Monthly Archives: June 2015

春夏秋冬

It was so hot on Friday and I decided to cool down by painting a “winter version” of the spring scene from Thursday’s ink painting class!! And then, I cancelled the effect by doing “summer” (haha). Finally, for completeness, did “autumn”  …

winter ...

winter …

autumn ..

autumn ..

summer

summer

spring ... the first piece I did, that was based on Thursday's lesson

spring … the first piece I did, that was based on Thursday’s lesson

Putting all four side by side, wondering how well did I capture the 4 seasons!?!

4-in-1

4-in-1

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How not to gain 3 kg on a Penang holiday!!

Went for a family holiday over the weekend to Penang … came back without any tau sah piah or Penang white coffee (think we were one of the rare people on board the flight back without, haha), but gained extra 3kg weight!!

Well, the thing is, we would all have gained even more weight had we not done all these “workouts” during the trip:

walk around Botanic Gardens after lunch at Straits Quay, before climbing Penang Hill (start is near to botanic gardens)

walk around Botanic Gardens after lunch at Straits Quay, before climbing Penang Hill (start is near to botanic gardens)

3 hour walk up Penang hill on Day 1 (start at Moongate at 430, reach the top at 730 pm)

3 hour walk up Penang hill on Day 1 (start at Moongate at 430, reach the top at 730 pm)

caught the funicular (like cable car, except goes along the slope of the hill) down, after enjoying the night scenery from Penang Hill top

caught the funicular (like cable car, except goes along the slope of the hill) down, after enjoying the night scenery from Penang Hill top

Next morning (day 2), we went on guided cycling trip around Georgetown (includes local very yummy breakfast of prata, and lunch (char kway teow etc), both quite substantial!!)

Next morning (day 2), we went on guided cycling trip around Georgetown (includes local very yummy breakfast of prata, and lunch (char kway teow etc), both quite substantial!!)

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everyone takes a photo of this famous scene!!

After a rest back at the hotel, we went to Batu Ferringhi Beach for parasailing!

After a rest back at the hotel, we went to Batu Ferringhi Beach for parasailing! (well, both girls did it, while me and wife were the cameramen)

Morning of Day 3, a swim  before breakfast ...

Morning of Day 3, a swim before breakfast …

“shopping” at Komtar, and

JumpStreet, largest trampoline park in Asia! (it is fairly near to airport; we brought all our luggage along once we checked out, as hotel was in north and did not make sense to double back)

JumpStreet, largest trampoline park in Asia! (it is fairly near to airport; we brought all our luggage along once we checked out, as hotel was in north and did not make sense to double back) (take more flyers from airport to get 2for1 price, as each flyer can be used only for 2 people!!)

And some other highlights of the trip (food!! included below) –

first night seafood dinner (to reward ourselves for the climb up Penang Hill

first night seafood dinner (to reward ourselves for the climb up Penang Hill

second round of Indian breakfast while on cycling tour (first round at hotel!)

second round of Indian breakfast while on cycling tour (first round at hotel!) lunch at coffee shop famous for its charcoal fried char kway teow)

Gurney Drive for dinner on second night (char kway teow, Penang laksa, chee cheong fun, etc etc)

Gurney Drive for dinner on second night (char kway teow, Penang laksa, chee cheong fun, etc etc)

dim sum lunch at Komtar on day 3

dim sum lunch at Komtar on day 3

Japanese dinner after trampoline park, at Queensbay Mall, after trampolining!!

Japanese dinner after trampoline park, at Queensbay Mall, after trampolining!!

big centipede on hiking trail

big centipede on hiking trail

the  slope after we headed out of the jungle trails (decided to take the last 2.5 km walk up along steep road, as it was getting late)

the slope after we headed out of the jungle trails (decided to take the last 2.5 km walk up along steep road, as it was getting late)

quite safe to ride as not that many vehicles on Sunday ... also, the locals know how to behave towards bicycle riders :)

quite safe to ride as not that many vehicles on Sunday … also, the locals know how to behave towards bicycle riders 🙂

interesting street scenes besides those wall murals

interesting street scenes besides those wall murals, including the beheaded chap, don’t play play!!

sunset at Batu Ferringhi Beach (day 2)

sunset at Batu Ferringhi Beach (day 2)

Sunrise from our sea view hotel (this is taken before  breakfast)

Sunrise from our sea view hotel (this is taken before breakfast)

Very active holiday, “as usual” for us and very poor shoppers (“as usual”, haha .. just bought some stationery from Popular, socks, SY got a “branded bag”, wife got a “hiking type waist pouch”, also a bag 🙂 )

(some travel pointers:

1) taxis are easiest way to travel, but not that cheap!! (especially relative to what we were used to in terms of comparing food prices with what we get in Singapore e.g. Singapore $100 Jap restaurant, Penang $100 ringit)

2) buses are cheap; ask driver for fare, but need to have exact change. Almost all buses can be taken from Komtar or Weld Quay bus station to go to anywhere of tourist interest, but need to give more time)(also may be infrequent)

3) cycling tour is good!! needs someone to explain to appreciate Georgetown better, and to introduce the different community areas i.e. Malay, Chinese and Indian)

4) Penang hill is a relatively challenging climb (i.e. quite steep at parts, and slippery if raining, so must be mentally prepared))

5) Batu Ferringhi Beach – just take Rapidbus 101 or 102, costs very much less than a taxi and almost as fast)

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Chinese ink paintings (from LaSalle class, and Tiong Baru CC)

Really doing a lot of painting nowadays ..Each week 3 sessions (1 subject each time) x about 2 versions for each subject x last 3 weeks = 18 pieces of work!! (a sample put up below …)

Gourd on vine 28 May 2015

Gourd on vine 28 May 2015

Waxbill on rock (LaSalle class 4 Jun 2015)

Waxbill on rock (LaSalle class 4 Jun 2015)

Lotus and fish 8 Jun 2015

Lotus and fish 8 Jun 2015

two crabs 11 Jun 2015

two crabs 11 Jun 2015

crab and reed 11 Jun 2015

crab and reed 11 Jun 2015

prawns 15 Jun 2015

prawns 15 Jun 2015

Prawns 15 Jun 2015

Prawns 15 Jun 2015

And from Tiong Baru CC class …

goldfish (25 May 2015)

goldfish (25 May 2015)

Pomegrenade (Tiong Baru 4 Jun 2015)

Pomegrenade (Tiong Baru 4 Jun 2015)

cactus (Tiong Baru 11 Jun 2015)

cactus (Tiong Baru 11 Jun 2015)

A wide variety of subjects for three weeks!!  🙂

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28th SEA GAMES Live Action …

Woohoo, have been catching a bit of “live” SEA Games action (besides watching on TV) …

Had an enjoyable Opening Ceremony (preview) with the girls,

Opening Ceremony (preview)

Plenty of lights and colour at the Opening Ceremony (preview), including fireworks and mass formation items …

at the close of the opening ceremony preview ... (one of the pro photographers offered to take a shot for us)

at the close of the opening ceremony preview … (one of the pro photographers offered to take a shot for us)

visited the games carnival (and got to meet Mr K once again 🙂 (this was on 9th June, with Chien)

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even the primary school kids were excited to see him!!

even the primary school kids were excited to see him!!

Afterwards, we went to catch some tennis action (Indonesia vs Thailand, team event finals)

Thailand serving ...

Thailand serving …

Thai supporter all dressed up!

Thai supporter all dressed up!

and then, it was back to the stadium to watch the 5000 m, 100 m and other field events ..

5000 m Men's ... even if I sprint for one round only, cannot even go faster than these guys who do 12.5 rounds!

5000 m Men’s … even if I sprint for one round only, cannot even go faster than these guys who do 12.5 rounds!

Men's 100 m ... not for those with slow reaction :)

Men’s 100 m … not for those with slow reaction 🙂

women's 100 m ... Singapore's Shanti Pereira in the first lane nearest to field did well to win Bronze!

women’s 100 m … Singapore’s Shanti Pereira in the first lane nearest to field did well to win Bronze! doesn’t that device to take the runners in action (er, not the photographer btw) look  like Darth Vadar’s helmut 🙂

somehow, they know when to appear ...

somehow, they know when to appear …

After the exciting track events, went back to the squash courts but it was full house already (a long queue had formed and we decided to head home to watch the swimming action on TV) …

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some sailing action on 12 June, Friday (optimist in background) when I did my 21 km run …

Looking forward to more SEA Games action in the next few days!!

(will be adding on below any other events attended …

badminton action at the Indoor stadium on 13 Jun, Saturday

badminton action at the Indoor stadium on 13 Jun, Saturday

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