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Loots from Public Garden Flea Market

Going to the Public Garden Flea Market allowed me to discover many talented people in Singapore. I’m so proud of them and am so glad that Singaporeans are finally loving flea markets. Not just any ordinary flea but flea from the best!

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An old brown leather bag from Dark Horse Vintage which I love for SGD 55.

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Grabbed a non functioning Polaroid that looks oh so pretty from SwissArmyFries for SGD 20!

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Beautiful beautiful temporary tattoos designed by talented people all around the world from Dottinghill Ranges from SGD 4 to 6 each.

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Another enterprise which I am really proud of !Strangely Yours makes beautiful laser cut woodcrafts accessories that are assembled by hand. They are selling in Etsy too but the prices are more attractive at the flea! Who says Singaporean’s are not creative! Haha. I bought the beautiful bow and arrow necklace for SGD19.90 and the Polaroid one for SGD25.

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This may sound crazy, but yes I bought a stack of yellowed paper for SGD3 from Paper Pan (cute name)! It will look so good when I use them with my typewriter! Perfect for my scrapbooking project. Haha.

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Lastly, Red Velvet cupcake from Plain Vanilla at SGD3.50! This is absolutely yummy! The cake is soft and moist and the cream cheese topping is so smooth and total yums. Not too sweet. I love it. They have two branches, one at Holland Village and the other at Yong Siak Street!

Now you can understand why I had to spend so much money at the flea. There are just too many pretty things and they are not exactly cheap. Haha.

Awards in my 10 years.

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When I was young, I was an average student, went to a neighbourhood school, had average academic results and achieved very little in my 10 years. It was only during my polytechnic years and after did I went overboard with all the academic achievements. Now, even my husband thinks I’m sick when he saw my polytechnic and university results. GAH.

So, every little achievements I accomplished in my primary and secondary schools I held on to them dearly. These are the only four achievements/awards/medals I had when I was a kid and now after being married and lived with another person in the same apartment, I decided to move on with life. It is time to junk these items but I thought I should write a little note on these memories just for the record.

Starting from the left to the right, here are some sneak peaks of my life when I was little.

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The first award was given to my chinese dance group who competed at a Singapore Youth Festival Dance Competition in 1997 and attained a gold award. Yes, you can laugh, I was in the Chinese Dance when I was young, like many other little girls in the neighbourhood schools. I was very proud of what I did. We performed at various events, at Sentosa’s Musical Fountain (which no longer exist) and dragged my sister into this while doing all that. I was in the “blue” team dancing like the waves while she was in the “pink” team rolling around like pearls in clams in the underwater world. HAHA. She hated it but I absolutely enjoyed myself!

The second award was for achieving multiple gold awards in my physical fitness tests. I was light, fit and very skinny (23 inch waist and weighing below 40). I did all the jumping, reaching and running well.

The third award was given to recognize the service and contributions I gave being an alumni after I left school. My school thought with my alarmingly perfect score in my polytechnic grades coming from an average student with an average “O” level results can surely motivate some of their students, I gave a speech and shared what motivated me and how I achieved what I achieved.

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The last award is the one I cherished most and the one which came the least expected. I was given the 3rd prize for our annual cross country meet. I used to be in the St John’s and often tried to skip cross country by volunteering my service as a “medic”. But in my third year, I didn’t managed to escape and had to run this race. The rules were simple, run with all your might, stay safe when running in the various terrains (uphill, downslope, through forest, jumping across muds, yes, it’s that bad because our school was right beside a track to the nature reserve), and they will then record the 4 fastest girls in the class to get the team results. I was simply in my own world, running with all my might, cursing in the wind and hoping I won’t fall flat and die. It was a relief when I completed the course and wished I could lie flat and not moved there after. When they called out my name to collect the award, I was certain that they got either the name, timing, face, or person wrong. “I” couldn’t be “it” but I got it. Now, when I look back, I can only hide in shame behind my huge ass which refused to even brisk walk. Gosh. How I wish I was feather light like before, floating in the air effortlessly. Damn you fat ass.

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Finale: Female Hulk

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I have finally completed the Western Painting class in NAFA and here is my last painting! We were asked to pick either Warm or Cool colours! The entire class picked warm (red / orange / yellow) but all I wanted was a painting that fits my home decor and hence I picked a cool colour – green!

We were tasked to paint a female torso and it was the most interesting painting of all. If you have seen my other paintings (here,here and here), you would have agreed! My latest painting looks like a female HULK haha and I could have painted a female Avatar if I picked blue!

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I am glad I persevere to the very end! We started off with eight students but ended off with five. It does require a lot of commitment to hang in there and patience to paint with colours. My instructor asked me to stay on but I doubt I have the time to commit in it! This class was slightly painful (You’ve got to stand for 3 hours or choose to sit like me – the only slacker in the class) and really does trains one’s patience. It is also a self realization process where my perfectionist streak, attention deficient personality and the inability to bear with low productivity really shows. But it did pay off in the end and now I’ve got three ugly paintings and one female HULK in my house. Haha.

Anyone interested in buying my masterpiece? Starting bid at $20 (I am just aiming at breakeven price for the canvas and paint!) HAHA.

Lesson 5: Painting with Pigments

In my fifth lesson and third painting we finally get to add pigments and enjoy the real challenge of painting! It is still in the theme of monochromatic but this time we get to add white pigment to the dark pigment and use it for the tones and all! We scrap less and paint more! The real challenge is to avoid contamination of colour pigments!

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After my class, he whipped out a lovely supper to fill my empty stomach! He is the real chef in the house!

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Art Friend at Buona Vista!

Just a quick shout out to all my artsy friends! Art Friend just opened a new branch at Buona Vista Mrt! I love the fact that it’s so near my work place and it’s on the way to my painting class and on my way home!

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Lesson 3: Monochromatic Painting focusing on Negative Space

Yes, I’m back from Shanghai and it was a crazy trip! Alright, back to this post, we continue to focus on monochromatic painting (using 1 colour) but this time round, we focused on the negative spaces (black area) by painting the entire canvas black before scrapping off the black paint revealing the white canvas in the form of the white spaces! Cool yeah? But the scrapping part was rather tedious as it involves using either (1) water, (2) sand paper, (3) palette knife, (4) wet wipes, (5) wet cloth or a combination of all these! Haha. This painting is not done, there are 3 objects and I only managed to paint 2 and the second weird shape vase is not even done. Bah.

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Lesson 2: Monochromatic Colour Scheme

In our second lessons, we learnt to play with the lightness and saturation of a single colour! You should have seen the painting my other classmates did, it was really nice.

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The angle is still wrong and the lines are still there. Heh.

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Looks how well it looks against my brick wall! HAHA.

Lesson 1: Actual sizing and angle drawing

I forgot all the technical names my teacher taught me yesterday! Yes, I’m a bad student! Haha. But the first lesson was all about observation skills, actual sizing, angle and drawing it life like at the actual size and angle. It was basically the fundamentals of drawing using a wet medium. It was tough for someone who can’t really draw a straight line. In the 8 lessons, I will draw 4 paintings. This means that I’ll have four large ugly paintings which is totally not Scandinavian at my new place. HMPH. Jason told me to put in more effort and concentration then. Haha.

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This is the classroom environment.

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I was wondering where to put my brushes if I am sitting on the stool. Turns out, I had to stand for 3 hours straight while my paint brushes and palette gets to sit on the stool. BOO.

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My first few line was quite accurate and I was quite happy with myself. Off to a good start!

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But I got impatient and got all the angles all wrong. You will realized that my drawing is bigger than the actual size and certain position and angle of the cubes are all wrong. HAHA. I told the instructor it was a good drawing given my first attempt. He told me I’m in a delusional state. HAHA.

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The cool instructor who sounded just like Lennel (in terms of tone, accent and voice). That peaceful voice. He is very low profile and claims that he does not own an email address or a mobile phone. The only mode of communication other than face to face is a land line at home. WOW.

Lesson 0: Preparation for Acrylic Painting

When Steph first mentioned that she is going to take up Sketching course from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), I thought of signing up too! I am in need of a creative outlet to balance my mundane life! As I rambled on while pouring out my interest, I found out that NAFA conducts an array of part-time enrichment courses which are suitable for beginners (or so they claim)!

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Instead of Sketching, I signed up for Western Painting (Acrylic / Oil) and opted for Acrylic Painting! (He wished me luck in my attempt to fly before learning to walk.)  I always wanted to paint something for our new home. Whenever we see beautiful acrylic paintings, which often cost an arm and leg, I always imagine myself painting it! But the technicalities involved (e.g types of paints, flat / round brush etc) set me back.

Now, with all the tools purchased (I’m $100 + $300 poorer), I’m all set for my class come next Tuesday.

Wish me luck!

If my arts teacher from my primary / secondary school knows about my intention to sign up for this class back in the 90’s, they will surely stop me or my painting trainer. HAH.

// If I survived this 8 weeks course, I may pick up Lifestyle Sewing! I always wanted to sew my own summer skirt! Haha.

I read an article from telegraph.co.uk about “20 Things to do before you leave University” and realized that I’ve only done 4 of those 20 things listed. Maybe the list was not applicable to our local context or maybe I should have stayed in school for a couple more years! Or maybe not.

The Almost Professional Photo Shoot Session.

Here are some pictures I love.

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monkeys

mortar tossing

NUS doing the SMU jump

Then, we have…

The Ultimate Nobody Dance.

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Thank you Jason for the awesome photos!

The Conventional Commencement Ceremony.

We’ve got the valedictorian speech. We’ve got the name calling and systematic queuing for our scrolls. And we’ve got the award winners!

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Many people are curious what are those awards that I’ve won, here are the formal descriptions.

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  • Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal: Best graduate throughout the course of study
  • Leslie Wong Memorial Medal: Best student awarded First Class Honours
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore Book Prize: Best student in BBA Hons exam
  • DaimlerChrysler Prize: Best two Honours graduates
  • Annie Tan Medal & Prize: Most Outstanding Female undergraduate.

The last medal is the one that I’m most proud of and thankful for! It’s an award given to recognize female students who not just do well academically but who are also bilingual and had contributed to the community.

I am bilingual and am proud of my heritage! HAHA! At least now, I have another skill/talent other than studying. -_-

I’m toying with the idea of bringing these gold medals to pawn shop for gold valuation. HAHA.

There are tons of photos (from my commencement ceremony and dinner) that I’ll like to share with you guys but do give me some time to sort them out.

Stay tuned!

A pleasant and surprising gift from God. Thank you Lord! I am quite bilingual after all!

The Dark World.

Note: This is so not related to The Verdict of the much talked about selection process.

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[Credit: http://astraldeva4.deviantart.com/art/Israidius-the-Dark-World-16788317 ]

Valedictorian 2009

HAHA. It must be a joke. After proving myself for the past (XX) years in the academic realm, I have to prove myself again? HAHA. Against the wishes of my family and friends (sorry Erwin, I can’t do the butt flash and front/back roll thingy), I’ve decided not to put myself through the selection process. I want to enjoy my commencement together with my friends instead of stressing over what to say and how to say it right. 

Hi

Congratulations! You have proven yourself to be the very best.

I am pleased to inform that you have been shortlisted as potential Valedictorian of your graduating class 2009 to be presented at the XXX Commencement Ceremony. We would like to invite you for an interview to select the Valedictorian 2009.

Date: June 2 Tuesday PM
Venue: Dean’s Meeting Room

As part of the selection process, you are required to submit:

(1) your CV
(2) an outline of your significant achievements and contributions to the School, as well as
(3) a draft of your possible Valedictorian speech.

Kindly submit to XXX (copied on this email) by June 1 Monday. XXX will then advise you on the specific time of your interview on June 2 Tuesday PM.

You should be proud of yourself (give yourself a good pat) for having come this far. Please feel free to give me a call XXX should you have any queries.

Cheers!

Regards
XXX

Valedictorian 2009

HAHA. It must be a joke. After proving myself for the past (XX) years in the academic realm, I have to prove myself again? HAHA. Against the wishes of my family and friends (sorry Erwin, I can’t do the butt flash and front/back roll thingy), I’ve decided not to put myself through the selection process. I want to enjoy my commencement together with my friends instead of stressing over what to say and how to say it right. 

Hi

Congratulations! You have proven yourself to be the very best.

I am pleased to inform that you have been shortlisted as potential Valedictorian of your graduating class 2009 to be presented at the XXX Commencement Ceremony. We would like to invite you for an interview to select the Valedictorian 2009.

Date: June 2 Tuesday PM
Venue: Dean’s Meeting Room

As part of the selection process, you are required to submit:

(1) your CV
(2) an outline of your significant achievements and contributions to the School, as well as
(3) a draft of your possible Valedictorian speech.

Kindly submit to XXX (copied on this email) by June 1 Monday. XXX will then advise you on the specific time of your interview on June 2 Tuesday PM.

You should be proud of yourself (give yourself a good pat) for having come this far. Please feel free to give me a call XXX should you have any queries.

Cheers!

Regards
XXX

I am no longer expected First Class. Weeeeee. Thank God for all the Blessings, Grace and Patience upon me!

Tomorrow will mark the end of my academic life. 

At least for the time being. 

I smell Freedom

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[ Credits: http://tavo85.deviantart.com/art/Freedom-26470065 ]

End of thesis. Beginning of life.