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While some Hello Kitty fans queue hours to get their hands on the cat, 58-year-old Connie Sim spent over $1.7 million on renovations and buying collectibles to create a Hello Kitty shrine in her own home.

Connie tells us that she started refurbishing her house with the Hello Kitty theme seven years ago, when she saw that some of her friends her age also had Hello Kitty themed homes. Because of that, she no longer felt strange if someone her age also had a Hello Kitty themed home. The rooms boast of custom made Hello Kitty furniture such as pink Hello Kitty shelves, drawers, mirrors and even a bar top counter.

The 58 year old added that other than spending $1.2m on her themed abode, she also doled out over $500,000 for her Hello Kitty collectibles. Her most prized item is a $12,000 Hello Kitty swarovski figurine.

The avid fan visits Japan and Hong Kong regularly to hunt down Hello Kitty collectibles. Her $500,000 collection includes figurines, stuffed toys, electric guitars and even toilet seat covers.

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on November 20, 2014. For similar stories, go to http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/singapore. You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.