Monthly Archives: October 2014

Three different scenes …

Not much time recently to paint due to the WTA Finals last week, and just managed to do what Mr Ang demonstrated in the last two classes:

 

 Jiang Nan Shui Xiang  scene, in ink (done mostly in class on 16 Oct)

Jiang Nan Shui Xiang scene, in ink (done mostly in class on 16 Oct)

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miss this class due to WTA Finals on 23 Oct, but managed to do this “copy” of what Mr Ang, the teacher, demonstrated in class.

And this was the piece done on my own, when I was “inspired” by the autumn aspen birch scenes done in class three weeks ago ..

autumn aspen birch scene (adapted from a picture found on the internet).

autumn aspen birch scene (adapted from a picture found on the internet).

 

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A Fantastic WTA Finals 2014 Singapore

Had an overdose of tennis last week (watching live and on TV, and playing twice) and now suffering from withdrawal symptoms, haha.

It was such an amazing week, watching the top 8 women players in action, and being able to do so with the spouse (22 Wed, Deepavalli, 23 Thu with SY, pity SM could not though she did catch some action on the Sunday practise courts). Prices for the afternoon matches were really good and I bought all the three different categories (premium $50+, Cat 1  $20+, Cat 2 $17) to experience the different viewing positions. Must say they  all gave excellent views (TV camera angle, and from side) even though for the Thursday and Friday tickets, I only bought them the night before.

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Saw her in action twice! (vs Kvitova on 23 Oct, and vs Radwanska on 24 Oct)

Eugenie Bouchard, at practise court before the round robin competition began

Eugenie Bouchard, at practise court before the round robin competition began … not quite in form? and lost all three of her matches!

Serena Williams serving in the round robin match against Simona Halep

Serena Williams serving in the round robin match against Simona Halep (what a contrast in performance between the round robin match and the final!)

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Ana Ivanovic, at the practise court (did not manage to watch any of her matches live); just failed to get into the semi-final round as she could not beat Simona Halep in straight sets.

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Caroline Wozniacki, getting ready to serve, (vs Radwanska on 23 Oct) – incredible play from her to remain the only unbeaten player in the Round Robins; unfortunately, lost in a very tight match to Serena Williams in the semis)

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Simon Halep, who trashed Serena Williams 6-0,6-2 on Wednesday, practising before her match against Ana on Friday evening; probably would have been better in hindsight NOT to have to face Serena Williams again, in the final (Williams now turns the table and beats Halep 6-3, 6-0)

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Agnieska Radwanska drives a backhand down the line (saw her play against Sharapova and Wozniacki)

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Kvitova, wins her match against Sharapova, 6-2, 6-3 on 23 Oct Thursday.

Matches watched at Indoor Stadium: Wednesday (Serena Williams vs Simona Halep and a doubles match), Thursday (Sharapova vs Kvitova, Wozniacki vs Radwanska) and Friday (Sharapova vs Radwanska, Kvitova vs Wozniacki).

Really exciting tournament, with the semifinalists being determined only on Friday (when all the players, except for Eugenie Bouchard, still having a chance to get into the semifinals on Saturday!).

Will definitely be back to see the matches again next year when the WTA Finals returns to Singapore!!

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WTA Finals 2014 @OCBC Arena SportsHub

Caught some of the top women tennis players during their practice sessions at OCBC Arena yesterday 19 Oct!!

Zarina Diyas, ...

Zarina Diyas, Kazakstan, in action against Zheng SaiSai (China) in the Rising Stars Invitational

Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

Simona Halep, Romania

Simona Halep, Romania

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Zheng SaiSai serving in a match against Diyas,  (on Friday, I saw her playing Shelby Rogers)

Zheng SaiSai serving in a match against Diyas, (on Friday, I saw her playing Shelby Rogers)

Li Na, arriving for the Meet the Fans Session at the Fan Zone

Li Na, arriving for the Meet the Fans Session at the Fan Zone

No prizes for guessing who ... (for those who are old enough, lol)

No prizes for guessing who … (for those who are old enough, lol)

But actually, can’t recognise who is who easily, except for Martina Navratilova, haha … and did not see the two that I can definitely  recognise (Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova ).

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Autumn scene of aspen birch

 Autumn Scene, chinese ink painting class 9 Oct 2014

Aspen Birch Autumn Scene, chinese ink painting class 9 Oct 2014

Completing this piece one day after the ink painting class brought back great memories of Fall 1997 in New Hampshire, USA! We (me, spouse and SY) were there to view the fall colours during a short weekend getaway.

I was doing my final module before completing my M.Ed. at the U. of Toronto, and we went with some friends in Boston to catch this wonderful fall scenery:

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White Mountains, New Hampshire

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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That's me, in 1997, with more hair compared to today...

That’s me, in 1997, with more hair compared to today…

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Rock Album

A new series of 12 lessons for Chinese Painting just started on 2 October 2014 and Lesson 1 is on “How to Draw Rocks” …

5 regulars have stopped for this series (as they will be missing many lessons once the school holidays start) and Mr Ang asked us to do create our own “rock” composition. Spent the last few days doing these …  🙂

Rock and turbulent river with three canoeists in for a thrilling ride very soon

Rock and turbulent river with three canoeists in for a thrilling ride very soon!

Canna Lily, orchid and rock

Canna Lily, orchid and rock

Holey rock and orchids

Holey rock and orchids

Huangshan! (based on a photograph taken during my recent trip there)

Huangshan! (based on a photograph taken during my recent trip there)

They are ok, I think … but must try to get hold of the key words Mr Ang mentioned for a good “rock” painting!

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Interesting “fact” about running …

Q24 Hmm, never knew that acceleration is limited by one's shoes !

Q24 Hmm, never knew that acceleration is limited by one’s shoes !

This question (Q24 Explain why a runner’s acceleration cannot exceed 10mu metres per second, where mu is the coefficient of friction between her shoes and the track) really got me wondering … !! Then,

  • how come no shoe manufacturer talks about this in their shoe specs?
  • what’s the difference between a car and a runner, when considering the “same” acceleration? (specifically, is a car’s acceleration also limited by the coefficient of friction between its tyres and the road surface, and that alone?)

(reference – question is from a IGCE A Level Exam Revision Exercise on Mechanics)

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