Fish Upon a Memory

fish event poster
‚ÄčIt has been slightly over a week since the second of the two-time inaugural pop-up culinary-plus event Fish Upon a Memory. Inspired by a series of nostalgic fish-in-dish paintings by Art Foo, these two evenings were definitely unique experiences not only for the original menu of delicious fish dishes but also the other elements like activities, ambience, conversation and stories. 

To quote from a blog post I wrote for the Marinate website:

It “was very much how the creative process is expected to be – facing lots of the unexpected and then weaving them together with our plans into something truly memorable.
For the hosting team, the trail (and thrill) started from being able to work in partnership with Art Foo and his series of evocative paintings, with chef Ed responding with a heartfully-designed menu that was refined as we went along, ideas from Betsy and Moses to invite participation from the diners and then working as a team together with Hamzah to serve-up the two evenings on 13 and 20 Aug. Into this mix, throw in a change of venue and the need to very speedily renovate to get a unique space ready, making it most heady journey indeed.

However, the co-creating was not just for the hosting team. It really included each of the diners for each evening. Their presence was a crucial part of the ambience for each evening. When they warmed up and sportingly came dressed and participated in the activity, it made each evening special in its own way.

“Super impressed with the attention to details. Fish.Ball.Noodles was very memorable.”

“Great variety of tastes, textures, and culinary methods.  Plating was aesthetically pleasing.”

“There was clearly heart in the food, the service was impeccable and the story-telling was engaging.”

“Wonderful experience! Had an amazing dining experience and also learned a lot. ”

“A Great Place to de-stress! The next big thing!”

From this sampling of the generous reviews we received, you can feel our gratefulness for this chance to co-create this memory together.”

To be part of this process going from clarifying our vision of what we wanted to create to going through the ups and downs and finally to see it come alive, and now to see it launched permanently into memories, has been as special as it has been ephemeral. 

Can it or should it be measured merely by utility? Or by its permanence and legacy? Don’t seem to matter all that much.mSo, what does matter?
Here I am savouring even as we start the ball rolling for the next event. 

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Flower Power

Trying out more of the Houdini magic on TinyTap in which animation can also be started on a tap. Spun this rather whimsical story which somehow still seem “educational” though I really just wanted to have some fun with it. Haha!

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2bi6/how-many-flowers

The illustrations were done using the Procreate app in a collage style.

So, where have all the flowers gone?

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A Little Magic

TinyTap has a new feature called Houdini! Unlike the other activity features, Houdini allows you to add interactivity to the images you use. You could make images appear or disappear and for animated gifs, start, stop or loop the animation on a tap.

Here is my attempt at using this new feature in my newest game. (At the moment, the magic appears to only work on iPads.)

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2bcs/play/where-shall-we-start

The illustrations were newly created (kawaii?) and I used the M Leo background from the Creation Pack.

Tell me what you think, won’t you?

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Riddles in Rhyme

Earlier this year, I tried writing a Chinese nursery rhyme. With the help of my aunt, we were even able to write a condensed version of the same rhyme.

There are riddles pointing to places in Singapore in this rhyme. What better than adding in some images and create a TinyTap game. It can even be bilingual on TinyTap!

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2b81/play/take-a-look

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I think my pronunciation has lots of room for improvement (and pardon me for any errors I might have made). If I could get a person with better pronunciation or even some children to do the audio, I think this could be a better version. What do you think?

So, this is my humble little effort to celebrate Singapore this 52nd National Day!

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Empathy Embodied

Recently, I had the privilege of being with a group of passionate and inventive Social Entrepreneurs. While I was invited there for an opportunity to hone my Graphic Recording skills, I had the chance to fully participate in one segment of the workshop.

As part of the Discover phase of Human Centred Design, the task given was to have a team member go for lunch on a wheelchair, and it was not just to the office canteen at that, but at a hawker centre a few MRT stations away.

In the process, my role was as an observer and at some point, a caregiver. This certainly heightened our appreciation of the physical environment, the conveniences as well as the limitations. We were able to understand how someone in a wheelchair might not be an independent as he might wish to be.

Besides this activity, it was also great finding out about the various kinds of Social Enterprises that the participants are involved in. For instance, Keith, the team-mate in the wheelchair, started Captain Panda to help children with special needs but who are not able to get a subsidised place which best fits them. Marc works with Artsolute which aspires to create a caring and active society through the arts.

The support which raiSE, the Centre for Social Enterprise, provides, such as the workshop I was a part of, certainly goes a long way. You can find out about the variety of SEs in Singapore using raiSE’s directory.

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Giveaway: M Leo Clipart

MLeo Montage

In celebration of Singapore’s 52nd birthday on 9 August, I have put together a set of brand new original clipart to give to you for FREE till end of August 2017. Hope you like M Leo.

Here are the links:

On Payhip: https://payhip.com/b/MywR (Unlimited downloads here)

On Teacher’s Notebook: https://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/Pauseability/clipart-m-leo (Only from 28 July and 10 sets given away at this link)

As stickers on Mojimomo: https://mojilala.com/imessage-stickers/id1263684131

Inspired by our iconic merlion though admittedly M Leo looks more like a cute cat than a lion. Just a fortnight ago, I created the first of something similar which were emoji ice creams. I then explored selling these ice creams as Line stickers (which might already a passe thingy), and while I was at it, I packaged them as clipart too.

These were created using the Inkpad on the iPad. I find the process of creating to be great fun, and short of sounding conceited, I pretty much smiles whenever I look at these kawaii creations. I have not gathered enough feedback to know whether others feel the same about them, and so if you do download, please let me have your feedback.

It would also be nice if you look at my other sets of clipart that I have or will be putting up. If you have something you think would be useful, I would love to hear from you.

Meanwhile, fellow Singaporeans, Happy National Day! Majulah Singapura!

 

 

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Where Your Heart Is

Another interesting exploration on TinyTap looking at compound words in Chinese. 

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2afo/heartland

Creating the illustrations was fun in trying to convey both the meaning and the literal sense of the words. (Drawn using Adobe Sketch app.) I also hope I have been accurate in the Malay definitions I chose with the help of online translation. For the title, the phrase actually means being undecided and I was trying to play on the literal sense of the words. Hope it didn’t come across as odd or trying too hard. (Haha!)

In terms of TinyTap features, nothing fanciful was used. Should I add some animations? Would they be helpful or just distracting?

Please let me have your feedback. Thank you. 

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