Sunday, August 23, 2015

Journey to the Land of Rising Sun! - Part 1

This is the first time I am travelling to Japan, together with my best friend Philip. Coincidentally, it is also Philip's first time going to Japan! 

We reached Changi Airport Terminal 3 and checked in our luggage, before proceeding to collect a Portable Overseas WiFi router which our friends recommend. After having breakfast at McDonald's, we took a wefie at the Departure Hall and boarded the plane to Tokyo!

It was a 6 hours flight to Haneda Airport and while on board the flight, we watched shows, ate 2 meals, and took a picture of ourselves as well!

Once we reached Haneda Airport, we could immediately feel the warm sun shinning on our faces. It was the summer season in Japan and the weather was similar to Singapore, ranging from 23°C to 30°C on average. It was a good decision that we decided to wear shorts while touring Tokyo! We turned on the WiFi router which we have rented and within a few minutes, all our devices were connected!

We took the subway and took pictures while waiting for the train to come. It was not easy to comprehend the entire subway network, which comprises of over 290 stations and 13 different lines run by different operators. Thankfully with WiFi and Google Maps, Philip was able to navigate us to our hotel, Sotetsu Fresa Inn!

We checked into our room, placed our luggage and left the hotel for Akihabara, which in recent times, has emerged as a centre of Japanese Otaku and Anime culture. We went to Kotobukiya, which specialises in toys, action figures and collectibles. The vast variety certainly bowled us over! We spent over an hour in the building as it has 5 floors. We walked around and visited other stores. All the buildings in the vicinity were all brightly lit, with various anime characters plastered all over. 

After all that walking, both Philip and myself were feeling tired and hungry. Without further ado, we wandered around and looked for a place to have our very first meal in Japan! We decided to eat at this Noodle Shop Wataru located in the vicinity. It was an interesting experience as we had to first place our orders through a vending machine located at the front of the shop. After selecting our ramen, we went to our seats and passed the tickets dispensed by the machine to the waiter. Not long after, our ramen arrived! They were really good and I would highly recommend this place to everyone.

When we were done with our dinner, we walked around for a while more before heading back to our hotel to rest. What more exciting adventures awaits........ Stay tuned to find out!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Zinnias the Flower Bear is available for adoption

Dear all,

Just a quick note to let you know that our SG50 Bear - Zinnias is available on Bear Pile now! 

Zinnias the flower bear is specially created to commemorate Singapore's 50th Birthday. 

You can see our bear here:

Have a fantastic night!

Hugs, Wayne

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Amelia the Dragon

Dear Friends!

We are pleased to introduce our latest dragon, Amelia available for adoption.

*Please note that this may be the last dragon of this design available as we plan to release a brand new line of dragon designs next year.

Amelia is Adopted. Thank you.

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!

Hugs, Wayne

Friday, August 7, 2015

Wayneston Bears featured on Teddy Bear & Friends (USA) September 2015

We are please to see that one of our creation, Tommy the kitty is featured on Teddy Bears & Friends Magazine (September 2015).

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Make a SG50 Bear Workshop (26July & 2 August 2015)

To commemorate this year's 50th National Day, a Make a SG50 Bear Workshop was specially created.

This time, there were 3 lovely students namely Kim, Pauline and Suzy who registered for the workshop.

Make a SG50 Workshop!

They were all very excited as this was their first time making a small bear.

Prior to the workshop, Wayne had specially hand dyed the mohair to dark cherry pink to create the unique flower bear for this workshop.

Great smile! Pauline!

Kim sewing her bear

Suzy is stuffing her bear's 

Wayne showed them how to use basic sewing techniques to stitch the 2 pieces of mohair and secure them. He emphasized that it is very important to always check and ensure that the thread touches the backing while pulling so that the seams can withstand stretching when stuffing the bear later on.

Suzy is jointing her bear
One of the important thing to take note was the stuffing of bear's head. It had to be stuffed firmly, similar to how a tennis ball feels like when it is squeezed. This help ensure that the nose embroidery would be easier and neat.

As the bear was pretty small, the students had difficulty turning the fabric around after sewing. With more practice, they should be able to turn the fabric easier and quicker.

Once everyone completed their bears, Wayne showed them how to make a simple flower to go along with the bears.

L-R: Suzy, Pauline and Kim

After the workshop, the happy students and Wayne took a group picture together. What a joyous occasion to bring home a hand made teddy bear for this national day!

Back L-R: Wayne, Pauline and Suzy
Front: Kim (She is very shy!) 

Bear made by Suzy

Bear made by Kim

Bear made by Pauline

Happy Birthday Singapore!!!

We hope to see Kim, Pauline and Suzy again soon.

Hugs, Wayne