Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Personal Touch to Communication

Personalised Stamp and Calling Card

When one comes of age, the way one communicates change drastically. We no longer communicate with others through our parents nor do we reside withing their protection when it comes to honouring what we say. Instead, we leave our name and reputation in whatever we do and are solely accountable to the promises that we make. As such, I am a firm believer of acquiring personalised stationery as a symbol of independence and maturity.

While there are some who feel that going to such degree of personalisation is pompous, superficial and a waste of money, I beg to differ. The act of presenting your name is a sure sign of confidence in one's own identity and the details in the personalisation of your stationery emphasises that identity. Additionally, writing a polite letter or presenting your calling card with such details certainly come across as sincere as you are telling the other person that you are willing to go to an expense just to communicate with them. Let's face it, who wouldn't feel special if one were to receive something so unique?

Furthermore, there are several options when it comes to customisation and one need not go for the most exclusive or expensive option. Ordering a customised stamp to personalised your letter pad and 200 calling cards cost SGD $66. It is a relatively minor expense for something that will last for a very long time and afford you  a touch of sincerity, refinement and style. Having said that, let us look and the two items of stationery that one can easily customised.

Calling Card
The calling card is steeped in history as its tradition dates back to the 19th Century. Basically, the calling card is used as a tool to announce one's arrival or to express a formal greeting by turning the corner of the card downwards. While many of us will be confused should we follow the tradition to a tee, there are many modern ways of using it. I personally use it as a polite means of extending one's friendship and a line of communication to another person. It is certainly a memorable way of ensuring that the other person has your contact details.

For those who are looking for a recommendation, I got mine done at Focus Print. The great thing about their service is that they provide free design services and delivery. It certainly is extremely suitable for those who are busy and have no idea how to design using a computer. All you need to do is to go down to their office for an initial consultation and any revisions to the design will be made via. email. 

Stamp (from the desk of ....)
Initially, I wanted my own customised note pad with those words printed on every page. However, after much consideration, I realised that it would chalk up quite an expense in the long run. Hence, I came up with a practical and economical solution of ordering a stamp which would allow me to customise any letter pad by stamping my name at the top. After using it for a while, I realised that it really gives the paper that you are writing on some character and a totally different feeling that just scribbling on it and signing off.

The stamp can be ordered from Durachop. However, you need to provide the artwork yourself as they do not offer design services. The fantastic thing that I love about this company is that you can order via. email and collect it from their office after two working days. Most importantly, the prices are rather reasonable as my rubber stamp cost me SGD $9.

In the age of instant communciation, stylish customisation and a tip of the hat to the past definitely goes a long way.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


For the very few who do follow my blog, you would probably realise that I tend to update this blog weekly with an assortment of features of various topics. However, this week will be slightly different as I will give you an update on what is going on with yours truly. 

Well, I have a confession to make... The reason why this week's post is not one of my regular features is because I was exhausted from writing about the Terracotta Warrior exhibition on another blog that I manage, Essential Culture. Well for those who have no idea what Essential Culture is or have not read my feature, you can start by clicking the link and liking the facebook page.

I am really glad that my feature has gotten two followers for the blog as it means I must be doing something right. I can't wait for it to be incredibly active where people will bounce around ideas and write articles just to increase one's cultural capital. At least that would be much of a consolation given the fact that I draw no income from the writing.

In my personal life, I am about to take my IPPT later today and will be waiting for college to start in less than a month. Aside from that, I am slightly occupied with the administrative errands with regards to registering for college as well as preparing for my flute exam in November.

Of course a big highlight (not in a good sense)  in the coming days would be my varsity orientation. If I survive that, I will probably write a short piece about that to my social peril. But in the spirit of freedom of expression, I must have my own opinion. Lofty as it sounds, it will turn out as sort of a rant but I will try not to overdo the ranting part for I do not want to bore you. 

I end this update in looking forward to the new and exciting opportunities that my future will bring and hope that I will continue with the writing when life gets busy. Who knows? Maybe all these thoughts that I lay it here will bring in a modest income in the future.