Month: September 2007

Saturday Night Shoe DIY: Custom Slip-ons!

Okay, this was the first time I hacked a shoe (wrapped half the shoe in corduroy and spray painted a motif on it)

Loads of mistakes were made but the end result was raw and gritty the way I like it (pic above)

Just to share my fun, here’s how you can screw up a pair of shoes, too.

You will need…

  • Plain canvas slip-on. Preferably your own. I used a faded-green Everlast pair, RM39 from Sg.Wang.
  • Fabric glue
  • Sharp scissors
  • Spray can (the color I chose… dove grey)
  • Miscellaneous fabric (I keep a lot of junk fabric, leftover from the end of my pants etc)
  • A crafty, careful partner (I used Swen. She once made an Optimus Prime outfit for me and that rocked, so here she is again ;P)


Choose a pattern you like, and cut out a stencil thing.

This pattern was inspired by a poster I once designed for a band in Newcastle, Sydney.

Transferred to paper by the very crafty Swen (thanks hun!)


Prepare cloth cut-outs.

I initially glued them to the shoe before spraying the print on. But in hindsight I should have sprayed the print on the cloth before pasting the cloth on the shoe.


Spray very slightly!

Spray paint seeps into cloth, bleeds n blurs out (we learnt the hard way).

Depending on how prominent you want the motif to be, I guess you can apply layer by layer, waiting for paint to dry in between. I settled for a very subtle impression.


Blog about it and share your experience with others!


Overall it took only about an hour and it was loads of fun… and I’ll be wearing my crazy invention tomorrow ūüėČ

I might do this again another week.

Any ideas, experiences, comments related to canvas shoe hacking? Let me know.

Dear Grandma

This letter is Inspired by my younger brother’s hilarious and heartwarming letter to my grandmother, who only speaks Hokkien… a¬†language I’m only familiar with when ordering a style of noodle.

Dear “Amah”,

How are ya? We’re into the final quarter of the year, and boy does time fly!¬†Next thing you know, I’m 94 years old, just like you.

Guess what, I have some good news!

Remember the Apostrophe 16 Word Short Story Writing Competition I told you about. Remember? I shared with you my strategy to win?

It worked! My story was one of the top 16 out of 8,500 entries.

They converted my story into a piece of artwork (left).

However, I didn’t make it to the top 6. If I did, I would be flown to Bali for a writer’s festival, and can probably buy you some fruits when I return.

Nevertheless, the¬†event was really fun, held in the Cental Market Annexe. I’m sure you would’ve enjoyed it.

Okay maybe not, but I enjoyed it.

Got to take silly pictures with other people’s artwork.

Yes, that’s Effa and Nadiah again. No, they’re not¬†Chinese. No, I’m not going to get¬†married with them. I just take pictures with them, that’s all. Yes I have Chinese gal-friends too.

I was catching¬†up with Laych, who is “the older sister” of one of my best friends.¬†Also met¬†the girl who announced the “good news” over the phone.

A.K.A “The Voice”

And this is me licking some underwear. Yes Grandma, this is what young people do these days.

Awwww… ūüėõ

The rest of August was pretty cool, too.

Mike and Vishen were travelling about, and the whole MindValley team had to fend for ourselves. We went to so many parties after work!

I’ve blogged about¬†the MDeC creative night, and Flickr24 on the MindValley blog itself. Fun!

But the most fun has to be Yu-jin’s “Gangstas and Ho’s” party!

I grabbed a fake gun and acted like an aggressive ex-con the entire night.

You should’ve seen me¬†grandma. I was shouting profanity at everyone, and using derogatory terms on women.. and everyone was happy!

Strange how things work out sometimes.

Overall, all the little pieces of my life¬†are coming together, and as much as you want me to get married right now, I can’t.

I’m working on so many projects right now, and I’m having too much fun… sometimes I’m not even sure if the conventional idea of marriage is the best approach in this modern day.

I guess when I’m old enough, I’ll understand.

In the meantime,¬†I appreciate¬†your blessings, and I promise to work hard, and work even harder. Sometimes, I’ll party. See you for dinner soon.

sTaY c0Ol 4eVa

One of your many grandsons,