Chinese Ink Painting class – Learning some basic strokes

The class started to learn how to write 兰 meaning Orchid. Chinese ink painting is closely related to forming of strokes and one calligrapher, Zhao Meng Fu (赵孟頫), a prince and descendant of the Song Dynasty‘s imperial family, and a Chinese scholar, painter and calligrapher during the Yuan Dynasty was the first artist to combine calligraphy…

Chinese Ink Painting Class

Mar 19 marks the beginning of two new classes to teach Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. By the grace of God and the kindness of man, I was able to have an inclusive classroom where the young, the older and the visually impaired can all learn in 1 classroom. Here are some snapshots of the…

Loss Aversion and the Yong Tau Foo Team

As the year draws to a close, what are some of your thoughts? Are you, like me, surprised that 2015 just passed by so quickly? Wasn’t it just yesterday we began the year with New Year resolutions? With a new resolve to do things? What are some things you have done well this year? What…

Of culture and costumes

A pleasant surprise when one of the helper put on her Karen costume for a young lady and showed us the tassels and the pride of her hometown. It was another session where we learn as much from them as they from us. Lesson was on using a table to type out their daily schedule…

Presentation time!

The deliverable was to write about the food in their hometown. The helpers work on the images and tried to spell out the food names in English for us during a 2 hour session at My Helper’s makeshift IT office….and despite working with different versions of MS Word, having internet connectivity issues and mouse/track that…

Yes, we can!

James, formerly the Exec Director of World Vision, has setup a social enterprise My Helper to “Protect and Preserve” the helpers he bring in from Myanmar since 2014. Almost 2 years have passed since he started his agency and I was privileged to have joined in some of the outings he organised for them every quarter, acting…

Creative Humanitarian Lab Prog for Youths

Am grateful for the opportunity to create the Creative Humanitarian Lab Prog and deliver the pilot in Oct 2015 for World Vision Singapore:) Through 5 sessions, including one using off site e-learning, youths from the pilot programme were tasked to create a biz plan for economic development of a village, write a letter to encourage…