Art jamming

Drew this at an art jamming session today =) happy.. love it! Painting is indeed therapeutic. I tried to make the painting more interesting by introducing different types of strokes and mixing the colours to show depth.

Maybe I should borrow a book on how to paint!

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Howdy partner!

What’s the first thing you notice about the video?

Yes!! The model.

This is the first time i’m actually noticing a male model and I must say, he is pretty darn hot.

Btw, his name is Holden Nowell.

Cheers! Tomorrow is Friday!

The thing is…

Well, you see… the thing is..

Work’s been getting me down. I always seem to think that I’m not doing well enough.. not fast enough, not intelligent enough, not making my clients happy enough.. I’m always questioning myself on the areas that I should or could do better. Consequently, I dismiss all that I’ve done and feel lousy about myself.

Its tiring to feel this way.

If only I had………… the guts to drop everything and travel. If only…. I don’t overthink things. If only….

I just have to do a better job at controlling my negative thoughts.

Things to improve:

1. THINK before reacting

2. Call clients to confirm the changes to be made instead of communicating through email

3. Pick up the phone and call the client, no matter how much you hate it.

4. Double and triple check your work

Sigh. Pls let me snap out of this.

Thank you

They say.. if you want to be a happier person, count your blessings at the end of the day. So here it goes…

Today’s a great day because:

1. I picked my car from the workshop after work hence I did not get caught in the rain

2. My car is fixed and I’m thankful my dad and mum helped me out with it. I would not have been able to settle it myself.

3. I had a short chat with my granny.

4. My other clients did not bother me today thereby allowing me to concentrate on drafting SS’s value proposition.

5. I had my fav yong tau foo for dinner. Thank you mummy.

6. I’m going to continue watching “Thank you for not smoking”. It’s a witty and engaging show, a good way to unwind at the end of the day.

Lessons plus lunch for China’s rural kids

I want to be part of this too, some day.
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Lessons plus lunch for China’s rural kids
Sim Chi Yin, For The Straits Times
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16 July 2012
Straits Times
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LIANGSHAN (Sichuan) – He pulled his sooty little hands away from the fire, blowing on them to relieve the heat.

Shama Daguo, 12, is well used to the dangers of getting singed when cooking dinner. There is no one else to do it since his parents are working far away from their hardscrabble village of Sijijue, in the remote mountainous region of Liangshan in Sichuan province.

Night after night, he boils potatoes and makes sour vegetable soup for himself and his younger brother, 10.

Around the neighbourhood, other families too are preparing dinner. Almost invariably, the meals are a thin spread of boiled potatoes – eaten dipped in chilli sauce – and vegetable soup, or buckwheat buns roasted over wood fires.

Families of five or six typically crouch on the ground, over their potatoes and soup for their biggest meal of the day, as is customary in this predominantly Yi ethnic minority area.

In the mornings, many children go to school on empty stomachs, according to teachers at the local village school.

Malnutrition in China’s poorest rural regions like Liangshan has left the physical growth of 12 per cent of children stunted, says a survey carried out last year by the official China Development Research Foundation.

That explains why parents in the region are grateful for a new grassroots programme called Free Lunch that aims to feed their children one square meal a day at school.

Since last November, the 105 pupils at the local primary school have had rice and vegetables – and a weekly meat dish – for lunch, five days a week.

Head teacher Yu Cong, told The Straits Times: ‘Previously, the children brought one or two baked or boiled potatoes to school as lunch. Or if their families were doing well at the time, they would bring some white rice in a plastic bag, with some chilli and salt.’

He added: ‘The lunch we are now able to provide makes a big difference to them, not just to their nutrition, but to how they pay more attention in class, have more energy to play and are more enthusiastic about coming to school.’

Free Lunch, a charity group started last year by a group of Chinese journalists and now run under the government- backed China Social Welfare Foundation, feeds some 22,000 children in 155 schools across 16 provinces in China.

A leading example of a new wave of Chinese charities raising money mostly through social media, Free Lunch urges the public to fund lunches costing three yuan (60 Singapore cents) for rural children via Weibo or Chinese Twitter.

The programme has been so successful that it has prodded the Chinese government into speeding up its own plan – announced in 2008 – to provide milk and eggs for impoverished children in rural areas.

Civil society activism in China fuelled by social media works well not just in raising funds and awareness, but also in pushing for much-needed transparency in how funds are used, even as Chinese charities continue to be plagued by rumours of corruption, said Mr Xiao Longjun, vice-secretary- general of the China Social Welfare Foundation.

The headmaster of each school participating in Free Lunch has to send out a Weibo message stating how much was spent on lunches each school day to help track where the money has gone, Mr Xiao told The Straits Times.

There is still a long way to go in solving the country’s malnutrition problem even as much of urban China gives the impression of great prosperity.

Mr Xiao said: ‘Sometimes I post on Weibo pictures I take of the children and their schools, and I get comments like, ‘Why are you posting pictures from 10 or 20 years ago?’ Actually, those are pictures I took on a school visit just the week before.’

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Twelve-year-old Shama Daguo (above, middle) tucking into a dinner of potatoes and soup that he cooks every night. A new charity, Free Lunch, has stepped in to provide daily meals for the 105 children at the local primary school in his village of Sijijue in Liangshan, Sichuan province. — PHOTOS: SIM CHI YIN/MAGNUM FOUNDATION

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A reminder

“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”

“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.”

“You only lose what you cling to.”

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

“Happiness follows sorrow, sorrow follows happiness, but when one no longer discriminates happiness and sorrow, a good deal and a bad deed, one is able to realize freedom.”

~ Buddha~

Random.

Lazing on a Sunday morning. It’s been a long while since I stayed in. I’m in mainly because the car’s engine overheated on Saturday due to the fault fan. It’ll take a while to get it repaired as there aren’t that many R2 spare parts in the market.  I’ve been so spoilt by the car that the thought of heading out without it is deterring me. A nice cup of cappuccino at this point, would be great =)

I wonder how he is doing. I’ve been wanting to contact him but thought better of it each time.

Do you think i’ll magically get a call from a friend for dinner or movie? hurhur… the possibility seems v remote. Hopeful nonetheless.

Read my bestie’s blog today. She’s nursing a broken heart. It pains me to see her upset. I want to help but i’m not sure how. Add a small dose of feelings to a situation and it gets unnecessarily complicated. There are always ups and downs in a relationship but we nevertheless crave for it each time.

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes. – Buddha

He’s the wise one.

My company organised a group waterpainting session at the istana park on Friday. I’m inspired to take up painting lessons now, to create something beautiful on a white canvas. Here’s a picture of my painting, the themed paintings with my colleagues and the cutest kids.

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Recently, my maternity instincts are at an all time high. All kids look so cute and adorable. I just wanna chomp on their cheeks. Victoria, the little girl with her hair tied back, said “If my daddy sees us together, he will be jealous and won’t want me already. Do you want me?” hurhur.. cute. Before I left, she whispered “I miss you already.” Aww..

I enjoyed hanging out with the kids more so than my colleagues because the kids are so innocent. Along the way, we lost our creativity, got a whole lot more complicated and jaded. Hanging out with the kids made me at ease and happy. The little girl had a creative story to accompany her piece- a make-belief world that had everything you wanted. What happened to that side of us?

The interaction with the kids made me reinforce my commitment to be a good mother. I’ll try to be a bettter person each day so that when the day finally comes, I’ll be comfortable to guide someone to lead a meaningful life.

Anyway, before heading for the waterpainting class, I chose an art piece that I’ll like to paint. At the end, it turns out that we had to follow a theme to paint. I have to admit that I was so fixated on painting that piece that I did not enjoy myself that much. Meanwhile, my colleague was having a time of his life. On hindsight, it made me realise that I can be rather stubborn and fixated on my goals that sometimes I forget to enjoy the process itself. I must remember what DK and yong said..
I have much to rejoice. Yes, I did not get the dream job that I wanted. But, I do have a good family, a stable job, great wonderful people around me… and I have a lazy sunday to enjoy.. so, it’s time for me to let go of the dream job and immerse myself in the possibilities……

My plan

I’m somone who needs a plan. I need to know the bigger picture so that I can work towards it.

So here’s the plan. I’ll like to pursue a masters in communications in SMU. The course will begin in Feb 2013 and last a year. It will set me back about $38,000, excluding textbooks. My  back up plan would be NTU but I would still prefer SMU for the shorter duration and convenience.

With this plan in mind, I’m worried. This would make things at work more bearable by taking my mind off for a year.. but what if I don’t get into the course?

Dk said yesterday “It doesn’t matter if the path is longer. As long as you have a long-term goal in mind and work towards it, it’ll be ok.”

Hmm… food for thought….. though I really don’t want another set-back pls.