This Is Unreal, Literally! Ex-Commando Miniaturises Kampung Lorong Buangkok

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Wilfred Cheah is proof that art is all in the details - and that Singapore's REALLY got talent.
Wilfred Cheah is proof that art is all in the details - and that Singapore's REALLY got talent.
Wilfred Cheah is proof that art is all in the details - and that Singapore's REALLY got talent. | Photo: Facebook/@cheahwilfred

If there's anyone who should be the poster boy for lifelong learning, it ought to be 55-year-old Wilfred Cheah.

The former commando regular, who left the Singapore Armed Forces in 1993, had a second career in interior design for almost three decades. And now, he's in his own "Phase 3" - as a miniature artist who's made the headlines (he even got the attention of PM Lee for one of his recent works, okay!) and whose works, which are primarily made of cardboard, have made us go from "oh my" to "wow" to "OMFG".

So, less talk, more pictures. Be wowed. Be very wowed.

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What the—?! Do we actually spot a retro CRT television set with a colour test card on its screen in the living room? #ded

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Yes - there are mini-mini-miniature mah-jong tiles on this already mini model. What we want to know is... are the tiles frozen in an actual mah-jong game? And who's turn is it?

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Miniscule portraits and pictures on the wall make this microscopic world come alive - and make us want to gulp Alice in Wonderland's "Drink Me" potion to shrink ourselves just so we can go and kaypoh around inside this living room.

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We are living for the cracks in the cement floor, the push-button phone (in that super gorgeously retro shade of kueh salat green) and a copy of 南洋商報 (Nan Yang Shang Bao, a Chinese newspaper founded by philanthropist-entrepreneur Tan Kah Kee in 1923) on the coffee table.

(Wilfred, if you're reading this, please, please, please tell us how you managed to escape the onset of Old Flower Eyes?!)

We can almost smell the spices and dried goods captured in this miniature model of an Ang Mo Kio provision shop.
We can almost smell the spices and dried goods captured in this miniature model of an Ang Mo Kio provision shop.
We can almost smell the spices and dried goods captured in this miniature model of an Ang Mo Kio provision shop. | Photo: Facebook/@cheahwilfred

ICYMI, read our piece on Wilfred's miniature model of a provision shop in Ang Mo Kio (a tribute to his father-in-law awww). This is the model that caught the attention of PM Lee!

Wilfred first caught our attention and the hearts of every Singaporean son with this piece.
Wilfred first caught our attention and the hearts of every Singaporean son with this piece.
Wilfred first caught our attention and the hearts of every Singaporean son with this piece. | Photo: Facebook/@cheahwilfred

And also check out our piece on Wilfred's depiction of the transition in Singapore Army eras, which first alerted us to this man we consider a Singapore treasure.

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