Monthly Archives: January 2015

What the Fish!?! 2 Parts

SM asked me to help her class with their CNY decorations by painting “Fish” and this is what her class got (the catfish below were not colourful enough to put up as New Year decor šŸ™‚ Ā )

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And some catfish works that we did in class last week (22 Jan)

 

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this was done in class; not too bad for a first time if I may say so myself!! šŸ™‚

Mr Ang helped me add in the words yesterday ...

Mr Ang helped me add in the words yesterday …

 

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Fish in (Soya Milk) whirlpool effects!

Did a fun “special effects” session in painting class yesterday using soya bean (unsweetened, unless you want to attract ants to the work!)! Mixing soya bean milk with the white mineral paint first and applying it to the paper created the swirls seen in the picture below.

did this when I got home!!

did this when I got home!!

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this was done in class, minus the colour.

In class, I used only the white paint without mixing in the soya milk (see picture above) as I did not want to use the sweetened soya milk that a classmate had brought to the class (lazy to wash the cloth, haha) and even got some classmates to try their hand at drawing the fish which is why they are all squeezed to the right side (in case spoilt, can cut it off, LOL).

As there was more than enough soya milk to be used, I did another (huge piece, like the one on top, measures 69 cm x 69 cm), making the fish go the reverse direction and with blue background:

blue background and fish in clockwise direction

blue background and fish in clockwise direction

Must say it was a fun thing to do to add some variety to the class yesterday and everyone liked the effects created; but as Mr Ang said, this is not something to doĀ too much of as it gets “stale” quite quickly!

Note: Important thing to achieve the effect is to wait for each application to dry before proceeding (1. soya bean and mineral white layer 2. add the fish 3. add in the colour of the swirls).

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What the fish!?!!

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Thursday Ā 15 jan2015 painting class…starting to do subjects with Lunar New Year theme šŸ™‚

 

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Origami Peacock

ā€œ When you fold, the ritual and the act of creation is more important than the final result. When your hands are busy your heart is sereneā€ Ā  Akira Yoshizawa (1911-2005), Grandmaster of origamiĀ 

Some hobbies just stay with you forever (since 10 years old to be exact)!!Ā And still amazed at what can be done with just a square piece of paper (coincidentally, the Wikipaedia link shows him holding a origami peacock too!!! but a much nicer looking one).

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folded over 31 Dec 2014 and 1 Jan 2015!

folded over 31 Dec 2014 and 1 Jan 2015!

(peacock above uses recycled paper from a wedding gift box of “pong piah” and peanut candy, quite different from the usual “ang gu kuay” and cakes).

And I am apparently the inspiration forĀ my young nephew to take it up too (see his creations below) Ā šŸ™‚

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Looking back, must say that it has been one of those activities that have help me to developĀ  (among others)

  • focus
  • perseverance
  • accuracy
  • dexterity
  • adaptability

Pretty impressiveĀ for a “low cost” hobby if you ask me! Ā šŸ™‚

 

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Learning How to Learn

A fitting first entry for 2015 forĀ my blog “while I live, I learn”!

Just started on my first Coursera course in 2o15,Ā “Learning How to Learn“, with two more signed up further down the road!Ā Here are threeĀ of my takeaways from watching the Week 1Ā lecture videos (course started on 2 Jan 2015), played at 2x speed since much of the material is “familiar” šŸ™‚ Ā .

1) physical exercise grows new neurons in the hippocampusĀ – this recent research finding overturns previously held findingsĀ that the neurons we haveĀ at birth are all that weĀ will ever have

2) spacing outĀ practise works better (e.g. do a little bit on Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat) than doing it all at one go (e.g. 4 hours practise on a single day) and anĀ analogy of why this is so (constructing a strong neural structure is like laying a brick wall; we need the time for the cement to dry as we build up the brick layers)

strong neural structure form when practise takes place over time

strong neural structure form when practise takes place over time

 

cramming - trying to do everything at one go results in weak neural structure (cement has no time to dry!)

cramming – trying to do everything at one go results in weak neural structure (cement has no time to dry!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) two reasons for the importance of sleep in learning: first, it washes away the “toxic” stuff that forms during our awake state which helps to keep our brains healthy; second, the connections made during learning areĀ strengthened during sleep state as the brain continues to “rehearse” the neuron firing patterns made while learning.

Other Ā stuff in the videos discussedĀ “diffused and focussed thinking,” “chunking”, the various types of memories, and procrastination, andĀ “bonus”Ā interviews with several experts on creativity and problem solving, language learning, and writing (last two yet to watch).

 

 

 

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