Bookshop guide: EMF Bookstore

Chapter: City rounds

If your kids (or maybe you, like me) adore the world of Usborne 1001 things to spot and can’t get enough of it, then EMF Bookstore is a great place to check out titles which you may not be aware of.

No-frills pop up EMF bookstore at Fusionpolis.

When I was in the bookshop recently, I found a small Usborne selection of activity books featuring dot-to-do drawing, wipe and clean (pens included), big maizes and also “Things to make for dads”. Prices start from $6.50 onwards.

There are certainly growth-up books and novels for sale and rent at the bookstore, which has been a trademark of EMF for almost three decades.

EMF Bookstore
– No. 1 Fusionopolis Way, Connexis Tower basement 1, Singapore 138632

Exit at One North MRT station (circle line), take escalator to B1. Bookstore is near the escalator.

– 211 Holland Avenue, Holland Village Shopping Centre, #02-24, Singapore 278967

At Holland Village MRT station (circle line, two stations away from One North), use Exit B. Take the escalator near Cold Storage supermarket to the second floor, turn left. Some buses (61, 95, 106 and 970) stop near the front of the shopping centre.

A 3D puffy paper heart topper

Chapter: DIY + techniques

If you enjoy folding simple paper hearts that are functional, like this one that can be strung into a garland, then you’ll find this topper practical and fun at the same time. Follow Jeremy Shafer’s clip for instructions. Using a larger piece of paper will result in a wider opening, making it easy to blow air in to puff it up.

Post-It pad toppers on my marker, pencils and a chopstick.

I was using Post-it square pads resting on my desk, and found that it’ll only snug fit a pencil. I then modified a little to make the opening wider for my marker pen to slip in, and I also have some tips to make a better-looking crisp heart,

I’m fussy over how symmetrical the middle indentation should be so I make sure to crease well a small cross (crease both front and back) at the centre which will help achieve a nice dent.

Inserting the tip of a pair of scissors (or anything slim) through the opening will make it easy to open up to inflate.

To make a wider opening, have the left and right flaps folded just a distance shy away from the top fold. This creates a wider gap between the flaps which determines the size of the opening.

Both hearts are made from the same Posit-It pad. The rounder heart on the right has a wide opening to accommodate a wider pen body.

Inserting a straw is an added fun for kids to blow and watch the heart puff up!