Pauseability was registered with ACRA on 1 May 2007. So, today marks the 10 year milestone. A good juncture for some reflections, thanksgiving and celebrations.
I started off on this journey of learning more about innovation and enterprise through experience with a gung-ho attitude and a hope to do something that would make a difference, and little else in terms of knowledge. Perhaps a tad too idealistic.
For the first two years, Pauseability was an arts studio with a difference. A welcoming space for experimenting and expressing with art. I dare say it was a novel concept back then, and is perhaps still an unusual idea. Getting the word out was more difficult than today. It did grow, very gradually, but not fast enough to make it financially sustainable. It was a beautiful space. Made many good friends and sweet memories. The monthly Artist Trading Card session which started then is still running today at Bishan Library.
It also gave me opportunities to try out other things such as teaching with Singapore Polytechnic and NIE. When I closed the studio, I continued the work of as a consultant. Emergenetics, an insightful tool, was something I offered. Facilitation and training among adults was a different field from working with young ones. Oddly, it soon became apparent that being a school leader often made little difference in trying to clinch a deal outside of the education circle.
Getting to work alongside Apple with teachers, and also the wonderful app TinyTap, to see how educational technology can value add has been a thrill for “multimedia” (my nickname in the first school I taught in) me.
Later, when presented with my first ever chance to work overseas, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Stamford School community in beautiful Bandung for 3 years.
In all this time, I was able to explore my interest in creativity and illustrations. The many projects that I embarked on have been such a privilege and joy whether events (such as organising a film screening), products (such as the sweet Peranakan paper doll), publications (like the colouring-doodling book and Creative Cool Cat), workshops, communities and websites (like ATC@Bishan and Asian Picture Books).
A most precious lesson for me through these years has been that God is indeed my sufficiency. The various opportunities of work and people that I met are testament to God’s provision and authorship of my life and faith. To God I cling and pray that my life is used for His ultimate purpose.
Of course, I am also thankful for the many many friends I have come to know and my supportive family; each of you have enriched me in your unique special way.
Grateful for pauseability thus far, and many more ahead.