Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cute but useless telescope

If anyone is interested in looking at night skies ( stars and planets ), get Google Skymap app onto phone and see Jupiter, Orion, Betelgeuse, and others ( quite easy to spot as skies have been cloudless lately )…but forget about doing so with this free, cute, and useless telescope from subscribing to TIME!image

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Lotus pond …

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Was inspired to visit two lotus ponds on Friday (21 Feb) after Thursday’s lesson on painting lotus, to see and study the real thing!  (one at Ang Mo Kio Garden West opposite AMK library; other at Bishan Park near to Bishan Park Sec Sch)

Artist at work - Bishan Park lotus pond - realistic type acrylic(?) painting on canvas...

Artist at work – Bishan Park lotus pond – realistic type acrylic(?) painting on canvas…

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Ever notice the veins are "Y" shaped?

Ever notice the veins are “Y” shaped?

And sister-in-law reminded me of the lotus pond that we visited in Sri Lanka last year … (that I had totally forgotten about, haha)

white lotus - this photo is taken during an elephant ride at Sigiriya Fort, Sri Lanka (June 2013)

white lotus – this photo is taken during an elephant ride at Sigiriya Fort, Sri Lanka (June 2013)

Sigiriya Fort (yah, the one in the distance that looks a bit like a piggy ...) with lotus pond in foreground (shot taken from atop elephant wading in pond)

Sigiriya Fort (yah, the one in the distance that looks a bit like a piggy …) with lotus pond in foreground (shot taken from atop elephant wading in pond)

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Lotus paintings … x4

For some reason, some plants attract me more than others to want to paint them (e.g. lotus, bamboo, but not roses).

The common denominator appears to be “tradition” i.e. those that I associate with traditional Chinese ink painting (e.g. lotus, bamboo) vs those that are not (e.g. roses).

This piece was completed in class (20 Feb)

This piece was completed in class (20 Feb)

 

Second piece completed at home, after the lesson.

Second piece completed at home, after the lesson.

Modelled after Qi Baishi's lotus and dragonfly ...

Modelled after Qi Baishi’s lotus and dragonfly (see next piece) …

Qi Baishi's lotus and dragonfly

Qi Baishi’s lotus and dragonfly

 

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41 Completely Badgirl Anaïs Nin Quotes

Thought Catalog

Nicki VarkevisserNicki Varkevisser

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
Ordinary life does not interest me.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
Good things happen to those who hustle.
I am only responsible for my…

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By the light of the silvery moons …

Final long run for 2XU Half-Marathon in two weeks time … by the light, of the silvery moons, …
(but cutting in from Adam Road to the Macritchie boardwalk near SICC was with handphone torchlight, haha; dark and creepy at 6:30 am, 16 Feb 2014)

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Important Advice from pottery instructor

 

 

 

“Never ever stand on your toilet bowl to change a lightbulb!!”

(apparently, lots of people do!  By the same logic, never ever squat on one meant for sitting on … many do, I suppose, in public loos??!!)

Started on the 4th item in my “fifty before 50” list (relearn pottery) two days ago! Three great things about the class …

1) a mere 10 min after dinner stroll away (at Ang Mo Kio CC).

2) incredibly inexpensive for pottery lesson ($140 for 8 sessions of 2 hours each) and when compared to the previous course I took at Boon’s Pottery at Tanglin Place in 2007 (current rates are $240 for 4 sessions of 3 hours each from their webpage).

3) But the best thing is that the instructor (Vincent) is super experienced (doing it since the first pottery classes held ever at a CC in Singapore, in 1982!! learnt under Iskandar Jalil himself), gives very good instructions (btw, he also teaches pottery to primary and secondary school kids, so has to be good at this, right?), and talks about life/NE lessons during class (like advising one participant about bringing up children, especially dealing with school stress …, and some Singapore historical anecdotes, like why there used to be pottery industry somewhere off Jalan Kayu – to make the containers for collecting rubber as it flowed from the trees).

So, why never ever stand on your toilet bowl to change the light bulb (or to do your business)? Because it is a hollow structure, not designed to be “stand on”; so it may just collapse suddenly from the pressure applied (due to some structural weakness which we will not be able to see from the surface).

Imagine the nasty gash(es) you will get if it happens to collapse! It apparently happened to a few people he knew, who had to bear hospitalisation costs of several thousands for treatment  (search “toilet bowl injuries,” for more stories and images, of collapse toilet bowls, lol)!

 

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My first CT Class Reunion after 2 decades (& “ageing” well)

Organised a class reunion for S03F, my first civics class from 20 years ago (1993-94)!

the way to "take attendance" nowadays!

the way to “take attendance” nowadays, with special appearance by Mrs Tan Woon Ching too! 🙂

Chris, Gabriel (who had to leave early), me, and Royston with class photo album (thanks to Cat!)

Chris, Gabriel (who had to leave early), me, and Royston with class photo album (thanks to Cat!)

It was really great to see all of them again after all these years (WOW! 20 years!), and with everyone looking good!

Guess who belongs to these kids :)

Guess who belongs to these kids 🙂

And … my maid told me today “how come they look as old* as you?” OMG LOL !

(* er, must be crystal clear here, what she really meant was that we all look around 30+, not near 50)

*btw, independently, on Saturday at Bishan Park, happen to talk to this man who I see every time I am there at the exercise  area, and he guessed I was 32 only! More impressive and truly inspiring though, was that while he looked about 60+, 70 max, he was super flexible (can do split and put head on floor), runs barefoot 6 – 10 km around the park daily (and does half-marathon), does monkey bars and chin ups … OK, you get the idea. right? Well, turns out that he will be 80 this year, just like my father-in-law!!!)

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