Monthly Archives: September 2013

Two art pieces created today …

After 10 sessions of the Chinese ink painting class, and copying (from the teacher, or from books and internet), I drew these from “imagination” today:

Flowers and bird, and a verse ...

Flowers and bird, and a verse …

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A scene from my imagination …

They took just about half an hour to do for each … (both paintings are actually done on small pieces of left-over paper from the recent class session below).

26 Sep 2013 Landscape practice on drawing "rocks"

26 Sep 2013 Landscape practice on drawing “rocks”

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Delight in a simple life

Gary Hayden's article in Mind Your Body (12 Sep 2013, ST)

Gary Hayden’s article in Mind Your Body (12 Sep 2013, ST)

A good reminder that delight can be found everywhere, and in the simplest things around us that we often take for granted … (until they are no longer there).

(Reproduced with permission from the author.  Gary and his wife are now halfway into their trek of the entire length of Britain!)

 

 

 

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Sandpipers, forked tongues and blood suckers! A half day trip to Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve

Visited S. Buloh Wetland Reserve today (17 Sep 2013) as this is supposedly the season when the migratory birds are around (due to winter, which I guess must be in the Southern Hemisphere, or maybe that is why I wanted to go in August, which is the tail end of winter, but could not due to rain on that day?).

Anywhere, I went and was richly rewarded – many sightings of birds (sandpipers, egrets, herons, kingfishers, etc), other wildlife (crocodile, monitor lizard, giant mudskippers, squirrel), and plenty of mosquito bites  –  remembered everything (bino, camera and long lens, long pants, trekking boots, water) except that I forgot to bring repellent. But never mind, consider it as a blood donation, in exchange for the many photos taken  at the reserve 🙂  (Important: to any one contemplating going, try not to donate blood; the minimum number of mozzies that will draw blood from you will be more than 20, but you will also get to eliminate the lifes of just as many; bad karma for all parties).

Here are some other shots (different from the ones on my facebook album) –

Two birds

Two birds

Sandpipers

Sandpipers

"Only a sandpiper" by Li Lienfung, mother of Ho Kwong Ping - a coincidence that I borrowed this book 2 weeks ago, and watching sandpipers at S. Buloh!

“Only a sandpiper” by Li Lienfung, mother of Ho Kwong Ping – a coincidence that I borrowed this book 2 weeks ago, and watching sandpipers at S. Buloh today!

Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm. Gandalf

Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm. Gandalf quote

3 white egrets

3 white egrets

take-off !

take-off !

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fascinating facts - seabass starts off as male and ends up when mature as female ... (conclusion: male are immature?)

fascinating facts – seabass starts off as male and ends up when mature as female … (conclusion: male are immature?)

how to identify commonly seen birds

how to identify commonly seen birds

hideaway - to hide while you while away your time looking at birds (of the feathered kind)

hideaway – to hide while you while away your time looking at birds (of the feathered kind)

hideout - enclosed and with seats, serving similar function as hideaway ...

hideout – enclosed and with seats, serving similar function as hideaway …

shelter - no bus stopping here though, keep walking after the rain stops

shelter – no bus stopping here though, keep walking after the rain stops

the gravel trails - best to wear high-cut hiking boots due to uneven ground, and small stones getting into shoe.

the gravel trails – best to wear high-cut hiking boots due to uneven ground, and small stones getting into shoe.

The Aeria - this, by the way, is not a restaurant

The Aeria – this, by the way, is not a restaurant

sign postings at junctions means no need for map

sign postings at junctions means no need for map

A trip worth making today, for the educational experience, photos and blood donation!

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On doing “insignificant” things …

gandhi quote

  • clearing your table for the next person at public eating spaces,
  • giving up your seat in MRT,
  • using less plastic / bring your own bags when shopping / decline plastic bags for small items that don’t require them
  • switching off lights and fans when leaving room
  • keeping the environment litter free / use public toilets “properly”
  • give way / not block yellow box junction
  • saying “please” and “thank you”

etc etc..  seems so simple and yet so hard to do for so many.

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Gift work … (free tuition for a “random” student on FAS)

While doing my run on Thursday (12 Sep) around 11 am, I got an SMS from an “unknown” JC1 student asking me if I could help with H2 Maths. Further exchanges revealed that she had “stumbled” onto my website offering free tuition to students on FAS and was hoping to join in the class. Well, it turns out that she is the first person to take it up, and we set up a short meeting  on the same day to see what help she needed (some urgency to meet quickly was needed as promos were fast approaching) … quite strange in a way, this encounter, how our paths somehow crossed (but good thing for her to be able to find free tuition at this time of year just before exams, don’t you think?)

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Pics from Ko Samui (Sep 2013)

For the third year running, have been going away with wife for a short holiday, and leaving the kids at home …

Sun, sand, sea, and sail

Sun, sand, sea, and sail

Watching the changing colours of the sky at dusk, Chaweng Beach

Watching the changing colours of the sky at dusk, Chaweng Beach

Beach hawker enjoying a break with seaview

Beach hawker enjoying a break with seaview

Breakfast at a local restaurant (40 Baht for each)

Breakfast at a local restaurant (40 Baht for each)

Snorkelling at Ko Tao (1.5 hr boat ride from Ko Samui)

Snorkelling at Ko Tao (1.5 hr boat ride from Ko Samui)

Sampan at Nangyuan (a group of 3 islands joined by sand banks - see next pic)

Sampan at Nangyuan (a group of 3 islands joined by sand banks – see next pic)

Nangyuan (view from the top of one of the 3 islands, after a short 30 min trek)

Nangyuan (view from the top of one of the 3 islands, after a short 30 min trek)

Grandfather rock (the one sticking out in the distance)

Grandfather rock (the one sticking out in the distance)

Jumping into Namuang waterfall pool (disappointingly, the waterfall itself had not much water)

Jumping into Namuang waterfall pool (disappointingly, the waterfall itself had not much water)

Yogarden (waiting for yoga class to start)

Yogarden (waiting for yoga class to start)

Boat pier at Fisherman's Village at Bophut Beach area (the happening place on Friday night)

Boat pier at Fisherman’s Village at Bophut Beach area (the happening place on Friday night)

Ko Samui: only for those who like sun, sand and sea! (like me and wife 🙂  ). And party going types … Full Moon party is quite famous apparently.

(not many Singaporeans there, I suppose, because there are NO budget airlines flying there directly. Silkair flies there and it is rather expensive for a 1.5 hour flight. Alternative could be to fly from Bangkok)

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Rocks (by me), verse (by Mingxiu), and calligraphy (by Mr Ang)

Rocks and a verse by Mingxiu

Rocks and a verse by Mingxiu

The verse contributed by Mingxiu (my favourite and very wise Art student!) was unfortunately not transferred correctly by Mr Ang (the instructor for the ink painting class) and the meaning was totally changed. It was supposed to be about me (the teacher shi1, person on the rock) waiting for her (student, shen1) to return when she becomes famous … , but Mr Ang wrote shen1 as wo3!

Anyway, I still have other versions of the piece to do the calligraphy (but it will probably take a long time before it can be done well … needs much practise, a bit like Maths!!)

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