidays everyone! 

1 December 2012

| Is it really greener? |

5 Sep

I’m back from my summer break. “Summer break” sounds like a really foreign term since the education system in Singapore works on a different schedule and it is essentially always summer here! It took almost a year of planning and saving and it’s a 3 weeks well spent in Scandinavia.

Dusk in Savonlinna, Finland. Spent 10 days here, mostly in the practice rooms but also had lots of fun meeting new people and sharing moments. And the slow walks to & fro the apartment & school were therapeutic. Photo copyright of shupg.

What did I see? Oh, too much to say in a single blog post! So let me be slow and do it one step at a time ya? 🙂 The colours of Scandinavia’s man-made beauty is truly inspirational. I’m just starting out with what colours the sky and waters bring. I shall put up more photos in my next post. Look out for it!

During the trip, a friend commented, the grass really looks greener and the sky more blue!

Taken from a park next to Finlandia, Helsinki’s Opera House. Photo copyright of shupg.

The adage “The grass is greener on the other side”, I would say , is literally true.

Such serenity. In the middle of Helsinki, mind you.
Photo copyright of shupg.

Metaphorically? That’s another debate altogether.

Going for a short break, or even a month or so, is very much different from trying to meld a life out of the highs and lows of being in a foreign land. And if you’re not with your family, it makes it all the more thought-provoking.

Happiness is only happiness when shared, isn’t it? At least that’s true for me.

Sunset at 10pm on a summer’s day in Helsinki.
Photo copyright of shupg.

So whilst I enjoyed the truly brilliant colours of the buildings in Finland and Denmark, the great thing was that the long walks by Savonlinna’s many lakes, Helsinki’s brilliant architecture, Copenhagen’s historical colour buildings and vine-covered walls with leaning bikes, gave much pause.

I do hope sharing this will inspire someone out there to consider God’s marvellous creations. Treasure each day, each moment, each person you meet. Remember, the person next to you could be an angel.


shupg 5 Sept 2012

| Summer fling |

6 Aug

Hand drawn map of Finland by kzieglerdesign on etsy

No no, I’m not talking about a summer romance here, though who hasn’t had one of those eh? 😉 

I’m heading to far-flung Scandinavia for a summer chamber music course. Can’t wait! The practising has been crazy, but well worth it. It’s easy to get caught up with the weekly teaching routines and everyday mundane tasks…. so filling up the creativity tank and to be able to work with and learn from other peers is even more crucial as time goes by.

 Don’t get me wrong, there are always things to appreciate, even in the way a leaf grows, fur off the back of a dog’s ear gently moving in the wind, a student’s rude comeback, an hour struggling with a mental block,… but there is a time for everything. 

A time to stop and watch. 
A time to pick up pace and take yourself by the scruff of your neck just up and do it.
A time appreciate all the people God has put around you (actually the last one we need to do more of but probably spend the least time doing!) 

I pray that I will be able to do all 3 this summer! 

Lord, please give me strength, to be forgiving, appreciative, thankful, accepting … and it doesn’t help to be constantly curious and quietly amused. 

Teatime with new and old friends? I hope to be able to take some time to do that of course. 


A cup of warm tea on a not-so-warm summer day (let’s face it, summer anywhere else is at least a cool spring day by Singapore’s scorching standards!). I’m partial to green tea, what’s your poison? 🙂 

First teatime brooch, inspired by a talented friend
and tea-blogger at

What colours will I see? What people will I meet? All of God’s creations laid out in 14 hours of sunlight, with still lakes to listen to, and green grass to roll in. 

Let’s see what shupg will be up to in Finland, shall we? 

And at the same time, wishing all my Singaporean friends a wonderful National Day and my muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya! 

Image by moomin.com/en

Bye, i’m off to shake hands with Moomin,
6 August 2012 

*P.S: Shupg’s Shop will still be in force when I’m away. Please feel free to go ahead and click! I’ll be back 25 August and will be replying all emails and sending out all items by then. 

| Customised Brooches |

18 Jul

Received an early morning order yesterday and before noon, almost everything’s completed! Hooray for such smooth correspondence and here are the newbies in the shop…. going out in the mail tomorrow to a wonderful customer. Thanks for the opportunity to create something so fun! 😀 

If you’re looking for a customised brooch (for just a wee bit more), you can reference photos from my shop here or drop me a message here. You can also make it into a necklace if you like! 

18 July 2012 

| Aztec Attack |

28 Sep
Am having sudden attraction (or rather, a renewed one) to ethnic designs and drawings.
Had so much fun putting shapes together and forming new shapes – exhilarating!

27 Sept 11

| flowing language |

5 Apr
I remember learning ASS (American Sign Language) just after college at a YMCA, and I loved it. The beauty of the language and the culture, the perseverance of a great people. Then I volunteered with the hearing-impaired through university. And now, even though I don’t get to practice it much (I read a lot slower than I sign!), I still love the meaning and the flow in their hands when they sign.
L – O – V – E
D – R – E – A – M
D – R – E – A – M
M – U – S – I – C
they all come with slight extensions so you can adjust the length
 They are all SGD$28 (5 characters max).
But if you’d like to customise your own name or message, just let me know!
If more than 7 characters, please add $0.80 per character.
Handsign Necklace + Delivery
Local (Singapore) – $28 + $1.50 = $29.50 International – $28 + $3.00 = $31.00
Which Handsign?
Dream Music Love
What do you want to spell?
5 Apr 2011
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