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What is the most random / obscure interest you have?

Postby Tigerslayer » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 1:28 pm

I am looking for ideas of things to do (hobbies / courses / lessons etc). I dont want something 'ordinary' so thought I would cast the net out.

What are the most random courses / lessons / hobbies that you have taken part in or have wanted to take part in?

All inspiration welcome :D

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Postby nutnut » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 2:11 pm

Have you tried R/C or is that too "normal"? Are you looking for something more extreme?
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Postby Tigerslayer » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 2:17 pm

R/C might be a good bet, to be honest extreme isnt necessarily what I am looking for. Just obscure as possible.

I did a google search for example and one of the first results was:

'a class in Georgian polyphonic singing'

Although some people might consider that extreme in one sense or another lol

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Postby nutnut » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 2:40 pm

There are plenty of different R/C things you can do, R/C cars is the easiest and most obvious, although, RC planes and RC heli's are also a big thing in Singapore.

In regards to RC cars, there are on-road, off-road and within that different classes, different fuels and different driving styles, you shoudl look at it further!
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Postby JR8 » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 5:14 pm

SCUBA diving is pretty much open-ended as to what you can study and do.

Never mind just diving on air, study to dive with Trimix gases, or using a closed circuit rebreather. Study to do wreck or cave penetration dives. There are stacks of options, some highly obscure...

I studied long ago to become a licensed deer-hunter in the US. That was interesting. Doubt you'll find the course on offer in SG though ;) Mind you!! That said you could go and take classes in clay/skeet shooting at Singapore Gun Club!

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Postby nakatago » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 5:29 pm

ooh, I know.

Take up sepak takraw?

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Postby beppi » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 5:34 pm

How about restoring old things?
I have collected and restored antique furniture, several bicycles (pre-war), an electric fan (also pre-war), Chinese scrolls, a 200-year-old house (not in Singapore, unfortunately my finances don't allow ...) and musical instruments (Singapore's oldest organ is in my living room).
Our neighbour does veteran cars, but I never saw a need to have a car here.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 5:57 pm

I've also restored cars both here and in the US. But since I bought my flat, I no longer have my workshop so that's on hold for the moment. Have restored a '57 Austin Healey, '60 190SL Merc Roadster, '73 850 Norton Commando, '66 Mini Cooper (here in Singapore).

(Singapore's oldest organ is in my living room)


Damn! :o I didn't realize you were older than me! :lol:

Be careful of collecting things. They can get cumbersome and very unwieldy once you get them all together in one place.

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Postby beppi » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 6:07 pm

No, I'm not a clutterer and like to give my treasures away once I lose interest (which is quick). I have none of the bicycles left, also couldn't take the house with me to Singapore (but will move in there again soon) and the organ (an 1888 Bridgeport Parlor Organ) is still there only because my wife plays it.
I also collected (no restoration needed, or indeed possible) various Indian granite kitchen appliances, of gigantic weight (4 adults could hardly lift the heaviest), which are now decorating various gardens and balconies from Katong to Taiwan to Germany. And I have a range of dragon pots, also on two continents.

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Postby beppi » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 6:11 pm

If you see somebody rummaging through an empty, soon-to-be-demolished house in the older parts of Singapore, it's most likely me. That's how most of my treasures came about!
Is that an extraordinary enough hobby for the OP?

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 7:38 pm

nutnut wrote:There are plenty of different R/C things you can do, R/C cars is the easiest and most obvious, although, RC planes and RC heli's are also a big thing in Singapore.

In regards to RC cars, there are on-road, off-road and within that different classes, different fuels and different driving styles, you shoudl look at it further!

Where can you fly an R/C plane in SG? I mean more than once? I always wanted to play with it and eventually got one from Wifey but have not identified any suitable place so far.

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Postby nutnut » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 9:01 pm

There are places out west, I don't run any air craft at all, but I know a few people who are pretty serious about the planes and fly them regularly out west, I'll try and find the exact location for you!
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Postby JR8 » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 9:05 pm

I collect 16/17th maps. But they are too delicate to think of taking to SG.

Oh and English Georgian (c1820-40) caricatures, the equivalent at that time of satirical comic books.

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Postby Tigerslayer » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 10:10 pm

wow lots of neat ideas...

I think a lot are out of my budget though...certainly collecting anything antique :(

I love the suggestion of sepak takraw although I think I would do myself a mischief if i tried it lol

Rummaging through soon to be demolished houses also sounds interesting, but how do you find out which buildings to go to? Or do you just chance upon this kind of thing?

So far perhaps R/c (although i know prices rack up) seems the most accessible and within a decent price range.

Although keep the suggestions coming i am sure there a tons more great ideas to try.


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