Sou­venirs Of Life

ZbBZ (Singapore) - - FRONT PAGE - TEXT 周雁彬/ CHOW YIAN PING


What was the first item you set your eyes on that made your heart skip a beat? That made you want to find that item a com­pan­ion, and an­other, and yet an­other? And with ev­ery sub­se­quent ad­di­tion, you l earn some­thing new about the ob­ject and about your­self? Rich or poor, all of us col­lect in one way or an­other — maps, menus, dolls, toys, watches, you name it — a col­lec­tion can be born overnight when the mood strikes. Some buy paint­ings that evoke a cer­tain emo­tion (one col­lec­tor we know used to buy art only when he was in a bad mood); oth­ers stock up on unique din­ing­ware to turn any meal i nto an oc­ca­sion. More than j ust the mem­o­ries they rep­re­sent, col­lec­tions may also have in­vest­ment value. For many col­lec­tors though, eco­nomic value is not a top pri­or­ity, as they pre­fer to be l ed by their feel­ings and aes­thetic pref­er­ences. Of course, no­body i s go­ing to com­plain if his col­lec­tion re­ceives val­i­da­tion by oth­ers in the field or the mar­ket­place, be­cause it is an af­fir­ma­tion of his vi­sion. Ul­ti­mately, each col­lectible em­bod­ies the time, emo­tions and mem­o­ries of the col­lec­tor at the point it was cov­eted, then ac­quired, to be re­vis­ited when the mo­ment has l ong passed. It can be said that col­lectibles are sou­venirs of our lives. In this edi­tion of ZbBz, we pro­file five col­lec­tors who are into art, crock­ery, gem­stones, teapots and whiskeys.

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