Reading of newspapers began when I was 10 years old – The Straits Echo first, then later The Straits Times.
I was awestruck by the old English font used for the header on the front pages. It looked so artistic and stylish – especially the graceful embellishments on capitals. In the years that followed, I managed to gather the complete set of alphabets in both upper and lower cases.
I even got myself a “manuscript” pen so that I could emulate these fonts with my own hand. That went on for years. Notably, after wrapping my textbooks in brown paper, I would write the names of those books in this old English font.
Oh yes, one of my favourite pieces of handiwork was a reproduction of the popular poem “Desiderata”, which drew a lot of attention from my peers.