It is sometimes in the moments that you’re not here, that make it seem crystal clear; I could fall in love with you for the rest of my life, over and over and over and over again. thank you for loving me. :*

Thrifted this little gem at least 3 years ago for $20, off an old man in Thieves’ Market. I had been shopping for awhile, when suddenly it began to rain out of the blue. The rain was making a steep and swift progression from drizzle to downpour in a manner of minutes, and all the vendors (mostly old uncles and aunties) were scrambling to pack their things off the pavements and evacuate the area, hobbling about and speaking in dialect (unlike the diluted versions our generations use today). What a sight right out of a 1920s movie scene, you can imagine… This old man set up his stuff closer to the back of the market, and I had already spent most of my money on a couple of REALLY old coins from around the globe, some vinyl records for $1 each, and a vintage men’s watch, but this typewriter (complete with a black carrying case) caught my eye and I was immediately in love! Its cream colour and beautifully preserved keys captivated me instantly. I was intrigued by its simplicity and well-crafted body, and became reminiscent of how people used to use these everyday. And this ACTUALLY belonged to someone who used it in that era, not like those easily obtainable, ‘vintage-inspired’ imitations that you can buy for brand new off eBay nowadays. This had character. It must have been through a great deal before it ended up here, surely. I thought, “I MUST HAVE IT.”  So I utilised the rain- a roadside seller’s worst nightmare, I’m sure (and my level 99 bargaining skills)… and ended up taking it home for the last $20 I had left!
I took it home and didn’t think to check if it worked (how silly of me on hindsight), assuming that because I got it at such a cheap price, it was probably damaged beyond repair. every now and then I’d punch at a couple of keys, but never once did I try to type something on an actual piece of paper.
I guess taking part in the recent Proletariat Poetry Factory as a poet and having to write poems on typewriters rekindled my curiosity about this old girl I had bought so many years ago. I TRIED IT TODAY, AND GUESS WHAT… IT WORKS!!!!! after all this time…you have no idea how ecstatic/stoked/euphoric I felt when I punched a (very typical) ‘hello’, and out it came before my eyes, albeit a little faint.
I am truly BEYOND HAPPY. There has always been something mystical about writing music and poetry on a piece of history, and now I can do it in my own home, without having to spend hundreds of $$$ on cheap imitations or actual vintage pieces marketed at exorbitant prices.
feeling so blessed. Sometimes the best things are right before our eyes; you just have to take that little step and look a little closer.
You can be certain that a handful of my trademark swing/rockabilly/blues songs are gna be born while this typewriter helps fuel my inspiration. Can’t wait to go back to Thieves’ Market again!
#ChristianeExploresSG #ChristianeMikaela

Thrifted this little gem at least 3 years ago for $20, off an old man in Thieves’ Market.

I had been shopping for awhile, when suddenly it began to rain out of the blue. The rain was making a steep and swift progression from drizzle to downpour in a manner of minutes, and all the vendors (mostly old uncles and aunties) were scrambling to pack their things off the pavements and evacuate the area, hobbling about and speaking in dialect (unlike the diluted versions our generations use today). What a sight right out of a 1920s movie scene, you can imagine…

This old man set up his stuff closer to the back of the market, and I had already spent most of my money on a couple of REALLY old coins from around the globe, some vinyl records for $1 each, and a vintage men’s watch, but this typewriter (complete with a black carrying case) caught my eye and I was immediately in love!

Its cream colour and beautifully preserved keys captivated me instantly. I was intrigued by its simplicity and well-crafted body, and became reminiscent of how people used to use these everyday. And this ACTUALLY belonged to someone who used it in that era, not like those easily obtainable, β€˜vintage-inspired’ imitations that you can buy for brand new off eBay nowadays. This had character. It must have been through a great deal before it ended up here, surely. I thought, β€œI MUST HAVE IT.”

So I utilised the rain- a roadside seller’s worst nightmare, I’m sure (and my level 99 bargaining skills)… and ended up taking it home for the last $20 I had left!

I took it home and didn’t think to check if it worked (how silly of me on hindsight), assuming that because I got it at such a cheap price, it was probably damaged beyond repair. every now and then I’d punch at a couple of keys, but never once did I try to type something on an actual piece of paper.

I guess taking part in the recent Proletariat Poetry Factory as a poet and having to write poems on typewriters rekindled my curiosity about this old girl I had bought so many years ago. I TRIED IT TODAY, AND GUESS WHAT… IT WORKS!!!!! after all this time…you have no idea how ecstatic/stoked/euphoric I felt when I punched a (very typical) ‘hello’, and out it came before my eyes, albeit a little faint.

I am truly BEYOND HAPPY. There has always been something mystical about writing music and poetry on a piece of history, and now I can do it in my own home, without having to spend hundreds of $$$ on cheap imitations or actual vintage pieces marketed at exorbitant prices.

feeling so blessed. Sometimes the best things are right before our eyes; you just have to take that little step and look a little closer.

You can be certain that a handful of my trademark swing/rockabilly/blues songs are gna be born while this typewriter helps fuel my inspiration. Can’t wait to go back to Thieves’ Market again!

#ChristianeExploresSG #ChristianeMikaela

GOT MYSELF FREE BOOKS!!!

Performed today @ NEA’s Project EARTH Day at Tiong Bahru Plaza and got these babies FOR FREE! The event advocates the 3R’s, reduce/reuse/recycle, and there are various activity booths for everyone young & old like origami-making, terrariums, etc. 

At the Books Booth, courtesy of NLB, you’re free to browse & take ANY book(s) that strike your fancy home, as long as u pledge to share them with your friends! there’s sth for everyone (Chinese, English, kids’, novels, etc)

Catch me perform again + grab some free books TMR 3pm @ Tiong Bahru Plaza. Absolutely love events like these! #ChristianeGoesGreen #christianemikaela

GOT MYSELF FREE BOOKS!!!

Performed today @ NEA’s Project EARTH Day at Tiong Bahru Plaza and got these babies FOR FREE! The event advocates the 3R’s, reduce/reuse/recycle, and there are various activity booths for everyone young & old like origami-making, terrariums, etc.

At the Books Booth, courtesy of NLB, you’re free to browse & take ANY book(s) that strike your fancy home, as long as u pledge to share them with your friends! there’s sth for everyone (Chinese, English, kids’, novels, etc)

Catch me perform again + grab some free books TMR 3pm @ Tiong Bahru Plaza. Absolutely love events like these! #ChristianeGoesGreen #christianemikaela

Yayyyyy check out my beautiful name right on top! Got into the very exclusive 2014 Noise Music Mentorship program (as some of you already know) with @Don_richmond as my mentor! πŸ‘»

be prepared as I take my #ChristianeMikaela originals to the next level. Exciting 6months ahead. Will keep you guys posted! What a good start to the year 🍰🎼

Yayyyyy check out my beautiful name right on top! Got into the very exclusive 2014 Noise Music Mentorship program (as some of you already know) with @Don_richmond as my mentor! πŸ‘»

be prepared as I take my #ChristianeMikaela originals to the next level. Exciting 6months ahead. Will keep you guys posted! What a good start to the year 🍰🎼

❇ Nike Limited Ed Lebron XI you are now mine ❇

it has the latest 2014 Nike Air Max technology & even tho it’s a little bulkier, the comfort and cushioning is SO advanced that it feels like angels are hugging my feet πŸ™†πŸ˜πŸ™†πŸ˜πŸ™†

bought this coz I am getting older and have been experiencing heel, ankle & knee pains all while trngs have been increasing in intensity πŸ˜” but the pains have subsided ever since I switched to wearing these babies 😌

Now it’s an extra incentive to train and work harder for the upcoming women’s open tournament starting this weekend! LET’S FIGHT HARD AND WIN THIS GIRLS! πŸ’ͺ

❇ Nike Limited Ed Lebron XI you are now mine ❇

it has the latest 2014 Nike Air Max technology & even tho it’s a little bulkier, the comfort and cushioning is SO advanced that it feels like angels are hugging my feet πŸ™†πŸ˜πŸ™†πŸ˜πŸ™†

bought this coz I am getting older and have been experiencing heel, ankle & knee pains all while trngs have been increasing in intensity πŸ˜” but the pains have subsided ever since I switched to wearing these babies 😌

Now it’s an extra incentive to train and work harder for the upcoming women’s open tournament starting this weekend! LET’S FIGHT HARD AND WIN THIS GIRLS! πŸ’ͺ