The wrap-up celebration of the pilot art residency at nursing homes – an exhibition at Raffles City which opened today. It was graced by President Halimah.

I am glad to meet Aunty Joan, Aunty Kwan, Mercy and Laurice again. Aunty Joan was very animated and interacted wonderfully with the guests.

The setup of our artwork was beautifully done. Pity though that the sound from the iPad way too soft, and links to their creations on QR codes were missing. Hopefully these will be corrected soon.

It was also great to finally see the fabulous artwork done at the other homes.

Here are photos of the team, including our curator Michael and the superb AIC reps Daniel and Charmaine. And a few of myself … haha!

The exhibition runs till 18 Mar.

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This is probably one of the fastest I have ever been in creating a new TinyTap resource. Here’s my retelling of the famous fairy tale Nightingale.

The text was written in rhyme (call me crazy) and then I created the illustrations (did re-purpose an earlier work) before stitching it all together on TinyTap.

There’s an upcoming Tell a Fairy Tale Day on 26 Feb and there will be a special playlist of fairy tale themed TinyTap games.

Come hear the nightingale sing and tell me what you think.

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Volunteers for Outings with Seniors

Imagine bespoke programs that will engage a senior with dementia or draw an isolated senior to be out engaging in the community.



Empower Ageing, a registered charity, is prototyping personalized outings for seniors with dementia changing the way how outings are usually done.

Volunteers who are interested to co-develop this series of themed based outings  are needed. Training will be provided to help the volunteers relate better to seniors with dementia.

The volunteers will:

  • Brainstorm and come up with activities and programmes based on the theme.
  • Get to know the seniors and learn their history and interest.
  • Assist and care for the seniors during the outings
  • Facilitate small group sharing to draw out the stories
  • Observe how the seniors react to the various scenarios and activities
  • Feedback to lead so that a profile could be compiled for each seniors


Commitment : 1⁄2 day (4 hour) weekly for 12+3 wk (including training & modification of programme)

Age : 18 years and above

Energetic and passionate
Experience relating to seniors
Interest in arts, local history, culture or music
Able to speak Chinese dialects will be a great advantage
May be required to provide some assistance to seniors during the outings

Shortlisted volunteers will be contacted to attend an interview.

Esther Yeo: 6841 9136

More details in the PDF documents in the link below:

Recruitment of volunteers for Dementia OutingWriteup – DM Fun Day Out for volunteer requirement

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Publishing on Kindle

Bobo is a picture book written a while back, and recently, an additional section that shows the recipe for Bobo Chacha was added. With it already in PDF format, I explored and successfully published it on Amazon for Kindle.


(Unfortunately, Kindle books are not available for Singapore-registered Amazon accounts. Hopefully it will be soon. Only 13 Kindle stores for now, including US, UK and Japan.)

Here ‘s a quick run-down on the relatively simple process of creating this Kindle Picture Book:

  • Downloaded the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator
  • As I already had the book in PDF, it was really easy to upload.
  • Added the text pop-up for the text on each page.
  • Save for publishing.
  • Sign-in at Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Set up account such as how payment will be made and fill-in tax-form.
  • Upload the .mobi file. (As my original page size is not the required cover page size, had to create that to upload.)
  • Done!

If you do get to read this book on Kindle, could you let me know how you felt?

If you are keen to work on a picture book for Kindle, do reach out to me too.

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Illustrated Recipe

I am working on a self-published digital picture book that has to do with the colourful dessert Bobo Chacha and wanted to include a recipe at the end of it. My friend Chris is a wonderful cook, so who better to get a recipe from.

As I wanted to illustrate this recipe for the book, I worked on it today. What better than using these illustrations for a TinyTap creation as well. So here it is:

And that’s a bowl of Bobo Chacha, aka Bubur Cha Cha, which Chris cooked as she wrote this recipe.

Did you know that sweet potatoes come in so many colours?

If you do try this out, send me a picture won’t you?

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Date with Little Prince

This is a rather late post.

In my second collaboration with Marinate (which will be officially open on 7 Jan 2018), we created another immersive dinning experience – Date with Little Prince on 18 and 25 Nov 2017.

As before, Betsy, Edward and I discussed and toyed with several ideas at the beginning stage. Finally, we went with the idea of a huge board game that involved all diners and this eventually became a dramatic presentation with theatre games thrown in for everyone.

After reading through the Little Prince story again, and again, soaking it in, I wrote a monologue featuring the pilot many years after meeting Little Prince and reminiscing. In total, we went with 7 segments with each one ending with a line from the Little Prince.

Edward designed a wonderful 7-course dinner to match each episode, and food was served after each piece of monologue. Rita valiantly took on the role of the pilot.

The diners were “assigned” the role of reading out the line from Little Prince and took their turns depending on the icon on the envelope they were given. I was the “game master” and the “prompter” with my special chime to cue them.

For the two nights, the diners were wonderfully game in taking on their roles and some really showed flare and spoke their lines with zest and creativity. They also appreciated how the food tied-in with the drama.

Each diner went home with a Little Prince puppet they made and enjoyed a special slow meal with friends new and old, and most definitely created pleasant memories of a Date with Little Prince.

I certainly enjoyed this one-of-a-kind artful and heart-ful experience.

Here’s wishing Betsy and Edward all the best in their Marinate venture as they invite everyone to soak in life’s flavours.

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Reminiscing with Dad

It has been something on my mind for a while to do and finally got round too. Talking through some of the few old photos that my dad has with him.

The Say Something and Sound Board features of TinyTap makes it wonderfully simple to create interactive multimedia photo albums, just like the recent art albums co-created with some seniors. This time, I took shots of the old photos with my iPad, cropped them, and they are ready for use in TinyTap in under half an hour.

At 80, my dad’s eyesight is not exactly at the best and so at times, so I had to enlarge the shots on the iPad to help him see much better. He might not be able to recall many details but did find it amusing enough to hear his recorded voice which he said didn’t sound like him. It was as much making a TinyTap creation together as it was a lovely conversation with him.

After that I added the subtitles, and it is ready to be shared.

What do you think of it?

I certainly look forward to doing more of this with more seniors.

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