Friday, October 28, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

A Yakult, A Day keeps me going :)

Yes, its been a busy two weeks for me with all the projects and schoolwork of the late! Nevertheless, its always heartening to see all of you visit my blog and commenting :)

I'm still in the mist my latest Sylvanian Project which involves cleaning the glass cabinet I have in my room to house more of my Sylvanians! Its a lot harder than it sounds but I hope to have it done by the end of next month.

In the meantime, do look out for an update in the Gallery sometime in the next two weeks as I have a few more new Sylvanians arriving in Little Rock Creek!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dreaming the Sylvanian Dream

As I was growing up, I always envied some of my older collecting friends and how they could always get those darling Sylvanian Market Exclusives from Japan that all so many of us would love to have. But alas, as a kid, I couldn't afford them due the crazy shipping prices, the equally crazy exchange rate and for many other reasons. Neither were my parents that receptive to the idea of spending a small fortune just for the sake of toys. After all, would you trust your ten year old kid with such expensive toys? Thus, my collection was often limited to the ones I could get from the local store and during the many family holidays in Hong Kong and Bangkok to name a few.

Among the many figures, one stood out, the Doll of the Year 2003. As its name suggest, the doll was an exclusive piece by Epoch limited to a mere 100 pieces, each numbered. Often I dreamt about having her and how grand it would've been to be one of the hundred collectors to ever own her.

Fast-forward a few years to 2011, and here I'm still collecting Sylvanians, the passion never fades! And while I've managed to collect some of those Sylvanian Market exclusives, I still held out that childhood dream of getting the Doll of the Year 2003. Of course, by then she was even more hard to come by.

But then, just last week, a very good friend of mine, Hayley tipped me off about the Doll of the Year 2003 being sold off eBay. My heart skipped a beat, could this me the moment I had been waiting for since I was a kid?

As it turned out, it was really her! She was missing her base and she wasn't boxed but nevertheless it was her! I snapped her up and the rest is history!

Looking back, I think it was well worth the wait, I've been collecting for 12 years and what better way to mark it by finally fulfilling that long childhood dream of mine?

My new addition, The Doll of the Year 2003. Mine didn't came with her original base but I found a lovely piece of China that suited her just nice! Look out for a better picture coming up at Gallery soon!

This post is dedicated to my good friend in Sylvanian Collecting, Hayley! Thank You for helping me fulfill my childhood dream!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In & Around Little Rock Creek: The Little Rock Community Library

When the school rings in Little Rock Creek, some go exploring in lush forest of Sylvania, while go fishing by the Creek. But for some, the Little Rock Community Library is great place to spend a sleepy afternoon in the Creek.

The library is run by Hubert Huckleberry who also teaches English and Literature at St Francis School.

"It always great to see so many children spending their afternoon in the Library and its a great joy to see them grow up!" quipped Hubert before returning to his favourite Shakespearean novel, Hamlet!

Meanwhile, not too far away in the reading room, Scarlett Slydale was reading to her baby brother and sister, Linsey and Skitter.

"And the big red baloon flew far far away to the stars... never to be seen again!" said Scarlett in an animated voice.

Right next to Slydales, was none other Dennis Huckleberry, Little Rock Creek's biggest bookworm with his usual reads!

The library is also home to a large of comic books, heres Patch Forrestor catching up with the latest issue of Superman while his best pal, Gromwell Cottontail catches up on the latest Zzzs.

With so many books and genres to choose from, Willow Cottontail and Tiffany Golightly are just spoilt for choice!

Lost? Not to worry! Mr. Huckleberry is always there to help!

The library is also equipped with a study room. Here's Summer Evergreen taking time off Cheerleading Practice to tutor Lucy Honey-bear while her brother Logan Evergreen is working on his Physics Project with Birch Timbertop.