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🎏 National month 🥫 #12
It's the National Day month for Singapore (and Malaysia - 31 Aug). There are so many events! It's also the ghost month 👻. And… the weather is unpredictable, either hot or rainy or both 😂 so gotta navigate around them.
Highlights of the month
1) Someone made a very cool voxel art for Singapore National Day. 🎨
2) There's a YouTube channel for car parks in Singapore. Yes. 🚗
Cars need a place to park, otherwise they'd just be driving around all day. Singapore cars are expensive and as such get tired quicker than cheaper cars, so thankfully the country has numerous carparks for them to rest.
3) A weatherman discovered that the TV is a touch screen while on-air 😆🌦️ (Click to watch the video!)
The original theatrical cut of Everything Everywhere is 140 minutes; the extended cut features a new introduction from directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Daniels) and over eight minutes of outtakes after the end credits.
5) The rise and fall of the humble Singapore MRT ticket. It's those days before ez-link cards 🎟️
I did a little experiment on helping folks ordering stickers.
I've done this many times before and I noticed a few patterns:
Most tech folks have the notion that stickers are free because they're always given out for free. But stickers do have a cost (duh), usually >40 cents per piece (SGD) while indie artists sell them at >$1 per piece.
A few people approached me on how to print stickers and shared their experiences doing it. There are some random sticker shops in Singapore but the ordering/printing experience is not great. Packaging may not be pretty, stickers are not die-cut, MOQ (min order quantity) is too high, quality isn't great, ordering is via email instead of the web site, and… so on.
Most people don't have time to deal with all these and also may not be knowledgeable in producing a design that's optimised for stickers. The material and lamination affects the design. The design affects how likely the sticker is going to be used/sticked.
I thought about this and asked myself: "What if I can be a stickers consultant? Like property/insurance agents but for stickers!". I know some sticker/swag shops do this *if* you ask them questions and try to be friends with them (again, extra effort).
Anyway, I had a rough start with my experiment.
I consistently use StickerHD (Asia-based competitor to Sticker Mule, located in Taiwan) because their web site is neat and these folks are pretty nice. The shipping fee is fixed and I split them fairly based on number of "clients". Turns out StickerHD now also have "Internal Multi-Discount" for multiple orders, besides having discounts for higher quantity.
I'm not sure if I did much "consulting" here but I became like a middle-man to look at the designs, help with the vectors, discuss with the "clients"'s intentions and decide the best outcome (quantity, dimensions, lamination).
Delivery is still a challenge, I can personally "deliver" them to "clients" but the current WFH trend makes it slightly difficult, compared to the last pre-pandemic time.
Anyway, this seems pretty fun in a way.
So, ping me if you (or your friends, in SG only 🙏) would like to try my consultation service! (No extra fees! 😆)
Fluent Emoji Maker - it's rather fluent 😉
Hoppscotch - Cleaner alternative to Postman ✉️
Browserslist - Redesigned. Worth a look 🤩
Markwhen - Write Markdown; Get Timeline 📊
Kanji + radicals - Don't quite understand but looks pretty 😆
PetaKopi.my - listing of coffee places in Malaysia 🇲🇾
👋 That’s all folks. Stay safe.