Monthly Archives: May 2015

A Darker Shade of Brown …

Went for a 44 km bike ride from Bishan Park to East Coast Park today (29 May 2015) … bonus – free weight lifting (of bike) on overhead bridges 🙂

On the way there, passed the otters along canal behind the Bishan Sports Hall (they’re back to their usual home, after the contamination caused them to “move house”) (photo below taken around 8 am)

carried the bike and crossed four overhead bridges (Braddell Road, PIE near St Andrews School, Serangoon Road, Bendemeer Road) to reach Kallang Riverside Park and the Singapore Flyer,

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and then to East Coast Park Laguna Food Centre … (24 km)

from Bishan Park to Laguna Food Centre

from Bishan Park to Laguna Food Centre

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a reward at the end of the outward leg …

Going back, I decided to leave E. Coast Park via Fort Road and Mountbatten Road to end up at the Sports Hub (Kallang Wave) for lunch …

 getting hungry at 11 am, decided to go into Kallang Wave for lunch ...

getting hungry at 11 am, decided to go into Kallang Wave for lunch …

Taking a shorter route back, by by passing the Marina Bay area and going via Fort Road and Sports Hub to join the Kallang Park Connector ...

Taking a shorter route back, bypassing the Marina Bay area and going via Fort Road and Sports Hub to join the Kallang Park Connector …

By the time I reached Bishan Park near to 1 pm, I had turned a darker shade of brown … and am still “browning” 8 hours later while writing this post, haha!! 🙂

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Chinese Ink Painting I @LaSalle College of the Arts

Lesson 1 Mushrooms!

Lesson 1 Mushrooms!

Must say it has been rather “intense” on the painting front … on Monday and Thursday (3 hours) and then another one at Tiong Bahru CC (Thursday 2 hours)!

The first course of 8 lessons of Chinese Ink Painting I (start date April 27) at LaSalle College of the Arts just ended like a week ago, and already into the first 3 lessons of the next course (Chinese Ink Painting II) … here’s a sampling of what was done since joining this SG50 free course for Seniors (haha, actually still feel quite young leh but since I qualify, why not?!!)

Week 2 radish and ..

Lesson 2 radish and ..

assorted vegetables

assorted vegetables

 week 3 cherries (how to group them, put front/back so as to look

Lesson 3 cherries (how to group them, put front/back so as to look “random”)

 Lesson 4 Strawberries (lol, learnt that the small strawberry does not mean that it is further away in chinese paintings)

Lesson 4 Strawberries (lol, learnt that the small strawberry does not mean that it is further away in chinese paintings)

Lesson 5 rock, grass and dots (quite difficult to draw grass and know where to put dots, and figure out the lines to use to depict rock!)

Lesson 5 rock, grass and dots (quite difficult to draw grass and know where to put dots, and figure out the lines to use to depict rock!)

Lesson 6 daisy, with rock

Lesson 6 daisy, with rock

 Lesson 7 sunflower

Lesson 7 sunflower and bee

 another sunflower

another sunflower

 Lesson 8 Pine

Lesson 8 Pine

 Course 2 Lesson 1 Plum Blossom

Course 2 Lesson 1 Plum Blossom

 Lesson 2 Chrysanthemum

Lesson 2 Chrysanthemum

Lesson 3 (28 May 2015) cross between cucumber and luffa (haha, because I was not sure of their characteristics before drawing)

Lesson 3 (28 May 2015) cross between cucumber and luffa (haha, because I was not sure of their characteristics before drawing)

Good to learn from another teacher, although their “styles” are really quite different! 🙂

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FREE SG50 Courses in Full Swing …

Like a full-time student again, with all these free SG50 courses for “seniors” (criteria is those who turn 50 any time this year) in full swing for me from last Saturday onwards …

Took up this 3D printing course (3 whole Saturdays) at ITE Central with spouse and CF; turns out that my math and technical background helped a lot as it is really more about drawing the object using software, before sending it to the printer (printing part is just clicking of a button). Next two lessons we will get to print something, as the first lesson was just intro and to get us to learn the software. I produced the object below by playing around with the software, and it was quite easy to do, as from a plane surface, there are commands that makes a surface 3D (“extrude”) or creates “holes” in a 3D object.

Another course which just started was the “Fun with Pottery” class at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) on Tuesday. We get to do different techniques for the first 4 weeks and then last 4 sessions are at the the pottery wheel! Interesting thing here was how we were just introduced to the technique of “pinching” and then set off to create something on our own, unlike the class held with my previous instructor (where everyone produces more or less a similar item e.g. vertical mug, V-shape, …). Must say the classmates (especially as they are newbies) all did very nice work for a first project! 🙂

a puffer fish (much bigger one this time) to replace the other one I gave away !

a puffer fish (much bigger one this time) to replace the other one I gave away !

And then, there are the twice weekly Chinese Ink Painting classes (3 hr each session!) at La Salle College of the Arts … started for 3 weeks already and again, it was a rather different “style” of teaching and also use of brush and paint which I really found most beneficial. Our teacher, Mr Lim, also does a demo before setting us to try out, but seems to pay more attention to how we should learn to compose our own subjects (e.g. fruits and vegetables, flowers, rock, grass, dots). So, he is very deliberate during demonstrations to indicate (via his hand actions) where to position the next brush stroke!!

cherries and plum (self-composed)

cherries and plum (self-composed)

Really grateful for these opportunities to be a student once again, and to take these courses for free some more!!

And in the midst of all of these “business” (doing “learning” work, “paid” work, “home” work), good still to just sit around and look at trees in the rain … 🙂

Killiney Kopi@East Coast Park, rainy morning on 15 May 2015, after long run from Fort Road to Bougainvillae Park and back (14.5km)

Killiney Kopi@Parkland Green,East Coast Park.  Rainy morning on 15 May 2015, after long run from Fort Road to Bougainvillae Park and back (14.5km)

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WILDER Singapore !!

Went for three consecutive days to see the Bishan Park otters (starting on 4 May with SY, Chien, then Chien and SM)!  And got to speak with and get to know the “otter fan club” better 🙂  (e.g. Jeffery Teo, whose otter photos have appeared in the Straits Times and who sent me these awesome shots taken with his Canon D7 and kindly gave permission for me to share them, or Kennie Goh (aka Kennie G), who is the one who posts his otter videos on Youtube )

nice teeth ... who's your dentist?

nice teeth … who’s your dentist?

dinner's coming ...

dinner’s coming … 

family portrait :)

family portrait 🙂  … somehow, there is always one person not looking at the camera!!

"Ottie" (after Nessie,  Loch Ness)

“Ottie” (after Nessie, the Loch Ness monster) 

while looking for otters in the river, ...

while looking for otters in the river, …

while out there looking for otters, catch a lovely evening sky

also look up to catch a lovely evening sky if you see one!

Other than otters, you otter ( 🙂 )  check out these too …

Monitor lizard, Macritchie Reservoir, from boardwalk heading towards SICC (Adam Rd)

Monitor lizard, Macritchie Reservoir, from boardwalk heading towards SICC (Adam Rd)

 Pigeons in flight (Macritchie Reservoir, on a path near to the canoeing area for beginners)

Pigeons in flight (Macritchie Reservoir, on a path near to the canoeing area for beginners)

Look closely at the flower of the bougainvillaea (the orange parts are NOT the actual flower)

Look closely at the flower of the bougainvillaea (the orange parts are NOT the actual flower)

or a fungus ...

or a fungus …

A great week for wild life!

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Ottermania!

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Went to Bishan Park 1 with SY in the evening (they appear around 6 pm) and caught these otters just outside their burrow (at one of the drains below the MRT depot)!

The entire family could be seen yesterday, with papa and mama doing the “fishing” and bringing the catch back to the triplets:

taking a bite first ...

taking a bite first …

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A small crowd gathered, including these fine feathered friends (striated heron? and white breasted waterhen) … 🙂

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Watching them in their “natural” habitat feeding and playing made my day!

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